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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,…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:52

Alice Sebrell to exhibit at WCU

“Understory: An Exhibition of Work by Alice Sebrell” will run from Aug. 21 through Oct. 28 at the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University. A reception with wine and appetizers will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on…
A Sock Hop and a meet-the-candidates event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Aug. 21 at Juke Box Junction in Bethel. There will be hamburgers, hot dogs, sides and sodas, and much like the sock hops of…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:51

Haywood Community band to give free concert

The Haywood Community Band will present its fourth free concert of the Maggie Valley Concert Series at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 21 at the pavilion adjacent to the Maggie Valley Town Hall. The theme for the August concert will be…
Mountain musicians Rob and Anne Lough will give a concert at 3 p.m. on Aug. 21 at the Haywood County Library in Waynesville. Rob and Anne Lough bring to life the ballads, folk songs, folk hymns, stories, dulcimer and dance…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:50

Learn to knit in two classes

Sandra Beck will teach a two-class knitting workshop at 7 p.m. on Aug. 23 and 25 at the Jackson County Public Library Complex. Beck will provide instructions about making a shawl or scarf over the two classes. Attendees will learn…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:49

Art Sampler at Stecoah

Members of the Stecoah Artisans Guild will be demonstrating their techniques on from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center. Visitors will be able to try their hand at gourd carving,…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:49

Beaverdam hosts arts and craft show

The Third Arts and Craft Show will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Beaverdam Community Center in Canton. Local author Louise Nelson will have books available, and other crafts include dichroic glass jewelry, Studio Earth art, pottery, stained…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:48

HART presents Noel Coward Comedy

Haywood Arts Regional Theater’s next production will be the Noel Coward comedy “Hay Fever” at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 19, 20 and 25 to 27 and at 3 p.m. on Aug. 21 and 28. From the 1920’s until his death…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:46

Tribes share cultures at Cherokee festival

Dancing has been a part of Native American culture for centuries, as celebration or grief or worship or even warning. But a central venue for those dances has only been a few years in the making. The Festival of Native…
If I overdose and you have to take me to the emergency room, I told a friend Friday night, please tell the doctor I took three ibuprofen, two Benadryl and a Hydrocodone. Then, mercifully, I passed out. And, awoke to…
What if we treated all athletes like skateboarders? I ask this question because I am a skateboarder. I grew up playing almost every sport (football, soccer, baseball, basketball, judo, etc.), and I witnessed firsthand how much support these sports receive…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:28

SCC does not need this kind of road

To the Editor: After reading a recent article in The Sylva Herald, I feel it is time to further explain my position on R-5000. My questions have never been about whether Southwestern Community College needs another campus entrance/exit; rather, does…
To the Editor: For the last two weeks I have been hearing about artifacts donated to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by Swain County citizens being moved to Tennessee to a new proposed curatorial collections facility being built there.…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:25

Leading by example creates lasting legacies

Many people who lead exceptional lives never break an arm trying to pat themselves on their own back. They just do good things, usually for others and most of the time just because they know it’s the right thing to…
Macon County officials, concerned by the growing numbers of residents here forced to travel over Cowee Mountain to Sylva for treatment, are pushing for a kidney dialysis center in Franklin. Macon County is a Mecca of sorts for retirees and…
Haywood County is on the hook for $700,000 after an arbitration panel found the county wrongfully fired the contractor overseeing renovations to the historic courthouse four years ago. The contractor sued the county for $2.3 million after being fired from…
The Tye Blanton Foundation will host its seventh blood drive for the American Red Cross on Sunday, Aug. 28.   The drive will be held at Canton’s Central United Methodist Church at 36 Church St., across from the Lamp Factory.…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:21

Golf tournament to benefit veterans

The 9/11 Armed Forces Golf Classic will be held on Sept. 10 and 11 at Sequoyah National Golf Club in Cherokee. The tournament is hosted by the Steve Youngdeer Post 143 of the American Legion. A free golf clinic will…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:20

Improve your online skills with workshops

Two one-day Internet courses will be offered from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Agust 25 and 26 by Western Carolina University’s Division of Educational Outreach. “Using Google Docs,” is set for Thursday, August 25, and is designed to familiarize…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:19

Jackson County alcohol vote likely in May

Jackson County commissioners are leaning toward the May primary for putting alcohol on the ballot rather than waiting until the general election next November. County Attorney Jay Coward briefed Jackson County commissioners this week on the nuts and bolts of…
Weary of criminals languishing in the system before finally facing their day in court, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians hopes to forge a new partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s office, getting their own prosecutor into federal court. Tribal council…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:16

Macon steep-slope supporters pushing back

A new group has formed to counteract a recent landslide of opposition to steep-slope regulations in Macon County. “We realized that there are a lot of people out there who don’t go to these meetings — and I count myself…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:13

Macon to drop back and punt on slope rules

“Finishing the conversation” has become something of a catchphrase lately in Macon County. It’s a really diplomatic way of saying that while the planning board should keep plugging away at construction guidelines, there’s no guarantee the building regulations they develop…
First Macon County, and then Jackson, built big, beautiful, new libraries over the past five years. Now, it seems, Swain County residents — who are part of the same three-county Fontana Library System — believes it’s their turn to take…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:12

SBI won’t investigate Haywood jail death

The state will not investigate the death of Jessica Martin, who died last week after collapsing in a holding cell at the Haywood County Justice Center. “The State Bureau of Investigation is not planning to open an investigation at this…
The state might have pulled the plug on a long-range project to map landslide prone areas in the mountains, but Haywood County hopes to take matters into its own hands. Shortly after Republican lawmakers axed the state’s landslide mapping unit…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:06

A look in the rearview at N.C. 107

With its fast-food restaurants, box stores, gas stations and occasional backups of traffic, there’s not much that can be described as quaint about N.C. 107 in Sylva. Except, perhaps, for Bryson’s Farm Supply, where Randy Hooper and wife, Debbie, sell…
Nearly every town has one — a five-lane road lined with fast-food stores, gas stations and grocery stores — and most sport a few. But those, it turns out, may have been a bit of a mistake. The N.C. Department…
There’s a novel solution afoot for traffic woes on Sylva’s commercial thoroughfare: widen the road so much it obliterates most of the businesses. “You certainly wouldn’t have a traffic problem on 107 if you took out 80 businesses,” said Sarah…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:02

Waynesville primed for makeover of South Main

Waynesville has one chance to get South Main Street right, or live with the consequences for decades to come. And the town isn’t taking any chances. The N.C. Department of Transportation had barely gotten started on a feasibility study for…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 12:59

A tale of two streets

Waynesville and Sylva are at a crossroads, ones that will irrevocably shape the character of their communities. Both towns are clamoring for a makeover of their commercial avenues — South Main Street in Waynesville and N.C. 107 in Sylva —…
There’s a new term coined by the federal government for places with low income and little access to quality food. It’s called a food desert. And Maggie Valley is sitting right on the edge of one. The town doesn’t really…
There are a lot of things associated with the words “high school football.” Three-a-days. Pep rallies. Weight rooms. The quarterback sneak. Summer reading club isn’t usually one of them. Coach Sam Pattillo, however, would beg to differ. He is the…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:03

Late summer is an awesome time to botanize

Spring is the appointed time for the various wildflower pilgrimages and outings that attract thousands of visitors to the mountains of Western North Carolina each year. In April and May, it’s a piece of cake to locate spring beauty, hepatica,…
The Haywood County Fair this year will feature a Farm Fresh meal to celebrate agriculture in Western North Carolina at 11 a.m. on August 28. Along with the Farm Fresh meal, local producers will be selling fresh produce, meat, dairy,…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:02

All about the local food movement in Macon

A talk on the local food movement will be held at noon on Thursday, August 11, in Franklin hosted by the League of Women Voters. Alan Durden of the NC Cooperative Extension Service will describe local food sources and tailgate…
An annual banquet and auction to benefit this region’s chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is set for Saturday, Aug. 13, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Expo Center in Asheville. The Great Smoky Mountains Chapter this…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:01

Tour nursery that caters to wildlife

Learn about plants that attract birds, butterflies and other wild critters on a field trip to Spring Valley Nursery in Macon County at 5 p.m. Monday, August 15. Horticulturist and Master Gardener Bill Messina has opened her nursery to the…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:00

Wild gardener comes to Sylva

Peter Loewer, a.k.a. the “Wild Gardener”, will present a program about native plants at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 30 at the Jackson County Public Library Complex. Loewer, a well-known writer and botanical artist, teaches art at AB-Tech Community College, the…
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park boasts the largest backcountry in the Eastern United States, yet for backpackers hoping to take in a slice of that wilderness with an overnight trip, finding a park ranger to help with logistics can…
Want to know how to use a drift boat? There’s an opportunity to learn from an actual designer, builder and fisherman from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. The presenter is retired Western…