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Tuesday, 10 August 2010 19:27

Connect with your celestial guides

Join Mary O’Shannon of Spiritsong as she shares how to tap into the beneficial energies of the planets during “Connecting with Your Celestial Guides: Your Allies in These Times of Change!” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, at The Creative…
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 19:26

Peace, love and bugs in Cherokee

Volkswagen devotees make their way to Cherokee, Aug. 13 - 15 for the second annual VW Show at the Cherokee Event Center on Aquoni Road. Volkswagens of all makes and models will be on display, and all registered vehicles are…
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 19:25

A capella performance in Franklin Aug. 15

The all-male Land of the Sky Chorus will sing classics in “Schtick to Singing,” a concert held 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 15, in Tartan Hall at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Franklin. With more than thirty members, Land of…
The Highlands Cashiers Players’ production “Dearly Departed” runs Aug. 19 through 22 and Aug. 27 through 29 with two performances scheduled for Sunday Aug. 29 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. All evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m., the matinees…
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 19:23

Cold foods cooking class at Stecoah

Tired of heating up your kitchen this hot summer? The Stecoah Valley Food Ventures Kitchen is offering a cooking class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14 focusing on cool recipes to break the heat.  Participants will…
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 19:21

Rye Holler Boys to play at BBQ fest

Expect mouth-watering BBQ accompanied by great mountain music at the 2nd Annual Mountain High BBQ & Music Festival, where the bluegrass band Rye Holler Boys will perform. The festival runs 10:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, and 9…
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 19:20

Balsam Range gears up for a busy weekend

Balsam Range will play Sylva’s Concerts on the Creek Friday, Aug. 13. The free concert takes place from 7-9 p.m. at the pavilion in the Bridge Park in downtown Sylva. Balsam Range has produced two CDs, Marching Home (2007) and…
The Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild will present its 2010 quilt show, “Quilting New Trails” Aug. 19-21 at the Community Facilities building in Franklin. Established in 1983, the guild is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to stimulate an intelligent interest…
Catch the Spirit of Appalachia is producing its “Traditional Heritage Walk” at Gateway Flea Market in Whittier from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14. With their mission of “keeping heritage” alive, the local nonprofit is presenting vendors…
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 19:16

Bed turning at the Shelton House Barn

Craving information about a family heirloom or a quilt purchased at a flea market or antique shop? A Bed Turning event will help solve those mysteries. It will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21, at…
Country music recording artist Matt Stillwell returns for the third annual Shinefest Friday, Aug. 13, through Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Fontana Village Resort. The event features live concerts on both Friday and Saturday evening with a lake party at…
Temperatures boiled above 90 degrees as the dancers grabbed their partners and lined up on the floor. The caller patiently explained the moves for the first contra dance of the afternoon as members of a volunteer pickup band plucked notes…
“For the Love of Color: Mixed-up Media,” an exhibition of works by Sylvia Everett, will take place from Wednesday, Aug. 4, to Saturday, Aug. 21. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through. A special artist’s reception will…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 20:36

On the beauty of hibiscus flowers

I had my first introduction to plants in the Hibiscus genus when I was a boy. Rose-of-Sharon was a common dooryard shrub in the piedmont region of Virginia where I grew up, just as it is here in Western North…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 20:36

Take your biking indoors

Too hot to road bike? Why not try a spinning class. While pedaling a stationary bike might not sound like the most exciting workout, the instructor in a spinning class leads the group through various drills and visualizations on the…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 20:33

New Smokies Audubon chapter forms

A new Great Smoky Mountains chapter of the National Audubon Society formed just a few months ago but can already claims a few hundred members in its ranks. The Great Smoky Mountains Audubon Society meets at 6:30 p.m. on the…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 20:31

Parkway to celebrate 75th at Waterrock Knob

A celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Waterrock Knob Visitor Center between Balsam and Maggie Valley. The festivities, called “Blue Ridge…
Cool off with a snorkeling trip on the Little Tennessee River on Saturday, Aug. 14, while gaining a new perspective on aquatic life. Snorkeling reveals a whole new world of fish, mussels, salamanders and the like that live below the…
Hundreds of children will line the banks of the Oconaluftee River in Cherokee this weekend for the annual Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby. The trout derby — held from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7, at Island…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 20:27

The un-hummingbird

Toni Mullany of Waynesville sent me an email the other day noting a guest scoping out her phlox. She described the critter thusly: “It is about the size of a large bumblebee. It is all black. It has furry head…
To mountain communities, the coming of the Blue Ridge Parkway 75 years ago was seen as economic salvation. It would provided much-needed construction jobs to a region ravaged by the Depression and ultimately bring a parade of tourists seeking natural…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 20:15

Searching for God and the self

Home. The word is as twisted with complications and mystery as all those other household words we use every day: wife, mother, father, son, daughter, family. Home slips from our mouth easy as air, yet only in our hearts and…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 20:13

Free writers workshops in Waynesville

Upcoming free workshops at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville will offer writers behind-the-scenes tips on getting published and provide guidance to women writers over 50. • “Don’t murder your mystery — or any other manuscript,” will be led by seasoned…
Last month the Public Policy Institute at Western Carolina University partnered with The Smoky Mountain News to conduct a poll testing the voter climate in Jackson County. The results of the poll showed voters had low confidence in county government,…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 20:07

County pay raises gone afoul

To the Editor: In early 2008, Jackson County commissioners approved a study to be done of comparative public sector employees’ pay plans in southwestern North Carolina by a company called the Mercer Group Inc. out of Atlanta, Ga., at a…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 20:07

Some are stealing from animal shelter

To the Editor: First, I’d like to thank all the folks who support PAWS, Swain County’s privately run no-kill animal shelter. We so appreciate all the donations we receive, be they actual cash, donations of time at the shelter —…
To the Editor: HandMade in America fully supports Haywood Community College’s new Creative Arts Center to expand a program that contributes creatively, professionally and economically to our region. The Professional Crafts Program at HCC is recognized internationally for education and…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 20:04

Health care in Swain is top notch

To the Editor: Your article “County health rankings yield mixed results” in the July 14 issue was well-researched, well-written and informative as one expects from your newspaper; still it left me uneasy.  Statistics tell a whole lot, but they leave…
A meeting that could lead to a completely new personality for the Cullowhee area will be finished by the time this hits the presses, but I’m hoping that the meeting gives fresh momentum to efforts to transform the Western Carolina…
“I’ll tell you what this is, and I’ll tell you what it’s not,” said Franklin Mayor Joe Collins, opening a public hearing on a special use permit for a proposed Wal-mart Supercenter just outside the town limits. Collins had anticipated…
Franklin Alderman Bob Scott recused himself from the vote on a special use permit for a Wal-Mart Supercenter this week after conducting an online survey on the issue. Town Attorney John Henning said he believed the survey compromised Scott’s impartiality,…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:55

WCU tuition hike to offset budget crunch

To help offset the impact of budget cuts recently authorized by the N.C. General Assembly, Western Carolina University will raise in-state undergraduate tuition and fees by 17.5 percent effective for the fall semester. University of North Carolina system President Erskine…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:53

Meals on Wheels to hold tennis tourney

The Haywood County Meals on Wheels is hosting a Tennis Tournament at 9 a.m., Aug. 5 to 7 at the Waynesville Recreation Center Tennis Courts on West Marshall Street. Cost is $20 per person and $40 for Doubles. Categories include…
A little known law went into effect this year requiring landlords to install carbon monoxide detectors in any rental property with oil or gas furnaces, gas appliances, fireplaces or attached garages. The bill, passed by the N.C. General Assembly, went…
Advocates for a cleaner Pigeon River have filed a formal challenge against a state water pollution permit for the Canton paper mill that was renewed this summer. They allege that Evergreen Packaging can well afford to be held to stricter…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:47

Property rights crowd objects to trash rule

On Monday morning, Haywood County commissioners listened as one citizen after another came up and blasted a change to a health board rule that has been on the books since 1970. About 40 people stood up to express their opposition…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:46

Haywood hospice center to become a reality

The first inpatient hospice west of Asheville had its groundbreaking in Clyde last week — complete with Jimmy Jack the mule and its own theme song. The hospital is targeting September 2011 as the opening date for the Homestead hospice,…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:41

Shuler carries torch in money race

Congressman Heath Shuler has a sizeable financial advantage against his opponent heading into the fall election season. Shuler, D-Waynesville, had $1.4 million in cash on hand compared to just $65,000 for Jeff Miller, R-Hendersonville, according to campaign finance reports filed…
After nearly eight months of wrangling with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Swain County leaders and a vocal citizens group, Duke Energy agreed to relocate an electrical substation from a controversial location — one that would loom over a…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:37

North Shore residents interviews unveiled

The public is invited to watch 15 hours of raw video that will take viewers back 20 years to experience the stories and see the land of North Shore residents who had their property seized by the government in the…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:36

Two veterans share remarkable story

The Junaluska Associates evening session will feature the stories of two Vietnam veterans at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7, in the Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska Assembly. Porter Halyburton, a Southern gentleman born and raised in a small town…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:32

Altrusa, Rotary sponsor School Supply Drive

Altrusa International, Inc. of Waynesville and the Haywood Rotary Club will be spearheading a drive to collect school supplies for needy children in Haywood County public schools from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at Wal-Mart in Waynesville.…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:31

Election forums planned for NC candidates

The League of Women Voters will sponsor a public forum for candidates running for N.C. Senate and House of Representatives in the 2010 elections at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 12. Incumbent Senator John Snow (Dem.) will be challenged by…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:15

Go Greek with free cooking class

Dean Christopoulos and Gregory Gonzales from Kostas Family Restaurant in Dillsboro will teach how to dish up authentic Greek food at a free class next week. The two will demonstrate making Greek chicken with potatoes. They’ll also share information on…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:14

Exhibit traces history of motorcycles

See rare vintage and antiques motorcycles from the early 1900s at the Kick-Start! American Motorcycle Design exhibition in Highlands. The exhibition will premiere with a reception and gallery talk from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 7 at The Bascom.…
Seona McDowell will perform a concert of traditional, contemporary and original tunes from Australia, New Zealand, and other cultures at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 15, at the Haywood County Library in Waynesville. McDowell will accompany herself on the guitar,…
Johnny Floor and The Wrong Crowd will be performing from 8 until 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Fontana Village Recreation Hall. Johnny Floor’s singer-songwriter is also the manager and engineer of Lands Creek Studios in Bryson City, which…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:10

Eroica Trio slated for Highlands-Cashiers

Good things come in threes when the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival welcomes Grammy-nominated The Eroica Trio, Friday, Aug. 6, and Saturday, Aug. 7. The Eroica Trio – comprised of pianist Erika Nickrenz, violinist Suzie Park, and cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio –…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:08

Buchanan Boys bring modern country music

Sylva-based The Buchanan Boys take the stage from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, at the Bridge Park Pavilion as part of the free summer Concerts on the Creek series in downtown Sylva. The Buchanan Boys will play a…
Penland School of Crafts has open spaces in several of its sixth session summer session classes available at half tuition to residents of the following Western North Carolina counties: Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Graham, Clay, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson,…