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The Haywood Historic Farmers Market will be even more festive and lively than usual this Saturday, June 18. Farmers and market vendors will be cooking up dishes using local foods, including a grilling booth, and giving out free samples and…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:15

Watershed stroll

The first 2011 sojourn into the Town of Waynesville’s 8,000-plus acre watershed occurred last Saturday (June 11). The town has been sponsoring and coordinating a couple of guided hikes into the watershed each year since 2007. It’s a way for…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:12

Gorge gets a boost with new wave feature

The Nantahala River will soon boast one of the preeminent freestyle paddling features in the country — a patented apparatus that will create waves and holes used by trick kayakers. The Wave Shaper will arrive just in time for a…
Catherine Carter, a WCU professor and poet, will read from and discuss her collection of poetry, Memory of Gills, at City Lights Bookstore at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 16. The Coffee with the Poet gathering is an ongoing series…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:11

Stories of local pioneers

Author Hattie Caldwell Davis will read at the Haywood County Library in Waynesville at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, as part of the Sunday Concert Series at the library. Davis has written seven books that document the true life…
Friends of the Haywood Library will offer a new series, Discovering the Literary South, the Louis D. Rubin Jr. Series, from 4 to 6 p.m. beginning June 23 at the Waynesville branch in the auditorium. The books in this series…
Jo Nesbo’s protagonist, Inspector Harry Hole, is a daunting piece of work. A chain-smoking manic depressive and an alcoholic, Harry’s job security is tenuous. In fact, several administrators are eager to fire the hulking, short-tempered Hole. Refusing to observe office…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:03

Playfest calls for actors

Auditions for Playfest will get under way Wednesday, June 22, in Cashiers for actors who can play roles between ages 30 to 80. Auditions will be held in the meeting room/theater of the Albert Carlton Cashiers Library. Afternoon auditions begin…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:02

Comedy and drama combine in Educating Rita

“Educating Rita,” an award-winning play, will be on stage June 15 through 19, and again from July 1 to 3, at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. The play follows the relationship between a young working-class hairdresser and Dr.…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:01

Crafters showcase work

A craft festival will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on June 18 at the Old Mill 1886 in Cherokee. Artists from all over the Southeast will demonstrate and sell their hand-crafted works. Artists will include Cherokee artists,…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:59

Community band continues season

The Haywood Community Band will perform its second free concert at 6:30 p.m. on June 19, at the pavilion adjacent to the Maggie Valley Town Hall. The theme is ‘Rhythmization’ and will feature songs such as “Syncopated Clock,” “Sentimental Journey,”…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:59

Stecoah christens new café

The Schoolhouse Café will be opening in the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center on June 15. The café is located in the main building and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 12 to…
An old-time community songfest will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, at the Town Square in downtown Franklin. The program will include group singing of old and not-so-old familiar and patriotic songs like “You Are My Sunshine,”…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:57

Enjoy a night out with weaving and wine

A Ladies’ Night Out pairing weaving and wine will be held at Oaks Gallery in Dillsboro from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21. Learn to weave a small project — a bookmark, festive coaster or a potholder…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:56

Youth choir to perform at major league game

Voices in the Laurel, a regional youth choir, is set to perform on June 18 at Turner Field for the Atlanta Braves game. Tickets are still available for the game on the Atlanta Braves website, www.atlantabraves.com, or tune in to…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:54

Get a taste of chamber music this summer

The Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival will host five concert showcases for five consecutive Sundays beginning June 19 and ending July 17. All concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m., except two matinee concerts beginning at 3 p.m. on June 26 and…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:49

Array of quilts to decorate library

The Airing of the Quilts exhibit will be held at the new Jackson County Library Complex from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday, June 24, and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 25. The event will…
The Haywood County Library’s reading program starts Saturday, June 18 with a party beginning at 1 p.m. at the Haywood County Public Library. Magician Ric Singleton will be performing and free popcorn and snow cones will be available. The program’s…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:44

Jackson gets into summer reading

The summer reading program at the Jackson County Public Library is getting started at 7 p.m. on June 20, with a performance by storyteller Lloyd Arneach. His stories range from old Cherokee stories to contemporary pieces that he has collected,…
It all started with an offer, a bar — or restaurant, depending on who you talk to — and a U-Haul truck. That’s how the Smoky Mountain Brass Band, one of the region’s first and longest standing community bands, got…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:46

Reid Brown is nothing less than a saint

To the Editor: My name is Brian Strum and I live in Clyde. Just prior to my move to Haywood County six years ago, I had put myself into a situation where I had to seek legal advice. After speaking with…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:46

Republicans run roughshod in Raleigh

To the Editor: A new federal study confirms what many people have sensed — news coverage of state and local government is shrinking at a frightful rate. Politicians who used to fear the press no longer have to worry about…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:45

Hahn’s criticism of story missed the mark

To the Editor: Carrie Hahn’s June 8 letter to the editor criticizing The Smoky Mountain News and Reporter Quintin Ellison for the article “Crossing the Line” fails to note that it is not the role of a newspaper to be…
I have not put the time into my garden this year that I usually do. Between a lack of rain early on and a failure to attend to weed pulling, the beds aren’t looking particularly attractive. Even given my unusual…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:42

Expecting little, what we get is even less

Groucho Marx once said, “I wouldn’t want to be a member of any club that would have someone like me as a member.” When I graduated from high school, my fifth-grade teacher, Mrs. Pattyrae Busic, gave me a beautiful edition…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:37

WCU elects new student body president

Tony “T.J.” Eaves, a rising Western Carolina University senior from Hamlet, recently was elected 2011-12 WCU student body president. Eaves previously served as chief justice of WCU’s Student Government Association supreme court. Eaves is pursuing a degree in business administration…
MedWest Health System is now offering a nurse advice line. The MedWest Nurse Line, 1-855-MEDWEST (633-9378) is a call center based service that will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The call center is operated by…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:36

Mobile technology comes to SCC

Southwestern Community College is integrating some of its classes into the Web Technology program, which will allow students to develop applications for Android and Apple operating system devices. The classes will look at Android phones and tablets and Apple iPhones,…
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…