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Wednesday, 02 March 2011 21:13

Volunteers needed at Clingmans Dome

Want to become a volunteer in the Smokies, wear a uniform and help visitors figure out where they are? Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting volunteers to help staff the new visitor contact station at Clingmans Dome when it…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 21:12

Blue Ridge Breakaway registration is open

Registration begins this week for the second-annual Blue Ridge Breakaway bike ride, which is scheduled for Aug. 20. The cycling event brought more than 300 riders to Haywood County last year. The event will feature a century (105 miles), metric…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 21:12

Public workshop to design Webster trail

Anyone interested in helping design, build or use a trail at Jackson County’s new Department on Aging campus in Webster are urged to attend a workshop on Tuesday, March 15. The workshop will be in the conference room at the…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 21:11

Need a summer job?

The Waynesville Recreation Center is looking for lifeguards, with a training course on tap for this month for those who do not have certification. Lifeguards must be at least age 17. A pre-test for the course will be held on…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 21:09

Life of Riley in Louisiana

Different people have different ideas of camping. Some people like to carry their camp on their back as they hike for untold miles, eating freeze-dried beans and drinking purified water from the streams. Some people’s idea of the camp is…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 21:06

Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest turns 100

By Brent Martin • Guest Writer The Nantahala-Pisgah national forests celebrated their 100th birthday March 1.   Of course, the forests, mountains and rivers defining our landscape as the special place that it is have been here for millions of…
Jody Kraner (aka JadriAnna Lee), author of Northern Lights: A Journey to Insight, will appear for a reading and discussion at City Lights in Sylva at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 5. The book includes a card set and instructions…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 21:03

Battling weight problems and ensuing baggage

Though heroin and cocaine are dangerous and illegal, both drugs carry with them a cachet, the dark romance of, say, the doomed hard-rock singer or the wild film star. Alcoholics — unless you happen to live with one — are…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:55

Planting the seeds for sustainability

A few weeks ago, as part of a magazine assignment, I visited Sow True Seed in Asheville. Carol Koury and Peter Wakiewicz, cofounders of the two-year-old company, took time from their busy schedule — and I do mean busy, this…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:51

Neighbor leaves a legacy of kindness

It was not my best day. I had just got home with the kids, who seemed a little grumpy because they forgot mom had to work tonight and probably because this meant Hamburger Helper or chicken with mushroom soup over…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:48

Local magazine calls for photography

Smoky Mountain Living magazine has issued a call for photos for its next issue, which will hit the stands in April and May. The magazine prominently features images from across the southern Appalachians in each edition. Photo essays adhere to…
For Waynesville seniors, the old armory recreation center now offers exercise for more than just the body. The new Brain Gym system, installed thanks to a grant garnered by Haywood Community Connections, will help offer a place for the town’s…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:46

MedWest to open Urgent Care Center

An Urgent Care Center will open in August at Wal-Mart Plaza in Sylva. The location of the MedWest’s new urgent care center will in a building currently occupied by Rent-A-Center. That business is scheduled to relocate May 1 and renovations…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:42

Volunteers needed for Meals on Wheels

The Haywood County Meals on Wheels program is seeking volunteers in the Fines Creek community to deliver nutritious meals to the elderly, homebound or disabled residents. Volunteers are asked to contribute approximately one hour each week starting at 10:30 a.m.…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:40

Political ill will still lingers in Jackson

The election for the Jackson County Board of Commissioners might have wrapped up last fall, but the war of words didn’t end then. Last month, newly elected Chairman Jack Debnam wrote to unseated Commissioner Tom Massie’s employer, the N.C. Department…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:36

HCC causes a stir with clear cutting

A new and long-awaited Creative Arts Building is only days away from its groundbreaking ceremony at Haywood Community College. But the tree clearing undertaken to prepare the way for the new crafts center has proven less-than-popular with some of the…
Some local thrift shop operators in Jackson County or crying foul over a nonprofit accepting donations in Sylva despite not having a store in the county. Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina has a trailer (as in the second half…
By Quintin Ellison and Colby Dunn • Staff writers The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is forced to rely on state social workers when it comes to protecting the tribe’s children from abuse and neglect. That might change in the…
Relatives say they warned social workers repeatedly over the course of several months that Aubrey Littlejohn was being neglected and abused. Called by her middle name by family, 15-month-old Kina-Marie died on a mattress on the floor of a singlewide…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:21

Child’s death hits Cherokee hard

The mood is grim. Few people in this tight community want to talk to an outsider about the death of 15-month-old Aubrey Littlejohn. Here on the Cherokee Indian Reservation, kinship ties are strong and families are extended and extensive. It…
Relatives of a Cherokee child who died in January are publicly calling for the suspension of the Swain County Department of Social Services’ director and program manager, as well as other employees named in a State Bureau of Investigation probe…
The Swain County Department of Social Services falsified records relating to the abuse and neglect of a 15-month-old baby who later died, according to an investigation by the Swain County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation. The specific…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:15

Budget woes force WCU to cut jobs

Western Carolina University is laying off 10 employees in April as it struggles with the projected loss of approximately $8.6 million in state funding. The 10 workers are employed in several divisions across the university. University leaders say they anticipate…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:14

Marriage and family experts offer advice

“The Thoroughly Modern Family,” a program aimed at giving advice on how to provide happy and healthy marriages and families in the 21st century, will be held from 3 to 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, at Blue Ridge Books…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:11

Blood drive in Blanton’s memory

The Tye Blanton Foundation is hosting its annual blood drive from 12 to 5 p.m Sunday, March 6, at Canton Central United Methodist Church. The event is held in memory of Trooper Shawn Blanton and his son, Tye. In previous…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:08

Program on fair elections in Macon

The League of Women Voters of Macon County will hold a program Thursday, March 10, on fair elections, presented by Democracy North Carolina. The group is a non-partisan organization. Democracy NC conducts original research into such topics as big money…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:07

Downtown Waynesville readies for spring

The Downtown Waynesville Association is gearing up for spring, with new businesses and events in the works for the coming tourist season. Buffy Phillips, the association’s executive director, told Waynesville town officials that she’s positive about the year’s outlook for…
By DeeAnna Haney • SMN Intern Perched atop a Canton nursing home roof, gleaming in the sun is the newest addition to the building, bringing it to the forefront of the green initiative in North Carolina. Silver Bluff Village held…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:51

Gallery show highlights water landscapes

Gallery 86 presents “Reflected Light: Scenes of Haywood County by Luke Allsbrook” Wednesday, March 2, through Saturday, March 26. An artist reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 4. The exhibition is presented by the…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:50

WCU presents classical guitarist

Classical guitarist Gregory Guay will perform at WCU’s Coulter Recital Hall at 8 p.m., March 9. Guay is a classically trained guitarist who learned and teaches in the Suzuki method. He is currently a master’s candidate at Appalachian State University…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:49

Building workshops offered to artisans

A certification in the building industry for Cherokee craft artists is open free-of-charge to artists, artisans and college-level students from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on March 9, 16 and 30, at Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts (OICA). The program…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:48

OICA welcomes new instructor

The Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts, Southwestern Community College’s fine arts   program, this spring welcomes Brian Kane as the new program instructor. Kane completed his BFA in spatial arts at Youngstown University in Youngstown, Ohio. He went on to get…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:48

Store celebrates with poetry and music

To celebrate the 86th anniversary of Cowee’s Rickman Store, the Friends of the Rickman Store are inviting neighbors and visitors to share an evening of poetry and music at the store at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 4. Cowee poet…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:47

Artist exhibits renaissance techniques

Multimedia artist Mark Menendez of Andrews will do a demonstration of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting techniques for Art League of the Smokies at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, March 7, at Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City. He’ll…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:46

Main Street Artists Co-op reopening

The Main Street Artists Co-op on Main Street in Waynesville is scheduled to open for its third season May 1, and is accepting applications from artists wishing to be considered for membership.   The Co- Op is a group of local…
Kathrine Cays, Artist in Residence at the Rickman Store in Macon County’s Cowee Valey, will offer an art class for children and parents from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 5. The focus will be on birds of this…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:45

Wellness and healing featured on film

The feature film, “The Living Matrix — The New Science of Healing,” will be shown at Waynesville’s Creative Thought Center at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 4.   Discussion will follow the film, which features scientists, psychologists, doctors, bio-energetic researchers…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:44

Woodrow named new library director

Sharon Woodrow has been appointed the new director of the Haywood County Public Library, after serving as interim director since December 2010 and as assistant director since 2007. Woodrow is a Haywood County native and went to work for the…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:43

HART to hold auditions for upcoming musical

The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its May production of the off-Broadway musical  “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 6 and 7, in the Feitcher Studio of Waynesville’s HART Theater.…
“Church Basement Ladies,” a touching musical comedy, will grace the stage of the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11. Set in a rural Minnesota church in turbulent 1965, the show goes behind…
By DeeAnna Haney • SMN Intern Donning their best flannel and cowboy boots and armed with harmonies and dance moves, Tuscola High School’s Summit is ready to serve up another toe-tapping, knee-slapping Country/Western Show. Aptly titled, “Country Through and Through,”…
The Swain County Department of Social Services falsified records relating to the abuse and neglect of a 15-month-old baby who later died, according to an investigation by the Swain County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation. The specific…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 21:11

A first-hand account of the Indian wars

I spent some time last week reading about the 18th-century Indian wars in Western North Carolina. These were the Cherokee battles with the British along the Little Tennessee and Tuckaseigee rivers in 1760 and 1761, as well as the Rutherford…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 21:11

Area grants support mountain initiatives

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership has awarded a new round of grants to preserve and promote Western North Carolina’s heritage. There were 20 grants totaling nearly $245,000. The grants will focus on craft, music, natural heritage, Cherokee traditions…
The WNC Agricultural Options program recently awarded $326,000 in grants to help farmers diversify and for joint marketing and distribution efforts. “These farmers have a wide variety of innovative ideas and we expect successful outcomes from which other farmers can…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 21:09

Native pond group to form in WNC

Interested in being part of a native pond society? Carol and Bob Grytten of Haywood County are gauging interest in Western North Carolina. “Our purpose is to help others who wish to learn more about having and maintaining ponds, water…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 21:09

Franklin Bird Club to host warbler talk

The Franklin Bird Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, at the Macon County Public Library. Artist, illustrator and bird expert John Sill will present a video and talk about warblers. This will also be an organizing meeting…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 21:07

Haywood on the road to being a bike-friendly

Haywood County wants to create the county’s first-ever comprehensive bicycle plan. The county is now accepting proposals from consultants interested in steering the process. The selected firm will be responsible for: • The collection of relevant background data and other…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 21:06

Pisgah Fly Masters readies for annual competition

The fourth annual Pisgah Fly Masters fly-fishing tournament, sponsored by the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and Davidson River Outfitters, is scheduled for March 19 and 20 in Transylvania County. A casting competition on March 19 will test anglers skills…
Highlands Biological Station in April has received a partnership award in science, mathematics and technology education from the N.C. Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center, based in Research Triangle Park. Founded in 1927, the Highlands Biological Station is a year-round…