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Wednesday, 13 August 2014 14:26

Road improvement to close Black Balsam

A popular trail access area and jumping off point for the Shining Rock Wilderness area at Balsam Road will be closed from Sept. 2 through early October for a resurfacing project.  Balsam Road, located off the Blue Ridge Parkway in…
This year’s Taste of the Market celebration at Jackson County Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 16 in downtown Sylva,will feature a tomato tasting contest right next door to the 100th anniversary festivities for Jackson County Cooperative Extension. 
A $25,000 Pigeon River Fund grant will help the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department purchase kayaking supplies to add paddling to the offerings of Base Camp Waynesville, a department program dedicated to helping town residents enjoy the outdoors.  “This program…
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 14:21

Cataloochee documentary to screen in Jackson

The historical documentary film Cataloochee will be shown at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Cullowhee at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 21.   The documentary tells the story of the Cataloochee Valley, the settlers who lived there for a hundred…
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 14:18

Breakaway breezes into year five

More than 400 riders will push off from Lake Junaluska Aug. 16 for the fifth year of the Blue Ridge Breakaway ride, their routes winding through the curvy, rural roads of Haywood County, with the two longer routes even venturing…
The watermelons will take over Aug. 16 at the Original Waynesville Tailgate Market’s August Kids Corner Market.
A Save the Trails ride and run through DuPont State Forest will be held Aug. 23 to help Pisgah Area Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association raise money to maintain trails that mountain bikers use. The event will feature four long-distance fun…
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 14:13

Summer in the park a win-win

A handful of teachers, high school and college students recently completed a program designed to teach them about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park through six weeks of hands-on engagement.
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 14:12

Friends of the Smokies telethon to air

Friends of the Smokies will take to the silver screen from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, for the 20th annual Friends Across the Mountains Telethon to benefit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Over the last two decades…
When Franklin RiverFest’s Anything That Floats Raft Regatta kicks off Aug. 23, Warren Cabe hopes to see the Franklin Fire Department cross the finish line first. The Macon County Emergency Services Director is holding the details of the team’s raft…
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 14:06

Novel explores life in Chairman Mao’s China

After running into numerous critical references to this little novel, which has won a series of international awards and has been published in nineteen countries and made into a popular film, curiosity got the best of me, so I ordered…
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 13:52

State gives lip service to fracking concerns

To the Editor: The Johnny-come-lately public hearing on fracking scheduled by the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission (MEC) at Western Carolina University on Sept. 12 appears to be nothing more than a public relations move to appease those Western Carolina…
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 13:51

Cell towers, fracking, and food trucks

To the Editor: First, kudos to Gerald Green and the Jackson County Planning Council for requiring Verizon to use cell tower designs that do not ruin our beautiful views. I applaud their continued work to ensure Verizon conforms to permit…
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 13:49

Is torture an aberration or a trend?

By Doug Wingeier • Columnist Based on actual events, the movie “The Railway Man” tells the story of how British soldiers captured by the Japanese at the fall of Singapore in 1942 were taken in boxcars four days north through…
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 13:18

Craft beer fest returns to Waynesville

The Waynesville Craft Beer Faire will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the American Legion Post 47 in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 13:16

In search of the best sweet potato recipe

The 40th annual Mountain Heritage Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, at Western Carolina University.  The event will once again feature the traditional foods competition A Gathering In, where baked goods, canned and dried foods and — this year…
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 13:16

Masters of Illusion come to Harrah’s

The Masters of Illusion’s Believe The Impossible professional magic showcase will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Harrah’s Cherokee.
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 13:15

WCU Big Birthday Bash celebrates 125 years

Western Carolina University’s 125th anniversary Big Birthday Bash will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the A.K. Hinds University Center lawn in Cullowhee. All alumni, friends, students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community are…
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 13:14

Music, animals and fun return to Haywood fair

The 2014 Haywood County Fair will be held Aug. 19-24 at the Haywood County Fairgrounds in Lake Junaluska. Bingo will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, in the Apple Orchard Building. Just a few of the door prizes…
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 13:12

This must be the place

He was beloved by all who knew him. Richard Coker embodied the spirit of Appalachia. As a co-owner of the Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley, his warmth and hospitality radiated from the top of the mountain and shined brightly to anyone…
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 13:09

So funky you can smell it

Who the hell are those guys? It’s a question constantly asked about Porch 40, a Sylva-based funk/rock outfit barreling out of the Southern Appalachian woods like a black bear on speed. “We’re like a ’69 Corvette, fire engine red, revving…
Wednesday, 25 January 2006 00:00

Creation or evolution: an age old debate

As the nation debates the role of creation and evolution in the classroom, a research paper assigned in a 10th-grade biology class at Franklin High School in Macon County has sparked a local controversy on the issue. Students were asked…
Wednesday, 25 January 2006 00:00

Cashiers residents form civic group

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Members of the Cashiers area are organizing a new civic association to direct the community’s future. The formation of the association is an outgrowth of a planning project a group of Louisiana State University…
Wednesday, 25 January 2006 00:00

Grassroots organizing

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer As residents in the Cashiers area pull together to address their community’s needs through the creation of a civic association, members of some of the region’s established grassroots groups weighed in on what makes…
Wednesday, 25 January 2006 00:00

Town will be forced to make adjustments

Waynesville’s residents have long reaped the benefits of the town’s electricity enterprise — a sideline business that was making $1.2 million a year. The money paid for the Waynesville Recreation Center — a $6.5 million fitness center with indoor pool,…
Two years ago, the future of Waynesville’s electric system — a lucrative cash cow for the town — was turned on its head by a single email that popped up in the inbox of an energy consultant in Raleigh.
As judges and lawyers, politicians and lobbyists, and parents and school officials debate the place of evolution and creationism in the classroom, what do students think? At Franklin High School, students in Lee Berger’s journalism class — an arena where…
Wednesday, 25 January 2006 00:00

The thrill of the chase lives on

Through the years, I’ve written at every opportunity about Aquilla (Quill) Rose — Civil War veteran, fiddle player, storyteller, moonshiner, and hunter — who was surely one of the more picturesque characters ever produced in the Smokies region. As an…
Wednesday, 25 January 2006 00:00

Celebrating culture and the need for a library

There are many worthwhile upshots from The Sounds of Jackson County recording project, but two stand out among them: one, that something special can indeed happen when a community comes together; and two, the support for a new Sylva library…
Wednesday, 25 January 2006 00:00

The vicarious lives of parents

I wasn’t very good at sports when I was a kid. I wanted to be good — the star of the team, the captain, the leading scorer, the clutch player — but I was barely good enough to make the…
Wednesday, 25 January 2006 00:00

Trees up close and personal

Winter is a great time for studying tree identification. The mountains look steel-gray from a distance. The forest, up close, is a study in muted earth tones. There’s bark, smooth grey bark, scaly, nearly black bark, fissured gray bark and…
Wednesday, 25 January 2006 00:00

Seeking a new chill

By Michael Beadle Freezing temperatures may keep some people bundled up indoors, but not Adam Fox. When the temperatures dip into the teens and 20s, it’s prime time for scaling the sides of mountains for an ice climbing adventure.
Wednesday, 25 January 2006 00:00

Winter Fishing is more than it gets credit for

By Eugene Shuler Winter is a great time to go fishing. Don’t believe me? Just look at what you don’t see this time of year, and that’s other people on the water fishing your favorite spot.
Wednesday, 25 January 2006 00:00

A mysterious masterpiece

By Chris Cooper Beautiful and alarmingly odd, Andrew Bird makes music that ambles pretty far outside description or categorization. “Chamber pop” perhaps? And what the heck is he talking about half the time? How did he find so many things…
By Michael Beadle For Victor Raul Moraloza, each day is a gift. From being a high school wrestling champion to surviving a grenade explosion in the Vietnam War to treasure diving off the coast of Colombia to creating award-winning metal…
Wednesday, 25 January 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

TV Yeah, fine: burn your television, TV is bad. It’s mind numbing and makes us lazy. Blah blah blah. But if you’ve been without it for three years like I’ve been, getting the “basic cable package” is quite a joyous…
Franklin, Tennessee. It is November 1864, and many of us (Civil War buffs) have been here before. We recognize this gentle slope that rises to the Carnton plantation and the terraced mansion surrounded by great trees. Nearby are a neglected…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:47

What is an Appalachian forest?

As the USDA Forest Service’s revision plan for the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests continues to be discussed — the new plan will guide the management of the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests for the next 15 years — I…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:46

Time to get your run on

August is runners’ month in Western North Carolina. A slate of races throughout the region will give athletes a chance to stretch their legs.  • The Main Street Mile Run for Children will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug.…
According to a new National Park Service report, the 9.4 million people who visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2013 brought more than $734 million to communities near the park, supporting 10,734 local jobs.  These figures are slightly down…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:37

Highlands Biological dives into cliff ecology

A cliff face might not seem like a hospitable place to forge a life, but for a good-sized group of endangered species, the craggy ledges and rock faces re home. Programs Aug. 14-15 at the Highlands Biological Station will highlight…
A 64-year-old Michigan man is recovering after a fall while hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park last Sunday afternoon (July 27), an accident that kept him and his rescuers holed up in the backcountry for 24 hours while…
Faith-inspired environmental advocacy is the focus of Western North Carolina Alliance’s newest program, Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina. The program started in two years ago as WNC Green Congregations and is now looking for donations to hire a…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:31

WCU named top adventure school

Western Carolina University ranked as the No.1 college for outdoor adventures in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic in a recent online poll by outdoors magazine Blue Ridge Outdoors. 
Landmark Learning, an outdoor training institute in Cullowhee, has released its fall lineup of outdoor safety training courses. With everything from how to doctor a snakebite in the backcountry to how to warm a hypothermic person fast, the courses provide…
Sunrise was still hours away when the day started at Lake Logan. With the first starting gun firing at 7 a.m., Aug. 2 the throng of racers participating in the Lake Logan Multisport Festival had to get there early. By…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:19

A critic’s guide to literary genres renamed

Not so long ago, a neighbor in the building where I love in Montford, a budding comedian in her early 30s who works as a publicist for the Mast General Stores, was visiting with me in my apartment. We are…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:10

Franklin welcomes Dailey & Vincent

Bluegrass/gospel legends Dailey & Vincent will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:09

Pisgah/Tuscola tailgate in Canton

The inaugural Haywood County Fall Sports Tailgate Kickoff Party will be from noon until 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Smathers Square on Main Street in Canton.
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:08

Student films to screen in Cashiers

Some of the most riveting and moving student-created films from Western Carolina University’s Controlled Chaos Film Festivals in recent years will be shared at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, at The Country Club of Sapphire Valley.