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Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:08

A grisly war novel that stands apart

“It took Karl Marlantes 30 years to write his thunderous, brutally granular account of scorched-earth combat in Vietnam. Matterhorn was originally published by a tiny press in California before a prominent New York editor caught up to it, and now…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:06

Thanks for making Fire and Ice a success

To the Editor: On behalf of the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce, I would like to thank The Smoky Mountain News management and staff for their incredible support of the 2011 FIRE and Ice Winterfest. Due to the informational articles…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:04

Motocross track would violate our rights

To the Editor: Clarks Chapel is a delightful and quiet area that in recent years has attracted many people, including retirees, investing in land and homes. They have done so to enjoy the tranquility and beauty of this small part…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:59

A few hopeful signs of spring

I detect signs of spring. Whether this is fantasy or reality, that’s for you to decide, but I choose to cling to these wisps of hope. Just this past week I grew heartily tired of winter, after cheerily pretending to…
My epiphany occurred on a bitter cold Sunday afternoon, the snow having momentarily given way to a stray and fleeting glimpse of the actual sun — lately as rare as a celebrity sighting at Ingles. I was outside doing my…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:45

Winter youth art classes offered at the Bascom

The Bascom is offering winter art classes for kids from pre-school to high school that will keep them busy and engaged, while developing their creativity at every level. The Bascom is open year round. Winter dates are from January 7…
Juggler Mark Nizer will bring a blend of comedy, juggling, music and technology to Western Carolina University at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28, as part of the Galaxy of Stars Series. The winner of the International Juggling Championships, Nizer…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:43

Classes focus on stylish dance

A new series of dance classes will be held Monday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. starting Feb. 7 at The Farm in Candler. The classes will be kick off with East Coast Swing. The cost will be $40 per…
The annual Father-Daughter Semi-formal Dance will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at the First United Methodist Church in Sylva. It is put on by the Downtown Sylva Association. Fathers and daughters of all ages can enjoy…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:42

A sweet way to show library support

The 4th-annual Chocolate Cook-Off will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, in Bryson City to raise money for the Marianna Black Library. The Friends of the Marianna Black Library are looking for the best chocolate dessert…
The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Session Series at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will continue Thursday, Feb. 3, with a concert by the Freight Hoppers. The performance will be followed by a jam session with local musicians…
Student art is on display by the Haywood County Arts Council at Waynesville’s Gallery 86 through January 29. The exhibit highlights works by 25 students ranging from elementary school to high school who attend Haywood Christian Academy and the Deep/Young…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:39

Inspired Art Ministry offers classes

Inspired Art Ministry in Waynesville has opened their doors for the winter term, offering drawing and painting classes for all experience levels. Classes may also be used by professional artists as an open studio space and are held at First…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:37

Art and love collide at SweetheART Gallery Show

Celebrate art and love during the Haywood County Arts Council’s February “SweetheART” Show featuring artist couples from Haywood County. The show will run Wednesday, Feb. 2 through Saturday, Feb. 26. A Valentine-themed artist reception will be held on Friday, Feb.…
Culinary talent throughout Western North Carolina gathered to compete in a single-elimination culinary skills recipe and preparation contest during the Fire & Ice Winterfest this past weekend. Sweet potatoes, pork tenderloin and Chayote squash were among the ingredients given to…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:35

Holquist and Civic Orchestra to perform Jan. 29

Dr. Robert Holquist will solo with the Western Carolina Civic Orchestra at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29, in the WCU Coulter Recital Hall. Holquist, a bass-baritone, will sing the arias from “Alexander’s Feast,” an oratorio by Handel and Mozart’s…
John Gernandt loves the word tactile. It’s not so much the word, really, as the whole concept. People, he says, love to pet things. It is in our nature. We are, by default, a touchy species. He is saying this…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:30

Winter blanket drive in Franklin

Donations of food, coats and blankets are needed for the Warmth in Winter event in Franklin. Free hot meals, blankets, and other services for those in need will be provided from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, in…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:30

State road map yours for the asking

A new, 2011-12 state roadmap can be obtained for free by contacting the N.C. Department of Transportation. The state map includes a detailed represen-tation of highways throughout the state, insets of major metropolitan areas, indexes of cities and towns. Plus,…
Haywood Habitat for Humanity is holding an open enrollment through January for perspective new-home partner families. Applicants must meet certain criteria for consideration. For general information or to obtain required applications call 828.452.7960 or visit www.haywoodhabitat.org.
Mountain BizWorks will offer “Foundations,” an eight-week business planning course starting Feb. 2 in Waynesville. Students will learn how to craft a solid business plan, including: developing a mission statement, estimating start-up and overhead costs, setting profit goals, cash flow,…
A United Nations expert on women’s human rights is investigating why Native women face the highest rates of sexual and physical assault of any group in the U.S. Rashida Manjoo, United Nations special rapporteur on Violence Against Women, will visit…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:27

Free tax preparation help in Jackson

Those with low and moderate income can get help preparing and filing their taxes every Monday and Friday from Feb. 4 until April 11 at the Jackson County Senior Center in Sylva.  Monday hours are from 10 a.m. to 5…
With Gov. Beverly Perdue reversing her stance on her previous suggestion to privatize liquor sales, towns can rest assured they’ll probably not soon see this important revenue stream go dry. In Waynesville, beneficiary of about $170,000 in annual profits from…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:23

Dirt-bike track gets green flag

Bud Talley said this week he plans to move forward on building a dirt-bike track on his farm in Macon County despite opposition from neighbors. The size and scope of the project hasn’t yet been determined, Talley said, but “something”…
With what they claim is hundreds of thousands in unpaid rent and loans on the line, Jackson County commissioners have ordered three delinquent tenants at county-owned industrial sites to pay up, or else. Precisely what “or else” means hasn’t been…
Faculty and staff at Southwestern Community College will take part in a daylong session this week on how to identify and deal with troubled students. The program has been in the works since last fall, but the Arizona shootings have…
When Jackson County’s new commissioners announced they would oversee all hiring to determine whether positions should be filled or wiped off the books, the mandate had a fiscally prudent, vigilant-watchdogs-of-taxpayer-dollars sound. “I have to admit, this is causing somewhat of…
Supporters of Jackson County’s methane-powered Green Energy Park urged county leaders last week not to slash funding to the innovative project. “What is the Green Energy Park?” Aaron Shufelt, a glass artisan and intern at the park, asked rhetorically during…
Haywood County commissioners have cut five full-time jobs and frozen four open positions to stave off a projected budget shortfall for the current fiscal year. It marks the third straight year commissioners have cut county jobs to counter recession-driven budget…
Haywood County is seriously considering turning over operations of the county landfill to a private company in hopes of saving money. The proposal also includes selling space in the landfill, allowing other locales to ship their trash here for a…
The Department of Transportation isn’t sure how long it will take to investigate anonymous allegations of fraud among road maintenance contractors and DOT employees in Haywood County, according to a spokesperson for the agency. A second anonymous letter was distributed…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:08

Southern cuisine comes to Clyde

If you had to pick a concept to describe Mary Catherine Earnest, it would probably be local. The owner and co-founder of Haywood County’s Blue Rooster Southern Grill is a proud local girl, through and through, and she said that’s…
Runners who need a little inspiration to stay in shape this winter can now look toward a new half marathon to be held at Western Carolina University on Sunday, April 3. To help runners get ready — including those who…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:11

Nothing like old-time boardinghouses

Are there boardinghouses still operating here in the Smokies region? There are, of course, hotels, inns, bed-and-breakfasts, and motels galore. But I’m wondering about the true, old-fashioned boardinghouse, which flourished throughout the region until the middle of the 20th century.…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:10

Want more bike lanes? This survey is for you

If you like to bike, but don’t like how few bike lanes there are in your community, now’s the chance to tell the N.C. Department of Transportation to do a better job of accommodating cyclists. A 5- to 10-minute survey…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:09

Motorcycle maps make parkway sidetrips a breeze

A new series of maps designed for motorcycle riders chronicle the side trips and excursions along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The maps identify thousands of miles of classic motorcycle rides that lay beyond the parkway. The routes on the map…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:08

New mountain bike trails at Jackrabbit

After years of hard work by the mountain bike community, a new system of trails at Jackrabbit Recreation Area on Chatuge Lake near Hayesville is quickly becoming a top single-track destination. The 14-mile trail system skirts the edge of peninsulas…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:06

Plott Hound exhibit hits the road

Anyone who missed the historical exhibit on the Plott Hound at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center has through April to make a trip over to Headwaters Outfitters in Rosman to check it out. The only American hound not from…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:05

Agritourism no longer a newfangled venture

Farmers interesting in tapping the potential of agritourism can attend an all-day workshop on Thursday, Jan. 27, at Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley. Put on by the N.C. Cooperative Extension, “The Business Side of Agritourism” will explore the myriad ways…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:01

The Naturalist's Corner: Triple play

Crawl out of your igloo and take a look around. We had kind of assumed a “snow” mentality here at the Hendershot household. A little sledding, a little snow play, then back into the house for hot chocolate, snacks and…
A book co-authored by Western Carolina University professor Rob Young about the global threat to coastal communities posed by rising sea levels has proven so popular that its publisher is announcing a release in paperback. “We’re very pleased with how…
Kathryn Magendie, an author from Haywood County, will be at City Lights book store in Sylva to read from her new novel Sweetie at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22. Sweetie is a wild girl — rough, almost feral, yet…
Anyone who has driven state roads between Asheville and Winston-Salem has quite possibly seen those state historical markers commemorating the passage of Stoneman’s raiders in the spring of 1865. North Carolina has erected 19 of these markers — the largest…
Logging in national forests might take on a radically different look in coming years. The forest service might be moving away from the old-school timber sale, where stands of trees were auctioned to the highest bidder and then left to…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:45

Adoption center opens at Sarge’s

Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation will soon open its Animal Adoption Center. The new location will be 256 Industrial Park Drive at the Regional High Tech Center in Waynesville. The facility will include the main office and administrative area, an 1,800-square-foot…
The Macon County businessman and farmer who stirred up controversy recently by announcing plans to build a dirt-bike racetrack in a residential community said he’s still deciding whether to move forward with the plan. More than 100 people turned out…
Jackson County has pumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into the Green Energy Park since launching the innovative project about five years ago. Rent and usage fees offset a portion of the costs. Taxpayers, however, largely underwrite the venture, an…
There are many issues to discuss in the wake of the tragedy in Arizona that left six dead and 13 wounded. The ugliness of the political discourse in this nation is one. We took that subject up last week in…
Don’t expect business as usual when the state’s General Assembly convenes January 26: not with an epic power shift from left to right and a crippling $3.7 billion shortfall to contend with. Despite the staggering budget crisis, Republicans — who…