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Wednesday, 28 July 2010 13:13

Program to ponder the mystery of Masa

George Masa was one of the greatest landscape photographers of Western North Carolina, but where he came from and what happened to the thousands of photographs he took remains a mystery even today. Known as the Ansel Adams of the…
A one-mile race down Main Street in Waynesville on Friday evening, Aug. 13, will raise money for the Shriners Children Hospital. The Main Street Mile is a brand-new road race down the historic section of Main Street, starting one mile…
Ruffin Shackelford led a group of boys, referred to his program by a juvenile court judge, deep into the Shining Rock Wilderness. That night one of the boys started beating up another, and when Shackelford separated them, the aggressor said…
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 13:00

Tales of alienation and horror

For the past few years, internet literary critics of fantasy/supernatural novels have been raving about about a writer of “punk rock prose” named Caitlin Kiernan. The praise has been excessive, comparing her to H. P. Lovecraft, Poe and Clive Barker.…
To the Editor: Since November, the whole district has known that Shuler told us all an endless stack of lies regarding his dealings with the TVA and his own personal property investments. His tall tale that he had never contacted…
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 12:59

Sen. Burr is not a fiscal conservative

To the Editor: North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, a self-defined fiscal conservative, has a lot of explaining to do. He recently rejected to extend unemployment benefits to millions of Americans because Democrats did not seek spending cuts to offset the…
To the Editor: The Waynesville Tailgate Market is celebrating 25 years of serving Haywood County. The longevity of the market is due to the growers, some who are first-time vendors while others have been a mainstay of 20-plus years. Main…
To the Editor: Something is terribly wrong when the region has a “ready-made” audience of an estimated 18 million visitors and everyone is singing the blues about lack of business. Either the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge…
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 12:57

Tourism data simply not that hard to obtain

To the Editor: I read with great interest your recent column about the tourism industry in Western North Carolina. As a result of your insightful comments about the need for tourism research and based on my years of working as…
To the Editor: Taxpayers should be infuriated about any tax dollars going to such an organization as the Evergreen Foundation. It is about time that county commissioners are taking a stand on behalf of the tax dollars as it relates…
The federal government, the nation’s largest land manager, has a responsibility ... to help develop a conservation agenda worthy of the 21st century. We must look to the private sector and nonprofit organizations, as well as towns, cities, and states,…
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 20:49

Police survival seminar offered at WCU

Western Carolina University’s Police Department will host a free law enforcement seminar on police officer survival skills from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, July 30. Deputy Jeff DeGrow of the Charleston County, S.C., Sheriff’s Office will re-enact an incident…
The women’s giving circle, Women for Women, was able to award $235,000 in new grants this year. To date, the initiative has distributed more than $1.2 million in grants. More than 1,000 women attended Women For Women’s sixth annual “Power…
An “old-fashioned” groundbreaking will be held July 30 for the new Homestead hospice inpatient facility, complete with a working mule and plow and banjo music. The hospice has raised $2.8 million of the $3.6 million needed to build and equip…
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 20:45

Drowned student had 0.38 BAC

A college student who drowned in the Tuckasegee River last month was highly intoxicated, according to toxicology reports that have now been released. Allen Stanley Brisson, 22, a new graduate from Western Carolina University, had a blood alcohol content of…
An unusual proposition has landed on the doorstep of Forest Hills, a tiny speck of a town at the edge of Western Carolina University. In hopes of transforming Cullowhee into a more vibrant college community, a group dedicated to reinventing…
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is urging the state to formally license Cherokee language teachers, enabling Cherokee courses taught in public schools off the reservation to count toward a student’s foreign language requirement. Earlier this month, tribal and school…
No one is more intimate with the highs and lows of amusement park Ghost Town in the Sky than the people of Maggie Valley. In its heyday, the mountaintop theme park routinely drew 400,000 visitors a year to the small…
The town of Dillsboro, once a thriving retail market for tourists, has taken a beating in the past two years. First, the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, a business that delivered 60,000 visitors per year to the downtown, moved its operations…
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 20:33

Two towns at a crossroads

For decades Maggie Valley and Dillsboro were two of the mountain’s most iconic tourist towns. Sadly, both relied heavily — too heavily — on a single cash-cow. When Ghost Town shut down in Maggie and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad…
With ever shrinking pockets, the regional economic development arm AdvantageWest is scaling back its investment in tourism for the time being. The group — which represents 23 Western North Carolina counties — says it will primarily focus on agribusiness, entrepreneurship,…
Starting next February, all law enforcement officers will be required to collect DNA from people arrested for certain crimes. Anyone arrested for murder, rape, burglary, kidnapping or even cyberstalking will automatically have their DNA collected via a cheek swab. The…
For community nonprofits facing a daily test of survival, thefts from the thrift stores they rely on are like a slap in the face. Anita Robinson, manager of Swain/Qualla SAFE Thrift Shop, has seen emboldened thieves brave security cameras to…
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 20:27

Asheville Quilt Guild holds annual show

Western North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage comes to life on Aug. 6 through during the Asheville Quilt Guild’s 28th Annual Show at The North Carolina Arboretum. The popular show is a judged event featuring more than 250 quilts of exceptional…
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 20:24

Season tickets on sale for WCU plays

Tickets for Western Carolina University’s 2010-10 University Theatre Mainstage season, which is packed with popular Broadway musicals and smaller experimental works, will go on sale Tuesday, Aug. 10. Mainstage productions are directed by faculty members from the School of Stage…
The two-day Mountain High BBQ & Music Festival is back for its second year at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center, home of the Macon County Fair. Doors will be open from 10:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 13,…
Every category of knitted items imaginable will be represented at The Smoky Mountain Knitting Guild’s 2nd Annual Benefit Fashion Show — including socks, mittens, menswear, baby clothes, skirts, sweaters, hats, handbags, children’s wear and more. This year’s benefit — with…
Angela Faye Martin and the Scarlet Oak Sway will showcase its unique rock-and-roll sound when the band performs from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 30, at Sylva’s Bridge Park Pavilion. Martin, a talented musician from Franklin, added the…
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 20:19

Josh Fields Band to perform at Materfest

The Josh Fields Band will perform a free concert at Materfest at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6, in Canton. From Haywood County, The Josh Fields Band mixes classic and contemporary country, Southern rock and a bluegrass leaning to make a…
Dehlia Low will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center. The Asheville-based band offers fresh originality while also echoing the sounds of early country with a strong bluegrass flavor. The show is…
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 20:18

Celebrate mountain heritage at Railfest

Every year, railroad enthusiasts and history buffs gather in Bryson City for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad’s Railfest. This year, the 9th annual weekend railroading event takes place Sep. 17, 18 and 19. The fun begins Friday night with a…
The Liquid Ginger Band — featuring former Graham County resident Ginger Edwards Fawcett on lead vocals — will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 30, in front of the Wildwood Grill restaurant at Fontana Village Resort. Working out…
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 20:16

Relax to jazz classics in Waynesville

If you love the mellow, romantic songs of the oldies jazz big band era, check out Oldies Night with the Waynesville Wildcats. The oldies jazz band will take the stage from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 30,…
Registration for fall personal enrichment classes is beginning at Southwestern Community College. The first course offering at SCC-Cashiers Center (217 Frank Allen Road) will be an eight-hour workshop on Digital Camera Basics, starting Monday, Aug. 16. The class will meet…
Two FUNd Parties will be held in August to help raise money for the Haywood County Arts Council’s Arts in Schools program. Join in on an evening under the stars at the 10th Annual Wine for the Arts, starting at…
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 20:12

Catch film with WCU ties

The feature film “Wesley” will be screened at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 13, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. “Wesley” is based closely on the actual events of John Wesley’s life, a story that…
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 20:11

Bascom presents August workshops

In August, educational programs continue in Highlands with three diverse artists-in-residence workshops. • Lewis Knauss, “Fiber and Handmade Paper into Sculpture,” Aug. 10 to 14. Combining ceramic and fiber, this workshop will guide students through five days of sheer enjoyment…
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 20:09

Luggage logistics

At the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Waynesville, performers’ costumes erupt from the sleeping quarters to fill spare rooms, hallways, and an unused nook in the auditorium. “We always assume that the costumes and performers will fit in the same room,”…
Longtime Folkmoot volunteer and supporter George Escaravage was given the Alan Brown award for service to the international dance festival at the July 22 Gala Preview held at Eaglenest Entertainment in Maggie Valley. Escaravage is a former Folkmoot USA board…
An unseen cultural exchange takes place every day in the cafeteria where Folkmoot performers take their meals. Before, during and after a grueling day of performances, Folkmoot dancers fuel up on North Carolina fare. Whether it’s squash casserole or a…
For those who think getting a travel visa is a headache, try steering hundreds of Folkmoot dancers from a dozen different countries through the highly bureaucratic process. That’s what Folkmoot USA’s group relations committee is responsible for doing months before…
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 13:08

Bird’s the word

Are you a fledgling birder? Would you like to learn more about the feathered flocks that visit your feeder and grace your yard? Join Simon Thompson at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville on Wednesday, Aug. 4, at 8:15 a.m.…
While national pundits predict Republican challengers will steal seats from Democrats in Washington come November, Congressman Heath Shuler likely has little to worry about, based on a recent poll of registered voters in Jackson County. Shuler, D-Waynesville, has a general…
Wednesday, 21 July 2010 13:00

Energy industry is not all bad

To the Editor: I wish the article written by Thomas Crowe (“The terrorists are right here among us,” July 23 Smoky Mountain News) would have never been published, but I reckon this is freedom speech being exercised. I live in…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 19:56

Haywood Garden Tour was a great success

To the Editor: We are writing to express our gratitude for your excellent coverage of the 2010 Haywood County Garden Tour. Your full page spread was really appreciated. Our attendance was up over 15 percent from 2008 thanks, we’re sure,…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 20:55

WATR hosts walk ‘n talk

The Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River will host a “Walk ‘n Talk” in the Deep Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park outside Bryson City at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 23. Two retired WCU professors, Glenn Liming…
Creating a youthful, energetic mood, the new 175-seat Entertainment Lounge at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel is the focal point in the property’s Mountain Breeze zone, one of four themed zones of the casino, which is soon to be doubled…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 20:32

Latin aerobics class shakes things up

Local residents of all ages are exploring one of the newest and hottest fitness classes: Latin Aerobics. This upbeat class offers a fun-filled, hip-shaking cardiovascular workout where students can enjoy Salsa, Samba, African, Cumbia, and Reggaeton rhythms, all while toning…
Penland School of Crafts will host a professional development workshop for artists living in Western North Carolina from Oct. 1 to 3. The workshops will be taught by the nonprofit group Creative Capital and is geared for all artists who…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 20:26

David Arms showcases artwork

A special art showing of David Arms’ works will run July 30 through Aug. 1 as part of Old Edwards Inn and Spa’s Season of the Arts. For many years, Arms was one of the leading special event designers in…