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Despite its vibrant façade, downtown Waynesville hasn’t been immune to the economic recession. So Richard Miller was surprised, to put it mildly, when he learned his downtown building doubled in value over the past five years — at least according…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:51

Civic orchestra wraps up season

The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra will end the season with a concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, in the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University. Featured soloists with the orchestra will be the winners of the 21st annual…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:50

HCC brings marketing to the arts

A free seminar entitled Marketing for the Craftsperson and Artist will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, in Haywood Community College’s Student Center by the school’s Small Business Center. This workshop is designed to teach…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:50

WCU percussionists perform original work

Western Carolina University’s Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Mario Gaetano, will perform at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, in the Coulter Building on the WCU campus. Included in the program is one of Gaetano’s original compositions, “Scenes from…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:49

HART presents ‘The Cemetery Club’

The comedy “The Cemetery Club” opens April 15 at Haywood Arts Regional Theater’s Studio Theater in Waynesville,with performances at 7:30 p.m. on April 15, 16, 22 and 23 and 3 p.m. on April 17 and 24. The show tells the…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:49

HART to hold auditions for ‘Deathtrap’

The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its June production of “Deathtrap” at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, April 17 and 18 at the HART Theatre in Waynesville. The production is being directed by Charles Mills and…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:47

Duncan performs for album release

Barbara Duncan will hold a release party for her new album, Music Says Go, at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 15, at City Lights bookstore in Sylva. Duncan is education director at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, but is…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:46

Put together your Peeps diorama

A Peeps Diorama Contest is being held at the Marianna Black Library for teens in grades six through 12. Entrants must create a diorama depicting their favorite book or scene from literature, with all the characters in the scene portrayed…
Learn the art of Coptic bookbinding with artist Katherine Cays from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at Rickman Store in Franklin. All levels are welcome and each student will complete a Coptic-bound book. Coptic binding has…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:44

Create cards with local artist

A Craft Club workshop teaching the art of crystal acetate card making will last from 10 a.m. until noon on Thursday, April 21, in the Community Service Center in Sylva. Candy Meyers, a card maker and craftsperson, will lead the…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:38

WNC welcomes Easter traditions

When the sun crests the mountains’ edge Easter morning, it will creep down through the hills and fall on Lake Junaluska, where more than 300 worshippers will sit awaiting it at the foot of the massive wooden cross that graces…
It’s what everyone wants to know: is their neighbor’s house worth more or less than their own? It’s not hard to find out at the county’s mapping site, where there’s a plethora of property revaluation data to keep even the…
As I begin writing this it’s midnight, April 4-5, 2011. When insomnia strikes I always look for something to read. At times I just rummage around in various books rereading and studying familiar passages. Some were encountered in recent years…
“I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree” … wait, that’s been done, hasn’t it? Time to get out the pen and paper and write your own poem to mark the 75th anniversary of the…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:57

Stocked trout season has arrived

Fishermen took to the creeks and rivers last weekend with the opening of hatchery-supported trout waters. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission began stocking trout in early March and will continue through August. About 1,100 miles of trout waters in WNC…
The Western North Carolina Fly-fishing trail is being stocked with 49,400 trout up through June, with the U.S. National Fly Fishing Championship using part of the trail in May. The WNC Fly-Fishing trail, centered in Jackson County, includes some of…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:56

Fontana bass fishing tournament

The annual Fontana Classic Bass Tournament will be held April 9 and 10, a chance for anglers to compete for prize money in this Smoky Mountain classic. With water temperatures already rising, local anglers are reporting an increase in the…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:55

Racers get ready for Lake Junaluska duathlon

Local athletes who enjoy the challenging combination of a mountain-terrain duathlon — a 2.2-mile run, followed by a 20-mike bike ride, capped by a repeat of the run — will compete Saturday, April 9, at Lake Junaluska in Haywood County…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:54

Looks like this race is a winner

The Lilly of the Valley half-marathon attracted a whopping 164 runners last weekend, triple what organizers expected for the inaugural race. The top female runner, Jennifer Bell, 37, of Brasstown (shown here) finished the 13.1-mile course along the Tuckasegee River…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:53

Volunteer to keep the Tuck clean

Raft loads of volunteers will take to the Tuckaseigee River on Saturday, April 16, for the 27th annual clean-up organized by Western Carolina University’s Base Camp Cullowhee. The Tuckaseigee River Cleanup is the largest single-day effort to clean up a…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:52

WCU outdoor adventure summer camp

From kayaking to rock climbing, elementary and middle school students can sample outdoor adventure through the Catamount Adventure Camps this summer. Teaching young people new outdoor skills, as well as the value of teamwork and an appreciation of nature, are…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:52

Gorges State Park hosts spring celebration

Gorges Gratitude Day will be held Saturday, April 16, featuring special presentations on a variety of topics, live music, food, and hayrides. Speakers will share programs on falconry, black bears, mountain ecosystems, folklore and geology. Community organizations will provide food…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:50

A perfect fit

The planets must have been in alignment when Buddy Young, director of residential services at Lake Junaluska, and Candace Stimson, Low Impact Development (LID) student at Haywood Community College, became acquainted. Stimson and her LID 112 class began working with…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:47

Gearing up for spring

Kathy Calabrese, who makes herbal-medicine products such as lip balms, sprays and salves using herbs she grows at her Whittier home or gets from local farmers, is glad to see winter go — not so much the passing of winter…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:45

Sentimental story is also very memorable

The Memory of Running is a “road book.” In some respects it resembles what critics in the 19th century called a “picaresque,” which means that the protagonist finds himself on a journey or a kind of quest. That would certainly…
Tuckasegee poet Thomas Rain Crowe will be at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 8, to read from his newest poetry collection, Crack Light. The book features photographs by Simone Lipscomb and more than 40…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:44

Take N.C. 107 bypass off priority list

To the Editor: Jackson County Commissioners are ranking road improvement projects in the County’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) at their meeting April 18. Here are some reasons why I feel commissioners should follow the example set by Sylva to leave the…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:44

Haywood Chamber needs visitor center

To the Editor: The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority board has voted to cut funding to the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce. This will seriously hinder – if not cripple – tourism events the H.C.C.C. sponsors each year. Any staff…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:43

GOP legislators try to block federal money

To the Editor: The good news is the North Carolina Department of Transportation has received a $461 million federal grant to improve rail service between Raleigh and Charlotte, creating 4,800 jobs during the next two years. Many of the jobs…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:43

Voter ID bill just a waste of good money

To the Editor: As an advocate for seniors and senior services, I find I am more and more concerned about the Voter ID bill that was introduced in the state Senate by Sen. Ralph Hise (R-Spruce Pine). I absolutely believe…
Maybe I’m just self-absorbed, but I swear that when I’m interested in something, it often seems as if the whole world suddenly has become interested in the very same thing. Given this, it didn’t seem terribly odd that the husband…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:35

For better or worse, for normal or weird

One of the advantages of getting older is that you learn a few things if you pay attention. For example, when I was younger, I hid certain things about myself when I met someone I thought I might be interested…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:20

Grab bargains at indoor yard sale

An indoor yard sale will take over the Ramsey Regional Activity Center at Western Carolina University from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. The sale, now in its 21st year, will feature a broad range of items…
Learn to make scented soap, bath salts or a hooked mug rug in three new classes from 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, at Dogwood Crafters in Dillsboro. Supplies will be provided for a small fee and participants will take…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:18

Writers’ group welcomes local author

Heather Newton, author of Under the Mercy Trees, will be the speaker for the Mountain Writers’ Network at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. Under the Mercy Trees, a tale of family, love and…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:17

‘Shipwrecked’ to stage at HART

The Haywood Arts Regional Theater is gearing up for its next production, “Shipwrecked,” showing at 7:30 p.m. on April 8 and 9, and 3 p.m. on April 10. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and $8 for students.…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:16

Dance and dine at monthly contra day

A free contra dance will be held from 2:30 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, at the Bridge Park Pavilion in Sylva. There will also be a potluck dinner following the contra dance, starting at 5:30. Dancers should bring…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:16

Take the A train with WCU stage play

Western Carolina University theater students will present the unconventional “The Atrainplays, Vol. 2” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, through Saturday, April 16, and at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 17, in the Niggli Theatre. The production is six short plays,…
Western North Carolina’s renowned youth choir Voices in the Laurel will perform with award winning composer and guest conductor Dr. Rollo Dilworth at 3 p.m. on April 10 at the First Baptist Church in Waynesville. Voices’ 15th Anniversary Concert will…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:13

Overlook Players to do ‘Sound of Music’

Franklin’s Overlook Players will perform Rogers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” April 14 through 17 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. The classic musical will be staged by locals and stage veterans alike and will be…
By DeeAnna Haney • Smoky Mountain News Intern Although Curly Hollow might sound like the perfect picnic area down some country road, it’s really more a product of imagination than a destination. In fact, the members of the band Curly…
Waynesville leaders will vote this month on whether to loosen town guidelines governing growth. A special task force spent the past 18 months reviewing the town’s development standards and recommending changes. The town’s land-use plan was heralded for its smart…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:10

Take a walk in her shoes

Men and their families are invited to Take A Walk In Her Shoes, a sexual assault awareness event, will run from 11:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 from in front of the Historic Haywood County Court House.…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:09

Enroll in Red Cross babysitter’s training

The Haywood County Red Cross is encouraging boys and girls ages 11 to 15 who would like to start their own babysitting business to enroll in the Babysitters Training Program.   This course is also aimed toward older siblings who…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:08

Dropouts stay-in more in Jackson County

Jackson County Schools’ dropout rate has decreased by 56.2 percent – from 4.43 in 2008-09 to 1.99 in 2009-10.    Jackson County has been highlighted as one of four counties across the state for achieving the greatest decrease in dropout…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:08

Bridge near Highlands slated for replacement

A bridge will be replaced over the Cullasaja River on Mirror Lake Road near Highlands in Macon County. A $577,544 contract was awarded to Dane Construction Inc. of Mooresville. Work can begin as early as April 25 and is scheduled…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:07

League to discuss health care

The League of Women Voters of Macon County will present a program on affordable health care in North Carolina at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, at Tartan Hall in Franklin. George Six, a volunteer with Healthcare for All North…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:07

Program encourages families of the disabled

The author of “Grown Man Now,” and Western Carolina University professor Jane B. Schulz, will speak at a program geared toward encouraging families with members who have disabilities. The free program is hosted by Pure in Heart and will be…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:06

Paint pottery for a cause

Paint a bowl to fill a bowl – proceeds from pottery painting at Claymates from April 1 to April 17 will support The Community Table’s annual empty bowl fundraiser. The Community Table is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving nutritious…
Bringing regular train service back to Dillsboro greatly depends on whether Jackson County commissioners come up with dollars to help restore a steam engine and bring it here from Maine, Kim Albritton, vice president and general manager of Great Smoky…