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Wednesday, 06 July 2011 11:42

Poets read from latest works

City Lights in Sylva presents a reading featuring the poetry of Kathryn Byer and Susan Lefler at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 9. Kathryn Byer, a featured reader at the recent Flannery O’ Conner Festival, will read from her new…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 11:37

The mystery of mountain ferns

Identifying ferns is an entirely different process than, say, identifying wildflowers or trees. They don't display flowers, showy fruits, or bark patterns. What they do display are myriad leaf (frond) forms and highly distinctive, if minute, spore cases. Once you…
Registration for a space-limited nature writers’ intensive workshop scheduled for this fall is now open. The Wilderness Society, a national organization with offices in Sylva, will be hosting the three-day event with author Janisse Ray. It will take place at…
The Plateau Fly Fishing Club will host a free casting clinic with the senior guide for Davidson River Outfitters at 7 p.m. Monday, July 11, in Cashiers. Walker Parrott, general manager for Davidson River Outfitters, has been a guide in…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 11:36

Job Corps getting in on the green movement

As part of a new green curriculum, students from Oconaluftee Job Corps will be helping on a variety of projects in Western North Carolina. This includes transplanting culturally significant rivercane with Western Carolina University in Cherokee; building an educational trail…
Get up close and personal with wild things and wild places at the annual Mountain Wildlife Days held at Sapphire Valley Community Center July 15 and 16. The weekend festivities are hosted by regional conservation group Wild South and are designed…
The Homestead, an inpatient hospice center, is being built on property adjacent to the MedWest-Haywood hospital campus in Clyde. About $7,000 was raised by a recent brunch and auction to purchase plants, shrubs and trees for the gardens at The…
A sophomore at Haywood Community College, Daniel Jones of Hayesville, will demonstrate his lumberjack skills on national television Friday, July 8, when ESPNU airs the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Qualifier. Back in April, Jones bested six other top collegiate lumberjacks…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 11:32

Soccer camp brings international expertise

British Soccer Camp is coming back to Franklin the week of July 11 to 15, at the Macon County Industrial Park Fields. Challenger’s British Soccer Camp is the most popular soccer camp in the USA and Canada. More than 110,000…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 11:32

Get your running gait scrutinized

You might not run faster, but you’ll probably feel better doing it by taking advantage of running screenings Thursday, July 7, at the Jackson County Recreation Park. Thomas Burns, board certified specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy with Carolina West Sports…
A program on “butterflying and dragonflying,” a twist on the outdoor pastime of birding, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, at the Maggie Valley Pavilion by the Great Smoky Mountains Audubon Society. The speaker is Jeff Pippen,…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 11:29

Good owl – bad owl

The Migratory Bird Act makes it illegal to kill barred owls, Strix varia. It is a crime that is punishable by thousands of dollars in fines and can include jail time. That is unless you are working for the federal…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 11:29

Smokies programs just for young scientists

High school students, recent graduates and their families can spend time in the field with a park ranger conducting scientific projects such as salamander monitoring, tree identification and mapping, and water quality assessments this summer in the Great Smoky Mountains…
Blue Ridge Parkway Interpretive Rangers at Waterrock Knob are presenting summer programs each Saturday afternoon for families with or without kids.   The program series (entitled F.U.N., Families Understanding Nature) will be about the many natural and cultural resources found…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 11:27

Program marries old skills with new needs

Scotty Bowman always knew he wanted to work outdoors, but he couldn’t figure out how to live his dream and also make a livable salary — so he instead paved a career in restaurants, including stints as a chef. At…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 11:21

Murder, sex and celebrities — 1920 style

Well, kind hearts, as they used to say back in the Jazz Age, this one is “the bee’s knees.” Set in the roaring 1920’s, Ron Hansen’s new novel is based on the sensational 1927 murder trial and execution of Ruth…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:50

Taking Asheville out of 11th makes no sense

To carve Asheville out of the 11th Congressional District is completely irrational. My campaign will work with all Western North Carolina Democrats to fight this gerrymandering. We’ll oppose it on every level. We look forward to supporting a united legal…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:48

Date change caused absence at forum

To the Editor: A question has been asked as to why I was not at the Cherokee County “Meet the Candidates” forum. I would like to make it clear my absence was not meant as a slight to the community.…
There is much myth and lore connected with beekeeping, such as telling the bees when the master has died so they won’t abscond after his or her death, and a method of swarm control called “tanging.” Research studies have debunked…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:45

Lorenzo dunk makes HOZE Squad history

For most people, Lorenzo Charles, who died last week in a bus accident at the age of 47, is little more than a footnote in sports history. If you are under the age of 35 or do not follow sports,…
Today, in Macon County and throughout America, debate is under way regarding two basic principles:  (1) the size, shape and responsibilities of our federal government; and, (2) the composition of our shared responsibilities in financing governmental operations. While most of…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:43

More rabies cases spotted in Haywood

The second case of rabies in eastern Haywood County in less than a week has been confirmed, marking the fourth case so far this year in the same general area of the county. Two cases were in skunks and two…
Western Carolina University’s Academic Success Program (ASP) is working with associates from the Sylva Wal-Mart for a day of service from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, to help benefit several local community-based programs. It will be…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:41

Haywood crowns outstanding volunteers

The Haywood County Volunteer Center awarded Judy Smith of the Fines Creek Community Association’s MANNA food bank program as the outstanding Volunteer of the Year. Also recognized were: • Patricia Stevenson with the Good Samaritan Clinic and John Hawkins with…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:41

Learn cooking tips with local chef

A cooking program called “Fresh Ways with Local, Seasonal Food” will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21, as part of the Good Cooks series in Sylva. Chef Lindsay Kent with Rosebud Cottage in Franklin and will focus on…
MedWest Health System is breaking ground on a new outpatient services center  at 4 p.m. on Monday, July 11, on the MedWest-Haywood campus. The new outpatient services center will include imaging services, lab services, endoscopy, two outpatient surgery rooms and…
When SmartStart, an early childhood education program, was launched in 1993, it was hailed nationally as a model for reaching children during those critical early development years before kindergarten. This, said educators, was the way to give kids a good…
In a somewhat surreal meeting last week of Macon County’s planning board, progress on developing regulations for steep slopes were stymied by turn-of-the screw technical discussions and semantic stumbling blocks. The accuracy of GIS maps, the accuracy of the state’s…
Linda Harbuck doesn’t own a smart-phone herself, but that doesn’t stop the veteran Macon County tourism official from understanding and touting the potential benefits of a new phone app being developed to steer tourists through the westernmost tip of the…
It is not by swiftness, nor by strength and valor, that races are gained and battles won, but by sheer luck, tenacity and about $8 worth of duct tape. So sayeth we concerning the winners, Drew Cook and Taylor Bennett,…
In Cherokee this week, tribal elections are edging ever closer, with a primary scheduled for Thursday that will whittle the field for principal chief from five to two. While the holiday weekend was dominated by campfires and fireworks, voters and…
Democrats are crying foul over new Congressional district lines that with seemingly surgical precision slice the City of Asheville, a liberal stronghold, out of the 11th Congressional District. The maps, drawn by state Republican leaders in the the GOP-dominated General…
Canton was one of the first towns in Western North Carolina to sport a swimming pool, something made possible thanks to the booming economy of the mill town and the large population of working middle-class families it gave rise to.…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:21

Canton could get hosed by pool woes

The Canton swimming pool is on its last leg and without a major investment of $750,000 to $1 million, the town will be forced to close it within a few years. Canton’s pool has been held together with everything short…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:20

Popularity has its pitfalls

In the do-you-remember, they-were-right-after-all category, the enormous popularity of Jackson County’s new library has meant finding parking at the renovated courthouse and library addition can sometimes prove a real pain. So much so, Assistant Librarian Liz Gregg has taken to…
Graduation ceremonies are, by their nature, boring. The bookend of an educational phase is supposed to be a solemn occasion, launching you into the world with the gravity of education behind you. That’s how they’re designed. And, by and large,…
Blue Ridge Books will host Rick McDaniel, the author of An Irresistible History of Southern Food: Four Centuries of Black-Eyed Peas, Collard Greens, & Whole Hog Barbeque, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. McDaniel has been a working journalist…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:45

Experience the beauty of Mountains in Bloom

The Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival will be held July 7 through 10 in Highlands. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, author and interior designer Suzanne Rheinstein, will speak at The Farm at Old Edwards. Tickets…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:44

Dulcimer week comes to WCU

Musicians Larry and Elaine Conger will host the 12th annual Mountain Dulcimer Week, to be held Sunday, July 17, through Friday, July 22, on the campus of Western Carolina University. This week-long residential program draws dulcimer enthusiasts from around the…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:43

Former Beach Boy brings summer music

Al Jardine and his Endless Summer Band will fill the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts with summer music at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. The band is led by Al Jardine of Beach Boys fame and features…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:43

Grammy winner Laurie Lewis to perform

On Saturday, July 9, Grammy-award winner Laurie Lewis will give an after-dinner performance at Cataloochee Ranch. Lewis is an acclaimed singer-songwriter and fiddle player from California. Her performing companion is ace mandolinist-singer Tom Rozum. Their 1996 CD, “The Oak and…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:43

Library hosts guitarist Pete Friedman

Pete Friedman will bring his music to the Jackson County Public Library at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, with a program of jazz and blues tunes on electric and acoustic guitars. Friedman has been playing guitars for 47 years…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:42

‘Liars Bench’ takes show to WCU July 7

Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will host and sponsor a free performance of The Liars Bench, a Southern Appalachian variety show, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 7. The Liars Bench was founded by Sylva writer and storyteller Gary…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:42

Massage festival planned at WCU

The World Massage Festival will hold its 6th annual festival from July 14 to 17 at Western Carolina University. The festival allows the local community to experience various types of massage, learn about massage therapy as a profession, speak with…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:41

Movie club to screen Amish Grace

The Groovy Movie Club will show the film “Amish Grace” at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 8. A mostly organic potluck dinner will precede the screening at 6:15 p.m. This event is free and open to the public and it…
Tim Lynch will lead off the 2011 Franklin Folk Festival at 9 a.m. on July 16 at the downtown gazebo stage in Franklin. Lynch is the leader of the Tallahassee-based band Sojourn and has played for decades in Florida. Sojourn has…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:40

Classic cars come out in Highlands

The Highlands Motoring Festival is scheduled for July 15 to 17, in downtown Highlands. The festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday evening, July 15, with early registration and cruise-in activities. There will be prizes awarded and items will…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:39

Artisans gather at art and crafts show

The Mountain Artisans Summertime Art & Crafts Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 2 and 3 in the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University. This year’s event has 115 exhibitors showcasing contemporary and heritage…
Brian Bartel, a local artisan who has spent the last 14 years developing his technique in woodworking with hand tools, will present a demonstration at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, at the Jackson County Public Library. Bartel started woodworking…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:36

A gypsy at HART

This summer in Waynesville, it’s an unconventional rags-to-riches tale that will light up the Haywood Arts Regional Theater mainstage with song, dance and just a little more — or maybe less. “Gypsy” is the story of Gypsy Rose Lee, the…