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Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:52

WCU outdoor adventure summer camp

From kayaking to rock climbing, elementary and middle school students can sample outdoor adventure through the Catamount Adventure Camps this summer. Teaching young people new outdoor skills, as well as the value of teamwork and an appreciation of nature, are…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:52

Gorges State Park hosts spring celebration

Gorges Gratitude Day will be held Saturday, April 16, featuring special presentations on a variety of topics, live music, food, and hayrides. Speakers will share programs on falconry, black bears, mountain ecosystems, folklore and geology. Community organizations will provide food…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:50

A perfect fit

The planets must have been in alignment when Buddy Young, director of residential services at Lake Junaluska, and Candace Stimson, Low Impact Development (LID) student at Haywood Community College, became acquainted. Stimson and her LID 112 class began working with…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:47

Gearing up for spring

Kathy Calabrese, who makes herbal-medicine products such as lip balms, sprays and salves using herbs she grows at her Whittier home or gets from local farmers, is glad to see winter go — not so much the passing of winter…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:45

Sentimental story is also very memorable

The Memory of Running is a “road book.” In some respects it resembles what critics in the 19th century called a “picaresque,” which means that the protagonist finds himself on a journey or a kind of quest. That would certainly…
Tuckasegee poet Thomas Rain Crowe will be at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 8, to read from his newest poetry collection, Crack Light. The book features photographs by Simone Lipscomb and more than 40…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:44

Take N.C. 107 bypass off priority list

To the Editor: Jackson County Commissioners are ranking road improvement projects in the County’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) at their meeting April 18. Here are some reasons why I feel commissioners should follow the example set by Sylva to leave the…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:44

Haywood Chamber needs visitor center

To the Editor: The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority board has voted to cut funding to the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce. This will seriously hinder – if not cripple – tourism events the H.C.C.C. sponsors each year. Any staff…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:43

GOP legislators try to block federal money

To the Editor: The good news is the North Carolina Department of Transportation has received a $461 million federal grant to improve rail service between Raleigh and Charlotte, creating 4,800 jobs during the next two years. Many of the jobs…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:43

Voter ID bill just a waste of good money

To the Editor: As an advocate for seniors and senior services, I find I am more and more concerned about the Voter ID bill that was introduced in the state Senate by Sen. Ralph Hise (R-Spruce Pine). I absolutely believe…
Maybe I’m just self-absorbed, but I swear that when I’m interested in something, it often seems as if the whole world suddenly has become interested in the very same thing. Given this, it didn’t seem terribly odd that the husband…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:35

For better or worse, for normal or weird

One of the advantages of getting older is that you learn a few things if you pay attention. For example, when I was younger, I hid certain things about myself when I met someone I thought I might be interested…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:20

Grab bargains at indoor yard sale

An indoor yard sale will take over the Ramsey Regional Activity Center at Western Carolina University from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. The sale, now in its 21st year, will feature a broad range of items…
Learn to make scented soap, bath salts or a hooked mug rug in three new classes from 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, at Dogwood Crafters in Dillsboro. Supplies will be provided for a small fee and participants will take…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:18

Writers’ group welcomes local author

Heather Newton, author of Under the Mercy Trees, will be the speaker for the Mountain Writers’ Network at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. Under the Mercy Trees, a tale of family, love and…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:17

‘Shipwrecked’ to stage at HART

The Haywood Arts Regional Theater is gearing up for its next production, “Shipwrecked,” showing at 7:30 p.m. on April 8 and 9, and 3 p.m. on April 10. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and $8 for students.…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:16

Dance and dine at monthly contra day

A free contra dance will be held from 2:30 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, at the Bridge Park Pavilion in Sylva. There will also be a potluck dinner following the contra dance, starting at 5:30. Dancers should bring…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:16

Take the A train with WCU stage play

Western Carolina University theater students will present the unconventional “The Atrainplays, Vol. 2” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, through Saturday, April 16, and at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 17, in the Niggli Theatre. The production is six short plays,…
Western North Carolina’s renowned youth choir Voices in the Laurel will perform with award winning composer and guest conductor Dr. Rollo Dilworth at 3 p.m. on April 10 at the First Baptist Church in Waynesville. Voices’ 15th Anniversary Concert will…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:13

Overlook Players to do ‘Sound of Music’

Franklin’s Overlook Players will perform Rogers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” April 14 through 17 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. The classic musical will be staged by locals and stage veterans alike and will be…
By DeeAnna Haney • Smoky Mountain News Intern Although Curly Hollow might sound like the perfect picnic area down some country road, it’s really more a product of imagination than a destination. In fact, the members of the band Curly…
Waynesville leaders will vote this month on whether to loosen town guidelines governing growth. A special task force spent the past 18 months reviewing the town’s development standards and recommending changes. The town’s land-use plan was heralded for its smart…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:10

Take a walk in her shoes

Men and their families are invited to Take A Walk In Her Shoes, a sexual assault awareness event, will run from 11:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 from in front of the Historic Haywood County Court House.…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:09

Enroll in Red Cross babysitter’s training

The Haywood County Red Cross is encouraging boys and girls ages 11 to 15 who would like to start their own babysitting business to enroll in the Babysitters Training Program.   This course is also aimed toward older siblings who…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:08

Dropouts stay-in more in Jackson County

Jackson County Schools’ dropout rate has decreased by 56.2 percent – from 4.43 in 2008-09 to 1.99 in 2009-10.    Jackson County has been highlighted as one of four counties across the state for achieving the greatest decrease in dropout…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:08

Bridge near Highlands slated for replacement

A bridge will be replaced over the Cullasaja River on Mirror Lake Road near Highlands in Macon County. A $577,544 contract was awarded to Dane Construction Inc. of Mooresville. Work can begin as early as April 25 and is scheduled…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:07

League to discuss health care

The League of Women Voters of Macon County will present a program on affordable health care in North Carolina at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, at Tartan Hall in Franklin. George Six, a volunteer with Healthcare for All North…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:07

Program encourages families of the disabled

The author of “Grown Man Now,” and Western Carolina University professor Jane B. Schulz, will speak at a program geared toward encouraging families with members who have disabilities. The free program is hosted by Pure in Heart and will be…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:06

Paint pottery for a cause

Paint a bowl to fill a bowl – proceeds from pottery painting at Claymates from April 1 to April 17 will support The Community Table’s annual empty bowl fundraiser. The Community Table is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving nutritious…
Bringing regular train service back to Dillsboro greatly depends on whether Jackson County commissioners come up with dollars to help restore a steam engine and bring it here from Maine, Kim Albritton, vice president and general manager of Great Smoky…
Private land in Dillsboro might spare the historic Monteith House site from becoming home to a turntable for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, part of a plan to return regular train service to this tourism-dependent town. Kim Albritton, the railway’s…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:03

Learn about butterflies this Easter

Easter Butterflies: Magical, Mystical, Majestical is the topic of an April program through the Lake Junaluska Live and Learn Committee.   Butterflies are often included as natural and spiritual symbols of the Easter Resurrection story. A program relating to this…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:02

Tips, help on coping with depression

Ladies Night Out is holding a special follow-up program in Macon County to a March event on overcoming depression and reducing stress.   This program will provide participants with tips and exercises to deal with depression and stress. This special…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:01

Maintenance work to boost economy

Canton’s Evergreen Packaging mill’s is due for major maintenance this spring, bringing more than 1,000 contractors to the area to upgrade the mill. The work is scheduled for the week of May 2, bringing people, and spending, to the Canton…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:01

Golf tournament to feed the hungry

The Pasquale’s Charity Golf Tournament is coming to the Waynesville Golf Resort on Sunday, April 17, to benefit Friends of Meals on Wheels in Haywood County. Registration is at 11 a.m. at Pasquale’s, and tee times start at 12:08 p.m.…
This isn’t the easiest time to be a real estate agent in Jackson and Macon counties, not with the crippled housing market and a customer base that is, in most cases, hard pressed to find the dollars to buy new…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 18:54

New values based on hyperlocal formula

Haywood County’s property revaluation was a massive undertaking: appraisers had to lay eyes on 50,000 properties, from condos to fast-food joints to farms, and judge whether they had gone up or down in value over the past five year. Hundreds…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 18:52

What new property values mean for your taxes

Property owners in Haywood County faced a Catch 22 when their new property values arrived in the mail last week. If your value went up, it’s nice to know the lackluster real estate market didn’t undermine your home’s worth. The…
When Mollie Weaver put her house on the market two weeks ago, she was bracing for the worst. She’d been here before, for two years in fact, when her house languished on the market from 2007 to 2009. “Of course…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 18:47

Jail escapee found in Myrtle Beach

After sprinting out the front door a few weeks ago, an escaped Haywood County inmate is back behind bars. Frank Evans, who gave sheriff’s deputies the slip last month, was captured Myrtle Beach, S.C. and is now in state prison…
The Macon County Special Olympics Games will be held Friday, April 8, at the Macon Middle School track.   Opening ceremonies start at 10 a.m., with words from state and local dignitaries. The Macon County Sheriff’s Office, along with officers…
Waynesville officials have finally signed an agreement with the Junaluska Sanitary District that marries the two entities for 10 more years of water service. The contract had been in talks for several months and formalizes the relationship between the town…
At least three internal reorganizations in just five years have spurred a growing number of faculty members at Western Carolina University to call for changes to what they describe as top-down, heavy-handed decision making. Anger and frustration with the university’s…
Monday, 04 April 2011 16:40

WCU chancellor pick expected Friday

A new chancellor for Western Carolina University will be announced this Friday during the N.C. Board of Governor’s meeting in Chapel Hill, with live streaming of the event to be viewed on campus in Cullowhee. The announcement by UNC system…
At least three internal reorganizations in just five years have spurred a growing number of faculty members at Western Carolina University to call for changes to what they describe as top-down, heavy-handed decision making. Anger and frustration with the university’s…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:46

A blemish by any other name

Systems of mature trees and shrubs are covered with blemishes that signal age: cankers, seams, burls, butt scars, sterile conks, and protrusions in the form of bracket fungi. Cankers are diseases in which lesions caused by a wide range of…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:45

National Park offers fieldtrips for students

Take advantage of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a classroom through the Spring Parks as Classrooms program, running through May 27. The fieldtrips are offered to schools or other groups of at least 15 students. The ranger-led outdoor-education…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:44

Sign up for Lake Logan camps under way

Registration is under way for the Rivercourse Coldwater Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp at Lake Logan Center in Haywood County the week of June 19 - 24. The program is designed to teach the ethics of coldwater conservation to…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:44

Foundation allocates money for 2011 projects

The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation has given $500,000 in funding for projects and programs on the parkway. The projects for 2011 include: • Continued funding of the Parks As Classrooms initiative for next school year: Parks as Classrooms is the…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:43

Learn about benefits of land conservation

Haywood County landowners can learn about conserving their land Monday, April 4, at the Haywood Agricultural Center in Waynesville. The workshop will review how conservation agreements work and why they are beneficial to landowners of rural lands. A conservation easement…