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Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:15

Fun in Sun Summer Camp in Waynesville

The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer the “Fun in the Sun Summer Camp” for kids ages 5 to 12 beginning June 11 and ending on Aug. 7. The camp will take place Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:14

Celebrate EMS Week with open house

MedWest-Harris Emergency Medical Services will host an open house from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 23 to celebrate EMS Week. At the open house, community members can show support for local EMS personnel, get free glucose and blood…
Food coach Manon Fancher of Sylva will be at the Jackson County Public Library at 7 p.m. on May 31 to offer a free program on healthy eating for all ages and body types. Fancher will discuss different kinds of foods and…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:13

Bike ride to benefit Open Door Ministries

The third annual Open Door Benefit Bike Run will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 9. The fund-raiser, hosted by The Carolina Faith Riders, will raise awareness and money for The Open Door Ministries, a soup kitchen and thrift store…
Time is running out for Haywood County veterans to register to participate in the Memorial Day Parade. The Memorial Day Parade to honor veterans will be held at 11 a.m., May 28, in downtown Waynesville.  The parade will feature National…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:12

BizWorks to close two regional offices

The Mountain BizWorks office in Sylva, which serves would-be entrepreneurs and other small business owners in the state’s seven westernmost counties, will close June 30. Mountain BizWorks is also closing its Hendersonville field office on May 31. “This is a…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:11

Free sports physicals for Haywood youth

Student athletes can get free sports physicals Tuesday, May 29 at the MedWest Health & Fitness Center on the campus of MedWest-Haywood. More than 60 volunteers and 30 physicians and health care specialists will offer these free sports participation physicals…
A celebration honoring the sacrifice of those who made the WWII construction of Fontana Dam possible will be held as part of Appalachian History Weekend at Fontana Village Resort on June 1 and 2.   The program will include guided…
Jackson County commissioners butted heads with local activists at a meeting this week, refusing to lend their philosophical support to a movement over whether corporate power should be reined in. A local offshoot of the Occupy movement called on commissioners…
A request by Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe for eight additional deputies now that the sale of alcoholic beverages has been approve countywide isn’t gaining much traction among the men who hold the purse strings. “I’m going to have to…
Two weeks after the primary election, an official winner has finally been declared following a recount in an insanely tight race between two prominent Waynesville Democrats for the N.C. House of Representatives. Joe Sam Queen beat out Danny Davis by…
A feeling of déjà vu swept over the Haywood County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday as they reviewed more than $19,000 worth of changes to the Haywood Community College’s creative arts building project. These were not the first, or even…
It might be a day late, but it’s certainly not a dollar short. A $235,000 playground is coming to the daycare center at Haywood Community College, a long-awaited capstone on a project that was heralded as a model child development…
Two businesses — Copper Pot and Wooden Spoon, and Belle on Main Salon and Spa — came out winners during the Haywood Chamber of Commerce’s seventh annual Business Start-up Competition this year. Thirteen entrepreneurs contended for the $10,000 prize purse this…
Business owners needs to put aside their bickering and resentments for the good of Maggie Valley, Mayor Ron DeSimone emphasized last week. “This community has been divided for a long time,” DeSimone said at a Maggie Chamber of Commerce meeting…
In addition to the obvious benefits of tourism — jobs and revenue for the county — tourism dollars save Haywood County residents a few hundred dollars in taxes every year. Steve Morse, a mathematics professor at the University of Tennessee, presented…
The quest to bring live table games to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino faces a final political hurdle. Both the Governor and N.C. Senate have given live table games their blessing, with the N.C. House of Representatives now the lone hold-out. Harrah’s…
While arguments over the state budget are likely to dominate everything in Raleigh as the General Assembly convenes for the next six weeks, there are certain bills and aspects of the budget making their way through the chambers that are…
The Mountain Garden Club will host its annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to noon on May 26. The sale will take place at the Highlands Ball Field on N.C. 64. In the event of rain, the sale will be…
Belly dancing group Smoky Mountain Shimmy will teach its first “Introduction to Belly Dance” class from 10 a.m. to noon, June 2, at the Bryson City Health and Fitness Center on Rector Street. The cost is $20 for the two-hour…
The Chapter 2 Books in Cashiers will host a Memorial Day fund-raising event to benefit the Special Operations Adventure Race and Special Operations Warrior Foundation from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 28. Everybody is invited to stop and chat…
The Annie Lee Bryson Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Skylar Clark from Pisgah High School. The scholarship provides $500 to deserving students from Jackson, Macon, Haywood and Swain counties who show an interest in traditional crafts. This year, the committee…
Auditions for “The Fox on the Fairway” by the Highlands Cashiers Players will be held at 3 p.m. on June 3 and 5:30 p.m. June 4. Auditions will be at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands. The parts are for…
The Haywood Regional Arts Theater will preview its next musical production, The Marvelous Wonderettes, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, as a fundraiser for REACH of Haywood and The Creative Thought Center. The Marvelous Wonderettes is an upbeat musical that…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 18:47

‘Twelfth Night’ comes to Bryson City

Smoky Mountain Community Theatre in Bryson City is hosting “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare at 7:30 p.m., May 25-28. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students ages 6 to 18 and children under 6 are free. “Twelfth Night” is…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 18:47

Concert to benefit children’s programs

A gala concert will be held to benefit the summer program at Pigeon Community Multi-Cultural Development Center at 7 p.m. May 25 at Grace Episcopal Church’s Thatcher Parish Hall in Waynesville. The concert will feature four performance groups, including Signature…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 18:41

Mainstreet co-op adds three new artists

Three new artists — Crystal Allen from Canton, Hank Shuler from Franklin and Janice Swanger from Waynesville — will now exhibit their work at The Mainstreet Artists’ Co-op. Allen specializes in wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery. Shel draws inspiration from her forays…
Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro is offering a class that will teach students how to create a glass landscape paperweight on Saturday, May 26. Sessions will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 30-minute time slots.…
The instructors of Stecoah Junior Appalachian Musicians will host a Spring Bluegrass Celebration at Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center on May 19. The JAM instructors formed the group “The Leftovers” and include Bill Pruett, Dwight Bradshaw, Karl Sutter, Bradley Adams,…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 18:38

Sheryl Crow hits the stage at Harrah’s

Sheryl Crow will be performing at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center at 7:30 p.m. June 24. Crow has sold 16 million albums in the United States and 35 million albums worldwide. She has performed duets with Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Eric…
The Shady Ladies Quilting Group is selling tickets for a chance to win a unique quilt made by the entire group. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to Save the Warmth and two food kitchens. “Everything we make on the…
Noreen Gay doesn’t have a moment to spare these days. She’s busily finishing the final stitches of a quilt she plans to enter in the Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild show barreling down in a mere two and half weeks —…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:28

The beetles beneath the ground

“Ere the bat hath flown His cloister’d flight … to black Hecate’s summons The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums Hath rung night’s yawning peal, there shall be done A deed of dreadful note.” — Shakespeare, Macbeth There are a…
Anthropology students at Western Carolina University are experiencing hands-on learning in Clay County through archaeological digs and participation in the ongoing construction of an outdoor museum exhibit that portrays a Cherokee village from 1650 through 1750. Jane Eastman, WCU anthropology…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:26

New guidebook promotes “family fun”

A new 196-page guidebook titled Family Fun in the Smokies: A Family-friendly Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains by Katy Koontz has been released by the Great Smoky Mountains Association. The book is made up of maps, games, illustrations, photographs,…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:25

Cycle and camp on three-day trip

A three-day cycling and camping trip around Bryson City is set for Friday, May 18, through Sunday, May 20, under the guidance of the Western North Carolina Alliance. The trip starts with an exploration of Burningtown and Cowee valleys in…
The second annual “bike to work day” ride in Haywood County will be held beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 18. The ride will depart from Best Buy parking lot on South Main in Waynesville, and will make its…
Nathan Chapman, guide and flyrod builder, will be the speaker at the 7 p.m. June 5 meeting of the Plateau Fly Fishing Club at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers. His presentation will focus on how and where to fish…
A free running seminar will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at MedWest Rehabilitation Services on the MedWest-Harris campus in Sylva with expert orthopedic physical therapist and competitive runner Todd Watson. Watson is a professor of…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:21

Mountain bike group meets weekly

The Nantahala Area Sorba (Southern off-road biking association) has started a weekly mountain bike ride 6:15 p.m. every Thursday at Tsali Recreation Area. The group meets at 6 p.m., and the ride is for all levels of bikers. The group rides…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:20

Arboretum to host annual rose exhibition

Visitors to The North Carolina Arboretum will be encouraged to stop and smell the roses when the Asheville Blue Ridge Rose Society Exhibition debuts to the public from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May…
The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy is celebrating its protection of more than 50,000 acres across Western North Carolina and East Tennessee. This is the organization’s 38th year of preserving land from the Highlands of Roan to the edge of the…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:16

Medicinal botany class offered at HCC

An eight-week medicinal botany class will be held at Haywood Community College beginning May 19 through July 14. The class will explore the historical, botanical and traditional uses of medicinal plants, including Southern Appalachian native herbs. The instructor, Richard Gualandi,…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:15

Go birding on the Bartram Trail

An outing along the Bartram Trail near Jones Gap and the nearby Fishhawk Mountains is set for Saturday, May 19. The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society is sponsoring the event. The outing will include additional stops…
Hunters might soon be hunting coyote and wild swine at night with a light on private lands. The new regulations are year-round, seven days a week. Hunting on Sundays is allowed only on private lands with archery equipment. The new…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:13

Another deadly exotic

Experiments conducted by a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from the U.S., Canada and Germany strongly suggest that the fungus, Geomyces destructans, which causes White Nose Syndrome in bats, is a recent invasive from Europe. WNS was first discovered in the…
It took more than a decade, a lot of detective work and a protracted legal case to clear the way for a new portion of the Bartram Trail in Macon County now under construction. The Bartram Trail Society maintains a…
Local writers will have the opportunity to hone their skills with UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program summer workshops in poetry and prose. This year, a class will be held in Waynesville. Visit www.agc.unca.edu/great-smokies-writing-program to see descriptions of other courses…
Friends of the Haywood Public Library will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. on May 24 at First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. Guest speaker will be Ann B. Ross, author of the Miss Julia series. Her latest book…
Readers, be forewarned. If you willingly enter the fanciful world of George R. R. Martin’s Songs of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones, you may find yourself “enchanted” like some hapless knight in Arthurian legend. In other words, you…