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Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:20

Summer smithing courses lined up

The Jackson County Green Energy Park is offering a new round of blacksmithing courses this summer, taught by blacksmith Brock Martin. Beginning knife-making and an introduction to medieval chainmaille armor will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and…
Cashiers’ Groovin’ on the Green concert series, now in its third year, opens at 6:30 p.m. on June 10, at the Village Commons. Shows will continue on selected Friday evenings into October. The 2011 season opens June 10 with return…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:18

Drum circle planned in downtown Franklin

A drumming circle for all ages will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, on the Courthouse Plaza on Main Street in downtown Franklin.   Mary Eileen Ferrick is the circle leader. People may bring their…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:15

Appalachian lifestyle takes center stage

If there’s one thing that runs deep in Appalachia, it’s roots. Whether it’s the roots of its ancient pines or the roots of a unique way of life still celebrated here, the Smokies are steeped in heritage. And now, with…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:15

SMN showed great support for library

To the Editor: As the opening of the new Jackson County Library Complex draws near, it brings to mind the many contributions The Smoky Mountain News made during difficult as well as good times. From timely editorials, feature articles, and…
To the Editor: Jeff Minick has always provided informative and insightful book reviews. His review of Till We Have Faces reads like a college presentation. His contributions are a valuable addition to your fine newspaper. Bill Sullivan Raliegh
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:14

Article was like those found in tabloids

To the Editor: It was shocking to read the article entitled “Crossing the Line” published June 1 in The Smoky Mountain News. This was classic tabloid reporting with more drama than fact reporting, filled with innuendos and hypotheticals. It is…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:12

Of mice, Ming and my seed stash

When planting season is upon us, gardeners and farmers of all stripes are making plans and counting seeds. As long-time gardeners and seed savers know, the winter months make for great opportunities to do both easily from the comfort of…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:09

Rooster 1, Farmer 1 – a first-round draw

There are two puncture wounds decorating my left leg, courtesy of a rooster who has taken an inexplicable but pronounced dislike of me. This rooster is a white leghorn. He has a twin, another white leghorn rooster, who also escaped…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:06

Really, we just have to get out more often

(Atlanta, GA) — We don’t get out much. Unless “getting out” means running out to Taco Bell because the fish we were going to cook has gone bad and there’s nothing left to eat in the house except half of…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 19:59

Appreciating good stories, civic engagement

A week before this week’s dedication of the new Jackson County Library complex, this newspaper’s 12th birthday passed almost unnoticed by those of us who work to put it out each week. Where there used to be celebrations, we just…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 19:58

‘Free condoms’ replaced by patch

In Swain County, free condoms aren’t particularly controversial. But the words “free condoms” on a billboard certainly are. At least that’s the position of Swain County commissioners, who ordered the announcement to be whitewashed last week after apparently fielding calls…
For now, Swain County Department of Social Services Director Tammy Cagle still has her job. But that might soon be in question after a decision made by the county’s DSS board Monday night. Supporters of the suspended Cagle gathered at…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 19:53

Learn about food preservation June 9

A free class covering the basics of food preservation will be offered at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library from 1  to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 9. Cheryl Beck, a family and consumer sciences agent with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service,…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 19:52

Jackson Paper scholarship awarded

The Jackson Paper Manufacturing Company has awarded a $500 scholarship to Candace Erin Ridley, a senior at Smoky Mountain High School. Her father, Merle Ridley, is a Jackson Paper employee. Ridley will attend Southwestern Community College in the physical therapist…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 19:52

Lunch and learn in Macon County

This month’s lunch with the League of Women Voters of Macon County will focus on a presentation discussing the background and mission of the organization. The event will be held at 12 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at the Unitarian Universalist…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 19:51

Discuss world wars with WCU professor

Those interested in the history of world wars can join a new discussion group launched by Western Carolina University history Professor David Dorondo. The group, called Carolina Round Table, will address various aspects of world wars and the interwar period…
Registration is open for the Meet Me in the Smokies Open at Sequoyah National Golf Club. The event will have a gunshot start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 18. This captain’s choice golf tournament is $100 per golfer. Each…
Haywood County residents told commissioners just what they thought of funding reductions at a hearing last week over the county’s new budget. Thirty people came to the meeting, where commissioners took comments on the 2011-12 budget, which decreases funding to…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 19:49

Building named after Bardo

After a decade-and-a-half of stable leadership — a situation almost unheard of within the greater University of North Carolina system —Western Carolina University is about to embark on a whirlwind of change. In addition to the replacement of Chancellor John…
Tired of watching a source of possible town revenue end up in the state’s coffers, Sylva wants to start collecting parking fees at the town hall. Last week, commissioners tweaked the language of the proposed parking ordinance, clarifying that only…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 19:47

Cashiers rec center gets green light

The Cashiers Recreation Center is back on track following a unanimous vote this week by Jackson County commissioners to move forward with the $8 million project. Commissioners voted to use money from the county’s fund balance instead of taking out…
Jackson County commissioners this week voted unanimously to keep Chuck Wooten on for at least another year as county manager. Wooten will receive an annual base salary of $120,747.96, plus benefits. County commissioners asked Wooten in January to serve as…
No actual decision was made, but County Manager Chuck Wooten told commissioners this week that they have $95,176 set aside in the budget if they want to give the money, as requested, to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. The money…
A merger is afoot in Canton that will bring together two staples of the town’s downtown scene. Soon, the Canton Lunch Box, a fixture of the town’s business community, will join forces with the Imperial Hotel, an equally prominent fixture…
Set high on a mountaintop above Sylva, the historic courthouse has long been a focal point in this Jackson County town, attracting droves of visitors and professional and amateur photographers alike. And with a just-finished retooling and addition of a…
Sylva leaders are looking to tighten the town’s noise ordinance on the heels of complaints by one of their own. Commissioner Harold Hensley, who lives in the N.C. 107 area of Sylva, said he took calls a few weeks ago…
The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating whether Reid Brown, a former assistant district attorney in Waynesville, handled any cases improperly during his three years as a prosecutor. The SBI would not elaborate on the scope or nature of the…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:15

A voice heard in the distance

Rural residents know the yellow-billed cuckoo as the “rain crow” or “storm crow” because its guttural “ka-ka-kow-kow-kowlp-kowlp-kowlp” seems to be sounded just prior to a late evening thunderstorm. (The distinctive “kowlp-kowlp-kowlp” portion of the call sounds something like a small…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:14

Human Race set for June 11

The Human Race 5K Road Race/Walk is scheduled for 8 a.m. on June 11 at the Waynesville Middle School. The annual race is sponsored by the Haywood Jackson Volunteer Center. Proceeds from the event will be used to help the…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:13

4-H summer golf day camp

The 4-H Summer Golf Day Camp will be each Thursday beginning June 9 through July 28. The day camp is free and will meet at the Junaluska Golf Course. 4-H is a community of young people from ages five to…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:12

Bicycle survey to help cyclists

A short online survey to help guide a new comprehensive bicycle plan for Haywood County is available for completion at www.surveymonkey.com/s/Haywo-odBikePlan. The survey may be shared with anyone, including children, residing in Haywood County. Input received from the survey will…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:12

Lifeguard training and swimming lessons

Lifeguard training and group swimming lessons will be provided by Medwest Health & Fitness Center beginning June 2 and June 10, respectively. In response to high demand, the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course will be offered again this summer…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:11

AT under attack from invasives

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy needs volunteers to eradicate invasive plants choking out native flora on the AT in Graham County on Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4.   Volunteers will target multiflora rose, Japanese stiltgrass, Chinese privet, autumn olive…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:10

Pinnacle Park profiled for Trails Day

A discussion about the future of Pinnacle Park outside Sylva will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 4, followed by a short hike from the Fisher Creek trailhead. The 1,100 acre tract once served as Sylva’s source of drinking…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:09

Explore nature with young children

“Growing Up Wild,” a free professional development workshop sponsored by Haywood Soil and Water Conservation District for educators who work with young children, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, at the USDA Service…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:09

“Go Native” in your backyard

“From Mowing to Growing,” a workshop with Sara Martin, a biology instructor at Haywood Community College with a B.A. in wildlife management, is scheduled for Saturday, June 4, as part of the Great Smoky Mountains Audubon Society summer program and…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:07

Catch a runner’s view of Sylva’s Main

The Main Street Mile, a series of 1-mile races highlighting the state’s Main Street Program, will hit the streets of Sylva Friday, June 3. Sylva’s Main Street Mile course will start in Sylva’s Bridge Park, cross Grindstaff Cove Road and…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:07

Picnic with WATR

The Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River will hold its fifth-annual summer picnic at 6 p.m. Friday, June 10, on the banks of the Tuckasegee River at Carol’s Cabins (formerly Ward’s Cabins). All members of the watershed association are urged…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:05

Summer Daze

Soccer balls litter the yard, my wife is auditioning for NASCAR on the lawn mower and I am following the tiller through a soft, loamy sea of rich smelling earth in the garden. In the evening, fireflies are dancing in…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:04

Black bear festival coming up in Highlands

A Mountain Black Bear Festival is set for June 10 and 11 at the Highlands Civic/Recreation Center, featuring exhibits, artisans and programs related to black bears. • A free program on “co-existing with bears” will be held at 7 p.m.…
It started out simply enough. Fresh out of college on his new job in Vicksburg, Miss., on the banks of the mighty, muddy Mississippi, Bill Lea decided to try a new hobby. He laid down his fishing pole and picked…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:01

Author explores hidden local history

Author Alice Sink will read from her new book, Hidden History of the Western North Carolina Mountains, at 1 p.m. on June 4 at City Lights bookstore in Sylva. In her book, Sink introduces readers to the people, customs and…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:00

Crowe and Dawson release children’s book

Jackson County writer Thomas Crowe and illustrator Marilyn K. Dawson will celebrate the publication of their children’s book, The Wake Up Man, at Grateful Steps Publishing and Bookshop at 159 S. Lexington Ave. in Asheville at 10:30 a.m. on June…
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…