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Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:01

Maggie Valley to star in country video

Country singer Jody Medford will head to Maggie Valley on Sept. 21 to film the music video for his new single “Moonshine.” The shoot is open to the public, who are encouraged to attend and be part of the video.…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:59

Nazi resistance captured on film

Six independent filmmakers and their films will land on the campus of Western Carolina University this year, as part of the Southern Circuit, a tour of independent filmmakers that provides communities across the South access to smaller films and opportunities…
After Sept. 11, the nation gave millions in donations to support recovery. America’s kids, meanwhile, gave in the way that schoolchildren do best: they made posters. In the days following the attack, posters and banners pledging moral support and offering…
I was pleased to see quite a few people selling meat this past Saturday at the local farmers market in Sylva. That’s a noticeable change from just a year or so ago, when naturally grown meats were hard to come…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:30

Protecting public lands protects quality of life

To the Editor: Last week, North Carolinians joined citizens from all over the nation to celebrate Great Outdoors Week to focus on public lands and their importance to the state’s economy. Getting people outdoors is a growing business in North…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:29

Third-party certification can help forest owners

To the Editor: The best way to keep private forestlands in forests is to have an economic environment that makes the timber on these lands valuable enough to encourage landowners to continue to manage their forests and receive a decent…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:29

Social Security has been robbed by politicians

To the Editor: For more than 25 years after the 1983 amendments to Social Security, the federal government collected more in Social Security payroll taxes each year than it paid out in benefits. Those surplus revenues were supposed to be…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:27

Time to reduce our dependence on oil

To the Editor: We traveled to Clayton, Ga., last week to attend a presentation featuring “The Transition Movement.” This movement started in Ireland, spread to the U.K. and is now being discussed in the U.S.   Transition towns are those…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:26

Hell hath no Fury like a guilty conscience

One night last week, when I was watching what must have been the 500th recounting of the Casey Anthony trial, I suddenly recalled my favorite subject to teach in college — Greek mythology. At first, I wasn’t certain about the…
Been to the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino? Even if you don’t gamble, I’d encourage a walk through. My bet is you’d be absolutely astounded at what is happening in Cherokee. I took a media tour a couple of weeks ago and,…
“The first 12 are the easiest,” says Dee Massey, as he rounds the first landing of the parking deck stairwell in Waynesville. Massey is decked out in fireman’s gear, and he and five other firefighters will spend the next 90…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:15

News in brief

High school students and residents will have a chance to talk with college representatives from over 55 southeastern universities, colleges and trade schools at the 2011 College Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, in the Haywood…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:13

Sylva AM radio station goes dark

WRGC, a local mainstay on the AM radio dial in Sylva for more than five decades, went off the air last week, the latest victim of a sour economy and plummeting advertising revenues. The static left in the radio station’s…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 12:53

WCU campus to get 4G with dorm-top antennae

Verizon Wireless will pay Western Carolina University to put an antennae on top of Scott Hall as it starts providing “4G” wireless broadband service in the area. This is a faster wireless service than what Verizon currently offers. The Verizon…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 12:53

WCU to host annual Red Zone campaign

Western Carolina University’s Division of Student Affairs will coordinate WCU’s annual Red Zone campaign during the fall semester. The Red Zone refers to the period of time early in students’ first or second years at college during which they are…
Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher has appointed a 36-member committee that will help guide the university’s direction over the next decade. The group includes representatives from the university community and from the broader external community. “Because they are…
Comments by Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe about a rape victim published in the weekly Cashiers newspaper two weeks ago have sparked protests from local and state groups that combat sexual violence, as well as individuals from the Cashiers community.…
Principal Chief Michell Hicks won Thursday’s election in Cherokee, becoming only the second chief ever to be elected to a third term. All incumbents in Cherokee managed to hang on to their seats in the election, signaling that voters believe…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 13:26

Screech owls don’t really screech

The Eastern Screech Owl has the broadest ecological niche of any owl in its range. It occurs east of the Rocky Mountains, where it is a permanent resident of both rural and urban habitats from south of the Canadian boreal…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 13:25

Youth dove hunt to be held in Haywood

About 20 young hunters, accompanied by licensed-to-hunt adults, will take part in a dove hunt Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Mountain Research Station off Raccoon Road near Waynesville. There also will be a lunch and special educational sessions throughout the…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 13:25

Learn about Monarchs on the Parkway

Monarch butterflies are back. The first of the monarch butterflies have been spotted recently on the Blue Ridge Parkway, a key migration route for Monarchs on that long journey south to Mexico for the winter. A wave of monarchs will…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 13:24

Swain kid launch outdoor adventure club

Swain’s newest 4-H Club, the Outdoor Adventurers, waded into a mountain stream recently looking for salamanders, damselflies and other critters in a program led by Smokies Rangers Katrina Krebs and Will Butler at Smokemont Campground. Outdoor Adventurers 4-H Club youth…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 13:20

Moonlight Race makes a comeback

The Maggie Valley Moonlight Race this past weekend had 430 runners take to the street, a respectable comeback after a two-year hiatus, boding well for the likelihood the storied race will be on the calendar again next year. “It was…
Come celebrate the return of the great American chestnut tree Saturday, Sept. 10, at Cataloochee Ranch outside Maggie Valley. This second-annual event features live bluegrass music by Hazel Creek, clogging demonstrations, crafts (including wood-turned bowls, pine needle baskets, stained glass,…
Dustin Cornelison of Haywood County has turned his belief in living a sustainable and frugal lifestyle into an actual business. Drawing upon his past experience as a sustainability technician for an environmental education center and his skills as a welder…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 13:17

New heirloom corn strain discovered

It’s not everyday that someone gets credit for contributing a previously unidentified variety of seed to the national seed bank, but that’s exactly what’s happened at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, just over the Georgia state line from Macon County. A previously…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 13:16

Friends of the Smokies telethon tops $200,000

Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park raised $201,209 through its 17th annual “Friends Across the Mountains” telethon — topping the $200,000 mark for the sixth year in a row.   The total for all “Friends Across the Mountains” telethons…
Macon County’s Frankebelle Scruggs and a local “greasy-bean team” from the Cowee community will show folks how best to collect and save heirloom seed Monday, Sept. 12, beginning at 6 p.m. at Rickman Store. Many heirloom seeds have dropped in…
Macon County’s Frankebelle Scruggs and a local “greasy-bean team” from the Cowee community will show folks how best to collect and save heirloom seed Monday, Sept. 12, beginning at 6 p.m. at Rickman Store. Many heirloom seeds have dropped in…
Learn about turning your woodlot into a farm through a Mountain BizWorks workshop on Forest-Farming Practices from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Sylva. Novice and experienced farmers will be introduced to crops that can be grown on forest farms and…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 13:05

Feathered hurricane hunter

On Aug. 24 Chinquapin soared into the dangerous northeast quadrant of then category 3 Hurricane Irene. The Lockheed Martin C-130 – Hercules, a behemoth of an airplane originally designed for the military to transport troops and equipment like utility helicopters…
A maze of pores and rock fractures in the Appalachian Mountains make it one of the most complex hydrological systems on the planet. More than half the population here relies on groundwater, but the fundamental question of how many wells…
Kathryn Greeley of Waynesville has published The Collected Tabletop, a book showcasing ways to create “easy, fun, and breathtaking tabletop designs that will make any occasion memorable,” says its publisher. For each of the 13 events described in The Collected…
Book Ends, the book discussion group at the Jackson County Public Library, will gather for the first time in the new library at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 12, to discuss the book Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland.…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:59

Seek truth, good and beauty

According to recent polls, Americans are angry. They are angry about the economy, about the role of government in their lives, about the direction their country has taken. They are angry with the president and with the Congress. Some are…
There is nothing that smells quite as bad as a male goat in rut. During the mating season, excited billy goats urinate on their own beards and front legs. An amazing feat, really, if one ignores the ickiness of it…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:43

Beware of cardboard coyotes

I consider it a good thing when you meet someone new from a very different background that provides a chance to pause, and to see your own world in a different light. That view from another vantage point helps to…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:43

Eichenbaum’s flip-flops can’t be ignored

To the Editor: In response to Dr. Dan Eichenbaum’s announcement that he is running for Congress again in the 11th Congressional District, it is my duty to inform the voters of a few facts that make him unelectable. First, every…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:42

Democratic Party opposes rate increase

To the Editor: At the July meeting of the Jackson County Democratic Party Executive Committee, the executive committee voted to officially oppose the proposal of Duke Energy of the Carolinas to seek a rate increase for its electricity consumers in…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:41

Insurance mandate is not unconstitutional

To the editor: If mandatory health insurance is unconstitutional, as the Republicans hope the Supreme Court will rule, what about Social Security and Medicare? They’re compulsory also. The health plan is different only in allowing some consumer choice. You’d think…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:40

State GOP leaders following a script

To the Editor: I found it curious that the slew of bills rushed through the first session of our new Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature were reported in the national news as being introduced in other Republican-controlled state legislatures as well.…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:39

The wheels of justice got stuck in the mud

I’ve loved rock and roll music all of my life. When I was a teenager, I listened to Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles and Bob Seger and other staples of FM radio that most parents were listening to as well,…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:59

Crafters converging on Maggie Valley

Maggie Valley will host a craft show this Labor Day weekend from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 3 and 4 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds Visitors can find handmade crafts of all kinds from local artisans and…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:58

Fontana to ring in Labor Day lakeside

A LakeAlooza Party is being held from 12 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 3 at Fontana Village Resort. There are scheduled lake games, inner tube races, food and live entertainment provided by Randy Flack from noon until 3 p.m. Fontana…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:57

Liars Bench returns to WCU

The Liars Bench, a Southern Appalachian variety show, will start at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center. The Liars Bench was founded by Sylva writer and storyteller Gary Carden in June 2010, and…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:57

Animal shelter to hold wine tasting

The P.A.W.S. Wine Tasting and Silent Auction, the largest fundraiser for the non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will start at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, at Lands Creek Log Cabins Harmony Hall in Bryson City. P.A.W.S. cares for approximately 150…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:56

Music at the Mill heralds historic restoration

Music at the Mill is coming to the Francis Grist Mill in Waynesville from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 10, celebrating the newly restored 124-year-old mill.   It is the only grist mill of its type in Western…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:56

Oldies concert on Franklin town square

Rock the Square, a Labor Day weekend concert and street dance, will he held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, in the Town Square gazebo on Main Street in downtown Franklin. The award-winning C-Square Band will perform 1950s to…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:54

Gospel legends on stage in Franklin

A weekend of gospel music will kick off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, and continue through Sept. 4 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Concerts will begin at 7 p.m. on both days.…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:54

9/11 exhibit to visit Sylva

A 9/11 Memorial Exhibit containing replica banners sent by school children to the volunteers, police, firefighters and EMS at Ground Zero In New York City will be on display starting with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sept.…