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Macon County native and Macon County News employee Amberly Rogers knew she would be an artist since she was a child. In elementary school she was given the task of putting a book together as a homework assignment and she's been drawing books for fun ever since. Now that she's grown older, it is still fun, but she's also getting paid to do it.

“I've done art my whole life. Even as a little girl, I was drawing tattoos on people for a dollar,” said Rogers. “Now as an adult, I tattoo clients and draw for a living.”

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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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