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Restless Heart and Little Texas, two classic American country music bands, will perform their all-time fan favorites at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, May 19. Showtime is set at 7:30 p.m., and tickets start at…
Waynesville’s 10th Annual Whole Bloomin’ Thing Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 12, in historic Frog Level. The event is Haywood County’s premier spring festival and kicks off the growing season with beautiful flowering baskets,…
Georgian poet Rupert Fike will read from his collection Lotus Buffet at 6:30 p.m., May 12, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Two of the collection’s poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and he was nominated as Georgia…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 19:24

Macon’s artist of the month

Natalie Bucki was named artist of the month for May at the Macon campus of Southwestern Community College. Bucki is a Franklin artist that has been creating portraits of people, pets and places for more than 50 years. She has…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 19:23

WCU to host summer theater camp

Young people can explore the world of theater this summer during a weeklong camp hosted by Western Carolina University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts. The theatre camp is for children from ages 8 (and who have completed the second…
After years of sideline painting and photography as a pastime, a now retired Sue Weathers is finding an abundance of inspiration in the mountains of Western North Carolina — far away from her childhood home in England. Since moving to…
Thanks to our dear Smoky Mountain News readers, some excellent ideas for slogans poured in through our Facebook site over the past week. We snuck a few of our own in as well. Enjoy! Waynesville Your home away from Florida…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 12:17

Full-color plates still not a sure thing

By Holly Demuth What does your car believe in? Here in Western North Carolina, many people choose to express their love of the Smokies, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail, state parks, and the elk and ducks with their…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 02:12

Twice sold lands now part of Bryson City

This is the peculiar story of the land transactions, disputes, and incidents that led to the establishment of Bryson City and the construction of its first jail. This town was a village named Charleston before it became Bryson City in…
Haywood Community College won the N.C. RecycleMania competition again this year. HCC beat out UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University. In addition, HCC is ranked as number 14 in the waste minimization category out of 605 participating colleges. RecycleMania is…
For the second year in a row, Western Carolina University is included among The Princeton Review’s list of the most environmentally responsible colleges in North America. The education services company selected WCU for inclusion in the third annual edition of…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 02:08

Fishing surveys are in the mail for some

Anglers in North Carolina soon will be randomly selected to receive a state fishing survey designed to determine anglers’ view on and preferences for fish management. Of the more than 800,000 anglers in North Carolina who holds a current freshwater…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 02:07

Adventure Travel Film Festival at NOC

Get set for three days and 16 films at Nantahala Outdoor Center during the Adventure Travel Film Festival May 4 to 6. The film festival hails from the United Kingdom and is an international celebration of the greatest adventure travel…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 02:06

5K trail race up to benefit conservation

If you are looking for a tough but short trail race, the Bearwallow Beast 5K might be just the ticket. The race is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6, in Henderson County at Bearwallow Mountain. This race will ascend…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 02:05

Free golfing for tribe members

Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians can take advantage of enrolled member day at Sequoyah National Golf Club in Cherokee and enjoy free golf from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5. Those who don’t golf can…
One of the southeast’s premier endurance mountain bike races, 12 Hours of Tsali, returns to the Tsali Recreation Area from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday, May 19. The goal for riders is to complete the 10- to 12-mile trail…
A new 4,000-square-foot exhibit at the North Carolina Arboretum opening Saturday, May 5, will introduce visitors to the evildoers lurking in their own backyards and beyond. Inspired by author Amy Stewart’s book Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 02:02

Community garden looking for volunteers

New gardeners are being sought to participate in Waynesville’s community garden, located behind the Old Armory in Waynesville. This community garden project is available for community members who would like to share in the labors, decision-making, harvests and social enjoyment…
Haywood Waterways is looking for individuals and groups to adopt a section of stream and help remove litter. Groups are asked to clean their adopted stream section at least once a year and commit to the adopted stream section for…
The Macon County Beekeepers Association will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service office on Thomas Heights Road in Franklin. The speaker will be Linda Tillman, a master beekeeper from Atlanta. Anyone with…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:59

Learn how to coexist with bears

If you want to learn how to coexist with black bears, attend the Bear Education and Resources (B.E.A.R.) program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at the Macon County Community Center in Franklin. This is the first in this year’s…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:58

Artful birding

I had to take my shoes off to get there, but I believe last Saturday (April 28) was the 13th annual Birding for the Arts. BFA is part of the Haywood County Arts Council’s “Fund Party Series” – entertaining, fun…
In the two years since the Dillsboro Dam was torn down, the Tuckasegee River has become home to a growing number of aquatic species, from mussels to insects to fish, as natural river habitat has been restored. “We’re certainly glad…
Blue Ridge Books will host a full day of activities to celebrate National Children’s Book Week starting at 10 a.m., May 12, with an event entitled Animal Surprises. Dawn Cusick, owner of Early Light Books and author of a half…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:42

Jenny Bennett to read

Jenny Bennett will read from Murder at the Jumpoff on at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Set in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Murder at the Jumpoff, follows the investigation of of the…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:41

A Memoir of a Journey in Healing

Usui and Karuna Reiki Master Deborah Lloyd will visit City Lights Bookstore at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, to present and discuss her book, Believe and it is True. Lloyd’s book is a transformative, healing journey and focuses on…
Like a growing number of FX addicts, I have become a devoted fan of “Justified” (Timothy Olyphant and Sylva’s own Nick Searcy) that airs each Tuesday night at 10 p.m. This fast-moving, smart-talking, funny and violent show represents the culmination…
With our average last frost date of May 10 or so it’s time to start planting the main garden. Corn and beans can go in, and over the next few weeks, so can summer staples such as tomatoes, squash and…
To the Editor: In his April 25 letter to the editor, “Let me tell you why I'm a Democrat,” Ed Morris provides many reasons for his pride at being Macon County’s new Democratic Party Chair. While I take exception to…
To the Editor: Please go to the poles on May 8 and vote “No” to amend the N.C. Constitution, an amendment that if passed, would further codify the denial of rights for certain groups of North Carolina citizens. Amendments to…
To the Editor: I am writing to clarify my position on the recent events that have occurred within the Med-West Health System. First, I want to begin by giving everyone some background information. The career and wonderful life that I…
To the Editor: Considering the tremendous harm that alcohol continues to cause our society, the churches of the Tuckaseigee Baptist Association would like to make known their complete and total opposition to the May referendum allowing alcohol sales throughout Jackson…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:29

Is this really what this state wants?

To the Editor: Amendment One sounds innocent enough. The wording is very precise and is carefully phrased to make approval seem to be a good thing. A lot of good people will vote for it for that reason. It accomplishes…
If Amendment One is defeated on May 8, North Carolinians will have made the right decision by refusing to support institutionalized bigotry. The proposal would add an amendment to our state's foundational legal document that says a marriage between a…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:24

Registration under way for golf tourney

Registration is under way for the inaugural Bob Buckner Endowment Golf Tournament, an event to help raise financial support for a newly created fund in honor of the recently retired longtime director of Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:23

LEGO focus of upcoming workshop

Kids can learn more about LEGO building projects from 9:15-11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at Western Carolina University. The LEGO Clubs at Cullowhee Valley and Fairview Schools are holding this free community event for children from kindergarten through eighth grade…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:22

Women in business luncheon, May 15

A program titled “Two Sides of the Leadership Coin, a Male and Female Perspective” will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on May 15 at the Gateway Club in Waynesville, sponsored by the Greater Haywood County Chamber of…
The Macon County Planning Board has been given one simple task: review the subdivision ordinance with the intention of making it more user friendly. The directive came in a relatively brief get together and make-pretty joint meeting with the Macon…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:19

Program on Cherokee mounds in Jackson

Ben Steere will discuss Cherokee pre-history and archaeology at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, in the community room of the Jackson County Public Library. Steere is the principal investigator for the Western North Carolina Mounds and Towns Project, which is…
A move by the town of Franklin to spray the ancient Nikwasi Indian Mound with weed killer is not sitting well with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Principal Chief Michell Hicks last week described himself as “appalled” and called…
Haywood County leads the state in electronics recycling, based on a new survey released in March by the N.C. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources. The survey, which was presented during the recent Carolina Recycling Association annual conference, indicated that…
The Waynesville Board of Aldermen approved a revitalization plan for South Main Street last week despite a dispute over one aspect of the proposed design scheme. The town hired Rodney Porter, a consultant with LaQuatra Bonci in Asheville, last year…
MedWest leaders are struggling to hold a fledgling joint hospital venture together in the wake of recent physician turmoil, but there’s likely no easy fix for the identity crisis faced by Jackson County’s medical community. Fearing the sanctity of Harris…
When a team of moving men showed up in the surgery suite of MedWest-Harris two years ago and rolled a specialized spinal surgery table out the door, down the hallway and into a truck, acting on orders to haul the…
Tee Coker and his company recently learned firsthand something they probably already suspected about creating brands and taglines for towns. Forget about pleasing everyone: it can be an insurmountable challenge to please anyone at all when it comes to developing…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 19:12

Swain County property values looking up

Tim Cain has a bird’s eye view of Swain County’s real estate market, and from where he sits, the news looks good. Cain was hired to oversee the countywide appraisal of every home, lot and tract of land in Swain…
Canton and Waynesville’s paths have diverged when it comes to the most cost efficient way to haul trash to White Oak Landfill. Both towns will face higher costs to dump residents’ trash starting this summer when the county closes a…
When the maintenance director for Haywood County Schools received news that a transformer at Pisgah High School stopped working last Thursday, it seemed apropos given the grim portrait of the schools’ budget he and other education officials would paint for…
Haywood Community College officials have requested an additional $380,000 in county funding this year — all of which would help pay for renovations and new construction on campus. Similarly to Haywood County Schools, the college has been strapped by recession-drive…
A public workshop on a proposed truck turn-around and information station on U.S. 64 in Franklin will be held from 4-7 p.m. at the Franklin Town Hall boardroom. The turn-around and station would be located between U.S. 23/441 in Franklin…