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Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:57

Historical and Genealogical Society meeting

The Haywood County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet on in March 30 in the dining hall of the First Baptist Church on Haywood Street in Waynesville. Dinner will start at 6 p.m. followed by a program presented by Curtis…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:57

Haywood job fair coming

Job seekers can participate in an event from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 29, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Haywood Community College’s Student Services building lobby and auditorium. Those participating will be given extra professional preparation…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:56

Bridges to be replaced

Bridges in Jackson, Macon, Swain and Cherokee counties will be replaced under a $2.8 million contract with a Georgia company. Work could begin as early as April 2 and is scheduled for completion by Nov. 1, 2014. The contract includes…
Southwestern Community College will hold a job fair from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, on the Jackson Campus in the Balsam Building auditorium. More than 50 employers will be represented at the free event. Those attending the…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:53

Open-space in Jackson attracts attention

Jackson County’s planning board will continue weighing proposed changes to open-space regulations for a few more weeks before passing them on to commissioners for their thumbs up or thumbs down. Jackson County is one of the few mountain counties with…
Ghost Town in the Sky owner Alaska Presley has recruited singer and longtime friend Stella Parton to help her draw tourists to Maggie Valley. Presley spoke to the town’s Board of Aldermen last week about the idea of hosting at…
Prospects that Rover might one day find himself banned from attending events and festivals in traditionally pooch-friendly Sylva has left some dog owners here feeling like they are on the end of an increasingly short leash. Town commissioners recently considered…
When a two-day partying and gambling binge left five Atlantans broke and out of drugs, a mission to replenish their stash and an off-kilter moral compass triggered a deadly and chaotic sequence of events — one that culminated in a…
To hear Diane Wiggins tell it, her little brother Scott Wiggins and little sister Christie Jones were spoiled, got away with everything and always caused trouble. “It’s like they were always into something. I never got away with anything. You…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:39

Woman convicted in Swain County murders

The three-week trial of Tiffany Marion for her role in the 2008 murders of two Swain County men ended with a guilty verdict this week, despite Marion’s claims of being a bystander along for the ride. Marion, 28 of Decatur,…
If numbers truly tell the tale, then there are a lot of people living in Cullowhee who care a great deal about the future of that community. More than 100 of them turned out last week for a meeting at…
The driver for growth at Western Carolina University and the Cullowhee could come via the Millennial Campus, but what to do with the 344-acre tract across the highway, and how to do it, remains elusive. When the university bought the…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:32

Retired WCU chancellor still on the payroll

During the past four years Western Carolina University has been hit with $30 million in cumulative budget cuts, a university lobotomy of sorts that has resulted in larger class sizes, consolidation of some academic programs and restructurings of certain departments.…
John Bardo, former chancellor of Western Carolina University, is being paid $280,000 this year to retool for a return to the classroom and to conduct academic research. Bardo wrote that his research concerns the relationships between higher education, the economy…
In the coming months Lake Junaluska residents will weigh in on whether to become part of the town of Waynesville. For Waynesville, the move could mean a million or more dollars in additional property taxes each year and the benefits…
Learn how to download free e-books or audio books onto your digital device at one of two events. The Macon County Public Library in Franklin will be hosting a drop-in e-reader and e-book workshop 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., March…
Fontana Regional Library is migrating to a new automated library system on March 29 and will be closed that day. Some changes are coming to comply with the policies of all NC Cardinal libraries. Books, audiobooks and music will check…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:43

Barbara Taylor Woodall to present her memoir

Barbara Taylor Woodall will visit City Lights Bookstore to read from her memoir It’s Not My Mountain Anymore at 2 p.m., March 31. Woodall was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains of North Georgia. Her book gives insight to…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:43

City Lights to host book launch

FutureCycle Press will unveil its annual anthology of poetry and flash fiction as well as a new poetry collection from Scott Owens titled For One Who Knows How to Own Land at 7 p.m., March 23, at City Lights Bookstore.…
“Chicks! It’s All Gone to the Birds” opens at The Bascom on March 31 and runs through June 17. The exhibition’s opening reception will be from 6-8 p.m. on March 31 featuring a presentation from artist Susan Taylor Glasgow. Other…
The African Dance & Drum Ensemble will perform a program of traditional African dance and music at 7 p.m., March 23, in the Franklin High School gym. The program features dances and songs that reflect West African life and culture,…
The public library in Sylva has a new 24-hour resident, a statue named “Home.” The sculpture, made of smoothed gray marble by Balsam artist Jim Knapp, shows a person reading a book. Knapp donated the artwork to the library to…
The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer ballroom dance lessons in April, May and June at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Classes will be offered from 7-8 p.m. and include the Foxtrot, Swing, Cha Cha and Waltz. The cost of…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:39

Contra Dancing hosted at the Gateway Club

The next Fourth Sunday Contra Dance will be from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on March 25 at the Gateway Club in downtown Waynesville. All dances are done to live music. No previous experience with contra dancing is necessary and all…
A display of artist Frank Vickery’s work will open with a reception from 5-7 p.m., March 24, in the atrium gallery at The Bascom with a reception and runs through May 10. The Bascom is open year-round — 10 a.m.…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:37

Bryson City library’s peep contest begins

The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City has begun its second annual peeps contest. The competition runs from March 5 to April 6. All age groups are invited to submit an entry. Entrants must create a diorama depicting their favorite book…
The Western Carolina University School of Music will present a family-friendly “pops” concert featuring musical selections from the Broadway stage and the Hollywood screen at 7:30 p.m., March 29. The free performance, held in the John W. Bardo Fine and…
North Carolina is poised to reap major dividends from tourism with the March 23 opening of “The Hunger Games,” the highest-profile movie ever made in the state. Shot on locations and sets from Concord to Barnardsville, the movie is based…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:32

8th annual Mélange returns to Haywood

Rather than spending months crossing Haywood County’s choice eateries off their list of places to go, culinary enthusiasts can get a taste of each all at once at an annual gala at The Gateway Club. The Haywood County Chamber of…
When I started writing features for a newspaper in the late 1980s, I didn’t have much of a clue as to what I was doing. I was working as a “stringer” for a regional insert called “Smoky Mountain Neighbors,” which…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:44

WCU beats ASU in ‘Battle of the Plug’

Western Carolina University won the three-week "Battle of the Plug" challenge against Appalachian State University, reporting a higher percentage of reduced energy usage in residence halls. From Feb. 13 to March 2, WCU residential facilities reported a 7.5 percent reduction…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:43

WNC Alliance gets new board members

One of the region's most storied conservation groups, Western North Carolina Alliance, has some new blood on its board. From this area, new board member are: • Mike Jackson, Macon County at-large communication specialist, The Orianne Society; Jackson has a…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:42

Guided nature walk focusing on amphibians

Learn about slithery things at "On the Lookout for Amphibians," a program on amphibians followed by a guided amphibian hike at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, in Bent Creek Forest outside Asheville. The program is being hosted by RiverLink.…
The Fontana Marina Classic Bass Tournament will be held March 17 and March 18 with overall prizes of $5,000 in money. First place wins $2,000 in prize money and $1,000 for second place. Prize money will also be awarded for…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:38

Foundation gives in big way to parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation has given more than $650,000 to the Blue Ridge Parkway for projects and programs this year. These cover a range of initiatives, including children's education, projects to enrich the visitors' experience and preservation of historic, cultural…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:37

Help cleanup the lake you love

Lake Junaluska will have its annual clean-up day on Saturday, March 24. The lake is down for silt removal, which will allow volunteers to also collect items near and around the lake they can't normally reach. Meet at the Kern…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:35

Mountain Treasures

In 1987 the U.S. Forest Service issued a "final" forest management plan — a plan so vague and so lacking in ecosystem and environmental protections that conservationists and environmental organizations across the country denounced it. The Wilderness Society (TWS), to…
The Laurel Garden Club is giving the Highlands Biological Station a grant to purchase a greenhouse package for the propagation of native plants, specifically from local sources. The overall intent of the grant project is to develop a native plant…
Cubs on the Run 5k Race and Fun Run/Walk is set for 9 a.m. March 24 in Canton, following a moderately hilly track along Kim's Cove Road an N.C. 110. There will be water stations along the course. Trophies will…
Volunteers interested in assisting with construction and maintenance of a new trail at Western Carolina University are invited to participate in a free trail-building workshop on campus from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, March 24. The workshop will include a…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:31

Spring hikes focus on fauna

Two great opportunities to learn about and enjoy spring wildflowers are coming up, both under the guidance of the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee. The first hike takes place Saturday, March 24, on Rufus Morgan Falls Trail, guided by…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:29

Get ready for Polar wade into Bear Lake

Well, it might not exactly live up to the name "Polar Plunge" given the current spate of warm weather, but the dive — no, make that wade — into Bear Lake next week will help go toward paying for and…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:28

A full day of events at City Lights

City Lights Bookstore will continue its monthly Coffee with the Poet series on March 15, and Don and Diane Wells will present their book, Mystery of the Trees, later that day. Sylva resident and author, Ben Bridgers, will read selection…
Rose Senehi returns to City Lights Bookstore to sign her newest book, Render Unto the Valley, March 17. She will be on hand from 1 to 4 p.m. to meet readers and sign books. Render Unto the Valley is a…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:18

Gossip and privacy in the modern world

Little Sally was eating lunch with her family when her parents ask her if she learned anything in Sunday School that morning. Sally nodded and smiled. "Teacher says we are to go forth and spread the gossip." It seems these…
Harrah's Hotel and Casino will host three of the country's top Drag Queen entertainers in DRAGS TO RICHE$, a new drag variety show. Performers include Pandora Boxx and Mimi Imfurst, who both appeared on RuPaul's Drag Race, as well as Sherry…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:16

Grace Noon Concerts to begin 4th year

The fourth season of Grace Noon Concerts will kick off at noon on March 15 at Grace Church Episcopal in Waynesville. "We are delighted to host these wonderful local performers and provide a venue for fine music," said Rev. Arlene…
The University of Iowa Press recently released "The American H.D.," a book by Annette Debo, a Western Carolina University associate professor of English. "The American H.D." offers a story about the significance of the United States through a study of…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:14

Robin Whitley to perform songs and stories

Musician Robin Whitley will offer a program called "Songs and Stories of Life" at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at 7 p.m. on March 20. "Songs and stories are both part of life, and they complement each other,"…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:12

Dora May featured in OICA Gallery

The gallery at the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts will feature an exhibition of work by artist Dora May during the month of March. May's work is a combination of paintings, drawings and installation exploring issues of the body and…