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Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:26

The attack of the killer jumping worms

It wiggles nicely on a hook at the end of a fishing line. It also has such a large appetite for decaying vegetation that it can eat its body weight every day, so it’s great for composting. It’s no wonder…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:25

The real costs of energy consumption

To the Editor: Humans need to know that our lives have meaning. Our searches for meaning are labeled religion and philosophy. Often, unforeseen tragedies such as the recent Japan earthquake and tsunami check our progress in these disciplines. Our emotions…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:25

Still no jobs from new GOP leaders

To the Editor: Where are the jobs? The new Republican majority in the North Carolina state legislature promised just that if elected. As of now there have been more than 420 bills introduced, and not a single job created or…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:24

GOP takes hypocrisy to a new low

To the Editor: Hypocrisy is defined as the “condition of a person pretending to be something he is not, especially in the area of morals or religion; a false presentation of belief or feeling.” Mike Huckabee recently described an unmarried…
By Linda Seested-Stanford • Guest columnist In last week’s Smoky Mountain News, coverage of the reorganization of Western Carolina University’s College of Education and Allied Professions (“WCU budget cuts, reorganization trigger controversy,” March 23, Smoky Mountain News, www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/3562) left readers…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:22

Restaurants raise money for AIDS Project

More than 100 restaurants will participate in the Western North Carolina AIDS Project’s annual Dining Out for Life benefit Thursday, April 28. Restaurants in Arden, Black Mountain, Brevard, Flat Rock Hendersonville, Maggie Valley, Saluda, Waynesville, Weaverville and Woodfin will donate…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:22

Judo club moves to rec center

The Waynesville Kodokan Judo Club has moved its classes to the Waynesville Recreation Center. Classes are from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and are offered for adults and children as young as four. Judo club members…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:21

Women’s group to host luncheon

The first 2011 luncheon and business meeting of the Mountain High Republican Women’s Club will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 5, at The Oak Street Cafe, (formerly Cafe of the Arts) on Main Street in Highlands. The…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:21

WCU residence to see improvements

Renovations are set to begin on Harrill Hall, a residence at Western Carolina University, including energy efficiency improvements that would qualify the building for nationally recognized Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. WCU’s board of trustees approved funding…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:20

Bridal show planned in Franklin April 9

A free bridal show is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 9, at the Whistle Stop Mall in Franklin. The event will feature more than 40 vendors from across the region, covering all aspects of the wedding…
A heavy load sky air crane helicopter, one of the world’s largest commercially available helicopters, lifted 15,000 pounds of air conditioning equipment into place at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel this week. The RTU-6 Semco rooftop air handler was installed…
The director of Swain County Department of Social Services has been put on leave with pay following a nearly clean sweep of the DSS board. A newly constituted DSS board placed Director Tammy Cagle on “nondisciplinary investigative status to investigate…
The fight between Swain and Graham counties is growing ever deeper in a dispute marked by lawsuits, counter suits and pleas to the General Assembly over who is entitled to a greater share of payments off the Fontana Dam. The…
A group wanting to build a Hospice house in Macon County to serve the terminally ill in the westernmost counties says it will continue those efforts despite a recent thumb’s down from the state. The N.C. Department of Health and…
For the first time in five decades, the giant cross on Mount Lyn Lowry has fallen dark. The cross has been a nighttime landmark shining over the Balsam Mountains between Waynesville and Sylva since 1965. The cross went dark early…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:13

Landing a hydrogen fuel cell a coup for SCC

Faculty and staff at the Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University in northern California have built a hydrogen fuel cell power box for Southwestern Community Center. Ron Poor received grant funds through the Appalachian Regional Commission to purchase…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:11

Cullowhee could be home to new river park

A group working to beautify and solidify the concept of community in Cullowhee wants to build a riverfront park, tying in to state Department of Transportation plans to replace a bridge over the Tuckasegee River on Old Cullowhee Road in…
Less than a year after opening a new visitor center in downtown Waynesville, the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce learned last week that its funding for the site is on the chopping block by the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority.…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:08

Sylva town board faces vacancy, again

Sylva Commissioner Danny Allen announced he will resign from the town board, but has yet to say when, leaving the rest of the town board in limbo on how — and even whether — it will fill his position. Allen…
In the quagmire that is politics in Maggie Valley, the most recent appointee to the town’s board of aldermen says it’s her lack of agenda that makes her the ideal candidate — and possibly a rarity in a town defined…
A liberal Asheville city council member announced this week he’d run as an Independent in 2012 against U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, potentially eroding Shuler’s Democratic base and making for a tough re-election bid for the three-term congressman. A former…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:57

Boys choir stops off in Franklin

The All-American Boys Chorus will perform at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, at Franklin’s Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Featuring boys ages 8 to 15 from more than 30 cities in Southern California, the chorus is one…
A community old-time music JAMboree is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, at the Fines Creek School in Clyde to raise funds for the Haywood County Arts Council’s Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) afterschool program. A barbecue…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:56

Singing celebration in Bryson City

Join One Step Closer as it celebrates one year of the gospel music ministry at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 at the Bryson City Church of God. The singing and reunion will feature special guests the Barker Family and…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:55

Pisgah chorus features country show

Chorus students at Pisgah High School are gearing up for the annual country show called “Where the Green Grass Grows.” The show will feature group and solo acts from the elite show choir Orion and spring semester chorus classes. A…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:54

4-H hosts talent contests

The annual Heritage Alive Mountain Youth Talent Contest is coming to downtown Sylva on Saturday, April 23, as part of the Greening Up the Mountains Festival. Young artists ages 5 to 18 can showcase their talents in music, dance and…
Claymates, in conjunction with Country Traditions, is hosting a Ladies Night from 6 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the pottery painting studio in Dillsboro. Light snacks will be free of charge, while Country Traditions will be bringing a selection of…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:52

Take a world tour at International Festival

International Day, a festival of cultures, celebrates its 32nd year from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, at Western Carolina University. The festival will feature music, dance, arts and crafts, entertainment and food from a variety of…
Of the many forms of entertainment readily at our fingertips, from television and movies to YouTube and the many vast and varied wonders of the rest of the internet, reading is probably still the most liberating. Picking up a book…
Samantha “Sam” Gampel, a sophomore at Western Carolina University, wants to write novels and earn her living as a professional writer. So in Gampel’s book, there’s nothing quite like rubbing shoulders with real working-for-a-living writers such as the ones headlining…
It’s finally here: the week Haywood County property owners find out just how well their home and land values held up through the recession. It’s not secret the real estate market tanked in the mountains compared to the hey day…
Organizers said this week that getting the Nantahala Gorge into this century when it comes to telecommunication capabilities is absolutely critical to successfully hosting the kayaking world championship in 2013. The problem? There’s seems no easy answer to what’s for…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 13:58

Ramp recipes

Ramp Biscuits 4 cups Flour 1 tablespoon Baking Soda 1 teaspoon Salt 2 Heaping T Baking Powder ½ cup Shortening or oil 2 cups Buttermilk 1 cup uncooked Minced Ramps Sift flour, salt, baking powder and soda together. Cut in…
Swain County social workers and supervisors named in a State Bureau of Investigation probe are no longer welcome to work child welfare cases on tribal land. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians asked the Swain County Department of Social Services…
When the World Trade Center fell nearly 10 years ago, there was little left of its once-majestic towers but scattered bits of steel and a sorrow that blanketed the nation. Now as the site is rebuilt, that steel is being…
The health care bills rolling into the Haywood County jail for inmate care might now be slashed by up to 25 percent after the sheriff’s office contracted with a company who will ferret out discounts on the county’s behalf. Currently,…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:08

The rushing of wind through a hemlock

From my window, as I write this, I can see across the creek and down into a pasture where my wife’s horse is grazing. The creek and pasture are lined with trees and shrubs: maple, basswood, rosebay rhododendron, spicebush, beech,…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:07

Paddle the Chattooga on guided trip

This April, Headwaters Outfitters in Rosman will lead a guided overnight trip in hopes of introducing paddlers to the lower Chattooga River. Headwaters will ltake up to 12 canoes down 11 miles of the river over two days, camping in…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:07

Guided hike in the Smokies set for April

Join Friends of the Smokies April 2 for a hike to see early spring wildflowers and historic remnants on the Smokemont Loop trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Hiking enthusiast and author Danny Bernstein, who wrote “Hiking North…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:05

Sign-up under way for Greening Up 5K race

The Greening Up the Mountains 5K Run/Walk in Sylva is forsaking its historically grueling course on the hillside streets above Sylva for more friendly terrain this year. The Greening Up 5K will be held on Saturday, April 23, in conjunction…
Another 110 acres of mountain landscape are now part of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s protected corridor, thanks to a landowner whose family has lived near the scenic highway since its construction. The Conservation Trust for North Carolina bought the tract…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:04

Turning your yard into a haven for wildlife

Learn how to put together a backyard habitat March 28 at 7 p.m. at the Rickman Store in Macon County’s Cowee community. The program, led by Deborah Boots, is sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation and is titled, “Attracting Wildlife.”…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:03

Go home with an apple tree

The Cashiers Historical Society is sponsoring its 2011 Heritage Apple Day from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at the Cashiers Community Center.   This popular annual event celebrates the region’s history by identifying and preserving ancient apple…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:03

PETA sues for documents involving bear pits

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has sued the Bureau of Indian Affairs for failing to hand over what it maintains are public documents under the Freedom of Information Act pertaining to the lease agreements for bear exhibitors…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:01

The devil is in the details – again

The U.S. Forest Service will hold a public meeting at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville at 100 Frederick Law Olmstead Way from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on April 4 to explain its brand new proposed draft Planning Rule.…
Sixty-five runners started and finished the first Assault on Black Rock Trail Race at Sylva’s Pinnacle Park on March 19, raising more than $1,400 for the Community Table soup kitchen. The 8.3-mile course boasts a 2,700-foot elevation gain and forced…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:57

Festivals getting ramped-up for spring

With the coming of spring the pungent ramp is about to strut center-stage once more. For either the novitiate or the aficionado, there are ample opportunities over the next month to sample this Southern Appalachian delicacy — no fewer than…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:56

Teens invited to voice their views

The teen friends of the library meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Area teens are invited to come share their ideas about materials of interest to them, including…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:56

Library launches website

The Friends of the Macon County Public Library (FOL) have unveiled a new informational web site, MaconLibraryFriends.org. The site showcases the group’s programs and events; and their used book store, which is located at 121 Highlands Road in The Shops…
Ahead of Western Carolina University’s upcoming literary festival, the Macon County Public Library will host a book discussion on Alan Weisman’s The World Without Us at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 24.  James Costa, executive director of the Highlands Biological…