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Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:00

Liar's Bench moves to WCU venue

The Liar’s Bench has been adopted by the Mountain Heritage Center The one-year anniversary of The Liar’s Bench will be held at 7 p.m. on June 4 at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. The Liar’s Bench, started by Gary Carden,…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:57

The story of a modern-day oracle

Occasionally, books are published in the U. S. that can best be described as “oddities” which acquire a kind of cult following. Their popularity has little to do with literary merit, even though they frequently have much to say about…
When Congress passed the Wilderness Act back in 1964, it immediately became one of the most important pieces of conservation legislation in United States history. Worked on for years, with bi-partisan support, the act protected nine million of acres of…
To the Editor: The fact that Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, refers to the radical budget being proposed down in Raleigh as the state “living within its means” is a joke. The farce of this proposal is the false notion that…
To the Editor: It appears that the radical Republicans in control of the N.C. legislature are starving funding for public education to make public schools fail. Then they will ballyhoo privatization as the silver bullet to “fix” education.   North…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:49

Education cuts will harm student, schools

To the Editor: Republicans are cutting off education from beginning to end in North Carolina. The new cuts will take away a significant amount of funding from the Smart Start pre-kindergarten program and also from the UNC school system, where…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:48

Junaluska garden is indeed a gem

To the Editor: This letter is further comment on Quintin Ellison’s column about the Corneille Bryan Native Garden at Lake Junaluska (The Smoky Mountain News, May 18-24). After reading about the garden, my husband and I set out to find…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:47

Just where are all the promised jobs?

To the Editor: Republican Sens. Ralph Hise, R-Spruce Pine, and Jim Davis, R-Franklin, promised “jobs, jobs, jobs” and “better times” for Haywood County during their campaigns. Did you hear them promise to make the largest budget cuts to education ever…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:47

Commissioner right to question SCC road

To the Editor: Jackson County Commissioner Jack Debnam’s recent comments on the proposed SCC spur road are valid and show that he is willing to go to bat for Jackson County’s citizens despite opposition from DOT and other commissioners. He has…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:43

Life lessons learned in the barnyard

Goats view a gate left open as a passageway to excitement. And it is exciting, too, for the goat keeper, when the entire herd escapes the barnyard. Lesson: When you open a closed gate, shut it behind you. This isn’t…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:39

Six pints of Guinness and a glass of milk

What do Barack Obama and my son have in common? They both visited Ireland in May. Obama, though, was proud to partake of a pint of the national drink, Guinness Stout, and was shown on dozens of television stations imbibing.…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:11

News in brief

The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner and year in review is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on June 2. The chamber will honor leaders in the business community with awards. The dinner will be held at Laurel Ridge Country…
Diversify is the buzzword in Cherokee, where candidates in the upcoming primary are facing off over how to move away from Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel and Casino as the tribe’s sole breadwinner. With the primary just a month away, five candidates…
After a decades-long battle to get it, the first interest payments on Swain County’s North Shore Road settlement are finally starting to trickle in. Now to figure out what to do with it. Of the $52 million payout, given to…
When the town of Maggie Valley bought a grassy field to serve as a town festival grounds in 2005, the hope was that it would bring new visitors and new life to the town’s flagging tourism industry. Since then, there…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:02

Doctor: Authorities did not do enough

About two years ago, a sting was set to take place at a party in the Hickory Knoll area outside of Franklin. Inside the house, the Macon County Sheriff’s Department was told, there was a 47-year-old woman — the former…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:01

Living at the top has some down sides

Living in Cashiers has certain perks: There is a beautiful lake to play on, gorgeous homes to live in and lovely vistas to enjoy. There also are nice restaurants, great gift shops and even an upscale Ingles grocery store that…
The three new Jackson commissioners — Jack Debnam, Charles Elders and Doug Cody — owe their victory last fall in part to the Cashiers and Glenville communities, where they won by margins of nearly 3 to 1. Though they won…
Jackson County commissioners say it’s high time Cashiers gets its due: an $8 million recreation center as pay back for the disproportional share of property taxes carried by the affluent homeowners there. Blueprints for a Cashiers recreation center have been…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:56

Will WCU ever see Kimmel pledge fulfilled?

Six years ago, amid great fanfare, Joe Kimmel pledged $6.9-million dollars to Western Carolina University. Based on that pledge, with payments expected to come in over an eight-year period, WCU went forward with a new school: the Joe W. Kimmel…
Above national average. Above state average. Highest regional composite ranking. These are a few of the phrases that stand out in a recent letter from Haywood County Schools Superintendent Anne Garrett and Assistant Superintendent Bill Nolte. The missive is not…
A local Dillsboro inn had four recipes featured in the Southern Living cookbook, Off the Eaten Path: Favorite Southern Dives and 150 Recipes that Made Them Famous. The Jarrett House, a favorite Dillsboro bed and breakfast for the past 127…
An Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration will come to downtown Waynesville from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June, 11. The festival is a heritage-themed event providing educational and entertainment opportunities for guests of all ages, where traditional crafts are demonstrated…
The Bach Chorale Children’s Choir of Lafayette, Ind., will perform a program called “Ireland Ascending” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7, at the Fines Creek Community Center in Clyde. The choir will be accompanied by local resident Anne Lough,…
A summer music series will kick off at 7 p.m. on June 9 with musician Dusk Weaver at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City.   This year’s line-up will offer local music for the community every second and fourth…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:45

Disney classic comes to life on stage

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is coming to Haywood Community College at 7 p.m. on June 10, and 2:30 p.m. on June 11. MusicWorks! Studio of Performing Arts is producing the show under the direction of Lynne Wells-Meyer. Adapted from…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:44

Broadway thriller comes to Haywood

“Deathtrap,” a murder-mystery by Ira Levin, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on June 3, 4 and 9 through 11, and at 3 p.m. on June 4 and 12, at the Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House in Waynesville.…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:42

Mountain music on Franklin town square

Balladeers Anne and Rob Lough will present a concert of traditional music at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 5, on the Macon County Courthouse Plaza in Franklin. The program includes folk songs that reflect the musical heritage of the Southern…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:42

WCU series offers foray into glassblowing

A series of introductory glassblowing classes will begin in June at the Jackson County Green Energy Park. Students may choose to attend classes from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Fridays beginning June 3; 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays…
Adult pottery courses will be offered this summer by Southwestern Community College’s Heritage Arts Institute at the SCC Swain Center. Offerings include a four-week beginner’s class in June where students will focus on centering and opening up, learn to pull…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:40

Women awaken their consciousness

A Women’s Circle focusing on the divine feminine within will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, at The Creative Thought Center in Waynesville. Shari Starrfire will guide participants in an evening of dance, journeying and sharing about what…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:39

Discover the art in nature with workshops

Art workshops that provide encounters with nature will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, with an acrylic landscape painting class. Travel to the Blue Ridge Parkway to experience painting the rows of blue, purple and…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:38

Good Old Time Camp to be offered

The Good Old Time camp, a summer day camp for children, will be held 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 20 through June 24. The camp is hosted by Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center, arts programs and Hunter Library.…
The 6th annual Patchwork Folk and Fabric Festival is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, at the Jackson County Recreation Center. Quilts will be on display, with each one telling its own story. On loan…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:37

Waynesville’s Art After Dark is June 3

The Waynesville Gallery Association will present Art After Dark  from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 3. Art After Dark takes place the first Friday of each month, May through December. Enjoy a stroll through working studios and galleries…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:33

The secret of silk

For 3,000 years, the source of silk — shimmering, luxurious and terribly expensive — was a closely guarded secret. Silk worms, it’s lucrative little spinners, were kept jealously hidden by the silk makers of China on pain of death. But…
Serpents are among the world’s most storied creatures. We are at once attracted to and repelled by them. Many view them as the “personification” of evil. The ancient Cherokees portrayed the close relationship of good and evil in several of…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:52

Get kids involved in free fishing fun

Kids can fish for free and register to win prizes, including two lifetime licenses, at a variety of fishing events in Western North Carolina. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is supporting these fishing events as part of National Fishing and…
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open approximately 63.5 miles of trout streams and one lake classified as delayed-harvest trout waters under hatchery-supported regulations on Saturday, June 4. But there’s a catch . . . only anglers 15 years old…
A Salamander Soiree is set for June 2 at 6 p.m. as the kickoff to “Think About Thursdays,” a summer series of programs and talks sponsored by the Highlands Biological Station. The Salamander Soiree will feature a reception and games,…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:50

Smokies conducts search for missing man

Rangers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are continuing to search for a Cary man who was reported missing April 27. The park is asking that anybody who may have seen the subject, Christopher Lee Cessna, 45, in the last…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:49

Author to speak at Pisgah Center

On June 4, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, Tim Spira will give a 45-minute presentation followed by questions and discussion about the ecology of Southern Appalachian Wildflowers. Spira is a plant ecologist, photographer,…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:48

Donation box theft ends in conviction

Another Swain County man, Gregory Cline, 35, was convicted of one count of tampering in federal court for breaking into a trailhead collection box. After rangers learned that money was being stolen from a self-pay trail map collection box, an…
Two Swain County men were convicted and sentenced in federal court last month in Bryson City for stealing ginseng from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Billy Joe Hurley, 42, and Jeffrey N. Hurley, 34, of Bryson City, were found…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:46

Reward offered for capture of elk killer

One of the original elk brought to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park 10 years ago as part of a reintroduction of the magnificent species was shot and killed by a poacher in February. The killing took place in Haywood…
A bald eagle was shot and killed at the Maggie Festival Grounds, a large open field off the main drag through town, in early May. A reward of up to $2,500 is offered to anyone for information leading to a…
Mast General Store in Waynesville will donate a portion of its sales on Saturday June 4 to the to Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy in honor of National Land Trust Day. Since 2004, Mast has donated $54,000 to the conservancy during…
Rain barrels, which hook into your gutters to catch rain coming off your roof, are being sold for $75 in a joint conservation project by Haywood Waterways Association, the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce and the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service…
A Waynesville watershed hike is scheduled for Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Naturalist Don Hendershot and Western Carolina University Forestry Professor Peter Bates will lead the group. Bates and Hendershot will discuss the flora and fauna…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:41

Pretty in pink

I have had the opportunity to make several trips along the Blue Ridge Parkway, in the vicinity of Devils Courthouse and Black Balsam this month. The first was on May 7 with Birding for the Arts. Then I had a…