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Thursday, 04 November 2010 04:03

Ashe handily returns as Jackson County sheriff

Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe won his third term in office Tuesday, easily beating back a challenge from political newcomer Mary Rock. Ashe, 51, a Democrat, has been in law enforcement for 29 years. He started in 1981 as a…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 04:02

Allen holds her own against incumbent Haire

State Rep. Phil Haire (D-Jackson) fought off a surprisingly strong challenge from fellow Jackson County resident Dodie Allen to retain his hold on the 119th State House District. Rep. Haire, 74, is a Sylva attorney who has served in the…
Jackson County voters upended the board of commissioners Tuesday, calling an abrupt end to progressive land-development regulations that had set this county apart from all others in far Western North Carolina. The dismantling of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 03:59

Dead man gets a ‘My Vote Counted’ sticker

From the we-really-couldn’t-make-this-stuff-up file, election workers in Jackson County didn’t bat an eye when a woman this election cycle brought her dead husband along to vote. Lisa Lovedahl-Lehman, director of the Jackson County Board of Elections, said the sadly mistaken…
Charles White, formerly of Cullowhee, will be at City Lights at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, to read from his new novel, Lambs of Men. The book is set in Western North Carolina during World War I. Marine Sergeant…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 03:48

Photos, oral histories of Madison

Award-winning photographer and writer Rob Amberg’s multimedia presentation “The New Road and Today’s Mountaineers” — set for 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 in the Waynesville branch — is the first installment of the Haywood County Library’s Roads Across America series.…
Author Jane SpottedBird will discuss her new book, Still Here: Dancing to the Beat of My Own Drum on Saturday, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Marianna  Black Library in Bryson City. In May 2008, SpottedBird was…
Several months ago, I reviewed a marvelous non-fiction work by Sharon Hatfield titled Never Seen the Moon: The Trials of Edith Maxwell. Hatfield’s book is a comprehensive account of a 1935 West Virginia murder which became a “cause celebre” that…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 01:10

One fine mountain poet

Allow me to introduce you to a friend of mine. His name is Han Shan. He is among the finest mountain poets of any era in any language. He may have lived during the T’ang Dynasty (circa 600-900 AD). “Han…
In the three years since the Haywood County commissioners authorized a new “enhanced voluntary agricultural district” ordinance, 15 Bethel-area landowners have now placed more than 1,000 acres into the program.   “This total represents real progress in our efforts to…
William and Sabrina Shelton of Shelton Family Farms and Ron and Cathy Arps of Vegenui Garden are sponsoring an end-of-the-season celebration for the members of their CSAs and the vendors at the Jackson County Farmers Market beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Nov.…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 01:02

GSMNP closures

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park began operating on its winter schedule Nov. 1, which includes the closing of seven of 10 campgrounds. Through the month of November, the Sugarlands Visitor Center, two miles south of Gatlinburg, will open daily…
Gardeners, foresters, landowners and others concerned about nonnative invasive plants in the South can now get free copies of A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests by U.S. Forest Service Research Ecologist Jim Miller. The…
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is taking public comment on a coordinated national management plan to address white-nose syndrome, which is decimating bat species across the United States. White-nose syndrome has killed more than a million bats in the…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:58

Parkway closed and under repair

Traveling from Haywood or Jackson counties to Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway won’t be possible until spring as a portion of the scenic road has been closed for repair. The Parkway will be closed between Milepost 405 at N.C.…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:57

Keep your eye on the birdie

Last year around this time we talked about York University Professor Bridget Stutchbury’s groundbreaking research with migrating purple martins and wood thrushes (see http://www.smokymountainnews.com/index.php/news/item/1383-the-naturalists-corner). Stutchbury, her students and now other researchers — with the aid of some nano-technology — are…
Kieran Roe, executive director of Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, said that if the North Carolina Wildlife Commission does not commit to managing the East Fork Headwaters tract that the deal could fall through. “There’s a lot riding on what Wildlife…
The Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy has partnered with The Conservation Fund to purchase 8,000 acres in southern Transylvania County from former congressman Charles Taylor and family. Keiran Roe, executive director of the CMLC, described the tract as the largest privately…
Annie Burrell of Franklin will display her pottery skills at the 18th annual Mountain Shapes and Colors Art and Craft Fair from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Southwestern Community College Swain Center. After working…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:42

‘Jekyll and Hyde’ musical comes to Franklin

Jekyll and Hyde, the musical thriller, will be shown at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 11, 12, 13 and at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 14.  Jekyll and Hyde is the…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:41

Fine food and wine on the plateau

Highlands Culinary Weekend returns for the fourth season Nov. 11-14, showcasing Highlands’ award winning restaurants, innovative chefs and a huge selection of wine varietals against the beautiful backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Opening Night Celebration kicks off the…
Catch the Spirit of Appalachia will hold a 2-hour holiday celebration of its writing program starting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9 in the Jackson County Public Library. The program will open with stories, poetry and song in a fast-paced…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:39

Cooking program offered at Shook House

The continuing cultural education series, “Short and Sweet,” will present a cooking program at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Shook House Museum on Morgan Street in Clyde. This introductory talk is meant to be the first in a…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:38

Jazz trio to perform at WCU Nov. 9

The Pavel Wlosok Trio will perform original music at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University. The performance is part of WCU’s Catamount Concert Series. The jazz trio includes Pavel Wlosok…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:38

Rock bands to rage against cancer Nov. 6

“Rock Against Cancer” will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, at The Gateway Club in Waynesville. This event is a rock ‘n roll charity event organized by local musicians to support cancer research. Three local bands will…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:37

Student percussion ensemble plays Nov. 11

The Western Carolina University Percussion Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building at WCU. The group comprises 13 undergraduate percussion students and performs music exclusively composed or arranged for percussion…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:36

Blue Ridge Books hosts open mic series

“Open Mic Nights” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month beginning Nov. 4 at Blue Ridge Books on Main Street in Waynesville. The series is hosted by Chris Minick and sponsored by…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:27

Chorus presents free concert Nov. 14

The Haywood Community Chorus will hold its fall concert at 4 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. The 60-voice chorus has prepared the much-cclaimed “Messa di Gloria” by Giascomo Puccini. Featured Soloists are Herbert…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:26

Potters converge on Dillsboro Nov. 6

The Western North Carolina Pottery Festival expects record attendance this fall as the juried festival continues to attract master potters from across the U.S. This year’s event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6,…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:25

Haywood book honored by historians

Haywood County: Portrait of a Mountain Community, was awarded the Willie Parker Peace History Book Award and the Presidents Award at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Society of Historians at Mooresville on Oct. 23.   The Peace History…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:24

Grab a bowl of Chilly in Sylva Nov. 6

The Downtown Sylva Association’s 3rd annual Chilly Fest is from noon until 5 p.m. on Nov. 6 at Bridge Park and Poteet Park in historic downtown Sylva. There will be live music from Ian Moore’s Mountain Music Miscellany and The…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:23

Bryson celebration to feature craft and dance

Bryson City Bellydance and Movement will host a Harvest Hafla (celebration of dance) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Swain County Senior Center at 125 Brendle St. The event is free and open to the…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:23

Learn glassblowing at the Green Energy Park

Benjamin Elliott will teach a glassblowing workshop for beginners from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 4 and 5 at Jackson County’s Green Energy Park in Dillsboro. Elliott has worked with glass as a medium for 11 years. In…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:22

Haywood to install inaugural quilt block

The Haywood County Arts Council will install the first Quilt Block on the Haywood County Quilt Trail at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Historic Shelton House in Waynesville. The Shelton House Quilt Block, designed by Chris Sylvester,…
The next Sylva After Dark will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday Nov. 5 in downtown Sylva. The evening features art, music, food, shopping and more. Events include: It’s by Nature (678 W. Main St.) — Scott Hotaling, “Light…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:19

Art After Dark is Nov. 5

Waynesville’s next Art After Dark will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5. Held the first Friday of each month, Art After Dark allows customers to visit working studios and galleries on Main Street, Depot Street…
By Kristen Davis • Contributing writer Triple-threat musician Bryan McDowell was first introduced to bluegrass music as a young child while riding in the car with his parents. His father taught him and his sister, Emma, how to identify the…
An unhappy reader this week took me to task for writing harsh words about my 17-year-old cat, Edgar, after the little jerk sank his one remaining fang in my wrist and I wrote about the experience. That love bite —…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:05

Finding the right seat to sit on

In a short while our weather will be a tad chilly for frequent riding of motorcycles. Ah, a sad time indeed for those who love the brushing of wind against our face and the expression of freedom afforded to bikers…
It’s Election Day (or very early morning, actually) as I sit to finish this, and the theme of the day was uttered a few weeks ago by a guy running for a local office: “I don’t care if I win…
It just wouldn’t be the Jackson County we’ve all come to know and love if there wasn’t some kind of community-action group watchdogging Western Carolina University’s attempts to create its very own incorporated town. But it’s Jackson County, so of…
Don’t rush when hiring a new chancellor to replace John Bardo, one board of trustee member for Western Carolina University cautioned the university’s other top leaders last week during a two-day annual retreat in Cullowhee. Echoing the sentiments of the…
The Macon County League of Women Voters will host a program on comprehensive immigration reform on Nov. 11 at the Tartan Hall in Franklin. Victoria Lyall, of America Springs Eternal, a non-profit organization working to cultivate understanding between immigrants and…
Are you ready to rumble? Because here we go again: The great debate in Jackson County on whether traffic congestion along N.C. 107 in Sylva should be fixed, and if so — how — is back. Since the summer of…
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 23:49

Waynesville to hold annual food drive

The town of Waynesville’s annual food drive, including a Nov. 5 curbside pick-up of food donated by residents, will take place during November. Hazelwood Elementary School and Junaluska Elementary School are participating in the drive. The collection by the schools…
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 23:48

Junaluska Assembly selects new director

John “Jack” L. Ewing, Jr. has been named the new executive director of Lake Junaluska Assembly. He will begin his new duties on Jan. 1, 2011, and fills a position that is being vacated by the retirement of Rev. Jimmy…
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 23:45

Town is slow moving on alley cleanup

In a downtown Canton alleyway, a rusty junction box juts out awkwardly from the sidewalk, long since abandoned to its purpose, while a few yards away broken bricks, orange traffic barrels and twisted lengths of caution tape lay in a…
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 23:37

Macon campus to hold reception for Collings

A welcome reception honoring Richard Collings, Southwestern Community College’s new president, will be held Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 4-5 p.m. at the Macon Campus’ Groves Center. Collings, who was president of Wayne State College in Nebraska, became Southwestern’s fifth president…
The Public Policy Institute at Western Carolina University has created a new blog site designed to offer a nonpartisan glimpse into the world of North Carolina politics and policy. The site, “Politics and Policy in the Tar Heel State,” features…
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 23:35

Kathryn Magendie book release party is Nov. 6

Kathryn Magendie will celebrate the release of her new novel, Sweetie, at Blue Ridge Books at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6. Sweetie is Kat Magendie’s third novel. Her first two novels, Tender Graces and Secret Graces, tell the story…