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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…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 14:40

Roller derby debut upcoming in Bryson City

The Smoky Mountain Roller Girls, an all female roller derby league, will hold its debut competition from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at the Swain County Recreation Center on Deep Creek Road in Bryson City. The event also…
Margaret Fry Carton of the Cashiers area has been elected president of the Friends of Panthertown, a nonprofit that protects, preserves and promotes Panthertown Valley, a national forest enclave of unusual beauty and stunning natural features near Cashiers. "We will…
A documentary on Aldo Leopold, the famous forester and environmentalist, will be screened at 6 p.m. March 15, at the Jackson County Public Library's community room. This is the first documentary on the life and work of the legendary conservationist,…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 14:36

Cleanup leaders in Haywood recognized

Winners of "Community Pride" awards through Haywood County's Commission for a Clean County will gather at noon, Feb. 15, at the Waynesville Inn. The award winners demonstrated exceptional environmental stewardship in the county during the past year. Being recognized are…
A two-day conference titled “Growing the Appalachian Food Economy: A Forum on Local Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture” will be held Tuesday, April 3 and Wednesday, April 4, in Asheville. The forum will provide an opportunity people from all sectors…
Borrow seeds in the spring, grow your garden in summer, give them back in the fall. That’s the premise of the Sylva Sprouts Seed Lending Library, the first seed-lending project in the region. The concept of the seed-lending library is…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 14:00

Trail trees subject of talk

Don and Diane Wells will discuss their book, Mystery of the Trees, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Mystery of the Trees is a study of Indian Trail Trees which are trees that were bent…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:58

Taking a trip down dark, violent passages

This novel contains an endorsement from the late William Gay that tweaked my interest. I immediately bought the book. Gay says, “The Devil All the Time hits you like a telegram from Hell slid under your door at three o’clock…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:50

Renowned potter to visit WCU in March

Acclaimed potter Jeffrey Oestreich will demonstrate his work and give an illustrated artist’s talk Thursday, March 15, at Western Carolina University. Oestreich will demonstrate clay-forming techniques from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Ward Clay…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:49

Public records workshop is March 15

Western Carolina University’s Department of Communication will join Carolina Public Press in co-hosting “Full Disclosure,” a public records workshop, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in Room 144 of WCU’s Stillwell Building. The workshop will provide information on…
Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to a free ARTSaturday workshop from 10 a.m. till noon on March 10 in the Macon County Public Library children’s wing. Make-and-take projects include paper kites and airplanes, and one-of-a-kind insect mobiles.…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:48

Biographer of dancer to speak at WCU

Peggy Schwartz, an award-winning professor of dance and former director of the dance program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, will discuss her biography of dancer Pearl Primus at Western Carolina University on March 15. The event, which is free and…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:47

Digital photography students present work

Students who are enrolled in Haywood Community College’s Continuing Education Digital Photography class will exhibit their work from March 14 through June 30 at the Canton Branch of the Haywood County Public Library. Opening reception will be held from 2-4…
The Broadway Musical “The Story of My Life” will play at the Haywood Arts Regional Theater on March 9, 10 and 11. The show tells the story of two childhood friends and how their friendship profoundly defined their lives. Thomas…
Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, a non-profit organization located in Jackson County, is offering three $500 scholarships for Appalachian Studies, with a focus on traditional craftsmanship, traditional music and community service. The scholarships are open to high school seniors in…
The North Carolina Symphony will hold the preliminary round of its annual Kathleen Price and Joseph M. Bryan Youth Concerto Competition at the Wainwright Music Building at Meredith College in Raleigh on May 19. The competition is open to instrumentalists…
The first Heritage Alive Mountain Youth Talent Contest of the year will be held April 28 at the Greening Up the Mountains festival in Sylva. Entry forms are due April 18. The other competitions will be held later in the…
Western Carolina University’s School of Music will present “The Film Music of John Williams” in honor of the composer’s 80th birthday. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building…
Ian Moore and the Second-Hand String Band will perform at 7 p.m. on March 14 in the community room of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. The group will play old-time, traditional blues and jazz. The band consists of Ian Moore on…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:42

Celtic concert to be held in Bryson City

The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre in Bryson City will present its 4th annual Celtic Concert 7 p.m. on Friday, March 9. Tickets are $5 each. Bean Sidhe (pronounced banshee) will be performing this year. Bean Sidhe plays traditional Celtic tunes…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:40

Artists sought for Mountain Heritage Day

Arts and crafts vendors are being sought to participate in Mountain Heritage Day, Western Carolina University’s annual fall festival of traditional Appalachian culture. The deadline for submitting arts and crafts applications is March 30. This year’s Mountain Heritage Day will…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:39

WCU to host ‘No Limits March’ on March 8

Western Carolina University’s Department of Intercultural Affairs and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority are co-sponsoring a panel discussion and “No Limits March” in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8. The event, which is free and open to the public,…
Phyllis Jarvinen will be teaching a Long Stitch bookbinding workshop 5 to 9 p.m. on March 15 at Oaks Gallery in Dillsboro. Cost of the workshop is $30 and includes materials. In a long stitch binding, the signatures (groups of…
A show by the Blue Ridge Watermedia Society opened March 7 at Gallery 86 on N. Main Street in Waynesville. The show runs through March 31, and an artists reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on March…
There is a refinement to Catherine Carter’s poetry, a sense that each poem is finished, polished and complete, worked exactly the right amount and not a jot too much. There’s also in Carter’s poems an edge, a whiff of wild…
I unpacked my *euphonium recently — my first love was music; writing was a fallback position — and started fooling with it again. Despite not having held this horn more than just a few times in some two decades, I’m…
To the Editor: A headline on a Feb. 29 article in The Smoky Mountain News creates a misleading impression of the support the N.C. Education Lottery has provided for Haywood schools. Through June 30, 2011, Haywood County received more than…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:26

Brigman story needed a second opinion

To the Editor: It is interesting that The Smoky Mountain News in its reporting on superintendent of Macon County Schools Dan Brigman both last summer and recently cites the legal opinion of only one organization. That is unfair. Sadly, it…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:25

Headline showed SMN’s political bias

To the Editor: Somewhere during my school years I was taught about slanted journalism. One of the best examples of slanted journalism is the headline for an article about Sen. Jim Davis on page 5 of the Feb. 29 edition…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:24

Time to send Barack down the road

To the Editor: Over the weekend we heard from our 44-year-old niece. She was fretting over her 401k. She is employed as a teacher in Alaska and has been since she got out of college, so she has around 20…
Government at all levels needs to spend money judiciously. It is, after all, our money. I’m not convinced either major political party is doing that very well right now. What we get is competing priorities, which is why voters need…
To hear Franklin Alderman Bob Scott tell it, fellow town leaders and tourism experts haven’t begun to adequately plan for and consider what an influx of some 4,000 bikers could mean to a small town of 3,500 residents. Franklin will…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 21:54

Public records workshop at WCU

“Full Disclosure,” a public records workshop, will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in Room 144 of WCU’s Stillwell Building. The workshop will provide information on the existing laws and advice on drafting a request for…