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Local author Barbara Dumas Ballew will be available to sign copies of her novel, George’s Creek to Georgia, July 1 and 2, at the Smoky Mountain Firecracker Fest in Franklin. George’s Creek to Georgia is a journey through four generations…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:11

Feelin' like the Fourth

There is no shortage of festivals and special events planned for the extended July 4 weekend. Mountain communities are going all out to make sure that locals and visitors alike will have plenty to do. So whether your idea of…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:15

Blundering upon a Smokies icon

I’ve always been interested in the processes by which we discover things. Being a naturalist, I’m most interested in the processes by which entities like birds, plants, special places, etc., are located. I’m a firm believer that preparation generally pays…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:13

Bryson City heats up with Firecracker 5K

The annual Firecracker 5K sponsored by the Bryson City Rotary Club is set for Monday, July 4, in conjunction with downtown festivities scheduled for later that day. The race will begin at 8 a.m. with registration starting at 6:45 a.m.…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:13

Appalachians stories of conservation

Stories of Appalachian conservation by a native son and award-winning storyteller Gary Carden will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 30, in Highlands. The program is hosted by the Highlands Biological Foundation as part of the “Think About Thursdays”…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:13

Children’s trout program

A raising trout class will be held Saturday, June 25, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for ages 4 to 7. The event will cover the ins and outs of the Bobby N. Setzer trout hatchery operations, plus kids can…
On Friday, July 1, a Women’s Introduction to Fly Fishing class will be presented from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., covering equipment, knots, casting techniques and aquatic entomology.  Equipment and materials provided. The program is free and open to ages…
The Canary Coalition will hold its annual membership meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30, in Sylva. All members of the public interested in grassroots action to further this cause are invited. There will be a general discussion…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:11

Bear activity increases in national forest

The U.S. Forest Service is warning hikers and campers that there has been an increase in black bear encounters in the vicinity of Graveyard Fields on the Pisgah Ranger District. There have also been reports of increased bear activity around North Mills River and Wash…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:10

Learn to identify hunters of the sky

“Hunters of the Sky,” a program featuring live birds of prey, will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, at the Village Commons at the Crossroads in Cashiers. The program, by Michael Skinner of Balsam Mountain Trust, is…
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominees for its annual Lawrence G. Diedrick Small Game Award, given to an individual and an organization whose actions significantly and positively impact North Carolina’s small game populations, including Northern bobwhite, ruffed grouse,…
Fifth graders at Clyde Elementary school worked with Haywood Waterways Association to stencil storm drains in their school campus parking lot this month. The drains now provide the message that the water that flows into them goes straight into the…
The Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River will hold its annual summer meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 27, at Monteith Farmstead Park in Dillsboro. Anyone interested in water quality is welcome. The meeting will include an overview of…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:07

Birding low and high

Too many birders hang their binoculars up and put their field guides back on the shelf after May, fearing the “dog” days of summer. But the summer months offer a great opportunity to get to know your local nesters. While…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:06

Help needed to clear trails in Panthertown

Recent storms have left debris on and other damage to trails in Panthertown Valley, a national forest recreation area located in southern Jackson County near Cashiers. Friends of Panthertown will hold a workday to clean up those trails from 9:30…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:05

Bad air days common so far this summer

Feeling a bit stuffy these days? You’re not alone — stagnating weather patterns and excessive heat, coupled with a heavy pollen load, made for difficult breathing conditions for some this month. Take Joan McDonald, 66, of St. Petersburg, Fla., who…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:00

Rash finishing new book

Western Carolina University faculty member and writer Ron Rash is putting the final touches on his new novel even as he is honored for the contributions he has made to Southern literature through his previous novels, short stories and poems.…
Local author Barbara Dumas Ballew will be available to sign copies of her novel, George’s Creek to Georgia, July 1 and 2, at the Smoky Mountain Firecracker Fest in Franklin. George’s Creek to Georgia is a journey through four generations…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:57

A new take on the Paris of the ‘20s

Paris in the 1920s attracted multitudes of American writers and artists. Drawn to France by a sense of adventure, by a strong dollar, by French culture, and not least, by the fact that in France the wine and spirits flowed…
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…