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“The good ones always get wet.”   That, says Ben McFall, is how he tells a decent fly fisherman from a fantastic one. McFall is a veteran fisherman and also a judge at the U.S. National Fly Fishing Championships, held…
Botanist Tim Spira will present a program based on his new book, Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Applachian Mountains and Piedmont, at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 27, at City Lights bookstore in Sylva. Spira, a botanist at…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:35

C.S. Lewis’ love story and its lessons

Nearly 50 years have passed the death of C.S. Lewis — he died of illness in 1963 on the same November day that John F. Kennedy was assassinated — yet Lewis remains a household name and a best-selling author. Although…
The Cherokee Gourd Artists Gathering, themed “Gourds in the Wind,” will take place from Friday, June 3, to Sunday, June 5, at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds. Classes, demonstrations, displays of finished art, vendors and contests fill the schedule for the…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:33

Raising money with mahjong

A Mahjong Party will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 7, at the home of sponsor Kay Isserman in Waynesville as part of the 2011 FUNd Party Series by the Haywood County Arts Council. Mahjong is a Chinese…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:32

Local talent shines in Franklin

Who’s Got Talent?, a local talent competition featuring singers, dancers and variety acts, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. About 20 acts and performers of…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:31

Dip into experimental art this summer

Local artist Silvia Cabrera Williams will teach an experimental watermedia workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. each Thursday in June at the Leapin’ Frog Gallery in Waynesville. Many common household items such as shaving cream, dishwashing rinse aid, petroleum jelly…
Katharine Whalen and Chimney Choir will perform on Thursday, June 2, and The Back Pages will perform on Thursday, June 9, as part of the Western Carolina University Summer Concert Series. The concerts and will be held on the University…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:29

Quilt raffle to benefit those in need

One hundred quilts made by the Shady Ladies quilting group will be on display at their annual Quilt Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4, and from noon to 5 p.m. on…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:28

McEntire makes stop in Cherokee

Country music, film and TV star Reba McEntire will perform from 7:30 p.m. to midnight on Sunday, May 29, at Harrah’s Cherokee casino. McEntire has produced 63 top 10 hits, starred in a hit TV show on The WB and…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:27

Accordion master brings skills to Maggie

Accordion virtuoso Tony Lovello will perform at the Smoky Mountain Accordion Jam at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, at The Maggie Valley Club. Since 2000, Lovello has returned to show business and recorded 14 CDs, performed 250 concerts, received…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:26

Summer art classes starting in Cherokee

Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts in Cherokee is offering the chance to learn mixed media drawing and realist oil painting in June. Mixed media drawing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays from May 30 to June…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:25

Get a taste of folk and fabric

Tatting, caning, quilting and spinning demonstrations will highlight the 6th annual Patchwork Folk and Fabric Festival scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, at the Jackson County Recreation Center in Cullowhee. The festival is presented by…
Most people snip flowers, drop them into a jam jar with some water, call it an arrangement and place them on a table or counter to bring some outside loveliness into our homes. Experts in Japanese flower arrange identical flowers,…
Maybe it’s the fear of snakes, mountain lions, or Bigfoot. Or the perceived boredom of time spent unplugged. Perhaps it’s basic opposition to exertion and sweat. Whatever the reasons, fewer people nationwide are spending time in the great outdoors. If…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:43

A thank you to our elected officials

To the Editor: I’d like to thank the state House of Representatives for putting rich white kids first in North Carolina with your vote on May 3. It’s about time! I am so tired of these hard working, poor and…
To the Editor: Do you think more of your car than you do of your children? If something is wrong with your car, you take it to a dealer to be fixed. When you get it back and it still…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:41

Transportation plan won’t help economy

To The Editor: I attended the recent public hearing on the Comprehensive Transportation Plan and came away confused.  First, according to the Division Engineer who manages Division 14 of the N.C. Department of Transportation, of which Macon is a part,…
To the Editor: I’d like to thank Quintin Ellison and The Smoky Mountain News for Ms. Ellison’s excellent article about the Corneille Bryan Native Garden at Lake Junaluska (www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/3978-don’t-rush-by-this-little-lake-junaluska-treasure). She gave a succinct history and an accurate and appealing description…
To the Editor: Having served for more than a decade as president of Southwestern Community College, I was dismayed by what was reported in The Smoky Mountain News and the Sylva Herald as  opposition by some Jackson County commissioners to…
Last night, lying in bed on the screened porch reading before darkness fell, I looked up from my book and noticed a wasp crawling on the inside of a window screen. I was reading “The Way of the Bodhisattva” by…
A planned new access road that will provide an exit and entrance into Southwestern Community College in Webster should not be a controversial project. The college’s growth, the entire country’s renewed emphasis on public safety in the post-9/11 era, and…
Haywood Vocational Opportunities has donated 103,500 black medical table covers to AmeriCares, a global disaster relief organization that delivers medicine and supplies to those in need around the world. The donation is being shipped to the AmeriCares warehouse in Haiti…
MedWest Health System is expanding its access to health care to the communities served by its hospitals in three counties. A third urgent care center will soon be available in Jackson County and a new one will be built in…
The rooftops of both offices of Smoky Mountain Foot and Ankle Clinic are now equipped with solar electric modules that will generate electricity through solar energy. Sundance Power Systems installed the panels at both the Waynesville and Asheville locations. The…
Two cardiologists with MedWest Health System now offer the first pacemaker designed, tested and approved by the Federal Drug Administration for use in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) environment. Dr. David Peterson and Dr. Glenn Harris have successfully implanted the…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:32

Insurance to decrease for Clyde residents

Clyde Fire Department recently underwent a state inspection that improved their insurance rating. The businesses and homeowners in the Clyde/Central Haywood fire district will most likely see a reduction in their insurance premiums as a result.  A homeowner who lives…
The fate of the organization tasked with marketing and promoting downtown Sylva remains in flux, but it appears positioned to survive in a yet-to-be determined restructured form. “We are working very cooperatively, jointly with the town board, to come up…
If you visit Macon County, keep your head down — there’s a war over property rights in progress. In this community of 33,922 people that presses hard up against the Georgia border, a place with a long history of attracting…
Hypothermia is a possible cause of death for Aubrey Kina-Marie Littlejohn, a 15-month-old Cherokee baby who died in January, according to a state autopsy report released last week. The autopsy also showed indications of multiple bruises to the head and…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:26

Green Energy Park completes upgrade

A blower upgrade to the landfill gas system that helps power Jackson County’s Green Energy Park has been completed. The upgrade, which included a moister separator, should help the system be more efficient, according to Director Timm Muth, director of…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:25

New president named at SCC

 Southwestern Community College this week got a new president, Donald Tomas of Aledo, Texas, who takes over July 1. Tomas replaces Richard Collings, who served in the top slot at SCC for just six months before resigning suddenly. Collings, who…
Principal Chief Michell Hicks hinted last week at a renewed effort to bring live dealers to Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel and Casino, in a ceremony renewing the management contract between the Eastern Band of Cherokee and Ceasars Entertainment. At an event…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:22

HCC offers day camp

A summer day camp for children from the ages of 6 to 12 will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, from June 15 through August 17. The camp is run by Haywood Community College’s Regional Center…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:21

HCC restructures auto body program

A new associate degree program at Haywood Community College will upgrade the existing one-year diploma program in auto body this fall. The Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology program will prepare students to become qualified technicians to perform repairs and refinishing…
Know someone, maybe yourself, who should be minority businessperson of the year? The Minority Enterprise Development Week Committee is now accepting nominations for this year’s awards. Businesses open for at least two years can nominate themselves. In addition to the…
A grandparent support group will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, at the Jackson Family Resource Center in Sylva. Grandparents will have opportunities to share their own experiences as a grandparent, including struggles or successes.…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:17

Public perspectives on Corridor K

Health and Prosperity Two of the main arguments in favor of Corridor K construction are safety and economic growth. Road advocates maintain that having an easily traveled corridor into the area will allow larger companies — and their requisite supplies…
In Graham County, a public hearing last week on Corridor K drew a crowd of 200 people, speaking for and against a new four-lane highway that would end rural isolation but destroy virgin countryside in the process. The 9.9-mile highway…
At Macon Barber Shop, you can get a haircut for $10 and a shampoo for $5, but the talk is free for the asking. In between snips of her scissors and reaching, on occasion, for the electric razor used to…
Angel Medical Center in Franklin, one of the last, small independent hospitals in the state, is now part of Mission Health System in Asheville. After months of negotiations, Angel last week came under Mission’s management umbrella — likely a temporary…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:01

Ubiquitous phone book still a staple

This June, 91,000 pounds of paper will make its way into Western North Carolina. Some of it will end up in kitchen drawers, some will be used as doorstops, some will end up as litter dotting the roads, while still…
For Mary Edwards, the owner of Craft Collection in downtown Waynesville, news of a possible Michaels coming to town is devastating. “Well, that’s the end of me,” said Edwards. “I’m small, so I can’t complete with big stores.” Edwards is…
Belk department store in Waynesville might be moving from its anchor spot beside Ingle's grocery store to a much larger and brand-new building beside Super Wal-Mart.A Michaels craft store and Pet Smart might also join the ranks of big-box chain…
Tuesday, 17 May 2011 20:08

Tea time for the arts

Get a taste of English tradition at Mountain High Tea, a fundraising party for the Haywood County Arts Council. The event starts at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, at the home of Nancy Rhead. Party-goers will enjoy a traditional…
Bryson City resident Jane Spotted Bird will read from her recently published memoir, Still Here: Dancing to the Beat of My Own Drum, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, at City Lights bookstore in Sylva. The book tells the…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 12:32

Author to speak on the publishing

The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will host an afternoon with Kim Michele Richardson, author of The Unbreakable Child: a Memoir of Forgiving the Unforgivable, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. She will discuss her book and present…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 12:30

A thinking person’s crime novel

Kind hearts, allow me to introduce Police Detective, Harry Hole. Let me warn you in advance, he is an alcoholic who manages to keep his job in the House of Pain (Oslo’s Robbery Division) by cunning and a talent for…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:50

Magnolias not just a Deep South species

Mention magnolias and images of plantations and mint juleps come to mind. But here in Western North Carolina we have an array of magnolia species that thrive in an upland hardwoods setting. These trees are most noticeable, of course, in…
The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer TetraBrazil Soccer Camp for ages 10 to 18 July 11 through 15 at the Waynesville Recreation Center. The camp will offer Brazilian coaching staff, individual technical development and a unique cultural experience.…