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Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:27

We need to know who is pulling the strings

To the Editor: In reply to Shirley Slaughter’s letter of Oct. 19 in The Smoky Mountain News (www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/5374), I don’t think the N.C. Republicans need any help from The New Yorker to discredit themselves because they’ve accomplished that objective pretty…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:25

Tricks, not literature, impress 6-year-olds

By all accounts, my wife’s trip to Riverbend Elementary School to talk to Mrs. Gidcumb’s first-grade class about her career as a personal trainer and fitness coach was a smashing success. I’ll go ahead and disclose that I had some…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:22

Vicki Lane to present latest novel

Vicki Lane returns to City Lights to read from her newest novel, Under The Skin, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. In this haunting tale from the heart of Appalachia, Lane draws together past and present, good and evil,…
Author George Ellison will be conducting a book signing at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Wednesday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ellison is the co-author of the…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:21

Local writer wins award for family history book

Hattie Best Polk of Lake Junaluska won the prestigious Robert Bruce Cooke Family History Book of the Year Award for her manuscript, Out of My Life and Reflections, at the North Carolina Society of Historians annual awards banquet. Polk’s story,…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:18

One a day helps her deal with the grief

In recent years, a few individuals have taken on large reading projects and then written books of their own about their literary odyssey. Reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica, Adler’s Great Books, various millennium book lists: all have received such treatment.…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:06

Casual, unplanned — and heavenly

You don’t have to live in a cabin to get cabin fever. You can come down with a bad case of cabin fever — which I think of as  “the doldrums” — even if you live in a snazzy mansion.…
The Jackson County Public Library will host WCU Psychology Professor Hal Herzog for a talk about his book, Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals, at 7 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:05

Job corps gives Smokies’ trails a hand

Students and staff of the Oconaluftee Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center helped with a trail restoration project on the popular Forney Ridge Trail recently in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. After hiking in to the work site, students, National…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:04

Explore “Road to Nowhere” on guided hike

There’s no costumed ghouls or pre-recorded shrieks on the Friends of the Smokies’ November hike, but you will trek along a trail with a “road to nowhere,” visit a secluded cemetery and explore a dark, 365-foot tunnel.   On Tuesday,…
Nantahala Outdoor Center has opened a retail concept shop from The North Face located inside NOC’s outfitters and retail store in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Covering 1,000 square feet of space within NOC’s Great Outpost, the specialty shop designed and merchandised by…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:03

Paddling club sets first outing

The first Smoky Mountain Paddling Club outing will be Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. on Bear Lake in Jackson County, weather permitting. Paddlers of all ability levels are welcome. Bring appropriate clothing, craft of choice, food, water and a personal flotation…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:03

Kick up your heels for the Power of Pink

The fifth-annual Power of Pink race will be held Oct. 29 at MedWest Health and Fitness Center on the campus of MedWest-Haywood in Clyde, with a 20-mile relay, 4-mile run and fun run/walk. The event helps raise breast cancer awareness…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:02

Watershed group aids Cherokee basketmakers

As clay is to the potter and stone is to the sculptor, river cane is the vital raw material to the Cherokee basketmaker. But it’s in short supply. The Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River has received a grant from…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:01

Learn about stream and forest health

Regional water quality experts will give a state of local forests and streams report in a public forum held by the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, in Highlands. Information will be presented by Jonathan McCall,…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:00

Park partners garner national recognition

The leaders of the two primary Great Smoky Mountains National Park partners were recently presented with the Department of Interior Citizen’s Award for Exceptional Service.   Terry Maddox, executive director, Great Smoky Mountains Association and Jim Hart, president of the…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 12:59

Wild for now, but keep your eye on the ball

Ten years later and one hurdle leapt — there will be more. Last week the 10th U.S. Circuit court of Appeals upheld the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule after the state of Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association brought suit…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 12:58

Looking for your best trail shots

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is looking for great photos of people enjoying the Appalachian Trail in 2011. The conservancy is looking for images that illustrate your idea of a perfect day on the trail. Creative and unique shots are encouraged.…
More than a decade ago, under former Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida became the first state to approve a “Choose Life” specialty plate. Since then, similar plates have been OK’d in more than two-dozen states. Supporters view them as a means…
Dr. Jessica Ange of Sylva enjoys sporting on the back of her Subaru Outback the colorful black and green Great Smoky Mountains National Park license plate, with its emblematic black bear head and background of green mountain peaks. She’s honest…
The Haywood County Tourism Board was hoping for a 15 percent increase in occupancy tax collection this August, but what it saw was a 20 percent decline. “The August numbers aren’t good,” said Lynn Collins, director of the tourism agency.…
Although work has barely begun, the replacement of Park Street Bridge in Canton has already hit a delay. The project was previously slated for completion on Nov. 5, 2012, but the date has been pushed back to Dec. 1. The…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 12:41

Craft brewery hops into Frog Level

Just beyond the large glass doors and computer paper “Coming Soon” signs, Clark Williams is filling kegs with his flagship brews. “Getting open is the challenge right now,” Williams said, who is anxious to see people socializing at Frog Level…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 12:40

Free Alzheimer’s screenings

In recognition of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month, Western Carolina University will offer free confidential memory screenings on Nov. 15 at the Haywood County Office Building on Elmwood Way in Waynesville. The purpose of the 15-minute memory screenings is to…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 12:40

Walk for a good cause

An HIV/AIDS Awareness Walk will be held Saturday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. in Asheville. Walkers will gather at The Grove House Complex at 11 Grove Street, and then move uptown to rally at Pack Square. The mission of the…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 12:39

Cherokee Youth Center will be built in Graham

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will build a youth center facility on approximately 20 acres of national forest land near Robbinsville. The youth center, affiliated with the Boys and Girls Club of America, will offer a variety of programs…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 12:39

Pigeon River truss bridge gets replacement

The state’s oldest metal truss bridge will be replaced with a new, $1.7-million bridge built beside the old one. The truss bridge, which was constructed in 1891, is located over the Pigeon River on Chambers Farm Lane near the intersection…
Less than two weeks after the Bryson City Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to fire Fire Chief Joey Hughes, state officials searched his home as part of an ongoing investigation into whether he misdirected funds. Investigators with the North Carolina…
When Walmart of Franklin moves from U.S. 441 to its new location next spring, at least two — perhaps three — of the other businesses in Holly Springs Plaza will move right along with the retail giant. That’s not a…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:54

Mission Hospital monopoly debated

More than 300 people packed a public hearing last week to debate whether Mission Hospital in Asheville is an overbearing monopoly and is unfairly squeezing out smaller hospitals in the region. Doctors, hospital leaders and patients from across Western North…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:54

Walk for a good cause in Asheville Nov. 5

An HIV/AIDS Awareness Walk will be held Saturday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. in Asheville. Walkers will gather at The Grove House Complex at 11 Grove Street, and then move uptown to rally at Pack Square. County Commissioner David Gantt,…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:53

Cherokee Youth Center will be built in Graham

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will build a youth center facility on approximately 20 acres of national forest land near Robbinsville. The youth center, affiliated with the Boys and Girls Club of America, will offer a variety of programs…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:53

Carolina Readiness Supply thanks customers

Carolina Readiness Supply will have a Customer Appreciation Day at their new location, 72 Montgomery Street in Waynesville, just below the Main Street Sun Trust Bank on Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.   There will be book…
Inspired by a Global Poverty Project presentation on campus, the president of Western Carolina University’s Student Government Association and the wife of Chancellor David O. Belcher will eat on just $1.50 per day for five days. To help raise awareness…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:51

WCU chancellor cans athletics director

Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher this week fired C. Joseph “Chip” Smith, the director of intercollegiate athletics. Belcher announced that Fredrick Q. Cantler, WCU’s longtime senior associate athletic director for internal operations, has agreed to come out of…
Design work on a proposed gym and fine arts center will move forward at Smoky Mountain High School in Sylva, with commissioners this week giving the school board an unofficial thumbs up. Additionally, upgrading the men’s dressing room at Blue…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:50

Sylva explores historic district designation

There’s a move afoot in Sylva to designate some of the downtown area as a national historic district. A study, expected to take about six months to complete, will help determine whether and which parts of town have enough historic…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:49

HCC president to leave legacy of sustainability

When Rose Johnson took over at Haywood Community College five years ago, she was clearly a woman on a mission to transform both the campus and curriculum into a model of sustainability. It wasn’t always obvious at the time, but…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:48

Cherokee Indian Hospital CEO to speak Nov. 2

Casey Cooper, chief executive officer for Cherokee Indian Hospital, will deliver Western Carolina University’s annual public lecture on Indian health at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2. Cooper will address the topic “The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians: Issues in Health”…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:48

Foster care, adoption awareness event set

Homeward Bound, a foster care/adoption awareness event coordinated by the Haywood County Department of Social Services and Western North Carolina foster care agencies, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, at Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church.…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:47

Help a kid, give a coat

The final day to donate “Coats for Kids” through the Cullowhee United Methodist Church and Cullowhee Valley Elementary School is Monday, Oct. 31. Donations of good-condition used or new warm clothing, hats, gloves, shoes and coats can be dropped off…
Four years ago, candidates for office in Canton wanted new faces. Two years ago, their platforms were cooperation. And this year, business development and recreation are the common threads among candidates. “I think we also need to look at doing…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:43

Too fancy or just right?

Waynesville has spent $7 million over the past four years building a new fire station, police station and town offices — projects that have come under fire by some challengers for the town board. Opponents point to the architecture — the…
Waynesville mayor: Pick one Mayor Gavin Brown, 64, attorney. Mayor for four years, town alderman for eight Every morning Mayor Gavin Brown dons his town of Waynesville pin on his suit lapel before heading out the door to his law…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:26

Brass quintet to offer free concert Nov. 1

The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet will perform a free concert Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Members of SMBQ, the quintet in residence at…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:26

Overlook Theatre to stage ‘Wizard’

The Overlook Theatre Company will present the “Wizard of Oz” Nov. 3-6 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances will be at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday’s performance will be at 2:30…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:25

Cruise the Smokies Nov. 4-6

The Cherokee Rodders are hosting the popular “Cruise the Smokies” Rod Run Nov. 4-6 at the Acquoni Expo Center (the old Cherokee High School). This is the largest show and shine in the area for hundreds of classic and customized…
Two award-winning, classically trained artists — guitarist Brad Richter and cellist Viktor Uzur — will perform this weekend at the Jackson and Macon libraries. The Arizona Daily Star describes the duo’s original music as “straddling the divide of pop and…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:21

Low Tech to perform gamelan concert Nov. 3

The Low Tech Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Coulter Building recital hall on the campus of Western Carolina University. The Low Tech Ensemble plays gamelan music from the Central Javanese tradition and by contemporary…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:20

WCU Percussion Ensemble to perform Nov. 2

The Western Carolina University Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Mario Gaetano, will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the recital hall of Coulter Building. The concert is free and open to the public. The ensemble…