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Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:30

The creek outside my window

I write this from my “office” (a spare room) at home. Looking out the window, I can see the creek that passes through our place. As a general rule, I spend more time watching the creek flow by my window…
Library lovers and history buffs from all over have a singular opportunity this year to combine giving Christmas presents to family and friends and giving to their community. The Jackson County Library capital campaign is still under way, and co-chair…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:29

Bookstore program to help children in need

City Lights Bookstore has started the 12th year of its annual Holiday Giving Tree, a program designed to put books in the hands of local children during the holiday season. Each year since 1998 the store has worked with local…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:27

Lehane’s latest as good as it gets

For over a decade, Dennis Lehane’s name has been synonymous with skillfully crafted crime novels. Both Mystic River and Shutter’s Island were made into blockbuster movies and Coronado contains some of the best short stories in American fiction. However, Lahane’s greatest…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:27

Birding trail workshop set for Dec. 9

A “Birder Friendly Community Workshop” will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the Balsam Mountain Inn. The workshop, sponsored by the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, will provide training for businesses and communities to help…
The Jackson County Farmers Market will remain open throughout the winter months. The market vendors will hold a Holiday Bazaar to kick off the winter season from 9 a.m. until noon on Dec. 4 in the parish hall of St.…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:26

Visitation to the Smokies jumps over last year

Visitation to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park through October is up for the year, and in October 2010 park visitation jumped by 19 percent over October 2009. Parkwide, visitation for the year is up 2.9 percent. Through October 2009,…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:24

N.C. parks prove popular with visitors

More than a quarter million visitors to North Carolina state parks used a new reservations system in its first full year of operation, with most campers preferring short visits to state parks near their homes, according to the N.C. Division…
Early registration is currently under way for the 2011 Caring for Creation experience at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center on March 31-April 3, 2011. Caring for Creation is a loosely organized movement of faith communities that believe there is Biblical…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:22

JMCA marks 10 years with Dec. 9 celebration

The Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance is celebrating its 10th anniversary and holding its annual meeting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Episcopal Church in Highlands. The celebration will include food, wine/beer and music performed by Thea and the…
I mean, where would you hang a tire swing if there were no trees? How could you lay back and watch the sky rock back and forth filling the jigsaw spaces between the leaves with ever-changing bits of sky and…
Putting all of Ed Kelley’s interests in separate, tidy little boxes just doesn’t work. There’s no way to separate Ed from Ed’s photography; or Ed’s photography from nature; or nature from Ed’s philosophy. There is also Ed Kelley the artist,…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:08

Liars Bench celebrates Christmas Dec. 4

Liars Bench Southern Appalachian variety show to play a “foxfire Christmas” at bookstore The Liars Bench — Western North Carolina’s own Southern Appalachian live variety show — plays City Lights Bookstore at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, for the…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:07

Franklin concert aims to lift holiday spirits

Parker and Paschal will appear at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 with a show that promises to jump-start your holiday celebrations.   Parker’s June 2003 song “It’s True” — the title song…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:07

Franklin church presents Cantata Dec. 5

An original Christmas Cantata, “It Shall Be Fulfilled,” will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5, at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Franklin.   The cantata includes a narration of the birth of Christ as recorded in the…
Smoky Mountain Living magazine's February/March issue will be dedicated to love — not just in the romantic sense, but for place, work, family, animals, etc. The magazine wants your images and interpretations of love for its photo spread. Submissions should…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:04

Appalachian Christmas at HART Main Theater

The Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts at the historic Shelton House is sponsoring an Appalachian Christmas musical event that evokes nostalgic recollections of holiday celebrations evident in early settlements in the Appalachian Mountains. Performed by noted folk and traditional musicians…
The annual Canton Christmas Tour of Homes is from 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5. The show features six homes and all proceeds will benefit the Canton Miss Labor Day Scholarship Fund. Admission is $12, and children under 12 are…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:01

Small works on display, for sale at Gallery 86

The Haywood County Arts Council’s third annual show of “pint-sized” artwork titled, ”It’s a Small, Small Work 2010” is currently on exhibit at Gallery 86 now through Friday, Dec. 31, in Waynesville. The show provides a unique opportunity to purchase…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:00

Museum plans basket and pottery workshops

Want to make a Cherokee basket or Cherokee pottery bowl for that special Christmas present? Come to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian Dec. 11 and create your own white oak basket with plain and dyed splints, or your own…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:00

Craft fair to be held at Haywood fitness center

Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center will host a Craft Fair from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the gymnasium on Saturday, Dec. 11. Members can purchase a 6-foot table to display their items for $10. Non-members can purchase a 6-foot…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 20:59

Haywood history, a picture at a time

The Gateway Club in Waynesville is currently hosting an exhibit of the The Haywood Snapshot Project. The exhibit, recently displayed at Haywood Arts Repertory Theater, uses historic photographs to bring Waynesville’s history to life. Images, ranging from an 1886 photograph…
Waynesville Gallery Association presents Art After Dark from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 from 6 to 9 p.m. Take a stroll through working studios and galleries on Main Street, Depot Street and in Frog Level. Festive…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 20:55

Last Sylva After Dark of 2010 is Dec. 3

The next Sylva After Dark will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, in downtown Sylva. This will be the last Sylva After Dark until May 2011.   Some of the events planned for Dec. 23…
The radio version of a classic holiday ghost story, “A Christmas Carol,” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. A 30-minute preshow concert will start the evening…
Western Carolina University will host a public presentation and book signing featuring Arthur Anderson, one of the original radio performers of 1938’s “A Christmas Carol,” from 2:30-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, in the multipurpose room of Blue Ridge Hall. As…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 20:52

Sarge’s, Mast, Best Buy call it a wrap

The Mast General Store has once again invited Sarge’s volunteers to wrap holiday presents at their store on Main Street in Waynesville. Best Buy at Waynesville Loop near the new WalMart Super Center has also invited Sarge’s volunteers to wrap…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 20:52

Amish-style bakery opens in Bryson City

Stoltzfus Bread Basket recently opened at 291 Everett Street (beside Watershed Trading Company) in Bryson City. Stoltzfus is an Amish style bakery featuring fresh baked breads, muffins, bagels and cakes and desserts by the slice or uncut. It also offers…
The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting celebrating the opening of Finally Home Staging and Redesign, located in the Rusty Wagon of the Whistle Stop Mall in Franklin recently held a grand opening. Janine Peak and Carol…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 20:50

Canton Hardee’s reveals new look

Hardee’s in Canton has converted its restaurant at 16 New Clyde Highway to a dual-branded Hardee’s/Red Burrito location. The newly-converted Hardee’s/Red Burrito celebrated with a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce. The addition of…
Western Carolina University, Wake Forest University and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have reaffirmed their partnership to promote Native health initiatives. Since 2006, the three institutions have collaborated to support the Culturally Based Native Health Program, or CBNHP. The…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 20:48

Wreath hanging kicks off Home for the Holidays

A wreath was recently hung at Haywood County Animal  Services to kick off a special animal adoption event called Home for the Holidays. “We recruited Jamie Powell, executive director of Sarge’s, and Tammy Watford, news anchor from WLOS-TV who is…
Among new state laws taking effect this week is Susie’s Law, which promises the possibility of judges being able to sentence even first-time offenders to jail for being cruel to animals. Animal-rights advocates and law officers alike have heralded the…
An evening of great food, great beer and fine wines was attended by 45 people on Nov. 18.  The event was the Community Harvest Dinner, a fundraiser for The Community Table. Annie’s Bakery, Heinzelmannchen Brewery, Mill & Main, Papou’s Wine…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 20:43

Shuler getting comfortable in new position

In his initial bid for political office, U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., often seemed unsure of himself. The former NFL quarterback, while clearly comfortable in the limelight, had difficulty articulating his political beliefs and staking out positions. Back in 2006…
Small farmers fighting against being lumped with large agribusinesses in a federal food-safety act have received a measure of possible protection. At the behest of small farmers, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan D-N.C., and Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., pushed through a…
Transportation experts and town leaders plan to meet this week in Franklin to consider whether it’s feasible to turn one-way Main and Palmer streets into two-way roads. As in many small mountain towns, visitors to Franklin find themselves motoring around…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 20:38

Railroad neighbor irked by crossing controversy

When Terry Stephenson bought a piece of hillside property on Lower Alarka Road in Bryson City, he expected it to slowly develop into a homestead for himself and his 11-year-old daughter. What he didn’t expect was the headache that the…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 20:37

Bazaar to benefit Community Table

A Christmas Bazaar will be held Sat. Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Sylva, at the Jackson County Community Services Building on Hospital Road below Harris Regional Hospital.  This will benefit the Community Table. There is no admission,…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 20:32

Civil War roundtable Christmas gala

A Civil War Round Table Christmas Gala will be held at the Holiday Inn Express in Dillsboro on Dec. 13. The event is open to members and the public. Refreshments and social hour begin at 6 p.m., followed by a buffet…
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 20:35

County to sell old hospital for $1.2 million

Haywood County’s old hospital is set to get a new life after commissioners agreed last week to sell the building for use as low-income housing for the county’s senior citizens. Following discussions in closed session at their Nov. 15 meeting,…
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 20:34

EPA begins soil removal in Barber’s Orchard

Six years after the Environmental Protection Agency said it would cart away the arsenic-tainted topsoil from Haywood County’s Barber’s Orchard subdivision, the trucks are set to begin hauling out the contaminated earth by this December. The site, once an apple…
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 20:34

WestCare Hospice sponsors Tree of Remembrance

During this busy holiday season, WestCare Hospice invites the community to take a moment and remember loved ones who have shaped your memories of this special time of year. The public can express their memories by making a gift to…
It’s Thursday afternoon, and Amy Grimes has her head in a freezer digging around for a few things to add to the cardboard boxes at her feet that are already filled with food of various descriptions. A few yards away,…
Recognizing that Cherokee has roads, too, a transportation-planning group for the state’s six westernmost counties opted to give the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians a voice in decisions being made about highways and byways. The decision to include the tribe…
The way road projects get selected and prioritized in the state’s six westernmost counties might shift slightly following meetings this week and last by local government officials and transportation experts. The method of weighing the projects will be tweaked to…
Another public hearing on what, if anything, to do with Needmore Road has been scheduled for February, this time in Macon County. An exact date and location hasn’t been announced. The 3.3 miles of gravel, single-lane road traverses Macon and…
Athletics won’t trump academics in the selection of a chancellor for Western Carolina University, committee members charged with hiring a new top leader assured worried professors this week. “I don’t want you to be concerned,” said Jerry Baker, head of…
U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler took a calculated loss when he challenged Rep. Nancy Pelosi for the position of House minority leader. The payoff for losing? Shuler, the Democrat representing this region who is from Bryson City and now calls Waynesville…
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 20:24

Baking classes set for next month

Southwestern Community College is offering two holiday baking project classes in early December at its Jackson Campus. Learn to make Cookie Bouquets from 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9. Instructor Raquel Moore will show participants how to create festive cookie arrangements…