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The second-annual Assault on Black Rock trail race in Jackson County will take place beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 17, starting in the Fisher Creek parking area. Runners, hikers and walkers are welcome to take on the challenge of…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:04

Dillsboro growers’ fair seeking vendors

Vegetable and flower growers wanting to participate in The Full Spectrum Farms — Growers’ Fair in March can submit vendor applications now. The event will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. March 31 at Monteith Park in Dillsboro.…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:03

Help root out unwanted plants along the AT

Help root out those unwanted invasives in the forests by volunteering from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3, along the Appalachian Trail in Hot Springs. The event is through the Western North Carolina Alliance, as a partner of…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:03

Master gardeners take spring plant orders

Orders for fruit and vegetable plants are being taken now through the Haywood County Master Gardener Association, with a March 23 deadline for prepaid orders. “The goal is to make selected fruits and vegetables available to gardeners in our area…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:02

Documentary looks at our use of plastics

The Western North Carolina Alliance is hosting a screening of the award-winning environmental documentary “Bag It” at UNC-Asheville’s Highsmith Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16. Try going a day without plastic. Plastic is everywhere and infiltrates our lives…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:01

Applications due for fishing youth camp

Registration is under way for a summer fishing camp for ages 13 to 15 at Lake Logan near Canton, an always-popular event. The Trout Unlimited’s ninth annual Rivercourse Coldwater Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp is designed to teach the…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:01

Fly-fishing course offered for women only

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer a special fly-fishing weekend for women through the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program on March 9-11 in the mountains. Activities will be held at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and Davidson River Campground,…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:00

Warm weather at this year’s Icycle Bike Race

Promoters and competitors agreed this year’s Icycle Mountain Bike Racing Classic at Fontana Village Resort was one of the most competitive and exciting ever. The unseasonal warm weather and some route changes brought a totally different feel to this year’s…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:59

Fly-fishing team lands line-up of top coaches

The N.C. Fly Fishing Team, who count the region’s best fishermen among their ranks, has now hooked one of the best in the nation as their instructor. George Daniel, formerly coach of the national USA Fly Fishing Team, has agreed…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:58

Tunnel repairs close Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway will be closed between Soco Gap in Maggie Valley to the end of the Parkway in Cherokee through the middle of April. Repairs are being made to the Big Witch Tunnel along that stretch. Also, another…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:58

LTLT seeks steward to buy conserved farm

The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee recently purchased a historic 130-acre farm in northern Macon County and is looking for a buyer to be a steward for the now protected property. The “Lakey Creek Farm” in the Oak Grove…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:54

Zee wolves must go, by Kuteeng Satire

The Naturalist’s Corner dispatched its chief investigative reporter, Kuteeng Satire, to the land of Dudley Doright to bring you the truth regarding Canada’s plan to shoot, shoot from airplanes, poison, trap and otherwise kill thousands of wolves because the stupid…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:51

The queen of local beekeepers

As the weather cooled this past weekend, Kathy Taylor’s bees were nowhere in sight; sheltering themselves within their manmade, wooden hives, the bees had calmed again after an unseasonably warm winter left them stirring. This time of year, the queen…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:51

Valerie Nieman to read from new novel

Valerie Nieman will visit City Lights Bookstore at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, to read from and discuss her third novel, Blood Clay. “Blood Clay is a profoundly moving and beautifully written novel about a community torn apart by tragedy,”…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:49

How an enduring writer created himself

There are many reasons to love the writing of Ray Bradbury. His early short stories — science fiction “lite,” tales of his midwestern youth, accolades to writers like Thomas Wolfe and Ernest Hemingway, Twilight Zone accounts of life in mid-twentieth…
In the 1960s and 70s, everybody smoked, everybody but my mother, who didn’t smoke, drink, or do anything that Ann Landers wouldn’t have approved of. She still doesn’t, although I seem to recall that she once drank a pina colada…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:43

Alzheimer’s letter draws needed attention

To the Editor: My heartfelt gratitude to John Corkran of Black Mountain for his letter (Asheville Citizen-Times, Feb. 6) titled “Current alzheimer’s sufferers need more attention.” My wife, Debbie Ginn, was diagnosed with early-onset alzheimer’s. We have struggled with the…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:42

LTLT strives to be non-partisan, helpful

To the Editor: A letter appearing in The Smoky Mountain News two weeks ago incorrectly characterized the mission, work, and views of The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee. The letter stated “Environmental Groups like the Land Trust for the…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:42

Cherokee bear zoos need to be shut down

To the Editor: How many times do the roadside zoos in Cherokee have to be cited for violations of federal law before the Tribal Council slams their doors shut once and for all? The three decrepit zoos keep bears in…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:41

Planning board needs to be controlled

To the Editor: One of the most memorable days of my life was Jan. 19, 2001. Macon County had tried to institute a serious zoning ordinance about the size of a telephone book that would have affected every property owner…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:40

Can Macon County make a decision?

To the Editor: At times when difficult decisions are being considered, leaders may seek the counsel of community-minded, experienced individuals for input and clarification of concepts and ideas pertaining to the problem at hand. With this obtained information, experience and…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:37

Earning the right to indulge myself

I was recently among a group of friends who were discussing habits — what they are and why we have them. Something I noticed pretty quickly is how those of us participating in the conversation, me included, tended to justify…
No. It’s the biggest word in politics, often setting off a firestorm when delivered at a crucial moment. Gov. Beverly Perdue’s “no” to a re-election bid started an avalanche across the state from which the fallout still hasn’t ended. Here…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:59

Clarinetist to give free performance Feb. 21

Clarinetist and faculty member Shannon Thompson will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the campus of Western Carolina University. The performance, part of the Catamount Concert Series, is free and…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:59

Marianna Black to host community music jam

The next community music jam at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, in the library auditorium. Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer — anything unplugged — is…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:58

Contra dancing held in Waynesville

The next Fourth Sunday Contra Dance will be on Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Gateway Club in downtown Waynesville.   The dancing will begin at 2 p.m. and go on until 4:30 p.m. AnneMarie Walter will call the dance to…
Nantahala Brewing Company will hold a release party for the first of three limited bottle release Trail Magic Ale ales beginning at noon, March 10, at its Tap Room in Bryson City. The first brew is an Oak barrel aged…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:57

Tuckaseegee Tavern hosts Winter Thaw Out concert

The Dan River Drifters will play at Tuckaseegee Tavern Saturday, Feb. 18, in Bryson City. The Drifters combine traditional and contemporary bluegrass to craft raucous tunes. “This foot-stompin’ bluegrass band has continued to improve their licks over the course of…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:57

Frog Level Brewery to host live music concert

Frog Level Brewing Company will hold the first performance in its Jazz Masters Series from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb 18, at the brewpub on Commerce Street in Waynesville. The show will feature vocalist Leigh Ann Singleton, known for…
Western Mountains Reading Council’s Community Spelling and Trivia Bee will be held 7 p.m. on Feb. 28 in the fine arts center at Franklin High School. The family friendly event is designed to celebrate learning while raising awareness and support…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:56

Regional book fair to be held at HCC Feb. 13-17

Haywood Community College will hold a book fair Feb. 13-17 in the multi-purpose room of its Regional Center for the Advancement of Children. The fair will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. each day. Books will be available…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:55

OICA to offer book cloth class

Students will explore ways to make their own book cloth from lightweight fabrics during a class starting Thursday, Feb. 23, at Southwestern Community College’s Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts. The class will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:55

Groovy Movie Club to show ‘Moneyball’ Feb. 17

The Groovy Movie Club will show the film “Moneyball” beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17. A mostly organic potluck dinner will precede the screening at 6:15 p.m. The screening will take place at Buffy Queen’s green, solar-powered home…
The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will play “The Lion King” at 3:30 p.m., Feb. 21. The animated film follows a young lion cub named Simba (voiced by Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Matthew Broderick) who can’t wait to be…
The Voices of the Laurel singers will relive the classic age of MGM movies, the magic of Disney and the special effects of contemporary film during their Valentine’s concert from 6 to 9 p.m., Feb. 18, at the First Baptist…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:52

Art gets an A+ at Central Elementary

The fourth- and fifth-grade students at Central Elementary School in Waynesville were recently treated to some time-travel art thanks to Professor Mark A. Menendez (a.k.a. artist/instructor Mark Menendez), who traveled back in time to visit Leonardo da Vinci and bring…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:51

Reception for Laboray exhibit Feb. 16 at WCU

Work by Ron Laboray, assistant professor of painting and drawing in the School of Art and Design at Western Carolina University, will be on exhibit through Friday, March 30, at the WCU Fine Art Museum. An interview with Laboray will…
The Haywood County Arts Council has opened a new show entitled, “It’s Elementary!” The show will run through March 3 on Main Street in Waynesville, and an artist reception is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m., Feb. 18. The event…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:49

Art by Brent Martin showcased in Macon

The Fruit Jar Parables is now on display in the Macon County Public Library. Brent Martin lives in the Cowee community of Western North Carolina in what is known locally as the Doc Clark house. He paints Mason jars and…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:49

Quilting: An act of caring

Haywood Community College’s Quilting Workshop day class just finished quilts that will benefit Mountain Projects’ Share the Warmth campaign as well as support U.S. troops stationed in Germany. “Making a quilt is an act of caring for somebody,” said student…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:48

The Bascom offers classes at a discount

The Bascom, a visual arts center in Highlands, is offering early bird discounts on adult workshops and classes in ceramics, painting, photography, journaling and drawing this year. Sign up for any adult class or workshop, priced at more than $100,…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:47

Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration seeking vendors

The Downtown Waynesville Association is seeking heritage-themed vendors for the second annual Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration, June 9, on Main Street. In the interest of protecting and preserving Appalachian traditions, this event will be a celebration of traditional mountain craft, food,…
When it comes to fundraising, there are a lot of different methods employed to get attention and raise critical dollars for doing good deeds. The Macon County Community Foundation, however, stands out from a crowded field with its annual mystery…
Two seats are up for election on the Haywood County Board of Commissioners this year, and both Mark Swanger and Kevin Ensley are looking to retain their seats. Both incumbents seemed relatively unconcerned about this year’s election. “I’m optimistic,” Swanger…
Land planning, that perennial lightening-rod topic in Macon County, will likely shape if not outright dominate the upcoming campaign for three of the five county commissioner seats. Up for election in Macon this year are Republicans Kevin Corbin, Jimmy Tate…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:42

GOP absent in Jackson commission race

News that Jackson County Commissioner Joe Cowan won’t run for re-election this year has set the stage for a high-profile Democratic primary showdown between two well-known Democrats, Vicki Greene and former board Chairman Stacy Buchanan. Greene had let her intentions…
Outgoing Congressman Heath Shuler hopes to pass the torch to his own chief of staff, a like-minded, conservative Democrat who is rapidly being embraced by the party establishment as a replacement for Shuler on the ballot come November. Hayden Rogers,…
Republicans seeking the 11th District congressional seat are trying to find ways before May’s primary to stand out and attract voters amid a crowded field of nine candidates. Candidates began actively campaign toward the end of last year, traveling from…
Pity the poor visitors trying to find their ways to Cherokee if the N.C. Department of Transportation heeds requests of local leaders in Haywood and Jackson counties when it comes to directional signs. First, Jackson County wanted a “This way…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:32

Jackson tourism task force weighted

A group tasked with helping Jackson County leaders decide whether to merge two separate tourism entities or possibly hike the room tax is dominated by people who work in the lodging industry. Four out of the six members currently appointed…