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Wednesday, 01 February 2012 19:23

Winter Concert Series continues at Colonial

Balsam Range will perform with special guest The Harris Brothers on Feb. 4 at the Colonial Theater in Canton. The all-ages show will begin at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $15. Balsam Range is a five-member band named after a…
Western Carolina University will present a concert version of “Music Is” by George Abbott at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 4, and 3 p.m., Feb. 5, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. “Music Is” is based on Shakespeare’s…
Molly McCurdy is rare. Specifically, she is one of a small number of female luthiers in the U.S. A dulcimer is a three- or four-stringed instrument that gained popularity in the Appalachian Mountains in the early 1800s and is linked…
Tuesday, 31 January 2012 14:12

Slide closes westbound I-40

A rockslide has shut down a portion of Interstate 40 in Haywood County for up to two weeks. In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, a rockslide occurred near mile marker 451 in Tennessee, about one mile from the North…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:42

The fascinating story of the Plott hound

A new book has been published that will be of particular interest to area hunters, outdoorsmen, and dog lovers. It will also be of considerable value to those concerned with the region’s human history. The Story of the Plott Hound:…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:41

Guided hike to be held at Cataloochee Ranch

A 4.4-mile hike on the Wallhalla Trail at Cataloochee Ranch in Haywood County will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, Cataloochee Ranch is a private, family-owned, eco-tourism destination. The guided hike with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy offers…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:41

Bike race coming up at Fontana Village

The Icycle Mountain Bike Racing Classic will return to Fontana Village Resort on January 28. The race is packed with four different classes of daytime racing and the always exciting Nighttime Downhill Race. The seven-mile course serves up some of…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:40

National forest seeking trail allies

Learn about the U.S. National Forests’ Trail Strategy initiative at a Thursday, Jan. 26, workshop in Franklin, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Macon County Community Facilities Building south of town on U.S. 441. Any hikers, mountain bikers…
Overall visitation to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most-visited national park in the nation, was down overall last year, but visitors flocked there during the last month of the year. The Cherokee entrance to the Smokies — North…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:39

Getting bears out of backpacker food fare

The specialty Appalachian Trail license plates have raised money to help backpackers safeguard their food from roving black bears along the AT in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy recently granted $2,000 from its specialty license…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:38

Indoor soccer kicks off in Waynesville

Get ready to play indoor soccer through the Haywood County Recreation and Parks Department, which starts the winter playing-season this week. Pick-up style games are held at the Old Hazelwood Gym (216 Virginia Avenue) every Wednesday through March 28, from…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:38

Adult swim lessons available MedWest

It’s truly never too late to learn how to swim, and the MedWest Health & Fitness Center in Haywood County is offering a special program for young adults and adults who want to be able to paddle about the water.…
A grant from Healthy Haywood has helped launch an Outdoor Mission Camp for court-involved kids. Positive Community Connections is designed to help keep kids of the streets and out of the courtrooms. The directors are Ruffin and Jamie Shackelford, who…
Dry Fall Trails in Macon County will see a $446,000 restoration project to stabilize the historic trail and reconstruct the entire walking path to its base — all while preserving the historic integrity of the trail, built by the Civilian…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:35

Land surrounding Judaculla Rock now protected

Jackson County resident Jerry Parker has entered a conservation agreement on 107 acres to help protect the ancient petroglyph Judaculla Rock in the Caney Fork valley in Jackson County. The large, soapstone boulder is carved with hundreds of symbols carved…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:33

Cold-weather wimps

No, I’m not talking about those of us who stay in the warm confines at Cataloochee, nursing Ninja porters, while the kids hit the slopes. These cold-weather wimps are ruby-throated hummingbirds. As most of you hummer-watchers know, our ruby-throats, basically…
Enter Balsam Mountain Trust’s nature center and you’ll come face to face with bobcats, skunks, black bears, maybe even a sharp-taloned raptor poised for the kill. But, don’t worry — the animals don’t bite. The taxidermy creatures are just a…
Bob Grove will facilitate the North Carolina Writers Network West new Prose Critique Sessions at 7 p.m. on Feb. 9 at Tri-Community College in the McSwain Building, Room 152. The purpose of the critique group is to provide an immediate…
City Lights Bookstore will celebrate the release of High Vistas Volume II at 6 p.m. on Jan. 27 with a reception and discussion with a few of the authors featured in the book. The second volume continues the tradition set…
Several months ago, I reviewed Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone, and received an unusual number of responses from readers. In general, the responses were positive. However, there were a few readers who found Woodrell’s description of Appalachian (Ozark) culture distorted and…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:18

We need to stop the Great Outdoor Giveaway

Over 100 years ago, Republican President Theodore Roosevelt said to the American people: Of all the questions which can come before this nation, short of the actual preservation of its existence in a great war, there is none which compares…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:17

Protesting against war remains important

To the Editor: Thanks for the kind words you have for me and our peace vigilers in last week’s issue (“A reminder of the inhumanity that is war,” Jan. 18 Smoky Mountain News). However, it was not I standing alone…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:16

WNC Alliance also a Needmore partner

To the Editor: As Quintin Ellison notes in her article, “By Land and By Water— (Jan. 18 Smoky Mountain News) the “crowning success” of the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee was undoubtedly the preservation of the 4,500-acre Needmore Tract…
When the legendary — and former — Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno died on Sunday morning, the first thought I had was of Oedipus the King. Like Paterno, Oedipus was much beloved by his subjects and, like Paterno,…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 01:37

Selfish Me and Harried Woman

“Why didn’t you tell me?” the woman — wild-eyed, disbelieving and somewhat hysterically — called over to where I was standing slightly hidden behind the next set of gas pumps. Why, indeed? I asked myself before replying truthfully that I’d…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 01:36

New LTLT an important voice for the region

Western North Carolina residents will be well served by the merger of the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee and the Little Tennessee Watershed Association. The merger undoubtedly makes sense from an administrative and fund-raising perspective, something employees and board…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 01:35

Job help streamlined by SCC and JobLink

Southwestern Community College and Macon County JobLink Career Center have joined forces to provide a “one-stop shop” for people looking for a job and want to enhance their career skills. The new initiative will enhance the region’s ability to develop…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 01:34

New accounting firm opens in Franklin

The Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for Carla L. Haire, a certified public accountant who has opened a tax and accounting firm. Haire’s business is located at 17 Smoky Mountain Drive and shares the building…
The Greater Haywood County Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual elected officials reception from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville. This is a chamber-member exclusive event. State senators, state…
In town and county governments there are those dedicated members of the public who speak out and stand up to help hold elected officials accountable … and then there are gadflies. Marie Leatherwood, with a history of flinging wild accusations…
Gov. Beverly Perdue laid out a proposal last week to increase the state’s sales tax by three-quarters of a cent to fund education. The move would generate an estimated $850 million for the state’s public schools, community colleges and universities…
A member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is suing the tribe over sewage overflows onto her property, which she says poses a health threat to her family. Linda Lambert filed a suit against the tribe in May 2011…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 01:27

Occupy protesters rally in Bryson City

Western North Carolina occupiers “took possession” last week of the Federal Building in Bryson City where federal court is held to protest a 2010 Supreme Court ruling that declared corporations are people. “I’ll believe corporations are people when Texas executes…
Sylva will likely hire a private company in Texas to process daily pawnshop and second-hand dealers’ receipts instead of those tasks being handled in-house by town police. Police Chief Davis Woodard has recommended the shift to LeadsOnline, which would cost…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 01:25

Conrad Burrell steps down as SCC leader

Macon County resident and longtime educator Terry Bell will take over as chairman of Southwestern Community College’s Board of Trustees. He replaces Conrad Burrell, who served as the board’s chair for 11 years. “That’s a long time,” said Burrell, the…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 01:25

Smoky Mountain Living seeks spring photos

Smoky Mountain Living magazine 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 all things green. Whether it is youth…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 01:24

Franklin walk benefits Cystic Fibrosis

A “Great Strides” walk will take place in Franklin, with a kickoff party and information session at 6 p.m., Feb. 3, at the Fun Factory. The walk is part of a national effort that generates funding to support lifesaving cystic…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 01:23

Sustainable tourism subject of seminar

A seminar on sustainable tourism is set for 2 p.m., Jan. 31, at the First Presbyterian Church in Highlands, in Coleman Hall. Alex Naar, director of outreach at the Center for Sustainable Tourism at East Carolina University will lead the…
Finding a new home for the Folkmoot sculpture in downtown Waynesville has taken a new turn. The Waynesville public art commission initially proposed moving the art piece across the street — from its current spot in front of the new…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 01:19

Tug-of-war over Cherokee sign takes a new turn

Maggie Valley has been rallying allies in its fight to save a small but perhaps precious sliver of its struggling tourism trade: pass-thru business from travelers en route to Cherokee. A highway sign currently proclaims Maggie Valley as the proper…
A student club at Western Carolina University is defending its decision to pair a drag show featuring “kings” and “queens” from across the state with a get-out-the-vote drive aimed at defeating a proposed state constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 01:16

Free self-defense class for women

A free self-defense and personal-safety seminar for women is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 at Basulto Academy of Defense in Waynesville. Armando Basulto, who has over 30 years experience in teaching martial arts and self-defense,…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 01:16

Help neighbors during disasters

American Red Cross Disaster Relief Training will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in Waynesville for those interested in becoming part of the Disaster Action Team serving Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties. This course will…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 01:15

Sylva woman regional Teacher of the Year

Edith Callahan, a health science teacher at Smoky Mountain High School in Sylva, was recently named Teacher of the Year for Western North Carolina. Callahan will be considered for North Carolina Teacher of the Year, along with seven other regional…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 01:15

Exploring the ethical issues and aging

Learn about the ethical issues faced when loved ones age at a Feb. 6, 1 p.m. workshop at Haywood Community Connections. Dr. Lisa Verges will discuss the fine art of gracefully navigating difficult issues with relatives who are getting older,…
For most boys, Superman and Batman were their heroes; for Bob Plott, his ancestors were super men. As he grew up in Haywood County, Plott would spend hours listening to his elders tell stories about the old-timers and life in…
A compromise has emerged in a fight over the historic McCoy truss bridge, one that would keep the old bridge in place for foot traffic while building a newer, bigger bridge alongside it for vehicles. But Macon residents who have…
A mentally ill man got a $22,500 settlement in a lawsuit against a Bryson City police officer who hit him multiple times with a baton and sprayed him with pepper spray. The settlement came more than three years after the…
Earl Bradley watches from the parking lot of his auto repair shop as a tractor trailer struggles for 15 minutes to align itself with Premier Chemicals’ loading dock across the street in Waynesville. Bradley has videotaped the trucks for months,…
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 21:40

Marianna Black Library hosts anime club

Anime returns to its regular schedule of two shows a month starting this Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Bryson City library. The morning session, from 11 a.m. to 1:10 p.m., features several popular Japanese TV programs. Then, after a brief…