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A section of Johnson Street in Canton has been closed following complaints that parked vehicles — repair jobs from Blackbear Automotive & Transmission — were creating a traffic hazard.  “We’re after a safety issue. We’re not trying to close his…
Shane Claiborne was a couple minutes late for his interview with The Smoky Mountain News, but for good reason. Claiborne and his entourage of Philadelphia friends-turned-family had encountered some crawfish that needed catching, and the job required a couple of…
Jackson County voters will finally be able to see the shape of the November ballot with the close of a second primary for the Jackson County Sheriff Republican candidate July 15. Following the first primary, in which only 42 votes…
No one knows for sure what motivated Scarlette Heatherly the first time she skimmed a little cash off the top of a customer’s water bill. But once she figured out she could get away with it, she couldn’t seem to…
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:38

Tapping the trough

A wall calendar edged with hot-pink swirls seems out of place in the Junaluska Sanitary District, where the back door of the office opens onto a double-bay equipment garage and work boots leave muddy tracks across the concrete floor. “It’s…
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:37

Canton wins Camp Hope appeal

A two-year court battle over the ownership of Camp Hope concluded last week when the N.C. Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that the property belonged to the town of Canton.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:36

Macon County revisits Parker Meadows plans

Discovery of a Cherokee gravesite on the soon-to-be ballfield complex at Macon County’s Parker Meadows property will likely mean that the county has to tweak its design. Though no final decision has been made, a series of meetings between county…
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:05

Column blaming Rep. Presnell was wrong

To the Editor: The column by Editor Scott McLeod two weeks ago taking after Rep. Michelle Presnell, R-Burnsville, for stopping the annexation —involuntary annexation to many property owners — seems to rely on the false premise that local bills result…
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:04

Man of action and education proves popular

There are movies that I simply cannot turn off once I stumble into them when I am switching channels, which I do whenever there is a commercial, as men have been hardwired to do since the dawn of the remote…
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:50

On the Isle again

Thanks to the generosity of dear friends, my family gets to vacation on Isle of Palms every summer. If you follow the “Naturalist’s Corner” regularly, you’ve seen accounts of these expeditions — maybe about “pluff mud,” “gourd heads,” “sister island,”…
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:44

Proposed fracking rules released

The Mining and Energy Commission has finished writing a proposed set of rules to govern oil and gas development in North Carolina, and now the commission is seeking public input through Sept. 15. Submit comments at portal.ncdenr.org/web/mining-and-energy-commission/public-comment-meetings. Comments will also…
Amateur biologists of all ages are invited to help find out how the birds and fish are doing on Land Trust for the Little Tennessee’s 57-acre Welch Farm property at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2.  The half-day event showcases nationally…
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:43

New moth species named for Cherokee

A new moth species recently discovered in the Southern Appalachians has a locally inspired name.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:39

WCU fishermen head to national competition

Western Carolina University will send two students to the national Bassmaster College Series National Championship following a third place win at a regional bass fishing competition in June. 
A coalition of public and private conservation organizations is stepping up to save the Georgia aster, a purple Southern flower that is on the verge of being listed under the Endangered Species Act. 
Western Carolina University will launch a new master’s degree in chemistry this fall with a professional science concentration in natural products.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:36

Birds of Prey program comes to Oconaluftee

Raptors will ride into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with a birds of prey program 10 a.m. Friday, July 25, at Oconaluftee Visitor Center. 
Explore the diversity of fungi in the Southern Appalachian Mountains and their relationships with native plants through upcoming programs at the Highlands Biological Station.
More than 100 people filled the room at Asheville’s Crowne Plaza Hotel earlier this month, but they weren’t there for the pretzels. This 16th meeting in the forest management plan revision process for the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests drew…
For whatever reason — the leisurely pace of days, the break in my work routine, the annual trip to the coast with my children and grandchildren — summer alters my reading habits. As for the students I teach, summer affords…
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:11

Kansas string duo to play Bryson City

Sister string duo Scenic Roots will continue the Summer Music Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. The Kansas-based band combines old-time mountain melodies, bluegrass drive, Irish traditions and down-home humor.  The…
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:11

Bluegrass to hit Robbinsville stage

Acoustic bluegrass quartet The Special Consensus will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville. With a repertoire that features traditional bluegrass standards, original compositions, and songs from other musical genres performed…
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:05

Dinosaur Train rolls into Bryson City

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad has partnered with Rail Events Inc. and The Jim Henson Company to bring the PBS KIDS series “Dinosaur Train” July 18-20, 25-27 and Aug. 1-3, at the Bryson City Train Depot. For this event, families…
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:05

HCC instructor elected to Craft Guild Board

Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Wood instructor Brian Wurst was recently elected to the board of the Southern Highland Craft Guild in Asheville.  Wurst graduated from HCC’s Professional Crafts Wood program in 2001 and began teaching at the college in…
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:01

Change in leadership at WCU arts college

Western Carolina University Provost Alison Morrison-Shetlar announced a change in leadership in the College of Fine and Performing Arts. Robert Kehrberg, founding dean of the college, is stepping down from that position and will return to the faculty in the…
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:00

Hillbilly Woodstock returns to Maggie

The 5th Annual Hillbilly Woodstock will be held 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug 1-2 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.
The Waynesville Public Art Commission will hold a dedication of a new public art piece entitled “Chasing Tadpoles” during the Frog Hop at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, in the Historic Frog Level District.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:58

Join Jackson’s Farm, Garden & Studio Tour

Metalsmith William S. Rogers is one of several studios participating in the July 26-27 Jackson County Farm, Garden, & Studio Tour. The combined farm and arts tour is a first for Jackson County.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:57

Tritt presents country hits July 26

Country music megastar Travis Tritt will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:56

This must be the place

There’s no place like home. Amid my first few weeks living in Western North Carolina, there were times I got homesick. Though I have bounced around the country for many years now, I, too, have moments where I start to miss…
The 2nd annual United Community Bank Mountain Challenge featuring American tennis legends Andy Roddick and Jim Courier will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at the Cedar Creek Racquet Club in Cashiers. The event will be hosted by…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The race for the 11th District’s U.S. House of Representatives seat is officially off and running as the filing period closed Tuesday (Feb. 28), but a recent tour of the district found that a…
By Chris Cooper The brainchild of programmers Robert Smith (no, not the guy from the Cure) and Bill Walters, Blue Stone produces evocative, dreamy textures that skate between subtlety and head-spinning surprise. Taking cues from Enigma, Tangerine Dream and maybe…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Travel writer and National Public Radio commentator Jeff Biggers spent 20 years collecting and researching the stories and historical papers that make up the backbone of his new work The United States of Appalachia.
By Michael Beadle OK, first things first — Craig Karges is not a comedian though he makes his audiences laugh. He’s not a magician, though he uses magic. And he’s not a psychic, though psychic happenings occur in his shows.…
Wednesday, 01 March 2006 00:00

A look at three self stories

After reading three autobiographies in less than 10 days, I emerged from the encounter feeling much like a lover who has finally encountered the full physicality of his beloved: I’m thankful for the romp but find myself a little disillusioned,…
By Michael Beadle Art class is not just a place to make art for yourself — sometimes it’s a place to help those who are less fortunate. “We need to help the homeless people,” said Hunter Creson, a fifth grader…
Wednesday, 01 March 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

Kindergarten The other day I went to a kindergarten class for “Career Day.” I had 15 minutes to talk about cartoons, draw some cartoons, and find out what these 5-year-olds knew about cartoons. When I was a kid, adults talking…
Wednesday, 01 March 2006 00:00

TDA wants Reece off board

The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority called for the removal of one of its board members, Wade Reece in a 5 to 3 vote last Thursday (Feb. 23). The request to remove Reece from the board will be up to…
Wednesday, 01 March 2006 00:00

Sequoyah: inventor of talking leaves

By Michael Beadle Sequoyah is perhaps one of the most recognizable names in Native American history — and quite rightly so. After all, he was the only person in human history to invent a language on his own without first…
Residents opposed to a plan to add a middle-turn lane along sections of Plott Creek Road in Waynesville have garnered new hope that there could be a compromise with the local Department of Transportation over the project.
By Michael Beadle It’s a special day for 14-month-old Tawodi Clapsaddle. Several adults including his father, Ethan, look on as the curious toddler explores tiny furniture and grabs a hold of toys in his new classroom at the Dora Reed…
Some members of the Waynesville board of aldermen are questioning whether Mayor Henry Foy acted in bounds when he wrote a letter of support to the Department of Transportation for the Plott Creek Road project. The Waynesville Town Board voted…
Wednesday, 01 March 2006 00:00

Table Mountain pine

Have you ever been walking one of the wind-swept, sun-bitten, high-elevation rock outcrops in the Smokies region when you suddenly encountered a grove of strange, almost stunted looking pines with outlandish cones? As described by Donald C. Peattie in A…
There’s really not much to say except this: why has it taken so long? The Haywood County School Board apparently is going to pass a ban on tobacco products at schools and all school-related events, including football games, graduation ceremonies,…
Wednesday, 01 March 2006 00:00

No loaves, just fish ... sticks

I pride myself on being a good cook. After 10 years of effort, I have finally mastered homemade cinnamon rolls. Entire batches have been known to disappear in seconds. I can cook suppers dripping with cheeses and overflowing with tangy…
Wednesday, 01 March 2006 00:00

Power carries a yoke of responsibility

By Michael Beadle • Columnist The recent worldwide protests against cartoons depicting the Islamic prophet Mohammed have given humanity a chance to take a closer look at itself, and it’s not a pretty sight. Too often the opportunity for self-examination…
Wednesday, 01 March 2006 00:00

Logging plan for Kirby Knob forest upheld

A coalition of environmental groups and local residents lost their appeal against a logging operation in the Nantahala National Forest in Jackson, Macon and Swain counties. Residents in Macon and Jackson counties joined three regional conservation groups — Southern Appalachian…
Wednesday, 01 March 2006 00:00

A double crested whammy

We were leaving Monroe, La., just after dawn last Sunday, Feb. 19. We crossed over a small levee and dam on Bayou Desiard. There, strung out down the bayou like a flotilla, were 100 or more double-crested cormorants. When I…
Wednesday, 08 March 2006 00:00

The Underground Panthers

A hunter was in the woods one day in winter when suddenly he saw a panther coming toward him and at once prepared to defend himself. The panther continued to approach, and the hunter was just about to shoot when…