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Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:06

Spinning fibers with local artist

A fiber art demonstration by Gail Johnston will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, at the Jackson County Public Library. She will be demonstrating carding and loom spinning techniques with a variety of fibers. Johnston, a registered…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:06

Workshops for young artists

A youth art workshop will be held from 2 until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, at the Jackson County Community Center, part of ColorFest, Art of the Blue Ridge. Young artists will create a finished pastel art piece in…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:05

Apple Harvest Festival seeks vendors

Applications are being accepted for the 23rd annual Haywood County Apple Harvest Festival for artists, crafters and craft demonstrators. The festival will be 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, on Main Street in Downtown Waynesville. The festival, which…
Grace Episcopal Church in the Mountains in Waynesville is getting ready for the annual Parish Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 30. Each year the fair draws crowds to find bargains, enjoy lunch and listen to music…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:03

Writer and comedian stops at Harrah’s

Rodney Carrington will be performing at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 29, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel’s Event Center. Carrington is a multitalented comedian, actor, and writer who has recorded six major record label comedy albums. He starred in…
The Dismembered Tennesseans will play at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center. It was back in 1945 when a group of students got together and began singing and playing a brand of Bluegrass…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:01

Sylva singer plays heritage blues show

Karen “Sugar” Barnes will perform at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Barnes plays heritage blues and was one of the founding members of the “Blue Bombers” from Sylva. Along with singing,…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:01

Eight plays slated for reading in Cashiers

Playfest, an evening of staged play readings, will begin at 7:30 p.m. on July 28 at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library’s meeting room. Eight entries have been selected from the numerous submissions received from all over the United States. The…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:01

Camp offers a taste of Broadway and more

MusicWorks! Studio of Performing Arts in Waynesville is offering a musical theater/show choir camp experience for young people ages 7 to 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 1-5. In addition to selections from some of Broadway’s hottest…
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is starting up an acoustic old-time jam session from 1 to 3 p.m. every third Saturday of the month at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee. The jam will be held on the porch of…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:00

The Barn Cats to perform

The Community Room at the Jackson County Public Library will come alive with country music when the Barn Cats Old Time String Band performs at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 21. Their repertoire includes country blues, bluegrass and honky-tonk style…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:59

Singer-songwriter sings from debut album

The Macon County Library hosts singer/songwriter Angela Faye Martin at 7 p.m. on July 21. Martin is a native of Atlanta and now a resident of Cowee. She released her first album, “Pictures From Home,” in 2010 and she’ll bring…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:59

Oldie favorites on stage in Franklin

B.J. Thomas and Billy Joe Royal will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 22, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Their Raindrops & Boondocks tour features band favorites and may even include duets of…
Serious Clark, a folk-fusion trio from Brevard, will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, at Western Carolina University. Serious Clark incorporates elements of alternative rock, improv and country with its looped acoustic guitar and soul-influenced…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:55

Creativity: An international affair

In one gallery in Waynesville this month, the nations of the world will gather. While the international dance and song of Folkmoot will take their traditional place in Haywood County’s summer calendar, this year international art will also make an…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:54

Take part in Folkmoot USA

Folkmoot 5K The Folkmoot 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run at 8 a.m. on July 23 has become one of the festival’s signature events. The race winds through the Hazelwood section of Waynesville and is relatively flat. Expect more than…
Folkmoot’s International Festival Day will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, in Waynesville. The festival features a huge juried craft show, international cuisine, Folkmoot USA performances, regional music and dance and the Passport to…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:51

Making a joyful noise

In 1984, Flora Gammon agreed to a favor for a colleague and friend, Dr. Clinton Border. He needed her musical expertise for a new festival he was starting called Folkmoot USA. She didn’t know it then, but that favor for…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:49

The groups of Folkmoot 2011

Batimbo Drummers Ensemble The Republic of Burundi in central Africa has always been known for its hypnotic drum music, and field recordings of Burundi drumming have entranced listeners for years. Those drum rhythms have also been incorporated into world-fusion music…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:46

A gourmet makeover for Folkmoot’s food

There are certain things that are nearly exclusive to cafeterias. Mystery meat. Square pizza. Chicken rings, presumably to go on chicken fingers. Such foods and their compatriots — tater tots, anyone? — have long been the staples of institutional eating…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:41

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, July 27    1:00 pm    Hazelwood Elementary School. Free Event. 2:00 pm    Blue Ridge Community College, Bo Thomas Auditorium, Flat Rock. (6 Groups) Adults $25; Faculty, Students & Children (12 & under) 1/2 price. 7:30 pm    Blue Ridge Community College,…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:19

HART production just as good as Broadway

To the Editor: Have you ever wanted to go to Manhattan and see a Broadway musical? Well, you don’t have to travel that far, Broadway has come to us! Just when you thought the HART Theater couldn’t get any better,…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:18

General Assembly was fair with education

To the Editor: When funds are limited and cuts need to be made, wise decisions are imperative. As a former educator with 25 years of experience, I commend the N.C. General Assembly for making judicious decisions for the students of…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:17

SCC worked for years to fund road

The basic issue is safety. That’s it, plain and simple. While one Jackson County commissioner has questioned the need for R-5000, a new access road for Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus, the board of trustees and I contend that not…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:13

Sometimes a little wildness is a good thing

Out running early this morning, I was struck by the colors of summer found in the fields along Fairview Road in Sylva. Purple clover, the unique blue of chicory, Queen Anne’s lace providing intermittent touches of white — the fields…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:12

Duke rate hike request all about profits

If you read the information Duke Energy is spreading throughout the news media in its vast public relations campaign, you’d be led to believe the request for a 15 percent rate increase (17 percent for residential ratepayers) is a result…
I’ve been volunteering with the Folkmoot USA International Dance Festival for about 15 years. It’s one of the most culturally rich, unique events in these mountains. It was going on before the Iron Curtain was raised, bringing dancers from those…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:08

Former governor visits Cherokee

Former Gov. Jim Hunt toured Cherokee last week at the invitation of Cherokee Preservation Foundation. The governor, who helped negotiate the agreements between the EBCI and the State of North Carolina that paved the way for the casino and the…
No more schlepping those empty drink bottles or cans home after a day of browsing in downtown Waynesville. A dozen recycling containers will soon be scattered around Main Street and its surrounds. The town made the move purchase and install…
The state Department of Transportation has agreed to pay 80 percent of the cost for a quarter-mile of sidewalks in old Cullowhee if Jackson County will chip in $9,000, or 20 percent of the overall price tag. The DOT is…
A dire space crunch for Sylva’s police officers has been solved. Jackson County will give the old library building on Main Street to the town for a new police department. In return, Sylva will give the county the former chamber…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:05

Post-storm clean-up needed in Caney Fork

With hurricane season looming, Jackson County wants to remove a number of large trees that were blown over into Caney Fork Creek. Downed trees could cause a log jam in the creek, causing water to back up and overtop the…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:05

Tee off at Cherokee golf tournament

The 2011 Meet me in the Smokies Open will be held at 10:00 a.m. on July 29, at the Sequoyah National Golf Club. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st and 2nd place teams as well as hole-in-one prizes, longest…
The Haywood County Public Library has received an $18,500 grant to be used for a home-school outreach collection. These federal funds are investments that help libraries deliver relevant and up-to-date services for their communities. The home-school collection will contain audio…
Mission Outpatient Care Center will celebrate its grand opening on Hospital Drive with health presentations on July 20 and 21 from 6 to 7 p.m. and a community celebration at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 23. The discussion for Wednesday,…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:03

Get information on dementia

A dementia-training workshop is available from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 26, at the Haywood Community Connections. The Smoky Mountain Center Geriatric and Adult Mental Heal Specialty team is partnering with the Area Agency on Aging and…
Haywood Habitat for Humanity and Long’s Chapel Church came together to remodel a Habitat home in the Lake Junaluska community for Lisa Horn and her two daughters. Horn returned to the Waynesville area five years ago after ending an abusive…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:02

Grant money available for nonprofits

Grace Episcopal Church is accepting applications from local nonprofit agencies to be awarded grants following the annual parish fair. All proceeds from the event will be given to mission outreach grants. Most grants are $500 or less. Greater consideration is…
Dianne Lee is one of the lucky ones — an experienced and talented stained-glass artist, she has a ready-made job to replace at least some of the income she earns at the N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching in…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:00

Democrats gearing up for election 2012

The race for the state’s 50th Senate District, a seat currently held by Sen. Jim Davis, R-Macon County, is shaping up as a potentially epic political battle next year in Western North Carolina. The only question for Democrats is whether…
Sen. Jim Davis, R-Macon County, doesn’t mince words: he knows perfectly well that his budding state political career is being jeopardized by his own party’s redistricting proposals. “But it follows the state constitution, and I’m in favor of that,” Davis…
For the last six years, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area has been waiting for signs. Twenty-two signs, to be exact, marking heritage sites in the region deemed of interest to visitors and residents. The signs were one the original…
Franklin, long a popular byway for motorcyclists heading to Highlands, or via N.C. 28 to the Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap in Graham County, wants to capture some of those pass-through dollars. Next year in August, Franklin’s Tourism…
MANNA FoodBank will close its Franklin distribution center by October, putting three part-time employees out of work as the agency moves to streamline its system and cut overall operating costs. Cindy Threlkeld, executive director of the Asheville-based nonprofit, blamed rising…
Swain County social workers in charge of protecting children are paid less and handle more cases than those elsewhere in the state and region, factors that likely contribute to a higher-than-average turnover. Swain’s Department of Social Services has been plagued…
The former head of Swain County’s Department of Social Services won’t be getting her job back, members of the county’s DSS board decided in a called meeting on Monday. The board had dismissed Cagle following a hearing last month, but…
The specter of a constitution has again risen in Cherokee, making its way to committee for the first time in 15 years. Tribal council last week voted to create a constitutional task force, the second step in a long process…
The contest to fill Waynesville’s town board has drawn a wide crowd this year, a mixture of incumbents, political newcomers and a couple of election veterans. Seven candidates will vie for four seats in the November election. The town board…
Tuesday, 12 July 2011 19:42

Highlands Playhouse showhouse opens

Come tour the Ogilvie Home, a multi-million dollar home with spectacular mountain vistas, in Highlands from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday to Sunday, July 15 to 17. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and include a…
A new $9.3 million surgery center in Haywood County is being financed with equity put up by 20 doctors in the community who invested capital in exchange for a real estate interest in the project. The hospital will lease the…