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Wednesday, 04 April 2012 13:03

Friends’ guided hike explores the Smokies

Learn how the Boogerman Loop got its unique name, walk along old stone walls that once protected gardens and home sites, and visit towering hemlock and tulip trees on the next guided hike with Friends of the Smokies at 9…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 13:02

Volunteer weather observers needed

New volunteers to help form a national network of home-based and amateur rain spotters are needed. This is part of the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow network, or CoCoRaHS, which came about as a result of a devastating flash…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 13:02

Bat disease found in Haywood County

White-nose syndrome, a deadly disease responsible for the deaths of millions of bats in eastern North America, has been discovered in Haywood County. The disease was confirmed this month by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in bats collected from an…
Registration is now open for a bunny run, 5K and 10K at Lake Junaluska starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at Weldon Gym at the Methodist conference and retreat center. The race is part of the center’s Saturday Easter…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 13:00

Running program just for kids

Beginning April 24, kids in Haywood County will have an opportunity to be a part of a national running program that focuses on character-development and physical training for a local distance race. Registration will be held on April 7 from…
Robert Satterwhite will offer an introduction to Western North Carolina flyfishing at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the community room of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. The free program will help attendees identify the three types of trout…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:59

Time to get that boat out and hit the water

The eighth-annual Nantahala Open will take place from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Nantahala Falls. Nantahala Open is for all boaters no matter their experience or ability. The event is being put together by Endless River…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:58

Rekindling the spirit

A couple of weeks ago I received an email from Rachel Reid of Andon-Reid Bed and Breakfast asking if I was up to leading a birding trip on March 31. Now, I’m quite pleased to mention that Andon-Reid has a…
Several raceways were completely submerged in water, hundreds of thousands of trout laid dead on the ground, and the national trout hatchery in Cherokee lost nearly two-thirds of its stock. That was the picture of the hatchery in Cherokee not…
Ron Rash, bestselling author of Serena, will read from his newest novel at local bookstores April 14-15. Rash will be at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 14. He will read at City Lights Bookstore…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:53

Rash creates new genre of mountain western

Just when we all thought that Ron Rash had taken his Southern Appalachian noir novels to the limit with Serena, he comes back with not only a topper, but creates a new fiction genre in the process. Rash’s new novel,…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:49

NOC forges ahead with new ownership team

A group of new owners has taken the reins of Nantahala Outdoor Center, a generational milestone for the outfitter that has grown from a small fleet of rafts in the early 1970s to a diversified multi-million operation under the leadership…
The state is forcing Jackson County’s hand when it comes to forming a single entity to oversee how tourism tax dollars are spent. Jackson County has two tourism agencies — one representing the Cashiers area and one for Jackson County…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:46

Cherokee closing in on historic alcohol vote

In one week, enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will choose to either lift a historic ban on alcohol or maintain its dry status in a vote that has traditionally sparked fervor on both sides. On April…
Historically, ballot measures on alcohol sales in Western North Carolina have been bitterly fought affairs, with pro and con forces battling it out publicly via billboards, church pulpits and through newspaper and radio advertising. But, that’s not been the case…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:44

Motorcycle rumble stirs up furor in Franklin

Franklin’s planned motorcycle rally hit a major roadblock this week when town leaders balked at shutting down a portion of Main Street for up to four days at the height of the tourist season. The rally had been lauded by…
Haywood County commissioners this week gave their blessing to a $10 million line of credit for the MedWest-Haywood hospital, ending a delicate dance in the finer points of contract law that has spanned the past three months. The loan was…
Getting books from the doctor will soon be a routine part of regular pediatric checkups. Haywood Pediatrics recently joined the Reach Out and Read program, in which primary care providers advising parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:42

Host a foreign exchange student

Families interested in hosting a foreign exchange student can be matched with students from more than 60 countries through the company Ayusa. All high school foreign exchange students are fully insured, bring their own spending money and are proficient in…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:42

TRAC session aim at helping businesses

The North Carolina Division of Tourism and the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership will host two TRAC Sessions in Western North Carolina. Sessions will be held from 2 – 5:30 p.m. on April 18 in Bryson City at the…
David Belcher, Western Carolina University’s 11th chancellor, warned a crowd of 200 on hand last week for the pomp and circumstance of his installment ceremony that the state of North Carolina must not dally in protecting its educational assets. Other…
Three Republican candidates are attempting to set themselves apart in the hope of winning the May primary and going head-to-head with N.C. Rep. Ray Rapp for his seat in the state House. After three uncontested elections, Rapp will now face…
Two well-known Waynesville Democrats running against each other for a shot at representing mountain people in Raleigh so far are playing fair and keeping the race clean. But their similar platforms, progressive rhetoric and measured campaigns mean voters deciding between…
A sushi restaurant in Waynesville lost a protracted legal battle last month after accusing a neighboring nail salon of driving away its diners. Saki Sushi claimed fumes from Tweety Nails hurt its bottom-line. Litigation dating back two years culminated in…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:30

Cutting campaign restores Parkway vistas

Visitors to Haywood County will have a fuller view of its mountain beauty this year after a locally funded project left some of the Blue Ridge Parkway vistas a bit barer. The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority and Maggie Valley…
Firmly resolute in my desire to set aside more time for my writing I decided not to have a garden this year. Typical of my fickle ways, I now have my largest garden plot ever. I’m terrible with guessing dimensions…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 20:26

Who is candidate Cecil Bothwell?

To the Editor: We may criticize someone not attending our church or not believing what we believe. Many of us have experienced members breaking from our church to form another church. Cecil is Unitarian and believes churches play an important…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 20:24

Do not mess with our health insurance

To the Editor: This is an open letter to Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin. Let me be perfectly clear. Obama Care is the reason I am finally able to get good health insurance after 15 years of not having any. I…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 20:24

Armed citizens not always a good thing

To the Editor: A recent letter by a firearms instructor made the assertion that no one at the shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gifford had a pistol to stop the shooter. Several news reports stated that there was at least one…
The revelation was at first surprising and then disappointing. So I’ll take a stab here at shedding some light on the surprising part, which hopefully will also mollify the disappointing part. As anyone who reads The Smoky Mountain News knows,…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 20:00

Roller derby auditions at the fairgrounds

The Thunder Road Rollergirls of Waynesville will hold its spring open recruitment from April 5-24. There are plenty of available positions on the team for anyone interested. The women are also working closely with Smoky Mountain Rollergirls in Bryson City…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:59

Skate park getting money boosts

The future Waynesville Skate Park has been awarded a grant in the amount of $1,260 from the North Carolina Community Foundation. The park also recently received a grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation in the amount of $5,000. The planned…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:58

Test drive a vehicle and help out a school

Andy Shaw Ford of Sylva will bring Ford Motor Company’s “Drive One 4UR School” Program to Jackson County from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. April 12 in the SCC Balsam Center parking lot. Proceeds will be shared evenly by Jackson…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:58

Women’s self defense class offered

A self-defense class for women will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11 at MedWest-Haywood Health and Fitness Center. The instructor will be Marshall Hale, a Tae Kwon Do instructor with Blue Dragon. Cost for the workshop is…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:58

Donate food to help feed the hungry

A food drive is under way in Maggie Valley, with a food drop-off container located in town hall for nonperishable items. The drive has the support of town aldermen and was started at the request of resident Don Massey. The…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:57

Help celebrate donate a book day

As a part of National Library Week from April 8-14, people are asked to donate new or gently used books to their local library branch. Books not added to the library’s collection will be given to the Friends of the…
The Small Business Center of Haywood Community College will offer a free seminar on business lending through the NC Rural Center Microenterprise program from 6-8 p.m. on April 10 on campus in the first floor of the student center. The…
A read-through of the new play “A Cherokee Family Reunion” will take place from 4-6 p.m. on April 13 at the Mountainside Theatre in Cherokee. The Los Angeles writer and choreographer Larissa Fasthorse, an enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:51

Cooking with ramps book published

A cookbook, titled RAMPS: Cooking with the Best Kept Secret of the Appalachian Trail, features a collection of ramp recipes from chefs, food writers and home cooks, celebrating every part of the vegetable – from root to leaf. “A cookbook…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:50

Carden premieres ‘Mother Jones’

Well-known Western North Carolinian Gary Carden will present the first showing of his new monologue “Mother Jones” at 6 p.m., April 7, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin. Lara Chew will perform in the one-woman show about Mother Jones,…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:50

Allan Wolf visits City Lights Bookstore

Poet, author and educator, Allan Wolf will return to City Lights Bookstore at 7 p.m. on April 6 to discuss his newest book, The Watch That Ends the Night. April will mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the…
Award-winning author Scott Huler will lecture April 13 at Western Carolina University and the Jackson County Public Library in recognition of National Library Week. Huler will discuss the importance of research and libraries at 10:30 a.m. in the A.K. Hinds…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:48

Joel Frahm to perform at WCU Jazz Festival

Saxophonist Joel Frahm will perform at Western Carolina University’s annual Jazz Festival from April 14-15. The New York Times praised Frahm, calling him a “saxophonist with a deft and assertive command.” All April 14 events will take place at the…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:45

Easter events

All hats on deck for Easter Hat Parade The town of Dillsboro will host its 24th annual Easter Hat Parade on April 7. The parade, a Dillsboro tradition, begins at 2 p.m. and showcases a variety of interesting hats atop…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:44

Saxophone quartet to perform April 16

The award-winning Assembly Saxophone Quartet will present a free concert at 6 p.m., April 16, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center at Western Carolina University. The program will feature a wide variety of styles, including historical works by…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:44

Ronnie Dunn to play Harrah’s

Country legend Ronnie Dunn will perform at 9 p.m., April 27, at Harrah’s Casino and Hotel in Cherokee. Dunn is now touring as a solo artist after 20 years of singing with the group Brooks & Dunn. The duo is best…
The Southern Circuit film tour at Western Carolina University ends its 2011-12 season with a free screening of “Sahkanaga” at 7:30 p.m. on April 17 in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center. In 2002, more than 300 bodies were…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:41

Bridge Park concerts return

The Concerts on the Creek summer music series returns for its fourth season in May featuring live bands each Friday evening from Memorial Day weekend through the end of July. The free outdoor performances take place from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on…
Two artists were selected to paint various versions of the historic Bethel Presbyterian Church. Nick DePaolo, owner of Long Grove Art School in Waynesville, will create an oil painting of the exterior of the church when the structure retained its…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:40

WCU to celebrate youth artwork

Western Carolina University will celebrate the artwork of local students with the 2012 Jackson County Youth Art Month exhibit from April 9-27 in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. The college will hold a reception from 2-3…