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More than 40 historic photographs of Canton will be on display at Canton library from July 9 through Aug. 31, and reception of the exhibit will be held at the library from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9.…
A clothes swap to benefit children of Haywood County will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 21 at Keller Williams Realty’s Waynesville office. The event, which is sponsored by the real estate company, will allow parents and…
A Tuscola football player charged with a felony cross burning targeting a biracial classmate will remain on the team, at least for now. Ben Greene, a rising junior and running back on the varsity football team, will have to sit…
Four teenagers in Haywood County were recently charged with burning a cross in the yard of a biracial classmate. The act is considered a hate crime, a severe form of intimidation that is classified as a felony. All four students…
The popular Folkmoot international festival will become a shadow of its current self in 2014 if its financial outlook doesn’t take a quick turn for the better.
A burley crowd wearing their long lineage of Appalachian ancestry proudly on their sleeves stared down Jackson County commissioners this week, decrying the idea of an ordinance that would muzzle their hunting dogs.
Haywood Community College has named five finalists for president of the college, and candidate interviews will begin July 23. A 17-member search committee consisting of people from the community selected the finalists, which include Douglas W. Allen, Barbara Beebe, John…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 12:39

Open house at farm for those with autism

There will be an open house at Full Spectrum Farms, a Jackson County-based farm serving people with autism, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19. Full Spectrum Farms features a renovated farmhouse, barn, chicken house and garden. It is located…
A debate over whether the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office racially profiled Latinos and used a traffic checkpoint as an excuse to ensnare illegal immigrants is not over yet.
A pending sale of 19 miles of fiber lines capable of delivering high-speed internet in the greater Sylva area could once again give internet customers there a third option. If the sale goes through, Jackson County and the town of…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 12:33

Get involved in the food conversation

The Public Policy Institute at Western Carolina University will host a meeting to determine community needs and support for a Far West North Carolina Local Food Policy Council at 7 p.m. July 30 in the Cardinal Room of the Western…
By Peggy Manning • Correspondent Tim Hall relishes in the history and folklore of the mountains but also knows when a little embellishing is in order — especially when it comes to ghost stories.
Hundreds of people stood in line, some for more than an hour, outside Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel last Wednesday waiting to enter and try their luck — at getting a job.
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 12:27

WRGC 540 AM back on the air and lovin’ it

Jackson County commissioners may have taken a leap of faith to help WRGC radio get back on the air, but it seems to be paying off so far. Not only has station owner Roy Burnette restored a local AM presence…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 12:26

Fundraiser to benefit abuse shelter

R.E.A.C.H. of Macon County will host a fundraiser starting at 6 p.m. July 29 at the home of prominent Highlands and Houston interior designer Tony Raffa and his partner Scott Allbee. R.E.A.C.H. provides counseling, shelter, and life-skills training for victims…
The award-winning instructors from Western Carolina University’s summer dulcimer conference will be featured in a concert, “Dulcimers in the Round,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. The group of 10…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Jazz programs offered for children

MusicWorks! Studio of Performing Arts in Waynesville will offer a new jazz music program on July 26. The “School of Jazz” will be under the direction of Bonnie Rossa, who has been performing and teaching in South Florida for 20…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Randy Flack slated for Fontana July 19

Singer-songwriter Randy Flack will perform from 8-11 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, and Saturday, July 21, at Fontana Village as part of the resort’s Sumer Concert Series.   Flack covers everything from country, classic rock, Motown, gospel, blue grass, and…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Songcatchers series continues July 22

Laura Boosinger will perform at 4 p.m. on July 22 at the Cradle of Forestry amphitheater as part of the 2012 Songcatchers Music Series. Boosinger’s primary focus is the interpretation of traditional music from the southern mountains. She plays old-time…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Hone your drawing skills in Waynesville

The next session of the Inspired Art Ministry (Iam) classes begins the week of July 23 with drawing classes on Mondays from 1-4 p.m. and painting classes on Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m. at the Waynesville First Baptist Church. Sessions run…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Mentalist Erik Dobell will see you July 25

“Mentalist” Erik Dobel, who uses psychology and trickery to create the illusion of psychic ability, will be the featured guest at a special program for teens ages 12 and up at 6:30 p.m. on July 25 in the Community Room…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Horse show fundraiser planned in Haywood

The Waynesville Lions Club will hold its 60th annual horse show at 3 p.m. on July 21 at the Haywood County Fairgrounds.  
The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre will present its summer production, “Greater Tuna,” with special arrangements with Samuel French.
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Weaver offering classes in Dillsboro

Susan Morgan Leveille, a professional weaver and teacher in Dillsboro for more than 35 years, has day and evening classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced students at her studio. The studio has ongoing classes for adults and is offering “stand-alone”…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Belly dancing workshop set at WCU

Western Carolina University’s Department of Intercultural Affairs will offer a free belly dancing workshop from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, on the lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center. The workshop will be led by performer, choreographer and instructor…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Contra dance in Waynesville July 22

A Waynesville Contra Dance will be held from 2-4:30 p.m. on July 22 at the Gateway Club ballroom at 37 Church St. AnneMarie Walter will call the dance and the band is Out of the Woodwork. All dances done to…
The Liars Bench, a troupe of award-winning storytellers and musicians, bring “Tall Tales, Mountain Myths, & Flat-Out Lies” to the Franklin Folk Festival from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. The Liars Bench is…
More than 40 historic photographs of Canton are on display at the Canton library from now through Aug. 31, and a public reception of the exhibit will be held at the library from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug.…
The Glenville Historical Society’s second annual Historical Tour featuring sites in the Norton Community will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. The tour begins at the Norton Community Center where tour-goers will be given…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Island Park also gets a quilt square

The second quilt square hanging — part of the Quilt Trail Project — will be held at Island Park in Bryson City at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 20.  The double wedding ring design chosen by Tee Angel of Angel…
The Haywood County Arts Council will dedicated “Four Little Birds,” the first quilt block at a Haywood County bed and breakfast, at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, at The Windover Inn.
By Shannan Mashburn • SMN Intern The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville will bring the French Rivera to life with its blockbuster summer musical “La Cage aux Folles.” HART is taking a gamble with this play, which is among the…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:29

Random thoughts and voices

Here I sit by my window watching the creek go by with nothing in particular to write about except the random thoughts and voices in my composition book: “Negative capability is the gift of being in the world without any…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:28

Take a working vacation on the AT

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is searching for volunteers to help maintain sections along the fabled footpath. No previous trail experience is necessary — just a desire to work hard, live in the backcountry and have a great time among new…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:27

Learn how to manage your forest land

Four workshops for private forest landowners in Western North Carolina will be held on Wednesdays and Thursdays between mid-July and mid-August. The workshops, titled “Woodland Steward Series: Mountains Program,” are held at various locations including the N.C. Arboretum, Cradle of…
Foxes sighted in daylight, or in urban and suburban settings are not necessarily rabid or dangerous, according to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Residents should still take action to avoid conflict with these common animals. Simply seeing a fox is…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:25

Reward offered in elk poaching case

The N.C. Wildlife Federation is offering $5,000 for information about the recent elk killings that directly leads to an arrest or other official action. The three elk were killed around May 18 in the Mount Sterling area of Haywood County…
Hikers who want to travel smarter on trails in the Southern mountains now have access to a mobile app called “Great Hikes of the Southern Appalachians.” The app allows adventurers to carry all the maps, directions and other hiking information…
Friends of the Smokies and The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation are among a select group of organizations featured as part of the National Parks Traveler’s special edition magazine — Essential Friends, Celebrating Friends Groups In The National Parks. Essential Friends…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:22

Pigeon River Fund awards grants

Seven projects received $116,300 in grants from the Pigeon River Fund of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. Grant recipients include: • The Haywood County Schools Foundation, where a curriculum-based program provides classroom and field activities for students in…
Students can join a park ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this summer in a hands-on work project. The Summer Student Volunteer Days is for high school and college students. Here’s what’s available in North Carolina: • From…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:21

Kids camp to explore heritage farming

Kids will explore local agriculture in the 4-H Farm to Fork Day Camp in Haywood County held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 31 to Aug. 2. The Farm Bureau is sponsoring the camp for children ages six to…
Western Carolina University has gotten more kudos for lowering energy use and costs and promoting utility savings.
The ninth-annual Mountain Wildlife Days will be held Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21, at Sapphire Valley Resort near Cashiers, featuring a smorgasbord of wildlife-related events and programs.
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:17

Famous NYC offspring

New York City is big, bustling and in July – hot, but there are always entertaining and even educational ways to escape the heat. The planets aligned just right giving both Denise and me the entire July Fourth week off.…
International birder and Highlands-Cashiers resident Romney Bathurst will present “Around the World in 80 Birds” at 7:30 p.m. July 23 at the Highlands Civic Center. Bathurst will present photos to accompany her talk, which will be about birding trips to…
In 25 years of teaching kindergarten, Cathryn Sills of Franklin read a lot of books to her young students. In the process, she learned a lot about what children like to read and what they don’t like to read.
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:08

Poet to read from new collection

Local poet and artist Terry Michelsen will visit City Lights Bookstore in Sylva to read from her collection of poetry Soaring on Wings of Word at 6:30 p.m. July 13. Soaring on Wings of Word is a compilation of six…
The Highlands Biological Station has released Highlands Botanical Garden: A Naturalist’s Guide, a guide to the garden, with maps, historical overview and profiles of a generous selection of its hundreds of native plants. Established in 1962, the garden is a…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:07

Book launch for Carden’s play

City Lights Bookstore and the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will celebrate of the release of the book edition of Gary Carden’s new play, Outlander, at 6:30 p.m. July 14. Outlander is a full-length play about Horace Kephart and…