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When Annie’s Naturally Bakery closed down last November, among those mourning the loss of the beloved coffee, bakery and gathering place in Sylva was Annie’s faithful Charles King. Without a new owner, the fate of the long-time Main Street institution…
The Jackson County farmers market had three or four vendors who regularly showed up each week to sell their homegrown goods in 2001. For the most part, the growers would sit around, chew the fat and trade produce. “It was…
The instructors of Stecoah Junior Appalachian Musicians will host a Spring Bluegrass Celebration at Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center on May 19. The JAM instructors formed the group “The Leftovers” and include Bill Pruett, Dwight Bradshaw, Karl Sutter, Bradley Adams,…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:44

Last weekend of ‘The Dixie Swim Club’

The Highland Cashiers Players will spend their last weekend as Sheree, Lexie, Dinah, Vernadette, and Jeri Neal of “The Dixie Swim Club.” The final performances are at 7:30 p.m. on May 17, 18, 19 and 2:30 p.m. on May 20…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:43

Green art and mud coming to The Bascom

New exhibits are heading to The Bascom art gallery in Highlands this month. Admission for these exhibitions is free. • Alex Matisse: Ometto: “In Italy, the word Ometto, meaning ‘little man’, is used to describe rock cairns that lead the…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:43

Foreigner to perform in Cherokee in June

Legendary rock band Foreigner will take the stage at Harrah’s Casino and Hotel at 9 p.m., June 8. With over 50 million sales to their name, and six multi-platinum albums between 1977 and 1987, Foreigner’s place as one of the…
The Jackson County Public Library will host a free two-part drawing class with Norma Hendrix at 7 p.m. on May 22 and 24. “Drawing can be both observational and therapeutic,” said Hendrix, who has been teaching art to all ages…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:41

OICA to offer summer art program

This summer, high school students and recent graduates can participate in a summer art program at Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts. The three-week program is designed for students who are interested in pursing a degree in art. “Students will be…
The City Lights Coffee with the Poet series continues at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 17, and will feature the poetry of Webster resident Dave Waldrop. He has written a poetry collection titled, Am I and co-authored a nonfiction book…
The Haywood Arts Regional Theater will perform “The Marvelous Wonderettes” at 7:30 p.m., May 25, 26, June 1, 2, 8 & 9 and at 3 p.m., May 27, June 3 and 10. The premise of the show is simple; it’s…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:39

Tail Wagging Tutors returns to Cashier

The summer Tail Wagging Tutors reading hours will return to the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, starting May 23. The reoccurring event takes place at 3:45 p.m. Wednesdays. Read to the library’s dog Pilar, a.k.a. Miss P. Reading to the dog…
The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will host a Blacklight Party for teens in sixth-12th grade from 3:30-5 p.m. on May 21. The event will include glow-in-the-dark carnival games, including bowling. Teens will learn about “Own the Night” summer events that meet…
The 18th Annual Swain County Heritage Festival will take place on Memorial Day weekend and feature local arts and crafts, food, kids’ games, music and a log-sawing contest. Bands and singing groups ranging from gospel to country and bluegrass will…
The SongSpinners and the First Ringers will perform at 3 p.m., May 20, at the Waynesville Public Library as part of the Haywood County Arts Council’s Sunday Concert Series. The free concert series is co-sponsored by the Friends of the…
The Liars Bench will perform the third of the Balsam Chronicles series with the story of Osley Bird Saunooke, colorful chief of the Cherokee, at 7 p.m., May 17, at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center. Supported in part by a grant…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:07

Listen to the music

Whether it’s called pickin’, groovin’ or jammin’ — every summer, Western North Carolina blends its majestic mountain views with its heritage music at various concerts and jam sessions. Although each is different, the concept of the events is simple. Musicians come…
Through the years I have attempted to describe the flora of the Smokies region for newspaper, magazine and book readers. I have learned that describing the “botanical architecture” of trees, flowers, fruits, etc., can be tricky business. Drafting a “sketch”…
Buy Haywood is connecting the community with local farmers and chefs in an effort to reintroduce people to the simple pleasure of preparing seasonal, local foods. The first cooking demonstration will be held on May 12 at the Whole Bloomin’…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:34

Learn how to live peacefully with bears

Learn how to coexist with black bears through a free Bear Education and Resources program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at the Macon County Community Center in Franklin. Bear Education And Resources (B.E.A.R.) Task Force is kicking off its…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:33

Adult soccer kicks off in Haywood

Registration will take place May 14-21 for adult summer soccer leagues through Haywood County Recreation and Parks. There will be two leagues, an open league and a women’s league. The open league will feature a maximum of 10 teams and…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:32

Workshop coming up on aquatic insects

Learn about aquatic insect sampling starting at 9 a.m. May 16 at Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory in Macon County. You’ll learn what aquatic insects are and why they are important, plus how to use insect data in conjunction with fish data…
Patrick McMillan, the host, co-creator, and writer of the popular and award-winning ETV nature program “Expeditions with Patrick McMillan,” is headlining an event celebrating the Highlands Botanical Garden’s 50th anniversary with a talk at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 12,…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:30

Seniors trip to museum scheduled

A trip for seniors to the Mountain Farm Museum with the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday, May 14. The cost is $7 per person for members of the Waynesville Recreation Center…
Learn how to take great photographs of spring wildflowers by participating in a guided photography hike on Tuesday, May 15. Professional nature photographer and teacher Don McGowan (Earthsong Photography) will lead this photography hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.…
A bird walk and program led by N.C. Audobon’s Curtis Smalling and international birding enthusiast Romney Bathurst will be held in Lonesome Valley in Cashiers May 12. The event is sponsored by the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society. Participants will look especially…
James T. Costa, Western Carolina University professor and director of Highlands Biological Station, is the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Biodiversity Educator of the Year award bestowed by Discover Life in America. The nonprofit organization helps run the All Taxa…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:24

The Plott Hound focus of upcoming program

Author Bob Plott will discuss Western North Carolina’s unique Plott Hound at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at the Bethea Welcome Center. Plott’s The Story of the Plott Hound: Strike & Stay, was published in 2007 and awarded the 2008…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:23

Following a supermoon

Last night (May 5) was the unveiling of this year’s supermoon. Astronomer Richard Nolle coined the term supermoon in 1979 and basically it is that time each year when a full moon or new moon (dark moon) is closest to…
The North Carolina Arboretum will participate in National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 11, waiving the parking fee for those visitors who present the National Public Gardens Day coupon, which may be printed from the Better Homes and Gardens…
David Burnette and his wife Diane do things the old way. “One thing just led to another,” David said of the couple’s self-sufficient lifestyle. On this day, while David shows a visitor around the couple’s Haywood County homestead, Diane thins…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:09

Youmans returns to City Lights

Former Cullowhee resident Marly Youmans will return to City Lights Bookstore at 6:30 p.m. on May 16 to read from her latest book A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage. “Marly Youmans’ new book is a vividly realized, panoramic novel…
David R. Dorondo, associate professor in Western Carolina University’s Department of History, is author of the newly published book Riders of the Apocalypse: German Cavalry and Modern Warfare, 1870-1945. In the 336-page work, Dorondo examines the history of the German…
Leah Hampton, an English instructor and associate director of the Writing and Learning Commons at Western Carolina University, is the winner of the 2012 Doris Betts Fiction Prize competition for her story “The Saint.” Hampton will receive a cash prize…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:06

Dusting off a few worthwhile volumes

Spring-cleaning remains a ritual in many households. We throw open windows, rid closets, shelves, and drawers of unwanted items — books, papers, video cassettes, sweaters that haven’t seen daylight in 10 years, Aunt Matilda’s time-blighted photographs of zinnias — wash…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:49

A GOP perspective on leadership

To the Editor: The recent letter authored by the new chairman of the Macon County Democratic Party seemed to be more about personal attacks on Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, and Republicans in general than about “Why I’m a Democrat.” Such…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:48

Someone is having problems with memory

“No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.” – Abraham Lincoln To the Editor: I am going to give Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, the benefit of the doubt and suggest that he suffers from a poor…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:47

Thanks for taking a strong stand

To the Editor: I live in Albuquerque currently, but I grew up in North Carolina and spent summers at Lake Junaluska. My father is a Methodist minister. I am a Christian, lesbian and in the most committed, loving, relationship of…
To the Editor: No president serves for more than eight years but his influence on the Supreme Court lasts far longer. Andrew Jackson was 12 years in his grave when his Chief Justice, Roger Taney, brought on the Civil War…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:45

Don’t tell me about hurt feelings

To the Editor: Oh I am so distraught; and Chief Hicks is “appalled.” The Franklin maintenance crew has killed the weeds on the Indian mound! Is nothing sacred? Why must we be subjected to these cruel and heartless insults? Is…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:43

My other family just lost one of its own

Here in the South, if you are of a certain age, you have two families at least. The first is the family you’re born into. About that, you have no real say in the matter. Your second family consists of…
The specialty license plates that have provided millions of dollars for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway — and plenty of other needy organizations in this state — may disappear if legislative leaders don’t take…
The race for N.C. House of Representatives between two well-known and prominent Waynesville Democrats, Danny Davis and Joe Sam Queen, came down to the wire Tuesday night. Queen emerged as the top vote getter by only 12 votes. But, Davis…
Mark Meadows and Hayden Rogers came out on top last night in a Congressional election that at the beginning of the day boasted a full slate of 11 candidates. The field of eight Republicans and three Democrats vying to represent…
Jackson voters approved alcohol sales in Tuesday’s election by a comfortable margin, making it only the third county in Western North Carolina to permit the sale of booze county wide. Most counties are dry, with alcohol sales only allowed inside…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:27

Greene wins Jackson commissioner seat

Jackson County has a new county commissioner. Vicki Greene, a longtime community planner and retired assistant director of the Southwestern Development Commission, clinched the Democratic nomination, which makes her a shoe-in for the Board of Commissioners as there is no…
As predicted, North Carolina voters ushered in a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions in Tuesday’s primary election, joining a flood of states to pass constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage in recent years. Missouri was the first in…
Cherokee Schools has launched a year-long process to develop a new strategic plan, a move prompted by issues raised in a recent accreditation review of the school system. As a sovereign entity, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians operates its…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:18

Sylva native hired as new town manager

Sylva has a new town manager. Paige Roberson, 25, was promoted last week by the town board to the top leadership position. Roberson has clearly impressed the town after stepping in to a part-time job as the director of the…
Waynesville Police Department is one of several law enforcement agencies hoping to see an expansion of the Western North Carolina crime lab in the next several years to speed up processing, trials and convictions of offenders. “Our evidence has to…
The same trolley that used to lead the New York Marathon and transport students at New York University from place to place has found a home in Waynesville. Starting this Saturday, the diesel trolley will traverse downtown Waynesville, Frog Level…