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Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:41

A great dam run

The annual Dam Race at Fontana Dam — featuring a run over the top of the towering dam itself — was held last week, attracting runners from throughout the Southeast to race against the backdrop of mountain peaks and Fontana…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:40

Blue Ridge Breakaway a success

Olympic silver-medalist Lauren Tamayo from Asheville was among the 460 riders from 18 states who pedaled the scenic roadways, byways and Blue Ridge Parkway during Haywood County’s Blue Ridge Breakaway, Aug. 17. The event featured rides of varied distances, from…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:39

Record rainfall, is it climate change?

A program about climate change in Western North Carolina will explore how oldtimers and scientists alike view changing weather patterns in the mountains. The Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River will hold two meetings on the topics on Monday, Sept. 9.…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:39

New wildlife police boss in WNC

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Tim Sisk to the position of captain for the state’s western counties, covering a district that stretches from Madison to Cherokee counties. Sisk will manage enforcement operations for hunting, fishing and boating, and…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:38

Cherokee chief placed on wildlife resources board

Michel Hicks, Principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, has been appointed a commissioner on the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:37

Parkway reopens along damaged stretch

The Blue Ridge Parkway has reopened a closed section of the motor road — from Ox Creek Road in Asheville to Mount Mitchell State Park — using temporary bypass lanes.
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:35

Trail promises cemeteries and rapids

Friends of the Smokies will host a guided, 9-mile roundtrip hike, Tuesday, Sept. 17, along Noland Creek Trail. The hike runs along a rushing creek and through cemeteries and remnants of home sites in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:34

Paddlers ready to hit the Tuckasegee

The Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom, a family-friendly paddling competition on a calm section of the Tuckasegee River, is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14.
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:32

Owning the autumn sky

The loud, piercing keee-eeeeerrrr jerks your head up involuntarily to see the essence of wild freedom — a red-tailed hawk, wings outstretched banking slowly in the blue. It stops you, if only for a second or two, it stops you.
The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute is making use of citizen scientists from around the world to help sort and catalog its photo albums of the universe. Since the late 1800s, astronomers have been taking images of the night sky, using…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:41

A realistic, refreshing look at teaching

For most students, parents, and teachers, autumn rather than spring is the season of budding growth, new life, and hope.
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:29

Macon County Fair opens in Franklin

The 60th annual Macon County Fair will be Sept. 11-14 at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center in Franklin. Highlights of the event include opening ceremonies at 1 p.m. Sept. 11, cross-cut saw demonstration at 6 p.m. Sept. 12, barbecue supper…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:28

‘Boots and Bling’ to benefit REACH

The Boots and Bling benefit will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Bloemsma Farm Barn in Franklin. “Boots and Bling,” a new fundraiser for Zonta Club, will benefit REACH of Macon County, which provides free and confidential…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:28

Sylva church offers a taste of cookbook recipes

A cookbook tasting experience will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at The First United Methodist Church in Sylva.
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:26

Music festival comes to Burningtown

The Burningtown Music Festival will be Sept. 14 in the Nantahala National Forest in the Burningtown Township of Macon County.
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:24

DePaolo to be exhibited in The Strand at 38 Main

Works by artist Dominick “Nick” DePaolo will be on display throughout the month of September in the lobby at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:24

Annual charity bingo event in Haywood

The St. John the Evangelist Catholic Women’s Circle will hold its annual “Baskets and Bags Bingo” charity event at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the Haywood County Fairgrounds.
Monks from the Drepung Loseling monastery will demonstrate the art of mandala sand painting and perform sacred music and dance on Sept. 9-13 at Western Carolina University 
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:21

Mountain Faith, Primitive Quartet in Franklin

Acclaimed gospel groups Mountain Faith and the Primitive Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:19

Merle Haggard to bring honky-tonk to Franklin

Legendary country singer Merle Haggard will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:17

This must be the place

It’s like losing your virginity and seeing the Apocalypse at the same time.
A fiery inferno blasts through the sheet metal like a hot knife through butter. The screeching sound of a grinder echoes down into the valley surrounding Waynesville. Flipping up her face shield, metal sculptor Grace Cathey wipes her brow, smiles…
A new public art sculpture will be unveiled in downtown Waynesville this week by renowned Western North Carolina metal sculptor Grace Cathey.
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:09

Wrong priorities causing problems

To the Editor: The 50th anniversary of the “March on Washington” and Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech have been recently observed. King hoped to see a generation of black Americans who would “not be judged by the…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:09

Gov. McCrory, GOP have turned business loose

To the Editor: We live in the greatest country the modern world has ever known. Our president has not been able to energize our economy and has passed thousands of new regulations that hinder rather than promote employment. The most…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:08

New attempt to help domestic abuse victims

To the Editor: Domestic abuse, according to statistics, has increased. Although the exact reasons cannot be pinpointed, the latest analysis points to the possible presence of a “warrior/bully” gene which can manifest all the time or just activate when the…
By Doug Wingeier • Guest Columnist It doesn’t seem to matter which political party a president belongs to: if he wants to go to war he’ll find a way, regardless of what the American people may want. We are tired…
Passion, love, hate and violence — are all very human. But the best way of understanding these and other human attributes might not be by studying humans at all. The animals around us, says Western Carolina University Psychology Professor Harold…
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s march on Washington, D.C., political activists in Western North Carolina celebrated a dream of their own.
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 13:59

Kayaking Worlds kicks off in downtown Bryson City

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kayak paradeA cacophony of voices and cheers echoed across Bryson City as a sea of humanity overtook the small town, a wall-to-wall crowd churning and pressing their way through downtown with excitement radiating from each face.

Wednesday, 04 September 2013 13:55

Clyde police chief suspended for unknown reasons

Clyde Police Chief Gerard Ball was suspended last Friday for five days without pay until the town board was able to meet and further discuss his employment status.  The Clyde town board will hold a specially-scheduled meeting Wednesday, Sept. 4,…
With September’s tropical storm season gearing up, residents living downstream of large Duke Energy dams in Western North Carolina may spend the fall on high alert, wondering when and if Duke will open the flood gates to release pent-up water…
Sweepstakes-style video gambling is making bold forays into the rural communities of Western North Carolina, back for yet another skirmish in the decade-long war against the betting devices.  State lawmakers have tried to ban them. Police have tried to bust…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 13:47

Waynesville theater closes suddenly

Smoky Mountain Cinemas in Waynesville shut its doors last week, leaving Haywood County residents with no full-sized movie theater playing current releases on a local screen. “We have put forth every effort to keep operating the theater. Unfortunately we were…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 13:46

Busking becomes Waynesville

Waynesville leaders as expected lifted a de facto ban on street performers last week, opening the door for musicians to play on the sidewalks of town as long as they get a permit first. “We have already received our first…
Waynesville police discovered a homemade pipe bomb in the bed of a pickup truck in the early hours of the morning Sunday.
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 13:44

WCU record enrollment, open house

Western Carolina University announced an enrollment milestone this week — enrollment for the fall semester topped the 10,000 mark for the first time in school history. University officials said the record-breaking enrollment was due in large part to a 5…
When it comes to a high-speed chase, law enforcement must constantly ask the question: is it worth it? A 23-year-old Franklin man took police on a chase through Macon County in August reaching speeds of nearly 125 miles per hour.…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 03:55

Deep Creek offers a great taste of the Smokies

We are attracted to water. Mountain paths always wind down to water — springs, branches, creeks and rivers. Water is the essence of our very being here in the mountains.    Deep Creek on the North Carolina side of the…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 03:48

Dangerous levels of sewage found in WNC creek

State and local officials are advising people to avoid contact with Long Creek in Graham County after recent water quality sampling found wastewater. The partially treated wastewater is making its way into the creek because of a malfunction at the…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 03:46

Movie touts benefits of local food

A movie showing in Waynesville is asking folks to think hard about their food choices. The documentary-style movie “Fresh: New Thinking About What We’re Eating” will be featured at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the auditorium of the Waynesville…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 03:46

Lend your voice to trail plan vision

Time is running out for trail users to offer input on a regional trail plan for the seven western counties or simply offer up a wish list of future trail projects. The trail plan maps out a long-range vision for…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 03:45

Grants to help imperiled wildlife

Nearly $800,000 in grants will fund research in North Carolina that investigates threats to various aquatic species and habitats in the state. Through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and matching resources from local partners, nearly $700,000 will go toward…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 03:43

Learn ins and outs of seed saving

Seed expert Keith Nicholson will cover the what, why and how of vegetable seeds and seed saving at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room.
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 03:42

Input sought for park at Hall Mountain

Community members are invited to attend upcoming public meetings to learn more about the use of the Hall Mountain Tract in Macon County as a public park and to submit input for potential uses of the land. 
A storied estate in Cashiers, preserved for future generations, will be the destination of an upcoming ecotour.
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 03:39

A bird of two tales

Roger Tory Petersen called it, “one of the most breathtaking of the world’s weirdest birds,” and it was John James Audubon’s “rose-coloured curlew.” But the name that has stuck is roseate spoonbill. The roseate spoonbill is one of only six…
By Tyler Norris Goode • Contributor Rowan Stuart’s favorite kayak maneuver is called the “Phonics Monkey” and involves spinning the vessel on its bow like a pirouette for a full 360 degrees then flipping the boat end over end. There’s nothing…
By Newton Smith • Contributor Gary Carden, local bard, playwright, host of the Liars Bench and reviewer for The Smoky Mountain News, has once again come up with a surprising publication.