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Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:42

Volunteers needed for Meals on Wheels

The Haywood County Meals on Wheels program is seeking volunteers in the Fines Creek community to deliver nutritious meals to the elderly, homebound or disabled residents. Volunteers are asked to contribute approximately one hour each week starting at 10:30 a.m.…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:40

Political ill will still lingers in Jackson

The election for the Jackson County Board of Commissioners might have wrapped up last fall, but the war of words didn’t end then. Last month, newly elected Chairman Jack Debnam wrote to unseated Commissioner Tom Massie’s employer, the N.C. Department…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:36

HCC causes a stir with clear cutting

A new and long-awaited Creative Arts Building is only days away from its groundbreaking ceremony at Haywood Community College. But the tree clearing undertaken to prepare the way for the new crafts center has proven less-than-popular with some of the…
Some local thrift shop operators in Jackson County or crying foul over a nonprofit accepting donations in Sylva despite not having a store in the county. Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina has a trailer (as in the second half…
By Quintin Ellison and Colby Dunn • Staff writers The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is forced to rely on state social workers when it comes to protecting the tribe’s children from abuse and neglect. That might change in the…
Relatives say they warned social workers repeatedly over the course of several months that Aubrey Littlejohn was being neglected and abused. Called by her middle name by family, 15-month-old Kina-Marie died on a mattress on the floor of a singlewide…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:21

Child’s death hits Cherokee hard

The mood is grim. Few people in this tight community want to talk to an outsider about the death of 15-month-old Aubrey Littlejohn. Here on the Cherokee Indian Reservation, kinship ties are strong and families are extended and extensive. It…
Relatives of a Cherokee child who died in January are publicly calling for the suspension of the Swain County Department of Social Services’ director and program manager, as well as other employees named in a State Bureau of Investigation probe…
The Swain County Department of Social Services falsified records relating to the abuse and neglect of a 15-month-old baby who later died, according to an investigation by the Swain County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation. The specific…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:15

Budget woes force WCU to cut jobs

Western Carolina University is laying off 10 employees in April as it struggles with the projected loss of approximately $8.6 million in state funding. The 10 workers are employed in several divisions across the university. University leaders say they anticipate…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:14

Marriage and family experts offer advice

“The Thoroughly Modern Family,” a program aimed at giving advice on how to provide happy and healthy marriages and families in the 21st century, will be held from 3 to 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, at Blue Ridge Books…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:11

Blood drive in Blanton’s memory

The Tye Blanton Foundation is hosting its annual blood drive from 12 to 5 p.m Sunday, March 6, at Canton Central United Methodist Church. The event is held in memory of Trooper Shawn Blanton and his son, Tye. In previous…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:08

Program on fair elections in Macon

The League of Women Voters of Macon County will hold a program Thursday, March 10, on fair elections, presented by Democracy North Carolina. The group is a non-partisan organization. Democracy NC conducts original research into such topics as big money…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:07

Downtown Waynesville readies for spring

The Downtown Waynesville Association is gearing up for spring, with new businesses and events in the works for the coming tourist season. Buffy Phillips, the association’s executive director, told Waynesville town officials that she’s positive about the year’s outlook for…
By DeeAnna Haney • SMN Intern Perched atop a Canton nursing home roof, gleaming in the sun is the newest addition to the building, bringing it to the forefront of the green initiative in North Carolina. Silver Bluff Village held…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:51

Gallery show highlights water landscapes

Gallery 86 presents “Reflected Light: Scenes of Haywood County by Luke Allsbrook” Wednesday, March 2, through Saturday, March 26. An artist reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 4. The exhibition is presented by the…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:50

WCU presents classical guitarist

Classical guitarist Gregory Guay will perform at WCU’s Coulter Recital Hall at 8 p.m., March 9. Guay is a classically trained guitarist who learned and teaches in the Suzuki method. He is currently a master’s candidate at Appalachian State University…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:49

Building workshops offered to artisans

A certification in the building industry for Cherokee craft artists is open free-of-charge to artists, artisans and college-level students from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on March 9, 16 and 30, at Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts (OICA). The program…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:48

OICA welcomes new instructor

The Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts, Southwestern Community College’s fine arts   program, this spring welcomes Brian Kane as the new program instructor. Kane completed his BFA in spatial arts at Youngstown University in Youngstown, Ohio. He went on to get…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:48

Store celebrates with poetry and music

To celebrate the 86th anniversary of Cowee’s Rickman Store, the Friends of the Rickman Store are inviting neighbors and visitors to share an evening of poetry and music at the store at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 4. Cowee poet…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:47

Artist exhibits renaissance techniques

Multimedia artist Mark Menendez of Andrews will do a demonstration of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting techniques for Art League of the Smokies at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, March 7, at Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City. He’ll…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:46

Main Street Artists Co-op reopening

The Main Street Artists Co-op on Main Street in Waynesville is scheduled to open for its third season May 1, and is accepting applications from artists wishing to be considered for membership.   The Co- Op is a group of local…
Kathrine Cays, Artist in Residence at the Rickman Store in Macon County’s Cowee Valey, will offer an art class for children and parents from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 5. The focus will be on birds of this…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:45

Wellness and healing featured on film

The feature film, “The Living Matrix — The New Science of Healing,” will be shown at Waynesville’s Creative Thought Center at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 4.   Discussion will follow the film, which features scientists, psychologists, doctors, bio-energetic researchers…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:44

Woodrow named new library director

Sharon Woodrow has been appointed the new director of the Haywood County Public Library, after serving as interim director since December 2010 and as assistant director since 2007. Woodrow is a Haywood County native and went to work for the…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:43

HART to hold auditions for upcoming musical

The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its May production of the off-Broadway musical  “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 6 and 7, in the Feitcher Studio of Waynesville’s HART Theater.…
“Church Basement Ladies,” a touching musical comedy, will grace the stage of the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11. Set in a rural Minnesota church in turbulent 1965, the show goes behind…
By DeeAnna Haney • SMN Intern Donning their best flannel and cowboy boots and armed with harmonies and dance moves, Tuscola High School’s Summit is ready to serve up another toe-tapping, knee-slapping Country/Western Show. Aptly titled, “Country Through and Through,”…
The Swain County Department of Social Services falsified records relating to the abuse and neglect of a 15-month-old baby who later died, according to an investigation by the Swain County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation. The specific…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 21:11

A first-hand account of the Indian wars

I spent some time last week reading about the 18th-century Indian wars in Western North Carolina. These were the Cherokee battles with the British along the Little Tennessee and Tuckaseigee rivers in 1760 and 1761, as well as the Rutherford…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 21:11

Area grants support mountain initiatives

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership has awarded a new round of grants to preserve and promote Western North Carolina’s heritage. There were 20 grants totaling nearly $245,000. The grants will focus on craft, music, natural heritage, Cherokee traditions…
The WNC Agricultural Options program recently awarded $326,000 in grants to help farmers diversify and for joint marketing and distribution efforts. “These farmers have a wide variety of innovative ideas and we expect successful outcomes from which other farmers can…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 21:09

Native pond group to form in WNC

Interested in being part of a native pond society? Carol and Bob Grytten of Haywood County are gauging interest in Western North Carolina. “Our purpose is to help others who wish to learn more about having and maintaining ponds, water…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 21:09

Franklin Bird Club to host warbler talk

The Franklin Bird Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, at the Macon County Public Library. Artist, illustrator and bird expert John Sill will present a video and talk about warblers. This will also be an organizing meeting…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 21:07

Haywood on the road to being a bike-friendly

Haywood County wants to create the county’s first-ever comprehensive bicycle plan. The county is now accepting proposals from consultants interested in steering the process. The selected firm will be responsible for: • The collection of relevant background data and other…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 21:06

Pisgah Fly Masters readies for annual competition

The fourth annual Pisgah Fly Masters fly-fishing tournament, sponsored by the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and Davidson River Outfitters, is scheduled for March 19 and 20 in Transylvania County. A casting competition on March 19 will test anglers skills…
Highlands Biological Station in April has received a partnership award in science, mathematics and technology education from the N.C. Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center, based in Research Triangle Park. Founded in 1927, the Highlands Biological Station is a year-round…
A restoration project to improve fish passage on streams feeding into the Little Tennessee watershed finished last month on Bradley Creek in Macon County. Like with most creeks, Bradley Creek had been squeezed into culverts so roads could pass over…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 21:02

Stalked by a not so wild elk

An old friend from Mer Rouge, La., George Bowe, was passing through a couple of weeks ago so we decided to take a ride down to Cataloochee and see if the elk were out. We got down to the valley…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:59

Trail running takes off

Once upon a time and not particularly very long ago, trail running in Western North Carolina was a fringe sport at best. Hitting the trails instead of roads served as a refuge for longtime runners who couldn’t bear to give…
If you are looking for a trail race — with the emphasis on “race” — the Assault on Black Rock Trail Race might not be for you. But, if you are willing to walk, crawl or yes, run, your way…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:57

Read Across America

As part of the celebration of Read Across America, Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville is hosting two events that emphasize the importance of reading to young children.  Parents of preschoolers are welcome to come to a free workshop from 5:30…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:56

Wayne Caldwell wins Wolfe award

The WNC Historical Association and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial will host Western North Carolina author Wayne Caldwell from 2-4 p.m. on March 6. The winner of the 2010 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, Wayne Caldwell, will appear in tandem with…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:55

Book group to begin

Gary Carden has announced the first meeting of a book discussion group which will begin with a meeting at 5 p.m. on Feb. 24 at the Sylva Senior Citizen Center in Room 129. The first meeting will be devoted to…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:50

Vampire saga lacks traditional horror appeal

For quite some time now, the literary genre known as “science fiction/horror” has been undergoing radical changes. The “creatures of the night,” be they zombies, vampires or werewolves, have been transformed into either (a) terrifying creations (“Dracula 2000” and its…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:49

GOP majority practicing partisan politics

To the Editor: I thought the new Republican majority in the North Carolina legislature was elected because voters felt they could do more to generate jobs and improve the economy in North Carolina than the Democrats. Yet some of the…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:48

Funding cuts will help us all

To the Editor: As soon as the federal budget was delivered to Congress, members like Nancy Pelosi and Bernie Sanders trotted out the age-old whine that conservatives want to harm women and children. The fact is that without deep spending…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:47

Budgets and politics clashing across the land

Politics and state budgets aren’t usually that interesting, but this year that’s not the case. Ideologies are clashing as lawmakers struggle to find a way through this recession, and we will all be affected by the outcome. North Carolina and…
Great Smoky Mountains Railway this week promised to return to Dillsboro in a big way, on this condition: Jackson County must come up with $817,176. “We need to explore how we can work together and get that train here, and…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:30

Ingles continues growth trend

Ingles got a green light last week from Waynesville’s town board to bulk out their Russ Avenue location, complete with gas station and convenience store, adding another expansion to the chain’s growing empire of new and revamped stores. The store…