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WCQS, Western North Carolina Public Radio, Inc. recently learned that its signal to the Highlands area at 101.7 FM will soon be bumped by another station. The other station, located in South Carolina, was granted a full power transmitter at the same frequency. Because the WCQS signal at 101.7 FM is a low-power translator, WCQS listeners in the Highlands area have experienced a signal loss effective Aug. 2.

WCQS engineers will install a directional antenna which will allow the station to broadcast at reduced power. Until the station is assigned a new frequency it will broadcast to a coverage area limited to the downtown Highlands area at 101.7 FM.

WCQS has filed the necessary paperwork with the FCC for expedited approval of a new frequency. Once granted, a new antenna will be installed and WCQS will restore service to its coverage area, which includes the communities of Highlands, Cashiers and Sapphire.


Marty Stuart, a five-time Grammy winner and platinum recording artist, will return to the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Aug. 29. This time, he’s bringing his wife and well-known country music singer, Connie Smith. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $32 each.

Marty Stuart is best known for his success in country music, but he has strong roots in gospel and bluegrass music, too. He is a selftaught guitar and mandolin player which led him to join Johnny Cash’s backup band where he played for five years before breaking out on his own. Thirty-five years later, this singer, songwriter, photographer, and historian continues to lead the charge in preserving the roots, culture, and heritage of traditional country music.


Fine art, rustic furniture, and a variety of quality crafts will be the order of the day at the Village Square Art & Craft Show Aug. 29 & 30 in downtown Highlands from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy live music, food, and regional artisans, such as furniture maker David Tripp of Franklin.

Sponsored by the Macon County Art Assn., this free event is at the K-H Founders Park on Pine Street.

Call (828) 787-2021 for information.

Group delivers disco classics and a high energy show.

What do you get when you have a cop, a soldier, a construction worker, a biker, a cowboy, and a Native American all together in one room? The Village People, that's what, and they are coming to Franklin.

It doesn't matter what you are doing, where you are, or how old you are, when the song "YMCA" by the Village People comes on, it's a given, you do "The YMCA." That song, along with other original disco sensations by The Village People such as "Macho Man" and "Go West" have been solidified as classics that will continue to span generations of music lovers.


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