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Wednesday, 09 February 2011 19:57

Free ARTSaturday workshop

Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to a free ARTSaturday arts and crafts workshop hosted by the Macon County Arts Council at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Franklin library. The Council provides all materials and…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 19:56

Vanessa Carlton gives free concert

Singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton will give a free concert at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, at Western Carolina University. Carlton is best known for her song “A Thousand Miles,” and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards and an American Music…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 19:56

Contra evening to dance through Dillsboro

The next Second Sunday Contra Dance will be on Sunday, Feb.13, at the Barkers Creek Community Building on U.S. 441 three miles north of Dillsboro. Dancing will go from 3 to 5 p.m. followed by a potluck dinner at 6…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 19:55

WNC Roundtable welcomes back Randal Garrison

Civil War re-enactor Randal Garrison will speak on the Shelton Laurel Massacre in Madison County at this month’s Western North Carolina Roundtable at 7 p.m. on Feb. 14 on the second floor of the Justice Center in Sylva. Garrison is…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 19:53

Learn photo editing at half-day clinic

A half-day post-production photography clinic with Bob Grytten will show photographers how to work with photos after they’re taken. The $45 class will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb 16, at the Waynesville Old Armory Rec.…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 19:51

Arts and crafts festival comes to Sylva

A Valentine’s Day Open House Arts and Crafts Festival will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, in the Community Service Center in Sylva. The event will be hosted by the Jackson County Extension and Community Association…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 19:49

Second City brings new comedy show to WCU

Second City, the world-famous improvisational comedy troupe, is bringing its show ‘Fair and Unbalanced’ to Western Carolina University’s Fine and Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17. Originally formed in Chicago in 1959, Second City has since built…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 19:48

Valentine’s story and craft at Marianna Black

Children of all ages are invited to a Fancy Nancy Valentines Party from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 14, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City.  Fancy Nancy is a popular picture book series written by Jane O’Connor. Children can…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 19:47

Learn how to make Indian fry bread

The N.C. Cooperative Extension’s Good Cooks Series will continue with a Native American flair at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11, in the Conference Room of the Community Service Center in Sylva.   Jennifer Siweumptewa, an assistant in the Culinary…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 19:47

Help bake treats for a sweet cause

The DAYDREAMZ project and Kids at Work, two local non-profit organizations, are offering an afternoon of community baking and creating sweet treats for underprivileged. “heART,” a community baking event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Feb. 10…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 19:43

Legacy of WNC women explored in new exhibit

A new exhibit featuring research and displays developed by the Appalachian Women’s Museum in Dillsboro is now open for public viewing at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center. The exhibit addresses topics such as the evolution of canning technology, the…
By DeeAnna Haney • SMN Intern All it took was a knack for guitar playing and a single visit to Nashville, Tenn., to spur a lifelong passion in one Tuscola High School senior’s life. Singer/songwriter MacKenzie Leigh Wilson recently released…
Friday, 04 February 2011 19:55

NC General Assembly update

Most people predicted that this session of the North Carolina General Assembly was going to be fast and furious, and it appears that is indeed the case. The GOP-led General Assembly is advancing legislation that Democrats have traditionally not supported,…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:22

Ghost Dance has a long history in Cherokee

(Note: This is part one of a two-part series regarding the Cherokee Ghost Dance. Part two will present Michelene Ethe Pesantubbee’s conclusions and perspectives on the movement.) The belief in the coming of a messiah, or deliverer, who shall restore…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:21

Informal camping club needs members

In the hunt for an informal camping club with no annual dues and no actual meetings except for actually going to campouts? Check out the Vagabonds, which is now seeking new members. While there are no planned activities, members do…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:20

Free guide available to managing invasive plants

The U.S. Forest Service is distributing free copies of a new guide, titled “A Management Guide for Invasive Plants in Southern Forests,” that gives homeowners, gardeners, land managers and others information on controlling and removing invasive plants in the South.…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:19

Registration open for Maggie Moonlight Race

Runners can register now for one of Western North Carolina’s most storied summer road races. Registration for the Maggie Valley Moonlight Race opened this Feb. 1, and continues through race day, Saturday, Aug. 27. The fee to participate in this…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:19

Conservation group seeking feedback

Wild South, a regional nonprofit that works to restore the South’s natural landscapes, wants help on accessing wildlife resources. An online survey has been set up at: www.wildsouth.org/index.php/component/content/article/3-newsflash/400-wildlife-survey. Wild South says concerns regarding wildlife resources have arisen, including: illegal activities,…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:18

Trees, berries order to benefit 4-H

The Swain County Cooperative Extension is now taking orders for 3- to 4-foot apple, pear and peach trees, along with three-year old blueberry and two-year old grape varieties. Prices are $12 for the apple, pear and peach trees and $8…
The Commissioners of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission unanimously adopted a resolution recently reaffirming the agency’s longstanding support for hunting with the use of dogs. “We support the use of dogs in hunting in North Carolina where such hunting is…
Tuesday, 01 February 2011 21:15

Gardening for a cause

The Sylva Community Garden project is seeking new members to join for the upcoming season. Plots of 15-feet by 30-feet are available for free in downtown Sylva. Gardeners participating must agree to donate at least one-half of the produce grown…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:12

The Naturalist's Corner: Take this book outside

Don’t put this book on your bookshelf, mounted there like some hunter’s head of a deer, to prove you can read. Don’t put this book on the coffee table, turned slightly askance — to be noticeable, so people will know…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:10

New wilderness area near Highlands unlikely

The situation doesn’t look promising for the formation of a new wilderness area in the Nantahala National Forest, the dream child of Brent Martin, the Sylva-based Southern Appalachian program director for The Wilderness Society. Martin envisioned easy political passage of…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:09

Author recounts unique parenting journey

Some novels call to mind certain family members. There are the wise old stories that remind us of our grandparents, the zany tales whose style and tone dredge up our crazy but loveable Uncle Harry, the comic narratives whose humor…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:07

Rash commemorates paperback release

Local author Ron Rash will hold a reading at City Lights in Sylva to celebrate the paperback release of his short story collection, Burning Bright, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 13 Rash teaches writing at WCU and is an…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:07

Taxpayer money wasted on silly studies

To the Editor: Recently the National Science Foundation (NSF) granted Professor Thomas Ford (WCU) and Associate Professor Julie Woodzicka (Washington and Lee University) $300,000.00 to research how sexist humor contributes to imbalanced relations between men and women. Naturally it’s assumed…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:06

Too much Fox News in the public sphere

To the Editor: Fox News seems to be playing in public places all over Haywood County — restaurants, bars, even the lobby of my favorite fitness center. I am troubled that the divisive message of Fox News is further polarizing…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:06

Rowing and paddling aren’t synonymous

To the Editor: As usual, your paper continues to cover important issues of our area that others largely ignore, but I feel I must call attention to a recent blunder.    After seeing your front page titled “Room to Row,”(SMN…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:04

Muirhead piece lost its focus

To the Editor: The title of Scott Muirhead’s op-ed on Frog Level (“A place where two worlds collide,” The Smoky Mountain News, Jan. 25) lures us with a deceptively disingenuous, “A place where two worlds collide head on.” Search as…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:59

Hate by any name is still hate

Back in the day, say the late 1980s through about 2000, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s hate map featured Western North Carolina prominently. In fact, along with a few states such as Idaho and Montana, in many ways this section…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:57

Vindication for HEP, a little satisfaction here

This is a very odd business, the telling of the news. It’s even more odd as part of an independent media operation. You work weird hours, meet all kinds of  people, find yourself in lots of odd places and odd…
The Green Energy Park would stand on its own financially within five years if Jackson County adopts recommendations made last week by interim County Manager Chuck Wooten. The park, which uses methane created by decomposing trash at the old Dillsboro…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:32

‘The Last Flapper’ stops off in Waynesville

The one-woman show “The Last Flapper” comes to Waynesville’s HART Studio this month, portraying the life of Zelda Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald, wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald, spent the final years of her life in Asheville’s Highland Mental Hospital. She died…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:32

HART to hold auditions

Auditions will be held for “Shipwrecked,” the latest production of the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, Feb. 6 and 7, in Waynesville’s Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House. The show is based on…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:31

Guild to offer up knitting know-how

Free knitting classes for both children and adults are ramping up at the Waynesville Public Library, courtesy of the Smoky Mountain Knitting Guild. Classes for children, ages 8 through 12, are forming now, and will meet at the library on…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:29

Community Chorus practices Poulenc

The Western Carolina Community Chorus will begin rehearsals of Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria” from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 6. Experienced singers interested in joining the chorus should attend the initial session which will be held in the Western…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:28

Winter Market dresses up for Valentine’s

A special Valentine’s Market will be held by the Jackson County Winter Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sylva. The market will feature items like strawberry champagne jam,…
Local actress Barbara Bates Smith will bring her one-woman show “The C-Word: A Life-Meets-Art Cancer Story” to St. David’s Episcopal church at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 . “The C-Word: A Life-Meets-Art Cancer Story” is a frank, humorous and poignant…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:26

Valentine’s brings baking to Frog Level

Valentine’s treats will be cooked up in Frog Level through a community baking event sponsored by the Daydreamz Project and Kids at Work. The baking will take place at Open Door Kitchen at Frog Level in Waynesville from 4 to…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:25

Calling all kids to Valentine’s Storytime

Children’s storytime takes on a Valentine’s theme at the Jackson County Library this month with Valentine stories and a party. The fun begins at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8. Children are asked to bring 20 valentines with “From: (the Child’s…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:24

Taste of Chocolate seeks volunteers

The 12th annual Taste of Chocolate is coming to Waynesville and the Haywood-Jackson Volunteer Center is seeking volunteers. They’re seeking friendly self-starters who are comfortable approaching local businesses to request sponsorships and donations for the event. The Taste of Chocolate…
When Jackson County opens its new library, it will be with a little more than just the usual fanfare. Thanks to the efforts of the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, the occasion will also be marked by a performance of “Smoky…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:17

Past blunders cost hospital in ER lawsuit

A group of emergency room doctors has been awarded $1.6 million in a lawsuit against Haywood Regional Medical Center. Haywood Emergency Physicians was ousted by the hospital in 2006 and replaced with a corporate physician staffing outfit before the group’s…
The second and final public hearing on whether the N.C. Department of Transportation should widen and pave Needmore Road took place in Macon County last week. Needmore Road is a rough, one-lane, 3.3-mile gravel road along the Little Tennessee River…
Good things come to those who wait. It’s an adage Jackson County library users will need to bear in mind this spring during a month-long closure of the Sylva branch during the massive move into its brand-new, first-class digs. Librarians…
This year in Cherokee, a major change will quietly work its way into law, causing little fanfare but marking a historic shift in policy towards the casino profits that, for 15 years, have been divided among all members of the…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 19:59

Maggie ABC stores face questions amid losses

Maggie Valley’s liquor stores lost money in 2010 for the second year in a row, prompting some aldermen to question whether the ABC stores are being properly managed. The two stores are opening for fewer hours. Three part-time employees have…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 19:58

Maggie alderman Colin Edwards resigns

Maggie Valley Alderman Colin Edwards resigned last week, prompting a special called meeting where barely-concealed animosity among the remaining board members threatened to bubble up into outright conflict. Alderman Phil Aldridge voted against accepting Edwards’ resignation — the only member…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 19:56

New real estate values due out soon in Haywood

Property owners in Haywood County will soon learn how their home and land values weathered the recession. Every home, lot and tract of land in the county — all 50,000 of them — have been reappraised to reflect the current…
Local boards are finding themselves on the wrong end of the dog when it comes to putting together budgets for the upcoming fiscal year. In Jackson and Macon counties, at work sessions held by commissioners in their respective counties last…