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Jackson County’s new public library in Sylva kicked off in grand style, with dozens of people on hand to celebrate the grand opening on Saturday. The library complex and the renovated courthouse cost $8 million, with the Friends of the…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:33

Free HIV testing offered in Haywood June 27

National HIV Testing Day is June 27. Free tests will be provided at the Haywood County Health Department all day from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. No appointments are necessary and walk-ins will be accepted. Incentives will be available to…
“Ideas that Changed the World” will be the focus of the second-annual Explorations in History Summer Institute, a five-day program for teachers that will be held in June at Western Carolina University. This year’s institute will assist teachers in investigating…
Haywood County’s first Friends of Agriculture breakfast will be held from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Friday, June 17, at the Haywood Agricultural Center at 589 Raccoon Road in Waynesville. This is an opportunity for farmers, chefs and other agriculture…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:31

Summer day camp still accepting students

The Regional Center for the Advancement of Children at Haywood Community College is still accepting children from the ages of 6 to 12 for its summer day camp. The camp runs through August 17. Hours are 7:30 a.m. until 5:30…
At least we have our jobs. That seems to be the reaction to cost-cutting measures taken last week by Haywood County Schools in response to up to $4 million in cuts from the federal, state and local funding. More than…
REACH of Jackson County continues to struggle financially, but fears this winter that the agency might actually shut down now seem unlikely. The “village,” a transitional-housing complex for women escaping domestic violence, was bleeding dollars from the nonprofit organization. The…
The tiny town of Webster has suddenly emerged as a player in whether a controversial $12 million entrance road is built into neighboring Southwestern Community College. That’s because the state Department of Transportation wants the town to sign off on…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:26

Webster commissioner resigns

Webster Commissioner Mark Jamison resigned from the town’s board last week, citing unexplained issues with his real job as the community’s postmaster. In a short letter by Jamison read aloud by Mayor Larry Phillips, Jamison said: “My service on the…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:25

WCU gets kudos for sustainability

According to the Princeton Review, Western Carolina University is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada. The Princeton Review chose the colleges after surveying administrators at hundreds of colleges across the continent. One program…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:24

Recycling honors go to HCC

Haywood Community College has received the top ranking in the state in the Recyclemania competition for the second consecutive year. HCC is also ranked as number seven in the nation. Recyclemania is a friendly competition between colleges and universities that…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:23

Green efforts earn HCC national recognition

Haywood Community College has received a silver rating through the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS). STARS, which was developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, is a transparent framework for colleges and universities…
When sewage began flooding out of the floor one January Saturday at Waynesville’s Coffee Zone, Coni Bishop knew things were about to get bad. Bishop was the coffee-and-sandwich shop’s owner. And when she and some staff were working one weekend…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:20

Construction begins on Canton urgent care

MedWest Health System has started construction on an urgent care center along Interstate 40, at Exit 31, in Canton. The location will be the new home of the urgent care center currently located on the MedWest-Haywood campus. MedWest serves western…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:20

Community funding pool to aid nonprofits

Macon County non-profit organizations have until July 30 to apply for grants through the Macon County Community Funding Pool. Organizations applying for funds must provide financial statements such as budgets and federal tax-exempt reports, organization goals and objectives and program…
Law enforcement officers and court officials are being trained on how to use a new $17 million state database that pulls together everything known about a criminal to the screen of a laptop. Officers using the system will know who…
The General Assembly’s budget would cut funding for a professional development center for teachers in Cullowhee by nearly half what it was allocated last year, slashing the N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching from $6.1 million to $3.1 million.…
Governor Beverly Perdue nixed the $19.7 billion state budget put on her desk by the General Assembly Sunday, winning herself a place in state history. She is the first governor to veto a budget since veto powers were granted in…
Swain County commissioners have taken back a request made to the General Assembly in February, in hopes of bolstering their lawsuit against neighboring Graham County over payments on the Fontana Dam. Both counties get payments from the Tennessee Valley Authority…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:11

The science and art of cadaver dog training

“A dog is an amazing thing,” says Orval Banks, smiling wryly and adjusting his faded gray ballcap. He’s explaining the techniques he uses to train dogs, but really, he says, you don’t train a dog. It knows what it’s doing,…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:41

Tasty right off the shrub

ELDERBERRY WINE There’s a fly in the window A dog in the yard And a year since I saw you … Feeling fine on elderberry wine. Those were the days We’d lay in the haze Forget depressive times Round a…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:41

NOC event lets all paddlers run gates

The Nantahala Outdoor Center’s Canoe Club Challenge 2011 is scheduled for 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on June 18, July 16 and Aug. 13. The timed slalom course will be set up between the bridges at NOC. An awards ceremony…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:40

‘Woodsy Owl’ teaches kids about nature

“Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club,” a nature and educational series presented by The Cradle of Forestry, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon every Thursday this summer, ending Aug. 4. The club is for kids ages 4 to 7 and…
The Basulto Academy of Defense, located in downtwown Waynesville, has expanded the schedule of its successful Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program to include more classes in the art/sport of Vale Tudo. Also known as No-Holds-Barred (NHB) or as Mixed-Martial Arts (MMA),…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:39

Haywood farms part of agriculture tour

The Family Farm Tour, organized by Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP), will be held on the weekend of June 25 and 26. The event is a self-guided driving tour into the farms of 41 Western North Carolina food producers —…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:38

Audubon biologist to speak in Highlands

Curtis Smalling, the mountain region biologist for Audubon N.C., will speak at a program for the Highlands Plateau Society at 8 p.m. on Monday, June 13. The next day, Smalling will lead a bird watching field trip at 7:30 p.m.…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:38

Land trust hosts birding tour

A Birding Eco Tour is set for Thursday, June 9. The hike is held by The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust (HCLT) will hold a Birding Eco Tour on June 9 led by Highlands Plateau Audubon Society members. Hikers will have the…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:37

Opportunity to view synchronous fireflies

Discover Life in America (DLIA) is holding a number of events this summer for the public to experience the synchronous fireflies that illuminate the Great Smoky Mountain National Park during the first weeks of June. A fundraising event will be…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:36

Next generation of herpetologists

Dead snakes are certainly interesting and can pique a child’s curiosity. Izzy (9) and Maddie (5) found just such a specimen next to the garage door last Saturday. We couldn’t tell for sure the cause of death but guessed the…
The newly formed chapter of Nantahala Area SORBA, the Southeast Off-Road Bicycle Association, will host an event called “Ride, Rinse and Recover” at Tsali Recreation Area starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 12. Club members and others interested in…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:35

Grant helps set up working-forest easements

The Land Trust of the Little Tennessee, the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, and the Wildlands Network received a Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) conservation grant to help private landowners and government agencies in the southeastern United States protect special forest…
Backpackers who take on the challenge of hiking in the Southern Appalachian Mountains can attest to the fact that hauling a pack up a steep mountain trail is much more difficult than carrying one on level ground, and some Western…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:33

Library book sale

The Friends of the Library will hold its annual book sale Thursday, June 9, though Saturday, June 11, at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library. The summer sale offers additional bargains, and shoppers will find a selection of hardback and paperback…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:33

Book club to hold inaugural meeting

A new book club will meet at Southwestern Community College’s Cashiers Center starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14. The club will have both afternoon and early evening meetings and the first meeting June 14 begins at 6 p.m. and…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:27

Father’s Day picks for the reader

Father’s Day, the third Sunday of June and so falls this year on June 19, sports a peculiar history. Although first proposed as a holiday in 1908 by Grace Clayton of West Virginia, and pushed later by Sonora Smart Dodd…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:26

Broadway comes to Highlands

Broadway singer Jeri Sager takes the stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands.   Sager will perform songs from “Cats,” “All That Jazz,” “Evita,” “Sweet Charity,” “Cabaret,” “Sound of Music”…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:26

Music is back at the Rickman Store

Music lovers are starting to gather again each Friday at the historic Rickman Store in Franklin. Everyone is invited to join to play and sing along. Sally DeLawter from the Nikwasi Dulcimer players opened the musical season and will continue…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:25

Contra dance set for Sunday

The next Second Sunday Contra Dance will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 12. The dance will be held at the new Jackson County Library Complex. There will also be a potluck dinner following the dance.…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:25

Arts and music hit the streets in Dillsboro

The 27th-annual Dillsboro Arts and Music Festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 11. Featured will be two dozen artisans, and attendees can browse and purchase a variety of crafts, including pottery, paintings, metal works,…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:24

Pop balladeers come to WCU

Brandon Kirkley and the Firecrackers will play at 7 p.m. on June 16 on the University Center lawn at Western Carolina University. With a vocalist and guitar and bass players from Charlotte and Raleigh, pop-savvy BKTF mixes catchy lyrics, melodies,…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:23

Folkmoot Festival spans 12 counties

The 2011 Folkmoot Festival will take place July 21 through 31 throughout 12 counties in Western North Carolina, with new performances in Hickory and Jonesborough, Tenn. Folkmoot performances can be seen in 16 cities, including Asheville, Hendersonville, Franklin, Burnsville, Maggie…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:22

Quilt trail adds another block

The Haywood County Arts Council’s Quilt Trails project will dedicate its sixth quilt block at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10, at the historic Boone Orchard Apple House in Waynesville. The Apple House block joins other blocks on the Shelton…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:22

Museum to host Civil War commemoration day

The Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts at historic Shelton House in Waynesville will host three Civil War commemorative groups from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 11. The Civil War tribute event is held in conjunction with Downtown…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:21

Artist demonstrates techniques June 14

The Blue Ridge Watermedia Society will meet from 6:45 until 9 p.m. on June 14 at Haywood Community College. The meeting will feature Jo Ridge Kelley, who will demonstrate the various techniques she uses to get started, mix the correct…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:20

HCC offers bladesmith course

Haywood Community College will offer a “Handles and Guards” course through the American Bladesmith Society, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on June 13 through 17. Students will be instructed on how to create a knife of professional quality. Students should…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:20

Summer smithing courses lined up

The Jackson County Green Energy Park is offering a new round of blacksmithing courses this summer, taught by blacksmith Brock Martin. Beginning knife-making and an introduction to medieval chainmaille armor will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and…
Cashiers’ Groovin’ on the Green concert series, now in its third year, opens at 6:30 p.m. on June 10, at the Village Commons. Shows will continue on selected Friday evenings into October. The 2011 season opens June 10 with return…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:18

Drum circle planned in downtown Franklin

A drumming circle for all ages will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, on the Courthouse Plaza on Main Street in downtown Franklin.   Mary Eileen Ferrick is the circle leader. People may bring their…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:15

Appalachian lifestyle takes center stage

If there’s one thing that runs deep in Appalachia, it’s roots. Whether it’s the roots of its ancient pines or the roots of a unique way of life still celebrated here, the Smokies are steeped in heritage. And now, with…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:15

SMN showed great support for library

To the Editor: As the opening of the new Jackson County Library Complex draws near, it brings to mind the many contributions The Smoky Mountain News made during difficult as well as good times. From timely editorials, feature articles, and…