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Wednesday, 06 May 2015 21:09

Civil War remembrance, reenactment

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and the “Last Shot Fired” at the Battle of Waynesville, there will be a weekend of events May 8-10 at The Shelton House in Waynesville and around…
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 21:08

This must be the place

She knows me better than anybody. She’s a little rough around the edges. Her beauty has seen better days. She’s a dirty girl, one who’ll take to cosmopolitan city streets as easily as rugged backwoods trails. Her needs always seem…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 21:02

The act of words to paper

For Wiley Cash, being a writer is not about milestones in his career that define his passion. Rather, it’s the simple idea of a person sitting down with a blank page, one ready to be filled with the unlimited possibility…
Haywood Regional Medical Center’s recent decision to purchase the Evergreen Family Medical Center in Canton will keep Evergreen employees from losing their primary care physician and will expand health care services to the entire community.  Since Evergreen announced in January…
“The cascading, four foot, doubly-compound leaves of devil’s walking stick, bunched near the end of long crooked thorny stems reaching as tall as 20 feet, give this plant a decidedly tropical look — it’s a plant that might fit in…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 16:03

Local food guide now available

A new edition of Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s Local Food Guide is out in time for the spring growing season.  The guide lists farmers markets, farms and restaurants and grocers selling local produce in the Southern Appalachians. It is free…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 16:02

Grant brings real-life science to classrooms

A $500 grant from the N.C. Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts’ Auxiliary will mean some hands-on science for students of Hayley Cox and Noal Castater, both teachers in Haywood County.  Cox, a fourth-grade teacher at Junaluska Elementary School,…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 16:02

Paul Carlson honored for conservation work

Paul Carlson of Land Trust for the Little Tennessee was named Outstanding Conservationist in the 2015 Roosevelt-Ashe awards given out by Wild South, an environmental organization that works in several southern states. Carlson, LTLT’s founding director, led LTLT for 18…
Heritage Life Skills, a fourth-year event featuring classes in survivalist cooking, self-defense and food production skills is coming up May 29-31 at Haywood County Fairgrounds, with registration rates jumping after May 1.
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:58

Pancakes popular with AT hikers

Appalachian Trail hikers in search of a satisfying meal found it at the First Baptist Church of Franklin this year — 633 of them, representing 44 states and seven foreign countries.
More than 200 fifth graders from Jackson County Schools spent two days learning about natural resources at East LaPorte Recreation Park this month.
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:54

Fly-fishing museum opening delayed

The grand opening of the Fly-Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians in Cherokee, originally intended for May 1, has been rescheduled to 10 a.m. June 6.
From paved 5K routes to epic trail runs and triathlons, Western North Carolina is rife with outdoor races of all types. But a peek at the history shows that the bulk of these events are new arrivals on the landscape,…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:39

Greening Up the Mountains: Through the Hills

3 p.m. • Signature Brew Stage The newest musical entity in Western North Carolina, the Haywood County quartet brings together singer-songwriter Kevin Fuller with banjoist Joey Fortner (formerly of Soldier’s Heart). Add in teenage fiddle prodigy Alma Russ, and you…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:36

Greening Up the Mountains: Rye Baby

1:05 p.m. • Signature Brew Stage Hailing from Chattanooga, Rye Baby is a fiery duo, one that encompasses the honky-tonk blues and Americana-roots sounds that runs deeply through Southern Appalachia.
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:25

Dam politics and freedom of religion

The growing threat of drought in the Southeast and the problems of “water politics” has prodded the memory of many legislators and ecologists to anxiously recall the snail darter controversy.
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:17

Controlled Chaos Film Festival at WCU

Films created by Western Carolina University students will be screened at the sixth annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival at 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center in Cullowhee.
Folkmoot USA invites area collectors to its spring-cleaning fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the old Hazelwood Elementary School in Waynesville.
American Idol Season 13 winner and Asheville native Caleb Johnson will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Harrah’s Cherokee.
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:09

This must be the place

It is the single most essential thing in my life. Running. The action of putting on jogging shorts, a comfortable t-shirt, lacing up your shoes and heading out the front door for the open road. It is oxygen for my…
Caleb Burress sees a rebirth — in himself and his music. “2014 was an education for us on many levels — we had a lot going on,” he said. “I think the changes we’ve experienced couldn’t have come at a…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:04

Criminals fear those who carry guns

To the Editor: As a long-time N.R.A. member, I wish to respond to Publisher Scott McLeod about his recent gun control column. I haven’t read Senate Bill 708 so will not comment on it.  However, his “by the numbers” source…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:03

More rhetoric from the liberal press

To the Editor: It appears the long arm of the liberal press has made it to your publication. Scott McLeod’s anti-gun rhetoric (The Smoky Mountain News, April 15, concerning “super permits” (your words) is laughable at best. You failed…
“You bet I’m happy. I feel this was only right. My goal is to improve Waynesville and set it apart as a first-class mountain community.”  — Former Waynesville Mayor Henry Foy in May 2003, upon receiving notification from DOT about…
Haywood County Schools will get a modest 2 percent increase each year for the next three years in its student per capita funding from the county.
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 14:47

HCC enrollment dips as economy improves

Marlowe Mager isn’t an economist by trade, but a little-known data set at his fingertips puts him on par with the nation’s best forecasters.
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 14:44

Exchanging students, exchanging cultures

When Donna Bell invited the first exchange student into her home seven years ago, she had no idea the lasting impact it would have on her family as well as the lives of the students.
A man attempting to rob alleged pot growers and dealers in the Bethel community of Haywood County was shot and killed Friday night. At least that’s the story the alleged pot dealers have given cops to explain why a man…
About 200 people gathered for the ribbon cutting of a $3.2-million renovation of the Terrace Hotel at Lake Junaluska, the anchor lodging facility of the conference and retreat center.
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 14:38

New apartment complex in the works for Sylva

Plans are under way to build a new apartment complex near — but not in — the town of Sylva, an idea that seemed to meet favor from the planning board when it was presented earlier this month.
As the old saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child.
The old Drexel furniture factory in Whittier isn’t producing much these days, unless you count bird nests and ivy vines as products. Tall grasses wave across the 21-acre property, obscuring the wood pallets strewn across the yard and reaching into…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 14:21

Is that a knuckleboom outside my window?

A new addition will soon be added to the town of Waynesville’s street fleet.
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:45

Greening Up welcomes spring

The 18th annual Greening Up the Mountains spring kickoff street festival will be held Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Sylva. The third annual Beer Garden will return to McGuire Gardens with craft beer offerings…
The furniture manufacturer remembered as Carolina Wood Turning Company has been closed for more than 30 years, yet the smell of freshly cut wood and the sound of the steam whistle are still fresh in the minds of those who…
Breweries could be built and alcohol served at special events in Cherokee, if a House bill currently awaiting hearing in a Senate committee becomes state law. 
Haywood County farmers caught some face time with elected leaders this week over heaping plates of bacon, eggs, grits, biscuits and hash browns to talk candidly about the issues facing today’s farmers — and the unrelenting rain over the past…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 16:02

The swamp a ghost saved

Yay! Spring break! That special time to be sequestered with adolescents and/or pre-adolescents in about 50 square feet while hurtling down the highway at 70 m.p.h.
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 16:01

Swain students illustrate wetlands

Swain County students got creative on the theme “Wetlands are Wonderful” this spring, sending in their bookmark designs for a contest hosted by Swain Soil and Water Conservation District.  After learning about wetlands in class, third- through fifth-graders sent their…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 16:00

Water ordinance nabs Jackson state award

Jackson County snagged one of eight statewide awards given to individuals and organizations that protect public drinking water sources.  The county won the inaugural 2015 N.C. Source Water Collaborative award in the groundwater planning category, recognizing its water recharge ordinance,…
The towns of Franklin and Canton were among 10 municipalities across the state to win a grant for bicycle and pedestrian planning from the N.C. Department of Transportation.  Each town will receive $36,000, with a 10 percent match required. The…
The Benton McKaye Trail Association recently completed a major reroute of the trail’s path through the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness.
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:57

Mapping project brings natural landmarks

Virtual views of some of America’s most iconic places are now online, with Chimney Rock, Grandfather Mountain and DuPont State Forest among their number. 
Though the wetland bordering U.S. 441 on the North Carolina-Georgia line isn’t that noteworthy on first glance, it’s an ecological treasure trove that Land Trust for the Little Tennessee is excited to have purchased. 
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:55

NOC rings in spring

A celebration of spring and its waterborne joys will be held April 24-26 at Nantahala Outdoor Center with a Spring Fling featuring the Hometown Throwdown freestyle kayaking event, Nantahala Racing Club Slalom Series kick-off, a vendor fair, live music and…
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation will spend $600,000 in 2015 on projects to benefit the Parkway and the plant and animal life calling it home. Every year, the Foundation collaborates with Parkway staff to come up with its list.
Solar power is on the rise across the U.S., and a campaign recently launched in Western North Carolina is urging mountain folk to join the trend.  “You can only do what you can afford to do, and now that it’s…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:45

Fate and fortune sing in new novel

Spartanburg poet and nonfiction writer John Lane has broken out of his comfort zone and journeyed into the netherworld of the novel and Appalachian noir. Joining company with Ron Rash, Charles Frazier, Wayne Caldwell, Wiley Cash, Pam Duncan and David…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:44

A big thank you to Sen. Jim Davis

To the Editor: Thank you Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, for raising my taxes. As with the majority of North Carolina citizens who earn less than $84,000 a year, my total state tax bill went up. Most of the promised tax…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:40

Time to get re-acquainted with an old friend

It is just mid-April and already too hot to sleep, but too early in the year to resort to air conditioning. For years, I managed to do without any air conditioning at all, even in my car — partly out…