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Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:20

WCU alumna cast for ‘Amazing Race’

Rachel Reilly, a 2007 graduate of Western Carolina University, has been named as part of the cast for “The Amazing Race.” Reilly, who graduated with a degree in chemistry, got her reality television start on the set of “Big Brother”…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:19

Daddy-Daughter dance planned in Sylva

The downtown association and First United Methodist Church in Sylva are sponsoring a Father-Daughter semi-formal dance from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m., Feb. 24, at the church’s Christian Life Center. Fathers and daughters of all ages can enjoy a night out…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:19

56th Annual Pancake Day is Feb. 28

The 56th Annual Pancake Day will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 28 at First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12. “This has been a…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:18

Woodworking demo at Sylva public library

Woodworker Chris Behre of Tuckasegee will demonstrate how to make Shaker boxes at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, at the atrium of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Behre will discuss the necessary tools and techniques as well…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:17

The Bascom to hold kid-friendly activities

The Bascom in Highlands is hosting several upcoming classes for children • Creation Station is open to children ages 5 to 9 and will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 25. This month’s project theme is flying objects. The…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:16

Shelburn to demonstrate watercolor techniques

Contemporary artist and instructor Billie W. Shelburn will demonstrate creative watercolor techniques for Art League of the Smokies at 6:15 p.m. on March 1 at Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City. Anyone can attend the event free…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:15

Sylva library sponsors contest to name sculpture

The Jackson County Public Library is sponsoring a statue-naming contest for a marble sculpture recently donated to its youth service department by artist Jim Knapp of Balsam. Children are encouraged to examine and touch the artwork, which depicts a child reading, and…
The second of two benefit performances of “The Liars Bench” Southern Appalachian variety show will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23 at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center. “The Liars Bench” was founded by Sylva writer and storyteller Gary Carden…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:13

WNC Cheese Trail up for discussion

An exploratory meeting has been set up to examine the possibility of forming the Western North Carolina Cheese Trail. The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 29 in the commerce boardroom located on the second floor of…
The Asheville Symphony Guild will offer full and partial scholarships for students who play musical instruments in middle and high school in Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Graham, Haywood, Swain and Yancey counties to attend the Mars Hill College Summer Music Camp…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:12

‘Pillowman’ to premiere in the HART Studio

The HART Studio in Waynesville will continue its season with “The Pillowman” by Martin McDonagh, opening Feb. 24 in the Feichter Studio Theatre. The Tony award-winning play tells the story of a man imprisoned and being interrogated for the content…
The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will ends its 2011-12 season Thursday, March 1, with a concert featuring the veteran Appalachian string band the New Southern Ramblers. The group’s 7 p.m.…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:10

Contemporary art lecture March 5 at WCU

Independent cultural critic and author Eleanor Heartney will lead a presentation on contemporary art at 5 p.m. Monday, March 5, in Room 130 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. The event is…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:10

Haywood Rec plans Hawaiian getaway

Haywood County Recreation and Parks is now taking reservations for a 10-day, Hawaiian Cruise trip Nov. 1-10. Per-person rates are based on double occupancy and include round-trip airfare from Asheville. Costs are $3,405 for an inside cabin, $3,695 for an…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:09

Challenge under way for airing of the quilts

Organizers are gearing up for this year’s Airing of the Quilts Challenge on May 12 in Franklin. Quilters must create a wall hanging incorporating one or more of the Macon County Quilt Trail blocks somewhere in the design. The competition…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:08

The quilt that keeps on giving

Haywood Community College Day Quilting Workshop student Rikki Williams (pictured) won the Confetti Quilt that she helped construct in her class. Students made the quilt to be given away at the recent Share the Warmth Concert. Williams is sending the…
Reading Finnegans Wake on the best of days and in the easiest sections can challenge the most erudite of readers. The eight or so members of the James Joyce group certainly fall into that category. But this past weekend, meeting…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:05

One of the Smokies’ finest poets

Olive Tilford Dargan is fairly well known in literary circles as the author of  From My Highest Hill (1941), a delightful collection of autobiographical stories set in Swain County, originally published as Highland Annals in 1925. But she is also…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:05

A new trail winds its way to WCU

Construction of nearly five miles of multiuse trail for walkers, hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers on Western Carolina University’s campus will begin this spring. The trail will be built on WCU’s West Campus, where the $46 million Health and…
The second-annual Assault on Black Rock trail race in Jackson County will take place beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 17, starting in the Fisher Creek parking area. Runners, hikers and walkers are welcome to take on the challenge of…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:04

Dillsboro growers’ fair seeking vendors

Vegetable and flower growers wanting to participate in The Full Spectrum Farms — Growers’ Fair in March can submit vendor applications now. The event will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. March 31 at Monteith Park in Dillsboro.…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:03

Help root out unwanted plants along the AT

Help root out those unwanted invasives in the forests by volunteering from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3, along the Appalachian Trail in Hot Springs. The event is through the Western North Carolina Alliance, as a partner of…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:03

Master gardeners take spring plant orders

Orders for fruit and vegetable plants are being taken now through the Haywood County Master Gardener Association, with a March 23 deadline for prepaid orders. “The goal is to make selected fruits and vegetables available to gardeners in our area…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:02

Documentary looks at our use of plastics

The Western North Carolina Alliance is hosting a screening of the award-winning environmental documentary “Bag It” at UNC-Asheville’s Highsmith Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16. Try going a day without plastic. Plastic is everywhere and infiltrates our lives…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:01

Applications due for fishing youth camp

Registration is under way for a summer fishing camp for ages 13 to 15 at Lake Logan near Canton, an always-popular event. The Trout Unlimited’s ninth annual Rivercourse Coldwater Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp is designed to teach the…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:01

Fly-fishing course offered for women only

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer a special fly-fishing weekend for women through the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program on March 9-11 in the mountains. Activities will be held at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and Davidson River Campground,…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:00

Warm weather at this year’s Icycle Bike Race

Promoters and competitors agreed this year’s Icycle Mountain Bike Racing Classic at Fontana Village Resort was one of the most competitive and exciting ever. The unseasonal warm weather and some route changes brought a totally different feel to this year’s…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:59

Fly-fishing team lands line-up of top coaches

The N.C. Fly Fishing Team, who count the region’s best fishermen among their ranks, has now hooked one of the best in the nation as their instructor. George Daniel, formerly coach of the national USA Fly Fishing Team, has agreed…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:58

Tunnel repairs close Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway will be closed between Soco Gap in Maggie Valley to the end of the Parkway in Cherokee through the middle of April. Repairs are being made to the Big Witch Tunnel along that stretch. Also, another…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:58

LTLT seeks steward to buy conserved farm

The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee recently purchased a historic 130-acre farm in northern Macon County and is looking for a buyer to be a steward for the now protected property. The “Lakey Creek Farm” in the Oak Grove…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:54

Zee wolves must go, by Kuteeng Satire

The Naturalist’s Corner dispatched its chief investigative reporter, Kuteeng Satire, to the land of Dudley Doright to bring you the truth regarding Canada’s plan to shoot, shoot from airplanes, poison, trap and otherwise kill thousands of wolves because the stupid…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:51

The queen of local beekeepers

As the weather cooled this past weekend, Kathy Taylor’s bees were nowhere in sight; sheltering themselves within their manmade, wooden hives, the bees had calmed again after an unseasonably warm winter left them stirring. This time of year, the queen…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:51

Valerie Nieman to read from new novel

Valerie Nieman will visit City Lights Bookstore at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, to read from and discuss her third novel, Blood Clay. “Blood Clay is a profoundly moving and beautifully written novel about a community torn apart by tragedy,”…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:49

How an enduring writer created himself

There are many reasons to love the writing of Ray Bradbury. His early short stories — science fiction “lite,” tales of his midwestern youth, accolades to writers like Thomas Wolfe and Ernest Hemingway, Twilight Zone accounts of life in mid-twentieth…
In the 1960s and 70s, everybody smoked, everybody but my mother, who didn’t smoke, drink, or do anything that Ann Landers wouldn’t have approved of. She still doesn’t, although I seem to recall that she once drank a pina colada…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:43

Alzheimer’s letter draws needed attention

To the Editor: My heartfelt gratitude to John Corkran of Black Mountain for his letter (Asheville Citizen-Times, Feb. 6) titled “Current alzheimer’s sufferers need more attention.” My wife, Debbie Ginn, was diagnosed with early-onset alzheimer’s. We have struggled with the…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:42

LTLT strives to be non-partisan, helpful

To the Editor: A letter appearing in The Smoky Mountain News two weeks ago incorrectly characterized the mission, work, and views of The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee. The letter stated “Environmental Groups like the Land Trust for the…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:42

Cherokee bear zoos need to be shut down

To the Editor: How many times do the roadside zoos in Cherokee have to be cited for violations of federal law before the Tribal Council slams their doors shut once and for all? The three decrepit zoos keep bears in…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:41

Planning board needs to be controlled

To the Editor: One of the most memorable days of my life was Jan. 19, 2001. Macon County had tried to institute a serious zoning ordinance about the size of a telephone book that would have affected every property owner…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:40

Can Macon County make a decision?

To the Editor: At times when difficult decisions are being considered, leaders may seek the counsel of community-minded, experienced individuals for input and clarification of concepts and ideas pertaining to the problem at hand. With this obtained information, experience and…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:37

Earning the right to indulge myself

I was recently among a group of friends who were discussing habits — what they are and why we have them. Something I noticed pretty quickly is how those of us participating in the conversation, me included, tended to justify…
No. It’s the biggest word in politics, often setting off a firestorm when delivered at a crucial moment. Gov. Beverly Perdue’s “no” to a re-election bid started an avalanche across the state from which the fallout still hasn’t ended. Here…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:59

Clarinetist to give free performance Feb. 21

Clarinetist and faculty member Shannon Thompson will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the campus of Western Carolina University. The performance, part of the Catamount Concert Series, is free and…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:59

Marianna Black to host community music jam

The next community music jam at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, in the library auditorium. Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer — anything unplugged — is…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:58

Contra dancing held in Waynesville

The next Fourth Sunday Contra Dance will be on Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Gateway Club in downtown Waynesville.   The dancing will begin at 2 p.m. and go on until 4:30 p.m. AnneMarie Walter will call the dance to…
Nantahala Brewing Company will hold a release party for the first of three limited bottle release Trail Magic Ale ales beginning at noon, March 10, at its Tap Room in Bryson City. The first brew is an Oak barrel aged…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:57

Tuckaseegee Tavern hosts Winter Thaw Out concert

The Dan River Drifters will play at Tuckaseegee Tavern Saturday, Feb. 18, in Bryson City. The Drifters combine traditional and contemporary bluegrass to craft raucous tunes. “This foot-stompin’ bluegrass band has continued to improve their licks over the course of…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:57

Frog Level Brewery to host live music concert

Frog Level Brewing Company will hold the first performance in its Jazz Masters Series from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb 18, at the brewpub on Commerce Street in Waynesville. The show will feature vocalist Leigh Ann Singleton, known for…
Western Mountains Reading Council’s Community Spelling and Trivia Bee will be held 7 p.m. on Feb. 28 in the fine arts center at Franklin High School. The family friendly event is designed to celebrate learning while raising awareness and support…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:56

Regional book fair to be held at HCC Feb. 13-17

Haywood Community College will hold a book fair Feb. 13-17 in the multi-purpose room of its Regional Center for the Advancement of Children. The fair will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. each day. Books will be available…