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A new book by Anna Fariello of Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library examines carvers active among the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in the early to mid 20th century.

The 66-page “Cherokee Carving,” on sale through the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, gives an overview of carving as a Cherokee tradition, including the creation of pipes, masks and figures, and touches on the bas relief technique, which produces a two-dimensional image on a flat plane. The last half of the book is devoted to short biographies of nine individual Eastern Band carvers.

Most of the carvers concentrated on wood, although one, the self-taught John Julius Wilnoty (b. 1940), is famed for his work in stone. Many spent their formative years on the Qualla Boundary while others, such as Goingback Chiltoskey (1907-2000), Amanda Crowe (1928- 2004) and Will West Long (1870-1947), spent years away from Cherokee while they honed their skills. Crowe, for instance, the lone female featured in the book, studied sculpture in Mexico with Jose de Creeft, the artist who created the Alice in Wonderland statue in New York’s Central Park.

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East Franklin Elementary gym was filled with little girls and their fathers for the second annual father daughter dance last Thursday.

Hosted by the PTO, students were invited to the school for a night of dancing, games and fun.

With DJ Ms. Beth providing the tunes, fathers and their daughters took to the dance floor to boogie the night away.

Each girl was treated with a rose to finish off the special night.

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According to recent data released by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Children's Bureua, in the United States, 423,000 children are currently living without permanent families. Of the children currently in the public foster care system, 115,000 are eligible for adoption, but nearly 40 percent of them will wait more than three years in foster care before ever finding a home.

About two percent, or 1.5 million, of all the children in the country are products of adoption. In 2011, the public foster care system had 401,000 children enrolled. While 51,000 children were adopted domestically (from within the United States), the public foster care system gained 252,000 new children in 2011. In North Carolina alone, 2,234 children are without homes and are waiting on their forever homes.

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For the 18th year, youth from area United Methodist churches joined hundreds of thousands of students around the nation and the world last weekend to fast for 30 hours and collect canned goods and donations for Macon County CareNet and donations for World Vision.

In addition, youth led and attended worship services, slept in cardboard “houses,” learned more about world hunger issues, and volunteered at CareNet and Habitat for Humanity.

As of Monday, the result of their efforts included 7,104 cans collected for CareNet; $1,704 donated to CareNet; $1,750 donated to World Vision; 408 backpacks filled with food for distribution to local school children; six blankets made for the United Methodist Home for Children; and 2,440 nails sorted for Habitat.

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