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Wednesday, 23 February 2011 21:11

A first-hand account of the Indian wars

I spent some time last week reading about the 18th-century Indian wars in Western North Carolina. These were the Cherokee battles with the British along the Little Tennessee and Tuckaseigee rivers in 1760 and 1761, as well as the Rutherford…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 21:11

Area grants support mountain initiatives

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership has awarded a new round of grants to preserve and promote Western North Carolina’s heritage. There were 20 grants totaling nearly $245,000. The grants will focus on craft, music, natural heritage, Cherokee traditions…
The WNC Agricultural Options program recently awarded $326,000 in grants to help farmers diversify and for joint marketing and distribution efforts. “These farmers have a wide variety of innovative ideas and we expect successful outcomes from which other farmers can…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 21:09

Native pond group to form in WNC

Interested in being part of a native pond society? Carol and Bob Grytten of Haywood County are gauging interest in Western North Carolina. “Our purpose is to help others who wish to learn more about having and maintaining ponds, water…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 21:09

Franklin Bird Club to host warbler talk

The Franklin Bird Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, at the Macon County Public Library. Artist, illustrator and bird expert John Sill will present a video and talk about warblers. This will also be an organizing meeting…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 21:07

Haywood on the road to being a bike-friendly

Haywood County wants to create the county’s first-ever comprehensive bicycle plan. The county is now accepting proposals from consultants interested in steering the process. The selected firm will be responsible for: • The collection of relevant background data and other…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 21:06

Pisgah Fly Masters readies for annual competition

The fourth annual Pisgah Fly Masters fly-fishing tournament, sponsored by the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and Davidson River Outfitters, is scheduled for March 19 and 20 in Transylvania County. A casting competition on March 19 will test anglers skills…
Highlands Biological Station in April has received a partnership award in science, mathematics and technology education from the N.C. Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center, based in Research Triangle Park. Founded in 1927, the Highlands Biological Station is a year-round…
A restoration project to improve fish passage on streams feeding into the Little Tennessee watershed finished last month on Bradley Creek in Macon County. Like with most creeks, Bradley Creek had been squeezed into culverts so roads could pass over…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 21:02

Stalked by a not so wild elk

An old friend from Mer Rouge, La., George Bowe, was passing through a couple of weeks ago so we decided to take a ride down to Cataloochee and see if the elk were out. We got down to the valley…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:59

Trail running takes off

Once upon a time and not particularly very long ago, trail running in Western North Carolina was a fringe sport at best. Hitting the trails instead of roads served as a refuge for longtime runners who couldn’t bear to give…
If you are looking for a trail race — with the emphasis on “race” — the Assault on Black Rock Trail Race might not be for you. But, if you are willing to walk, crawl or yes, run, your way…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:57

Read Across America

As part of the celebration of Read Across America, Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville is hosting two events that emphasize the importance of reading to young children.  Parents of preschoolers are welcome to come to a free workshop from 5:30…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:56

Wayne Caldwell wins Wolfe award

The WNC Historical Association and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial will host Western North Carolina author Wayne Caldwell from 2-4 p.m. on March 6. The winner of the 2010 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, Wayne Caldwell, will appear in tandem with…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:55

Book group to begin

Gary Carden has announced the first meeting of a book discussion group which will begin with a meeting at 5 p.m. on Feb. 24 at the Sylva Senior Citizen Center in Room 129. The first meeting will be devoted to…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:50

Vampire saga lacks traditional horror appeal

For quite some time now, the literary genre known as “science fiction/horror” has been undergoing radical changes. The “creatures of the night,” be they zombies, vampires or werewolves, have been transformed into either (a) terrifying creations (“Dracula 2000” and its…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:49

GOP majority practicing partisan politics

To the Editor: I thought the new Republican majority in the North Carolina legislature was elected because voters felt they could do more to generate jobs and improve the economy in North Carolina than the Democrats. Yet some of the…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:48

Funding cuts will help us all

To the Editor: As soon as the federal budget was delivered to Congress, members like Nancy Pelosi and Bernie Sanders trotted out the age-old whine that conservatives want to harm women and children. The fact is that without deep spending…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:47

Budgets and politics clashing across the land

Politics and state budgets aren’t usually that interesting, but this year that’s not the case. Ideologies are clashing as lawmakers struggle to find a way through this recession, and we will all be affected by the outcome. North Carolina and…
Great Smoky Mountains Railway this week promised to return to Dillsboro in a big way, on this condition: Jackson County must come up with $817,176. “We need to explore how we can work together and get that train here, and…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:30

Ingles continues growth trend

Ingles got a green light last week from Waynesville’s town board to bulk out their Russ Avenue location, complete with gas station and convenience store, adding another expansion to the chain’s growing empire of new and revamped stores. The store…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:28

Residents weigh in on new Ingles

When Ingles pushes out of its old shell, it’s new home will bring new options to customers, like a stir-fry station, improved produce section and expanded wine and café offerings. For many local residents, however, the store’s current incarnation is…
A halfway house to help women who have been released from jail after serving time for minor offenses or other “life challenges” is opening in Sylva. The transitional housing, called Clean Slate, will serve women from Jackson, Haywood, Swain and…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:24

Much ado about everything in Maggie

In Maggie Valley’s Town Hall, the cooperative spirit has been in short supply of late, with disputes flaring at nearly every turn. A chill fell over the Board of Aldermen when former member Colin Edwards took his leave last month,…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:24

Mental health education class gets going

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Family-to-Family Education Program offers new spring classes for caregivers of individuals living with mental illness. Family-to-Family is a free, 12-week course led by John and Suzanne Gernandt, who are experienced in caring for a loved…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:23

Sylva Rotary Club hosts weekday pancake breakfast

A pancake breakfast will be held from 7:30 to 10 a.m. on Friday, March 4, at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Sylva, hosted by The Rotary Club of Sylva. On offer will be hot and cold beverages, all-you-can-eat…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:22

Jackson puts property revaluations off until 2015

Jackson County has decided to postpone its revaluation of property values from next year until 2015. A resolution to that effect is being prepared for adoption during the March meeting. Tax Assessor Bobby McMahan this week recommended the delay, citing…
In the farthest reaches of the Cherokee Indian  Reservation, work is being done to ensure that when crime happens, the police can be there. While most portions of the reservation are central to Cherokee itself, within easy reach of police…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:14

Bigger building, higher costs, no money

Jackson County commissioners are faced with a dilemma over the new Sylva library slated to open in May: either pony up more money for staff or the library will be forced to cut hours. The new library is four times…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:14

Train to help victims of domestic violence

Reach of Haywood needs volunteers for the nonprofit’s helpline. Helpline volunteers can assist from home — or away from home — if they have a cell phone. Other opportunities for volunteering are available, including helping at the REACH office on…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:13

Health Department offering free vaccines

Free flu vaccines are available at the Haywood County Health Department while supplies last. The flu vaccine is recommended for anyone over six months old and it is especially important for people at high risk of complications, including pregnant women,…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:13

Seats open on MedWest Haywood board

Four seats on the MedWest-Haywood hospital governing board will open up in April, with a deadline to apply of Feb. 28. Applications can be accessed on the county’s web page at www.haywoodnc.net or at the county administrative building. Completed applications…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:12

Construction begins on U.S. 441

Delays are expected on Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441) through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park beginning March 1, due to road rehabilitation.    In addition to repaving the road, thousands of feet of stone masonry retaining walls and several…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:10

Plows miss part of I-40

Motorists beware: a no man’s land at exit 37 on Interstate 40 may not be plowed and salted in bad weather with the same regularity as the rest of the highway. The stretch in question lies near the Haywood-Buncombe county…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 19:57

Community band calls for members

A new community band called Mountain Winds is forming in Jackson County, led by Bob Buckner, outgoing director of athletic bands at Western Carolina University and Jon Henson, assistant director of the school’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band. Musicians…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 19:56

Children of Zion give free performance

Jackson County’s Children of Zion Singers will be perform a free concert at 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 27, at First Baptist Church of Clyde. The show is part of the Sunday’s On Main concert series. The Children of Zion have…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 19:56

Benefit concert to be held at HCC

The Share the Warmth benefit concert featuring Balsam Range and Hominy Valley Boys is coming to Haywood Community College from 2 to 5 p.m. on Feb. 27. The event is sponsored by HCC and Champion Credit Union and all donations…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 19:54

Kenny Rogers stops off in Franklin

Legendary country star Kenny Rogers will make his way to The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing arts at 7:30 p.m. on March 5, for performances of some of his greatest hits. Rogers will entertain audiences with favorites from his…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 19:54

Local troupe makes HART appearance

The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre continues its Studio Theater season with The Oxymorons, an improvisational comedy troupe made up of many HART veterans.   The group has been in existence for a number of years and has become quite well…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 19:51

Marianna Black Library to host Anime Club

The anime club returns to Marianna Black Library 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26. Bryson City has an anime group of its own, and for fans, this is a chance to watch anime on a big screen…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 19:51

Art class offered just for kids

A free children’s art class is being offered on March 5 at the Uptown Gallery in Franklin.   Students must be at least 8 years old and preregistration is required. 828.369.0356.
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 19:51

Seuss characters come to life in Franklin

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss is coming to the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin at 7:30 p.m. on March 1 and 3, in a production by The Overlook Theater Company the Macon County Public Library.   Celebrate…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 19:50

Bikers in boxers breeze through Waynesville

A motorcycle ride aimed at raising funds for the heating bills of the elderly is coming to Waynesville at 12 p.m. on Feb. 26 in the ICMC Clubhouse. Attire is boxer shorts (over briefs) vest, gloves and boots. Women can…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 19:50

Seuss’ birthday celebrated in style

The Overlook Theatre Company will host a Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party on at 6 p.m. on March 2 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. The event is sponsored by Party Zone and will include games, stories, visits…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 19:49

Dillsboro weaver shares her craft

Adults and children can learn the joys of handweaving from classes offered by Susan Morgan Leveille, professional weaver and teacher for more than 35 years. Day and evening classes for students of all levels are being held at her Dillsboro…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 19:43

Small town alive with music

It’s unsurprising that in the mountain town of Sylva, the music scene is a pretty vibrant place to be. With a long and strong heritage of Appalachian music, it’s only natural that a community would grow up around that scene.…
The State Bureau of Investigation raided Swain County Department of Social Services Tuesday, hauling off computers and records in an investigation allegedly tied to the death of Aubrey Littlejohn, a 15-month-old baby who died Jan. 10. Littlejohn was brought to…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 21:02

Tragedy and the Ghost Dance’s demise

(Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series regarding the Cherokee Ghost Dance.) A recent column focused on a so-called Ghost Dance movement that took place among the Cherokees in 1811-13. That, of course, was almost 80 years…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 21:02

Wildlife Club to host community potluck

The Wildlife Club at Haywood Community College will hold a fundraiser at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25. The dinner/potluck will be at the Haywood County Fairgrounds off N.C. 209. A $10 donation is requested; $5 if you bring a potluck…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 21:01

Erosion-control training for earth movers

Two soil erosion-control trainings are available to contractors in Western North Carolina in early March. One is classroom-based and free, the other is in the field and has an admission fee. A Mountain Soil Erosion Control training will be held…