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After Carol Motley visited funeral homes across the southeast, she believed folks should consider a more natural, affordable and creative alternative.

Join your friends and neighbors Friday, Nov. 4, to learn about Motley’s approach to a more organic end of life.

The process can be environmentally friendly and reasonably priced.


On Thursday, Nov. 10, Cullowhee Valley School will continue its annual tradition of honoring local men and women who have served in our country’s armed forces. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria, with breakfast provided for veterans and their spouses.

Following breakfast, a special Veterans Day program will begin at 9:30 in the school gym. American Legion Post 104 members will present the colors and demonstrate a flag folding ceremony used at funerals of area military veterans. Veterans currently teaching at Cullowhee Valley will provide reflections on their military service, and the school chorus will provide patriotic music throughout the program.

Guest speaker for the event will be Lt Colonel David Banks, USMC-Retired, a history teacher and coach at Smoky Mountain High School. All local veterans are invited to attend this special occasion, as Cullowhee Valley School expresses its gratitude for their service to our country.

Sometimes a little good, clean fun leaves you covered in ketchup. Come next month, the fruit will be flying in Mountain City in the region’s first Tomato Battle according to Pete Cleaveland, executive director of the Rabun County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The creation of financiers Clint Nelson and Max Kramer, Tomato Battle is a day of music, beer and tomato throwing that organizers founded “to give people the best day of their lives,” and Rabun County’s first organized tomato fight will debut at Blue Ridge Camp in Mountain City on Nov. 5 and 6. This will also be the first Tomato Battle east of the Mississippi. “Once again we can thank Joey and Lori Waldman of Blue Ridge Camp for bringing this event and an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 visitors to Rabun County,” said Cleaveland.


The third annual Native American Heritage Expo will be held at Western Carolina University beginning Monday, Nov. 7, with events throughout the week.

All events are free and open to the public.

The Native American Heritage Expo, designed to explore the rich and vast culture of the Native American experience, includes artwork and presentations focused on values, traditions and social justice. The expo’s series of programs, to be held in the A.K. Hinds University Center, includes guests who will discuss issues such as Cherokee health, first amendment rights of tribal newspapers and Indian identity.


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