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Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:41

Henson wins Service to Forestry award

Steve Henson, the executive director of the Clyde-based Southern Appalachian Multiple Use Council, has been awarded the N.C. Forestry Association’s Outstanding Service to Forestry Award at the association’s 2010 annual meeting. “Steve is one of the respected voices in the…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:40

Students hike Siler Bald with AT speed hiker

Three Macon County school teachers (Joan Lansford and Jae Crawford, of Franklin High School, and Shelley Marshall of Union Academy) and a Gear Up instructor (Mary Bennett) recently took classes on a four-mile round trip hike to Siler Bald. The…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:39

Plants suck up toxins

Some common air pollutants found in cities can be absorbed by plants at far greater rates than ever suspected. The discovery has big implications for modeling how vegetation affects pollutants, as well as how particles in the atmosphere affect human…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:38

Redheads, rustys and hairys – oh dear

A beautiful morning and Lake Junaluska was calling again. I approached the lake along Golf Course Road on the side that borders U.S. 19. A thick white mist was rising from the warm water into the crisp morning air and…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:38

Live owls, presentation at Asheville store

Steve Longenecker and his live owls will be at the Asheville Wild Birds Unlimited store presenting programs at 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27. As well as bringing along a pair of eastern screech owls and a great…
New data suggest that bats, like birds, may follow specifically defined routes when migrating rather than simply migrating in a dispersed way across a broad area. Wind energy turbines located in these routes may cause fatalities of migrating bats. As…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:34

White nose syndrome decimating bat populations

It’s only a matter of time before the fungal infection white nose syndrome (WNS) appears in North Carolina, say wildlife experts. White nose syndrome is decimating bat populations across the country. It was first reported in the winter of 2006-2007…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:33

Zafón back… but not, this time, in Barcelona

For millions of readers, Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind proved to be one of the most captivating novels of the last decade. Zafon’s talent for combining fantasy, suspense and realism produced unforgettable scenes that linger in the…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:32

Poetry, storytelling and music at City Light

City Lights Bookstore in Sylva will host Karen Holmes for the bookstore’s monthly Coffee with the Poet gathering at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 18. Then at 7 p.m. on Nov. 20, the store will host Gary Carden’s Liar’s Bench featuring…
“The Nutcracker,” Peter Tchaikovsky’s famous and beloved ballet, is being presented again this year by Betsy’s School of Dance and the Rabun Gap Dancers. Performances are set for 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3 and 4, at the…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:31

Visit with Santa in Cashiers Nov. 27

The Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association is bringing Santa to the Village Green from 1 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 27. Members of GCAMA will be on hand to serve cider and cookies as well as to assist with picture-taking…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:31

WCU students ring in the holidays Rockettes style

Karyn Tomczak, director of Western Carolina University’s dance program and a former Radio City Music Hall Rockette, helps WCU dance students prepare for a Rockettes-inspired holiday show to be performed in the Asheville Holiday Parade on Saturday, Nov. 20. “As…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:30

Celtic band to perform Nov. 20 in Bryson City

The Celtic band Bean Sidhe (ban shee) will perform a concert of traditional Irish and Scottish music at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20, at Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City. Immediately following the concert there will…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:29

Hard Candy Christmas returns to WCU Nov. 26-27

A popular post-Thanksgiving arts and crafts tradition will once again fill Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Center for two days of holiday fun. The 23rd annual Hard Candy Christmas Fine Art and Craft Show is Nov. 26-27, featuring more than 100…
Songwriter and storyteller Michael Reno Harrell will make what is becoming an annual holiday appearance at Ridge Runner Naturals on Main Street in Waynesville at 8 p.m. on Nov. 27. “This one is always very special,” Harrell says on his…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:28

Making art at ArtSpace

All ages of children at the ArtSpace Charter School in Swannanoa learned about art during a recent two-week artist residency.  Students worked with a western North Carolina artist to create a mobile sculpture that will permanently hang in their school. …
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:27

Christmas Tree auction to benefit KARE

The Kids Advocacy Resource Effort (KARE) will hold its first Festival of Trees fundraising event at 6 p.m. on Nov. 22 at the Gateway Club in Waynesville. Festivities begin with a dinner buffet followed by a live auction of uniquely…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:25

Honoring a lost art

By Kristen Davis • Contributing Writer The newest piece of public art in downtown Waynesville — a metal railing that depicts a mountain scene — could have been crafted centuries ago. The artists, Richard Coley and Ben Kastner of Wilmington…
By Brent Martin • Guest Columnist The craziness of this year’s mid-term elections has passed. The campaign advertisements and signs are coming down. The dust is starting to settle. But one thing should remain top of mind for those Senators…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:24

Congrats to winners of judge elections

To the Editor: I thank everyone who supported me in the recent District Court judgeship election. Having never been a candidate for office, I did not know what to expect during the campaign. I enjoyed the campaign process more than…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:23

Finding compromise takes real leadership

To the Editor: Post-election letters to the editor continue the “take back our government” mantra, and I would ask the question: take it back from whom? Has the United States been invaded? The answer is obviously no.  So, the question then…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:22

Don’t rush on important landfill decision

To the Editor: On Nov. 5 the Haywood commisioners were scheduled to accept bids from private corporations to run the landfill for a 20- to 30-year period with “no limitations on the sources of waste,” according to the bid documents.…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:17

Striking a balance between objectivity and truth

There is an interesting disconnect in how some people perceive my job and how I perceive my job. This was brought home to me recently while working on articles about efforts to revive Cullowhee. Additionally, working on this week’s cover…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:17

MedWest celebrates local athletes

MedWest Health System will recognize outstanding athletes from Haywood, Graham, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties and the Cherokee Reservation. The Game On! spot in local newspapers will acknowledge individuals who have exemplified outstanding performance, winning attitudes and/or great sportsmanship. The…
“Haywood County: Portrait of a Mountain Community,” was awarded the Willie Parker Peace History Book Award and the President’s Award at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Society of Historians in Mooresville on Oct. 23. The Peace History Award…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:16

Corbin to replace Davis on Macon board

Kevin Corbin has been named by the Macon County GOP to fill the seat on the county board of commissioners that will be vacated by Jim Davis, who was recently elected to the N.C. Senate. Corbin will assume the seat…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:15

Public input sought in chancellor search

Members of the public will have an opportunity to have their voices heard by the search committee that will help select the next chancellor of Western Carolina University during a series of open forums Monday, Nov. 22. Four hourlong meetings…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:15

Local leaders try to protect small farms

By Quintin Ellison and Colby Dunn William Shelton knows one positive aspect about losing his bid for re-election to the Jackson County Board of Commissioners: as a farmer, he can now turn his full attention to keeping Shelton Family Farm…
It’s a dizzying prospect, but a group looking at future traffic patterns and demands in Macon County is considering including as many as four roundabouts in a recommendation to county and town leaders. Additionally, Macon County’s second roundabout is being…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:14

Mast helps share the warmth this winter

With many neighbors being unemployed or underemployed and winter on the horizon, there’s even more need to share the warmth and help others fend off the cold. The Mast General Store is hosting its sixth annual Share the Warmth coat,…
It’s no secret that real estate isn’t what it used to be. It would be difficult to find an industry hit harder by the global recession, and although the bloodletting seems to be slowing, things still are not — and…
It’s a Monday night in early November and the meeting is, in one word, boring. As a result of the recent elections, the makeup of the Macon County Board of Commissioners will soon change. The members clearly don’t intend to…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:09

Luncheon changes locales due to interest

The Healthy Haywood Substance Abuse Action Team will hold a Prescription Drug Abuse Lunch and Learn from noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 30, in the Family Life Center of the First Baptist Church, Waynesville. This presentation has been moved…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:08

Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho it’s off to home we go

Farewells and hellos from Commissioner Tom Massie highlighted this week’s lame-duck county board meeting in Jackson County. The ousted elected official, taking advantage of the final meaningful business meeting of this particular set of commissioners, wished his successors luck and…
Ingles is now one step closer to giving their Waynesville store a revamp, thanks to a decision taken by the town’s aldermen last week. The board granted Ingles request for a conditional zoning district, which would allow the supermarket chain…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:14

Where the buffalo roam

Buffalo Branch ... Buffalo Creek ... Buffalo Cove ... all are common place names that indicate the prior residence of that mammal here in Western North Carolina. Whenever I conduct workshops on the region’s natural history or Cherokee lore, the…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:13

Appalachian Trail undergoes repair

A collaborative effort between public and private entities was responsible for repair work on a section of the Appalachian Trail that was damaged by a landslide in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The landslide was 10 miles from the…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:12

Burning scheduled at Cade’s Cove

Fire managers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park plan to conduct a series of prescribed burns of fields in Cades Cove on Tuesday through Friday, Nov. 9-12, if weather conditions permit.  Park managers plan to burn several tracts totaling about…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:12

Agricultural incentives offered in Haywood

Haywood County landowners can apply for cost-share grants to install practices that improve water quality on agricultural operations.   Practices eligible for funding include watering tanks, fencing, streambank stabilization, pastureland improvement, sediment control on agriculture lands, agri-chemical buildings, forest stand…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:11

Cataloochee opens for the season

Cataloochee Ski Area opened for the season on Saturday, Nov. 6, making it one of the first resorts in the east to start skiing for the fifth year in a row. The resort will open on Saturday and Sundays only…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:10

Ogburn recognized for education work

The Environmental Educators of North Carolina are pleased to announce that Blair Ogburn, senior naturalist and education coordinator at the Balsam Mountain Trust at Balsam Preserve in Jackson County, is the winner of the 2010 Outstanding Newcomer Award from The…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:08

Land Trust to hold fall celebration

The Land Trust for Little Tennessee will hold its annual Fall Celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the Mission Farm in the Hiawassee Basin. The day includes live music, activities for kids, a hayride, a…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:05

The Naturalist's Corner

East Fork Headwaters Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy is still hoping for a Christmas present from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Most folk who follow conservation issues across the region are probably aware that CMLC and its partner, The Conservation…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:03

SCC offers new program in wilderness therapy

Southwestern Community College has started a new degree program whose graduates will likely become the leaders in the growing field of wilderness therapy. The course work was designed in collaboration with area wilderness therapy providers such as Woodson Wilderness Challenge,…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:02

Readings at City Lights

City Lights will host several authors this weekend for a diverse selection of book readings. At 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12, retired WCU English professor Marilyn Jody will read from her new memoir titled Letter to Emily. The book,…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:02

Magendie releases third novel

Kathryn Magendie will celebrate the release of her new novel, Sweetie, at Blue Ridge Books at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13. To add to the celebration, Kathryn’s husband, Roger, will be serving his home cooked jambalaya. The food is…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:00

Book explores the value of silence

The sound of silence. Silence is a rare commodity in our world today. Of course, perfect silence doesn’t exist. The adventurer alone in some Arctic waste will hear the crunching of her footsteps on the ice and snow. The man…
Chances are, the identity of your garbage truck driver doesn’t always cross your mind. You probably give him a friendly smile if you happen to meet over the remnants of last night’s macaroni, but the odds on knowing his life…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:48

Wild South is no friend to mountain hunters

To the Editor: I was surprised to see the letter from John Edwards of Wild South proposing the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, hunters, and his organization work together for wildlife habitat. Wild South is primarily responsible for the current lack…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:47

Remember to honor the veterans

To the Editor: Veteran’s Day may just seem to be any other day to some, or maybe an extra day off work for others. However, as I think about Veteran’s Day, I feel an overwhelming sense of heartfelt gratitude for…