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Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:49

Competitive youth soccer try-outs

Carolina Mountains Soccer Club in Haywood County is holding tryouts May 24 through 26 for the coming season. The soccer club is designed for youth players who have the skill, drive and desire to take their development to the next…
Adults with a hankering for soccer this summer can sign up to play in a league run by the Haywood County Recreation and Parks. There is a open league and a women’s league. Teams in the open league (maximum of…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:47

Gardening for Wildlife series in Macon

Do you want to attract more birds, butterflies, beneficial insects and other native species to your backyards? It’s easy, fun for the family and an important way to help restore native habitats. Friends of Rickman Store, in the historic Cowee…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:46

Learn how to build a backyard habitat

The Great Smoky Mountains Audubon Society will hold a Backyard Habitat Workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Maggie Valley Pavilion. Come learn how to transform yards into native plant and wildflower paradises. Presented by…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:46

Four planets visible to naked eye in May

Western North Carolina stargazers will be able to witness a rare astronomical phenomenon this month when four of the five planets visible to the naked eye can be observed close together in the early morning sky. That’s the word from…
The Mountain Sports Festival returns to Asheville on May 27-29, with a line up to entice any pro or amateur athlete to test themselves in mountain sports. The festival brings in more than 15,000 visitors and competitors. Competitions will take…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:45

Make money off your forestland

A wildcrafting, general make-your-forest work for you workshop is scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 26 at the Cashiers library in Jackson County. Topics include new ginseng regulations, how to start an agro-forestry business, green certification and branding…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:44

Lend a hand for the birds

Volunteers are needed at the bird-monitoring station at Tessentee Bottomland Preserve in Macon County. The program is a nationwide effort coordinated by the Institute for Bird Populations to monitor productivity, survivorship and population trends of breeding birds throughout North America.…
Want to see some of the best fly-fishing imaginable? The 2011 U.S. National Fly Fishing Championship will be held May 19 through May 22. It will be headquartered in Cherokee with fishing held on several waterways in the region The…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:40

Quiet please!

Last Saturday morning I was racing around in the woods of the Tusquitee Ranger District on the other side of Murphy, surveying some of the outlaying bird points, trying to finish up that district. I don’t know why it is,…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:40

Get on that bike and ditch the car

A “Bike to Work” ride will be held in Waynesville May 20 on National Bike to Work Day. The length is about three miles and is mainly over flat terrain. The ride will begin at the large parking lot beside…
Hiwassee-Valley Land Trust, a project of the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee, has purchased the 100-acre Salman Farm that lies on Valley River near Andrews. The farm was acquired by the land trust last month, and is now protected…
Some of the scientists helping to identify every living species in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are giving up rights to name their discoveries for an even bigger prize: raising money to ensure the continued survival of the Discover…
I traveled over the Balsams this past weekend from Sylva to Lake Junaluska for a native plant sale, and I’m very glad that I set time aside to make the trip. Not only were there some nice specimens to be…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:28

Leadership Institute can solve problems

To the Editor: The  Natural Resources Leadership Institute is a multi-faceted instructional and community service program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension at North Carolina State University. North Carolina is facing tremendous growth and development pressures in some of the most…
To the Editor: The House in Raleigh recently passed a budget with deep spending cuts. According to Forbes.com, House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) said “… retirements, vacancies, turnover and flexibility for local school districts … would reduce actual job losses…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:24

US policy on killing is confusing

With its unending contradictions, life is at best confusing and at worst inexplicable. The U.S. is in the minority of nations today that embraces the death penalty. Since I endeavor to avoid self righteous mobs known as majorities, I like…
North Carolina is facing a budget crisis. I get that. What I don’t get is the proposed slashing of so many worthwhile programs when a relatively simple answer – not a panacea, mind you, but a stopgap way to provide…
Auditions for the 2011-2012 season of Voices in the Laurel will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24 and 31, and June 7. The Western North Carolina children’s choir develops singers’ abilities through group practice and…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:18

Calling vendors for mountain festival

Arts, crafts and food vendors are being sought to participate in Mountain Heritage Day, Western Carolina University’s annual fall festival of traditional Appalachian culture to be held in September. The festival typically attracts more than 20,000 visitors who come to…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:17

Celebrate summer at Mustang Roundup

The annual Smoky Mountain High School Mustang Roundup is scheduled for May 21, sponsored by the Smoky Mountain High School Parent-Teacher Organization. The Roundup is an outdoor carnival held in the afternoon during the regular school day and features inflatables,…
Brevard’s Hogtown Squealers Band will play a concert of traditional string band music at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, in Franklin’s Town Square gazebo.   Over their 20-year collaboration, the Squealers have incorporated honky-tonk, ragtime and other traditions into…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:16

Concert to benefit Pigeon Center

A special evening concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 27, at Grace Episcopal Church in Waynesville. The event will be held as a fundraiser for the children’s summer program at Pigeon Community Multi-Cultural Development Center. The…
Members of the Haywood County-based Balsam Range will be joined by the host of the television show “Life in the Carolinas” during a performance at 7:30 p.m. on May 24 at Smoky Mountain Roasters in Waynesville. Host Carl White will…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:10

Corvettes welcome NASCAR

The Vettes in the Valley Corvette show will be held May 28 and 29 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Vettes in the Valley hosted more than 320 Corvettes from 15 states last year and anticipates an even bigger show…
The Osmond Brothers are coming to the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, to perform all styles of music from barbershop to jazz. The Osmond Brothers have been performing world-wide for 50…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:08

Benefit concert raises funds for kids

A benefit concert featuring Jon Byrd and Milan Miller will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, at Smoky Mountain Coffee Roasters in Hazelwood. The performance will raise money for the Kids Advocacy Resource Effort and is the…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:07

Dillsboro begins block party season

Dillsboro will close Front Street to host a block party from on the third Saturday of each month from now through November. The event will include live music, food, games for kids and more. Most shops will be open late.…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:01

Local brewer celebrates one year

Nantahala Brewing will celebrate its one-year anniversary at noon on Saturday, May 21, at the new tap room in Bryson City. In addition to its own craft brews, there will be live music from the Freight Hoppers, door prizes and…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:00

Newest quilt block hung in Maggie Valley

The Haywood County Arts Council’s Quilt Trails project unveiled its first quilt block in Maggie Valley in April at the Maggie Valley Town Hall. More than 30 people attended the unveiling of the Little Red School House block, which is…
You know it’s summer in Sylva when Concerts on the Creek gets going, bringing local and regional music and family fun to Bridge Park Pavilion every Friday from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This year, local favorites the Rye Holler…
Jackson County Schools has hired Michael Murray, currently associate superintendent of Operations for McDowell County Schools, as its new superintendent. Murray will replace Sue Nations, who is retiring. Murray has been with the McDowell County school system for the past…
When having a conversation with Penny Morgan, you’ll hear a lot of phrases that aren’t often associated with business in Haywood County. “Military contracts” is probably the most notable. “Top secret” might be another. Morgan owns a company called Aermor,…
A new $12 million entrance road for Southwestern Community College got preference over other road projects in the region in recent years, partly thanks to support from the right friends in the right places. Conrad Burrell, the chairman of the…
The motivation behind a $12 million entrance road to Southwestern Community College has been called into question by a Jackson County commissioner. Jack Debnam, chairman of the Jackson County commissioners, claims the road catapulted past others to the top of…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 19:51

Youth camp offered this summer in Haywood

“Buzz’s Summer Blast Youth Camp” at MedWest Health & Fitness Center in Haywood County will be held two weeks this summer, June 20 to June 24 and July 25 through July 29. The camp will offer games, activities and exploration…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 19:50

Summer camp to ignite creativity

Rising second through ninth graders can promote their creativity and problem solving skills at the ninth annual Rocket to Creativity Camp at Western Carolina University this summer. The camp lasts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 27, through…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 19:50

Free physicals for student athletes

All Haywood County students grades six through 11 who plan to participate in a school sport for the upcoming school year are eligible for a free physical provided by MedWest Sports Medicine on May 31 at MedWest Health & Fitness…
Business owners looking for help getting started with social media marketing can attend the free seminar “Business Owner’s Guide to Facebook & Twitter: Starting from Scratch to Online Success,” from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24. Led by…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 19:49

Play softball for a cause

“Summer Slam,” a co-ed softball tournament sponsored by Swain/Qualla SAFE, Inc. and Medwest Swain, will be Saturday, May 28. Deadline to get your team registered is at 8 p.m. Monday, May 23. The tournament will be held at John Crowe…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 19:48

Cashiers rec center would cost $5 million

Jackson County commissioners may tap the county’s robust savings to build a $5 million recreation center in Cashiers. The rec center has been years in the making, with the previous board of commissioners chipping away at site preparation, planning and…
Waynesville employees will likely see a 3 percent raise in their paycheck next year, if budget suggestions proffered by the town manager are approved by aldermen. The proposed budget for 2011-12, released last week, calls for an across-the-board, cost-of-living pay…
Macon County’s proposed budget manages to keep taxes at 27.9 cents per $100 valuation — the second-lowest rate in the state — yet give employees a 3 percent cost-of-living raise. “They have worked hard to do their job without complaint…
Go into any store and you run into the term “green.” Bags of chips, detergents, new cars and fluorescent-light bulbs — all are bedizened in alleged greenness. But what, exactly, does green mean? And who should get to declare themselves…
What do Harrill Residence Hall at Western Carolina University, the Cherokee Central School System, the new Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the Smokies and the firehouse in Sylva have in common? Each of these projects help make a whole: they are…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 19:33

McCoy bridge compromise muddies debate

A proposed compromise by Macon County commissioners on a historic bridge outside of Franklin isn’t sitting well with those who’ve fought for nearly a decade to save it. Last week, the county board voted unanimously to ask the N.C. Department…
In Haywood County, the tax rate would have to bump up three cents for the county to bring in the same amount of money as last year. Overall, the property values in the county were down following the recent revaluation,…
More than a few readers of this column collect books associated with the Smokies region. A friend who spends most of his waking hours either fishing the backcountry trout waters in the Smokies or plotting ways to do so brought…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:54

The Smokies’ biggest job

Alan Sumeriski, chief of facility management, was selected as Great Smoky Mountains National Park employee of the year for major accomplishments in improving park facilities. Sumeriski has led the park’s facility management workforce since 2007, which consists of about 160…
The Waynesville Kiwanis will host a “Spring Fling” at the Waynesville Recreation Center on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be tubing in Richland Creek, a dunking booth, kids’ dog show, a three point and…