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Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:02

Mountain dulcimer master comes to Franklin

A master dulcimer player will give a concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21, at Franklin High School Fine Arts Center. Michael Shull is a National Mountain Dulcimer Champion, a recording artist and teacher who is well-known across the…
The first Bascom Winter Barn Dance of the season will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, with music by 4118. Barn dances are held the last Saturday of the month January through March. In January, educators…
While ice carving may seem like a delicate enterprise — a patient art form executed with a well-aimed chisel and a gentle tap from a tack hammer — it’s anything but. When six ice carvers faced off at the Fire…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:53

Suggestions what, when to plant veggies

As I noted in this space a couple of weeks ago, this is the time of year to order seeds and plan your garden. If like me, you are snowbound, thinking about gardening makes for pleasant thoughts. So, what follows…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:52

When we prod the mountains, they fall

To the Editor: I have been reading letters in the Franklin Press from several angry people in recent days. I can no longer restrain myself from adding my two cents worth. In 1972 I had a letter in the newspaper…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:50

Words have a power we often forget

Just as I was sitting down to write my column on the controversy surrounding a new edition of Mark Twain’s classic novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which an Auburn University professor plans to publish with the intention of replacing…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:38

Coming across words to remember

Editor’s note: George Ellison is snowed in without an Internet connection. This column first appeared in The Smoky Mountain News in January 2003. Tuckaseigee, Oconaluftee, Heintooga, Wayah, Cullasaja, Hiwassee, Coweeta, Stecoah, Steestachee, Skeenah, Nantahala, Aquone, Katuwah, and on and on.…
A February program at the Cradle of Forestry will explore how frogs come out of their hiding places to find mates and lay eggs in woodland waters. The program — whimsically named “Frog Love in the Pink Beds”  in honor…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:37

Shooting range sidelined by opposition

The U.S. Forest Service has backed off a proposed shooting range in Clay County following public opposition. The forest service planned to build a new shooting range near Perry Creek in the Nantahala National Forest, but the site has been…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:36

Downhill racing season heats up at Cataloochee

The ski racing season kicked off at Cataloochee Ski Area last week. More than 200 skiers and snowboarders from middle schools and high schools across the region competed for the best downhill times during the inaugural week of racing. You…
An after-school ski and snowboard program for middle school students will be held Thursday afternoons starting Jan. 27 and running for five weeks. The program, offered by Waynesville Parks and Recreation, includes transportation, rental equipment, a lift ticket and a…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:34

Study shows growth in recycling jobs

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources released a study this week showing strong growth in recycling jobs in the state despite the effects of the recent recession.   The research, conducted by DENR’s Division of Environmental Assistance and…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:32

Haywood Waterways honors water guardians

Tom Anspach wrestled 1,020 pounds of trash out of the Pigeon River around the Canton Recreation Park over the past year nearly single-handedly. The magnanimous effort landed Anspach the title of volunteer of the year by Haywood Waterways Association. Anspach…
If there was any lingering doubt that the apocalypse was, indeed, scheduled for 2012, it has been erased. The totally unprecedented death of thousands of birds, tens of thousand (or more) fish and tens of thousands of crabs has been…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:26

WildSouth facilitates wildlife meeting

The non-profit grassroots conservation organization WildSouth sponsored a meeting last week to discuss complaints and questions from the public regarding poaching, trespassing and other wildlife-related issues. The meeting, held in the Harrell Center at Lake Junaluska on Jan. 7, attracted…
Victoria Casey McDonald, a local writer and historian, will present a program about African-Americans in Jackson County at the Jackson County Public Library at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 26. One of the featured individuals will be Ida Jean Bryson,…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:22

This is quality Southern writing

How many times have you heard the lament, “They don’t write southern novels the way they used to”? This statement is usually followed by a catalog of classics like To Kill a Mockingbird along with a few reverent references to…
The Rev. Jamie Washington, social justice educator and president of a Baltimore-based multicultural organizational development firm, will be the keynote speaker for Western Carolina University’s annual celebration in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Founder of…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 21:38

Winter Thursdays at Blue Ridge Books

It’s easy to get cabin fever during mountain winters, so consider making Thursday evening the night to venture to Blue Ridge Books and News. You can buy a great cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate, have some dessert, and…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 21:38

Learn how to two-step at Diamond K

The Diamond K Dance Ranch in Maggie Valley will hold a Two-Step Workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan.15. The cost for the workshop is $40 per couple. Everyone must have a partner. To register call Joe…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 21:37

Audition for ‘Unto These Hills’

The famed Cherokee outdoor drama “Unto These Hills” will hold auditions from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Cherokee Historical Association Business Office located at 564 Tsali Blvd. in Cherokee. Anyone interested in acting, singing and…
The Haywood County Arts Council is proud to present Master Cherokee storyteller and historian Lloyd Arneach will perform at the Haywood County Arts Council’s Sunday Concert Series at 3 p.m. on Jan. 16 at the Haywood County Library in Waynesville.…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 21:23

Falling in love with the art of paper cutting

A single piece of paper can bring all sorts of different things to our lives: the excitement of a love letter or the heartbreak of a Dear John, the frustration of a speeding ticket or the accolades of a diploma,…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 21:22

Free radon testing kits available in Jackson

January is Radon Education Month and the Jackson County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension is offering free testing kits for homeowners to assess the level of radon in their homes. Homeowners may pick up free kits at the Cooperative Extension…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 21:19

Mountain BizWorks offers planning course­

Mountain BizWorks will offer Foundations, an eight-week business planning course, starting Jan. 24 at its offices in Sylva. During the course, students study how to craft a solid business plan: developing a mission statement, estimating start-up and overhead costs, setting…
The Haywood County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the First Methodist Church in Waynesville. Following the business meeting, member Steve Torda will present a program entitled, “With old time remedies the…
By definition, the lottery is a gamble. There’s no guarantee of winning, no assurance that you’ll look back on your ticket purchase without regret. Sure, it can pay out big sometimes, but you could just as easily come up empty.…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 21:13

GOP may loosen rules on lottery proceeds

With the GOP takeover of the state General Assembly, lottery money and how schools use what they’re given will come under new scrutiny. “I wouldn’t have voted for a lottery, but it is the law now and it needs to…
Tired of being indoors this winter? Take your mind off winters chill and warm up with the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Fire & Ice Winterfest from 3-7:30 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Waynesville Inn Golf Resort. Whether…
U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, is getting the word out: from now on, he’ll be carrying a gun when meeting with constituents. Just a short time ago such an announcement from a member of Congress probably would have been considered…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 21:09

New York City? No wonder they left us out

A spokeswoman with the state Department of Transportation said they didn’t intentionally leave out the state’s westernmost counties on an official logo created by consultants paid $434,590.46 by taxpayers. That amount, in the interest of accuracy, was a lump sum…
An anonymous letter alleging corruption — including bribery, embezzlement, overbilling and theft of state materials — among contractors hired to do roadside maintenance for the N.C. Department of Transportation in Haywood County has been widely circulated in recent weeks. County…
Fund for Haywood County has released $28,335 in recent grants to local nonprofit organizations supporting important community initiatives. The grants include: • Habitat for Humanity — $25,000 to support start-up costs for a ReStore to sell usable donated building materials…
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 21:02

A special place in the heart of arborists

Winter is the season for thinking about pines. For the ancient Orientals, pines signified dignity and vitality, especially in old age. In art, a wand tipped with a pine cone was often carried by the god or his supplicants. At…
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 21:01

Farming the woods for forest crops

A one-day workshop called “Does Your Forest Talk Money?” will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Graham County. It’s geared for landowners, farmers, wild crafters and food entrepreneurs. The course will explore…
A talk called “Forest Majesty: Bringing back the American chestnut tree” will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, at Posana Restaurant in downtown Asheville as part of the Green Drinks series, a monthly get together to discuss environmental…
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 20:59

Waynesville rec center now offers spin classes

Cyclists aiming to stay fit during winter or those looking for a change of pace in their workout should check out the new spin classes at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Spin classes make exercise on a stationary bike more exciting,…
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 20:59

Ski area to offer after-school program

Cataloochee Ski Area is offering after-school programs for elementary, middle and high school kids to learn to ski or snowboard this winter. The five-week course includes a two-hour clinic once a week from 5 to 7 p.m. Elementary school kids…
The quest to protect the 8,000-acre Headwaters tract in Transylvania County — one of the last undeveloped tracts of its size in the Southern Appalachians — is celebrating its first milestone. A donation from Fred and Alice Stanback — conservation…
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 20:57

Bear license plate support projects the Smokies

Special license plates sporting a black bear have proliferated across WNC, raising $356,000 in 2010 for Friends of the Smokies, which funds projects in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Some of the projects made possible by the license plate…
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 20:55

Anglers offer fly-fishing class for beginners

Fly-fishing wannabes can learn the basics and try their hand at casting a line this winter thanks to an ongoing series of beginner fly-fishing classes offer by the Tuckaseigee Chapter of Trout Unlimited in Sylva. The program includes two classroom…
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 20:53

The Naturalist's Corner: A soggy record

The twin banes of birding, wind and rain, combined to help set a new record low for the eighth annual Balsam Christmas Bird Count (CBC). The soggy but undaunted cadre of birders sloshed and slogged their way around Lake Logan,…
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 20:50

The great white quiet

Doug McFalls spent last winter as caretaker at LeConte Lodge in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The lodge is near the 6,593-foot summit of Mt. LeConte, the third highest peak in the Smokies. “I came away with a better…
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 20:49

A cautionary tale of the dangers of excess

“The rich are different from you and me,” F. Scott Fitzgerald once famously said to Ernest Hemingway, to which Hemingway supposedly replied: “Yes, Scott, they have more money.” After getting through the final pages of Heidi Schnakenberg’s Kid Carolina: R.J.…
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 20:48

Music offers break from winter doldrums

Though most people think the music jams at the Bryson City library are just a summertime thing, they carry on year round — the first and third Thursday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Anyone with a guitar,…
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 20:47

Kids to get crafty with wintertime creations

A free ARTSaturday program for elementary school-aged children and their families will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Macon County library. The Macon County Arts Council will provide all materials and instruction for…
The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will open its 2011 winter Studio Theater Season with a bit of backstage humor and some twists for the audience when “A Life in the Theatre” debuts on Jan. 7.   The comedy by David…
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 20:45

WNC chefs face off at Fire & Ice

The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce will host a Western Carolina chef’s competition during the second annual Fire & Ice Winterfest on Jan. 15 at the Waynesville Inn Golf Resort. The competition, which will be held from 3:30 – 5:30…
Moonshine will take center stage at the next Liars Bench, a variety show series paying hommage to aspects of Southern Appalachian culture, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. “This show is definitely going to…
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 20:43

Paula Deen cooks up live show at Harrah’s

The cooking star Paula Deen will bring her flare for Southern cooking to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino with a live cooking demonstration at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22. Paula Deen, widely known as the Queen of Southern home-style cooking, is a…