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Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:35

Mountain Treasures

In 1987 the U.S. Forest Service issued a "final" forest management plan — a plan so vague and so lacking in ecosystem and environmental protections that conservationists and environmental organizations across the country denounced it. The Wilderness Society (TWS), to…
The Laurel Garden Club is giving the Highlands Biological Station a grant to purchase a greenhouse package for the propagation of native plants, specifically from local sources. The overall intent of the grant project is to develop a native plant…
Cubs on the Run 5k Race and Fun Run/Walk is set for 9 a.m. March 24 in Canton, following a moderately hilly track along Kim's Cove Road an N.C. 110. There will be water stations along the course. Trophies will…
Volunteers interested in assisting with construction and maintenance of a new trail at Western Carolina University are invited to participate in a free trail-building workshop on campus from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, March 24. The workshop will include a…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:31

Spring hikes focus on fauna

Two great opportunities to learn about and enjoy spring wildflowers are coming up, both under the guidance of the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee. The first hike takes place Saturday, March 24, on Rufus Morgan Falls Trail, guided by…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:29

Get ready for Polar wade into Bear Lake

Well, it might not exactly live up to the name "Polar Plunge" given the current spate of warm weather, but the dive — no, make that wade — into Bear Lake next week will help go toward paying for and…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:28

A full day of events at City Lights

City Lights Bookstore will continue its monthly Coffee with the Poet series on March 15, and Don and Diane Wells will present their book, Mystery of the Trees, later that day. Sylva resident and author, Ben Bridgers, will read selection…
Rose Senehi returns to City Lights Bookstore to sign her newest book, Render Unto the Valley, March 17. She will be on hand from 1 to 4 p.m. to meet readers and sign books. Render Unto the Valley is a…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:18

Gossip and privacy in the modern world

Little Sally was eating lunch with her family when her parents ask her if she learned anything in Sunday School that morning. Sally nodded and smiled. "Teacher says we are to go forth and spread the gossip." It seems these…
Harrah's Hotel and Casino will host three of the country's top Drag Queen entertainers in DRAGS TO RICHE$, a new drag variety show. Performers include Pandora Boxx and Mimi Imfurst, who both appeared on RuPaul's Drag Race, as well as Sherry…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:16

Grace Noon Concerts to begin 4th year

The fourth season of Grace Noon Concerts will kick off at noon on March 15 at Grace Church Episcopal in Waynesville. "We are delighted to host these wonderful local performers and provide a venue for fine music," said Rev. Arlene…
The University of Iowa Press recently released "The American H.D.," a book by Annette Debo, a Western Carolina University associate professor of English. "The American H.D." offers a story about the significance of the United States through a study of…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:14

Robin Whitley to perform songs and stories

Musician Robin Whitley will offer a program called "Songs and Stories of Life" at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at 7 p.m. on March 20. "Songs and stories are both part of life, and they complement each other,"…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:12

Dora May featured in OICA Gallery

The gallery at the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts will feature an exhibition of work by artist Dora May during the month of March. May's work is a combination of paintings, drawings and installation exploring issues of the body and…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:11

Edible book contest at Waynesville library

Craft an edible creation inspired by a book. Whether your favorite recent read is The Lorax or Lord of the Flies, you can bake, assemble, frost or fill using anything edible. Deliver your registered entry on Friday, March 30, to…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:10

Theatre presents the musical, Lamb of God

The Overlook Theatre Company will present the musical, "Lamb of God," March 22-25, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. The performances will start at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of Sunday's performance, which begins at 2:30 p.m.…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:08

Groovy Movie Club presents “The Double”

The Groovy Movie Club will show the film "The Double" on Friday, March 16. The event will begin with a mostly organic potluck dinner at 6:15 p.m., followed by the movie at 7 p.m. The event is free and open…
Haywood County's first female flat track roller derby team, Balsam Mountain Roller Girls, is hosting a retro prom at the Smoky Mountain Sk8way at 8 p.m. on April 6. All proceeds will benefit the Balsam Mountain Roller Girls and help…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:02

Stellar Chapman to lead Songwriters event

Stellar "Tall Girl" Marshall Chapman will head the next Songwriters-in-the-Round event on March 17 at Balsam Mountain Inn. Chapman is a singer-songwriter and author who was born and raised in Spartanburg, S.C. She has released twelve critically acclaimed albums, and…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:01

Renowned Christian artists to perform

Four legendary artists — Steve Green, Twila Paris, Wayne Watson and Michael Card — will unite together for their Christian Classic Tour at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on March 30. Tickets start at…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:00

Singers earn places in honor choir

Four members of Voices in the Laurel were selected to sing in the American Choral Directors Association Southern Division Children's Honor Choir. Colby Cook, Ivey McClure and McLain Youngwood, of Haywood County, and Emily Wylupek, of Franklin, auditioned for the…
The Liars Bench will perform the first in a series of stories called "Balsam Chronicles" at 7 p.m. on March 15 at Western Carolina University's Mountain Heritage Center. The free series will start with the story of Gus Baty, a…
From written word to silver screen, Western Carolina University's Spring Literary Festival will celebrate its 10th year by featuring two authors whose works have been tagged for the silver screen. Novelist and poet Ray Rash will kick off the festival,…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:52

Another broken promise about national park

To the Editor The National Park Service says we need to charge for backcountry camping. After hundreds of letters and several public meetings, with the majority of people saying no to fees, the fee is being implemented anyway. In 1934…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:51

State GOP leaders did cut education

To the Editor: The Republican state legislators have repeatedly said that the $428 million in cuts to the public education system would not affect teachers, teacher assistants, or students. State Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, wrote, "Teachers and students ... are…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:50

Support of bike rallies not a good idea

To the Editor: I was amused to read recently that Scott Cochran, the promoter for the town's upcoming Rumble in the Smokies motorcycle rally, stated that noise would be an unavoidable inconvenience to residents and "the biggest complaint you will…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:48

Pressley deserves everyone's support

To the Editor: All of Haywood County — and especially Maggie Valley —should be standing on their heads in support of helping Alaska Presley and what she's trying to accomplish with her efforts to bring back Ghost Town in the…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:48

Police presence should be a blessing

To the Editor: Complaints about the significant police presence in Maggie Valley, I think, are highly exaggerated. In the 10-plus years we've been visiting Maggie Valley we have not been overly aware of that presence, much less pulled over. This…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:47

Maggie Valley police presence appreciated

To the Editor: With regard to your news story "Are cops making a pest of themselves in Maggie Valley?" (Feb. 29 Smoky Mountain News), our answer is a resounding "no." My husband and I are Maggie Valley residents who regularly travel…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:45

Letter a sad example of misinformation

To the Editor: Since Obama took office Jan. 20, 2009, the DOW has risen 48 percent, the S&P 500 is up 60 percent, and the NASDAQ is up 90 percent. Yet Pat Denzer, in her Letter to the Editor of…
Thanks to work obligations that have put me in Franklin several days at a time these last few weeks, I've had the opportunity in recent days to run, walk and stagger along that town's greenway. I know I've plucked on…
We — this country, its leaders and all of us — are imperfect. We're human, and that means we get it wrong sometimes. But this is about something we've collectively gotten right from the very beginning of this republic. It…
After more than a year of will they or won't they, Waynesville's ABC Board will soon decide whether to open a second liquor store in the Super Walmart complex. "Right now, we still don't have everything approved," said Earl Clark,…
When a person was found dead in a hotel room recently, six students in Haywood Community College's criminal justice association were put on the case. They studied fiber samples, scoured for finger prints and analyzed what was amiss in the…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:34

Macon planner makes move to town post

Macon County Planner Derek Roland will leave his post to become the Town of Franklin's planner. Current Franklin town Planner Mike Grubermann will retire this month. "Derek has been awesome," said Lewis Penland, chairman of the Macon County Planning Board.…
Lewis Penland doesn't attempt to deny he's a stubborn man, or soften the suggestion that he digs in the heels of his work boots ever deeper the more people try to push him around. "The only people I care about…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:29

Girl Scouts celebrate its 100th birthday

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont will join other Girl Scouts across the nation this week to celebrate Girl Scout Week and the group's 100th Anniversary. During the week, Girl Scouts of all ages celebrate by demonstrating leadership and commitment…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:27

Candidates to appear at meet and greet

Two Republicans running for state and federal office will be at Ryan's Steak House in Sylva on March 15 for a Meet the Candidates event. Jeff Hunt, a candidate for the 11th District GOP nomination to fill retiring U.S. Rep.…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:26

Congressional candidate holds public forum

Vance Patterson, a candidate for U.S. Congress, will hold a town hall meeting Thursday, March 15, from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Haywood County Library.
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:26

Open house scheduled for The Homestead

An open house for The Homestead inpatient hospice unit on the MedWest-Haywood campus will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 18. The Homestead is the only inpatient hospice unit west of Asheville and is open to patients…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:25

Information on first aid

Get up-to-date information on first aid at a 2 p.m. Thursday, March 15, Live and Learn session at Lake Junaluska. The program will feature David Roberts, supervisor for the Haywood County Rescue Squad, and Jason Hampton, crew chief for the…
For musicians, it's the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For football players, it's the Super Bowl championship rings. For Natalie Smith, having her signature coffee blends featured at The Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., is…
Sylva might not exactly be your classic college town — it's certainly not Chapel Hill or Boone. But efforts to bind this community with Western Carolina University have taken catamount-like bounds forward recently. The evidence? First, there's a "paint the…
A new strategic plan for Western Carolina University that will guide the institution's overall direction for the coming decade will be unveiled at a public forum next month. WCU Chancellor David Belcher appointed a 36-member committee last fall to develop…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:06

Corridor K debate going nowhere

Will it decimate mountain beauty or open the economic flood gates? Either way, the costly missing link of a four-lane highway through the remote southern mountains has hit a startling and potentially insurmountable roadblock. State and federal agencies are reluctant…
The mental health agency Smoky Mountain Center is considering moving its headquarters from Sylva to Waynesville, taking with it some 60 jobs and the prospect of dozens more as the agency expands during the coming two years. The prospect pleases…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:00

Swain murder trial gets under way

Tiffany Marion remained stoic as witnesses recounted their version of events and attempted to recall more than three-year-old conversations surrounding the 2008 murder of two Swain County residents. It wasn't until an audio recording of a police interview with her…
As indicated in recent Back Then columns, I've been of late walking some of the old trails along creeks in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that were as recently as the early 1940s populated to a considerable extent. Occasionally,…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 14:43

See the elk, help a good cause

WNC Nature Center's most-popular offsite excursion, to see the elk in Cataloochee Valley, is coming up from 2 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. There will be a 2 p.m. presentation on elk ecology and biology at the Nature…
A new National Park Service report shows that more than 14.5 million visitors spent $299 million along the Blue Ridge Parkway and in surrounding communities in 2010. That spending supported more than 4,008 jobs. Under the same economic model, the…