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Faith-inspired environmental advocacy is the focus of Western North Carolina Alliance’s newest program, Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina. The program started in two years ago as WNC Green Congregations and is now looking for donations to hire a…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:31

WCU named top adventure school

Western Carolina University ranked as the No.1 college for outdoor adventures in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic in a recent online poll by outdoors magazine Blue Ridge Outdoors. 
Landmark Learning, an outdoor training institute in Cullowhee, has released its fall lineup of outdoor safety training courses. With everything from how to doctor a snakebite in the backcountry to how to warm a hypothermic person fast, the courses provide…
Sunrise was still hours away when the day started at Lake Logan. With the first starting gun firing at 7 a.m., Aug. 2 the throng of racers participating in the Lake Logan Multisport Festival had to get there early. By…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:19

A critic’s guide to literary genres renamed

Not so long ago, a neighbor in the building where I love in Montford, a budding comedian in her early 30s who works as a publicist for the Mast General Stores, was visiting with me in my apartment. We are…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:10

Franklin welcomes Dailey & Vincent

Bluegrass/gospel legends Dailey & Vincent will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:09

Pisgah/Tuscola tailgate in Canton

The inaugural Haywood County Fall Sports Tailgate Kickoff Party will be from noon until 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Smathers Square on Main Street in Canton.
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:08

Student films to screen in Cashiers

Some of the most riveting and moving student-created films from Western Carolina University’s Controlled Chaos Film Festivals in recent years will be shared at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, at The Country Club of Sapphire Valley.
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:07

Energy park open call for artists

In anticipation of the growing popularity of the Youth Arts Festival, the Jackson County Green Energy Park is seeking both new participants and returning alumni artists to assist with this year’s event, which will be held from 9 a.m. to…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:05

This must be the place

For all the naysayers, rock-n-roll is alive and kicking — especially in the hands of Rich Robinson. Guitarist and founding member of The Black Crowes, he has circled the globe for the last 25 years, spreading the mighty word of…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:03

Boiling down the essence of humanity

Heading west out of Bryson City, just before the highway narrows into a twisting two-lane road, a small, ramshackle hut watches over the crossroads of Southern Appalachia — a last stop before descending into the remote Nantahala Gorge ahead, or…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 13:45

Taking matters into their own hands

It promised to be one of the most riveting nights of the year for members of the Jackson County Genealogical Society. Half a dozen men filed through the door of the Sylva library hauling boxes and pulling hand trucks bulging…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 13:44

Greenway bridge hits a $350,000 snag

A new 1.2-mile greenway section along the Tuckasegee River in Cullowhee has encountered higher-than-expected costs as it nears completion. The greenway project called for a major pedestrian bridge across the river at one end. The greenway is on the opposite…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 13:44

Whiteside cell tower on the table

A public hearing over a controversial cell tower in the scenic Whiteside Cove area of Cashiers will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at the Cashiers Glenville Recreation Center. The proposed Verizon tower has riled up nearby residents,…
The boardroom in Franklin’s town hall was so packed last Wednesday that town employees had to scavenge chairs from the kitchen and closet to accommodate everyone. It was a welcomed inconvenience. Mayor Bob Scott hoped a meager half dozen people…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 13:37

Haywood to spend millions sealing old landfill

The old Francis Farm Landfill in Waynesville has been closed for nearly 20 years, but its ghost continues to haunt Haywood County. The county is facing an estimated $5 to $7.5 million in additional environmental cleanup costs for the old…
It’s official — TV personality Ty Pennington is coming to Waynesville, and Haywood Pathways Center has secured $50,000 of its $300,000 fundraising goal to renovate the old Hazelwood prison.
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 13:35

Haywood tourism board talks strategy

After contracting with Magellan Strategy Group in May to come up with a five-to-ten-year marketing and management strategy, the Haywood Tourism Development Authority discussed their ideas for turning that report into a two-year action plan to boost the county’s place…
A lawsuit casting blame for a massive landslide in Maggie Valley four years ago was settled at the 11th hour last week. A jury pool had been called in, a judge seated on the bench and attorneys on both sides…
A well-known businessman in Haywood County is questioning why school officials would steer a contract for cleaning supplies to a major national chain that’s more expensive instead of his own company. Buying local and buying cheap don’t always line up.…
The music inside Wells Event and Reception Center is noticeably different than next door at Wells Funeral Home. Instead of reflective classical, the speakers hum with smooth jazz.
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 13:29

A good ‘move’ for Swain farmers market

The Swain Farmers Market is enjoying its new location near the Tuckasegee River in downtown Bryson City on Island Street. Initially, there was some concern that the move to a new spot could hurt the market. “The first Friday was…
Jackson County will soon get a new park at Barkers Creek. County commissioners approved a lease this week for a roughly 3-acre riverside site owned by Duke Energy for the bargain rate of $10 a year. It adds to a…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 13:24

N.C. citizens do not want fracking

To the Editor: “I not only voted for the law, I was one of the co-sponsors,” Davis said. “I’m really comfortable with what they’ve done.” “Overwhelmingly, they’re against fracking,” he said. “I think those people are concerned. My background is…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 13:23

Sylva’s ETJ attempt a bad idea

To the Editor: Paige Roberson, Sylva’s town manager, says she would be surprised if anyone opposes Sylva’s plans to extend its ETJ expanding territorial jurisdiction). That may be a perfect example of confirmation bias at work. Ms. Roberson may not…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 13:21

Visions of a kitten color this beach trip

EDISTO ISLAND, S.C. – My daughter has ordered an elaborate omelet, with spinach and cheese and who knows what else, but she seems to have lost all interest in actually eating it.  Instead, she pokes listlessly at one edge, as…
Wednesday, 01 February 2006 00:00

Cupid’s reading list

Valentine’s Day is just around the bend, and for anyone with even a breath of romance in the heart — whether you’re madly in love or you’ve just gotten your heart ripped apart by some human version of Hurricane Katrina…
Wednesday, 01 February 2006 00:00

Time spent outdoors always validates itself

By Ed Kelley When I think of the mountains of Western North Carolina, I like to believe I know a lot about them. I was raised in Haywood County and have lived here over half a century. I think of…
Wednesday, 01 February 2006 00:00

700 acres near Cashiers put into easement

More than 700 acres outside Cashiers has been placed in a conservation easement by the Albert Carlton family, protecting the tract from development in the future.
The Haywood Advancement Foundation, a non-profit economic development entity, has pledged $2,700 to the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce start-up business competition. The donation marks the end of a campaign to raise $10,000 that will be awarded to an entrepreneur…
Wednesday, 01 February 2006 00:00

New patient data system to link WNC hospitals

Every patient knows the drill. Walk up to the window, tell the nurse your name, take the clipboard and seek out the comfiest seat in the waiting room while you try to recall every allergy and ailment you and your…
Wednesday, 01 February 2006 00:00

Mystery of the coveted mad stone

Last week’s Back Then column described a deer hunt conducted by Quill Rose and his relatives and neighbors in the Great Smokies during the very early 1880s. My source for that event was the long-neglected and exceedingly rare book by…
Wednesday, 01 February 2006 00:00

Consumer tips for dining out

Eating healthy can also mean eating safe. In North Carolina, three food borne diseases are at the top of health inspectors’ list of things to prevent — norovirus, salmonella and listeria. • Norovirus, commonly known as the winter vomiting disease,…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Donna Stephens, owner and operator of The Yellow House bed and breakfast in Waynesville, is a stickler for cleanliness. A former professional chef for a catering company in Washington, D.C., and attorney for 16…
Wednesday, 01 February 2006 00:00

The difference between precaution and fear

By Lee Shelton I found Scott McLeod’s column, “Living in Fear....” , in theJan. 18 issue of the Smoky Mountain News very thought provoking. Following are some other thoughts on the subject from a contra-view point. We live — and…
A move to rewrite the Endangered Species Act has passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is expected to come before the U.S. Senate in February. The cornerstone of the Endangered Species Act is protecting places where endangered species live.…
Wednesday, 01 February 2006 00:00

Local BMX teen aims high

A 15-year-old from Waynesville hopes to be part of the women’s USA BMX bike team at the 2008 Olympics after a successful run in the national BMX circuit last year. Michele Curtis, a sophomore at Tuscola High School, ranked 10th…
Wednesday, 01 February 2006 00:00

A lone cry of reason from the wilderness

The January 2006 edition of “The Auk,” the journal of the American Ornithologists’ Union, includes a 15-page article by Jerome Jackson, an ornithologist and professor of biology at Florida Gulf Coast University questioning the conclusiveness of the evidence Cornell and…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Deep in the mountains that surround Jackson County’s Tuckasegee community, the sound of metal on metal rings out with a sharp ping as blacksmith David Brewin begins to shape a steel rod. The rod,…
Wednesday, 01 February 2006 00:00

A little frisky — much better than fair

By Chris Cooper It’s harder than you would think to write a song. As a musician, it is tempting to reject anything that sounds traditional or just throws together a bunch of fancy chords. And melody — that which makes…
By Michael Beadle The Duke of Milan and his daughter have been shipwrecked on a strange island far from civilization. Then, along comes a violent tempest that shipwrecks some of the very people who once put them there — and…
Wednesday, 01 February 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

Most Secret I was given this book over Christmas and finally got around to reading it. It’s a fascinating tale about World War II from British writer Nevil Shute. Shute was born before World War I and was an engineer…
Wednesday, 08 February 2006 00:00

Elk negotiations continue

Dick Hamilton, director of the North Carolina Wildlife Commission, is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Biologists with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park want to increase the elk herd in Cataloochee by bringing in a new batch…
Wednesday, 08 February 2006 00:00

Cornell – it’s more than just ivory-billeds

Cornell University and the ivory-billed woodpecker have been inextricably linked since the announcement in 2005 of the rediscovery of the ivory-billed in the Big Woods of Arkansas. Cornell Lab of Ornithology (CLO) has embraced that link. It’s featured prominently on…
Wednesday, 08 February 2006 00:00

State sues TVA for polluting mountains’ air

N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper filed a lawsuit against the Tennessee Valley Authority last week seeking to significantly reduce pollution from TVA’s coal-fired power plants. Pollution from TVA’s coal plants, which do not meet current federal emissions standards, damages the…
Wednesday, 08 February 2006 00:00

TVA lawsuit Q&A

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper issued the following question and answer column on the state’s air pollution law suit against Tennessee Valley Authority.
Wednesday, 08 February 2006 00:00

Hayseed’s latest falls flat on its grass

Some jokes are really, really funny. Some even get better with age, as if their repeated telling somehow increases the comic potency. Then again, some jokes just get beaten into the ground, weren’t that funny to begin with, or suffer…
Wednesday, 08 February 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

Runny Babbit by Shel Silverstein If you love the goofy wordplay of Spoonerisms — switching the beginning sounds of words like “dishes and plates” to “plishes and dates” — then Runny Babbit is your bind of kook. It’s full of…
Wednesday, 08 February 2006 00:00

A changing audience

“Unto These Hills” first opened on July 1, 1950, as an outdoor drama to celebrate the history and honor the sacrifices made by the Cherokee tribe. The play features dances and music as it tells the story of early encounters…
By Michael Beadle For 56 years, the outdoor historical drama known as “Unto These Hills” has been a fixture for summer tourists coming to the region looking for entertainment and a chance to learn about Cherokee history. But in recent…