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Democrats are crying foul over new Congressional district lines that with seemingly surgical precision slice the City of Asheville, a liberal stronghold, out of the 11th Congressional District. The maps, drawn by state Republican leaders in the the GOP-dominated General…
Canton was one of the first towns in Western North Carolina to sport a swimming pool, something made possible thanks to the booming economy of the mill town and the large population of working middle-class families it gave rise to.…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:21

Canton could get hosed by pool woes

The Canton swimming pool is on its last leg and without a major investment of $750,000 to $1 million, the town will be forced to close it within a few years. Canton’s pool has been held together with everything short…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:20

Popularity has its pitfalls

In the do-you-remember, they-were-right-after-all category, the enormous popularity of Jackson County’s new library has meant finding parking at the renovated courthouse and library addition can sometimes prove a real pain. So much so, Assistant Librarian Liz Gregg has taken to…
Graduation ceremonies are, by their nature, boring. The bookend of an educational phase is supposed to be a solemn occasion, launching you into the world with the gravity of education behind you. That’s how they’re designed. And, by and large,…
Blue Ridge Books will host Rick McDaniel, the author of An Irresistible History of Southern Food: Four Centuries of Black-Eyed Peas, Collard Greens, & Whole Hog Barbeque, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. McDaniel has been a working journalist…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:45

Experience the beauty of Mountains in Bloom

The Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival will be held July 7 through 10 in Highlands. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, author and interior designer Suzanne Rheinstein, will speak at The Farm at Old Edwards. Tickets…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:44

Dulcimer week comes to WCU

Musicians Larry and Elaine Conger will host the 12th annual Mountain Dulcimer Week, to be held Sunday, July 17, through Friday, July 22, on the campus of Western Carolina University. This week-long residential program draws dulcimer enthusiasts from around the…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:43

Former Beach Boy brings summer music

Al Jardine and his Endless Summer Band will fill the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts with summer music at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. The band is led by Al Jardine of Beach Boys fame and features…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:43

Grammy winner Laurie Lewis to perform

On Saturday, July 9, Grammy-award winner Laurie Lewis will give an after-dinner performance at Cataloochee Ranch. Lewis is an acclaimed singer-songwriter and fiddle player from California. Her performing companion is ace mandolinist-singer Tom Rozum. Their 1996 CD, “The Oak and…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:43

Library hosts guitarist Pete Friedman

Pete Friedman will bring his music to the Jackson County Public Library at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, with a program of jazz and blues tunes on electric and acoustic guitars. Friedman has been playing guitars for 47 years…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:42

‘Liars Bench’ takes show to WCU July 7

Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will host and sponsor a free performance of The Liars Bench, a Southern Appalachian variety show, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 7. The Liars Bench was founded by Sylva writer and storyteller Gary…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:42

Massage festival planned at WCU

The World Massage Festival will hold its 6th annual festival from July 14 to 17 at Western Carolina University. The festival allows the local community to experience various types of massage, learn about massage therapy as a profession, speak with…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:41

Movie club to screen Amish Grace

The Groovy Movie Club will show the film “Amish Grace” at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 8. A mostly organic potluck dinner will precede the screening at 6:15 p.m. This event is free and open to the public and it…
Tim Lynch will lead off the 2011 Franklin Folk Festival at 9 a.m. on July 16 at the downtown gazebo stage in Franklin. Lynch is the leader of the Tallahassee-based band Sojourn and has played for decades in Florida. Sojourn has…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:40

Classic cars come out in Highlands

The Highlands Motoring Festival is scheduled for July 15 to 17, in downtown Highlands. The festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday evening, July 15, with early registration and cruise-in activities. There will be prizes awarded and items will…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:39

Artisans gather at art and crafts show

The Mountain Artisans Summertime Art & Crafts Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 2 and 3 in the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University. This year’s event has 115 exhibitors showcasing contemporary and heritage…
Brian Bartel, a local artisan who has spent the last 14 years developing his technique in woodworking with hand tools, will present a demonstration at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, at the Jackson County Public Library. Bartel started woodworking…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:36

A gypsy at HART

This summer in Waynesville, it’s an unconventional rags-to-riches tale that will light up the Haywood Arts Regional Theater mainstage with song, dance and just a little more — or maybe less. “Gypsy” is the story of Gypsy Rose Lee, the…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:42

Fox sightings increasing in populated areas

Witnessing a wild fox is not necessarily a cause for alarm, nor are all foxes rabid or dangerous, according to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. However, residents should not approach, touch or disturb foxes or their dens. In most cases,…
A talk titled “The Southern Blue Ridge at this Moment in History” will discuss growth in the mountains and its impact on farm and forestland at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, at the Highlands Biological Station. The talk is…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:40

No fishing license needed on July Fourth

This upcoming July 4 is a “free fishing day” in North Carolina. Everyone — residents and nonresidents — can fish in all public waters without purchasing a fishing license. All other fishing regulations, such as length and daily possession limits,…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:39

An elk viewing for seniors

A trip for seniors, age 50 and above, to see the elk in Cataloochee Valley will be offered on July 13 by the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department. Participants should bring cameras, binoculars and folding chairs; they should also bring…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:39

Swim, bike, run in Haywood triathlon

The MedWest-Haywood Triathlon has returned this year with a new summertime date, attracting seasoned triathletes looking for a challenge as well as newcomers just getting their feet wet in the multisport arena. The race will be held Saturday, July 9,…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:38

Cherokee Moonlight 5K

The Cherokee Runners Moonlight 5K and Fun Run will be held on July 4 at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds. The run/walk will be followed by the tribe’s Fourth of July celebration and fireworks. The fun run will begin at 7:15…
Learn the basics of canning through workshops offered by the Jackson County N.C. Cooperative Extension Service during the month of July.   These are hands-on workshops designed to give you experience in processing foods. The class size is small, and…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:36

SCC mechanics students get cooking

When you walk into an automotive shop you don’t expect to see men in crisp white lab coats and surgical masks sporting plastic green gloves. But Pete Wolosin’s Engine Performance II class at Southwestern Community College is anything but ordinary.…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:35

Mountain Wildlife Daze

The eighth annual Mountain Wildlife Days is scheduled for July 15 and 16 at the Sapphire Valley Community Center. The event is sponsored by Wild South along with partners Sapphire Valley Resort and Cashiers Travel & Tourism. The program —…
A weeklong Environmental Camp for ages 10 to 15 offers a full lineup of hands-on nature exploration and fieldtrips. The camp, put on by Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department, will be held July 18 through July 22 from 8 a.m.…
Environmental advocates are troubled by major budget cuts and the loss of staff for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, cuts they say will stretch those tasked with monitoring polluters too thin to do their jobs and eliminate beneficial…
Back in January, a group of environmental advocates gathered for after-work beers at Craggie Brewery in Asheville where they heard a sobering message from one of their green-minded compatriots. In just a couple weeks, new leadership would take the reins…
The elevations of the southern Blue Ridge province above 4,000 feet can be thought of as a peninsula of northern terrain extending into the southeastern United States, where typical flora and fauna of northeastern and southeastern North America intermingle. Through…
Most of the business being done at Perry’s Water Garden these days is selling plants through the wholesale market. But if you are interested in aquatic plants even the tiniest bit whatsoever, it’s well worth a trip over the Cowee…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:54

Roads all about money, power and ethics

To the Editor: The patronage politics of roads, money, power, and ethics in North Carolina is a strange creature. Individual North Carolina Department of Transportation board members may not receive direct compensation (nor anyone related to them to the first…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:53

Safety is primary concern for SCC

To the Editor: It is with astonishment that I have been following the flurry of recent articles in the newspapers detailing Jackson County commissioner chair Jack Debnam’s one-man crusade against building an access road on the Southwestern Community College campus.…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:52

GOP-led legislature did some good work

To the Editor, We North Carolinians are very fortunate people. Our Republican majority state legislature had the courage to make the necessary cuts in the state budget to close a $2.5 billion deficit. By reducing spending by more than $1…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:51

What does Harvard know about milk, anyway?

You’ve probably seen the ads. Some famous face sports a white “milk mustache” and encourages you to drink more milk. Everyone from Shaquille O’Neal to Taylor Swift to Martha Stewart. Celebrity endorsements might be enough to convince some people to…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:50

Swain DSS director fired, lodges appeal

Tammy Cagle, once the leader of the Swain County Department of Social Services, has been given the ax by the department’s board of directors. Cagle, however, is fighting the decision. She’s appealed to the board, who handed down the decision…
When Sam Greenwood retired as Macon County’s manager and almost immediately accepted the same position for the town of Franklin in March of 2008, he made sure everyone clearly understood that his time there was limited. Greenwood wanted to help…
When construction on the lofty Clarion Inn started in 2008, the town of Sylva thought it was finally going to get a recognizable name-brand hotel to help attract visitors and commerce. Three years later, and the Clarion Inn is instead…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:42

Sylva police packed in like sardines

Just stepping inside the Sylva Police Department gives a person an immediate understanding of why Chief Davis Woodard is pushing so hard for a new building. The department’s 14 officers, with one more being hired soon, and its three auxiliary…
For the second time in as many months, strong winds ripped part of the roof off the school library, known as the media center, at Smoky Mountain High School in Jackson County. Repairs are estimated at more than $700,000, Associate…
Easing congestion on N.C. 107 and general economic development issues look to shape the context of Sylva’s upcoming municipal elections. Three commissioner positions are open. Two landed in their seats via appointments instead of election by voters: Harold Hensley and…
Seventy-six years ago, Harry Martin decided he wanted to become a lawyer. He was 15, and knew little to nothing about the law. Or about being a lawyer, for that matter. If your mental math is swift, you’ll know that…
Public health officials have reported that a child in Macon County has contracted LaCrosse Viral Encephalitis, a potentially serious illness carried and transmitted by mosquitoes. While other mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus are found across the state, LaCrosse…
Haywood Habitat for Humanity is holding an open enrollment through July for prospective new-home partner families. Applicants interested in purchasing a Habitat house must meet the following criteria: resident of Haywood County, income of $20,400 to $30,120 and a good…
A program exploring the history of Lake Juanluska and its influence on Haywood County will be held at 9:30 a.m. on July 11 at the Bethea Welcome Center. The Junaluska Woman’s Club will host the talk by Ernestine Upchurch called…
The Jackson Paper Manufacturing Company has awarded a $500 scholarship to Candace Erin Ridley, a Smoky Mountain High School graduate whose father works at Jackson Paper. This fall, Ridley will enter Southwestern Community College, where she is enrolled in the…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:33

Patient appreciation party for Smoky OB/GYN

Smoky Mountain OB/GYN will hold a patient appreciation day from 1 until 4 p.m. Saturday, July 9. All past, present and future patients are encouraged to attend. There will be a magician, face painting, watermelon, a cakewalk, balloons and refreshments.…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:33

Jackson to sell items from old library

The Jackson County Public Library will hold a “yard sale” on Saturday, July 9, from 8 a.m. until noon inside the old library. Items in the sale include free-standing bookshelves, chairs, tables, desks, filing cabinets and some miscellaneous items from…