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Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:44

Introduce kids to fly-fishing in Pisgah

 Kids ages 12 and older can take a free fly-fishing class Oct. 15 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. The “Kids’ Introduction to Fly Fishing” class will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Instructors will cover equipment,…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:43

Fall color web site

Want to find the best fall color? The U.S. Forest Service of North Carolina has posted a new leaf viewing page on its website. It describes the colorful foliage that folks can enjoy in the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:42

Goats prove usefulness to Catamounts

An environmentally friendly weed-eradication strategy that has been gaining popularity across the nation made its way to Western Carolina University recently in the form of 70 kudzu-chomping goats. The goats were transported from Wells Farm in Horseshoe to eat away…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:42

Where’s the beef?

Learn all about beef cattle in two upcoming workshops scheduled for Macon County. The first is designed to teach the basics, from genetic selection, herd health and management, on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:41

Franklin 5K coming to the greenway

The Franklin Cross Country team will hold the Grayson Hall Memorial 5K race on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 9 a.m. at Tassee Park on the Little Tennessee Greenway in Franklin. There will also be a one-mile fun run/walk. This is the…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:40

Cataloochee scores new school director

Cataloochee is welcoming new Ski and Snowboard School Director Mark Rozof, who was a member of the Cataloochee school last season. He worked as an instructor, clinician and supported the race program.  Rozof has been a member of Professional Ski…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:40

Mega trail work party at Tsali this weekend

Get out your work gloves and head over to Tsali Recreation Area this month (Oct. 15-16) to help work on the famous mountain biking Mecca’s trails. The local Nantahala chapter of the Southeast Off-Road Bicycle Organization, or SORBA, is organizing…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:39

Taking flight with birds of prey

The “Eagle Lady” will be doing a free program with her live birds of prey at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Oconaluftee Visitor Center outside Cherokee at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. Naturalist Doris Mager has been working…
A one-man show will portray the life of Theodore Roosevelt, the Conservation President, in two upcoming performances on Friday, Oct. 14, in Highlands at the Performing Arts Center and on Saturday, Oct. 15, in Cashiers at the Orchard Restaurant. Roosevelt,…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:37

New Wildlife Commission website

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has launched a new, interactive website at www.ncwildlife.org that features reorganized content, streamlined navigation and improved menus. Whether you’re a hunter, angler, boater or just simply enjoy nature, the newly redesigned website is designed to…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:36

Leaf-lookers’ primer

How did it get to be October already? Oh well, it’s here and the deep red sourwoods shinning from the road shoulder as we climbed up the Saluda grade on I-26 from one last weekend to the beach, plus pockets…
For a good part of the past decade I have spent a lot of time riding and racing my bike. That is, up until the last few years, when starting both a career and a family finally brought an abrupt…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:28

Folklorist to tell true ghost stories

Folklorist and author Randy Russell will tell true ghost stories and read from new young adult novel at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Canton Branch Library. Asheville-resident Russell is the Edgar-nominated author of five published novels for…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:27

Dodson to read at Blue Ridge Books

Stan Dodson will read from his novel, Poor Memory, at 3 p.m. on Oct. 15 at Blue Ridge Books and News in Waynesville. In Dotson’s novel, a young preacher finds that uncovering the mystery of Memory Bloodsworth, an eccentric old…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:26

Lane to read from newest book of poems

John Lane will be at City Lights at 7 p.m. on Oct. 13 to read from his news book, Abandoned Quarry. The books is a selection of poems from his past and most recent works. Abandoned Quarry takes the reader…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:24

Norma Watkins to read from memoir

Norma Watkins will read from her memoir, The Last Resort, at 7 p.m. on Oct. 14 at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. The Last Resort begins in childhood at Allison’s Wells, a popular Mississippi spa for proper white people, run…
Western Carolina University faculty member and writer Ron Rash is one of six North Carolinians chosen to receive the state’s highest civilian honor, the North Carolina Award. Rash, Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Culture at WCU, will receive the award…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:14

The past is not really past

It is no secret that writers are influenced by authors whose work they admire. Though he would later turn his back on them, Ernest Hemingway felt the literary touch of contemporaries such as Sherwood Anderson and Gertrude Stein (his style…
A box of bulbs arrived Saturday, containing within the cardboard confines all the promises of fall work, winter waiting and spring wonder. The decision was made last March or April to order then rather than waiting to select and purchase…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:05

Student housing would benefit Forest Hills

To the Editor: In response to the article written by Quintin Ellison published Oct. 5 regarding the developer request to the mayor and council of Forest Hills village to allow a premier student housing complex, I offer the following viewpoint and…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:05

Cutting food aid right now is deplorable

To the Editor: An elderly widow on a fixed-income already cannot afford a healthy diet and her medications, and now she wonders how she will afford to heat her home this winter. She relies on the food assistance The Community…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:03

Waynesville town board needs Mary Ann Enloe

To the Editor: One of America’s greatest statesmen, Thomas Paine, wrote a book called Common Sense. Unfortunately, this trait is not too prevalent in our government nowadays. However, Mary Ann Enloe, a candidate for Waynesville alderman, possesses it in great…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:02

General Assembly puts burden on locals

To the Editor: It has become evident that the principle guideline being used by Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, and the Republican-led General Assembly in governing North Caroline is to cut state expenditures by placing the burden for traditional state services…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:59

Pope is pulling the strings in state politics

The news media in this country is abuzz with talk about North Carolina. Unfortunately, it’s not flattering. What they’re saying is that we are being controlled by an oligarchy of sorts that begins and ends with multimillionaire Art Pope, the…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:56

Business news

Grant helps outfit new Haywood hospice center With help from two Appalachian Regional Commission grants, Haywood Regional Medical Center plans to expand its existing facilities and add 24 jobs. The medical center will use two federal grants, totaling $146,592, to…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:56

Connie Haire retires from SCC

Connie Haire, vice president for the Macon Campus Southwestern Community College, has retired after serving 25 years at the college. Under her leadership, enrollment at the $6 million Macon campus grew 87 percent in four years and a second building…
Efforts are well under way in both Sylva and Franklin to build dog parks, places where folks’ canine companions can run off-leash in safely fenced, assigned areas. If the two communities do build dog parks, they’ll be joining their neighbors…
Ray Bradley Jr. is the talkative type. He’s not shy airing his opinions, whether the discussion is about Cherokee tribal politics or, as is the case now, what legalizing alcohol sales throughout Jackson County could mean along the highway leading…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:30

MaconSense heading Macon league program

A luncheon program at noon Thursday, Oct. 13, at Tartan Hall, located in the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin, will give people an opportunity to learn about the new organization, MaconSense. The group’s initial campaign is for safe slope development…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:29

Get help on maintaining a successful business

The Jackson County Public Library will host a free business seminar on how to create and maintain successful businesses in this current difficult economic climate. The program is aimed at owners and employees of businesses of all sizes and types,…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:29

Federal settlement claims-filing help

Help filing claims in the $760 million Keepseagle Native American Farmer and Rancher Settlement is set for Oct. 18-20, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express on Painttown Road in Cherokee. This help is being offered…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:28

Rape suspects still at large in Macon County

Two recent rapes in Macon County involving assailants unknown to the victims, both cases still unsolved, have left many women here on edge. In early August, a woman living on Rose Creek Cove Road in the Cowee community was raped…
It took five days for the U.S. Forest Service to alert the public about a roadside rape in the Wayah Bald area of the Nantahala National Forest late last month. The rape happened on Sunday Sept. 25. The forest service…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:25

Free vouchers available to spay and neuter cats

Haywood Animal Welfare Association Spay/Neuter is offering 100 free vouchers for surgery, rabies vaccination and parasite treatment for cats. Vouchers are available to Haywood County residents at 145 Wall Street Thursday Oct. 13 and Oct. 20, and Monday, Oct. 17.…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:24

Recognize those volunteer efforts

Know a volunteer who deserves recognition? The Haywood/Jackson Volunteer Center is now taking nominations for the North Carolina’s Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service. The Haywood Jackson Volunteer Center will select nominated volunteers in a host of categories to receive the…
With a paper mill that constantly bellows smoke, Canton will not likely be the next Western North Carolina tourism destination. But, a local development group StepUp Canton does think the old mill town could become a quaint hometown for young…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:21

Get an early jump on college in Jackson

Jackson County Early College High School is recruiting for the 2012-2013 school year. Information sessions are scheduled at 6 p.m. at Southwestern Community College Sylva’s campus, in the lobby of the Early College building. The dates are: Monday, Oct. 24;…
Myron L. Coulter, chancellor of Western Carolina University from 1984 until 1994, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the age of 82 after a long battle with cancer. Coulter, known to friends and colleagues by his nickname of “Barney,” guided WCU…
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority is looking for ways to help the Blue Ridge Parkway trim its chronic overgrowth troubles. The parkway doesn’t have the money or resources to regularly trim trees that encroach upon its many overlooks, a…
As early as next week, the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority will launch the latest addition to its “See yourself in the Smokies” campaign — a mobile website and a personalized QR code. Currently, when people visit the county’s tourism website…
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority may outsource its search for vacation home renters who are evading the county’s 4 percent tax on overnight lodging. Lynn Collins, director of the tourism agency, plans to meet with Virginia-based software company VRCompliance…
The Altrusa Club of Waynesville is collecting one-serving pop-top canned goods for the Haywood County Meals on Wheels program, to coincide with Altrusa’s “Make A Difference Day” on Saturday, Oct. 22.   Canned goods can be dropped off until Friday,…
Public art can be a tricky business for a town, given the wide range of public tastes. For years, Waynesville boasted rotating pieces of public art downtown. But it was labor intensive to find artists willing to lend pieces for…
It doesn’t take much of an artist’s eye to appreciate the newest piece of public art planned for the streets of downtown Waynesville. By this time next year, a replica of a historic arch — boasting Waynesville as the “Eastern…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:13

Call to Arms!

Western North Carolina boasts several clubs for Civil War enthusiasts, from scholarly programs to reliving the experience. • Western North Carolina Civil War Roundtable: The discussion group meets the second Monday of each month to discuss Civil War history and…
Next to Hunter Library at Western Carolina University is a Baptist church with a 190-year-old graveyard. George Frizzell, head of the library’s special collections, helped survey that graveyard 17 years ago. So when Frizzell spotted a postscript to a letter…
Buffs, enthusiasts, aficionados, nuts: call them what you will, but remember the saying about strength in numbers. American’s fascination with the Civil War history is alive and kicking in the Appalachian mountains, where a group of 75 Civil War fans…
Jule Morrow isn’t a rebel; Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” isn’t his personal mantra. He doesn’t relive the Civil War, hoping to change the outcome. “What I honor is the courage,” said Morrow, a Civil War re-enactor whose regiment, the…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:55

Perdue gives leaders pep talk to nurture ideas

A town doesn’t have to be big to have big ideas, according to North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue. “What is it you have that you can capitalize on? That you can put together and sell,” Perdue said. Last Thursday’s small…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:54

Revisit the Ingalls family with SMCT play

Smoky Mountain Community Theatre in Bryson City will stage “Little House: By The Shores of Silver Lake” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14-16 and Oct. 21-24. The play is based on the book by Laura Ingalls Wilder and shows the struggles…