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Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:55

Celebrate summer with Red, White and Boom

Maggie Valley will be hosting Red, White, and Boom 2011 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds July 1 through July 4. There will be 14 mechanical rides available, three inflatable attractions, a fun house, a caged ferris wheel and a…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:55

HART calls for actors

The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its August production of the Noel Coward comedy hit “Hay Fever” at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, June 26 and 27, in the HART Theatre in Waynesville. The production is…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:54

Didgeridoo Down Under brings Australian fun

Didgeridoo Down Under will visit the Marianna Black Library at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28.    The show is a high-energy, Australia-themed program that combines music, puppetry, comedy, environmental education, character building and audience participation. They have presented more…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:53

‘Guys and Dolls’ comes to Franklin

“Guys and Dolls,” the Tony award-winning musical, will be performed by the Overlook Players at 7:30 p.m. June 23, 24, and 25 and again at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:53

Discounted Penland classes for residents

Penland School of Crafts has open spaces in several classes in the third summer session available at half tuition to local residents. Regular room and board charges apply, but students are not required to stay on campus. The session runs…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:52

Kids can recreate Van Gogh at workshop

The Macon County Art Association’s Uptown Gallery, located on Main Street in Franklin, will host an art workshop from 9:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, for children age 8 and older. The project will consist of studying…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:52

Local artists sought for exhibit

Local artists in Swain and surrounding counties are invited to submit up to four original works for the annual community art exhibit at Swain County Center for the Arts. Artwork for this nine-week exhibit will be received in the lobby…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:51

Sweet Tater Band visits the library

Local bluegrass group The Sweet Tater Band will perform at the Jackson County Public Library Complex at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, in the Community Room. The Sweet Tater Band is made up of musicians from Cullowhee and Canada.…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:51

Contra comes to The Gateway Club

This month’s Fourth-Sunday contra dance will run from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, at The Gateway Club in downtown Waynesville. The venue is air conditioned and dances will be called by Diane Silver, with music by Laura…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:50

WCU welcomes artists to summer series

The Summer Concert Series at Western Carolina University will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursdays in June and July and is held on the University Center Lawn. The lineup for this summer includes: Lionz of Zion on June 23, who…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:49

Doc Watson to headline festival

The third annual Cashiers Mountain Music Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 2-3, will feature folk music legend Doc Watson, accompanied by David Holt. Watson and Holt will close out the festival. Sweet Tater, Hurricane Creek, the Harris Brothers, the…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:49

Contest seeks youth talent

The Heritage Alive! Mountain Youth Talent Contest will be held again during the Franklin Folk Festival beginning at 1:30 p.m. on July 16. Joe Deitz of the Deitz Family Band will emcee the contest. Categories will include: poetry/storytelling, vocal performance,…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:48

Barn dance at the Bascom

The year’s first Summer Barn Dance will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, at the Bascom Center for the Visual Arts in Highlands. The Wild Hog Band will be performing and food and beverages will be available for…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:48

Bring your moves to Waynesville Rec

The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer the XBox 360 Dance Central contest at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, at the Waynesville Recreation Center. The contest is open to all ages and is free to enter. There are…
The Taste of Downtown Sylva walking culinary tour will be from 2 p.m. through 5 p.m. Saturday, June 25. Tickets are on sale at participating businesses now for $15 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under (cash or…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:46

Music and poetry at the Rickman Store

The Friends of the Rickman Store will be hosting a forum for music and poetry at 7 p.m. on June 24, at the store in Franklin. Performers such as Steve Brady, Angela Faye Martin and many more will take the…
When asked to paint a picture of a dream vacation she would like to take, 68-year-old Hazel Wells began conjuring her image of an airplane en route to Hawaii. With impressive depth and detail, she incorporated her favorite color, blue,…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:12

Voter ID bill is needed

“The American people are losing confidence in the system and they want electoral reform ....” What American political leader, a veteran of high office, made this statement then put his name in support of voter photo ID. Was it Ronald…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:11

Life lessons from the world of beekeeping

The blossoms on the sourwood trees are opening. This is exciting for mountain beekeepers, though in their enthusiasm for the light, fine honey that bees produce from this flower, they sometimes dismiss as paltry and unacceptable to their delicate palates…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:11

Haywood needs to hold line on taxes

To the Editor: The past few months have been filled with letters to the editors, editorials and presentations to the Haywood County Board of Commissioners. All of this has been over property re-evaluations and raised property taxes. In our depressed…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:10

Tsunami sweeps over North Carolina

To the Editor: The State of North Carolina has been blessed in many ways.  One of her blessings, in spite of her rugged, dangerous coastline, is that she has never had to attempt to survive a tsunami sweeping in from…
“Sowing in the sunshine, sowing in the shadows, we shall come rejoicing bringing in the sheets.” — (slight adaptation from Knowles Shaw beautiful hymn) Standing on the banks of the Pigeon River in the early 1960s on a hot summer…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:01

Scholarship winners travel to China

Two $500 scholarships have been awarded to Lella Dougherty of Cherokee County Schools and Sarah Bruegger of Jackson County Schools by the Center for Diversity Education. The scholarships will be used to travel with the Western Region Education Service Alliance…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:01

Space still open in theatre camp

Western Carolina University’s Theatre Summer camp has space remaining for campers ages 7 to 17. Registration will run through July 7. The camp will be 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for 7- to 12-year-olds and from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.…
Money and donations of clothing, furniture and other household items are being accepted at the Swain County Sheriff’s Office to help Michael Harrison, a school resource officer whose home burned down. Harrison was called home to Swain County last Friday…
The SEJ Laity Conference, a family experience, will be offered June 30 through July 3 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. A two-hour “Festival of Families” event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, July 1, and…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:58

Macon steep-slope ordinance inches forward

Macon County’s commissioners want their planning board, if possible, to finish up work on a steep-slope ordinance by August. Commissioner Bobby Kuppers last week also asked planning board members not to give up on the proposed ordinance, but to see…
Jackson County Commissioner Doug Cody said he was as surprised as anyone to learn that his name would be included on a bronze plaque destined to hang on the newly renovated courthouse and library complex. So was his fellow board…
William Shelton is off the local community college’s board of trustees after the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, in a 3-2 vote, instead appointed Dewayne Elders, Commissioner Charles Elders’ son. Shelton, a Democrat, was a former Jackson County commissioner who…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:56

Jackson commissioner keeps on DOT warpath

Jack Debnam, chairman of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, called on Sylva leaders to join him in his bid for increased scrutiny of local N.C. Department of Transportation projects. “I’m not here as a representative of the county commission,”…
Maggie Valley gave the thumbs up to a 2011-12 budget, voting 4-1 to approve the spending plan at a town board meeting last week. The lone dissenter was Alderman Phil Aldridge, who opposed the budget because of its spending. “I…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:55

Community funding pool to aid nonprofits

Macon County non-profit organizations have until July 30 to apply for grants through the Macon County Community Funding Pool. Organizations applying for funds must provide financial statements such as budgets and federal tax-exempt reports, organization goals and objectives and program…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:54

Rolling center offers bone testing

MedWest Health System’s osteoporosis bus provides bone density testing each week to women throughout rural Western North Carolina. Osteoporosis causes bones become brittle and more likely to break. The Osteoporosis Center at MedWest-Haywood is currently the only center accredited in…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:53

Sales keep pace with county’s new values

Property in Haywood County is selling 4 percent higher than the new values on the county’s tax books, refuting criticism that the county blanketly appraised property for more than it was worth. There have been 215 property sales in the…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:51

How right is the reval?

There’s only one way to tell how right — or wrong — Haywood County’s recent property revaluation is. Appraisers attempt to peg the price of house or lot, predicting what a buyer would pay should a ‘for sale’ sign go…
Haywood County commissioners continue to be dogged by outcries over new property values. Critics are openly deriding commissioners at every county meeting. They’ve circulated petitions, garnering hundreds of signatures from people who think the county has pegged their property values…
It doesn’t take long to survey North Carolina’s newest town; perhaps five minutes, tops. There’s the swanky Fontana Village Resort, the community’s sole employer. Just down the road are an ice cream shop, laundromat, post office and gasoline station. There’s…
By most accounts, calling Art Williams a hands-on developer would be a pretty fair description. For decades, Williams was in the business of subdivision building, first in Florida and then in Western North Carolina. In pretty much everything, his word…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:44

HAM radio holds on in a high tech world

The term HAM radio doesn’t usually conjure visions of a chic hi-tech world, but usually something closer to, as Al Sanders put it, “a bunch of old gray headed guys talking on the radio.” Sanders heads up a Haywood group…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:42

Building districts by the numbers

This year, the math of moving districts will give virtually every western block a shift. Sen. Jim Davis’s, R-Franklin, Senate District 50, which now claims seven counties — Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Macon, Swain, Jackson and Transylvania — plus part of…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:40

Redistricting to grow mountain districts

In legislatures around the nation, it’s that time of decade again — time to break out the old redistricting maps and rehash the legislative lines. Every 10 years, following the decennial census, lawmakers are constitutionally obliged to rearrange their districts…
A press release from Duke Energy reports that almost 20,000 customers in the six western counties are without power as of 2 p.m. Thursday, June 16, and about 6,700 of those customers in Swain County may not have their electricity…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:26

Common ash tree deserves more attention

“How many thousand-thousand of untold white ash trees are the respected companions of our doorways, kindliest trees in the clearing beyond the cabin? No one can say. But this is a tree whose grave and lofty character makes it a…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:24

Owl Prowl at the Highlands Nature Center

Come learn about and see live owls Thursday evening, June 16, at The Highlands Biological Foundation’s Nature Center amphitheatre. The event begins at 8 p.m. with an hour-long educational presentation by the Carolina Raptor Center in collaboration with the Highlands…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:24

Learn about Cherokee trails in Macon County

A guided hike covering ancient Cherokee trails in Highlands will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 23. Wild South Cultural Preservation Director Lamar Marshall will lead the hike. The Highlands Biological Foundation, as part of…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:23

Guided hike set for Cataloochee Ranch

A hike along the Devil’s Britches Trail will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21, at Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley. The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) is holding the hike. Judy Coker, ranch owner, and Claire Hobbs,…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:22

Take a hike with naturalist Hendershot

“WNC Nesters,” a field trip from Heintooga Road down to Kituwah, will be held at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, by the Great Smoky Mountains Audubon Society as part of their summer program schedule. Don Hendershot will lead the…
Discover Life in America (DLIA) is holding a number of events this summer for the public to experience the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Discover Life is a nonprofit organization devoted to identifying every creature in the park. Volunteers are…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:20

Dining out to benefit the Little Tennessee

The Little Tennessee Watershed Association will hold an all-day fundraiser June 23 at local restaurants. The money raised will benefit the nonprofit organization, which for the past 21 years has worked to protect and restore the health of the Little…
A locally produced summer brunch will be provided by the Jackson County Farmers Market at 11 a.m. on June 26. A tour of three Cullowhee farms will follow the brunch. The farms available for touring are: Full Spectrum Farms, a…