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Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:38

Taste of the Market to feature Jackson farmers

The Jackson County Farmers Market will hold its annual “Taste of the Market” starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, featuring a variety of seasonal vegetables and local products. A simple solar panel will be on display. There will be…
Hal Herzog of Western Carolina University will discuss the complications of human-animal relationships, the focus of his recently published book, Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals. The event…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:36

Time to break out that camera

Shutterbug alert: A fall field photography program will run for four weeks starting in September in Haywood County. Class members will meet up Wednesday mornings in Waynesville then head into the field with group leader Bob Grytten, an award-winning photographer.…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:35

Blue Ridge Breakaway tops 400 participants

More than 400 riders participated in the second Blue Ridge Breakaway, held this Saturday (Aug. 20) in Haywood County. The Breakaway, sponsored by the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce, has four different rides for cyclists of varying fitness levels, including…
Need help paying for research or educational outreach about the environment, gardening or horticulture? The Haywood County Master Gardener Volunteer Association has money for either full or partial-matching grants. Deadline for applications is Aug. 31. Projects must further the association’s…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:34

Budding gardeners hone greenthumbs

Young gardeners from Junaluska Elementary School won first place recently in a landscape design competition at the N.C. Master Gardeners conference in Raleigh. The Junaluska school garden is planted, maintained and harvested by 40 first- and second-graders working with a…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:33

Testifying

I just wanted to shout an amen to brother George Ellison’s Aug. 10 Back Then column, “Late summer is an awesome time to botanize.” I am a big fan of a couple of those late summer beauties – cardinal flower…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:32

Get your horse vaccinated

A horse in the eastern part of the state tested positive this month for Easter Equine Encephalomyelitis, a warning to horse owners across North Carolina to keep their animals up-to-date on vaccinations. Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis is a viral disease that…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:31

Dahlia show coming to Waynesville

Three local dahlia growers in Haywood County, Jack Leatherwood, Johnny Trantham and Ken Zula, were recently visited by Southern Living Magazine and showcased in the Aug. edition of the magazine. Haywood County’s secret — the temperate climate of cool nights…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:29

A great race makes a comeback

There aren’t too many road races in Western North Carolina with the storied history of the Maggie Valley Moonlight Race, sponsored this year by Mission Health System. Nor will you find many, like this one, that take place at night.…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:29

Ron Rash to read from new poetry collection

Ron Rash will visit City Lights Bookstore to read from his first poetry book in 10 years, Waking, at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28. Rooted in places such as Watauga County, Goshen Creek and Dismal Mountain, the poems in…
Local author Vivian McDarris will read from her recent book, Black Fog, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, at Blue Ridge Books in downtown Waynesville. Of her writing, McDarris says, “stories have echoed through generations of my family; from…
When I was nine years old, I once caught a 12-inch brown trout at the point where two small Jackson County streams, Cope Creek and Scotts Creek, converge. I ran all the way home with the fish in a large,…
A number of readers have informed me that the agonizing sting I described in last week’s column was the work of a Japanese hornet. That sent me trotting to my computer, where I read a description of being stung by…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:16

Lake issue raises complex questions

To the Editor: Thank you for the thoughtful, informative and balanced article on Lake Emory in Franklin. I would like to put my comments in more context. I do this knowing full well that the worst response a biologist can…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:15

Park proposals add insult to injury

I recently wrote in the Swain County newspaper about a singularly misguided proposal by Great Smoky Mountains National Park leadership to transfer their archives and artifacts to Townsend, Tenn. A Swain County site makes more sense, and full marks to…
Pat Smathers is what you might call a born politician. His first campaign was pitching Terry Sanford’s 1960 run for governor and John F. Kennedy’s bid for the White House. He was posted on a busy corner in downtown Canton…
Cherokee tribal elections are little more than a week away, and with the economy topping the list of major issues, the salaries of tribal officials are raising eyebrows and some ire on the reservation. Both candidates for principal chief have…
Principal chief candidate Patrick Lambert is calling foul after refusing to divulge his pay information to the tribe’s internal auditors. Lambert said they were trying to expose his personal information as a political smear. The tribe’s internal audit office told…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 20:29

RV park planned for Scaly

A new motorcoach resort for up to 21 recreation vehicles will be built on N.C. 106 in the Scaly Mountain area of Macon County, a project that developer and owner J.B. Corum is touting as earth friendly and good business.…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 20:28

Tourism summit coming up at Lake Junaluska

It’s not too late to register for this year’s Gather ‘Round the Blue Ridge, the fifth-annual meeting of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. This is a must-attend for those in Western North Carolina’s tourism industry. It takes place Tuesday,…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 20:27

Bryson residents needed to make town better

HandMade in America has spent the past year assessing how to make Bryson City a better place to live, and now the Swain County Chamber of Commerce is calling on citizens to help make their recommendations a reality. The final…
A new roadside rest area is coming to Balsam, serving westbound travelers on U.S. 23-74. It will sit on seven acres just across the highway from the current rest area on the eastbound side. One main reason for the new…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 20:26

Sexual assualt suspects at large

Investigators are looking for two men who followed a woman to her home in the Cashiers area and sexually assaulted her. They believe there might have been similar incidents involving at least one of the suspects, and are urging any…
In 24 seconds flat, Daniel Jones can chop through a 13-inch white pine log, perched atop it and swinging his sharpened ax in a downward arc into the braced timber.    That, at least, is the kind of time he’s…
U.S. Senator Richard Burr, R-N.C., didn’t don kid gloves when addressing a cross section of Haywood County business leaders representing agriculture, tourism, banking, construction and professional sectors last week. “Here’s the hard, cold reality. We’ve got to cut an additional…
Aside from the occasional “welcome WCU students” signs, there isn’t much visible evidence in Sylva that signals more than 7,000 students have flooded this community for the start of school. The town isn’t awash in purple, the school’s official color.…
Western Carolina University is facing, at best, an austere financial year. Chancellor David Belcher, in his first address to faculty and staff, was blunt about the financial difficulties facing the university. He warned his new employees that all spending would…
Between the two of them, daughter Alison “Ali” Howie is clearly holding up better than her mother, Paula Dennis. “I’m an emotional wreck,” Dennis openly admits after queuing up her vehicle in front of Scotts Dorm. Her husband, Howie’s stepfather,…
Macon County’s embattled planning board has agreed on a handful of basic construction guidelines for developers building houses and roads. This sets up a possible showdown between land-planning advocates and opponents to play out before the county commissioners. Last week,…
Food stamps and food pantry vouchers are finding their way into the farmers markets in Jackson and Swain counties, putting local produce into hands of the needy who are often quick to cut healthy, but more expensive, fresh fruits and…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 20:03

Grants available for Haywood arts groups

Applications are now available for the Haywood County Arts Council’s Grassroots subgrants. These grants are designed to support arts activities occurring through June 30. Nonprofit arts organizations or nonprofits planning an arts activity may apply. The applicant organization must be…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 20:02

Local music at Lake Junaluska

Old-time musicians Trevor and Travis Stuart, natives of Bethel, will perform at this year’s Gather ‘Round the Blue Ridge, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area annual meeting, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 30,…
The Youth Talent Contest will return to the Great Smoky Mountains Railway Railfest on Sept. 17 in Bryson City. The contest will give the opportunity for youth up to age 18 to share their talents. Participants in this contest must…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 20:00

Craft show comes to Maggie Valley

100-plus artists and crafters from all over the Southeast will gather for a craft show from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 4 and 5, at Maggie Valley. The event will feature piped music throughout the…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:59

Waynesville gallery features local works

Gallery 262 in Frog Level will feature the works of Jere Smith and Dan Wright, Aug. 19 thru Sept. 15. Smith is a woodworker and furniture maker whose work uses strong clean lines reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts movement…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:59

Williams offers abstract workshop

Learn to create an abstract painting in a one-day workshop with artist Silvia Cabrera Williams at Leapin’ Frog Gallery in Waynesville’s Frog Level district. The workshop will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, with a…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:56

Swing dance in Franklin Aug. 26

Bring your dancing shoes for a dance from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, at the Franklin Community Building, U.S. 441 South across from the Whistle Stop Mall. Music will be provided by the Swingtime Band. 828.369.9155.
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:55

Friends to share favorite poems

Friends and neighbors in the Cashiers area will read their favorite poems and share their reasons for enjoying them at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library. The Second Annual Cashiers Favorite Poem Readings, sponsored…
The North Carolina premiere of the comedy, “Sirens,” is the Highlands Cashiers Players first play of the new season. It continues Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 25-28, at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands. The story concerns a middle-aged couple, Sam…
Grammy-winning folk singer Suzy Bogguss will perform on Sept. 2 at the Highlands Performing Arts Cetner. Bogguss has just released a CD and companion songbook of traditional folk music, American Folk Songbook. The album is filled with songs that are…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:52

Barefoot Movement to play in Bryson Aug. 27

Regional favorite The Barefoot Movement will play from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, as part of Music in the Mountains, the free weekly evening concert series held at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot in downtown Bryson…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:50

Dixieland Jazz concert in Bryson City

The Frog Level Philharmonic will perform a concert of Dixieland jazz music at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City. Immediately following the one-hour concert there will be a meet-and-greet…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:49

Library hosts evening of music with Liz Nance

Local singer/songwriter Liz Nance will perform an evening of acoustic music at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Snacks and refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Marianna Black Library.…
Summer is slowly turning to fall, school doors are opening for another year, and another hallmark of the season is just around the corner: the Haywood County Fair. Aug. 23 to 29, the Haywood County Fairgrounds will come alive with…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 14:22

Our unique geography leads to unusual names

About a year and a half ago I wrote a column titled “Mountain Topography and Language Lend Themselves to Colorful Names” that sparked a number of e-mails and letters. Obviously there are other folks out there who enjoy thinking about…
Want to understand and know about the Cherokee trails that shaped this region? On Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m., The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and the Village Green will bring Lamar Marshall to the Cashiers Library for a free community…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 14:21

Popular off-road triathlon coming up

If you are feeling tough and fit, then the Tsali Challenge is just the right event to showcase your paddling, running and biking skills. The annual race, for solo racers or teams, is set for Aug. 27 and Aug. 28…
There a few proposed changes being made to the state’s wildlife management and fishing regulations that would impact Western North Carolina. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted July 7 to take 55 proposed changes to public hearing, including one forum…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 14:19

Bears force shutdowns in popular areas

Increased bear activity in the Appalachian Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest has led to closings in Yancey County and at Mount Mitchell State Park’s family campground. The latest Yancey County closures are the Briar Bottom Campground, Black Mountain…