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Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:54

White to read from collection

Charles Dodd White will read from his new short story collection, Sinners of Sanction County, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Originally from Atlanta, White now lives in Asheville and teaches English at…
Students living in Reynolds Residence Hall of Western Carolina University are seeking new or used books as part of a project to donate them to students at Smokey Mountain Elementary School. The students are trying to collect 1,000 books by…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:45

This is delicious, fast-paced crime fiction

If you are one of those readers who has a grudging respect for outlaws, and if you find yourself sometimes fantasizing about putting on a mask, stealing a fast car — say, a Corvette 706 with 505 horses under the…
I missed a golden opportunity to see my name emblazoned on a book spine by not writing about Western North Carolina’s very own serial bomber, Eric Robert Rudolph. Many people suggested I turn my experiences into a nonfiction account. I…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:41

No town money spent to purchase public art

To the Editor: Recent political ads by the Waynesville-Haywood Concerned Citizens contain materially false representations. There has never been any Waynesville town money or taxpayer money used for the public art pieces described in their ads. These works have been…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:40

WHCC claims skirt the truth

To the Editor: I appreciated your article “Meet the candidates: Who’s who in Waynesville’s race” (www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/5412) regarding the upcoming elections, and I am particularly grateful for you drawing my notice to the Waynesville-Haywood Concerned Citizens (WHCC) political action committee —…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:39

Political ad mis-stated several key facts

To the Editor: As a member of the Waynesville Public Art Commission from September 2006 to March 2011, I am very concerned about the misinformation presented in the ad placed in the Oct. 26/Nov. 1 issue of The Smoky Mountain…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:37

Facts matter and homework counts

To the Editor: Homework counts. I like to think that candidates running for the Waynesville Town Board would be interested in checking public documents to support or reinforce their point of view. Facts from public documents concerning our entrance corridors…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:34

Once you cross the line, there’s no going back

I followed the Janet Moore controversy from the beginning to its conclusion, which was all of three days. The former vice president of marketing for Mission Hospital made a mistake — a mistake that became very public — and paid…
Despite only having one candidate on its ballot, the Bryson City mayoral race has heated up, with two potential write-in candidates joining the race. Bryson City resident Tom Sutton is actively campaigning as a write-in candidate, while current mayor Brad…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:30

Man thieving election signs

Hide your posters; hide your signs. Somebody might sneak on your property and snatch all your election signs up. The Maggie Valley Police Department is looking for an unidentified white male who has been seen stealing elections signs from an…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:29

2011 Peace Conference addresses poverty

Registration is still open for the fourth annual Lake Junaluska Peace Conference, “Poverty, Abundance, and Peace:  Seeking Economic Justice for All God’s Children,” on Nov. 13-15. Speakers for this year’s conference include Sen. George McGovern; David Beckmann, executive director of…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:14

Speakers urge state to deny rate hike request

Economic times are simply too hard, and Duke Energy is being too greedy for the state utilities commission to allow the company to hike its rates, many of the speakers taking advantage of a public hearing in Franklin said last…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:14

Surgeons support women’s right to choose

Newly released statistics compiled by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show more than 79,000 breast reconstruction procedures were performed in 2008, a 39 percent increase compared to 2007. Yet according to a recent report, almost 70 percent of women…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:13

WCU to hold Native American Heritage Expo

The third annual Native American Heritage Expo will be held at Western Carolina University beginning Nov. 7. All events held throughout the week are free and open to the public. The Native American Heritage Expo will explore the rich and…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:13

AARP thanks veterans for service

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Driver Safety Program is offering a free, four-hour classroom course to all veterans and their spouses, regardless of age, from Nov. 1 through Nov. 30. It will update participants’ knowledge of roads, traffic…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:12

Catamount Legacy Walk fundraiser begins

With about half of the bricks for the first section of the Western Carolina University Catamount Legacy Walk commissioned, facilitators are expanding publicity efforts in hopes of having the first section installed before spring commencement. A fundraiser for a student…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:12

Grant money available

Tourism groups and projects that want to apply for a 1 percent funding grant from the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority have until 5 p.m., Nov. 7, to the town subcommittees in Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Clyde and Canton.
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:11

Foster home recruitment rally to be held

The Haywood County Department of Social Services is hosting an informational recruitment rally Nov. 5 from 1-4 p.m. Haywood County Department of Social Services is collaborating with other foster home agencies to hold the event, which aims to teach to…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:11

Hall named Macon finance director

Lori Hall has been selected as the new Finance Director for Macon County. Hall replaces Evelyn Southard, a long time county finance director who retired at the end of October. Hall began Oct. 31. Hall was selected from among two-dozen…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:10

MedWest offering ‘Hope for the Holidays’

A community event to help people deal with feelings of grief and loss during the upcoming holidays will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. and from 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 8 at First Baptist Church of Waynesville. Palliative Care and Hospice Services…
Cashiers could soon lose autonomy over its tourism marketing efforts if a plan to merge two separate tourism entities in Jackson County goes through. While Cashiers tourism leaders are fighting to save this independent marketing arm, those in favor of…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:04

Where do the candidates shake out?

Three challengers in the Waynesville town election have staked out clear positions against the town’s commercial development standards. They say they would institute a review of the town’s ordinances if elected and want to loosen the standards. Current town leaders…
Did Waynesville run off a Cracker Barrel? What about Chick-fil-A? Challengers running in next week’s town election say Waynesville’s appearance standards for new commercial business are deterring development. A political action committee calling itself the Waynesville-Haywood Concerned Citizens are publicizing…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:57

Planning regs in Macon keep center stage

Macon County commissioners decided last week that they needed more time to study whether to implement construction guidelines recommended by the county’s planning board. During a workshop on the issue, commissioners heard a stern warning from a licensed engineer and…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:53

Let the battles begin in Cherokee

Cherokee tribal members could vote this April on whether to allow alcoholic beverage sales on the reservation, one month before a similar referendum will be held on legalizing sales countywide in neighboring Jackson County. Cherokee’s referendum is contingent on Principal…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:32

HCC to offer digital photography certificate

Haywood Community College will offer a new community education certificate in Media Arts: Photography. The course begins Nov. 11 and run through March, 14, 2012. It will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:31

Cinema festival debuts in Asheville Nov. 3-6

A new film festival that will be held from Thursday through Sunday (Nov. 3-6) in Asheville will feature 39 films from more than 20 filmmakers and includes a number of panels and workshops. The first Asheville Cinema Festival’s executive director…
The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series for 2011-12 will get under way at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center on Thursday, Nov. 3, with a concert by the band Blue Eyed Girl. The group’s 7 p.m. performance of…
Voices in the Laurel will perform at 3 p.m. on Nov. 6 at the First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. The children’s choir “America, Of Thee I Sing Concert” is free and is intended to promote patriotism and honor veterans…
Western Carolina University’s Division of Educational Outreach will sponsor the seventh annual Dulcimer Winter Weekend beginning Thursday, Jan. 5, and continuing through Sunday, Jan. 8, at the Methodist Assembly’s Terrace Hotel at Lake Junaluska. Participants can select from more than…
Bluegrass group Balsam Range will feature award-winning Nashville musician and songwriter John Wiggins in the first show of its Winter Concert Series at the Colonial Theatre in Canton at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3. Wiggins is a Haywood County native…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:24

‘Day of Mindfulness’ to be held Nov. 5

St. David’s Episcopal Church in Cullowhee will host a “Day of Mindfulness: Practices to Support a Global Spirituality and Ethic” from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Nov. 5 The day-long session will be led by Trish Thompson, a Dharma teacher in…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:24

Madrigal Dinner tickets on sale in November

Tickets for the 2011 Madrigal Dinner at Western Carolina University went on sale Tuesday, Nov. 1. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Grandroom of the A.K. Hinds University Center.…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:23

Community Table hosts Fall Festival, BBQ dinner

The Community Table’s fourth annual Fall Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the 127 Bartlett Street location in Sylva. The menu includes barbecue with baked beans and cole slaw, a yard…
A performance of Gary Carden’s play “Nance Dude” at the Rickman Store in Macon County will serve as a fundraiser for the Friends of the Rickman Store. The play is at 6 p.m. on Nov. 4. Tickets are $15 and…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:22

Jackson library offers daytime music

The Jackson County Public Library will host a daytime music program on the first Friday of every month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning Friday, Nov. 4. The Nov. 4 show will feature “The Lady and the Old Timers…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:21

HART closes season with ‘Wilderness!’

Haywood Arts Regional Theater will close the 2011 season with Eugene O’Neill’s comedy “Ah, Wilderness!” on its main stage. The play will run at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 11-12, 18-19 and at 3 p.m. on Nov. 20. Tickets are $18…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:18

‘Sweeney Todd’ to hit WCU stage Nov. 10-13

“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” a story of revenge and greed and how they can crush the human spirit, will stage Thursday, Nov. 10, through Sunday, Nov. 13, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:16

Get a head start on handmade holiday shopping

The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University will host a holiday sale of handmade items and a Fall Family Day in November. Both events are free and the public is invited. The second-annual Handmade Holiday Sale will be held…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:16

It’s by Nature to host artist Susan Ling Nov. 4

It’s by Nature will host well known Cullowhee painter, Susan Ling this Friday, Nov. 4, during Sylva’s After Dark. Ling will do a demonstration combining the rhythm of both buildings and landscapes into one movement. “It is not so much…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:15

Waynesville Art After Dark is November 4

The Waynesville Gallery Association will hold its monthly Art After Dark from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4. Art After Dark takes place the first Friday of each month, May through December. Studios and galleries on Main Street, Depot Street…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:13

Wilderness-themed art on display in Sylva

A collection of Catherine Stinson Yellowroot’s paintings titled “Return to the Wild” will be on display during the month of November at The Wilderness Society’s southeastern regional office in Sylva. An opening reception for the exhibit will take place from…
Though perhaps it’s not exactly the moveable feast Ernest Hemingway discovered in the cafés of Paris, the ambiance of The Coffee Shop in Sylva suits local writer Dawn Gilchrist-Young just fine. It is here, in this 84-year-old, family owned, down-home…
In a town that has long thrived on competitive, and sometimes markedly heated, political contests, the prospect of an incumbents-only race this November in Franklin seems ghastly. Even to several of the shoo-in incumbents themselves. “Maybe they’re afraid they might…
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 20:54

MedWest volunteer classes coming up

Palliative Care and Hospice Services of MedWest Health System will hold a series of training classes for new volunteers Oct. 31 through Nov. 3 in Sylva. The 12-hour series will acquaint volunteers with the Hospice philosophy and program. Sessions run…
The exquisite, fleeting beauty of autumn is with us now. Cold nights signal changes to come. Soon there will be a killing frost; winter will be upon us then. “Men must endure / Their going hence, even as their coming…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:30

Smart bear kicks off ‘Bear Smart’ program

To the Editor: Just prior to the opening of the “Bear Smart” program, on Tuesday night at the Sapphire Valley Resort Community Center, a very large black bear showed up to protest the theme of the meeting by walking down…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:29

Despite problems, we need less government

To the Editor: In the Oct. 19 Smoky Mountain News, a photo and story feature covered the Oct. 15 Occupy Sylva event. However, what the article did not report was that our Rep. Phil Haire, D-Sylva, chose the Occupy Sylva…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:29

Candidates should promote unity

To the Editor: In the election article for Maggie Valley, I read three candidates — the  mayoral candidate Ron DeSimone and two of candidates for aldermen, Phil Aldridge and Phillip Wight — are quoted as being in lockstep for their…