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Wednesday, 01 August 2012 00:00

Russian pianist to perform in Waynesville

Russian pianist Margarita Shevchenko will display her chops at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 10 at the Performing Arts Center on Pigeon Street in Waynesville. The evening’s program will include: Two Scarlatti Sonatas, Handel’s “Chaconne in G-major;” Tchaikovsky’s  “Dumka op. 59;”…
The Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86 will host an exhibition of art quilt pieces by the Shady Ladies quilting group called, “Pushing Tradition” Aug. 2-25.
The public is invited to Western Carolina University’s School of Art and Design at 1 p.m. Aug. 3 for an open house for the Cullowhee Mountain ARTS Summer Visual ARTS Series.
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 00:00

Mater Fest returns to Canton Aug. 3-4

The town of Canton will host the ninth annual Mountain Mater Fest from noon on Friday, Aug. 3, to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, at the recreation park on Penland Street.
The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (LTLT) will host festivities on Aug. 4 to celebrate its purchase of T.M. Rickman General Store five years ago.
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 00:00

Stanley slated for Franklin Aug. 11

Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys will bring traditional bluegrass music to the stage of the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Aug.11.
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 00:00

Country music legend Ray Price to perform

Ray Price, a country music singer, songwriter and guitarist who has often been praised as one of the best male voices in country music, will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the…
The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host a free concert by local guitarist Pete Friedman at 7 p.m. Aug. 9 in the community room.
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 00:00

Calvary Chapel hosts Messianic singer Aug. 10

Joshua Aaron will host an evening of Messianic worship and singing at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 at Calvary Chapel in Waynesville.
Friends and family of Popcorn Sutton are holding a reunion from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Aug. 3-4 at the Stompin’ Ground in Maggie Valley.
Maggie Valley will celebrate one of its most infamous moonshiners with the third annual Popcorn Sutton Acoustic Jam Aug. 3-4.
By Shannan Mashburn • SMN Intern Wood carver Cliff Hannah is deeply rooted in Western North Carolina. The internationally renowned artist is from Sandy Mush and has family ties to Cataloochee, the pioneer community in Haywood County that is now…
Wednesday, 10 October 2007 00:00

Tourism change could cost chambers

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer As Macon County officials work to create a new tourism development association, the financial picture for the Franklin and Highland chambers of commerce could change drastically. Right now, the Highland’s chamber receives an estimated…
The vast majority of candidates running for the Waynesville town board say they would support a major traffic redesign on Russ Avenue.
Wednesday, 10 October 2007 00:00

Ghost Town hires new general manager

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Ghost Town in the Sky has named Kevin Bailey as its new general manager effective Oct. 1.
Wednesday, 10 October 2007 00:00

Drive-thru decision-making is maddening

Let me say this first. This is not really a column about restaurants. The last time I wrote a column about restaurants, I suggested that Pizza Hut bring those poor young ladies holding signs on the curb out of the…
How’s this for a political endorsement: cast your votes in the upcoming municipal elections for those candidates who support land-use planning.
Wednesday, 10 October 2007 00:00

Beauty of the cardinal flower

The fall wildflower season has arrived. Along roadsides and woodland edges some of our more robust native plants are now coming into full bloom. By “robust” I mean high growing and stout. These would include wild lettuce, common mullein, Joe…
All the candidates running for Waynesville town board and mayor seem to agree on one thing when it comes to the land-use plan: that a comprehensive review of how it’s working can’t hurt.
Wednesday, 10 October 2007 00:00

Candidates reveal their take on land use plan

Four years ago, the Waynesville town board passed a revolutionary land-use plan that elevated Waynesville to a state example of smart growth principles. Few could disagree the town’s commercial districts are already looking better as a result: landscaped parking lots,…
By Chris Cooper David Holt is a happy guy. In a recent phone (cell phone, no less) conversation as he strolled down the streets of San Francisco, he let me know one of the reasons why. “I just played the…
Wednesday, 10 October 2007 00:00

Growth a major concern for Highlands hopefuls

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Six candidates are vying for three spots on the Highland’s Town Board of Commissioners.
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer What to do with advice to give, but no audience to receive it? That’s the dilemma facing participants of the Haywood County Growth Readiness Roundtable. The diverse group of Haywood County representatives — including…
More than 400 acres on a mountain in Sandy Mush have been protected thanks to a special conservation fund created by the Buncombe County commissioners.
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer The town of Canton will experience an infusion of dollars Oct. 12 when Blue Ridge Paper workers get their cash payouts from the company’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
Wednesday, 10 October 2007 00:00

Verdict out on the North Shore Road

The National Park Service announced its long-awaited but much expected decision last week over the North Shore Road: don’t build it.
When Matt Rosenthal opened the doors of a new fly-fishing shop in Waynesville last week, word spread quickly among the fishing community. All week, fishermen moseyed through the new Waynesville Fly Shop, sizing up the owner Matt Rosenthal as much…
By Michael Beadle Making a mess never looked so fun. It’s Friday morning at Studio 598 in downtown Sylva, and art instructor Norma Smith is guiding several young students through a fresco workshop. These Jackson County home-schoolers range in age…
Wednesday, 10 October 2007 00:00

Where do postage stamps come from?

By Sami Felmet • Columnist My muse seems to be marred in divorce and family issues lately. I think it was about this time of year that I became a single woman again. There were some surprises along the way.…
Wednesday, 10 October 2007 00:00

The wilderness around the corner

For the more intrepid sojourner, the word “wilderness” may conjure up visions of Death Valley, the Alaska Peninsula or the Atchafalaya Swamp. For a soon-to-be 2-year-old and a soon-to-be 6-year-old, a wilderness may be as close as a nearby weedy…
Wednesday, 10 October 2007 00:00

New owners cut 150 jobs at paper mill

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer A round of layoffs struck Evergreen Packaging (formerly Blue Ridge Paper) last week when officials cut the positions of 28 salaried employees outright and decided to eliminate 122 hourly positions through attrition.
Wednesday, 10 October 2007 00:00

Crowded field seeks Canton seats

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Five candidates are stepping up to challenge the four incumbents on Canton’s town board, who are all running for re-election. For the past several election cycles, the board has gone unopposed. Two major issues…
Wednesday, 10 October 2007 00:00

An undefined culture gets its own guide

Emo. Emo. Emoooooo. Occasionally the word (pronounced, I believe, I-moo) pops up on the Internet or jumps out of some conversation overheard on the street, snagging the ear and eye, but I keep ignoring it. The word and concept belong…
Wednesday, 10 October 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

The Green Book Looking for more ways to help save energy costs and be more environmentally responsible? Check out this helpful book from Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen. It’s chock full of easy-to-follow tips for helping save the planet…
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 00:00

A Storm in the Big Easy

The Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke. Simon & Schuster, 2007. 384 pages. Fans of James Lee Burke’s bayou detective, Dave Robicheaux, have doubtless wondered not if, but how well, Burke would incorporate Hurricane Katrina into his next novel…
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 00:00

Ex Tempore: Impromptu excellence

By Chris Cooper I first heard Johnny Irion years ago at a little venue in Charlotte. He was performing with his then quite pregnant wife Sarah Lee Guthrie, and the two of them exemplified everything that’s good about smart, latter…
By Kathryn Sherrard • Contributing Writer Do you like to visit a state or national park? Why? For thousands of us, it is the chance to see wildlife. People flock to see bears, elk, moose, deer, wild turkeys, foxes, coyotes,…
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 00:00

Recovering a ghost

NBC News did a segment of their “Fleecing of America” on the $27.8 million proposed by the recovery plan, which prompted a flurry of emails in the blogosphere and across birding listservs noting that $27.8 million was a paltry sum…
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 00:00

Breaking the made in China addiction

By Angela Faye Martin My husband is unwittingly celebrating my month-long, albeit relative, independence from Chinese goods. He sits across from me at an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet in Sylva. Realizing that we chose Chinese, I remark, “you know, this marks…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer A mammogram costs $200 out of pocket. A round of radiation is close to $40,000. And so far, this bill doesn’t include chemotherapy, a mastectomy, or hospital stays.
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 00:00

Two more seek 11th District GOP nomination

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Spence Campbell, chair of the Henderson County Republican Club, declared his intentions two weeks ago to run for the 11th Congressional District seat against Rep. Heath Shuler.
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 00:00

Two more seek 11th District GOP nomination

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Last week, John Armor, a Highlands attorney, became the third candidate to declare his bid for the 11th District Congressional seat.
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer The removal of an anonymous opinion column in the Cherokee One Feather has sparked a heated freedom of speech debate among Cherokee leaders.
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 00:00

Uncovering winter’s delight

Some trees that might be difficult to locate during the spring through fall foliage season become more apparent in winter. This is the instance with sweetgum, which holds its leaves into early winter after most other deciduous trees have shed…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Bright yellow sunflowers ring the edges of Skipper Russell’s Cold Mountain Corn Maize in Canton, a memorial to his wife, Frances, who lost her battle with renal cell and thyroid cancer this February.
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 00:00

Sharing the moments as time marches on

By David Curtis Does time go by faster the older you get, or do we just have a better way to gauge its passing?
The dean of Western Carolina University’s Honors College hopes to replicate a successful fundraiser from a decade ago when he begins a three-day bicycle ride to Mount Mitchell to raise scholarship money for the college’s students.
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Now that a site has been chosen for the new Jackson County library, the Friends of the Library have a huge undertaking — raising up to $1 million for furnishing the interior of the…
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 00:00

Tax opponents organize in Macon, Swain

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer A property transfer tax that could potentially bring nearly a million dollars a year to county coffers is meeting fierce opposition in two Western North Carolina counties where the tax will appear on the…
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

Rock On: An Office Power Ballad Written by Dan Kennedy, this venture into life in the corporate music business isn’t available to the general public until Feb. 12, 2008. But that’s OK. That just means that you can go ahead…