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Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:26

Bog is good

Mountain bogs are some of the rarest and most imperiled natural habitat in the country. They are generally small and scattered across the landscape often isolated from other wetlands. This isolation can create unique habitats, which in turn create unique…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:25

Blue Ridge Breakaway registration discounts

The first early registration discount for the third annual Blue Ridge Breakaway biking event in Haywood County has passed, but riders can still save money by registering prior to Aug. 3. Registration fees for the Century, Metric Century and 40-mile…
North Carolina State University’s Forest & Environmental Outreach Program is co-sponsoring a series of four workshops for private forest landowners in Western North Carolina called “Woodland Steward Series: Mountains Program” between July 18 and Aug. 17. The program is designed…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:24

Don your best kilt for the Braveheart 5K

The Braveheart 5K footrace and one-mile kids’ fun run will streak into downtown Franklin on Saturday, June 16. The race is a fundraiser for The Scottish Tartans Museum, a nonprofit organization based in Franklin that is dedicated to the history and…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:23

MedWest hosts Triathlon

MedWest is sponsoring a triathlon at 8 a.m. July 7 at the MedWest Health & Fitness Center in Clyde. The triathlon includes a 300-yard swim in the indoor pool with biking and running portions on lightly traveled roads with great…
  The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission now has an online map and the GPS coordinates for nearly 550 fish attractor locations across the state. Angers can access the map and download GPS coordinates from the “Where to Fish” section on…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:21

Cradle of Forestry to host firefly tour

The Cradle of Forestry in America will host its annual Firefly Twilight Tour from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 16 at the Pink Beds Picnic Area in the Pisgah National Forest. Naturalists from the Cradle of Forestry conduct the tour…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:20

Catch the summer solstice June 20

The first moment of summer will occur at 7:09 p.m. June 20, say astronomers with the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute near Brevard. At the moment of the solstice, the sun be at its northern most point in the sky. In…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:20

Invasive insect kills ash trees

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials confirmed that the invasive emerald ash borer beetles — which can kill ash trees — are near the Sugarlands Visitor Center and in the Greebrier area on the Tennessee side of the park. The…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:19

Jackson growers to help Community Table

This week the Community Garden will begin its Fresh Produce Initiative by taking weekly donations from vendors and customers at the Jackson County Farmer’s Market to the Community Table. The donation cooler will be located at the Market Information Booth.…
National Park staff and volunteers will pay tribute to rural women of the past from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 16 at the Mountain Farm Museum in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park will pay tribute to…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:15

Blue Ridge Parkway hike of the week

The Blue Ridge Parkway is hosting a hike titled “Down to the Graveyard” at 10 a.m. June 15 on the Graveyard Fields Loop Trail. Rangers will lead the easy two-mile hike to see a waterfall and learn more about the…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:12

The feisty, showy and talented grosbeak

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about scarlet tanagers, a showy rather common species I assumed most were familiar with. But at least 10 readers emailed or otherwise contacted me to say they had located and seen their first…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:59

Fight back against Alzheimer’s

To the Editor: Ask yourself, for just one day, can I match the passion and dedication of Alzheimer’s caregivers and those with the disease? For them, it’s every day. For us, just one–- June 20, 2012, the longest day of…
I found Booger at the Coffee Shop some 15 years ago – a tiny kitten with only one eye open, and although I could easily cover her with one hand, I couldn’t muffle the anguished MEEOOW! that she produced. It…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:57

Teachers get sympathy from readers, peers

You never know what subject in a column will incite readers and friends to open up and express their feelings. Last week’s piece about the madness that the end-of-year testing brings to public schools certainly led to an onslaught of…
The Jackson County Board of Commissioners narrowly passed a resolution that would allow county governments more flexibility in how its human services departments are organized. Should Senate Bill 433 pass the General Assembly, county boards will have more leeway in…
Sam Miller, Western Carolina University vice chancellor for student affairs, has received the John L. Sanders Student Advocate Award, the highest honor bestowed by the University of North Carolina Association of Student Governments. The award is given annually in recognition…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:55

Exhibit opens at WCU

“Collecting for the Community,” a new exhibit at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center, opened June 7 and will be available for public viewing in the museum’s gallery B through Aug. 17. During the years, the Mountain Heritage Center’s collections…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:52

NOC believes the future is in kids

Summer camp. It’s how generations of NOC paddlers got their first taste of whitewater, a fateful moment that ultimately grew into a lifelong love affair with the Nantahala. “So many people learned to paddle at summer camp,” said Wayne Dickert,…
Of the many challenges faced by the Nantahala Outdoor Center during the past decade, one of the most troubling — and the most difficult to fix — has been a national decline in paddling. NOC’s steady and robust growth since…
The Nantahala Outdoor Center rose rapidly from a scrappy operation spawned by idealistic river rats in the 1970s to one of the largest and most renowned outfitters in the country. Now in its 40th year, NOC has struggled during the…
In contrast to its peaceful and stunning high-mountain setting, Maggie Valley’s Cataloochee Ranch has been at the forefront of a battle — a battle to restore the American chestnut, the iconic Appalachian tree devastated by blight in the mid-20th century.…
The Haywood County Amateur Radio Club will construct an emergency station in the parking lot of the Employees’ Credit Union facility on Paragon Parkway June 23-24 to celebrate “Amateur Radio Week” with other ham radio operators across the U.S. The…
After a month of controversy surrounding the granting of alcohol permits, Sylva and Jackson County leaders have made it their goal to work amicably together and compromise when discussing how the county will handle its ABC operations in the future.…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:41

Franklin and Eastern Band try to make peace

Franklin Mayor Joe Collins sent a letter to the chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee last week, personally apologizing for the use of pesticides on an ancient Indian mound. “I personally apologize for the desecration caused to the mound,”…
By Paul Clark • Contributor • Norris Bunch called his dog Maxo to attention. Maxo, alert and ready, waited for his release. Barbara Holt, a judge for the U.S. Police Canine Association, gave the go-ahead, and Bunch, a K9 handler…
The Jackson County Sheriff has denied allegations that his department setup traffic checkpoints to racially profile Latinos and find possible illegal immigrants. The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation announced June 4 that it will investigate traffic…
The Sylva town board has trimmed the green energy features from its new police department project and boosted the proposed cost to more than $1 million. The town originally budgeted $786,500 for the construction. The lowest bid, however, came in…
Canton may end up defending its use of the property known as Camp Hope in court this August. John and Deborah Prelaz have filed a lawsuit against the town asking that Canton’s claim to the 38.15-acre property be deemed null…
Maggie Valley’s will no longer employ a festival director effective Sept. 5 — a decision that comes as no surprise to town leaders or the festival director herself. “I had a sneaking suspicion with the new direction,” said Festival Director…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:33

Free day at rec center on June 23

All Haywood County residents can get in to the Waynesville Recreation Center for free from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on June 23. Also on Saturday, residents can enjoy the annual “Spring Fling” event sponsored by the Waynesville Kiwanis and…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:32

Hunger Free Haywood to launch June 15

Haywood County businesses will join forces with MANNA food bank from June 15 to July 15 to help address hunger in the county through a program called Hunger Free Haywood. To give, just look out for the red barrel posted…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:31

Café open at Stecoah

The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center Schoolhouse Café is now open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The café serves lunch, fresh baked goods, coffee and snacks. Café patrons can…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:29

Rayburn to lead lavender workshop

A “Crafting with Lavender” workshop will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. June 21 in the conference room of the Community Services Center in Sylva. The workshop is sponsored by the Extension and Community Association Craft Club. Herbal crafter…
Waynesville painter and jewelry artist Kel Tanner will have her work on display at the Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City through July 24. Her collection includes realistic portraits, figures, animals, landscapes and still lifes. Her jewelry…
Smoky Mountain Living prominently features images from across the southern Appalachians in each edition. Photo essays adhere to the issue’s overall theme. The next issue of Smoky Mountain Living will focus on things that have been found. Have you found…
Four ceramics workshops are being offered as part of the Cullowhee Mountain ARTS Summer Visual ART Series at Western Carolina University’s School of Art and Design. • June 25 – 29: Hayne Bayless will teach the workshop “Happiness is A…
The Haywood County Arts Council will host a dedication ceremony for the “Stars & Stirrups” and “City Streets” quilt block at 5:30 p.m. on June 19 at the Town of Waynesville Police Department & Development Office on Main Street. The…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:25

Pauly D to perform at Harrah’s

Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center will turn into an upscale night club when celebrity DJ and reality TV star Pauly D appears at 10 p.m. July 20. There will be multiple bars and club dancers to go along with Pauly D’s…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:24

Next Liar’s Bench is June 15

The Liars Bench, a successful regional authentic, traditional southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, drama and folk arts presentation, will play in the Jackson County Library community room at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 15. Admission is free.
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:23

Balsam Range to perform June 15

The Concerts on the Creek series will present Balsam Range from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 15 at the downtown Bridge Park Pavillion beside Scott Creek in Sylva. Balsam Range is one of the hottest bands in the bluegrass nation…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:23

New artists join Waynesville gallery

Four artists with a mix of media and styles have been invited to join the Main Street Artists’ Co-Op in Waynesville. Bob Luciene of Clyde works with wood and woodturning. He has observed many world-class woodturners and has developed his…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:22

Library to host free Aikido class

A free Aikido class for participants ages 16 and older will take place at 7 p.m. June 19 at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:21

Taste of Scotland Dinner is June 16

A Scottish Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. June 16 at the Mill Creek Country Club. A traditional Celtic menu will be served and dinner guests are encouraged to wear their Highland dress and clan tartans. The skirl of…
A series of summer events for teenagers will be held from June 20 to June 22 in the Program Room of Macon County Library. • A workshop featuring Dream Journals and a Twilight Trivia Game with prizes for teens will…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:20

WCU announces summertime theater camp

Western Carolina University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts is hosting a theater summer camp from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.  Monday through Friday July 16 to 20 at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts with an end-of-camp Friday…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:18

Sing-A-Long-A-Sound of Music

By Shannan Mashburn • SMN Intern Singing, lonely goat herders, nuns, and Julie Andrews are just a few things Western Carolina University’s Bardo Arts Center will be prepared for on Father’s Day with the “Sound of Music” sing-a-long event. At…
Season in and season out, one of the more interesting common plants in our woodlands is sassafras, which may be shrub-like or attain heights of 130 feet as part of the forest canopy in rich cove hardwoods. In spring, well…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:31

Andrews Bald: A Smokies class act

Enjoy the high elevation views from Andrews Bald in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park during a guided 7-mile hike with the Friends of the Smokies on Thursday, June 21. The hike is part of the “Classic Hikes of the…