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Heritage Crafts Weekend, a celebration of Southern Appalachia traditions, will be held Sept. 25 and 26 at The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville. The event, now in its fifth year, features craft demonstrations and juried crafts vendors, plant sales and…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 18:59

Glaze techniques shared at SCC workshop

Artist Laura Davis will demonstrate and discuss her glaze techniques from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Swain Center of Southwestern Community College. Davis, who has been working with clay since 2002, owns Core Clay, a pottery…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 18:54

Immersed in art

Spiral Creek stands as a contrast to the everyday. Away from jarring news reports and routine responsibilities, the Bryson City artists’ sanctuary allows guests to work with only art in mind. During the day, students take arts and crafts classes…
Ed Williams is an expert when it comes to spotting the telltale signs of sewage seeping into creeks. “You get an eye and a nose for it,” Williams said. “You put the boots on and get in. You just start…
The 3rd Annual Youth Art Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Jackson County Green Energy Park. Opportunities abound for hands-on art activities such as sidewalk chalk, mural painting, tile mosaics,…
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 13:29

The Naturalist's Corner

Fall migration is heating up It looks like last week’s long-billed curlew was a harbinger of things to come. A quick perusal of the Carolinas Birding List at http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html#1283714291 showed fall migrants popping up all across the Carolinas. I guess…
Haywood County is headed to arbitration in a lawsuit over the $8.2 million renovation to the historic courthouse. The contractor sued the county for $2 million after being fired from the job in May 2008. The county claimed the contractor…
After months of debate, Haywood Community College leaders emerged victorious this week in their quest to build a $10.3 million building where craft industries will be taught. From weaving to pottery to woodworking, the new building will be a showcase…
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 12:51

Sept. 11 tribute honors emergency personnel

The second annual Sept. 11 “Never Forget” tribute and candlelight memorial will honor first responders who serve every day to protect the citizens of Haywood County. The tribute begins at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the historic Haywood Country…
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 12:50

Suicide risk workshop offered Sept. 10

Assessing suicide risk is the topic of a daylong professional development workshop to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at Western Carolina University. Lunch is included. “Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk” will include lectures, exercises,…
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 12:50

Grace Church invites applicants for grants

Grace Episcopal Church in Waynesville again will devote all the proceeds from its annual parish fair to mission outreach grants. The church invites local non-profit service agencies and organizations to submit applications by Sept. 15. Last year the church awarded…
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 12:49

Peace conference organizer featured on UNC-TV

Haywood County resident and Lake Junaluska Peace Conference Committee Chairman Garland Young and United Methodist Bishop Ken Carder will appear on UNC TV’s “North Carolina People” with Dr. Bill Friday at 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10, and at 5:30…
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 12:48

Meet GOP candidates in Jackson Sept. 9

Conservative candidates running for the Jackson County commission, state legislative offices and judgeships will be speaking at a “Meet Conservative Candidates” event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Savannah Community Center in Jackson Country. The Jackson…
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 12:46

Former ASU coach to lead basketball camp

“The New Model for Youth Basketball” camp, led by former ASU and Georgia Tech Coach Kevin Cantwell, will take place at Waynesville Recreation Center from Sept. 13 through Oct. 26. Cantwell is the current head basketball coach of Carolina Day…
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 12:46

Building Better Balance

Dr. Kate Queen will address “Building Better Balance” during a lunch and learn session from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, at on the second floor of Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center. She will be joined by a…
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 12:45

Habitat for Humanity build day in Clyde

The Haywood County Board of Realtors is organizing a Build Day for Habitat for Humanity on Sept. 16 at Barefoot Ridge in Clyde. Realtors and others who would like to take part in the event should be ready to work…
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 12:45

Log cabin raffle to benefit mentor program

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina will raffle off a Smoky Mountain cabin to benefit its efforts to recruit, screen, train and support caring adults who want to make a difference in the life of a child. The…
Western Carolina University maintained its top 10 ranking on a list of leading public regional universities in the south in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” guidebook released Aug. 17 For the second year in a row,…
After six felons in North Carolina ran for sheriff during the May primaries, legislators decided it was time to close that particular legal loophole. This November, voters will decide on a constitutional amendment that would put a stop to convicted…
Sylva Commissioner Christina Matheson surfaced as peacemaker last week for a town board that, among other matters, has shown signs of fracturing over the best method of hiring a new police chief. Commissioner Harold Hensley bucked up at a meeting…
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 12:37

Sylva pedestrian plan to come one step at a time

Getting around on your own two feet in Sylva would be safer and easier if an ambitious, $4.5-million pedestrian plan becomes reality. The plan — really, a wish list that would help keep the town moving now and in the…
Waynesville is attempting to preserve the neighborhood bounded by Walnut and North Main streets by seeking official recognition from the National Register of Historic Places. The town recently received a grant through the Certified Local Government Program to prepare a…
Haywood County officials foresee the historic hospital in Waynesville one day being transformed into affordable or senior housing. “That would be my vision,” said Commissioner Bill Upton. “Something might show up that we haven’t thought of, but affordable housing is…
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 12:31

Supporters hoping to keep WBHN on the air

When Swain County faced an onslaught of snow and ice last winter, local radio station WBHN wasn’t broadcasting road information or school closings. Die-hard fans of Swain County High’s sports teams haven’t been able to tune into any of the…
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 12:28

How would being a town help Cullowhee?

In hopes of transforming Cullowhee into a more vibrant college community, a group dedicated to reinventing the lackluster area around campus wants the Village of Forest Hills to expand its town limits and annex a portion of the university and…
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 20:54

Sometimes you just know when it’s right

I felt sure this morning the thermometer was telling lies. It read 48 degrees, but the chill in the air felt positively Siberian. Woodstove weather. Harvest weather. Count the hay bales, fill the root cellar, oh my golly we’d better…
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 20:53

Independent candidates might deserve a look

To the Editor: With the occurrence of each election cycle, more and more Americans are choosing to support and vote for candidates who do not have an “R” or a “D” after their name. That’s why it is not surprising…
To the Editor: Congressman Heath Shuler just sent out an email talking once again about the wisdom of his “S.A.V.E. Act” immigration bill. And indeed it is a good first step that, in his words, “expands an existing and successful system…
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 20:51

GOP was blamed for good reason

To the Editor: I want to thank the League of Women Voters in Franklin for holding candidate forums for our community.  On Aug. 12, the candidates for the North Carolina House and Senate running in the November election were invited…
“Pssst!” I was just finishing up my lat pull-down exercise when I heard it, but I was too busy thinking about how sore I’d be tomorrow to fully register the sound. Out of the gym all summer and good to…
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 20:41

From the composition book…

Saturday morning … sitting alone at the kitchen table … nothing much going on … looking out the window … watching the bend in the creek and the bend in the path that leads up to the bend in the…
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 20:40

Senior trip to see the elk

Seniors will get a chance to see the Cataloochee elk up close and personal on Sept. 13. The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department is offering the trip to everyone age 50 and above. Learn some of the rich history of…
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 20:39

Coexisting with bears

A group of wildlife lovers area has launched an initiative to make the Cashiers and Highlands area a “Bear Smart” community. “Black bears can live with people. Can people live with black bears?” asked Bill Lea of Franklin, both a…
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 20:38

Fish expert to deliver “State of the Trout”

Matt Kulp, fisheries biologist with Great Smoky Mountain National Park, will be speaking at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, at The Plateau Fly Fishing club meeting in Cashiers. Kulp will discuss “What’s going on in the Great Smoky Mountain National…
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 20:37

Fall leaf forecast: get ready for good color

Visitors to Western North Carolina’s mountains can look forward to a vibrant display of color this autumn, predicts Kathy Mathews, Western Carolina University’s fall foliage forecaster and associate professor of biology. “It’s been a hot year in North Carolina, with…
The Wildlife Commission has unveiled its proposed changes to hunting and fishing rules, but the list is a super short one this year and controversial proposals are markedly absent. A public hearing on the proposed changes will be held at…
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 20:35

GSMNP seeking volunteers for trail work

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host two volunteer trail projects on Saturday, Sept. 25, in recognition of National Public Lands Day — the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy.     The…
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 20:35

Apples are in, let the pressing begin

A field trip to the Wykle family apple orchard in Macon County will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9. Learn about heirloom pommes, pick your favorites and press them into fresh cider. A home-made apple press will…
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 20:34

Bike ride to benefit injured cyclist

A cyclist who was seriously injured during the Blue Ridge Breakaway race last month in Haywood County is showing some progress, but a full recovery is not expected, according to his doctors and family. Gary Williams, 62, from the greater…
A race for amateur paddlers will be held on the Tuckasegee River in Cullowhee on Saturday, Sept. 11. Paddlers in the second-annual Citizens Race will canoe or kayak through 10 slalom gates on a flat section of river off Old…
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 20:32

Educate yourself on waterfall safety

A new video podcast emphasizing water safety for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is now available for viewing.   The podcast, “Water Safety and Day Hiking,” is a four-minute video that showcases creeks, waterfalls and rivers in the park…
This year, Mountain Research Station in Waynesville is investigating organic farming on the Western North Carolina landscape on a greater scale than ever before. The launch of the test farm’s new organic unit has already turned heads and sparked mixed…
Native American writers from the Southeast are invited to participate in the first-ever Southeast Indian Writers Gathering, to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, and Friday, Sept. 17, at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian…
Twenty-eight Carolina authors will be selling and signing their books at the Celebration of Books from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Highlands Civic Center. There will also be workshops, readings, and entertainment for the…
Lin Stepp will sign copies of Tell Me About Orchard Hollow from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. The novel tells is second in the Smoky Mountain series and tells the story…
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 20:15

Putting the spotlight on Whittier

My Mountain Granny by Matthew Link Baker. Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, Inc., 2010. In the opening pages of My Mountain Granny, author Matthew Link Baker announces his intention of producing a book that would embody a kind of memorial…
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 20:00

Go behind the scenes of historic canning house

“Women’s Work Preserving the Past, Educating the Future,” will exhibit from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, at The Appalachian Women’s Museum, located at the Monteith Farmstead in Dillsboro. The opening of the exhibit celebrates the restoration…
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 19:54

Southeastern tribes share cultural traditions

The 6th annual Southeastern Tribes Cultural Arts Celebration will bring together master dancers, craftsmen, artists and athletes from the five main southeastern tribes:  Cherokee, Creek, Chickasaw, Seminole and Choctaw. The celebration takes place Friday, Sept. 17, and Saturday, Sept. 18,…
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 19:52

Motorcycle stunts and more at Rally in the Valley

The Carolina Harley-Davidson Dealers Association’s 10th Annual Rally in the Valley will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sept. 17 and 18 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. The rally features two days of great riding, live…
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2006 Inductee Artimus Pyle from Lynyrd Skynyrd is coming to Maggie Valley on Saturday, Sept, 11, for the Thunder in the Smokies Motorcycle Rally. Also appearing are Thunderfoot, DB Bryant, Preacher Stone and Big…