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Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:11

Foster home recruitment rally to be held

The Haywood County Department of Social Services is hosting an informational recruitment rally Nov. 5 from 1-4 p.m. Haywood County Department of Social Services is collaborating with other foster home agencies to hold the event, which aims to teach to…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:11

Hall named Macon finance director

Lori Hall has been selected as the new Finance Director for Macon County. Hall replaces Evelyn Southard, a long time county finance director who retired at the end of October. Hall began Oct. 31. Hall was selected from among two-dozen…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:10

MedWest offering ‘Hope for the Holidays’

A community event to help people deal with feelings of grief and loss during the upcoming holidays will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. and from 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 8 at First Baptist Church of Waynesville. Palliative Care and Hospice Services…
Cashiers could soon lose autonomy over its tourism marketing efforts if a plan to merge two separate tourism entities in Jackson County goes through. While Cashiers tourism leaders are fighting to save this independent marketing arm, those in favor of…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:04

Where do the candidates shake out?

Three challengers in the Waynesville town election have staked out clear positions against the town’s commercial development standards. They say they would institute a review of the town’s ordinances if elected and want to loosen the standards. Current town leaders…
Did Waynesville run off a Cracker Barrel? What about Chick-fil-A? Challengers running in next week’s town election say Waynesville’s appearance standards for new commercial business are deterring development. A political action committee calling itself the Waynesville-Haywood Concerned Citizens are publicizing…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:57

Planning regs in Macon keep center stage

Macon County commissioners decided last week that they needed more time to study whether to implement construction guidelines recommended by the county’s planning board. During a workshop on the issue, commissioners heard a stern warning from a licensed engineer and…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:53

Let the battles begin in Cherokee

Cherokee tribal members could vote this April on whether to allow alcoholic beverage sales on the reservation, one month before a similar referendum will be held on legalizing sales countywide in neighboring Jackson County. Cherokee’s referendum is contingent on Principal…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:32

HCC to offer digital photography certificate

Haywood Community College will offer a new community education certificate in Media Arts: Photography. The course begins Nov. 11 and run through March, 14, 2012. It will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:31

Cinema festival debuts in Asheville Nov. 3-6

A new film festival that will be held from Thursday through Sunday (Nov. 3-6) in Asheville will feature 39 films from more than 20 filmmakers and includes a number of panels and workshops. The first Asheville Cinema Festival’s executive director…
The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series for 2011-12 will get under way at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center on Thursday, Nov. 3, with a concert by the band Blue Eyed Girl. The group’s 7 p.m. performance of…
Voices in the Laurel will perform at 3 p.m. on Nov. 6 at the First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. The children’s choir “America, Of Thee I Sing Concert” is free and is intended to promote patriotism and honor veterans…
Western Carolina University’s Division of Educational Outreach will sponsor the seventh annual Dulcimer Winter Weekend beginning Thursday, Jan. 5, and continuing through Sunday, Jan. 8, at the Methodist Assembly’s Terrace Hotel at Lake Junaluska. Participants can select from more than…
Bluegrass group Balsam Range will feature award-winning Nashville musician and songwriter John Wiggins in the first show of its Winter Concert Series at the Colonial Theatre in Canton at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3. Wiggins is a Haywood County native…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:24

‘Day of Mindfulness’ to be held Nov. 5

St. David’s Episcopal Church in Cullowhee will host a “Day of Mindfulness: Practices to Support a Global Spirituality and Ethic” from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Nov. 5 The day-long session will be led by Trish Thompson, a Dharma teacher in…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:24

Madrigal Dinner tickets on sale in November

Tickets for the 2011 Madrigal Dinner at Western Carolina University went on sale Tuesday, Nov. 1. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Grandroom of the A.K. Hinds University Center.…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:23

Community Table hosts Fall Festival, BBQ dinner

The Community Table’s fourth annual Fall Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the 127 Bartlett Street location in Sylva. The menu includes barbecue with baked beans and cole slaw, a yard…
A performance of Gary Carden’s play “Nance Dude” at the Rickman Store in Macon County will serve as a fundraiser for the Friends of the Rickman Store. The play is at 6 p.m. on Nov. 4. Tickets are $15 and…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:22

Jackson library offers daytime music

The Jackson County Public Library will host a daytime music program on the first Friday of every month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning Friday, Nov. 4. The Nov. 4 show will feature “The Lady and the Old Timers…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:21

HART closes season with ‘Wilderness!’

Haywood Arts Regional Theater will close the 2011 season with Eugene O’Neill’s comedy “Ah, Wilderness!” on its main stage. The play will run at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 11-12, 18-19 and at 3 p.m. on Nov. 20. Tickets are $18…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:18

‘Sweeney Todd’ to hit WCU stage Nov. 10-13

“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” a story of revenge and greed and how they can crush the human spirit, will stage Thursday, Nov. 10, through Sunday, Nov. 13, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:16

Get a head start on handmade holiday shopping

The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University will host a holiday sale of handmade items and a Fall Family Day in November. Both events are free and the public is invited. The second-annual Handmade Holiday Sale will be held…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:16

It’s by Nature to host artist Susan Ling Nov. 4

It’s by Nature will host well known Cullowhee painter, Susan Ling this Friday, Nov. 4, during Sylva’s After Dark. Ling will do a demonstration combining the rhythm of both buildings and landscapes into one movement. “It is not so much…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:15

Waynesville Art After Dark is November 4

The Waynesville Gallery Association will hold its monthly Art After Dark from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4. Art After Dark takes place the first Friday of each month, May through December. Studios and galleries on Main Street, Depot Street…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:13

Wilderness-themed art on display in Sylva

A collection of Catherine Stinson Yellowroot’s paintings titled “Return to the Wild” will be on display during the month of November at The Wilderness Society’s southeastern regional office in Sylva. An opening reception for the exhibit will take place from…
Though perhaps it’s not exactly the moveable feast Ernest Hemingway discovered in the cafés of Paris, the ambiance of The Coffee Shop in Sylva suits local writer Dawn Gilchrist-Young just fine. It is here, in this 84-year-old, family owned, down-home…
In a town that has long thrived on competitive, and sometimes markedly heated, political contests, the prospect of an incumbents-only race this November in Franklin seems ghastly. Even to several of the shoo-in incumbents themselves. “Maybe they’re afraid they might…
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 20:54

MedWest volunteer classes coming up

Palliative Care and Hospice Services of MedWest Health System will hold a series of training classes for new volunteers Oct. 31 through Nov. 3 in Sylva. The 12-hour series will acquaint volunteers with the Hospice philosophy and program. Sessions run…
The exquisite, fleeting beauty of autumn is with us now. Cold nights signal changes to come. Soon there will be a killing frost; winter will be upon us then. “Men must endure / Their going hence, even as their coming…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:30

Smart bear kicks off ‘Bear Smart’ program

To the Editor: Just prior to the opening of the “Bear Smart” program, on Tuesday night at the Sapphire Valley Resort Community Center, a very large black bear showed up to protest the theme of the meeting by walking down…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:29

Despite problems, we need less government

To the Editor: In the Oct. 19 Smoky Mountain News, a photo and story feature covered the Oct. 15 Occupy Sylva event. However, what the article did not report was that our Rep. Phil Haire, D-Sylva, chose the Occupy Sylva…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:29

Candidates should promote unity

To the Editor: In the election article for Maggie Valley, I read three candidates — the  mayoral candidate Ron DeSimone and two of candidates for aldermen, Phil Aldridge and Phillip Wight — are quoted as being in lockstep for their…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:27

We need to know who is pulling the strings

To the Editor: In reply to Shirley Slaughter’s letter of Oct. 19 in The Smoky Mountain News (www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/5374), I don’t think the N.C. Republicans need any help from The New Yorker to discredit themselves because they’ve accomplished that objective pretty…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:25

Tricks, not literature, impress 6-year-olds

By all accounts, my wife’s trip to Riverbend Elementary School to talk to Mrs. Gidcumb’s first-grade class about her career as a personal trainer and fitness coach was a smashing success. I’ll go ahead and disclose that I had some…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:22

Vicki Lane to present latest novel

Vicki Lane returns to City Lights to read from her newest novel, Under The Skin, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. In this haunting tale from the heart of Appalachia, Lane draws together past and present, good and evil,…
Author George Ellison will be conducting a book signing at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Wednesday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ellison is the co-author of the…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:21

Local writer wins award for family history book

Hattie Best Polk of Lake Junaluska won the prestigious Robert Bruce Cooke Family History Book of the Year Award for her manuscript, Out of My Life and Reflections, at the North Carolina Society of Historians annual awards banquet. Polk’s story,…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:18

One a day helps her deal with the grief

In recent years, a few individuals have taken on large reading projects and then written books of their own about their literary odyssey. Reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica, Adler’s Great Books, various millennium book lists: all have received such treatment.…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:06

Casual, unplanned — and heavenly

You don’t have to live in a cabin to get cabin fever. You can come down with a bad case of cabin fever — which I think of as  “the doldrums” — even if you live in a snazzy mansion.…
The Jackson County Public Library will host WCU Psychology Professor Hal Herzog for a talk about his book, Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals, at 7 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:05

Job corps gives Smokies’ trails a hand

Students and staff of the Oconaluftee Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center helped with a trail restoration project on the popular Forney Ridge Trail recently in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. After hiking in to the work site, students, National…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:04

Explore “Road to Nowhere” on guided hike

There’s no costumed ghouls or pre-recorded shrieks on the Friends of the Smokies’ November hike, but you will trek along a trail with a “road to nowhere,” visit a secluded cemetery and explore a dark, 365-foot tunnel.   On Tuesday,…
Nantahala Outdoor Center has opened a retail concept shop from The North Face located inside NOC’s outfitters and retail store in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Covering 1,000 square feet of space within NOC’s Great Outpost, the specialty shop designed and merchandised by…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:03

Paddling club sets first outing

The first Smoky Mountain Paddling Club outing will be Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. on Bear Lake in Jackson County, weather permitting. Paddlers of all ability levels are welcome. Bring appropriate clothing, craft of choice, food, water and a personal flotation…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:03

Kick up your heels for the Power of Pink

The fifth-annual Power of Pink race will be held Oct. 29 at MedWest Health and Fitness Center on the campus of MedWest-Haywood in Clyde, with a 20-mile relay, 4-mile run and fun run/walk. The event helps raise breast cancer awareness…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:02

Watershed group aids Cherokee basketmakers

As clay is to the potter and stone is to the sculptor, river cane is the vital raw material to the Cherokee basketmaker. But it’s in short supply. The Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River has received a grant from…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:01

Learn about stream and forest health

Regional water quality experts will give a state of local forests and streams report in a public forum held by the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, in Highlands. Information will be presented by Jonathan McCall,…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:00

Park partners garner national recognition

The leaders of the two primary Great Smoky Mountains National Park partners were recently presented with the Department of Interior Citizen’s Award for Exceptional Service.   Terry Maddox, executive director, Great Smoky Mountains Association and Jim Hart, president of the…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 12:59

Wild for now, but keep your eye on the ball

Ten years later and one hurdle leapt — there will be more. Last week the 10th U.S. Circuit court of Appeals upheld the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule after the state of Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association brought suit…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 12:58

Looking for your best trail shots

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is looking for great photos of people enjoying the Appalachian Trail in 2011. The conservancy is looking for images that illustrate your idea of a perfect day on the trail. Creative and unique shots are encouraged.…