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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…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:30

Hike a preserved river tract in Macon

The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee is hosting a nature walk at Gibson Bottoms at 8:30 a.m. June 9. LTLT Executive Director Paul Carlson will lead the walk. Gibson Bottoms, a preserved tract along the Little Tennessee River near…
A guided canoe trip down the Little Tennessee River will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 15, with the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee and The Wilderness Society. The four-hour canoe trip will stop periodically on the tour…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:28

When the garden floweth over

Learn how to safely preserve locally-grown foods using the pressure canner and high acid foods using the boiling water bath, and get tips on pickling and freezing in a food preservation crash course from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday,…
An exhibit called “Ferns of the Smokies” that showcases the beauty and diversity of ferns is on display at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville through July 2. The exhibit showcases almost half of the 49 ferns and fern allies that…
The Highlands Biological Station is hosting a Mountain Biodiversity course for science educators June 25 to 29. This field-based course will be taught by Karen Kandl, the associate director of the biologcial station. Educators of all levels are invited to…
Two dozen snakes and lizards will make their debut at the Jackson County Library in Sylva during a special “Snakes Alive” program held at 10:30 a.m. June 15. Herpetologist Ron Cromer will give an hour-long program that includes an educational…
From plant identification to map reading to fly fishing to canoeing, the Cradle of Forestry is encouraging Americans to enjoy the outdoors with “National Get Outdoors Day” on Saturday, June 9. The free event will feature a line-up of outdoor…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:22

Paint Rock

As one whom is often standing on the shoulder of the road peering through binoculars, I’m accustomed to people slowing down and asking, “What are you looking at?” Well last Saturday I got to turn the tables. I was zooming…
By Brent Martin • Contributor Mention the name George Ellison to most people living in western North Carolina and what immediately comes to mind are tales of neotropical songbirds, Horace Kephart, James Mooney, Cherokee folklore, a dizzying array of plant…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:13

Sequel picks up enticing tale

Although A Clash of Kings, the second in George R. R. Martin’s epic series, has a multitude of unforgettable characters, none is more fascinating than the grotesquely disfigured Sandor Clegane. Shortly before the final attack on King’s Landing, a great…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:01

End of school year teaches some bad lessons

Each spring as the school year winds down, I can’t decide whether to laugh or cry. As preparations for end-of-year, high-stakes testing get cranked up in our public schools, everything changes. One day it’s a potentially life-changing test that has…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:01

Corporations are not people

To the Editor: This letter is in direct response to Ginny Jahrmarkt’s May 30 letter titled, “Jones made wrong vote at last Jackson meeting.” Jahrmarket inferred that Mark Jones, a Jackson County commissioner, “showed his true colors” by “siding with…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:00

Commissioner’s actions were disappointing

To the Editor: It was disappointing to read that Commissioner Mark Jones representing District 4 voted to support a resolution from Occupy WNC attacking corporations. Since he was elected in 2006 he has consistently voted for anti-business regulations, stripping private…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:00

Arrogant is the word for Sheriff Ashe

To the Editor: When I think of the word arrogant, I usually think of someone who is so intelligent or so beautiful that they think they are above the rest of us common folk. However, after reading the article concerning…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:59

Both sides scratching their own backs

To the Editor: The word austerity seems to have saturated world and national news of late, sometimes used in a positive vein but often displaying a strong negative quality. One fellow in Greece insisted recently that austerity (as employed by…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:55

Time to take out the long knives

Suppose this was your household budget: • Annual family income………………....$23,400 • Money family spends annually….....$35,900 • New debt added to credit cards……$12,500 • Outstanding credit card balance ..$154,000 • Total cuts to family budget………….......$385 Looks like the budget from hell,…
When Nantahala Outdoor Center burst onto the whitewater scene 40 years ago, it became ground zero for a new world of paddling — one where boundaries of the sport were being pushed, old paradigms were being broken, and new realities…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:48

Horace Holden’s ‘hunch’ pays off

Horace Holden remembers the deal like it was yesterday. He set out from Atlanta with a few blank checks in his pocket and a portable typewriter on the back seat of his car. He checked in to his favorite room…
When Payson and Aurelia Kennedy quit their jobs in Atlanta, cashed out their retirement, packed up their four children and headed for the wild and rugged Nantahala River 40 years ago, their mothers weren’t sure what had gotten into them.…
Western Carolina University is remaining mostly neutral on the topic of alcohol coming to Cullowhee, at least officially. “The campus has had alcohol on it for many, many, many years, and I don’t see that changing,” said Sam Miller, vice…
Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe was stripped of his appointed role to render thumbs-up or thumbs-down assessments of businesses wanting to sell alcohol. Jackson County commissioners, who had initially appointed Ashe to the role, voted this week to instead make…
Rising health care costs were the catalyst for two budget decisions by Haywood County commissioners, one that will hopefully save taxpayer money and the other a stopgap measure to keep up with employee health insurance. Commissioners were forced this week…
The advent of alcohol sales in Jackson County has prompted the Cashiers community to consider new land-use regulations to address the probable arrival of bars in the resort village. The commercial area of Cashiers already has a development ordinance. The…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:40

Move to Amend shot down in Jackson again

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners once again declined to support a movement aimed at restraining corporate power, causing local activists to raise a joint sigh of frustration. Move to Amend activists, a local offshoot of the Occupy movement, called…
The blueprint for a sign is punched into a computer, and the machine starts up. Sparks emit from the metal-cutting apparatus as it carves out the words “Gateway to the Smokies” and “Waynesville, North Carolina.” Here, at this part-machine shop,…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:38

Summer camps for kids

Maggie summer camp The Maggie Valley Club will hold a Summer Kid’s Camp program from June 18-22 and from July 16-20. These one-week camps begin at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Lunch is provided. The camp provides traditional…