Bethel Writers and Media Contributors

Edie Hutchins Burnette

  • Asheville Citizen-Times (Columnist)
  • BRCO’s Historic Preservation Committee (Member)
  • Folkmoot Festival (Writer)
  • The Mountaineer (Guest Columnist, Special Editions)
  • Mountain Echoes
  • North Carolina Society of Historians (Historical Book Award for Mountain Echoes)
  • Walter's Cookbook Seasoned with Time cookbook illustrations produced by the Canton Centennial Committee
  • Speaker in the DVD sponsored by the Haywood County Public Library and Canton Area Historical Museum - Canton: The Rest of the Story: 1917-1918 - Typhoid and Flu

Carol Litchfield

  • BRCO’s Historic Preservation Committee (Member)
  • BRCO’s Rural Preservation Committee (Chair)
  • Fertile Fields of Bethel DVD – Production of BRCO’s Rural Preservation Committee (Producer)

Malinda Messer

  • BRCO’s Historic Preservation Committee (Chair)
  • Legends, Tales & History of Cold Mountain, Books 4 and 5 (Contributor) (History of the Smathers-Gautier-Messer House; Greenhill Cemetery)
  • Walking in the Footsteps of Those Who Came Before Us DVD (Producer/Writer/Speaker))
  • North Carolina Society of Historians (Paul Green Multi-Media Award for Walking in the Footsteps of Those Who Came Before Us)

Bethel Rural Community Organization members who are also writers who live outside Bethel but have contributed to Bethel history:

Ernestine Upchurch

  • BRCO’s Historic Preservation Committee (Member)
  • Legends, Tales & History of Cold Mountain, Book 6 (Contributor) ( History of Osborne Boundary Oak)
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West Pigeon Community Development

  • Your Household Guide: 1001 Helpful Hints Which Have Been Selected from Several Hundred Walsworth Brothers Home Recipe Books Throughout the Nation– Sponsored by West Pigeon Community Development

Writers who wrote about Bethel who are not from Bethel and not conntected to Bethel Rural Community Organization:

Ginger Kowal

  • To Keep and Preserve: The Farmland Preservation Efforts of the Bethel Rural Community Organization, taken from an ethnography for research in Anthropology at the University of North Carolina – Asheville – 2007.

John Parris

  • These Storied Mountains includes the following interviews:
    “There’s an Art to Bleaching Apples – Pigeon Valley” – an interview conducted in the home of Rosa Trull and Lucy West of Nell Church, Mable Hall, Mrs. Willie Holtzclaw, Mable Hall, Ethel Rickards, Rosa Trull, and Lucy West
    “Grandms’s Homemade Broom - Sunburst” – an interview with broom maker, Lena Pressley, and husband, Coy Pressley
    “Ramps Ain’t for Weaklings – Cruso” – an interview with unnamed interviewee, referencing Maggie Lewis, longtime ramp advocate.

Jim Van Cleve

  • Fiddle player
  • Song writer
  • Session musician – Grammy winner
  • Solo artist – Grammy nominated
  • Producer
  • Ric-o-chet Bluegrass Band
  • Lou Reid Bluegrass Band
  • Carolina Bluegrass Band
  • Mountain Heart Band (founding member)
  • Quicksilver Band (invited by bluegrass and gospel legend, Doyle Lawson)
  • Album - Mountain Heart – performed with Mountain Heart Band
  • Album -The Journey – performed with Mountain Heart Band
  • Album - No Other Way – performed with Mountain Heart Band
  • Album - Force of Nature – performed with Mountain Heart Band
  • Album - Wide Open – performed with Mountain Heart Band
  • Album - The Road That Never Ends (The Live Album) – performer with Mountain Heart Band
  • Album - That Just Happened – performer and producer with Mountain Heart Band
  • Album - No Apologies – performer and producer – solo
  • Album – Celebration of Life: Musicians Against Childhood Cancer featured numerous musicians, including Jim Van Cleve
  • Produced work by Cindy G.
  • Produced work by Carrie Hassler and Hard Rain
  • Produced work by Clay Jones
  • Wrote and recorded the Awards Show Theme Song by the International Bluegrass Music Association, “Road from Rosine” which debuted at the 2007 IBMA Awards Show
  • Wrote the instrumental track, “Smashville” which was Sierra Hull’s debut solo project
  • Awards from International Bluegrass Music Association
  • “Nature of the Beast” from No Apologies - nominated for a Grammy for “Best Country Instrumental Performance” in 2006
  • “Let the Big Dog Eat” from No Apologies – Number 1 Song in Blue Grass Unlimited Magazine for three months.
  • No Apologies – Number 5 in the Billboard Bluegrass sale chart
  • No Apologies – Album of the Year in the Folk category of the Indie Awards
  • No Apologies – Nominated for Instrumental Project of the Year in 2007 at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards
  • No Apologies – Jim Van Cleve nominated for Fiddler of the Year Award in 2007

Jeff Fears

  • Foxfire, Winter 1976 (Volume 10, Number 4) featured interviews with individuals from Bethel/Cruso/Haywood County about the tradition of bear hunting in the region: Bob Burress, Jimmy Burress, Stokey Caldwell, Mike Clark, Jerald Cogdill, Taylor Crockett, Billy Farmer, Chick Farmer, Billy Finger, Daryl Frizzell, Pat Frizzell, Tommy Frizzell, Glenn Griffin, Kim Griffin, Tommy Griffin, Ronnie Hendricks, Dude Howard, John Kinsland, Billy McCracken, Jim Mehaffey, Edward Messer, James Moody, Lenoir Pless, Albert Rich, E.B. Rickman, Roy Smith, Terry Wilson, and others

Mike McLean

  • Bethel Rural Community Organization, President
  • Haywood County Historical & Genealogical Association, President
  • Folkmoot USA – Interim Director
  • Vicinitus Haywood (printing, billing, and distribution) – Community magazine direct-mailed to residents of Haywood County focusing on events, organizations, people, and businesses in Haywood County
  • McLean writes the “Historical Haywood” articles about Bethel and Haywood County for Vicinitus Haywood
  • Presenter about Carl Schenck and the Biltmore Forest School that is included in the Sunburst and Other Logging Operations in the Bethel and Cold Mountain Region DVD

Carol Adams

  • Vicinitus Haywood (Publisher and Editor) – Community magazine direct-mailed to residents of Haywood County focusing on events, organizations, people, and businesses in Haywood County