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A poetry reading accompanied by local wines and foods will be held as a fundraiser for the Little Tennessee Watershed Association at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, in Macon County. Environmental activist Janisse Ray will read from her recently released…
Author Bob Plott, an expert on the cultural heritage of the Smokies, will share stories of life during the past centuries at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. Plott, also an accomplished wood-carver and…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:58

Birds of prey on display in the Smokies

Naturalist Doris Mager, also known as the Eagle Lady, will introduce the public to some of her favorite birds of prey during a program at the Mountain Farm Museum from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Oct. 13, in the…
A new exhibit on the early natural history explorer William Bartram is on display at the Macon County library. The exhibit, “The 1775 Journey of William Bartram to Western North Carolina,” traces Bartram’s life and his keen observation of not…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:57

Grants encourage new ways of farming

Mountain farmers are encouraged to tap into two different grants to expand and diversify what they grow, as well as create better in-roads into the marketplace. Funding for both comes from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund, helping farmers in regions…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:54

Conservation makes strides in the mountains

Blue Ridge Forever, a coalition of nine land trusts in the mountains, will exceed its five-year goal of protecting 50,000 acres in Western North Carolina. The land trusts expect to surpass the target by as much as 8,000 acres by…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:53

Reunion brings back memories of Fontana town

The children of workers who constructed the Fontana Dam in the 1940s are holding their annual reunion this week, returning to the place they were raised to reminisce of about life growing up in Fontana Village, a town built from…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:52

Live wolves coming to Maggie

A program on wolves, featuring a couple of live wolves, will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the Maggie Valley Pavilion. “Wolf Tales” will feature Rob Gudger, a wildlife biologist who lives in Maggie Valley, and…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:50

Peregrines have much better year in 2010

According to a recent report from Chris Kelley, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Mountain Wildlife Diversity Biologist, seven of 12 nesting pairs of peregrine falcons across the mountains of North Carolina successfully fledged chicks. Last year only three of 12 nesting…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:47

Watershed forestry back on the table

Waynesville town leaders are weighing whether to conduct selective logging of an old white pine plantation in the Waynesville watershed, a protected 8,000 acre tract whose creeks feed Waynesville’s drinking water reservoir. While the town permanently protected the watershed from…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:35

The smells of autumn

Fall is the odiferous time of the year. I don’t possess a very discriminating sense of smell, but certain fragrances arise in the natural world this time of the year that even I can detect. Have you ever been walking…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:35

Young writers win recognition

Western North Carolina students captured most of the prizes in the Student Laureate Awards sponsored by the North Carolina English Teachers Association this year.   The annual awards, begun by the family of former Laureate Kathryn Byre, are established to…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:34

Upcoming events at City Lights in Sylva

David Watkins of Cullowhee will offer a free personal budgeting workshop at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16. The program is based on his book, Little is Much: Learn How to Live Within Your…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:32

A new collection of mountain writers

Many of us have attended a Methodist or Baptist “dinner on the grounds.” At these events, once popular across the South but now fading somewhat, church families gathered after the Sunday service for fellowship and a feast of pot-luck dishes:…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:29

Jackson commissioners responsive to veterans

To the Editor: In a few days, Jackson County voters will be choosing the leadership of the county for the next four years. As a U.S. Army veteran (1961-64, Ft. Bragg and West Germany), I commend the current board of…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:29

Jackson challengers don’t have good ideas

To the Editor: Over the course of the past year or so our Jackson County commissioner have been faced with a number of difficult decisions including salary raises for county employees, the Dillsboro dam and new mountain ordinances while keeping…
I’ve been thinking recently about what makes Sylva so cool. In my view, it has only been in the last 10 years or so that Sylva has hit the bull’s eye. Previously, it was no more cool, than, say, Robbinsville,…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:27

Celebrate Halloween with dodgeball tournament

Sign-up for teams is now under way for Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center’s Night of Fright Dodgeball Tournament, to be held from 6 to 9 p.m, Oct. 28. Teams for the tournament may consist of four to seven participants,…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:26

Franklin Chamber to hold e-mail seminar

The Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a seminar entitled “The Power of Email Marketing” from 3-5 p.m. on Oct. 20 at Center for New Mountain Business located at 673 Siler Road in Franklin. The 1.5 hour seminar is…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:26

Groves said goodbye, but comes back again

Cecil Groves, former president of Southwestern Community College, is the new CEO of BalsamWest FiberNet. Groves, who had moved to Texas to be near family, replaces David Hubbs, who announced he was leaving to pursue personal
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:25

Sylva stays in-house for new police chief

Davis Woodard, a veteran law enforcement officer in Jackson County, has been selected as Sylva’s new police chief.
A new state bill aims to encourage children to put down the sugary juices and frolic on the playground outside.
Canton may be looking toward a new era of revitalization, thanks to a grant from the North Carolina Rural Center. The town was awarded $25,000 earlier this fall for the Step Up Canton program, which will formulate strategies for economic…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:20

Swain sheriff receives federal grant

The Swain County Sheriff’s Office has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice under the 2010 COPS Hiring Program. The grant, in the amount of $125,811.00, will cover one officer position for a three-year period. The grant will…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:19

New Choices moves to REACH thrift store

The job training and life skills program, sponsored by REACH of Jackson County, has moved from its original location at the Client Service Center to Mariposa Boutique, the REACH thrift shop on Skyland Drive in Sylva. New Choices is a…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:19

Golf tournament to benefit REACH

A golf tournament will be held Monday, Oct. 18, at Highlands Falls Country Club in Highlands. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The “Playing for a Purpose” tournament will benefit REACH of Macon County, a nonprofit agency serving victims of family…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:18

Haywood Hospice volunteer training

Training for hospice is scheduled for the end of this month at Lake Junaluska First Baptist Church. Haywood Regional Medical Center Hospice & Palliative Care will hold the volunteer training series on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 25, 26,…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:18

Candidates forum held in Franklin

A forum for Macon County Commissioner candidates will be hosted by the League of Women Voters of Macon County at 12:15 p.m. on Oct. 14 at Tartan Hall, First Presbyterian Church of Franklin. Incumbents Ronnie Beale (D) and Bob Simpson…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:16

As American as apple pie

On a chilly Wednesday night in early October, the small parking lot of the North Hominy Community Center in Haywood County is packed out.
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:15

Big lot mandate hampers housing growth in Sylva

Residential density is coming under scrutiny in Sylva after town leaders learned they require larger lots than most similar-sized towns.
Dodie Allen might be an unlikely hero for those business owners and downtown employees in Sylva who believe a new parking ordinance impairs their ability to make a living.
A partnership between Western Carolina University and a Brazilian-based company could eventually result in up to 300 new jobs for the region — if Vale Soluções em Energia, as hoped, agrees to build its yet-to-be-designed turbines here.
A national search for a new Western Carolina University chancellor will start immediately following longtime leader John Bardo’s announcement this week he would leave the institution’s top post and join the faculty.
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:06

WCU chancellor to retire

John Bardo, chancellor of Western North Carolina since 1995, announced this week he would step down. It’s been an extraordinarily long tenure for a university chancellor, and Bardo simply said it is time for a change at the top.
A radio tower that caused an outcry in Franklin because of its height — 471 feet — and its location — on the outskirts of town, in a residential area — won’t be built there after all. Instead, following a…
The “buzz bus” soon will be ferrying students from bars in Sylva back to the Western Carolina University campus.
A First Amendment battle is not what Western Carolina University senior Justin Caudell expected when he returned to campus this fall. But Caudell, who is editor-in-chief of the school’s student newspaper, the Western Carolinian, found himself on the other side…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 19:58

WCU student paper accused of plagiarism

Though The Sylva Herald and the Western Carolinian are still at odds about whether plagiarism occurred this summer, The Smoky Mountain News conducted its own investigation into the claims that led university officials to open the inquiry that temporarily closed…
A conference at Lake Janaluska Dec. 2-4 will be, “Embracing Christ’s Multi-Ethnic Body: Breaking Down Barriers and Building Bridges.” This represents Lake Junaluska’s second multicultural conference. During this event, people will experience life-changing times of listening and learning as participants…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 19:52

Few takers step up to run Haywood’s landfill

Selling space in the Haywood County landfill might not be the windfall some county leaders were hoping for.
The latest filing in a lawsuit over the massive landslide in Maggie Valley last winter claims the collapse of the mountainside was triggered by a broken waterline at Ghost Town in the Sky amusement park. Until now, accusations centered on…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 19:32

Welcome fall during Fall Colors Festival

The famous Inspirations Gospel group will welcome fall at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin on Oct. 15-16. The Fall Colors Festival will feature The Family and Friends Tour, The McKameys, and The Inspirations on Friday,…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 19:32

Brass quintet presents free concert Oct. 26

The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet will perform a free concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the campus of Western Carolina University. Pieces include Contrapunctus IX by J.S. Bach, “Laudes” by…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 19:31

Daylong marching band contest Oct. 16 at WCU

Approximately 3,500 students from 23 high schools will compete for top marching band honors during a daylong competition Saturday, Oct. 16, at Western Carolina University. The 10th annual Tournament of Champions, a showcase for elite high school marching bands, will…
The Fourth Annual Mountain Music Jamboree at Eaglenest Entertainment in Maggie Valley is Oct. 15-16 and will feature several well-known performers. Featured entertainers include: Bill Yates and Friends “A Tribute to the Country Gentlemen” is the result of the love…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 19:30

Macon’s Gemboree planned for Oct. 15-17

The 21st Annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree will be held Oct. 15-17 at the Macon County Community Building just south of Franklin off U.S. 441. Gem and mineral dealers from across the country will be on hand displaying and selling fine…
The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre’s fall production will be “Twelve Angry Jurors – The Encore.” The play was performed in July, but now it is back by popular demand. A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 19:29

Beadle to speak on Haywood history Oct. 17

Haywood County writer Michael Beadle will give a program on Haywood County history at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17, at the Haywood County Public Library in Waynesville. The program includes a slide show of rare photographs from Haywood County’s…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 19:28

Classic trucks roll into Cherokee Oct. 15

The 5th Annual Big Rigs and Antique Trucks Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 15 and 16 at the Acquoni Expo Center in Cherokee. The event is sponsored by the Western NC Truck Chapter…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 19:27

Haywood Apple Harvest Festival returns Oct. 16

The 22nd annual Haywood County Apple Harvest Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16, in downtown Waynesville. The annual festival, which celebrates the beauty of the harvest season in Haywood County, features handmade arts…