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State senators from the mountain region — and we’re especially talking about those representing the southwest, Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, and Sen. Ralph Hise, R-Spruce Pine — need to pull out all stops to save the colorful license plates that…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:10

Highlands roadwork troubles some merchants

Repaving of the steep, windy, two-lane road from Franklin to Highlands has many merchants worried about whether this heavily tourism-dependant town will find itself choked off financially.
Leah Hughes, associate editor at “Our State” magazine, will be the guest speaker at 9:30 a.m. on July 9 in the Bethea Welcome Center at Lake Junaluska. This will be a meeting of the Junaluska Women’s Club, and in keeping…
A Summer Worship Series is under way at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. Three worship services are being held as part of the series: a service of Word and Table at 8:30 a.m. in Memorial Chapel, a Praise…
The Fund for Haywood County has awarded $50,000 in grants to area nonprofit organizations that provide critical services for economically disadvantaged people. The grants include: • $25,000 to Aspire, Youth and Family for a structured afterschool program, serving 80 youth…
Haywood Community College has unveiled a new electric vehicle charging station, the only one west of Asheville. The station was made possible from a grant provided by Advanced Energy Corporation and was manufactured by Eaton located in Arden. The station…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:05

Grant to help prevent elder abuse

The 30th Judicial District Domestic Violence-Sexual Assault Alliance, Inc. has recently been awarded a $25,000 Janirve Legacy Fund Grant from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina to further its work on elder abuse and victims with disabilities in the…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:04

Meet the Telestroke Robot

Angel Medical Center in Franklin introduced the Telestroke Robot as their newest team member. The robot literally rolled in to action to demonstrate its capabilities to a crowded room. With the robot it is possible for stroke victims to be…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:03

New dog park opens in Franklin

Franklin has a new dog park on the town’s greenway adjacent to Big Bear Park. The park is fenced and has two benches for dog owners to rest on while their pooches play. Friends of the Greenway, which oversaw the…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:02

New health initiative under way in WNC

Hospitals and health departments across Western North Carolina have partnered to develop WNC Healthy Impact, a regional initiative designed to improve community health across a 16-county area. The partnership is currently gathering information to understand each county’s community health status.…
Supporters of Smart Start traveled recently to Raleigh to encourage the N.C. General Assembly to restore its funding. The group included parents, business leaders, faith community leaders and board members. They met with Western North Carolina’s legislative delegation. Last year,…
A public records request for Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe’s emails doesn’t tell much of a story — that’s because most of them are missing. In violation of state law, Ashe deleted all but a few messages from his email…
Business, civic and government leaders from all over Haywood County gathered last week to officially kick off Hunger Free Haywood, a countywide effort to address hunger. All the collections will stay in Haywood County and be distributed by county food…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:54

Cullowhee bridge could demolish business

Chris Pressley, a third-generation owner of the 65-year-old Cullowhee Automotive Service, has been on edge since learning about plans for a new bridge in the Cullowhee community.
On the heels of a vote that now allows alcoholic beverages to be sold countywide, Jackson County is considering opening two new ABC stores: one in Cashiers and the other along the highway leading to Cherokee in the Qualla community.…
As a third generation steeplejack, Tony Stratton is used to a view from the top. As one of a handful of people in the nation still specializing in repairing church steeples the old-fashioned way, Stratton travels the country rappelling from…
Western Carolina University’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new strategic plan — the 2020 Vision — at its meeting two weeks ago. The plan is designed to give the university a clear set of goals for the next decade.…
An effort to save those colorful specialty license plates has stalled in the N.C. Senate, which seems reluctant to take a bill up that would spare the popular plates. Supporters of the specialty plates have rallied to save them from…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:45

Barking dogs on short leash in Jackson

Faced by a rising tide of complaints about barking dogs, Jackson County commissioners indicated this week that they would consider passing an ordinance that would muzzle the offenders. “I’ve had negative experiences with barking dogs,” said Commissioner Doug Cody. “I…
Swain County is permanently etching its history in stone. In the next couple of months, the first of about 60 black marble panels will be installed along the wall outside the county government building and courthouse in downtown Bryson City.…
Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce will be forced to close its visitor center after its major source of funding has suddenly dried up. For at least two decades, the Maggie Chamber has relied on a cut of tourism tax dollars…
The Internet and smartphones are turning brick-and-mortar visitor centers into an antiquated resource for travelers and are part of the reason why the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority plans close two of its four visitor centers in the next year.
After inching its way back from recession-driven declines during the past year, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel is back in the catbird seat. You could even call it a Royal Flush. The advent of live dealers and table games coincides…
Business owners in Cherokee are making their own preparations for the influx of new visitors as a result of live gaming, hoping to draw them away from the casino and into their stores, restaurants or other businesses.
After nearly a decade of negotiations and broken promises, the state finally approved an agreement that allows table games with live dealers at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. The Eastern Band has worked since the early 2000s to get the state’s John…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:04

Street dances return to Waynesville

The popular Mountain Street Dances held in downtown Waynesville on select Fridays throughout the summer kick at 6:30 p.m. on June 22. Whitewater Bluegrass will be performing along with the Dixie Darlin’s Dance team. Special guests will be the Trantham…
A Children’s Film Festival for Macon County children will be held at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday morning through July 26 at Ruby Cinema in Franklin. The Franklin Lion’s club and Ruby Cinema sponsor the event for children under…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:02

Haywood fairgrounds to hold truck pull

The Haywood County Truck Pull will be held at 11 a.m. June 23. Entries will begin at 9 a.m. at the Great Smokies Arena. The truck pull seeks to accommodate trucks, 4x4s and other vehicles of all shapes and sizes.…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:01

Art reception to benefit Haywood Waterways

There will be an art reception benefitting Haywood Waterways Association at the Village Green Café in Waynesville from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on June 22.   A studio owner from Waynesville, Rick Hills, will feature his new mixed media paintings. Visitors…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:00

Cashiers Mountain Music Festival

The Cashers Mountain Music Festival is being held June 30 and July 1 at the Village Green and Commons in Cashiers. In just three years, the Cashiers Mountain Music Festival has become one of the most respected events in the…
Logan Murrell will be performing from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. June 22 and 29 at the Wildwood Grill at Fontana Village Resort. Additional dates for performances have been set for July 6, 13 and 20 as well as Friday…
“Broadway and More” with Glory Crampton will be at 8 p.m. June 23 at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. Crampton is a Broadway leading lady, musical theatre veteran. She is best known for her critically acclaimed roles in The Fantasticks,…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:58

Steampunk technique taught June 28

A Steampunk Jewelry & Creations Workshop will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. June 28 at the Macon County Library in Franklin. Participants can drop-in anytime during the workshop to watch a how-to presentation and look at some Steampunk…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:57

Learn cooking with soy in Sylva

A “Cooking With Soy” class will be offered at 1 p.m. June 25 in the Conference Room of the Community Services Center in Sylva. Laura Rogers and a chef from the N.C. Soybean Producers Association will teach the class with…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:56

Library to host traveling Lincoln exhibit

The Waynesville library will unveil the traveling exhibit “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 23. There will also be re-enactors from the NC Troops 25th Regiment from noon to 3 p.m. Immediately following…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:55

World Music Concert in Franklin

Franklin and Dillsboro Ubuntu Choirs will perform a concert of music from around the world and here at home at 3 p.m. June 24 in the historic chapel of Franklin’s First Presbyterian Church. The groups are directed by Tom Tyre…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:54

Final Noon Concert ‘Flute Flourish’

The Grace Noon Concerts season finale will feature flutists Sarah Cifani and Kathy Alley at noon on Thursday, July 21, Grace Church Episcopal in Waynesville. Kathryn Stephenson will accompany Cifani and Alley as they play music by Bach, Gabriel Faure,…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:53

Author Vicki Lane to speak in Jackson

Novelist Vicki Lane will hold a book talk with a question and answer session at 7 p.m. June 26 at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Lane of Madison County is the author of “The Day of Small Things”…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:52

Peter Pan to fly high in Franklin

The Overlook Theatre Company will present “Peter Pan: The High-Flying Musical Adventure” at 7:30 p.m. June 21-23 and at 2:30 p.m. June 24 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. This two-act musical adventure follows Peter Pan’s journey…
The Galaxy of Stars Series at Western Carolina University will open its eighth season this fall with a lineup featuring musicianship, comedy, magic and a command performance.
Storyteller and singer Michael Reno Harrell will perform an afternoon full of Smoky Mountain stories at 4 p.m. June 30 at the Oconaluftee Visitors Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
A showing of Japanese glass artist Tadashi Torii’s works will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. June 21 at Jackson County Green Energy Park’s art gallery with a free reception that is open to the public.
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:45

The most dangerous woman in America

The historic Rickman Store in Macon County will once again become a stage for one of the most accomplished monologues written by Appalachian playwright Gary Carden. 
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:42

Signs as art

  Jeff Marley is creating signs for Cherokee and the surrounding area proclaiming in Cherokee and in English, “We are still here.”
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:27

Drum, song and dance highlight Powwow

  With strong personal, familial and spiritual traditions and a healthy dose of competition, the 37th annual Cherokee Powwow will ignite a three-day festival of drum, song and dance to kick off the summer season in Cherokee. Hundreds of powwow…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:46

Watch out! Bigfoot sighted in WNC

I’d never read a horror-fiction genre book in my life. That is, until I found myself at an author’s event last month at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville talking with Eric Brown about his recent book about Bigfoot (Sasquatch) set…
Four of the contributing writers to the book 27 Views of Asheville will read their selections at 3 p.m. June 16 at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. The authors that will be reading are Wayne Caldwell, Susan Reinhardt, Heather Newton…
Holistic healer Andrea Ford will discuss the wisdom of the Enneagram at 2 p.m. June 16 at the City Lights Bookstore. The Enneagram is a road map to understanding your personality in a new way. It is based on nine…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:43

Poetry reading in Highlands

Poets Shannon Tharp and Whit Griffin will be reading their recently published works at 7 p.m. June 15 at the Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore in Highlands. Griffin is a native of Memphis, Tenn. He met Scaly Mountain’s poet Jonathan Williams…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:27

Explore unique, beautiful gardens

By Shannan Mashburn • SMN Intern Gardeners, wannabe-gardeners and those who simply appreciate a fine garden can catch a behind-the-scenes peak of some of the best gardens in Haywood County during the upcoming Haywood County Garden Tour from 9 a.m.-4…