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Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:50

Special children’s story time

Curtis Sikes and Sheena Kohlmeyer will present their new children’s book, The Heart of a King, at 11 a.m. on July 28 at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.   The Heart of a King tells the story of a young lion…
The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host author Dennis Murphy at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, for an introduction to his novel, Brain Waves, and a discussion of the process of publishing a novel. The book deals…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:48

An erudite look into the cultural wars

Some years ago, a local artist mounted a painting in a local art show in which he painted Christ with pink paws and Easter bunny ears. “This is going to upset some people around here,” the painter told me. I…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:47

Audition for upcoming HART production

The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its October production of the hit Broadway musical “The Light in the Piazza” at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 5-6. The production is being directed by Charles Mills and opens on Oct.…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:47

Kathy Griffin slated for Harrah’s Aug. 11

Two-time Emmy winning comedian, Grammy nominee and best-selling author Kathy Griffin will appear at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 11. Griffin is a multi-faceted performer with rapid-fire wit. She has been making audiences laugh for years discussing…
Local actress Barbara Bates Smith will star in a one-woman benefit performance titled “Go, Granny,Go: A Walk to Washington to Set’em Straight,” at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 4 at the HART Theater. The play is the memoir of Doris “Granny…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:45

Macon County Gemboree opens July 26

Gem and mineral dealers and rock hounds from across the country will converge on Franklin for the 47th Annual Macon County Gemboree July 26-29.
The hour-long radio show “Stories of Mountain Folk” airs every Saturday at 9 a.m. on Jackson County’s WRGC Radio at 540 AM.
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:42

Learn more about modern roller derby

Krista Robb of the Smoky Mountain Roller Girls will give a program and slide show presentation on modern Roller Derby at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, in the community room of the Jackson County Public Library.
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:41

Two workshops planned at Franklin library

The Macon County Library in Franklin will hold two programs on July 26. Avid coin collector Paul Biery will present a program on American Coins at 11 a.m. in the meeting room. Biery has been collecting coins for more than…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:41

Learn the art of faux finishing Aug. 4

A class teaching beginning faux finish instruction will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Aug. 4 at the Leapin’ Frog Gallery in Waynesville. Instructor is Teir Siewert of Wallchemy, and the cost is $75. Siewert was trained in designer…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:40

Join a community art show in Bryson City

Local artists and artisans in Swain and surrounding counties are invited to submit up to four original works of art for the annual community art exhibit at the Swain County Center for the Arts. Artwork for this nine-week exhibit will…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:40

Lifelike drawing taught in Swain

Art League of the Smokies will meet at 6:15 p.m. on Aug. 2 at the Swain County Center for the Arts. The DVD “Lee Hammonds’s Lifelike Drawing,” will be shown. Learn how to draw a simple vase, furry dog, layered…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:38

Sarge’s Dog Walk returns Aug. 4

The 7th annual Downtown Waynesville Dog Walk hosted by Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4.
Members of Voices in the Laurel Children’s Choir recently returned from the Kingsway International Children’s Choir Festival in Spain.
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:36

Texas Tenors take the stage July 28

The Texas Tenors, a phenomenal trio who has been entertaining sold out audiences around the world, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $22. Fans of…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:36

Feel the beat of the tambourine Aug. 3

The ABBA tribute band Arrival from Sweden will perform at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3. Tickets start at $22. ABBA was a Swedish pop/rock band who reached great…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:35

Summer music series continues in Bryson

The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City continues its Summer Music Series with Carolina Dusk, fronted by Dusk Weaver, at 7 p.m. on July 26. The Summer Music Series at the library has become a local tradition, and this year’s…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:34

Natalie Grant coming to Franklin Aug. 4

Natalie Grant, an award-winning singer/songwriter of contemporary Christian music, will be in concert Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts.  Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $10. Grant has received the…
The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, quintet-in-residence at Western Carolina University, made a seven-day educational tour of Jamaica this summer to inspire the teaching and learning of brass instruments in the public schools there.
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:32

Why Obama is not the rich man’s candidate

To the Editor: It’s hard to understand why working people would ever vote Republican. The Republican Party is the party of the rich … the Donald Trumps, the Sheldon Adelsons, the 1 percent. Since 1997, when the Republican congress slashed…
To the Editor: In a recent interview with David Joy in the Cashiers Crossroads Chronicle regarding a county wide barking dog ordinance, Incumbent District 4 Jackson County Commissioner Mark Jones stated that he is “... on the fence” and “……
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:30

Speak up about Citizens United

To the Editor: Your readers may be interested to know the result of petitions signed this year by hundreds of residents of Jackson, Macon, Haywood and Swain counties. These petitions called for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would…
To the Editor: There’s a “For Sale” sign in front of your home, but you didn’t put it there. What’s worse, you may never know who did. The object of the sale is your mind, and through it, your vote.…
North Carolina’s General Assembly — under the leadership of Republicans for the first time in more than a century— will hopefully refrain in the future from pushing unfunded mandates onto the backs of counties and their taxpayers. The U.S. Congress…
MedWest Health System has opened its expanded Orthopaedic Therapy Services and Occupational Therapy/Hand Therapy Services in the MedWest Outpatient Care Center in Clyde. Expanded services include general physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology. Specialized services include orthopedic-sports rehabilitation, spine…
MedWest-Haywood recently opened a psychiatric evaluation area in the hospital’s emergency department to reduce the time patients may spend waiting in examination rooms prior to being transferred to mental health facilities. Generous grant funding from The Evergreen Foundation, the Rural…
Western Carolina University will receive a $642,960, five-year investment award from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to continue operation of the EDA University Center for Rapid Product Realization, which works to accelerate job creation and retention among existing businesses and…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:25

HCC to open Student Business Center

Haywood Community College will partner with The Center for New and Expanding Business to open the HCC Student Business Center, which will provide rising or recent graduates with the opportunity to start a business in a supportive, rent-free environment. The…
By Peggy Manning • Correspondent North Carolina is in the process of “paving” the electric vehicle highway and Western North Carolina is well on its way to being an important spoke in that wheel. Haywood Community College has the only…
Maggie Valley town leaders plan to relax the town’s strict limits on video sweepstakes machines despite the town planning board’s recommendation to maintain the status quo.
Business in Dillsboro has continued to slow during the past few years, to the point that even the cash cow of video sweepstakes parlors pulled out after a brief run. A couple of businesses have closed this year, including the…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:19

New MedWest center hosts open house

MedWest-Haywood is hosting an open house Thursday, Aug. 2 to celebrate the opening of its new Outpatient Care Center, which is helping better serve healthcare needs in Haywood County by housing multiple services and being conveniently located on the MedWest-Haywood…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:18

REACH fundraiser at Highlands home

REACH of Macon County will stage a fundraiser July 29 at the home of prominent Highlands and Houston interior designer Tony Raffa and his partner Scott Allbee. REACH provides counseling, shelter, and life-skills training for victims of domestic and sexual…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:18

Popular Grace Church Fair is July 28

The Annual Grace Church Parish Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 28 at the church grounds at 394 N. Haywood Street in Waynesville. Highlights of the fair include the ever-popular flea market as well…
By Peggy Manning • Correspondent Dave and Judy Russell pride themselves on being among the first in line at the annual book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Library in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:14

Waynesville reclaims its gateway glory

A dedication ceremony for Waynesville’s latest art installation will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 27.
Some of the top Democratic women office holders in the state will appear at a rally in Sylva at the historic courthouse on Saturday, Aug. 11. State Democratic women coming to the event include Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, State…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:13

Rug yanked out from Franklin ABC store move

Franklin’s plans to buy a new ABC storefront were dashed this week after the town was denied a bank loan. The town makes ample profits on its liquor store, with more than enough to cover the monthly mortgage payments of…
The Haywood County Board of Commissioners and Haywood Community College continue to butt heads about the school’s new creative arts building, a year after the controversial project was approved.
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:06

Annual school supply drive is Aug. 4

Haywood County’s annual School Supply Drive will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Walmart on Aug. 4. Donations of school supplies brought to Walmart that day will be distributed to needy students throughout Haywood County. Needed supplies include single…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:06

Free backpacks, fun offered at Vineival

The 6th-annual Vineival will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, at the Vine of the Mountains Church building in Frog Level next to the Armory. Sponsored by Vine of the Mountains, the event features a wide variety…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:05

Reappointments made to SCC board

Two longtime Board of Trustee members at Southwestern Community College, Conrad Burrell and Paul Holt, were recently reappointed to their posts. Burrell has served on SCC’s board for 16 years, eight of those as chairman. He lives in Sylva. He…
To some, it might seem like luck. But Waynesville’s rise as one of the state’s preeminent small towns has been anything but. The quality-of-life magnetism Waynesville has become known for during the past two decades is instead largely owed to…
Despite rumors to the contrary, Sylva’s bars are not abandoning the town for the student-laden pastures of Cullowhee. Area residents have heard whispers that the Bone Shack and O’Malley’s Pub and Grill — two bars that count college students among…
Fallout from the real estate bubble in Western North Carolina has landed Macon Bank on the watch list of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, a federal banking oversight arm. Macon Bank has been operating under the scrutiny of the FDIC…
As the Haywood County Arts Council celebrates 30 years of work, it’s a good time to reflect on how effective organizations evolve as times change and re-invent themselves in order to remain relevant. Few nonprofit, grassroots community organizations in Western…
Too often debates about immigration veer way off course, inhabiting some netherland of hysteria that is so far from reality it borders on the ridiculous. In the past couple of weeks we in North Carolina have witnessed just such a…
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Winging it

It’s that time of year again when passing fronts will mean passing visitors at Lake Junaluska. Waterfowl were riding the cold winds that kicked up on Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Local author pens best hikes with dogs

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Dogs are popular hiking companions on the trails of Western North Carolina. Now, Fido and his adventurous owner will have some help exploring with the recently published Best Hikes with Dogs, a guide by…