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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…
Learn how to make your own rain barrel, create a stormwater wetland and about habitat rehabilitation projects in general at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 22, at Rickman Store in Cowee Valley. This event is in Macon County, part of…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 14:18

Learn how to build a rain barrel

Learn how to build your own rain barrel at a Haywood Waterways Association workshop. Rain barrels are a great source of water for gardening, cleaning equipment and even flushing toilets. They are particularly important during drought conditions. They also help…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 14:17

The state of the Tuck

A workshop on the State of the Tuckaseegee River will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the Whittier Community Center. A series of short panel presentations and discussions on various elements and factors contributing…
Clay Bolt, an award-winning natural history photographer, will be at the Highlands Nature Center at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25. He will share the story of how he created an international photography project called “Meet Your Neighbours.” MYN is a…
Shutterbug alert: The ninth annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition is now open for registration and submissions. Amateur and professional photographers 13 years of age and older are encouraged to submit at www.appmtnphotocomp.org. The competition closes at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov.…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 14:14

Take a volunteer trail vacation on the AT

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Rocky Top Trail Crew is looking for horse packers and crew volunteers this fall to help maintain the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The ATC will provide food, tools, equipment, and professional…
Want to help keep Panthertown Valley beautiful and accessible? Volunteers are needed Saturday, Aug. 20, for a Trail Work Day. Volunteers will work on Overlook Trail, a popular hiking trail featuring magnificent long-range views of Panthertown, a 6,295-acre backcountry wilderness…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 14:12

Rankin Bottoms

I can always count on Rankin Bottoms Wildlife Refuge when I need a Loosiana Delta fix. This musky backwater with its willow groves, bald cypress, cottonwoods and buttonbush is the antithesis of the cool clear, swift mountain streams common to…
If you’re going to put on and sponsor what has quickly evolved into one of the region’s most popular road-bike events, it sure helps to have a qualified nutritionist on staff. When it came to stocking food and drink at…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:59

Story time with Sara Doolittle

Franklin resident Sara Doolittle will be at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, for a special story time featuring her first picture book, Lillie’s Smile. Her book was inspired by memories of her maternal…
WCU professor Mary Adams will read from her work at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. The reading is part of the Coffee with the Poet series. Adams has two collections of poetry, Epistles…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:58

Living the easy life can be hard

Author Lynne Hinkey will read from her book Marina Melee at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, at Blue Ridge Books in downtown Waynesville. Marina Melee follows George Marshall, freshly divorced for the third time and fired from his “allowance”…
When I was a child riding the backroads of Western North Carolina with my grandfather in his big red Esso truck, he used to point out abandoned farms to me. Many of the barns and houses were branded with the…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:55

A day of bluegrass at the library

The Macon County Library will come alive with music on Thursday, Aug. 18, with Lady and the Old Timers at 11 a.m. and Mary Kay Sullivan and Harry Miller and their band, Country Memories, at 7 p.m. Lady and the…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:55

Bluegrass jam celebrates 14th year

The Fines Creek Bluegrass Jam will begin at 4 p.m. on Aug. 26-27and at the festival grounds behind the old Fines Creek School on Fines Creek Road. Steve Brown and Hurricane Ridge will open the festivities on Friday. Brown will…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:54

Concert celebrates the Kingston Trio

A tribute concert honoring The Kingston Trio, one of America’s most popular folk groups for more than 40 years, will be hosted at The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20. The Kingston…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:53

A chance to dance with the Moscow Ballet

Moscow Ballet and the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts announce open auditions for 7- to 16-year-old dancers to perform side-by-side with 40 Russian professionals in the “Great Russian Nutcracker.” Auditions are at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21,…