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Wednesday, 18 July 2012 19:06

Second election primary results

Mark Meadows won the second primary on July 17 by a sweeping majority. The conservative Republican candidate for U.S. Congress garnered 76.3 percent of the vote Tuesday.
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 14:15

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 14:08

The countries of Folkmoot USA

New Zealand — Whitireia Performing Arts Whitireia Performing Arts is affiliated with New Zealand College of Performing Arts. This school is an energetic setting that prides itself on high-quality performing art programs and performers.
For many teens growing up in Haywood County, becoming a Folkmoot guide is a dream come true. The job means spending two weeks with a group of international dancers and musicians, helping them with everything from getting to performances on…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 14:04

Serbian performers return to Folkmoot

The Serbian group Talija Art Co., crowd pleasers at the 2009 Folkmoot, will make a return appearance at this year’s folk festival.
By George Ivey • Contributing writer What in the world would bring together the Great Smoky Mountains and the country of Iceland way up there in the cold waters of the North Atlantic?
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:54

Homeward bound

After Jersey and the Big Apple (see last week’s Naturalist’s Corner — www.smokymountainnews.com/outdoors/item/7554-famous-nyc-offspring), it was time for a leisurely trip home. We headed south to Cape May and took the Cape May-Lewes Ferry across the Delaware Bay to Lewes, Del.…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:54

The dam is gone, so how’s the Tuck doing?

Learn about biological changes afoot in the Tuckasegee River since the removal of the Dillsboro dam two years ago during a program by a fish biologist at 7 p.m. July 23 in Sylva. Mark Cantrell of the U.S. Fish and…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:52

Canoe trip to explore the Little Tennessee

A guided canoe float trip down the Little Tennessee River will be held on July 19 as part of the Highlands Biological Foundation Think About Thursdays series. 
The fast growing sport of Open Water Swimming has been added to the Lake Logan Multisport Festival held Aug. 4 and 5 at Lake Logan in Haywood County. The open water event will be held on Sunday. The weekend’s events…
Girls on the Run is reaching out to elementary and middle school girls in Franklin to get involved in a group running program designed to build self-esteem and confidence. An open house for girls, their parents and volunteers will be…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:50

Bringing back the native river cane

River cane, a native type of bamboo that once grew in large stands along mountain rivers, has gotten a helping hand from at-risk youth at Oconaluftee Job Corps Center in the Smokies.
A special guided hike to the Ridges of Cedar Knob in the Highlands area will explore a high-elevation granite dome on Friday, July 20. The hike is part of the Eco Tour series hosted by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, designed…
Join a renowned mushroom forager for a guided mushroom hunt from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday July 29. “Stalking the Wild Mushroom” will be led by Alan Muskat, known as the “Mushroom Man.” Muskat demystifies the art of…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:46

A measure of hope for the hemlock forests?

A scientist fighting to save the dying hemlock forests of the Southern Appalachians will give a talk on ongoing efforts and challenges at 7 p.m. on July 26 at the Highlands Nature Center.
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:46

Smokies workshop to engage teachers

An all-day workshop on July 31 will explore the ethics and ethos behind ecology and conservation in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The workshop is part of the Leopold Education Project, which promotes thoughtful land stewardship by forging a…
The historic cabins, churches, school houses and farmhouses that date back to the times of early Appalachian settlers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are in need of a little TLC from volunteers.
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:41

Looking for carnivorous plants in WNC

Some plants like Jack-in-the-pulpit and Dutchman’s-pipe have evolved methods of entrapping insects in their flowers so as to assure pollination. But only a few plant species in North America actually devour insects so as to obtain life-giving sustenance. The carnivorous…
The Friends of the Haywood Library annual book sale begins at 9 a.m. on July 26 and runs through Saturday, July 28. This year’s event has the largest collection of nonfiction books ever assembled for this sale. The books are…
Frank Foster will sign copies of his recently published thriller, Catch a Falling Knife, at Shakespeare & Co. Books from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. Foster, a summer resident of Highlands, will speak about his novel and his writing,…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:26

Martin earns mention alongside Tolkien

I apologize. About a month ago, when I concluded my review of Clash of Kings, I noted that I would not continue reviewing all of the books in the Songs of Ice and Fire series (I believe that there are…
To the Editor: OccupyWNC, an affiliate of MovetoAmend.com, along with groups all across the United States, has worked diligently to bring resolutions to the attention of local governments. The resolutions propose, in part, that an amendment should be brought before…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:23

Obama was in over his head from day one

To the Editor: Election time is approaching and we are facing a promise gap. In 2008 when vice presidential candidate Joe Biden visited Maumee, Ohio, he berated and ridiculed the previous administration for the size of the national debt, and…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:22

Looking forward to our own Hunger Games

To the Editor: Have you heard the latest about our local sportsmen? Well, it’s been reported that three elk were found shot to death and left to rot in the Cataloochee area. And let’s not forget (or “dis-remember”) those other…
“You know, this is really the only thing I know I’ve wanted to do my whole life.” That was my daughter Hannah, a rising senior at Tuscola. She’s had a lifelong gift for coming up with sweeping, profound declarations that…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:05

Where’s Waldo craze infiltrates Sylva

By Peggy Manning • Correspondent Waldo fans take heed. The gauntlet has been thrown down. Are you up to the challenge? Tiny Where’s Waldo figures have been cleverly hidden on the shelves and racks of stores throughout downtown Sylva, and…
More than 40 historic photographs of Canton will be on display at Canton library from July 9 through Aug. 31, and reception of the exhibit will be held at the library from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9.…
A clothes swap to benefit children of Haywood County will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 21 at Keller Williams Realty’s Waynesville office. The event, which is sponsored by the real estate company, will allow parents and…
A Tuscola football player charged with a felony cross burning targeting a biracial classmate will remain on the team, at least for now. Ben Greene, a rising junior and running back on the varsity football team, will have to sit…
Four teenagers in Haywood County were recently charged with burning a cross in the yard of a biracial classmate. The act is considered a hate crime, a severe form of intimidation that is classified as a felony. All four students…
The popular Folkmoot international festival will become a shadow of its current self in 2014 if its financial outlook doesn’t take a quick turn for the better.
A burley crowd wearing their long lineage of Appalachian ancestry proudly on their sleeves stared down Jackson County commissioners this week, decrying the idea of an ordinance that would muzzle their hunting dogs.
Haywood Community College has named five finalists for president of the college, and candidate interviews will begin July 23. A 17-member search committee consisting of people from the community selected the finalists, which include Douglas W. Allen, Barbara Beebe, John…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 12:39

Open house at farm for those with autism

There will be an open house at Full Spectrum Farms, a Jackson County-based farm serving people with autism, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19. Full Spectrum Farms features a renovated farmhouse, barn, chicken house and garden. It is located…
A debate over whether the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office racially profiled Latinos and used a traffic checkpoint as an excuse to ensnare illegal immigrants is not over yet.
A pending sale of 19 miles of fiber lines capable of delivering high-speed internet in the greater Sylva area could once again give internet customers there a third option. If the sale goes through, Jackson County and the town of…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 12:33

Get involved in the food conversation

The Public Policy Institute at Western Carolina University will host a meeting to determine community needs and support for a Far West North Carolina Local Food Policy Council at 7 p.m. July 30 in the Cardinal Room of the Western…
By Peggy Manning • Correspondent Tim Hall relishes in the history and folklore of the mountains but also knows when a little embellishing is in order — especially when it comes to ghost stories.
Hundreds of people stood in line, some for more than an hour, outside Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel last Wednesday waiting to enter and try their luck — at getting a job.
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 12:27

WRGC 540 AM back on the air and lovin’ it

Jackson County commissioners may have taken a leap of faith to help WRGC radio get back on the air, but it seems to be paying off so far. Not only has station owner Roy Burnette restored a local AM presence…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 12:26

Fundraiser to benefit abuse shelter

R.E.A.C.H. of Macon County will host a fundraiser starting at 6 p.m. July 29 at the home of prominent Highlands and Houston interior designer Tony Raffa and his partner Scott Allbee. R.E.A.C.H. provides counseling, shelter, and life-skills training for victims…
The award-winning instructors from Western Carolina University’s summer dulcimer conference will be featured in a concert, “Dulcimers in the Round,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. The group of 10…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Jazz programs offered for children

MusicWorks! Studio of Performing Arts in Waynesville will offer a new jazz music program on July 26. The “School of Jazz” will be under the direction of Bonnie Rossa, who has been performing and teaching in South Florida for 20…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Randy Flack slated for Fontana July 19

Singer-songwriter Randy Flack will perform from 8-11 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, and Saturday, July 21, at Fontana Village as part of the resort’s Sumer Concert Series.   Flack covers everything from country, classic rock, Motown, gospel, blue grass, and…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Songcatchers series continues July 22

Laura Boosinger will perform at 4 p.m. on July 22 at the Cradle of Forestry amphitheater as part of the 2012 Songcatchers Music Series. Boosinger’s primary focus is the interpretation of traditional music from the southern mountains. She plays old-time…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Hone your drawing skills in Waynesville

The next session of the Inspired Art Ministry (Iam) classes begins the week of July 23 with drawing classes on Mondays from 1-4 p.m. and painting classes on Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m. at the Waynesville First Baptist Church. Sessions run…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Mentalist Erik Dobell will see you July 25

“Mentalist” Erik Dobel, who uses psychology and trickery to create the illusion of psychic ability, will be the featured guest at a special program for teens ages 12 and up at 6:30 p.m. on July 25 in the Community Room…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Horse show fundraiser planned in Haywood

The Waynesville Lions Club will hold its 60th annual horse show at 3 p.m. on July 21 at the Haywood County Fairgrounds.  
The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre will present its summer production, “Greater Tuna,” with special arrangements with Samuel French.
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Weaver offering classes in Dillsboro

Susan Morgan Leveille, a professional weaver and teacher in Dillsboro for more than 35 years, has day and evening classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced students at her studio. The studio has ongoing classes for adults and is offering “stand-alone”…