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A company with South American roots will set up U.S. headquarters on the campus of Western Carolina University in a partnership to design, develop and build turbines. A public announcement about the deal is scheduled for next week. The Smoky…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:33

Learn about early college high school

Jackson County Early College High School (JCEC) is recruiting for the 2011-2012 school year.   Several information sessions are scheduled for interested students and their parents. Four dates are scheduled; each begin at 6 p.m. Students and parent should select…
Town and county leaders will meet with the N.C. Highway Patrol this week in Franklin to discuss where in Macon County the state agency can build a radio tower. Something of a brouhaha erupted last week after town leaders learned…
Haywood County Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to pitch in $25,000 toward the regional livestock market under construction in Canton, adding their name to the list of governments and organizations from around the region that have contributed to the project. The…
Taxes and spending in a recession economy have emerged as the top issue in the race for Haywood County commissioner this year. Challengers vying for a seat on the board have jumped on the bandwagon of critics who have continually…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:15

Breathing life into the Museum that Runs

A few steps past the door at Maggie Valley’s Wheels Through Time museum, and the characteristic, unmistakable scent of a mechanic’s workshop wafts out – a heady mix of grease, motor oil, gasoline and rubber worn down by open roads.…
Back about a decade ago, setting the table for economic growth around Whittier seemed something of a no-brainer — the casino in Cherokee was booming, and it seemed inevitable that businesses such as restaurants and hotels would clamor for space…
Candidates for District Court judge will espouse their vision for the bench at election forums held next week in Haywood and Jackson County. “Judges make decisions every day that directly influence people’s lives, yet many voters don’t know where judicial…
Not a day goes by that Judge Monica Leslie doesn’t realize the gravity of her decisions. Leslie is one of six District Court judges in the seven western counties. They decide how to split property and wealth when a couple…
Tuesday, 28 September 2010 13:21

Recreation rendezvous shines a light on WNC

Representatives from some of the biggest names in outdoor recreation will soon touch ground in Asheville for the 2010 Outdoor Industry Association’s Rendezvous. Industry leaders from major brands like Patagonia, The North Face, REI, Merrell, Mountain Hardwear and many more…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 13:19

The Naturalist's Corner

North Carolina’s loss – Louisiana’s gain Chris Canfield has stepped down as executive director of Audubon North Carolina to assume the position of vice president for Gulf of Mexico Conservation and Restoration. Canfield took the helm at Audubon North Carolina…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:57

‘Jack of all trades’ common in Appalachia

Here in the Smokies region “making do” isn’t a lost art. Most “country” men and women can still “get along” because they grew up doing so. And the “jack-of-all-trades” era isn’t ancient history — it lasted on mountain farms until…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:56

Stop procrastinating and start composting

A free composting workshop will be held next week by the N.C. Cooperative Extension in Jackson and Swain counties. Learn more about acceptable materials for composting, types of structures, preparing and maintaining your compost pile, temperatures, carbon to nitrogen ratios,…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:55

Monarch migration in full flight

Witness the fall migration of monarch butterflies and learn about their spectacular 3,000-mile journey from naturalists with Wild South during a special monarch viewing day at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The orange and…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:54

Meet the fastest bird on the planet

Visitors to Gorges State Park will have the opportunity to get a close look at two peregrine falcons, Seymour and Zelda Suri, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2. Seymour and Zelda are cared for by trainer Peter Kipp-Dupont, a…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:52

Take a trip back in time with Roosevelt and Muir

A performance depicting John Muir and President Teddy Roosevelt called the “The Tramp and the Roughrider” will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, at the Highlands Playhouse. Journey back to May 1903 to an evening around the…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:51

Cherokee 5k to benefit cancer foundation

The Chief’s Challenge, a 2-mile race in Cherokee, will be held 2:45 p.m. on Oct. 5 to benefit the Madison Hornbuckle Children’s Cancer Foundation “I challenge all runners and walkers to join me in this benefit run, which will help…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:49

Walk, run or relay in Power of Pink race

The Power of Pink race will be held in Haywood County on Saturday, Oct. 30, to raise money for mammograms for women who otherwise can’t afford them. There is a five-woman relay race, a four-mile individual run, and a fun…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:43

Celebrate Appalachian heritage, Oct. 2

The Cradle of Forestry annual fall festival will celebrate the rich forest heritage of Western North Carolina with the traditions of mountain living and woodcraft from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2. More than 30 traditional craftsmen,…
Lumberjacks — and lumberjills — will chop, saw and axe their way to the finish line during the Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet held at the Cradle of Forestry on Saturday, Oct. 2. Competitions include axe throw, cross cut saw, pole climb,…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:41

From farm to school

Participants in the recent Farm to School workshop at Shelton Family Farms in Jackson County whipped up salsa using farm-fresh produce from the fields. Participants learned about creating school gardens, farm field trips, classroom cooking and getting locally grown food into the cafeterias.…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:40

Seed swap at annual gardeners meet in Sylva

A seed swap and plant exchange will be held at the Jackson County Farmers Market in downtown Sylva from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 2. Gardeners should bring seed that they have saved from their non-hybrid vegetables or…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:33

Fiction author to appear at Sylva

Susan Gregg Gilmore, author of Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen, will read from her new novel, The Improper Life of Bezillia Grove, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. In the novel,…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:32

Twenty regional authors at Blue Ridge Book Fest

Blue Ridge Book Fest: A Regional Author Festival will take place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. Twenty authors from the region will be in the store to meet readers…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:31

“Therapy Dog” sales to support animal shelters

Dianna K. Klingel will be signing her book, Just for the Moment: The Remarkable Gift of the Therapy Dog, from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7, at Chapter 2 Books in Cashiers. Ten percent of the sales will…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:29

An irresistible adventure

Some novels ask for a close reading. Entranced by the author’s language, intrigued by an intricate plot, and in some rare fortunate circumstances captivated by both, we slowly digest such a book, feasting on a banquet of sentences and paragraphs,…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:28

Treat yourself to a ‘Taste of Fall’

Showcase your culinary skills, treat your taste buds, and support a good cause 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Maggie Valley Club. The culinary event is sponsored by Haywood Habitat for Humanity (HHGH). Bring a favorite food sufficient to provide…
The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City is hosting its Second Annual “Life in Swain” amateur photography contest. All photographs must be taken in Swain County. They may be of buildings, landscapes, nature shots, locally known locations, but the winning…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:27

Hispanic Heritage Month celebration in Sylva

Celebrate Hispanic heritage in Western North Carolina from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Aging Community Center in Sylva. National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated in recognition of the historical and cultural contributions of Hispanic Americans.…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:26

HART presents ‘Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story’

Haywood Arts Regional Theatre’s next production is a crowd-pleaser that is sure to get feet tapping and may lead to dancing in the aisles. “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” debuted in the West End in London in 1989 and ran…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:25

Jeff Bates performs country in Maggie Valley

Country music star Jeff Bates will perform 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, at Eaglenest Entertainment. Jeff Bates doesn’t cherry pick his life for the high spots. Whether he’s writing or singing a song, he’s always emotionally honest. A native…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:21

Russian song and dance on stage Oct. 3 at WCU

An exuberant celebration of Russian heritage takes the stage at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. The Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival, part of WCU’s 2010-11 Galaxy of Stars Series, features…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:20

Gary Carden premieres new play and artwork

The world premiere of Gary Carden’s “Signs and Wonders” and a special performance of “The Bright Forever” will take place at The Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Both plays will be presented starting 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1, and…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:19

Fall Craft Festival planned at The Old Mill

A Fall Craft Festival will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Old Mill 1886 in Cherokee. Artists from all over the Southeast will gather to demonstrate and sell their handcrafted works. Artists…
Talented artists and crafters from all over the Southeast will sell their handmade products and offer demonstrations at The Maggie Valley October Leaves Craft Show. The show takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, and…
Enjoy a fine array of arts and crafts originating in the mountains at the Church Street Art & Craft Show, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, in downtown Waynesville. Held during the height of…
Theater students from Western Carolina University will present a light look at relationships with “Romantic Fools” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 6 to 9, in Niggli Theatre. With influences including Monty Python, the Marx Brothers, “Saturday Night Live” and classic…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:13

Star-packed week at 98th Cherokee Indian Fair

Enjoy family friendly fun with this year’s Cherokee Indian Fair which runs from Oct. 5-9 at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds in Cherokee. Expect top-notch nightly entertainment, fireworks, a carnival midway full of rides and games, craft vendors, food vendors…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:13

Dye workshop focuses on all-natural methods

A one-day natural dye workshop with instructor Cassie Dickson will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro. Students will learn the processes for using native plant…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:12

Jackson craftsmanship showcased Oct. 24

Celebrate national American Craft Week with the “Hand + Craft: A Jackson County Celebration” exhibit, which runs until Oct. 24. Opening night will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1, at Gallery One in Sylva. More than…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:10

Stroll downtown for Sylva After Dark

For a pleasant evening of art, music, food, shopping and more, check out downtown Sylva from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, for the next Sylva After Dark. This event takes place the first Friday of each month from…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:08

Kick off fall with Art After Dark

Enjoy a stroll through working studios and galleries on Waynesville’s Main Street, Depot Street and in Historic Frog Level during Art After Dark  from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1. Art After Dark takes place the first Friday…
This weekend, doors to one private studio after another in Haywood County will be flung wide open to everyone curious enough to venture in. During the two-day Haywood Open Studios Tours, visitors get an intimate glimpse into the studios and…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 20:39

Sediment at Lake J part of larger problem

To the Editor: Sediment in our streams is our biggest water quality threat. Everyone takes notice when more than $150,000 of our tax dollars are spent (the other $150,000 comes from the Assembly) to dig out Lake Junaluska, but every…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 20:37

Jackson’s financial position has slipped

To the Editor: Last week, Mr. Ron Robinson of Jackson County quoted a statistic in support of re-electing our county commissioners; our property tax rate is one of the lowest at 28 cents per $100 of valuation (“Incumbents are best…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 20:32

Barnyard wisdom arrives, but at its own speed

I am learning to move at the speed each task demands. This is a lesson the barnyard teaches. It is a good lesson for me to remember out of the barnyard, too. The animals — seven goats, two sheep, 30…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 20:25

Obama’s stumbles open door for conservatives

By Kirkwood Callahan • Guest Columnist Two years ago, America’s newest political superstar, Barack Obama, walked across campaign stages to thunderous applause. Today he is the object of derision from fellow Democrats fighting for their political lives. “When you are…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 20:23

Wheels Through Time celebrates reopening

The Wheels Through Time Museum had a grand reopening in Maggie Valley after resuming five-day per week operations earlier this summer. Heralded as the “Smithsonian of Motorcycles,” the museum is regarded as one of the world’s premier destinations for motorcycle…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 20:21

MedWest chain aims for efficiency

MedWest’s three hospitals are undergoing major innovations in food service, housekeeping, plant operations and maintenance, and clinical engineering areas that will be complete by the end of the year. MedWest is working with Compass Group, a leader in healthcare support…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 20:15

Franklin businesses gear up for StreetFest

StreetFest 2010 will get underway at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15, in Franklin, when Mayor Joe Collins cuts a ribbon spanning Main Street to celebrate the opening of four new businesses. The ribbon cutting will be followed by an…