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Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:14

Battling the bureaucracy for veterans

David Gifford proudly stood as a congressman presented him with medals for meritorious service in the Air Force and the Army. The assembled crowd applauded as the representative gave a short speech. Photos were snapped and a news camera rolled.…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:14

Volunteers needed for Toys for Tots

The Toys for Tots coordinator for Macon, Jackson and Swain counties is beginning the search for volunteers. Randy Dean Hughes, the TFT Local Coordinator for Macon, Jackson, Swain counties, he says all donations collected from this area will be used…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:13

WCU students sponsor shoe donation drive

Students in Western Carolina University’s Criminal Justice Club will host a shoe donation drive to benefit people in need during the month of October as part of the WCU Poverty Project. Shoes of all types — athletic, running, dress, sandals,…
The disembodied voice crackled through the walkie-talkie: “I’ve got someone who wants to buy two lots, cash deal.” “Sell ‘em,” L.C. Jones urged, seemingly to himself, but his response included Michelle Masta, a passenger in the backseat of his big,…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:11

Benefit bash to help Haywood animals

Furry Friends Benefit Bash will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Gateway Club in Waynesville to benefit Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation. This year’s event will be a sit-down dinner with four entrees to choose from:…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:10

Learn about Medicare options

There will be a presentation on Medicare Low Income Subsidy at 1 p.m. on Oct. 7 at the Haywood County Office Building in Waynesville. The program is put on by the Haywood Jackson Volunteer Center/NC SHIIP(Senior Health Insurance Information Program)…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:10

Bring your animals to be blessed

A Blessing of the Animals will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9, at Grace Episcopal Church in the Mountains in Waynesville. The annual event is held in memory of St. Francis of Assissi.  All are welcome to…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:09

Federal grant expands dental care for the needy

The Haywood County Health Department will be able to expand dental services for the needy thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission The money will be used to outfit and equip two additional dental exam rooms, one…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:08

East Haywood to get public safety center

An ambulance garage and substation for deputies is being constructed in the Canton area, allowing for faster delivery of medical and law enforcement response in the eastern part of Haywood County. It will have showers and bunks for ambulance crews…
The growing local food movement that is gaining traction around the country has made its way into Haywood County Schools, where the first shipment of Haywood County produce rolled in earlier this year. The tomatoes, peppers and corn came courtesy…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 20:34

In my dreams, I am organized and efficient

I am a great admirer of efficient people. In my enthusiasm for them I sometimes mistake myself for one of those types. I wrongly imagine I’m a getting-it-done kind of person who never goes upstairs or downstairs with empty hands;…
To the Editor: While the good folks at Frontier (Everett, Wash., customer service call center) offered as a good faith gesture to lower my monthly landline phone charge by $11, my original request for an update on DSL service was…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 20:33

Rep. Phil Haire wrong on gay marriage bill

To the Editor: I found Rep. Phil Haire’s recent letter outlining and justifying his opposition to SB 514, the Defense of Marriage Bill, very alarming. Rep. Haire was 100 percent wrong when he said that to put the issue of…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 20:33

Haire should support the people’s vote

To the Editor: I’d like to address the letter three weeks ago by my representative to the General Assembly, The Honorable Phil Haire. Short and to the point, I have two issues. First, it is very telling that our elected…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 20:32

Go ahead and do the Macon revaluation

To the Editor: If property revaluation is postponed until 2015, the Macon County Commissioners are again gambling that property values will be comparable to the current valuations in order to maintain the current budget level. Consider that they could be…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 20:32

Some questions for progressives to answer

To the Editor: These questions are directed to progressives, liberals or left-thinking people. • Why do you think it’s OK for the government to hold a gun to my head and take my money to give to more deserving or…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 20:30

It is time to move beyond gay marriage debate

When will we say, “It is enough”? On Sept. 19, a 14-year-old boy named Jamey Rodemeyer from Buffalo, N.Y., committed suicide after suffering from being bullied by classmates who harassed him with gay slurs both at his school and online.…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:55

Delve into the arts with fall courses

The Oconaluftee Institute for the Cultural Arts is offering evening classes this fall in a variety of disciplines.   • Intro to Printmaking will be offered from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 10 and Nov. 14 in Cherokee. Students…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:55

Fall craft show in Maggie

The Maggie Valley October Leaves Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8 and 9, at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Admission is free and there is plenty of parking for…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:54

Calling all chili cooks

The Bryson City Chamber Chili Cook Off will mark its 21st year, on Saturday, Oct. 15, and the Swain County Chamber of Commerce is looking for cookers in all classes: traditional (red), white, and vegetarian. Cash prizes will be awarded…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:53

Fall festival fills Waynesville streets

The Church Street Art and Craft Show will fill the streets of downtown Waynesville from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8. The festival usually attracts more than 20,000 visitors and more than 120 juried artists and crafters…
The Tuckasegee Terror Tales Tour will run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in October, starting at 7 p.m. in Whittier. Boarding of the tour wagon will be at the corner of Whittier School Road and Whittier Depot Street in downtown…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:52

A taste of German culture in Franklin

An Oktoberfest will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the National Guard Armory in Franklin. The festival is put on by the Foundation for Angel Medical Center and will benefit the renovations for the Outpatient Medicine…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:51

Tony Award winner coming to Highlands

Tony Award-winning actor Anthony Crivello will direct the hit play, “Heart What’s In the Heart,” which will run Sept. 30 through Oct. 7, at the Highlands Playhouse. This will be the final production of the Playhouse’s 2011 season. Anthony Crivello…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:51

Program proves Carden knows Jack

Storyteller and playwright Gary Carden will present a program on Appalachian Jack tales and their origins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Jackson County Public Library. Jack tales are a particular variety of Appalachian folk tale, but…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:50

Balsam Range wins Song of the Year

The Haywood County bluegrass group Balsam Range won the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Song of the Year award for 2011 for “Trains I Missed.” The awards were handed out Sept. 29 at the Ryman Theater in Nashville. “Trains I Missed”…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:49

Sing along to old time music at Songfest

Sing for the Fun of It, a songfest featuring old familiar favorites, will start at 7 p.m. on Oct. 11 at The Macon County Public Library. Included in the repertoire will be songs like “Blue Skies,” “Down In the Valley,”…
Grammy-nominated bluegrass musicians the Grascals will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. The show, “Dance Til Your Stockings Are Hot and Ravelin,’” is a musical tribute to…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:47

Open Mic starts second season

Open Mic nights are returning this fall from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Blue Ridge Books on Main Street in Waynesville. The October-to-May series is hosted by local musician and songwriter, Chris Minick,…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:46

Irish singing sensations visit Harrah’s

Celtic Thunder, a singing group from Ireland, will perform 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel and Casino. The group has five male soloists who perform both independently and collectively. They debuted in August 2007 and have…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:45

Dailey & Vincent to perform Oct. 7

Dailey & Vincent, an award-winning bluegrass band, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 7, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Tickets start at $12. Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent are the front men of…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:44

Jammin’ at the Millpond returns to HCC

Jammin’ at the Millpond will be held from 10 a.m. to dusk on Saturday, Oct. 8, on the Haywood Community College campus. This is a free bluegrass event to showcase the college, its programs and alumni, and the Appalachian heritage…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:44

Learn watercolor techniques with Ann Vasilik

Watercolor artist Ann Vasilik will present at the next meeting of the Blue Ridge Watermedia Society, from 6:45 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 11, at Haywood Community College Bldg 1400. She will be painting a town scene from Colonia del…
The tri-venue Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival will run from Oct. 7-9, in the three festival villages: Cashiers, Glenville and Sapphire. The festival will feature entertainment by bands of several musical genres, artisan crafts, vendor booths, food and kid-attracting activities. Each…
In Tara Melton-Miller’s basement studio, the soft, rhythmic chatter of wood clanking repetitively against wood creates a soothing metronomic singsong on this quiet Friday morning. Melton-Miller is a weaver at her loom, diligently rearranging the spools of thread dangling from…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:40

Penley to discuss a life of art Oct. 7

Painter Steve Penley will give a free talk about his art, his life, his faith and experiences at 7 p.m. on Oct. 7, at the Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. With subjects such as Winston Churchill,…
There will be a free screening of “Mars,” a romantic comedy that follows three astronauts on the first manned mission to Mars, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the theater of the University Center at Western Carolina University.…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:17

Variety show entertains for Make-A-Wish

Angie Toomey and Friends will present a variety show to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska. The show will help grant wishes to children with terminal and long-term illnesses…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:39

An Appalachian ‘original genius’

(Note: Since its publication several years ago, this column about Evan O. Hall has sparked a number of comments. Something about Hall’s indefatigable and self-reliant cleverness reminded people of someone they, too, had known in days gone by.) Back in…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:38

Paddling Club to hold organizational meeting

A meeting to organize the Smoky Mountain Paddling Club will be held at the meeting room in United Community Bank at 1640 East Main Street in Sylva at 6:30 pm. on Thursday, Oct. 6. Paddlers of all ages and levels…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:38

Celebrate mountain heritage at the ‘Cradle’

Celebrate the heritage of Western North Carolina during the annual Forest Festival Day on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is the Cradle of Forestry’s largest event of the year. This event commemorates the traditions of…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:37

Testing the waters

The Summit Charter School’s eighth-grade class tested seven water sources commonly used by hikers along the Appalachian Trail in Macon County. Testing took place during the group’s annual overnight field trip to the Standing Indian area earlier this month. The…
Delayed-harvest trout water rules on 15 Western North Carolina counties start Oct. 1, replacing a different set of regulations on these streams. Under delayed-harvest regulations, no trout can be harvested from these waters between Oct. 1 and one half-hour after…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:35

Seed swap taking place in Sylva

Time to swap those seeds, plants and bulbs at the annual Jackson County Farmers Market exchange scheduled for 9 a.m. until noon Oct. 1 in downtown Sylva. Additionally, starting that same Saturday, an exciting new children’s program starts for the…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:34

Hone those birding skills

A guided bird walk sponsored by the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee is set for Friday, Sept. 30, near Tilley Creek in Cullowhee. The bird walk will be led by Jeremy Hyman, an assistant professor of biology at Western…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:34

Monarchs to be monitored by students

For the second year in a row, sixth-grade students from Macon County will find themselves galloping through goldenrod to catch, tag, and release Monarch butterflies as part of “Migration Celebration,” a field trip designed to engage students in real science…
“Two Special Rocks,” a program on how Looking Glass and John Rock were formed, will be held on Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. The program will discuss what the rocks are…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:32

Hope is a thing with wheels

Avid birder and burgeoning cyclist Lena Gallitano has come up with an ambitious plan to combine two of her passions. Gallitano will take part in Cycle North Carolina’s annual fall ride. This year’s trek will be a modest 500-mile affair…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:31

New segment added to Overmountain Victory Trail

A celebration of a new piece of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Hefner Gap Overlook at milepost 326 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Overmountain Trail preserves…
Haywood Community College students are learning best management practices to reduce stormwater runoff by using the campus itself as laboratory, hoping to restore natural hydrology wherever possible as the campus grows and changes. Preston Jacobsen, a sustainability analyst, said the…