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Wednesday, 22 September 2010 18:27

Oct. 2 motorcycle ride to benefit Haywood school

Registration for Central Haywood High School’s eighth Annual Dawgs on Hawgs Motorcycle Ride fundraiser will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 2 at Ghost Town Harley Davidson on the Waynesville Bypass. This event raises much-needed school…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 18:26

Senior belly dancing offered in Waynesville

Middle Eastern (belly) dancing classes for seniors will be held every Thursday from 9 to 10:15 a.m. at the Creative Thought Center on Pigeon Street in Waynesville. Exercise & Movement for Middle Eastern Dance is a basic class that offers…
The Haywood County Arts Council is seeking artists for its third annual Small Works show to be held Nov. 17-Dec. 31 at Gallery 86 at 86 N. Main Street in Waynesville. The show has grown from 68 western North Carolina…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 18:15

Fontana to host clogging weekend

The eighth-annual Fontana Clogging weekend will be held at The Fontana Village Resort Sept. 24-26. Dancers from more than 20 states (as far away as California), Canada and Germany will be on hand for a weekend of clog dancing workshops,…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 18:14

Wildlife artist to speak in Highlands

Bruce Bunch — outdoorsman, conservationist and wildlife artist — will be the guest speaker at the Art League of Highlands at 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27, at the Highlands Civic Center. Bunch is a familiar figure in outdoors circles…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 18:14

Landscape painting workshop at Waterrock

Catch the Spirit of Appalachia (CSA) will hold a landscape-painting workshop from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, as part of a fall series of painting workshop. The workshop will be held at Waterrock Knob on the Blue Ridge…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 18:13

Art workshop series kicks off Sept. 27

Fall art classes for all ages will be held at the First Baptist Church of Waynesville beginning Sept. 27. The classes are a six-week series that will be held on Monday and Tuesday afternoons that feature adult drawing, photography and…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 18:09

Jackson celebrates crafters Oct. 1

In conjunction with the national American Craft Week, Jackson County craftsmen are hosting and opening for the exhibition “Hand + Craft: A Jackson County Celebration” from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1, at Gallery One as part of…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 18:06

Treat yourself to a ‘Taste of Fall’

Haywood Habitat for Humanity (HHGH ) is providing a way for citizens to showcase their culinary skills, treat their taste buds, and support a good cause at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Maggie Valley Club. Bring a favorite food…
The talents of Western North Carolina’s top traditional musicians and singers will be showcased during the 36th annual Mountain Heritage Day, coming up Saturday, Sept. 25, on the campus of Western Carolina University. The festival’s newly named “Mountain” and “Heritage”…
The traditional folkways of the Southern Appalachian Mountains will once again take center stage as the Western Carolina University community presents the 36th annual Mountain Heritage Day on Saturday, Sept. 25. WCU’s annual festival offers a smorgasbord of traditional mountain…
Marian Wright Edelman will speak at the Lake Junaluska Peace Conference at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, at Stuart Auditorium. The talk is part of the 2010 Lake Junaluska Peace Conference titled “Peace for the World’s Children” and is free.…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:41

Alzheimer’s Association opens Cherokee office

A grand opening celebration of the Alzheimer’s Association’s office and counseling center in Cherokee will take place  2:30-5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 20. The facility will be in the Health and Medical Division Building, 43 John Crowe Hill. Principal Chief…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:40

Mark the Scouts’ 100th anniversary Sept. 25

The Boy Scouts of America is celebrating 100 years of scouting with a council-wide camporee and celebration at Camp Daniel Boone in Haywood County the weekend of Sept. 25. All Scouts, leaders, families and guests are encouraged to come and…
An accountant tasked by a Superior Court judge with taking control of Moody Funeral Home in Sylva said she couldn’t fulfill the order because of a state-licensing issue, and questions about who is on the property lease. In a Sept.…
Ron Rosendahl took the time to count every single sign greeting the main road that dissects the town of Maggie Valley. He found 400 signs squeezed into less than five miles of Soco Road. According to Rosendahl, only 26 of…
Western Carolina might never be the next Silicon Valley, but experts say improving Internet access could help kick-start the region’s economy. David Hubbs, CEO of BalsamWest FiberNET, said with the manufacturing sector mostly on its way out in WNC, it’s…
A few years ago, Michael Wade was ready to hang up tin cans and have tenants at his Rabbit Ridge Apartments in Cullowhee yell messages at each other — all to avoid the daily aggravation caused by two telecom corporations.…
Retired horticulturist Clayton Davis envisions a new Maggie Valley. Instead of a tiring five-mile stretch of asphalt along Soco Road, it features a beautiful line of islands brimming with colorful flowers, trees, shrubs and decorative rocks. Like the tulips at…
After enduring months of dogged opposition over a county rule that would protect residents from nasty garbage piles on their neighbor’s property, Haywood County leaders are trying a different tack. The county has dropped the idea of a public health…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:29

Haywood Memory Walk to support Alzheimer’s care

Registration is now open for the 20th Annual Haywood County Memory Walk, which will be held at 3 p.m. Oct. 3 at Lake Junaluska. There are more than 1,630 cases of Alzheimer’s disease in Haywood County, and that number is…
“Taking Care of You: Powerful Tools for Care giving,” is a six-week series created to educate those who care for chronically ill family members. The classes will be held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. every Thursday from Sept. 30 to…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:27

Learn more about respite caregiving

Training sessions for those wishing to work as a respite caregiver will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, and those seeking a respite caregiver can attend training from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Haywood Community…
Tired of all-night parties, yards used as parking lots and  overflowing trash cans, a community near Western Carolina University is taking aim at student rental houses. The Village of Forest Hills plans to limit the number of people who can…
Call Highlands home and you live in Macon County, right? Not necessarily. Some town of Highlands residents have discovered they actually live in neighboring Jackson County — which can make matters confusing, all the way from the voting booth to…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:19

Pet first aid workshops offered

Dog and cat owners will have an opportunity to learn basic emergency first aid for their companion pets in a hands on two-hour workshop with Dr. Tami Shearer of Shearer Pet Health Hospital. Getting your sick or injured companion to…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:18

Learn about regional colleges at HCC

College Night at Haywood Community College will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, in the auditorium. Area high school students and residents will have a chance to talk with college representatives from more than 55 southeastern…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:18

Constitution readings planned

In an effort to revitalize the nation’s civic culture, veterans and schoolchildren from throughout Jackson County will gather at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 in Cashiers, Sylva and Cherokee for a public reading of the U.S. Constitution. The readings will…
An environmental group dedicated to protecting the Little Tennessee River has come out against a state proposal to widen and pave Needmore Road from one to two lanes. The Little Tennessee Watershed Association did not dismiss out-of-hand the state Department…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:11

Landslide repair below Ghost Town set to begin

Stabilization of the landslide below Ghost Town in Maggie Valley will begin in two weeks, finally bringing comfort to downslope residents who have lived below the looming threat of another slide for half a year. The slide last February scoured…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:10

Incumbents are best to represent Jackson

To the Editor: This year we have three county commissioners running for re-election in Jackson County. Brian McMahan is running again for chairman; Tom Massie is asking for our support again as  vice chairman; and William Shelton wants your vote…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:09

Understanding others is the way to peace

To the Editor: We write with deep concern over recent attacks on Muslims and Muslim communities in our country. One of our principal readings for last year’s Lake Junaluska Peace Conference was Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf’s fine book, What’s Right…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:08

Forest Hills needs to look before it leaps

To the Editor: Having been involved when Forest Hills sought to impose an ETJ on surrounding communities several years ago and having been a long-time critic of Chancellor John Bardo’s “vision” for both WCU and the adjoining communities, there is…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:07

Forest Hills should consider its future

To the Editor: I have several concerns about the Forest Hills annexation after attending the second extended meeting between Forest Hills and Western Carolina University. Many good questions were asked and deflected with ambiguity. I understand that WCU has yet to produce full…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:05

Scotts Creek still has its pollution problems

To the Editor: The article titled “Creeks now flow clean through Waynesville and Sylva” (Sept. 8 Smoky Mountain News) described the decline in fecal coliform pollution in Scotts Creek. While this is unequivocally good news, it does not mean that…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:59

Missed forum was bad timing, not apathy

To the Editor: I would like to respond to the Cindy Solesbee letter to the editor in the Sept. 8 Smoky Mountain News where she presumed that I “failed to show up” because I was “too busy (or some other excuse) to…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:58

Judging a society by what it values

A lot of ink has been spilled over the new $10.3 million crafts education building at Haywood Community College, and for good reason. The building’s cost and its environmentally friendly energy-saving features were both somewhat controversial. I’m among those who…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:56

5K Mountain Heritage Race to be at WCU

A 5K race will be held in conjunction with Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. The race starts in front of the McKee Building on Central Drive on campus. The race is put on…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:54

Try your hand at new outdoor activities

A day packed with outdoor activity will be held at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, in recognition of National Hunting and Fishing Day. Activities include fly-fishing casting, fly tying,…
Mast General Store will host representatives from the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation at their stores on Saturday, Sept. 18, to help connect people with the organization. The Foundation supports special projects on the Parkway that enhance visitors’ experience, from restoring…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:53

Workshop series to focus on fall in the mountains

A fall field photography workshop based in Haywood County will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday mornings from Sept. 22 through Oct. 13. Field excursions will include elk rut season in Cataloochee Valley, rushing mountain cascades and waterfalls,…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:51

Preserving the freshness of fall harvest

It’s harvest time, and what to do with the garden’s bounty can be a little overwhelming. A talk on long-term food storage and preserving the harvest will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17, at the…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:51

Talk to discuss attracting birds and butterflies

Learn how to attract birds and butterflies to your garden while helping the ecosystem during a “Gardening with Nature” talk at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at the historic Rickman Store in Macon County. Botanist and gardener Jean Woods will…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:50

WATR’s fall dinner

The Watershed Association of the Tuckaseigee River will hold its annual dinner at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company in downtown Sylva. Come celebrate a good year and share a meal with others concerned with the…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:49

Pitch in for Big Sweep

Volunteers are needed to help scoop trash from Richland Creek in Waynesville as part of the statewide Big Sweep from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, in Haywood County. Haywood Community College’s students in the Natural Resources…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:48

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day in Bryson City

Join Bryson City Bicycles for “Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day” at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Deep Creek Picnic area in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park outside Bryson City. Bryson City Bicycles welcomes young riders who…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:43

The Good, The Bad and The Deadly

The Good, The Bad and The Deadly is one of five classes that will be offered by the Asheville Mushroom Club (AMC) during its annual FungiFest, which will be held Sept. 18 at the North Carolina Arboretum. The day-long event…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:37

To catch a ginseng thief

With the ginseng season just getting under way, federal and state law enforcement officers again are turning to cutting-edge technology in their efforts to root-out poachers. Dye, coded chips and DNA markers are now widely used to deter and detect…
Jennifer Frick-Ruppert, ecologist and author of Mountain Nature: A Seasonal Natural History of the Southern Appalachians, will appear at noon on Friday, Sept. 17, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. The lunch with the author program is devoted to the…
Bestselling author Cecil Murphey will sign books from 2 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17, at Dalton’s Christian Bookstore in Waynesville. Murphey has authored or co-authored 112 published books in more than 30 years. The book he wrote with…