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Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:26

Potters converge on Dillsboro Nov. 6

The Western North Carolina Pottery Festival expects record attendance this fall as the juried festival continues to attract master potters from across the U.S. This year’s event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6,…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:25

Haywood book honored by historians

Haywood County: Portrait of a Mountain Community, was awarded the Willie Parker Peace History Book Award and the Presidents Award at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Society of Historians at Mooresville on Oct. 23.   The Peace History…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:24

Grab a bowl of Chilly in Sylva Nov. 6

The Downtown Sylva Association’s 3rd annual Chilly Fest is from noon until 5 p.m. on Nov. 6 at Bridge Park and Poteet Park in historic downtown Sylva. There will be live music from Ian Moore’s Mountain Music Miscellany and The…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:23

Bryson celebration to feature craft and dance

Bryson City Bellydance and Movement will host a Harvest Hafla (celebration of dance) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Swain County Senior Center at 125 Brendle St. The event is free and open to the…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:23

Learn glassblowing at the Green Energy Park

Benjamin Elliott will teach a glassblowing workshop for beginners from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 4 and 5 at Jackson County’s Green Energy Park in Dillsboro. Elliott has worked with glass as a medium for 11 years. In…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:22

Haywood to install inaugural quilt block

The Haywood County Arts Council will install the first Quilt Block on the Haywood County Quilt Trail at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Historic Shelton House in Waynesville. The Shelton House Quilt Block, designed by Chris Sylvester,…
The next Sylva After Dark will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday Nov. 5 in downtown Sylva. The evening features art, music, food, shopping and more. Events include: It’s by Nature (678 W. Main St.) — Scott Hotaling, “Light…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:19

Art After Dark is Nov. 5

Waynesville’s next Art After Dark will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5. Held the first Friday of each month, Art After Dark allows customers to visit working studios and galleries on Main Street, Depot Street…
By Kristen Davis • Contributing writer Triple-threat musician Bryan McDowell was first introduced to bluegrass music as a young child while riding in the car with his parents. His father taught him and his sister, Emma, how to identify the…
An unhappy reader this week took me to task for writing harsh words about my 17-year-old cat, Edgar, after the little jerk sank his one remaining fang in my wrist and I wrote about the experience. That love bite —…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:05

Finding the right seat to sit on

In a short while our weather will be a tad chilly for frequent riding of motorcycles. Ah, a sad time indeed for those who love the brushing of wind against our face and the expression of freedom afforded to bikers…
It’s Election Day (or very early morning, actually) as I sit to finish this, and the theme of the day was uttered a few weeks ago by a guy running for a local office: “I don’t care if I win…
It just wouldn’t be the Jackson County we’ve all come to know and love if there wasn’t some kind of community-action group watchdogging Western Carolina University’s attempts to create its very own incorporated town. But it’s Jackson County, so of…
Don’t rush when hiring a new chancellor to replace John Bardo, one board of trustee member for Western Carolina University cautioned the university’s other top leaders last week during a two-day annual retreat in Cullowhee. Echoing the sentiments of the…
The Macon County League of Women Voters will host a program on comprehensive immigration reform on Nov. 11 at the Tartan Hall in Franklin. Victoria Lyall, of America Springs Eternal, a non-profit organization working to cultivate understanding between immigrants and…
Are you ready to rumble? Because here we go again: The great debate in Jackson County on whether traffic congestion along N.C. 107 in Sylva should be fixed, and if so — how — is back. Since the summer of…
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 23:49

Waynesville to hold annual food drive

The town of Waynesville’s annual food drive, including a Nov. 5 curbside pick-up of food donated by residents, will take place during November. Hazelwood Elementary School and Junaluska Elementary School are participating in the drive. The collection by the schools…
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 23:48

Junaluska Assembly selects new director

John “Jack” L. Ewing, Jr. has been named the new executive director of Lake Junaluska Assembly. He will begin his new duties on Jan. 1, 2011, and fills a position that is being vacated by the retirement of Rev. Jimmy…
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 23:45

Town is slow moving on alley cleanup

In a downtown Canton alleyway, a rusty junction box juts out awkwardly from the sidewalk, long since abandoned to its purpose, while a few yards away broken bricks, orange traffic barrels and twisted lengths of caution tape lay in a…
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 23:37

Macon campus to hold reception for Collings

A welcome reception honoring Richard Collings, Southwestern Community College’s new president, will be held Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 4-5 p.m. at the Macon Campus’ Groves Center. Collings, who was president of Wayne State College in Nebraska, became Southwestern’s fifth president…
The Public Policy Institute at Western Carolina University has created a new blog site designed to offer a nonpartisan glimpse into the world of North Carolina politics and policy. The site, “Politics and Policy in the Tar Heel State,” features…
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 23:35

Kathryn Magendie book release party is Nov. 6

Kathryn Magendie will celebrate the release of her new novel, Sweetie, at Blue Ridge Books at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6. Sweetie is Kat Magendie’s third novel. Her first two novels, Tender Graces and Secret Graces, tell the story…
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 23:34

Veterans Day events

Jackson County honors veterans Southwestern Community College will honor veterans of all wars for their patriotism and willingness to serve during a Veterans Day observance at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11, in the Balsam Center Auditorium on the Jackson…
While Haywood County’s bid for privatizing the White Oak Landfill is still being considered, the site has now drawn the eye and ire of residents on its borders who fear contamination of their wells by its contents. The citizens, led…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:53

Witch-hazel’s name — A botanical mystery

The unusually dry, warm days this month have resulted in a delayed color season as well as an abundance of fall wildflowers. During recent field trips conducted for the North Carolina Arboretum along the Blue Ridge Parkway and for the…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:52

Brock gets break to study climate problems

Warren Wilson College chemistry professor John Brock was recently awarded a grant by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to fund a sabbatical leave to study the human health impacts of climate  change in Appalachia and the southeastern…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:51

Camping in Cataloochee will require forethought

Cataloochee Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will re-open next year under a new advance reservation system. When the campground opens March 11, campers will be required to have made advance reservations through Recreation.gov. Historically, the popular but…
The U.S. Forest Service has begun using a series of new approaches to save hemlock forests under attack from the woolly adelgid. The new approaches include aerial application of an adelgid-killing fungus, use of the chemical dinotefuran in high-priority areas…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:49

Ancient road signs

Having followed Indians trails and routes for decades, I have learned that some fascinating cultural road markers and signpost elements were and still are to be found along the old travel ways. Two of the most interesting are trail marker…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:48

Farmers Market gives thanks to customers

Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market will host a customer appreciation event during the last day of its regular season on Saturday, Oct. 30, in the parking lot of the Haywood Arts Regional Theater at 250 Pigeon St. in Waynesville. Several vendors,…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:48

Blue Ridge Parkway documentary airs

A new documentary about the Blue Ridge Parkway will air at 10 p.m. on Nov. 4 on UNC-TV. Documentary filmmaker Bruce Bowers and Bowers Media Group, Inc. produced the documentary, which is called, “The Blue Ridge Parkway: A Long and…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:47

Extension offers beef quality certification

The Cooperative Extension Service in Swain County will hold a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification program for beef cattle producers in Western North Carolina from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the Extension Center.  BQA is a voluntary…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:46

October nights

The clear night skies last week provided the perfect backdrop for this year’s Hunter’s Moon. The Hunter’s Moon is the first full moon after the Harvest Moon, which is the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox. This year’s harvest moon…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:45

The 1776 campaign against the Cherokee

By Lamar Marshall • Contributing Writer It was a crisp, cold day with snow on the ground when I pulled my old 4-Runner to the shoulder of U.S. 441 near the north side of the gap at the top of…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:45

Secret Life of Bees to be discussed

Sally Salyards will lead a discussion of The Secret Life of Bees at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 in the Jackson County library as part of the library discussion group Bookends.   The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:44

City Lights book group meet and greet

Are you in a book group? Do you want to be in one? Is your book group looking for good suggestions of books that bring out lively discussion? Come to City Lights in Sylva from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:43

Taking readers to a warm and colorful place

As cooler weather plucks leaves from the trees, stripping the branches bare as a freshly-barbered poodle, as that wonderful green grass of summer now takes on a sheen of frost at dawn, as fall in the mountains deepens into the…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:22

Evil cat proves you get what you pay for

Every column should have a point, and here’s mine, right in the first paragraph (this to save you from having to read through to the end if you are in a hurry, or if you are a dog person and…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:22

Groups need to work together for wildlife

To the Editor: In my conversations with responsible hunters, wildlife advocates, employees of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and organizations who value wild lives and wild places, it is generally agreed there is a need to build bridges and work together in addressing a host of issues…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:21

We need independent political leaders

To the Editor: If ever there was a need for common sense and independent thinking among our nation’s leaders, that time is now. One can hardly blame voters for being angry with both political parties (indeed, annoyed at just about…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:15

Thirty years later, partying like it’s 1979

James looks at me, briefly averts his eyes, then looks at me again, this time with a purpose and a certain intensity, as if I am an algebra problem he’s about to solve. There is a flicker of recognition, a…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:15

Health department offering flu vaccines

The Haywood County Health Department is offering flu vaccines on a walk-in basis, with no appointment necessary, to persons ages 19 and older. The walk-in vaccines are available from 9 a.m. to Noon Monday-Thursday and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:14

Learn how to get business financing Nov. 4

Find out what it takes to produce a bankable loan proposal in a free class at Southwestern Community College on Thursday, Nov. 4. Small Business Loans: Fundamentals & Options will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. in the…
How do you feel about the death penalty? Two upcoming events at Western Carolina University by the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice will explore the public’s opinions about this controversial issue. The first event is a presentation titled “Issues…
If you’ve got a young reader who has difficulty reading to parents or teachers, the Haywood County Public Library may have a new approach to consider – reading to a friendly, non-judgemental canine. Puppy Tales, a program designed to encourage…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:12

Conservation group names new director

Michelle Wilson Price has been named the new executive director of the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance. Price grew up in the Glenville area and graduated from Blue Ridge School and has worked in the Plateau Region with the Upper Cullasaja Watershed…
One of three board members overseeing the Whittier Sanitary District resigned this month, saying he could not “in good faith” continue to serve with a group not in compliance with state law. “In addition, refusing to file the necessary Internal…
A 4,000-square-foot, $800,000 expansion that includes a major renovation at the Franklin Health and Fitness Center will be finished in about eight weeks. “We’re wrapping it up,” said Rodney Morris, the facility’s general manager. Additions include a new aerobics room,…
In the clear chill of a mid-October midnight, all is quiet, but in Clyde, a hunt is on. Within the walls of the county’s oldest house, the Cold Mountain Paranormal Society is holding an investigation — in laymen’s terms, they…
In the “Oh, oops” category this week we have the town of Sylva, which, after extensive review, work and dispute ordered police officers this summer to begin ticketing business owners and their employees who take up precious parking spaces on…