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Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:44

ArtShare benefit exhibit returns to Haywood

The Haywood County Arts Council’s “Gallery & Gifts” (formerly Gallery 86) is hosting its annual ArtShare exhibit Aug. 4-31 in downtown Waynesville. ArtShare is a fundraising exhibit of fine works of art, both original and prints, which have been donated,…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:43

Rare pottery exhibit at Shelton House

New Western North Carolina pieces on loan from the collection of Rodney Leftwich will be displayed at the Shelton House’s Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts in Waynesville. During the 1970s Leftwich, an area native and potter, became interested in the…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:32

Chamber music series celebrates 46 years

The Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival, one of the longest running chamber music festivals in the United States, presents its 46th season to the listeners of Western North Carolina.  The festival will continue with concerts at 7:30 p.m. 26 at the…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:28

Gemboree celebrates 50 years

The 50th annual Macon County Gemboree will be held July 23-26 at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:26

BBQ festival in Maggie Valley

The “Smokin’ in the Valley” Western North Carolina BBQ Festival will be from noon to 9 p.m. July 24 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 25 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:24

Guitar duo embraces swing, blues classics

Jazz Mountain will perform at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 19, at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Franklin.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:22

This must be the place

My dog died. Not to be Debbie Downer or anything, but that sentence has been ricocheting around my head all weekend. She’s gone. Sixteen years old, with 15 of those as a member of our family.
I was a little apprehensive. Strolling into The Strand at 38 Main this past Friday evening, the buzz around downtown Waynesville was the premiere of “Chasing Grace.” A faith-based thriller, the film was shot in town and around Haywood County.…
By Hannah McLeod • Guest Columnist We all have those memories that lurk in the back of our brain, the hazy, maybe-real-maybe-not memories from the time before we gained a sense of self. For me, those memories include being twirled around…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 16:42

Our Edisto story is still being written

EDISTO ISLAND, SC — Whether it is a time-honored family tradition or simply the very real possibility that, as a family, we share a stunning lack of imagination, the Cox family always spends a week on Edisto Island every summer.
• Meet the performers• The 'glorious chaos' that is Folkmoot• Folkmoot redefines mission as 2015 festival gets underway• 2015 festival highlights• Schedule of events

folkmoot buildingWith just days until the 32nd annual Folkmoot USA international dance and music festival is set to kick off, the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Hazelwood is a frenzy of activity. Construction projects are finishing up, fresh paint is drying on the walls, beds are being prepared for the performers and new Executive Director Angie Schwab is squelching fires left and right.

folkmoot directorQ&A with new Folkmoot Executive Director Angie Schwab, who took the reins in March from former director Karen Babcock.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 15:57

WCU’s Fine Art Museum opens gift shop

A new art museum gift shop, FAMShop, has opened in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on the Western Carolina University campus, close to the Fine Art Museum galleries. The shop offers a wide variety of works…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 15:56

Haywood Chamber doles out awards

Several individuals and business owners were recently recognized during the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner and awards ceremony. Pisgah Inn received the Special Business Recognition; Waynesville Automotive received Business of the Year; Frog Level Brewing received Entrepreneur of…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 15:51

Shaw donates lumber for restoration project

Shaw Industries recently donated more than 2,700 board feet of lumber to The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee that will be used to help restore a historic farmstead on LTLT’s Tessentee Bottomland Preserve property in Otto. The donation is…
With so many roads needing to be repaved in Bryson City and so little money to do it with, the town board of aldermen has to make tough decisions and try to prioritize a short list of projects each year.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 15:47

Sylva merchants against two-way Main Street

Based on public input and survey results, it appears the overwhelming majority of folks in Sylva are opposed to creating two-way traffic in the downtown area. 
Two officers with the Franklin Police Department are back on duty while the N.C. State Bureau of Investigations continues to look into a deadly shooting involving the officers.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 15:38

Second candidate files for Sylva mayor

There’s one more in the race to become Sylva’s next mayor following Alderman Danny Allen’s decision to run for the seat.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 15:34

Program addresses primary doctor shortage

By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern Primary care physicians play a key role in the health care system, often addressing patients’ health concerns before their conditions require the more specific knowledge of a specialist. 
It’s official: Harris Regional Hospital is getting a new emergency department.
Though commissioners were scheduled to vote on whether to adopt a new set of rules for cell towers in the county last week, they opted to put the final decision off till August after a public hearing drew a variety…
Landing the grant is turning out to be far from the end of the road in an effort to bring a cattle loading facility to Jackson County.
Linda McKay, owner of N.C. Mountain Made in downtown Franklin, said her business couldn’t afford to lose another summer festival, so she took it upon herself to create a new one.
A new K9 skilled in bomb and explosive detection will soon be joining the ranks of the Waynesville Police Department.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 15:18

Road closure coming for Howell Mill Road

Howell Mill Road won’t be an option for those planning to drive the length of the Waynesville route for the rest of the summer.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 15:15

Waynesville wades into dumpster war

A dumpster war in Waynesville is heating up, and the town is firing back.
Work continues on repairs to a massive sinkhole that collapsed suddenly near Ingles grocery store in Waynesville several weeks ago.
A major expansion and renovation of the Ingles grocery store on Russ Avenue in Waynesville is finally imminent.
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 19:02

Morning closures for I-40 start Friday

Starting Friday, July 10, blasting operations will cause temporary morning closures on a rural stretch of Interstate 40 in Haywood County near the Tennessee border.
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 15:53

The real meaning of religious freedom

To the Editor: The news of the last couple of weeks brings into sharp focus the divided world we live in. No longer do we have a common language or ethic to guide our thoughts or actions in this complex…
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 15:46

The reality of the Confederate flag legacy

I have seen more Confederate flags flying in the past couple of weeks than I have seen in years. A few days ago, I was at the grocery store and saw a young fellow with a Confederate flag waving above…
The North Carolina Senate has become emboldened in its partisanship over the last couple of years, and there appears to be no end in sight. Under the leadership of Sen. Phil Berger, the president pro tem, and his troops —…
Well, it wasn’t really a voice — it was an email. I received an email from Bruce Lampright back in November 2014.
A $3,360 grant from The Fund for Haywood County will allow Haywood Waterways Association to do some work on the greenway at Lake Junaluska.  The funds will go toward stabilizing the shoreline and maintaining the lake for recreational purposes.  “The…
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 15:27

Man dies in kayaking accident

A man paddling in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park last Wednesday (July 1) died after his kayak capsized. Kenneth Worthington, 53, from Apex, was paddling the Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River on the Tennessee side of the…
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 15:25

Cherokee welcomes four-legged athletes

DockDogs to be held in Cherokee July 10-12, will showcase three days of leaping dogs doing tricks in mid-air while jumping into a pool of water.
Backcountry trails and campsites are open again in the Hazel Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for the first time since a black bear attacked a teenager sleeping in a hammock.
A program titled “4,000 Reasons to Love (and Protect) Native Bees” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at the Highlands Nature Center as part of the Zahner Conservation Lecture Series.
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 15:20

Wildlife to sweep Sapphire

Mountain Wildlife Days will return to Sapphire Valley Resort outside Cashiers July 17-18 this year, bringing plenty of opportunity to learn about — and meet — the creatures that call Western North Carolina home.
It’s day four of the Family Nature Summit, and the troops are working hard on a wooded piece of land behind the Lambuth Inn at Lake Junaluska.  “I’ve planted trees before in a lot softer ground than this,” says Eden…
It is not yet ten o’clock on this Saturday morning in late June, and already Rome’s Spanish Steps and the Piazza di Spagna below the steps are crowded with tourists, hucksters, and shopkeepers. After nearly a week of visiting ruins,…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 14:50

Oklahoma! blows into HART

The classic stage production Oklahoma! will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. July 16-18, 23-25, 30-31 and Aug. 1 and at 3 p.m. July 19, 26 and Aug. 2 at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 14:49

History tour in Glenville

The Glenville Area Historical Society “History Tour” will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 18.
“Chasing Grace,” a faith-based, family thriller filmed in Haywood County, will make its premier at 8 and 10 p.m. July 10 at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. The story takes place present day. A tragic accident threatens to…
There will be a pottery studio tour during the inaugural Dillsboro Arts & Crafts Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 18, in downtown.
Acclaimed bluegrass acts Town Mountain and The Snyder Family Band will perform July 18 at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville.