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Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:15

Rickman Store plans holiday events Dec. 11

There will be a special holiday celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Rickman Store in Macon County. Potters from the Heritage Arts Program of Southwestern Community College will be at the Store for a…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:14

Voices in the Laurel plans Christmas concert

Singers from the internationally acclaimed children’s choir Voices in the Laurel will perform a special Christmas concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12, at Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Lake Junaluska.  This year’s concert will be entitled “The…
By Joe Hooten • Contributing writer If your family is like mine, we have unspoken rules regarding the amount and duration of holiday music played in our house. The rule is simple: the music comes out the day after Thanksgiving…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:11

Great gifts at HCC holiday sale

The Professional Crafts students at Haywood Community College will be selling their exceptional wares at the Holiday Sale Thursday, Dec. 9, and Friday, Dec. 10. Located in the Student Center Auditorium, the sale will feature handmade jewelry, woodwork, pottery and…
Martin DeWitt, founding director and curator of the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University, has announced his retirement. “I think the timing is right for changes,” said DeWitt, whose career spans more than 30 years in museum administration. He…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 19:39

Westmoreland's retirement announced

Jackson County Manager Kenneth Westmoreland will retire effective Jan. 1, incoming Jackson County board chairman Jack Debnam has told The Smoky Mountain News. With accumulated leave, his last day in the office will be Dec. 7. “It was his decision,”…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:37

The tendency to follow greed off a cliff

To the Editor: Various citizens have made comments about the rich versus the poor based on their ideological thinking, but here are some startling facts: • 20 percent of Americans own 93 percent of its assets.   • 1 percent…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:37

In defense of the Tea Party

To the Editor: I am a member of the Tea Party-The 9-12 group.  I am an American mom and grandparent. Prayer is an important part of my life. I pray before meetings. There are clergymen in our organization who lead in prayer. I…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:36

Writers can’t write whatever they want

To the Editor: In last week’s (Nov 24-30) Smoky Mountain News opinion piece by Quintin Ellison, she writes … ”I maintain I’ve got a perfect right to portray whomever I want to, whenever I want to, how I want to, in…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:36

Macon needs steep slope ordinances

To the Editor: Anyone who was living in this area at the time of the tragic Peeks Creek disaster off U.S. 64 between Franklin and Highlands would be well aware of the need for an ordinance giving teeth to construction requirements on the many steep…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:33

More effort need to combat underage drinking

By Patti Tiberi • Guest Columnist “Alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among America’s youth. A higher percentage of young people between the ages of 12 and 20 use alcohol than use tobacco or illicit drugs. The…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:31

Shuler is making the most of his opportunities

I don’t particularly remember U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, from our days growing up in Swain County. He is younger than I am by a few years, more my brother’s contemporary than mine. His father delivered our mail. I don’t…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:30

The creek outside my window

I write this from my “office” (a spare room) at home. Looking out the window, I can see the creek that passes through our place. As a general rule, I spend more time watching the creek flow by my window…
Library lovers and history buffs from all over have a singular opportunity this year to combine giving Christmas presents to family and friends and giving to their community. The Jackson County Library capital campaign is still under way, and co-chair…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:29

Bookstore program to help children in need

City Lights Bookstore has started the 12th year of its annual Holiday Giving Tree, a program designed to put books in the hands of local children during the holiday season. Each year since 1998 the store has worked with local…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:27

Lehane’s latest as good as it gets

For over a decade, Dennis Lehane’s name has been synonymous with skillfully crafted crime novels. Both Mystic River and Shutter’s Island were made into blockbuster movies and Coronado contains some of the best short stories in American fiction. However, Lahane’s greatest…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:27

Birding trail workshop set for Dec. 9

A “Birder Friendly Community Workshop” will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the Balsam Mountain Inn. The workshop, sponsored by the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, will provide training for businesses and communities to help…
The Jackson County Farmers Market will remain open throughout the winter months. The market vendors will hold a Holiday Bazaar to kick off the winter season from 9 a.m. until noon on Dec. 4 in the parish hall of St.…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:26

Visitation to the Smokies jumps over last year

Visitation to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park through October is up for the year, and in October 2010 park visitation jumped by 19 percent over October 2009. Parkwide, visitation for the year is up 2.9 percent. Through October 2009,…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:24

N.C. parks prove popular with visitors

More than a quarter million visitors to North Carolina state parks used a new reservations system in its first full year of operation, with most campers preferring short visits to state parks near their homes, according to the N.C. Division…
Early registration is currently under way for the 2011 Caring for Creation experience at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center on March 31-April 3, 2011. Caring for Creation is a loosely organized movement of faith communities that believe there is Biblical…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:22

JMCA marks 10 years with Dec. 9 celebration

The Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance is celebrating its 10th anniversary and holding its annual meeting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Episcopal Church in Highlands. The celebration will include food, wine/beer and music performed by Thea and the…
I mean, where would you hang a tire swing if there were no trees? How could you lay back and watch the sky rock back and forth filling the jigsaw spaces between the leaves with ever-changing bits of sky and…
Putting all of Ed Kelley’s interests in separate, tidy little boxes just doesn’t work. There’s no way to separate Ed from Ed’s photography; or Ed’s photography from nature; or nature from Ed’s philosophy. There is also Ed Kelley the artist,…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:08

Liars Bench celebrates Christmas Dec. 4

Liars Bench Southern Appalachian variety show to play a “foxfire Christmas” at bookstore The Liars Bench — Western North Carolina’s own Southern Appalachian live variety show — plays City Lights Bookstore at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, for the…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:07

Franklin concert aims to lift holiday spirits

Parker and Paschal will appear at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 with a show that promises to jump-start your holiday celebrations.   Parker’s June 2003 song “It’s True” — the title song…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:07

Franklin church presents Cantata Dec. 5

An original Christmas Cantata, “It Shall Be Fulfilled,” will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5, at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Franklin.   The cantata includes a narration of the birth of Christ as recorded in the…
Smoky Mountain Living magazine's February/March issue will be dedicated to love — not just in the romantic sense, but for place, work, family, animals, etc. The magazine wants your images and interpretations of love for its photo spread. Submissions should…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:04

Appalachian Christmas at HART Main Theater

The Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts at the historic Shelton House is sponsoring an Appalachian Christmas musical event that evokes nostalgic recollections of holiday celebrations evident in early settlements in the Appalachian Mountains. Performed by noted folk and traditional musicians…
The annual Canton Christmas Tour of Homes is from 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5. The show features six homes and all proceeds will benefit the Canton Miss Labor Day Scholarship Fund. Admission is $12, and children under 12 are…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:01

Small works on display, for sale at Gallery 86

The Haywood County Arts Council’s third annual show of “pint-sized” artwork titled, ”It’s a Small, Small Work 2010” is currently on exhibit at Gallery 86 now through Friday, Dec. 31, in Waynesville. The show provides a unique opportunity to purchase…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:00

Museum plans basket and pottery workshops

Want to make a Cherokee basket or Cherokee pottery bowl for that special Christmas present? Come to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian Dec. 11 and create your own white oak basket with plain and dyed splints, or your own…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:00

Craft fair to be held at Haywood fitness center

Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center will host a Craft Fair from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the gymnasium on Saturday, Dec. 11. Members can purchase a 6-foot table to display their items for $10. Non-members can purchase a 6-foot…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 20:59

Haywood history, a picture at a time

The Gateway Club in Waynesville is currently hosting an exhibit of the The Haywood Snapshot Project. The exhibit, recently displayed at Haywood Arts Repertory Theater, uses historic photographs to bring Waynesville’s history to life. Images, ranging from an 1886 photograph…
Waynesville Gallery Association presents Art After Dark from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 from 6 to 9 p.m. Take a stroll through working studios and galleries on Main Street, Depot Street and in Frog Level. Festive…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 20:55

Last Sylva After Dark of 2010 is Dec. 3

The next Sylva After Dark will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, in downtown Sylva. This will be the last Sylva After Dark until May 2011.   Some of the events planned for Dec. 23…
The radio version of a classic holiday ghost story, “A Christmas Carol,” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. A 30-minute preshow concert will start the evening…
Western Carolina University will host a public presentation and book signing featuring Arthur Anderson, one of the original radio performers of 1938’s “A Christmas Carol,” from 2:30-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, in the multipurpose room of Blue Ridge Hall. As…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 20:52

Sarge’s, Mast, Best Buy call it a wrap

The Mast General Store has once again invited Sarge’s volunteers to wrap holiday presents at their store on Main Street in Waynesville. Best Buy at Waynesville Loop near the new WalMart Super Center has also invited Sarge’s volunteers to wrap…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 20:52

Amish-style bakery opens in Bryson City

Stoltzfus Bread Basket recently opened at 291 Everett Street (beside Watershed Trading Company) in Bryson City. Stoltzfus is an Amish style bakery featuring fresh baked breads, muffins, bagels and cakes and desserts by the slice or uncut. It also offers…
The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting celebrating the opening of Finally Home Staging and Redesign, located in the Rusty Wagon of the Whistle Stop Mall in Franklin recently held a grand opening. Janine Peak and Carol…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 20:50

Canton Hardee’s reveals new look

Hardee’s in Canton has converted its restaurant at 16 New Clyde Highway to a dual-branded Hardee’s/Red Burrito location. The newly-converted Hardee’s/Red Burrito celebrated with a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce. The addition of…
Western Carolina University, Wake Forest University and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have reaffirmed their partnership to promote Native health initiatives. Since 2006, the three institutions have collaborated to support the Culturally Based Native Health Program, or CBNHP. The…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 20:48

Wreath hanging kicks off Home for the Holidays

A wreath was recently hung at Haywood County Animal  Services to kick off a special animal adoption event called Home for the Holidays. “We recruited Jamie Powell, executive director of Sarge’s, and Tammy Watford, news anchor from WLOS-TV who is…
Among new state laws taking effect this week is Susie’s Law, which promises the possibility of judges being able to sentence even first-time offenders to jail for being cruel to animals. Animal-rights advocates and law officers alike have heralded the…
An evening of great food, great beer and fine wines was attended by 45 people on Nov. 18.  The event was the Community Harvest Dinner, a fundraiser for The Community Table. Annie’s Bakery, Heinzelmannchen Brewery, Mill & Main, Papou’s Wine…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 20:43

Shuler getting comfortable in new position

In his initial bid for political office, U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., often seemed unsure of himself. The former NFL quarterback, while clearly comfortable in the limelight, had difficulty articulating his political beliefs and staking out positions. Back in 2006…
Small farmers fighting against being lumped with large agribusinesses in a federal food-safety act have received a measure of possible protection. At the behest of small farmers, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan D-N.C., and Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., pushed through a…
Transportation experts and town leaders plan to meet this week in Franklin to consider whether it’s feasible to turn one-way Main and Palmer streets into two-way roads. As in many small mountain towns, visitors to Franklin find themselves motoring around…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 20:38

Railroad neighbor irked by crossing controversy

When Terry Stephenson bought a piece of hillside property on Lower Alarka Road in Bryson City, he expected it to slowly develop into a homestead for himself and his 11-year-old daughter. What he didn’t expect was the headache that the…