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Earl Bradley watches from the parking lot of his auto repair shop as a tractor trailer struggles for 15 minutes to align itself with Premier Chemicals’ loading dock across the street in Waynesville. Bradley has videotaped the trucks for months,…
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 21:40

Marianna Black Library hosts anime club

Anime returns to its regular schedule of two shows a month starting this Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Bryson City library. The morning session, from 11 a.m. to 1:10 p.m., features several popular Japanese TV programs. Then, after a brief…
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will run a PEANUTS™ Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown Excursion and Valentine Sweetheart Train at 11 a.m. on Feb. 11. The train will depart from Bryson City depot, travel along the Tuckasegee River to Dillsboro…
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 21:39

Movie night comes to the Sylva library

The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will have a movie night at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 2. The library will show “It Happened One Night,” a 1934 Frank Capra classic starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. Colbert plays a…
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 21:38

The Poetry Revival to come to WCU

The Arts and Cultural Events Series at Western Carolina University will host The Poetry Revival, a spoken-word theater experience, at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 25, in the Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on the WCU campus. The Poetry Revival includes…
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 21:38

Rathskellar to offer wine tasting

Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub will host a Select Red Wine Tasting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 8. Jeremy Sims from Mutual Distributing will run the event, which is free of charge. However, pre-registration is required as seating is limited.…
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 21:37

HART presents five plays in one night

The Haywood Arts Regional Theater will feature five short plays by Sylva playwright Gary Carden on Jan. 27 thru 29. The Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday performance starts at 3 p.m. The plays include:…
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 21:36

Photography workshops to be offered at WCU

Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing Education will be offering workshops on digital camera basics and processing digital images in the coming weeks. The first workshop, “Mastering Your Digital Camera,” is designed for the novice digital photographer and will be…
Local crafter James Stewart-Payne will offer a free one-hour paper collage class for adults at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7 at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Class participants will create their own birds, using simple papers collected from home,…
The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host a daytime music program on the first Friday of every month featuring the “The Lady and the Old Timers Band.” The February performance will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.…
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 21:35

Share the Warmth concert is Feb. 12

Haywood Community College and Champion Credit Union are once again joining forces to help people in Haywood County with heating assistance. Hominy Valley Boys and several other local groups will host a Share the Warmth benefit concert from 2 to…
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 21:34

SCC to offer personal enrichment classes

Southwestern Community College will offer four arts classes beginning Feb. 4. • “Instant piano for hopelessly busy people” is open to anyone. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 4 on the Jackson campus. The $75…
Cherokee has bears; another town has painted pigs. Harold Sims, who runs the Catman2 shelter, wants cats. Sims has found life-size, unpainted cat statues and is looking for people to sponsor a cat. The cost per cat depends on how…
The Haywood County Public Library will hold its second annual Lego Extravaganza Contest on Jan. 28 at the Haywood County Cooperative Extension Office. Registration is free and open to children ages 5-17, with registration forms available at all library branches.…
It took just moments for this roomful of 60 people with their varying musical backgrounds and abilities to unite in song. But they did just that thanks to the guidance of shape-note teacher Anne Lough of Haywood County, who walked…
A concept among biologists is that of “keystone species:” plants or animals with a pervasive influence on community composition and inter-reactions. In the eastern United States — especially here in the southern highlands — the beech tree is such an…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:57

Get all the dirt on growing grapes

A viticulture conference focused on how to grow grapes in a sustainable manner in Western North Carolina will be held all-day Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Warren Wilson College. The conference is being put on in conjunction with Sustainable Appalachian Viticulture…
Wet those lines, anglers, and you could get your hooks into $10,000 in prize money during Shiver in the River Feb. 3-5. The tournament will take place on a 2.2-mile stretch of trophy, catch-and-release stream on the Cherokee Indian Reservation.…
“Books and Boots,” a two-day event celebrating the beauty and bounty of the natural world will be held at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville on Saturday and Sunday, February 18 and 19. There will be family programs focusing on indoor…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:55

Franklin now has AT “ambassador”

Mary Bennett has been chosen to serve as the volunteer ambassador for the designated Appalachian Trail Community of Franklin. Bennett will serve as a community liaison to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the local volunteer hiking club that maintains in…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:55

Camp in Maggie Valley helps troubled youth

A grant from Healthy Haywood has helped launch an Outdoor Mission Camp for court-involved kids. Positive Community Connections is designed to help keep kids off the streets and out of the courtrooms. The directors are Ruffin and Jamie Shackelford, who…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:53

Growers discover benefits of mob farming

Farmers, want-to-be farmers and anyone willing to pitch in at local farms are forming “mobs” to help farmers. These mobs are helping with tasks such as mulching, planting, moving dirt, inoculating mushroom logs, creating low-tech water distribution systems and so…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:53

Get involved with Tuckasegee watershed group

The Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River will hold a public planning meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at Southwestern Community College’s Sylva campus. Anyone with an interest in protecting and improving the quality of the Tuckasegee…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:52

Learn, talk about the Clean Water Act

A discussion about the Clean Water Act, which environmentalists assert is under assault as industries attempt to rollback federal protections, will be discussed at Green Drinks from 5:30 to 7 p.m on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Posana Café in Asheville.…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:51

Northern Pintail

Thanks to a head’s up from Tim Carstens last Sunday morning (1/15), I saw a drake northern pintail, Anas acuta, at Lake Junaluska. This “nomad of the sky” is cosmopolitan in distribution, breeding in northern Europe, Asia and North America.…
Two of Western North Carolina’s most storied conservation groups, both based in Macon County, merged this month into a single entity. The Little Tennessee Watershed Association has been absorbed into The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee and is being…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:46

Jane Austen decoded for men

Of female writers who appeal the least to the young men in my seminars, Jane Austen surely holds first place. Many of these male students can relate to the work of Annie Dillard or Anne Tyler, and more than a…
Robin Whitley will be at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva at 7 p.m. on Jan. 21 to read from her book, In a Southern Closet. She will also discuss the importance of journaling as a means of thinking about a…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:44

Bryson City library to show ‘Cars 2’

The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City presents Pixar’s “Cars 2” at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 24. Owen Wilson once again voices speedy race car Lightning McQueen in the sequel to the animated hit “Cars.” When he heads off to…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:43

‘100 Years of Broadway’ at WCU Jan. 27

Broadway comes to Cullowhee for one night when composer and lyricist Neil Berg’s “100 Years of Broadway” hits the stage of Western Carolina University’s Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 27. The performance, part of WCU’s…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:42

WCU to perform ‘Dracula’ Jan. 24

Western Carolina University’s original radio broadcast adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula” will be staged at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 24. The “Dracula” cast features students, faculty, staff and professional actors…
WCU to host workshops for men ... Western Carolina University will host three workshops titled “Experienced Men Begin Re-Examining Reality” beginning Jan. 24. The series is intended to help participants redefine men and the world view of masculinity and manhood…
The next community music jam at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Jan. 19, in the library auditorium. Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer — anything acoustic — is invited…
Fiddler Ian Moore will perform at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at 7 p.m. on Jan. 26. Moore, who lives in Sylva, is originally from New York City and is a classically trained violinist. Since moving to Jackson County…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:38

Music icon Diana Ross to perform at Harrah’s

In a career spanning more than 40 years, Diana Ross has proven herself to be one of the most iconic female singers of all time. Ross will perform at 7:30 p.m. on March 3 at the event center in Harrah’s…
The Liars Bench presents “Wild Mountain Music” at 7 p.m. on Jan. 19 at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center auditorium. Member artists Gary Carden, Lloyd Arneach, Barbara Duncan, Paul Iarussi; guest artists Laurence Jordan, Ken Beck, Brent Martin, Jill Gottesman and…
Chocolate is not simply a tasty treat; for some, it is the main ingredient for creating masterpieces, and developing the ultimate recipe or concept is serious business. “We would start in November practicing with recipes,” said Becca Wiggins, a 35-year-old…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:22

The time is ripe for garden planning

January is a time for new beginnings; nowhere is that more true than in the garden. A difficult task for newcomers to Western North Carolina who want to garden, or for first-timers to gardening, is an absence of good information…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:20

A reminder of the inhumanity that is war

It was pouring last Wednesday as I drove home, the cold rain  painting the winter landscape a dull grey. Standing on the sidewalk outside the Haywood County Courthouse was a single peace protester, his raincoat losing the battle against the…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:19

NCAE needs to work for schools, not Democrats

In spite of Scott McLeod’s assertion that “it would be hard to argue otherwise” in his column (“Vote on NCAE dues a slap in the face to teachers,” The Smoky Mountain News, Jan 11 edition), I am going to give…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:18

Locke Foundation critical of tactics

To the Editor: It’s unclear where Justin Conley (“Vindictive measure should send message,” The Smoky Mountain News, Jan. 11 issue) gets his information about the John Locke Foundation’s reaction to last week’s controversial session of the N.C. General Assembly. Lumping…
A lawsuit filed last week claims $17 million has been hijacked from public coffers over the past two decades by a mental health nonprofit. A regional mental health agency filed the suit in hopes of recouping the lost money, as…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:16

News in brief

The Jackson County Republican Party will hold an open house at its new office in Sylva from 3 p.m. until 5: 30 p.m. Monday, Jan 23, located at Sunrise Park Drive This office is the second GOP office opened in…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:15

Bryson federal building will be ‘occupied’

Members of Move to Amend, a grassroots coalition, will be in front of the Federal Courthouse on Main Street in Bryson City, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 to mark the second anniversary of the Citizens United…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:15

Teach-in on corporate influence planned

Confused about what corporate personhood is, and why it even matters? A group of Haywood County residents will hold a teach-in from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 21, in the historic courthouse in downtown Waynesville. “We want to…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:14

Players sought for football teams

Alumni football is coming to Waynesville via Gridiron Alumni, which is planning several full-contact alumni football games.   Players are needed; the first 40 on each team get to play. The team that gets 30 people registered first gains home…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:14

Edwards sentenced for Cullowhee bank robbery

Brian Anthony Edwards, a junior a Western Carolina University, was convicted of robbery and sentenced to a maximum of 21 months in a North Carolina prison on Jan. 3. Edwards, a 21-year-old Hendersonville native, pleaded guilty to “common law robbery”…
While a proposed room-tax hike in Jackson County has been sidelined at least for now, the idea of merging the county’s two tourism entities has been tapped for further study. Jackson County commissioners plan to appoint a task force to…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:04

Maggie tightens up noise ordinance, again

Maggie Valley was thrust back into controversy over its noise ordinance last week, an ongoing debate that has pitted residents against bars hosting live bands outdoors. Only four months after the previous town board made changes to the noise ordinance,…
Jackson leaders will likely pushback a countywide property revaluation from next year to 2016 following a strong recommendation by their tax man. “Truthfully, if you want this thing done and you want it done right, we don’t have an adequate…