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Ricky Skaggs, a 14-time Grammy award winner with a passion for music of all genres and a very successful career as a country and bluegrass musician, will perform at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, July 3. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $25 each.

As a young boy, Ricky Skaggs developed a passion for music. At the age of five, he began to play the mandolin. He performed on stage at the age of six, and at age seven, he made his first television appearance. As a teenager he met Keith Whitley and started playing radio shows alongside Whitley and his brother, Dwight. The group earned a spot opening for Ralph Stanley and soon after, Skaggs and Whitley were invited to join Stanley’s band, the Clinch Mountain Boys. A few years later, Skaggs formed the progressive bluegrass band Boone Creek. He also spent time as a member of Emmylou Harris’s Hot Band.



Hoofprints 4-H and Youth Horse Show was held Saturday, June 20, beginning at noon at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center Arena.

The first show of the season was a great opportunity for young people to experience their first show and to sharpen up their skills. Competition classes included English and Western classes, games, events and fun classes for all levels.

For more information about Hoofprints or any other 4-H youth program, contact Tammara Talley, Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development at (828)349-2226 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Cowee Baptist Church is getting creative for this year’s Vacation Bible School, which will feature Ned and Joan Way, professional illusionists, jugglers, and family/kids evangelists. Ned and Joan have performed for Ringling Brother’s/Barnum & Bailey Circus, Disney Land, Disney World and as part of the Billy Graham Crusade.

This year’s VBS theme is Son Sparks Lab. At the amazing SonSpark Labs, children will explore God’s life-changing plan as they find out the answers to life’s most important questions. They will discover that God loves them and that through Jesus they can be members of God’s family and personally experience God’s plan for each of us—GP4U=J!


Get ready for a celebration of Scottish fun, food, music and culture for the whole family as Franklin’s Taste of Scotland & Celtic Festival takes to the streets Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“North Carolina has more residents of Scottish heritage than any other state in the union,” said Doug Morton, event chairman. “In fact, North Carolina has more Scots than Scotland. This festival and supporting events is a sampler of everything Scottish. We have a great weekend planned for sure and we invite everyone to come and enjoy.”


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