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Two FUNd Parties will be held in August to help raise money for the Haywood County Arts Council’s Arts in Schools program. Join in on an evening under the stars at the 10th Annual Wine for the Arts, starting at…
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 20:12

Catch film with WCU ties

The feature film “Wesley” will be screened at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 13, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. “Wesley” is based closely on the actual events of John Wesley’s life, a story that…
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 20:11

Bascom presents August workshops

In August, educational programs continue in Highlands with three diverse artists-in-residence workshops. • Lewis Knauss, “Fiber and Handmade Paper into Sculpture,” Aug. 10 to 14. Combining ceramic and fiber, this workshop will guide students through five days of sheer enjoyment…
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 20:09

Luggage logistics

At the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Waynesville, performers’ costumes erupt from the sleeping quarters to fill spare rooms, hallways, and an unused nook in the auditorium. “We always assume that the costumes and performers will fit in the same room,”…
Longtime Folkmoot volunteer and supporter George Escaravage was given the Alan Brown award for service to the international dance festival at the July 22 Gala Preview held at Eaglenest Entertainment in Maggie Valley. Escaravage is a former Folkmoot USA board…
An unseen cultural exchange takes place every day in the cafeteria where Folkmoot performers take their meals. Before, during and after a grueling day of performances, Folkmoot dancers fuel up on North Carolina fare. Whether it’s squash casserole or a…
For those who think getting a travel visa is a headache, try steering hundreds of Folkmoot dancers from a dozen different countries through the highly bureaucratic process. That’s what Folkmoot USA’s group relations committee is responsible for doing months before…
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 13:08

Bird’s the word

Are you a fledgling birder? Would you like to learn more about the feathered flocks that visit your feeder and grace your yard? Join Simon Thompson at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville on Wednesday, Aug. 4, at 8:15 a.m.…
While national pundits predict Republican challengers will steal seats from Democrats in Washington come November, Congressman Heath Shuler likely has little to worry about, based on a recent poll of registered voters in Jackson County. Shuler, D-Waynesville, has a general…
Wednesday, 21 July 2010 13:00

Energy industry is not all bad

To the Editor: I wish the article written by Thomas Crowe (“The terrorists are right here among us,” July 23 Smoky Mountain News) would have never been published, but I reckon this is freedom speech being exercised. I live in…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 19:56

Haywood Garden Tour was a great success

To the Editor: We are writing to express our gratitude for your excellent coverage of the 2010 Haywood County Garden Tour. Your full page spread was really appreciated. Our attendance was up over 15 percent from 2008 thanks, we’re sure,…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 20:55

WATR hosts walk ‘n talk

The Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River will host a “Walk ‘n Talk” in the Deep Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park outside Bryson City at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 23. Two retired WCU professors, Glenn Liming…
Creating a youthful, energetic mood, the new 175-seat Entertainment Lounge at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel is the focal point in the property’s Mountain Breeze zone, one of four themed zones of the casino, which is soon to be doubled…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 20:32

Latin aerobics class shakes things up

Local residents of all ages are exploring one of the newest and hottest fitness classes: Latin Aerobics. This upbeat class offers a fun-filled, hip-shaking cardiovascular workout where students can enjoy Salsa, Samba, African, Cumbia, and Reggaeton rhythms, all while toning…
Penland School of Crafts will host a professional development workshop for artists living in Western North Carolina from Oct. 1 to 3. The workshops will be taught by the nonprofit group Creative Capital and is geared for all artists who…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 20:26

David Arms showcases artwork

A special art showing of David Arms’ works will run July 30 through Aug. 1 as part of Old Edwards Inn and Spa’s Season of the Arts. For many years, Arms was one of the leading special event designers in…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 20:24

Sign up your team for Downtown Dog Walk

For the first time, Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation invites teams as well as individuals to sign up for the 5th Annual Downtown Waynesville Dog Walk on Aug. 7. Last year, almost 280 dogs walked down Main Street. The fun begins…
The upland waterways of the southern highlands provide one of the region’s most interesting natural areas. Unlike most upland habitats — which generally occur as blocks or patches — streams form long corridors that afford rich and varied niches for…
Stocking a river with one of the nation’s rarest fish is a slow and gentle process. On a recent summer day, biologist Steve Fraley lowered a clear-plastic bag full of water and 50 small, threatened fish called spotfin chub, into…
Wednesday, 21 July 2010 13:00

Goats who stare at trees

They not only stare at them, they eat them. Well, maybe not all trees, but woody browse in general. Hopefully, this penchant for woody invasives like Canada blackberry will make goats the perfect organic weed-whacker for protecting the grassy balds…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 20:49

America’s Great Outdoors Initiative

Not even the looming shadow of the nation’s worst environmental disaster in two decades could spoil the mood at the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative listening session in Asheville last week. Recreation, conservation and preservation-minded environmentalists from all over Western North…
There are books that get your attention, and then there are books that GRAB your attention. The new book by Bill McKibben (author of The End of Nature and founder of the 350 Movement) is of the latter variety. Not…
On International Festival Day, Main Street in Waynesville will transform into a world bazaar where more than one hundred artists, craftsmen and international guests sell all forms of arts and crafts. The day offers the ultimate cultural exchange for all…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 20:18

Volunteers invaluable at Folkmoot

Last year, Folkmoot USA relied on about 4,000 hours of community service to pull off the festival. Volunteers hosted BBQs, sold souvenirs, bandaged sprained ankles, answered phones, served four meals a day and helped in many more ways. In April,…
To the Editor: Last week I announced that I would be conducting an online poll seeking input about public sentiment surrounding the proposed Super Wal-Mart project. Many community members responded, and I would like to give them my sincere thanks…
To the Editor: On behalf of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce, I would like to thank those who helped to make Franklin’s Annual 4th of July Fireworks & Fun Day such a huge success. Businesses donated not only money but…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 19:51

Taking the pulse of a region

We in the news business provide historians with some of the crucial data necessary to write the story of any particular point in time. Reporters gather facts and opinions that are snapshots of how people feel, and then we make…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 19:49

Elder abuse training available to public

The 30th Judicial District Domestic Violence-Sexual Assault Alliance is working to end elder abuse by offering training sessions across the far western counties of North Carolina. Statistics from the National Center for Elder Abuse state that between one and two…
Four years ago, new laws regulating the sale of pseudoephedrine in pharmacies slowed the illegal production of methamphetamine. The chemical compound commonly found in over-the-counter cold medication is a fundamental ingredient in the production of the illegal drug. But a…
Neighbors concerned about the expansion of a rock quarry in Waynesville have won a partial victory in a early stage of the fight. The state has delayed issuing a necessary permit and instead is asking Harrison Construction to provide a…
A large rock quarry in Waynesville has been cited with a water quality violation for sending mud into nearby Allens Creek. The Harrison Construction rock quarry, which mines rock used in road building, was issued a notice of violation on…
A ceremony marking the installation of a marker honoring Capt. George Ellis Plott, who was killed in action on Dec. 24, 1944, will be held at 11 a.m. on July 26 at the Plott family cemetery in Plott Creek in…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 19:31

WNC schools hooked up with fiber

By the end of this year, nearly every student in the six westernmost counties will have unprecedented access to technology in the classroom. Thanks to a collaborative project called WNC EdNet, high-speed Internet will become a reality for all public…
On Tuesday evening, 11-year-old Ronnie Patterson said goodbye to his home away from home. Patterson is a skateboarder, and for the past year he’s spent nearly every afternoon at the Disciples Youth Center skate park on U.S. 441 in Jackson…
The very beginning of the Nantahala Brewing Company story began — appropriately — at a local bar. Mike Marsden had long thought the 1,200-square-foot warehouse adjacent to Across the Trax, the bar he owns in Bryson City, would be perfect…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 19:25

Haywood hops farmer sets the bar high

Haywood County hops farmer Scott Grahl is a dreamer with his feet planted firmly on the ground. “One day a buddy of mine called and said ‘Did you know there is a worldwide hops shortage?’” Grahl said. “From then on,…
Owners of video sweepstakes parlors in North Carolina are out of luck for now. Governor Bev Perdue is expected to sign a bill passed by the legislature that will ban cyber sweepstakes starting Dec. 1 this year. Sweepstakes operators in…
Ghost Town in the Sky amusement park in Maggie Valley will not open this summer, contrary to previous assertions by park owners and managers. The amusement park is still mired in bankruptcy and remains in a holding pattern until a…
The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet takes the stage 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 23, for the weekly Concerts on the Creek series in downtown Sylva, and the group encourages other brass musicians to join the fun. Brass players of…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 20:59

Trail volunteers needed in Smokies

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting for volunteers for the Adopt-a-Trail program. A mandatory training program will be held on Saturday, July 31, on the North Carolina side of the Park for interested volunteers. Volunteers are asked to…
The Great Smoky Mountains Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will throw its annual banquet at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 31, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation was integral to the reintroduction of elk…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 20:48

Storytime with puppets

Jackson County resident Josie Williams will be guest storyteller at a special children’s storytime at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 24, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Williams is co-creator (with her sister-in law Kim Williams) of Shert: The Helping…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 20:47

All about the Carltons

Dr. Barbara Carlton will autograph copies of her book, This Nearly Was Mine: A Journey Through Carlton Country at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28, in the Friendship Garden at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library. In June 1994, the Albert…
A group of award-winning mountain dulcimer players — including several national champion musicians — will present a concert of dulcimer music at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 22, at Western Carolina University’s Fine and Performing Arts Center. The concert is sponsored…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 20:39

Celtic music in the Smokies

Join Bean Sidhe, pronounced ban-shee, for a lively evening of traditional music from the British Isles. The premier Celtic band of the Smokies will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 22, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. The…
Celebrate the remarkable bonds of familial harmony this weekend at The Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival. “All In The Family” parts I and II will feature performances by brother and sister pianist William Ransom and violinist Kate Ransom and the…
The popular play, “The Prince of Dark Corners,” by local writer and storyteller Gary Carden will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 31, at the historic Rickman Store in Macon County’s Cowee Valley. The play centers on the life…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 20:31

Annual fair at Waynesville church

The annual Parish Fair will feature smoked barbecue, a drawing for a locally-made colorful quilt, and music and entertainment, including a children’s booth and games. The fair takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 31, at Grace…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 19:39

Haywood Habitat holds open enrollment

Haywood Habitat for Humanity is holding an open enrollment through July for perspective new-home partner families. Applicants must be residents of Haywood County and have lived in North Carolina for the past year, have an annual household income of $18,700…
The Haywood County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 27 at the Shook House in Clyde. Following the business meeting, Ted Carr and Evelyn Coltman will present a program entitled, “The Best of the Cold…