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ColorFest’s “Art & Taste of Appalachia Artist’s Reception” will be held at the historical Jarrott House in Dillsboro at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6. Locally selected fine artists representing Jackson, Swain, Macon, Graham and Haywood counties are bringing their…
The Waynesville Gallery Association presents Art After Dark from 6–9 p.m. on Sept. 7 and a Saturday Stroll from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 8.  Working studios and galleries on Main Street, Depot Street and in historic Frog…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:27

Paper, pins, scissors: new stories from old quilts

Textile historian Suzanne Hill McDowell will host a luncheon program from noon to 2 p.m. on Sept. 15 and tell the stories of a selection of quilts ay the Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts housed in historic Shelton House in…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:27

Experiment with art at Waynesville workshop

Silvia Williams will instruct a workshop on experimental art from 1-3 p.m. on Sept. 14 at Leapin’ Frog Gallery. Williams is an abstract experimental artist interested in expressing herself through color, texture and line. Students will be doing a collage…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:25

Open Air Indian Art Market celebrates 10 years

Bringing together Cherokee artisans and tourists from every corner of the globe, the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual celebrated a decade last Saturday of presenting their Labor Day weekend Open Air Indian Art Market. 
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:23

GOP war on women is a real problem

To the Editor: Believing in the power of women’s votes, here are some facts that we are facing in November. We have heard the GOP war on women dominate the news while delaying action that is imperative to the quickly…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:22

Those who make most noise aren’t from here

To the Editor: I find nothing wrong with your article, “Confederates in the attic” (Aug. 29 edition, www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion) unlike certain others. It seems, however, that those who make the most noise about their rights not being respected are the very…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:18

Progressive is just new word for traitor

To the Editor: In regards to your column last week, let me make some points.  You wrote: “If someone gets pissed off because a flag used by a country — the Confederacy — that wanted to keep people in slavery…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:13

Proud to be an American ... sort of

Since I was old enough to talk, I’ve been told that being an American was something special, something I could take great pride and assurances in, and that my dreams and aspirations were indeed possible here in the land of…
Southwestern Community College will hold a dedication ceremony for the newly constructed Conrad G. Burrell building at 2 p.m. Sept. 14 on the Jackson campus in Sylva. The three-story, 38,000-square-foot building cost $8.8 million and was funded two-thirds by the…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:10

McCrory goes to WNC

Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory stopped in Sylva Thursday, Aug. 30, to meet with area supporters and planned to attend a fundraising event on Friday, Aug. 31, with U.S. congressional candidate Mark Meadows of Cashiers. McCrory, the former mayor of…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:09

Political roundup

Rogers receives key endorsements Hayden Rogers, the Democratic candidate in North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District, was endorsed by the bipartisan Sportsmen’s and Animal Owners’ Voting Alliance (SAOVA) for his support of sportsmen’s and animal owners’ rights.   SAOVA has endorsed both Democrats…
The simple task of replacing an empty seat on the Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen has turned into a process rife with finger pointing and faultfinding after the board failed to lay out a clear process for how the new…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:05

WCU opens its doors to prospective student

Western Carolina University will open its doors to prospective college students, their families and friends for its first open house of the fall semester on Sept. 15 beginning at 8:30 a.m. The open house gives visitors a chance to tour…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:05

Meet new local physicians

MedWest Health System is hosting two receptions, one at MedWest-Harris and another on the campus of MedWest-Haywood, to allow members of the community to meet several new area doctors who have recently joined MedWest.  MedWest-Harris reception is from 5-7 p.m.…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:04

Clinic to benefit from unique fundraiser

Smoky Mountain Knitting Guild is sponsoring an “Afternoon Extravaganza” at 2 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Haywood Arts Regional Theater on Pigeon Street in Waynesville to support the Good Samaritan Clinic of Haywood County. The event will feature the “Sound…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:03

HCC to offer sneak peek at regional schools

Area high school students and residents will have a chance to talk with college representatives from more than 55 Southeastern universities, colleges and trade schools at the 2012 College Night from 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Haywood Community College…
Undocumented workers staged a sit-in at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office last week to protest the sheriff’s alleged targeting of Latino immigrants through deliberately placed traffic stops.
A Cherokee judge ruled last week in a case that could affect a long-range plan of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to build a low-level casino on a satellite tract of the reservation outside Andrews. The case also has…
The Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee was broken into recently. Sacred and traditional items used by re-enactors who portray early Native American life at the living history site were stolen.
The dead lay in indiscernible rows beneath the earth, their resting places marked by a jumble of faded and often illegible stone markers — the most distinguishable carrying etched dates and names, but the most nondescript void of any writing…
The board of directors for MedWest-Harris and Med-West Swain hospitals met Tuesday, Sept. 4, to discuss whether to dissolve its ties with MedWest-Haywood. The board met a month ago on the same subject but decided to continue studying the issue…
Young professionals can network and learn more about the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce at a special event from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 6. at Headwaters Brewing Co. in Waynesville. The Chamber’s Young Professionals of Haywood program was established in an…
Western North Carolina’s “Out of the Darkness” community walk will be held from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Jackson County Recreation Complex in Cullowhee.  The goal of the event is to raise awareness about suicide, honor lost…
Delinquent property tax payers beware — Jackson County is coming for you. For more than a year, county tax collectors, with the help of contracted private attorneys, have been aggressively targeting property owners who owe substantial back taxes — and…
Sporting a red Obama hat, a matching “Change Rocks” t-shirt and a “Barack Obama 2012” button, Ron Frendreis approached the first house on his list. With pen, papers and clipboard in hand, he climbed the concrete steps to a white…
You probably won’t see them on television with the “Bad Boys” theme song playing in the background, jumping chain link fences or tackling shirtless men in motel parking lots — unless they have to. Rather, a lot of what goes…
A row of four stately evergreens that anchored the front of Waynesville Middle School — providing both shade and a meeting hub on campus — were cut down two weeks ago to the chagrin of students and teachers.
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:45

I don’t share Romney-Ryan vision

To the Editor: This letter is in defense of the work and research done at the Bent Creek Southeastern Forest Experiment Station in Asheville, work that is largely sustained by funding from the federal government. As a small woodlot owner…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:44

We need a conservative leader at this time

To the Editor: I acknowledge Martin Dyckman’s well-written letter in the Aug. 15 issue. He challenged my letter (8/8/12) by bringing up several points against the Republican Party worth investigating further.   The letter motivated me to research the points…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:43

Battle flag display should be allowed

To the Editor: For many years, it has been the tradition in Haywood County and other Western North Carolina counties to allow organizations such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans to place Confederate flags at monuments and memorials to recognize…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:43

We need dialogue, not accusations

To the Editor: I can’t hardly stand to read the letters to the editor anymore. Civil discourse, the backbone of any democracy, has sunk to a new low here and across the country. Name-calling, overgeneralization, and denigration have become the new norm. Whatever…
Even though there’s little room for compromise, I’m going to step into the fray. Haywood County commissioners are trying to come up with a policy about Confederate flags and whether they should be allowed at the Confederate memorial that adorns…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:40

John York returns with new poetry collections

Poet John York, whose latest work, Cold Spring Rising, was reviewed in The Smoky Mountain New two months ago, will be reading from his poetry at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 1. Robert Morgan, author…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:40

Maggie Valley innkeeper publishes cookbook

Ginger Shinn, owner of Smokey Shadows Lodge in Maggie Valley, released a new cookbook A Taste of Smokey Shadows Lodge. The book features more than 150 recipes for tasty dishes from appetizers to desserts. Shinn’s family has passed down many…
Let me begin by telling you that the book title above is misleading. Gerry Spence has more then a dozen published works, but I thought that his most provocative title might get your attention.  Certainly, this review will talk about BB&PPOP,…
Numerous geologists have visited the Smokies region. None was more observant than Arthur Keith. The Murphy Marble Belt is an elongated, lens-shaped mass of marble and related sedimentary materials up to three miles wide that extends in a crescent from…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:09

Ginseng harvest gets underway in WNC

It’s ginseng time in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and the U.S. Forest Service is reminding visitors to national forest land that permits are required for harvesting these rare and valuable plants. Forest Service officials estimate that up to…
The Blue Ridge Parkway is increasing enforcement efforts against the illegal use of radio tracking equipment by hunters. The only legal use of radio telemetry on the Blue Ridge Parkway is to assist hunters in retrieving dogs that are no…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:07

Arboretum hosts dahlia show, craft day

The North Carolina Arboretum will host two events to end the summer and kick off fall — the 26th annual Carolinas Dahlia Society Show will take place Sept. 8 and 9, and Carolina Craft Day will be held on Sept.…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:05

Smokies seeks volunteer patrollers

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is seeking volunteers to assist rangers during the increased fall visitation period in Cataloochee Valley from mid-September until Oct. 31.
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:04

Star gazing event near Maggie Valley

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting a stargazing event Sept. 7 at one of Haywood County’s clearest views of the sky - Purchase Knob, located off U.S. 276 near Maggie Valley. The Astronomy Club of Asheville will lead…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:03

Family canoe event scheduled

The fourth annual Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom is scheduled to begin Sept. 8 at 9 a.m., just upstream from the bridge in Old Cullowhee. This is a family-friendly competition for amateur paddlers on a calm section of the Tuckasegee River.…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:02

New river access opened in Whittier

Public access to the popular Tuckasegee River will improve when Duke Energy opens the new Whittier Access Area Sept. 1.   The site is located at River Mile 20.6 or 120 Church St. in Whittier. This new public boat access…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:01

First-ever releases on the Upper Nanty

The first-ever scheduled recreational whitewater releases on the upper Nantahala River — scheduled for Sept. 29-30 — will offer advanced and expert paddlers the opportunity to experience Class IV and V rapids in two separate runs. The uppermost section —…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:01

HCC to hold sawmill operation auction Sept. 22

Haywood Community College will hold a sawmill operation auction at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the college. The auction will include the sale of a complete band sawmill, circular sawmill, and planer operation. Thad Woods Auction is handling…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:00

Symposium on carnivorous plants

Carnivorous plants will be highlighted at the annual Native Plant Symposium at the Highlands Botanical Garden Sept. 13-15.
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 12:59

Series finale focuses on nocturnal adaptations

The nocturnal adaptations of plants and animals will be the subject of the final Zahner series lecture at 7 p.m. on Aug. 30 at the Highlands Nature Center. The discussions will be led by Dr. Jennifer Frick-Ruppert from Brevard College.…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 12:57

A grand gorge

Somewhere in the deep reaches of Sugar and/or Grandfather Mountains, seeps, rivulets and trickles begin to mingle and grow and slide over the hard rocks coalescing into the headwaters of the Linville River. The river slips over the rocks and…
The steep-walled gorge of Nantahala River may be one of the best spots to host a world class, extreme kayak competition — at least that’s what the organizers of the upcoming 2012 International Canoe Federation Freestyle World Cup final are…