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Parks and rec departments around WNC are jointly hosting a unique disc golf tournament for the first time ever on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23 and 24. The disc golf course at the Waynesville Rec Park along Richland Creek is…
An outdoor author who embarked on a modern day pilgrimage to follow in the footsteps of William Bartram, a naturalist and explorer in the region more than two centuries ago, will talk about his journey during a special program at…
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway are playing host to a visiting entourage from Iceland, who are looking to the parks here as a model for a new national park of their own called Vatnakokull.…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:28

The Naturalist's Corner

Foggy fall morning at Lake Junaluska I decided to get out and get a breath of autumn air this morning (Saturday, Oct. 2) by taking a quick tour around Lake Junaluska. It was pretty fresh and there was a little…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:27

Shadow of the bear in Jackson County

The “shadow of the bear,” located in southern Jackson County near Cashiers, will be visible for 30 minutes daily between 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. from mid October through early November. During this period, the bear-like shadow comes out of…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:26

Lace up for the Bethel Half Marathon

The 17th annual Bethel Half Marathon and 5K race will be held Saturday, Oct. 9. The two routes follow back roads through the pastoral setting of Bethel. The race is known for its unique awards given to top finishers in…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:25

Benton MacKaye trail celebrates milestone

By Reggie Jay • Guest writer As the Benton MacKaye Trail turns 30 this year, a dedicated group of volunteers who toiled over the creation of the 288-mile footpath through the remote southern reaches of the Southern Appalachians are savoring…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:24

Art and authors at Blue Ridge Books

Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville is offering a full lineup of special events this month. For more information on any of these events call 828.456.6000. • 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9: Vicki Lane, the popular regional author of the Elizabeth…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:19

REACH gets help from local book author

Mary J. Messer, author of Moonshiner’s Daughter, the recently published Haywood County based Appalachian memoir, presented a check to REACH of Haywood at their annual board meeting Sept. 20. Messer’s donation will to help REACH in its effort to prevent…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:17

Crews’ world is full of blood and bone

Getting Naked with Harry Crews, edited by Erik Bledsoe. University of Florida Press, 1998. The first time I ever heard of Harry Crews — some 30 years ago now — was when a friend gave me a copy of The…
There is a story about Katharine White — an editor and writer for The New Yorker magazine — that I enjoy recalling this time of year. This is good fodder for mulling over while you plant bulbs or move perennials.…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:14

Give Obama more time to succeed

To the Editor: I am going to the dentist in the coming week. As a self-employed artist and educator, I have put it off. While I manage to pay for my own health insurance, I have no dental coverage. Luckily,…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:13

What happened to driver courtesy?

By David Redman • Guest Columnist When did we, as a nation, transition from courteous and abiding by the ” laws of the highway” drivers to drivers who are aggressive and “to heck with speed limits and other laws and…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:07

The truth still matters, even in politics

Just tell the truth. That’s what we teach our children, it’s what we need from our loved ones, and it’s what we have to have from friends and co-workers. Without it, life’s a house of cards that won’t stand up.…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:06

A festive evening planned for annual JCAC gala

The Jackson County Arts Council’s annual Members Gala will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17, at Riverwood Shops in Dillsboro. In addition to food and beverages, Western Carolina University’s gamelan and woodwind trio, “Six Foot…
The well-known Fiddling Dills Sisters will perform gospel, bluegrass and traditional mountain music at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18, at the Jackson County Public Library. Amanda Dills Stewart and Sharon Dills, locally known as the Fiddling Dills Sisters, have…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:05

Dailey & Vincent to perform in Franklin

Bluegrass fans attending the 7:30 p.m. performance on Friday, Oct. 8, of Dailey & Vincent at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin, NC, now have even more to cheer about. Dailey & Vincent earned top honors…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:04

Master the art of yo-yoing

Learn the unique art of yo-yoing and all the different tricks to master with a yo-yo with a new club headed by Conner Zranizan. Fun Things Etc., a toy store in downtown Waynesville, started up its Yo-Yo Club again on Sept.…
Nicole Polzella, owner of AccessDance WNC, has released the instructional DVD, “Workplace Yoga with Nicole Polzella.” The program offers viewers a chance to bring tranquility to their hectic schedules with simple Chair Yoga postures and deep stretches promoting relaxation, stress…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:02

Traditional dinner awaits in Waynesville

Maple Grove United Methodist Church in Waynesville will have its annual harvest dinner beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16. The church is located off Russ Avenue across from the Maple Tree Veterinary Hospital. At the dinner, there will…
The Serbian group Talija, which was very popular at the 2009 Folkmoot Festival, will perform at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24, in the Haywood Community College auditorium. Proceeds from the show will benefit the 2011 Folkmoot Festival Children’s Free…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:59

Chinese acrobats to perform at Harrah’s

Cirque Shanghai, a troupe of China’s most talented acrobatic performers will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Harrah’s Casino Event Center in Cherokee. Cirque Shanghai – Bai Xi is a visually spectacular production combining astounding Chinese…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:56

Bring your best to Sylva’s Chilly Fest

The 3rd Annual Chilly Fest in Sylva is looking for professional and amateur chili cook-off contestants as well as crafters for the event. Chilly Fest is set for noon through 5 p.m. on Nov. 6, at the Bridge Park and…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:55

Learn the intricacies of creating chainmail

Medieval chainmail classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on four Wednesdays from Oct. 13 to Nov. 3, at the Jackson County Green Energy Park.   Chainmail technique hasn’t changed much since the Middle Ages, but the look…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:54

Slow races and more at Full Throttle Bike Nite

Full Throttle Bike Nite will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, at Cycle Motorsports in Sylva. Bike Nite will feature slow races, in which the last one to touch their feet to the ground and…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:53

Auction to benefit children’s choir

Western North Carolina’s s internationally acclaimed children’s choir, Voices in the Laurel, will perform a concert on Sunday, Oct. 10, at The Gateway Club, located at 37 Church Street in downtown Waynesville, during the Annual Voices Benefit Auction. The event…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:52

‘Romantic Fools’ stages at WCU

Theater students from Western Carolina University will present “Romantic Fools” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 6-9, in Niggli Theatre on campus. With influences including Monty Python, the Marx Brothers, “Saturday Night Live” and classic vaudeville, “Romantic Fools,” by Rich Orloff,…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:52

HCC alums reunite at Jammin’ at the Mill Pond

Jammin’ at the Mill Pond, a free bluegrass event to showcase Haywood Community College and the Appalachian heritage of Western North Carolina, will take place from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, at HCC. The event will…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:50

Balsam Range to perform at Stecoah

Balsam Range will headline the Annual Harvest Festival with a performance at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, in the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center auditorium. Balsam Range has been nominated as the Emerging Artist of the Year for 2010…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:49

Apple Festival returns to North Hominy Oct. 16

The North Hominy Community Center will have its annual Apple Festival breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. on Oct 16, at the center at 2670 Newfound Road near Canton. This homemade farm-style breakfast of grits, bacon, country ham, biscuits and gravy,…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:48

Leaf Festival this weekend in Cashiers

The Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival will be held Oct. 8-10 in and around Cashiers. The festival main stage is at the Village Green and Commons in Cashiers where attendees will hear music from bluegrass to rock and roll on two…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:46

Exhibit of student art to run Oct. 7-24 at WCU

Students of the fine arts at Western Carolina University will show work from their senior portfolios from Thursday, Oct. 7, through Sunday, Oct. 24, in the Fine Art Museum in the Fine and Performing Arts Center. Admission to WCU’s Fine…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:46

Workshop on gourd art offered in Sylva

Decorated gourds are popular handmade accessories for homes today. Learn to make decorative gourds by attending “Wood Burning on Gourds” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 13, in the Conference Room of the Community Service Center in Sylva. Ronna…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:45

Woodturning magic returns to The Bascom

A new exhibition of lathe-made bowls from acclaimed artists Philip and Matt Moulthrop will be on display in the Bascom’s Atrium Gallery through Nov. 6.   The Highlands-Cashiers plateau boasts a strong concentration of private Moulthrop collectors, in part because…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:42

Nurturing a creative thread

It’s an overcast day, hints of early fall in the air, and Neal Howard is in her yard in Cullowhee. Her white skirt and lace-trimmed tank top are spattered with a kaleidoscope of colors, souvenirs of many days spent in…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:41

Swain embarks on new vision for old library

More bestsellers? A computer lab? Meeting space? This month, Swain County residents will be asked what it is they crave from their local Marianna Black Library. The surveys are part of an assessment funded by a planning grant from the…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:39

Forestry, farmland tax breaks reduced

Haywood County landowners who get a property tax break for agriculture or foresty will see a reduction in that benefit next year. A countywide revaluation will hit the books next year, bringing home and land values in line with market…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:38

WCU celebrates homecoming Oct. 8-10

The Alumni Scholarship Homecoming Golf Tournament will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at Sequoyah National Golf Club in Whittier. Then, the Homecoming parade will begin at 6:15 p.m. in downtown Sylva. Meanwhile, the Catamount soccer team will play…
Is going into business with a Brazilian company within the mission of Western Carolina University? Dean Robert McMahan says so, and he bases that decision on the university’s adoption of the Boyer model. WCU formally adopted this new tenure model,…
A company with South American roots will set up U.S. headquarters on the campus of Western Carolina University in a partnership to design, develop and build turbines. A public announcement about the deal is scheduled for next week. The Smoky…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:33

Learn about early college high school

Jackson County Early College High School (JCEC) is recruiting for the 2011-2012 school year.   Several information sessions are scheduled for interested students and their parents. Four dates are scheduled; each begin at 6 p.m. Students and parent should select…
Town and county leaders will meet with the N.C. Highway Patrol this week in Franklin to discuss where in Macon County the state agency can build a radio tower. Something of a brouhaha erupted last week after town leaders learned…
Haywood County Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to pitch in $25,000 toward the regional livestock market under construction in Canton, adding their name to the list of governments and organizations from around the region that have contributed to the project. The…
Taxes and spending in a recession economy have emerged as the top issue in the race for Haywood County commissioner this year. Challengers vying for a seat on the board have jumped on the bandwagon of critics who have continually…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:15

Breathing life into the Museum that Runs

A few steps past the door at Maggie Valley’s Wheels Through Time museum, and the characteristic, unmistakable scent of a mechanic’s workshop wafts out – a heady mix of grease, motor oil, gasoline and rubber worn down by open roads.…
Back about a decade ago, setting the table for economic growth around Whittier seemed something of a no-brainer — the casino in Cherokee was booming, and it seemed inevitable that businesses such as restaurants and hotels would clamor for space…
Candidates for District Court judge will espouse their vision for the bench at election forums held next week in Haywood and Jackson County. “Judges make decisions every day that directly influence people’s lives, yet many voters don’t know where judicial…
Not a day goes by that Judge Monica Leslie doesn’t realize the gravity of her decisions. Leslie is one of six District Court judges in the seven western counties. They decide how to split property and wealth when a couple…
Tuesday, 28 September 2010 13:21

Recreation rendezvous shines a light on WNC

Representatives from some of the biggest names in outdoor recreation will soon touch ground in Asheville for the 2010 Outdoor Industry Association’s Rendezvous. Industry leaders from major brands like Patagonia, The North Face, REI, Merrell, Mountain Hardwear and many more…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 13:19

The Naturalist's Corner

North Carolina’s loss – Louisiana’s gain Chris Canfield has stepped down as executive director of Audubon North Carolina to assume the position of vice president for Gulf of Mexico Conservation and Restoration. Canfield took the helm at Audubon North Carolina…