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Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:57

Boys choir stops off in Franklin

The All-American Boys Chorus will perform at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, at Franklin’s Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Featuring boys ages 8 to 15 from more than 30 cities in Southern California, the chorus is one…
A community old-time music JAMboree is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, at the Fines Creek School in Clyde to raise funds for the Haywood County Arts Council’s Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) afterschool program. A barbecue…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:56

Singing celebration in Bryson City

Join One Step Closer as it celebrates one year of the gospel music ministry at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 at the Bryson City Church of God. The singing and reunion will feature special guests the Barker Family and…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:55

Pisgah chorus features country show

Chorus students at Pisgah High School are gearing up for the annual country show called “Where the Green Grass Grows.” The show will feature group and solo acts from the elite show choir Orion and spring semester chorus classes. A…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:54

4-H hosts talent contests

The annual Heritage Alive Mountain Youth Talent Contest is coming to downtown Sylva on Saturday, April 23, as part of the Greening Up the Mountains Festival. Young artists ages 5 to 18 can showcase their talents in music, dance and…
Claymates, in conjunction with Country Traditions, is hosting a Ladies Night from 6 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the pottery painting studio in Dillsboro. Light snacks will be free of charge, while Country Traditions will be bringing a selection of…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:52

Take a world tour at International Festival

International Day, a festival of cultures, celebrates its 32nd year from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, at Western Carolina University. The festival will feature music, dance, arts and crafts, entertainment and food from a variety of…
Of the many forms of entertainment readily at our fingertips, from television and movies to YouTube and the many vast and varied wonders of the rest of the internet, reading is probably still the most liberating. Picking up a book…
Samantha “Sam” Gampel, a sophomore at Western Carolina University, wants to write novels and earn her living as a professional writer. So in Gampel’s book, there’s nothing quite like rubbing shoulders with real working-for-a-living writers such as the ones headlining…
It’s finally here: the week Haywood County property owners find out just how well their home and land values held up through the recession. It’s not secret the real estate market tanked in the mountains compared to the hey day…
Organizers said this week that getting the Nantahala Gorge into this century when it comes to telecommunication capabilities is absolutely critical to successfully hosting the kayaking world championship in 2013. The problem? There’s seems no easy answer to what’s for…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 13:58

Ramp recipes

Ramp Biscuits 4 cups Flour 1 tablespoon Baking Soda 1 teaspoon Salt 2 Heaping T Baking Powder ½ cup Shortening or oil 2 cups Buttermilk 1 cup uncooked Minced Ramps Sift flour, salt, baking powder and soda together. Cut in…
Swain County social workers and supervisors named in a State Bureau of Investigation probe are no longer welcome to work child welfare cases on tribal land. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians asked the Swain County Department of Social Services…
When the World Trade Center fell nearly 10 years ago, there was little left of its once-majestic towers but scattered bits of steel and a sorrow that blanketed the nation. Now as the site is rebuilt, that steel is being…
The health care bills rolling into the Haywood County jail for inmate care might now be slashed by up to 25 percent after the sheriff’s office contracted with a company who will ferret out discounts on the county’s behalf. Currently,…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:08

The rushing of wind through a hemlock

From my window, as I write this, I can see across the creek and down into a pasture where my wife’s horse is grazing. The creek and pasture are lined with trees and shrubs: maple, basswood, rosebay rhododendron, spicebush, beech,…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:07

Paddle the Chattooga on guided trip

This April, Headwaters Outfitters in Rosman will lead a guided overnight trip in hopes of introducing paddlers to the lower Chattooga River. Headwaters will ltake up to 12 canoes down 11 miles of the river over two days, camping in…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:07

Guided hike in the Smokies set for April

Join Friends of the Smokies April 2 for a hike to see early spring wildflowers and historic remnants on the Smokemont Loop trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Hiking enthusiast and author Danny Bernstein, who wrote “Hiking North…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:05

Sign-up under way for Greening Up 5K race

The Greening Up the Mountains 5K Run/Walk in Sylva is forsaking its historically grueling course on the hillside streets above Sylva for more friendly terrain this year. The Greening Up 5K will be held on Saturday, April 23, in conjunction…
Another 110 acres of mountain landscape are now part of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s protected corridor, thanks to a landowner whose family has lived near the scenic highway since its construction. The Conservation Trust for North Carolina bought the tract…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:04

Turning your yard into a haven for wildlife

Learn how to put together a backyard habitat March 28 at 7 p.m. at the Rickman Store in Macon County’s Cowee community. The program, led by Deborah Boots, is sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation and is titled, “Attracting Wildlife.”…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:03

Go home with an apple tree

The Cashiers Historical Society is sponsoring its 2011 Heritage Apple Day from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at the Cashiers Community Center.   This popular annual event celebrates the region’s history by identifying and preserving ancient apple…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:03

PETA sues for documents involving bear pits

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has sued the Bureau of Indian Affairs for failing to hand over what it maintains are public documents under the Freedom of Information Act pertaining to the lease agreements for bear exhibitors…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:01

The devil is in the details – again

The U.S. Forest Service will hold a public meeting at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville at 100 Frederick Law Olmstead Way from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on April 4 to explain its brand new proposed draft Planning Rule.…
Sixty-five runners started and finished the first Assault on Black Rock Trail Race at Sylva’s Pinnacle Park on March 19, raising more than $1,400 for the Community Table soup kitchen. The 8.3-mile course boasts a 2,700-foot elevation gain and forced…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:57

Festivals getting ramped-up for spring

With the coming of spring the pungent ramp is about to strut center-stage once more. For either the novitiate or the aficionado, there are ample opportunities over the next month to sample this Southern Appalachian delicacy — no fewer than…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:56

Teens invited to voice their views

The teen friends of the library meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Area teens are invited to come share their ideas about materials of interest to them, including…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:56

Library launches website

The Friends of the Macon County Public Library (FOL) have unveiled a new informational web site, MaconLibraryFriends.org. The site showcases the group’s programs and events; and their used book store, which is located at 121 Highlands Road in The Shops…
Ahead of Western Carolina University’s upcoming literary festival, the Macon County Public Library will host a book discussion on Alan Weisman’s The World Without Us at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 24.  James Costa, executive director of the Highlands Biological…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:45

Stephen King collection gets the thumbs-up

At the conclusion of this collection of four novellas: Full Dark, No Stars, Stephen King adds an “Afterword.” In acknowledging that his quartet of stories is “a bit harsh,” King goes on to make some provocative observations on both the…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:44

We don’t want motocross track

To the Editor: We turn on our televisions every day and witness to the devastation that neighbors inflict on neighbors. We live in a world today where “environmental consciousness and green” are the right paths to take, whether it is…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:44

Voter ID bill a shopworn GOP idea

To the Editor: What happens when you fix something that ain’t broke? You’re sure to break something else. But the Republicans in Raleigh apparently don’t care about that fundamental truth, or anything else that stands athwart their path to perpetual…
The Jan. 10 death of 15-month-old Aubrey Kina Marie Littlejohn was an unspeakable tragedy, one compounded by the questions surrounding both the cause of death and the potential cover-up by employees of the Swain County Department of Social Services. At…
There have been times in my life I could rightly have been described as competitive. When I was in music, and later, as a young reporter, I took myself very, very seriously. I wanted first chair or no chair when…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:34

Nursing scholarships available

Scholarships for nursing students are available through the Judy Moore Memorial Scholarship Endowment, which was created as a memorial to Judy Moore, a registered nurse who was killed in a tragic accident in 1996. A resident of Macon County, Moore…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:33

Waynesville offers summer day camp

A summer day camp for rising first graders through rising fifth graders from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., June 17 to August 5, will be held at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Campers will experience activities such as field trips, special…
Southwestern Community College will hold a free job fair Thursday, March 31. The event will be from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Balsam Building and is open to the community. Local employers will be on…
Western Carolina University students are folding and selling paper cranes for $1 to support an earthquake relief fund at a table in the first-floor lobby of McKee Building. Visitors to the table can give $1 to write a message that…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:32

WCU police receive military surplus

Two portable light towers each bright enough to illuminate an area the size of a football field are the latest pieces of equipment Western Carolina University police received through the N.C. Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Support Services program. The program…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:31

Construction program offered for students

High school students interested in construction can participate in the Kimmel School Construction Training Program at Western Carolina University in July. Students will complete and earn certification in a 10 hour occupational safety and health administration course. Students will live…
Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new adoption center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26. The ribbon cutting will take place at 11:30 a.m. followed by snacks donated by The Patio Bistro.…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:29

Campus ministry hosts golf classic

The Wesley Foundation at Western Carolina University will host its inaugural Golf Classic at Lake Junaluska Golf Course April 16 at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $200 per team of four or $50 for individuals who will be assigned…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:26

Work on hospice center progresses

Construction on a new Homestead Inpatient Hospice Center adjacent to MedWest-Haywood hospital is progressing, with a new retaining wall, framework and roof trusses now in place. The inpatient center will serve hospice patients whose families need a break from caregiving…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:26

Senior spokeswoman hosts community forum

On March 31, Swain County citizens will have two opportunities to comment on the future of Swain County. The dialog, led by N.C. Senior Tar Heel Legislature delegate Janice Inabinett, will center on making Swain County a livable community. There…
In the sunny, windowed front room of the Swain County Chamber of Commerce, a group of people are gathered around a table littered with maps, the light from the windows filtering through more maps and photos and wishlists that have…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:24

Enjoy the lake? Help cleanup, please

A Lake Junaluska Beautification Day is scheduled for Tuesday, April 5, and volunteers are needed to help with the cleanup. Projects planned include clearing brush, power washing signs and buildings, and more. Lake Junaluska Beautification Day will kick-off with breakfast…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:24

Sylvan Hearth seeks like-minded worshipers

The Sylvan Hearth Pagan Temple offers its facilities to positive Pagan traditions including Hindu, Buddhist and Asatrue. The facility includes a stone circle, wood henge, gardens, and meetings and worship spaces. It offers use of their Web site for advertising…
Haywood County has received two grants totaling $133,650 from the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center that will help create 22 jobs over the next couple of years. A grant of $88,000 will help renovate a psychiatric wing at MedWest-Haywood…
Not to say they told you so, but the truth is … they did. Construction of a wider bridge to span the Tuckasegee River in Jackson County was abruptly postponed this month after Indian burials were discovered. This frankly seemed…
At the outset of the state budget crisis, Chancellor John Bardo and Western Carolina University’s Board of Trustees maintained the process of cutting $8.6 million would be transparent. Faculty and staff, they said, would see their opinions truly matter as…