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Wednesday, 09 May 2012 20:55

Good Old Time Summer Camp for kids at WCU

Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center, Department of Art and Hunter Library are joining forces to offer the Good Old Time Summer Camp for children ages 9 through 13. Participants will attend the camp from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 20:55

Get help building your home

Haywood Habitat for Humanity is holding an open enrollment through this month for people interested in purchasing a home through the agency. Requirements for participants include being a resident of Haywood County and having an annual household income between $20,400…
There will be a barbecue fund-raiser for the Waynesville Skate Park from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, at the Waynesville Recreation Center. The cost is $5 per sack lunch, which will contain a sandwich, chips and…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 20:53

Fun Kids Day to benefit PAWS

P.A.W.S. Animal Shelter will celebrate children and animals of all ages with a day of fun and games at the second Annual “PAWSitively Fun Kids Day” festival starting at 10 a.m. on May 12 at Rivermont Park in downtown Bryson…
A political impasse over live dealers and table games at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino has been resolved, but the tribe still has some heavy lifting to go before it can close the deal. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians needs the…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 20:51

Home Expo planned in Waynesville

The Haywood Home Builders Association is having its 2012 Spring Home Expo May 11-12 at the Waynesville Armory. Those looking for a contractor, ways to update their home, or a way to update their landscaping should attend the Spring Expo.…
Randal Garrison will be the guest speaker at a meeting of the Western North Carolina Civil War Roundtable at 7 p.m. on May 14 at the Mountain Heritage Center Auditorium on the campus of Western Carolina University. His topic will…
Angel Medical Center will unveil new technology aimed at improving its treatment of stroke victims during a demonstration from 2-3 p.m. on May 15 in the hospital dining room. “The Telestroke Robot is cutting edge technology that will allow the…
John Bardo, the former chancellor for Western Carolina University, has gotten a job. He will take over as the new chancellor for Wichita State University in Kansas in July. Bardo retired last summer from Western Carolina University after 16 years…
The idea of a restaurant and a commons area where students could meet and eat sounds like a good one to Angie Stanley, a student in Southwestern Community College’s medical respiratory program. “That really would be nice,” the Sylva resident…
Evergreen Packaging has reached a partial settlement with environmental groups over pollution from the Canton paper mill in the Pigeon River. Environmental groups had challenged the mill’s pollution permit, claiming that the standards weren’t tight enough. There were two bones…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 20:45

Letter carriers food drive is May 12

The annual national Letter Carrier’s “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive is May 12, and postal customers are reminded to leave bagged food and other non-perishable items at their mail boxes. The drive is the largest one-day food-collection event in the…
The North Carolina Baptist Church Library Team will host a library workshop for Western North Carolina at First Baptist Church in Waynesville on May 19. This field training is aimed at greatly reducing the time and cost of training for…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 20:44

Former Miss America coming to Junaluska

The United Way of Haywood County and The Haywood Volunteer Center are hosting an evening with Jeanne Robertson at 7 p.m. on June 7 at Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska. Who is Jeanne Robertson? She is North Carolina’s own 6-foot,…
As an aggressive spring thunderstorm brewed over Waynesville this March, causing power outages around town, Erika Stansbury received a frantic call from her elderly in-laws who had lost power at their gated apartment complex. “Grandma’s on oxygen, and she gets…
During budget discussions earlier this year, Haywood County commissioners were adamant about their commitment to give county employees a boost after three years of no raises and frozen retirement contributions. Commissioners stayed true to their word, based on a proposed…
Haywood County commissioners have increased funding to the county school system this year for the first time in four years, but with cuts in state and federal funding, the boost from the county won’t be enough to help plug the…
Marty Stamey, like any county manager, takes pride in crafting a water-tight budget: one that squares up the minutia of how many reams of computer paper and tanks of gas county employees will use on one side of the ledger…
To celebrate the 125th anniversary of Francis Grist Mill and National Preservation Month, the Francis Mill Preservation Society is hosting “Cars and Cornmeal,” a pre-1972 car show, on May 19. Stroll along the lane to the millpond, tour the restored…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 19:36

Maggie Valley craft shows seeking vendors

The Labor Day Weekend Craft Show and the October Leaves Craft Show are looking for vendors to display their crafts at the event. Starting this year, the promoters of the show are providing a new area for businesses of all…
In observance of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources has organized the “Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory: Civil War Sesquicentennial Photography Exhibit” to travel the state as part of its commemoration. The exhibition will be on…
The Haywood County Arts Council is hosting a barbecue supper from 4:30-6 p.m. and old-time community JAMboree from 6-8 p.m., May 19. The event is a fund-raiser for the arts council’s Junior Appalachian Musicians after-school program. The supper tickets are…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 19:32

Arts and crafts workshop for kids May 12

Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to a free ARTSaturday workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on May 12 in the Mamie Keith Children’s Area of the Macon County Public Library. Make-and-take projects include 3-D floral Mother’s Day…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 19:31

Basket weaving class in Franklin May 19

The Macon County Arts Council will sponsor a one-day basket-weaving class from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 19, in the Macon County Cooperative Extension Building. Participants will construct a “Flower Vase” Basket, an original design by instructor and master…
Three Jackson County teachers — Jennifer Dall at Smoky Mountain Elementary, Kansas Heiskell at the HUB, and Gayle Woody at Smoky Mountain High School — were awarded a Learning Links grants to support an art workshop at their respective schools.…
Restless Heart and Little Texas, two classic American country music bands, will perform their all-time fan favorites at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, May 19. Showtime is set at 7:30 p.m., and tickets start at…
Waynesville’s 10th Annual Whole Bloomin’ Thing Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 12, in historic Frog Level. The event is Haywood County’s premier spring festival and kicks off the growing season with beautiful flowering baskets,…
Georgian poet Rupert Fike will read from his collection Lotus Buffet at 6:30 p.m., May 12, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Two of the collection’s poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and he was nominated as Georgia…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 19:24

Macon’s artist of the month

Natalie Bucki was named artist of the month for May at the Macon campus of Southwestern Community College. Bucki is a Franklin artist that has been creating portraits of people, pets and places for more than 50 years. She has…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 19:23

WCU to host summer theater camp

Young people can explore the world of theater this summer during a weeklong camp hosted by Western Carolina University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts. The theatre camp is for children from ages 8 (and who have completed the second…
After years of sideline painting and photography as a pastime, a now retired Sue Weathers is finding an abundance of inspiration in the mountains of Western North Carolina — far away from her childhood home in England. Since moving to…
Thanks to our dear Smoky Mountain News readers, some excellent ideas for slogans poured in through our Facebook site over the past week. We snuck a few of our own in as well. Enjoy! Waynesville Your home away from Florida…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 12:17

Full-color plates still not a sure thing

By Holly Demuth What does your car believe in? Here in Western North Carolina, many people choose to express their love of the Smokies, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail, state parks, and the elk and ducks with their…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 02:12

Twice sold lands now part of Bryson City

This is the peculiar story of the land transactions, disputes, and incidents that led to the establishment of Bryson City and the construction of its first jail. This town was a village named Charleston before it became Bryson City in…
Haywood Community College won the N.C. RecycleMania competition again this year. HCC beat out UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University. In addition, HCC is ranked as number 14 in the waste minimization category out of 605 participating colleges. RecycleMania is…
For the second year in a row, Western Carolina University is included among The Princeton Review’s list of the most environmentally responsible colleges in North America. The education services company selected WCU for inclusion in the third annual edition of…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 02:08

Fishing surveys are in the mail for some

Anglers in North Carolina soon will be randomly selected to receive a state fishing survey designed to determine anglers’ view on and preferences for fish management. Of the more than 800,000 anglers in North Carolina who holds a current freshwater…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 02:07

Adventure Travel Film Festival at NOC

Get set for three days and 16 films at Nantahala Outdoor Center during the Adventure Travel Film Festival May 4 to 6. The film festival hails from the United Kingdom and is an international celebration of the greatest adventure travel…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 02:06

5K trail race up to benefit conservation

If you are looking for a tough but short trail race, the Bearwallow Beast 5K might be just the ticket. The race is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6, in Henderson County at Bearwallow Mountain. This race will ascend…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 02:05

Free golfing for tribe members

Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians can take advantage of enrolled member day at Sequoyah National Golf Club in Cherokee and enjoy free golf from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5. Those who don’t golf can…
One of the southeast’s premier endurance mountain bike races, 12 Hours of Tsali, returns to the Tsali Recreation Area from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday, May 19. The goal for riders is to complete the 10- to 12-mile trail…
A new 4,000-square-foot exhibit at the North Carolina Arboretum opening Saturday, May 5, will introduce visitors to the evildoers lurking in their own backyards and beyond. Inspired by author Amy Stewart’s book Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 02:02

Community garden looking for volunteers

New gardeners are being sought to participate in Waynesville’s community garden, located behind the Old Armory in Waynesville. This community garden project is available for community members who would like to share in the labors, decision-making, harvests and social enjoyment…
Haywood Waterways is looking for individuals and groups to adopt a section of stream and help remove litter. Groups are asked to clean their adopted stream section at least once a year and commit to the adopted stream section for…
The Macon County Beekeepers Association will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service office on Thomas Heights Road in Franklin. The speaker will be Linda Tillman, a master beekeeper from Atlanta. Anyone with…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:59

Learn how to coexist with bears

If you want to learn how to coexist with black bears, attend the Bear Education and Resources (B.E.A.R.) program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at the Macon County Community Center in Franklin. This is the first in this year’s…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:58

Artful birding

I had to take my shoes off to get there, but I believe last Saturday (April 28) was the 13th annual Birding for the Arts. BFA is part of the Haywood County Arts Council’s “Fund Party Series” – entertaining, fun…
In the two years since the Dillsboro Dam was torn down, the Tuckasegee River has become home to a growing number of aquatic species, from mussels to insects to fish, as natural river habitat has been restored. “We’re certainly glad…
Blue Ridge Books will host a full day of activities to celebrate National Children’s Book Week starting at 10 a.m., May 12, with an event entitled Animal Surprises. Dawn Cusick, owner of Early Light Books and author of a half…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:42

Jenny Bennett to read

Jenny Bennett will read from Murder at the Jumpoff on at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Set in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Murder at the Jumpoff, follows the investigation of of the…