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To mountain communities, the coming of the Blue Ridge Parkway 75 years ago was seen as economic salvation. It would provided much-needed construction jobs to a region ravaged by the Depression and ultimately bring a parade of tourists seeking natural…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 20:15

Searching for God and the self

Home. The word is as twisted with complications and mystery as all those other household words we use every day: wife, mother, father, son, daughter, family. Home slips from our mouth easy as air, yet only in our hearts and…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 20:13

Free writers workshops in Waynesville

Upcoming free workshops at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville will offer writers behind-the-scenes tips on getting published and provide guidance to women writers over 50. • “Don’t murder your mystery — or any other manuscript,” will be led by seasoned…
Last month the Public Policy Institute at Western Carolina University partnered with The Smoky Mountain News to conduct a poll testing the voter climate in Jackson County. The results of the poll showed voters had low confidence in county government,…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 20:07

County pay raises gone afoul

To the Editor: In early 2008, Jackson County commissioners approved a study to be done of comparative public sector employees’ pay plans in southwestern North Carolina by a company called the Mercer Group Inc. out of Atlanta, Ga., at a…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 20:07

Some are stealing from animal shelter

To the Editor: First, I’d like to thank all the folks who support PAWS, Swain County’s privately run no-kill animal shelter. We so appreciate all the donations we receive, be they actual cash, donations of time at the shelter —…
To the Editor: HandMade in America fully supports Haywood Community College’s new Creative Arts Center to expand a program that contributes creatively, professionally and economically to our region. The Professional Crafts Program at HCC is recognized internationally for education and…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 20:04

Health care in Swain is top notch

To the Editor: Your article “County health rankings yield mixed results” in the July 14 issue was well-researched, well-written and informative as one expects from your newspaper; still it left me uneasy.  Statistics tell a whole lot, but they leave…
A meeting that could lead to a completely new personality for the Cullowhee area will be finished by the time this hits the presses, but I’m hoping that the meeting gives fresh momentum to efforts to transform the Western Carolina…
“I’ll tell you what this is, and I’ll tell you what it’s not,” said Franklin Mayor Joe Collins, opening a public hearing on a special use permit for a proposed Wal-mart Supercenter just outside the town limits. Collins had anticipated…
Franklin Alderman Bob Scott recused himself from the vote on a special use permit for a Wal-Mart Supercenter this week after conducting an online survey on the issue. Town Attorney John Henning said he believed the survey compromised Scott’s impartiality,…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:55

WCU tuition hike to offset budget crunch

To help offset the impact of budget cuts recently authorized by the N.C. General Assembly, Western Carolina University will raise in-state undergraduate tuition and fees by 17.5 percent effective for the fall semester. University of North Carolina system President Erskine…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:53

Meals on Wheels to hold tennis tourney

The Haywood County Meals on Wheels is hosting a Tennis Tournament at 9 a.m., Aug. 5 to 7 at the Waynesville Recreation Center Tennis Courts on West Marshall Street. Cost is $20 per person and $40 for Doubles. Categories include…
A little known law went into effect this year requiring landlords to install carbon monoxide detectors in any rental property with oil or gas furnaces, gas appliances, fireplaces or attached garages. The bill, passed by the N.C. General Assembly, went…
Advocates for a cleaner Pigeon River have filed a formal challenge against a state water pollution permit for the Canton paper mill that was renewed this summer. They allege that Evergreen Packaging can well afford to be held to stricter…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:47

Property rights crowd objects to trash rule

On Monday morning, Haywood County commissioners listened as one citizen after another came up and blasted a change to a health board rule that has been on the books since 1970. About 40 people stood up to express their opposition…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:46

Haywood hospice center to become a reality

The first inpatient hospice west of Asheville had its groundbreaking in Clyde last week — complete with Jimmy Jack the mule and its own theme song. The hospital is targeting September 2011 as the opening date for the Homestead hospice,…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:41

Shuler carries torch in money race

Congressman Heath Shuler has a sizeable financial advantage against his opponent heading into the fall election season. Shuler, D-Waynesville, had $1.4 million in cash on hand compared to just $65,000 for Jeff Miller, R-Hendersonville, according to campaign finance reports filed…
After nearly eight months of wrangling with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Swain County leaders and a vocal citizens group, Duke Energy agreed to relocate an electrical substation from a controversial location — one that would loom over a…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:37

North Shore residents interviews unveiled

The public is invited to watch 15 hours of raw video that will take viewers back 20 years to experience the stories and see the land of North Shore residents who had their property seized by the government in the…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:36

Two veterans share remarkable story

The Junaluska Associates evening session will feature the stories of two Vietnam veterans at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7, in the Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska Assembly. Porter Halyburton, a Southern gentleman born and raised in a small town…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:32

Altrusa, Rotary sponsor School Supply Drive

Altrusa International, Inc. of Waynesville and the Haywood Rotary Club will be spearheading a drive to collect school supplies for needy children in Haywood County public schools from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at Wal-Mart in Waynesville.…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:31

Election forums planned for NC candidates

The League of Women Voters will sponsor a public forum for candidates running for N.C. Senate and House of Representatives in the 2010 elections at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 12. Incumbent Senator John Snow (Dem.) will be challenged by…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:15

Go Greek with free cooking class

Dean Christopoulos and Gregory Gonzales from Kostas Family Restaurant in Dillsboro will teach how to dish up authentic Greek food at a free class next week. The two will demonstrate making Greek chicken with potatoes. They’ll also share information on…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:14

Exhibit traces history of motorcycles

See rare vintage and antiques motorcycles from the early 1900s at the Kick-Start! American Motorcycle Design exhibition in Highlands. The exhibition will premiere with a reception and gallery talk from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 7 at The Bascom.…
Seona McDowell will perform a concert of traditional, contemporary and original tunes from Australia, New Zealand, and other cultures at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 15, at the Haywood County Library in Waynesville. McDowell will accompany herself on the guitar,…
Johnny Floor and The Wrong Crowd will be performing from 8 until 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Fontana Village Recreation Hall. Johnny Floor’s singer-songwriter is also the manager and engineer of Lands Creek Studios in Bryson City, which…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:10

Eroica Trio slated for Highlands-Cashiers

Good things come in threes when the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival welcomes Grammy-nominated The Eroica Trio, Friday, Aug. 6, and Saturday, Aug. 7. The Eroica Trio – comprised of pianist Erika Nickrenz, violinist Suzie Park, and cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio –…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:08

Buchanan Boys bring modern country music

Sylva-based The Buchanan Boys take the stage from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, at the Bridge Park Pavilion as part of the free summer Concerts on the Creek series in downtown Sylva. The Buchanan Boys will play a…
Penland School of Crafts has open spaces in several of its sixth session summer session classes available at half tuition to residents of the following Western North Carolina counties: Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Graham, Clay, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson,…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:07

WCU arts venue celebrates five years

A semiformal gala featuring red carpets, bright lights, gallery openings and a Gershwin musical is planned for Friday, Oct. 22, to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Western Carolina’s Fine and Performing Art Center. The venue had its grand opening in…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:05

Apply now for WCU Outdoor sculpture contest

Artists must submit applications by Friday, Aug. 13, for a chance to win Western Carolina University’s 2010 Outdoor Sculpture competition. Five winners will receive a one-year exhibit on Western’s campus and a $2,000 honorarium. A reception, inauguration and awards ceremony…
The Jeweler’s Workbench in Waynesville will present the wire-wrapping art of Nadine Fidelman as its featured artist for Art After Dark on Friday, Aug. 6. Nadine searches out the best gemstones, pearls, fossils and dichroic glass from the world’s top suppliers…
The Junaluska Woman’s Club Creative Endeavors Arts and Crafts Show and Sale is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 13, and Saturday, Aug. 14, at Harrell Center Auditorium and Bistro Café in Lake Junaluska. More than 30 artists and crafters from several…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:03

Watercolor demo by well-known artist

Elizabeth Ellison will do a watercolor demonstration at The Blueridge Water Media Society’s monthly meeting, held at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10, at Haywood Community College, Building 14. Ellison will demonstrate her loose expressive watercolor technique that depicts the…
Witness an authentic performance of the classic “A Christmas Carol,” with one of the original performers in the 1938 radio show that starred the legendary Orson Welles. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Aug. 10, at Western Carolina University for a…
The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, the country’s longest running folk festival, will celebrate its 83rd year of highlighting mountain culture this week. The celebration kicks off 7 p.m. nightly from Thursday, Aug. 5, to Saturday, Aug. 7. at the…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 18:52

Cloggers for life

Aileen “Poochey” Greene has been clogging for 44 years, and even at age 77, she has no intention of stopping. “That’s the place I am me, on the dance floor,” said Greene. “That’s the only time nothing bothers me.” Greene…
Attendees of the 2nd Annual Mountain Music Jamboree will not only enjoy delicious BBQ and traditional mountain music — they will help the Haywood County Fairgrounds stay alive. The festival will benefit the struggling venue, which has lost all funding…
The clock is ticking for stabilization work on a landslide in Maggie Valley to get underway or a federal grant to pay for the work will be lost. A $1.3 million grant to recontour the precarious mountainside near Ghost Town…
Monday, 02 August 2010 15:51

Folkmoot 5K race results

Folkmoot 5K overall results Folkmoot 5K age group results
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 20:47

An official Star Wars party

Join the fun at a Star Wars party at 2 p.m on Saturday, July 31, at Blue Ridge Books. The bookstore in Waynesville is one of only 70 in the United States hosting a 2010 DK Star Wars Event. The…
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 19:06

ColorFest in Sylva seeks WNC artists

Regional artists are encouraged to take part in ColorFest, Art of the Mountains, an official event of the Blue Ridge Parkway 75th Anniversary Celebration. The art festival will be held on Saturday, October 23, on the streets of downtown Sylva,…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 20:33

Quilt basics taught at one-day workshop

Students will learn the basics of quilt piecing and machine quilting while making an easy tote bag at a one-day workshop Saturday, July 31, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center. Participants will use the “Mini-Charmer” pattern, which is available…
The monthly Art After Dark will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 6 in Waynesville. Sponsored by The Waynesville Gallery Association, Art After Dark takes place the first Friday of each month, May through December. Enjoy a…
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 13:19

Blooms in the southern mountains

Each July since 1991, I’ve led field trips along the Blue Ridge Parkway offered as part of the Native Plants Conference sponsored by Western Carolina University. This year’s outings (July 25) will have taken place by the time you read…
Volunteers continue knocking out a new section of the Mountains to Sea Trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Waterrock Knob. Working under the tutelage of trail builders with the Carolina Mountain Club, who have spent years tackling a missing…
Before summer slips by, take in one of the many ranger guided programs in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, from naturalist hikes to history talks. Here’s a line of up of free programs on tap in the Smokies this…
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 13:15

Lake Logan offers cool venue for hot race

Triathletes from across the country will descend on Lake Logan in Haywood County Aug. 7 and 8. The weekend line-up includes two triathlons — one longer and one shorter — with a combo of swimming, biking and running. There is…
George and Elizabeth Ellison, the artist and naturalist husband-wife team from Bryson City, will give a talk called “Blue Ridge Perspectives: The Natural World Thru Words and Images” at 7 p.m. on Aug. 5 in Highlands. George is a writer,…