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A reception will be held the evening of May 4 to mark the opening of a new photography exhibit at Gallery 86 in Waynesville. “Through the Lens: WNC Photographers” includes work by four Western North Carolina photographers — Anna Fariello, Lori…
The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its July production of the hit Broadway musical “La Cage Aux Folles” at 6:30 p.m., May 7 and 8 at the HART Theater in Waynesville. The production is being directed by…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 18:58

Headwaters to host benefit for The Strand

Headwaters Brewery will host “Lend a Hand for The Strand” starting at 4 p.m., May 6. The event is to held raise money for the renovation of the historic theater. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door…
The Bascom visual arts center in the Highlands will hold its largest annual fund-raiser, Collective Spirits, May 17-19. On Friday evening, there will be a mountain casual walk-around Wine Tasting & Market from 5-7 p.m. The Sensational Sounds of Motown…
The Waynesville Gallery Association will host its first Art After Dark of the year from 6-9 p.m., May 4. The event will also feature a new Saturday Stroll from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 5. The Art After Dark…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 18:37

A gathering of artists

Two new art galleries are opening in Bryson City this May only about a street’s width away from each other. Blue Mountain Studios and Studio 19 both are gathering artists from various mediums to work in a studio setting and…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:39

Black locust a favorite for its strength

All of the spring flowering plants are early this year by as much as two to three weeks. Black locust is no exception. Their beautiful creamy-white pea-shaped flowers form dependent clusters so fragrant that the air is heavy with scent…
A day of events to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 12, at the Cradle of Forestry. Activities for the day include: • 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Family birding walks offer beginning and intermediate birders…
Children and their families can help the Great Smoky Mountains National Park celebrate National Junior Ranger Day from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28. There will be a variety of free, hands-on activities at Oconaluftee Visitor Center, located…
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is currently searching for volunteers to help maintain the Appalachian Trail through the Smokies Wilderness Elite Appalachian Trail Crew program. No previous trail experience is required — just a desire to work hard, live in the…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:35

Birding opportunities abound in Highlands

Weekly Saturday bird walks will be held by the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society starting in May. The first Saturday of every month will be geared to beginners, with guidance on the use of binoculars and field guides and an introduction…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:34

Learn to bird by ear

Two birding events in the region, sponsored by the Great Smoky Mountains Audubon Society, are on the horizon. The first is birdwatching for beginners from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 28, at the Balsam Mountain Inn. Larry Thompson…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:32

Cashiers bike race just around the corner

The Tour de Cashiers, one of the region’s most well-known bike races, will take place beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, starting at the Village Green in Cashiers. There are three races, a 25 mile, 62 mile and…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:28

Ruby Ride and Run to roll into Franklin

The Ruby Ride and Run will take place in Franklin on May 12, offering various distance options to both bikers and runners. The rides and the runs start and end at Franklin High School. A 5k and 10k run begin…
The popular annual Ducks on the Tuck, with little yellow rubber ducks racing down the Tuckasegee River, will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 29. The ducks will be dropped into Scotts Creek at the train depot bridge…
Haywood Community College has been recognized for its cutting-edge work in promoting environmental sustainability by the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. “Haywood Community College has a robust history, dating back to 2006, of demonstrating sustainable technologies in the…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:24

Lace up those running shoes for a good cause

A Mothers Day Celebration 5K walk and run in Cherokee that also functions as a dialysis patient fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 12, at Acquoni Expo Center, or the old Cherokee High School. Registration starts at 11 a.m.,…
Threatening weather forecasts likely kept many who registered for last Saturday’s (April 21) 5th Annual Spring Hike in Waynesville’s Watershed at home. But we caught a break — cloudy and overcast but the rain held off till around 11:30 a.m.…
The recent acquisition of 720 acres of land in the Plott Balsams has helped set the table for the first major park to be created along the Blue Ridge Parkway in six decades. The land, owned by former Congressman Charles…
City Lights Bookstore will celebrate the launch of Harvey K. Littleton’s A Life in Glass with Western Carolina University’s ceramics instructor Joan Byrd at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 27. Byrd was a member of Littleton’s first glassblowing class at…
Merritt Moseley, a professor at University of Carolina-Asheville, will lead a series of discussions surrounding the works of beloved author Jane Austen at the Waynesville library. A novelist whose reputation has never declined, critic Brooke Allen called Austen “a woman…
Thomas Thibeault will be at City Lights Bookstore to read from his historical thriller, Balto’s Nose, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. Glenn Carnehan, a WWII veteran, spent the war tracking down treasures looted by the Nazis and in…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:13

Library looks for teen feedback

The Teen Advisory Group will meet at 3:30 p.m. on April 30 at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Teens are invited to come share their ideas about materials of interest to them, including what sort of programming they’d like to see…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:11

The tales of two Joyces

In The Guys in the Gang and Other Stories (ISBN 978-1-4697-7768-9, $20.95), James T. Joyce and James T. Joyce — that doubling-up is not a misprint — have shared, perhaps inadvertently, the secrets to a fulfilling life. Like a fine…
This being a Sunday, the day on which I generally take care of household chores that have gone unheeded during the hurly-burly and rushed pace of the workweek, I was dusting the combination living room and kitchen in the cabin…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:02

Sweepstakes cafeterias good for tourism

To the Editor: I agree with the opinion expressed by several of those interviewed for a recent article that the increase in gambling cafes is good for business and is a welcomed option for increasing city revenues. Each person who…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:01

Does Bothwell realize Shuler is not running?

To The Editor: I find Cecil Bothwell’s preoccupation with Heath Shuler odd and slightly disturbing. Although Shuler announced months ago that he would not be running for re-election, Bothwell has continued to attack him online and in public forums across…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:00

Hanging chads and voter suppression

To the Editor: Do you remember “hanging-chads? Those were the tiny little punch-out holes on Florida ballots that gave George Bush the presidency in 2001 and made Florida the land of bad elections. As a direct result of that fiasco, Congress…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:59

Let me tell you why I’m a Democrat

To the Editor: I want to share with you three times in my life that made me appreciate how important our Democratic vision is to the people of this state and this country. First, it is clear to me the…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:58

Working at C.J. Harris is an honor

To the Editor: In 1993, I knew I wanted to be a registered nurse (RN) and my health occupations teacher, Mrs. Hess, encouraged me to go to C.J. Harris Hospital and become a junior volunteer. That is where my story…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:57

Those staying believe in this hospital

To the Editor: To us, this is more than just a hospital because it is part of our community, and it’s where our friends, relatives and neighbors work and so many people’s livelihoods depend on the hospital being here. We…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:57

It is time to look ahead, not behind

To the Editor: The Physician Leadership Council, the governing body of the employed physicians of MedWest Health System, is saddened to see the recent media coverage surrounding MedWest-Harris. We understand the concerns that have been voiced by several doctors, as…
By Steve Heatherly At the April 16 Jackson County Commissioners’ meeting, a physician stated his concerns about the future of MedWest-Harris and MedWest-Swain. While some of the observations are correct, we disagree with the assertion that MedWest-Harris and MedWest-Swain have…
The former chief executive officer and general manager of the Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands was recently convicted on federal charges of masterminding kickbacks and of illegally billing his company for an addition to his own home. Mario…
The litany of Republicans from Western North Carolina running for Congress haven’t taken any cues from their counterparts on the presidential stage, where the once robust field of candidates has slowly been picked off until there was just one man…
MedWest-Haywood will hold an open house from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, at the newly constructed MedWest Urgent Care Center in Canton. The community can get a preview of the new facility during the open house. MedWest Urgent Care…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:48

Selling Haywood a collective effort

Departing from the normal talks of budget cuts and tightening belts, Haywood County commissioners asked a group of tourism and town leaders how the county could pitch in to help bring visitors or new second-home owners to the county. The…
The Community Table, Sylva’s nonprofit soup kitchen for the needy, is within weeks of moving its digs from its cramped existing facility to the town’s now-vacant senior center. The county built a new senior center, freeing up space in the…
The Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen’s split decision to de-annex someone who didn’t want to be in the town limits anymore — or pay town taxes any more — seems to have brought a trickle of other unsatisfied residents making…
After two years of lawsuits and two mediations, Swain and Graham counties have finally agreed on where to draw the county line signifying their portions of the Fontana Dam. Fontana Dam straddles the two counties. How much of the dam…
The Lowe’s interchange in Haywood County will finally get re-structured but not for a couple more years. N.C. Department of Transportation plans to start reconstructing the exit onto N.C. 209 and leading to Paragon Parkway and Hospital Drive in summer…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:41

Cullowhee community holds second meeting

Residents and business owners of Cullowhee and Jackson County are invited to attend a community meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, at the Cullowhee Valley School library. This is a follow-up to the March 13 meeting when community…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:39

Tuckasegee bridge to be replaced

A $3.4-million contract to replace the T. Walter Middleton Bridge on N.C. 107 over the Tuckasegee River in Jackson County has been awarded to a Whittier company. Owle Construction Co. will build a new bridge that will be widened from…
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is taking matters into its own hands in the tug-of-war over the best route to Cherokee. A tribe-purchased billboard on Interstate 40, heading west of Asheville, will soon tout two possible routes to Cherokee.…
When Dr. Bob Adams walked into a hospital-wide meeting of Jackson County doctors in early January, he believed he had finally mustered the critical mass to demand action, action that so far had been elusive despite a year of working…
When the Med-West venture was coined two years ago, the premise was an easy sell. Together the hospitals would be stronger than going it alone. Both Harris and Haywood hospitals had witnessed a troubling loss of patients to Mission —…
The iconic black bear, the parkway’s winding scenic road and the Appalachian Trail’s solitary hiker have gotten a reprieve. A bill will be introduced next month to allow a version of the full-color specialty plates. They’d been facing a death…
Large, walk-in beer coolers are ready and waiting to be stocked at Dwight and Jamie Winchester’s Catamount Travel Center, a gas station directly across the street from the entrance to the Cherokee Indian Reservation on U.S. 441. They’ve been there…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:57

Voices in the Laurel plans spring concert

Children’s choir, Voices in the Laurel, will perform in its 16th annual spring concert at 2:30 p.m., May 6, at Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Voices in the Laurel is a Haywood County-based non-profit choir for…
Macon County youth will take the stage in Showcase of Talent 2012, a non-competitive talent show for third- to 12th-graders, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. The annual event is held in the Franklin High School Fine Arts Center…