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Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:13

Macon to drop back and punt on slope rules

“Finishing the conversation” has become something of a catchphrase lately in Macon County. It’s a really diplomatic way of saying that while the planning board should keep plugging away at construction guidelines, there’s no guarantee the building regulations they develop…
First Macon County, and then Jackson, built big, beautiful, new libraries over the past five years. Now, it seems, Swain County residents — who are part of the same three-county Fontana Library System — believes it’s their turn to take…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:12

SBI won’t investigate Haywood jail death

The state will not investigate the death of Jessica Martin, who died last week after collapsing in a holding cell at the Haywood County Justice Center. “The State Bureau of Investigation is not planning to open an investigation at this…
The state might have pulled the plug on a long-range project to map landslide prone areas in the mountains, but Haywood County hopes to take matters into its own hands. Shortly after Republican lawmakers axed the state’s landslide mapping unit…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:06

A look in the rearview at N.C. 107

With its fast-food restaurants, box stores, gas stations and occasional backups of traffic, there’s not much that can be described as quaint about N.C. 107 in Sylva. Except, perhaps, for Bryson’s Farm Supply, where Randy Hooper and wife, Debbie, sell…
Nearly every town has one — a five-lane road lined with fast-food stores, gas stations and grocery stores — and most sport a few. But those, it turns out, may have been a bit of a mistake. The N.C. Department…
There’s a novel solution afoot for traffic woes on Sylva’s commercial thoroughfare: widen the road so much it obliterates most of the businesses. “You certainly wouldn’t have a traffic problem on 107 if you took out 80 businesses,” said Sarah…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:02

Waynesville primed for makeover of South Main

Waynesville has one chance to get South Main Street right, or live with the consequences for decades to come. And the town isn’t taking any chances. The N.C. Department of Transportation had barely gotten started on a feasibility study for…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 12:59

A tale of two streets

Waynesville and Sylva are at a crossroads, ones that will irrevocably shape the character of their communities. Both towns are clamoring for a makeover of their commercial avenues — South Main Street in Waynesville and N.C. 107 in Sylva —…
There’s a new term coined by the federal government for places with low income and little access to quality food. It’s called a food desert. And Maggie Valley is sitting right on the edge of one. The town doesn’t really…
There are a lot of things associated with the words “high school football.” Three-a-days. Pep rallies. Weight rooms. The quarterback sneak. Summer reading club isn’t usually one of them. Coach Sam Pattillo, however, would beg to differ. He is the…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:03

Late summer is an awesome time to botanize

Spring is the appointed time for the various wildflower pilgrimages and outings that attract thousands of visitors to the mountains of Western North Carolina each year. In April and May, it’s a piece of cake to locate spring beauty, hepatica,…
The Haywood County Fair this year will feature a Farm Fresh meal to celebrate agriculture in Western North Carolina at 11 a.m. on August 28. Along with the Farm Fresh meal, local producers will be selling fresh produce, meat, dairy,…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:02

All about the local food movement in Macon

A talk on the local food movement will be held at noon on Thursday, August 11, in Franklin hosted by the League of Women Voters. Alan Durden of the NC Cooperative Extension Service will describe local food sources and tailgate…
An annual banquet and auction to benefit this region’s chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is set for Saturday, Aug. 13, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Expo Center in Asheville. The Great Smoky Mountains Chapter this…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:01

Tour nursery that caters to wildlife

Learn about plants that attract birds, butterflies and other wild critters on a field trip to Spring Valley Nursery in Macon County at 5 p.m. Monday, August 15. Horticulturist and Master Gardener Bill Messina has opened her nursery to the…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:00

Wild gardener comes to Sylva

Peter Loewer, a.k.a. the “Wild Gardener”, will present a program about native plants at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 30 at the Jackson County Public Library Complex. Loewer, a well-known writer and botanical artist, teaches art at AB-Tech Community College, the…
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park boasts the largest backcountry in the Eastern United States, yet for backpackers hoping to take in a slice of that wilderness with an overnight trip, finding a park ranger to help with logistics can…
Want to know how to use a drift boat? There’s an opportunity to learn from an actual designer, builder and fisherman from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. The presenter is retired Western…
A “Treasure Highlands” Bird Hike will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on August 18 by the Highlands Biological Foundation. Members of the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society to some of the best birding spots around the Highlands Nature Center.…
A few hundred cyclers will test their endurance with the annual Blue Ridge Breakaway coming up August 20. A spectrum of routes — 24 miles, 40 miles or 65 miles — will take riders over the scenic countryside of Haywood…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:50

Moonshadow, moonshadow

I was all set to write about the annual summer fireworks displayed every August on that really big screen above our heads, brought to us free of charge by the comet Swift-Tuttle and sponsored by your universe. Then I looked…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:45

Stand-off over the Chattooga nears finale

Paddlers are ever-so-slightly winning a tug-of-war over the Upper Chattooga River, a Wild and Scenic River that plunges off the Cashiers plateau. The U.S. Forest Service has agreed to allow limited paddling on some parts of the Chattooga headwaters, reversing…
Franklin resident Robert Shook will read from his novel, A Journey in Courage, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 13, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. This historical fiction piece captures the legacy of the Shook family and spins a…
Get your wands ready for a Harry Potter back-to-school party at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 20, at Blue Ridge Books in downtown Waynesville. Come for an afternoon filled with activities for wizards and muggles alike. There will be a…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:42

McCullough makes 19th century Paris come alive

“At last I have come into a dreamland.” So wrote Harriet Beecher Stowe shortly after her arrival in Paris in June of 1853. Stowe had gone to Paris for the same reasons Americans still visit the City of Light: a…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:38

Learn to cross stitch with plastic canvas

A workshop about plastic canvas cross-stitch will be taught at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, at the Jackson County Public Library. Sally Salyards, program leader, will teach a simple pattern during the class. Materials will be provided. Plastic canvas…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:37

Indulge in chocolate and wine Aug. 18

The Haywood County Arts Council will hold a Wine for the Arts party, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. The party is part of a series called the FUNd Party Series,…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:37

Best in the West berry recipe contest

With berries ripe and ready for picking, it’s time to plan your entry in the Best in the West Recipe Contest, part of Mountain Heritage Day’s gathering at Western Carolina University on Sept. 24.   This year’s competition will focus…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:36

Wildflowers as artistic inspiration

Artist Kathie Blozan will lead painting workshops from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on August 11 and 13 at the Zachary-Tolbert House in Cashiers.   Attendees will walk along the nature trail at the Zachary-Tolbert House to look at wildflowers…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:36

Kids to join in dances from around the world

Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to a free ARTSaturday workshop from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, August 13, at Big Bear Shelter on the Little Tennessee River Greenway in Franklin. During the two-hour workshop, participants…
The Haywood Fairgrounds will host its third annual Mountain Music Jamboree on Aug. 13. Featured performers include White Water Bluegrass, Paul’s Creek String Band, Buncombe Turnpike, Gray Wolf, The Unexpected and dance performances from the Southern Appalachian Cloggers and the…
A free Gingerbread 101 workshop will be taught by Grove Park Inn chefs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13. The event will prepare participants for the National Gingerbread House Competition, which happens every holiday season at…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:34

Basket classes offered by Dogwood Crafters

Basket classes will be taught by Dogwood Craft members at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, at Applegate Inn in Dillsboro. Sharon Crosby will be teaching a jelly basket, which can be used for two jelly jars. Cost will be…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:33

Porsches rev into Waynesville Inn

The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa will once again be hosting the Porsche Concours “In Den Bergen” on Saturday, August 20. Organizers are expecting upwards of 75 cars this year to participate in this regional and nationally recognized event.…
The hit musical “Always … Patsy Cline” opened July 28 at the Highlands Playhouse and will continue at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday through Aug. 20. The show is the third in the theatre’s…
The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin will welcome three sensational Gospel groups at the Smoky Mountain Jubilee at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug.11. The Blackwood Brothers Quartet, an eight-time Grammy award-winning southern gospel group will open…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:31

Americana band echoes Appalachian roots

Dehlia Low will perform at An Appalachian Evening at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 13, at Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Graham County. Dehlia Low’s vocal harmony and instrumentation reflect a deep connection to traditional music with modern arrangements and relevant,…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:30

Fashion show fundraiser for Republican women

The Mountain High Republican Women’s Club will hold a luncheon and fashion show at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, August 19, at the Highlands Country Club. The fashion show features Carlisle clothing, a home show line of fashion. A line of…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:30

WNC Woodturners to meet in Glenville

The August meeting of The Western North Carolina Woodturners Club will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 14, at the Blue Ridge School in Glenville. The meeting will take place at back of the school to the woodworking shop.…
Steve Dean, a teacher of the Kriya yoga tradition, will speak at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 12, at the Creative Thought Center in Waynesville. Dean, a student of Paramahansa Yogananda  and Ernest Holmes, will present how these two teachers…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:28

Big House Radio to rock Bridge Park in Sylva

Big House Radio returns to Sylva’s Concerts on the Creek from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 12. The Bryson City-based quintet won WNC Magazine’s Last Band Standing competition in 2010, emerging from a field of 32 bands to capture…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:26

Nashville's finest to light up Fontana

Shinefest, a two-day showcase held at Fontana Village Resort, will bring together acts from across the country world, veterans to newcomers, for a summer music experience set against the pristine backdrop of the Smoky Mountains. The premier country music event…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:25

Restoring earth before the end of the world

I have some good news. But first the bad news. The world is ending. Evangelist Harold Camping has predicted it. Others point to the Mayan calendar and confirm that our remaining days are few. Meanwhile, a surprising number of people…
Turkeys, I’ve learned, are curious animals. That curiosity was on full display for company this past weekend when Kirk Hardin the goat broker and his wife, Shannon, came over from Canton to pick up three sheep and a billy goat.…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:17

Free Press in Cherokee? Not now anyway

To the editor: In this recent atmosphere of mudslinging, it’s all too easy to lose focus on what’s important. What should matter more than anything to tribal members is the ability to hold their elected representatives on Tribal Council and…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:17

New state abortion rules seek to coerce women

To the editor: I am writing to thank NC Representative Phil Haire for his courage and integrity in voting against House Bill 854, both in the initial vote and in the override of Gov. Purdue’s veto on it. Since women…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:16

Life seems so good that nostalgia sets in

“It’s like floating on a cloud,” that’s what the man in the booth said about his nifty adjustable hammocks. We took turns trying one out, first my wife — the most frugal among us and therefore the hardest sell —…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:10

Young professionals group launched in Haywood

The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce is starting an After Hours Networking Event for the Young Professional of Haywood County, with the first event to be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Herren House.…
A networking conference will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, in Franklin, offering business coaching on a variety of critical topics for today’s marketplace. The all-day event is designed for community leaders, business owners and…