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Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Fun things for kids

Pre-school storytime resumes in Bryson City Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will begin its pre-school storytime program at 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays starting Sept. 5 in the auditorium. Visit the library every Wednesday for a variety of fun activities, arts and…
An exhibition featuring The Women of NoHa called “piercing the mundane” will go on display Aug. 29 at Gallery 86 in downtown Waynesville, with an artist’s reception from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 7. Six women artists, all of who reside in…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Horace Kephart exhibit to open at WCU

An iconic figure of Western North Carolina history and culture who penned the classic “Our Southern Highlanders” and helped spearhead the movement to establish Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the focus of a new exhibit at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

‘Art Rosenbaum: Voices’ opening Sept. 1

Art Rosenbaum: Voices, featuring a small collection of monumental paintings of American folk musicians, opens in the Loft Gallery at The Bascom in Highlands on Sept. 1, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Rosenbaum’s works depicting rural Southern life are…
Dierks Bentley will play his country music hits at 9 p.m. Sept. 21 at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center.
Western Carolina University’s 38th annual Mountain Heritage Day Local is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29 on the campus in Cullowhee. The foods competition will include divisions for canned goods, baked goods, extracted honey and “heritage foods,”…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Haywood’s Got Talent semi-finals this week

The first leg of this year’s Haywood’s Got Talent comes this weekend when 25 acts show off their abilities in two nights of semi-finals on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at Haywood Arts Regional Theater on Pigeon Street in Waynesville.…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Fall demonstrations at Dogwood Crafters

Craft demonstrations will begin in September at Dogwood Crafters in Dillsboro. Mary Ethel Prather will make her delicate hummingbirds from some of nature’s more durable materials like the silver maple wings and hawthorn spikes from 2 to 4 p.m., Sept.…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

September clay classes offered at SCC

Southwestern Community College will offer three clay classes beginning in September. • Hand building: 2-6 p.m., Mondays from Sept. 10-Nov. 26, in room 123. This course provides a focus on hand building a variety of forms. Students will experiment with…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Sylva to host vintage Pontiacs car show

A selection of rare Pontiac automobiles will be on display during a vintage car show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 8 in downtown Sylva.
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Art show to feature North Carolina artist

The upcoming Village Square Art & Craft Show on Sept. 1-2 at Kelsey Hutchinson Park and Highlands Village Square in Highlands will feature more than 70 artists from the region, including Marcus Thomas of Weaverville. Thomas’ work is created with…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Outdoor sale features traditional Cherokee art

The Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual will host an open-air native art market on Sept. 1 on Tsali Boulevard in Cherokee. The free daylong event will offer traditional Cherokee food and displays of beadwork, basket weaving, sculpture and woodworking crafted…
A senior project film created by Western Carolina University students last year has been accepted into the third annual Atlanta Shortsfest. “Moses Cove” will be screened at the festival, which will be held Sept. 14-16, at the Goat Farm Arts…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Class to demonstrate mountain landscapes

Landscape artist and instructor in watercolor painting and drawing Sandra Brugh Moore of Asheville will demonstrate watercolor techniques in a mountain landscape for Art League of the Smokies at 6:15 p.m. on Sept. 6 at Swain County Center for the…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Taking control of your digital photography

Master photographer Ed Kelley is teaching a four-week course in “Taking Control of Your Digital Photography” from 6:30-9 p.m., beginning Sept. 11, at First Baptist Church in Waynesville.
The Haywood County Arts Council will hold registration for students wishing to enroll in the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program from 3:30-5 p.m. on Sept. 18 at Canton Middle School. JAM instructors will be on hand to assist beginning students…
The music of The Stone Mountain Wobblers, a traditional old time string band, will highlight the Bascom Barn Dance from 7-10 p.m. Sept. 1. With fiddle, banjo and guitar, brothers Evan, Mickey and Moses of The Stone Mountain Wobblers energetically…
As part of the summer music series, the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will present “The Future of Mountain Music” with Larry Barnett and his students at 7 p.m. Aug. 30. Barnett, owner of Grandpa’s Music in Bryson City,…
Mountain music, dancing and tradition will be on display once again on the shores of beautiful Lake Junaluska as the Smoky Mountain Folk Festival, now in its 42nd year, celebrates the culture and heritage of Western North Carolina.
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

WCU helps develop and market new inventions

Western Carolina University will receive a five-year grant of $642,960 to continue operation of the Center for Rapid Product Realization, which works to accelerate job creation and retention among existing businesses and emerging entrepreneurial enterprises in Western North Carolina. The…
The Catamount Pump & Go in Sylva is now offering biodiesel from the Asheville-based Blue Ridge Biofuels for use in vehicles. Blue Ridge Biofuels uses recycled, used cooking oil from area restaurants to produce the sustainable, renewable biodiesel that meets…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Skating rink holding fundraisers for expansion

Smoky Mountain Sk8way outside Waynesville plans to add an additional 10,000 square feet to its existing facility, which will allow it to offer a much larger skating surface, a cafe, a climbing wall, a toddler area, mini-golf and a pro…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Within REACH store opens

REACH of Haywood County has opened the Within REACH Home Store doors down from their popular Within REACH resale store on Hazelwood Avenue in Sylva. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. It features previously owned furniture,…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Harmony House Foods to locate in Franklin

Harmony House Foods, a leading provider of dehydrated foods to backpackers, will open a new facility at the Macon County Business Development Center. Founded in 2005 in Eastern North Carolina, the company markets dehydrated meals primarily to outdoor adventurers with…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Duke funding not guaranteed forever

While the Pigeon River Trust Fund isn’t threatened in the short term, the lucrative water quality funding stream isn’t a sure bet forever. The annual payment of $290,000 ponied up by Progress Energy — and soon by Duke post merger…
A trust fund backed by Progress Energy that has funneled more than $2 million and counting to water quality projects in Haywood County since the mid-1990s is not in jeopardy following the merger of the utility with Duke Energy.
When Dr. Janine Keever hit the online shoe stores last month to hunt for the optimal pair of white knee-high platform boots, she wasn’t trying to spice up the look of her delivery room scrubs. Instead, the retro footgear would…
Exurbanites are invading Macon County, and the rest of Appalachia for that matter. Don’t be alarmed, they’re generally docile, but the ramifications of their settlement could mark, and to an extent already have marked, a permanent change in the region’s…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Indian health subject of lecture

A public lecture on Indian health by a leading international epidemiologist will be held at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 5 at Western Carolina University’s new Health and Human Sciences Building. Epidemiologist Richard Wilkinson will perform the lecture from England via a…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Bogey Fore Golf is Sept. 21

The Third Annual Bogey Fore Golf Tournament will tee off Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. at Maggie Valley Club. The tournament will benefit the Haywood Jackson Volunteer Center. The fee to enter is $160 for a two-man team. The Volunteer…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Fundraiser to benefit outpatient project

Angel Medical Center will hold a Radiothon Sept. 8th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to raise funds for an Outpatient Medicine Expansion project. Pledges can be placed in person or by phone at 828.349.8200 during the event. A goal…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Political corner

The Haywood County Democratic Party Headquarters, located at 286 Haywood Square in Waynesville, has expanded Saturday hours to 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Normal hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. 828.452.9607 or haywooddemocrats.org. ••• A post…
The high salaries collected by the five members of the Alcoholic Beverage and Control Commission for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have drawn criticism from some enrolled members. The ABC commission in Cherokee makes more than 10 times what…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Jackson hopes to brand county with flag

When it comes to Southerners, there are a few topics that get their blood pressure elevated — and one of those topics is flags. They represent everything from historical ties, bloodshed, peace, pride and Nascar. They’re flown everywhere from government…
The Waynesville Public Art Commission has put together a 150-recipe cookbook to benefit future public art pieces. The Taste of the Great Smoky Mountains Cookbook is $10 and is the culmination a month-long process of collecting recipes from area residents.…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Don’t fear the beard

Though Aaron Stone has always had a love of mayonnaise, lately the condiment has become a real nuisance in his life. “It just gets all stuck in my beard,” he said. “That and soups, it’s just becomes a real mess.”
Economic development and tourism leaders in Swain County are treating the Freestyle Kayaking World Cup two weeks away as a dry run for the far more highly anticipated World Freestyle Kayaking Championship coming in 2013. “This will start the ball…
With torrential rain and a fierce wind blowing through the Haywood County Fairgrounds last Thursday evening, the harsh weather conditions didn’t deter several local fire departments from their mission of the day — to claim victory during the “Battle of…
Byron Ballard will discuss her book, Staubs and Ditchwater, at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 31, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Part memoir, part instructional primer, Staubs and Ditchwater is an entertaining introduction to Appalachian folk magic. This knowledge encompasses planting by…
Two award-winning authors, Dawn Gilchrist-Young and Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, who are also English teachers at Swain County High School, will each read from their novels, which are currently in progress, at 7 p.m. on Aug. 28 at the Jackson County…
Blue Ridge Books will host Margaret Dunbar Cutright, the co-author of A Case for Soloman: Bobby Dunbar and the Kidnapping that Haunted a Nation, at 3 p.m. Aug. 25, and a separate private reception will be held later that day.…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:58

A book a day keeps the bad grades away

It’s that time of year when yellow buses roll down country roads, when children disappear from the stores and streets between the hours of eight and three, when teenagers can be seen entering school buildings bent forward like soldiers beneath…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:42

The unique habitat of mountain streams

The creeks and streams of the Southern Highlands are one of the most exciting natural areas we have. Unlike most upland habitats — which generally occur as blocks or patches or elevational zones — streams form winding corridors that afford…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:41

Haywood youngsters get lesson on trash

The Commission for a Clean County debuted its new project called KEEP IT CLEAN! at Riverbend Elementary School in Haywood County last week. The “Litter Troll,” dressed in white with a mop on her head and litter pinned all over…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:40

4-H Club comes center stage

Youth with the 4-H Livestock Club in Haywood County will be front and center at the county fair this weekend in the numerous livestock shows held over the fair’s four-day run. In addition to showing their own goats, sheep and…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:40

Serving it up farm fresh

Chef Chris Dole will be creating dishes to sample using farm fresh, in-season foods from vendors at the Jackson County Farmers Market this Saturday, Aug. 25, for the annual “Taste of the Market” celebration. Growers will also be serving up…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:39

Maggie Valley Moonlight Run set for Saturday

Runners will kick up their heels down the main drag of Maggie Valley this Saturday evening in the annual night-time Maggie Valley Moonlight Run.
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:37

Panthertown calling volunteers

Volunteers are needed to lend a hand this Saturday, August 25, for the trails of Panthertown Valley, a popular and scenic area of the Nantahala National Forest near Cashiers. Friends of Panthertown is sponsoring the workday to prune back overgrowth…
A nature discovery trail along Scott’s Creek in Dillsboro has been two years in the making and the Watershed Association of the Tuckaseigee River is now urging the public to come see the fruits of their labor.
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:34

Kephart Days pays tribute to Smokies icon

The life and contributions of Horace Kephart, an outdoor writer, folklorist and founder of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, will be remembered and celebrated with the annual Kephart Days in Bryson City Sept. 7-9.