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Getting books from the doctor will soon be a routine part of regular pediatric checkups. Haywood Pediatrics recently joined the Reach Out and Read program, in which primary care providers advising parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:42

Host a foreign exchange student

Families interested in hosting a foreign exchange student can be matched with students from more than 60 countries through the company Ayusa. All high school foreign exchange students are fully insured, bring their own spending money and are proficient in…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:42

TRAC session aim at helping businesses

The North Carolina Division of Tourism and the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership will host two TRAC Sessions in Western North Carolina. Sessions will be held from 2 – 5:30 p.m. on April 18 in Bryson City at the…
David Belcher, Western Carolina University’s 11th chancellor, warned a crowd of 200 on hand last week for the pomp and circumstance of his installment ceremony that the state of North Carolina must not dally in protecting its educational assets. Other…
Three Republican candidates are attempting to set themselves apart in the hope of winning the May primary and going head-to-head with N.C. Rep. Ray Rapp for his seat in the state House. After three uncontested elections, Rapp will now face…
Two well-known Waynesville Democrats running against each other for a shot at representing mountain people in Raleigh so far are playing fair and keeping the race clean. But their similar platforms, progressive rhetoric and measured campaigns mean voters deciding between…
A sushi restaurant in Waynesville lost a protracted legal battle last month after accusing a neighboring nail salon of driving away its diners. Saki Sushi claimed fumes from Tweety Nails hurt its bottom-line. Litigation dating back two years culminated in…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:30

Cutting campaign restores Parkway vistas

Visitors to Haywood County will have a fuller view of its mountain beauty this year after a locally funded project left some of the Blue Ridge Parkway vistas a bit barer. The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority and Maggie Valley…
Firmly resolute in my desire to set aside more time for my writing I decided not to have a garden this year. Typical of my fickle ways, I now have my largest garden plot ever. I’m terrible with guessing dimensions…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 20:26

Who is candidate Cecil Bothwell?

To the Editor: We may criticize someone not attending our church or not believing what we believe. Many of us have experienced members breaking from our church to form another church. Cecil is Unitarian and believes churches play an important…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 20:24

Do not mess with our health insurance

To the Editor: This is an open letter to Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin. Let me be perfectly clear. Obama Care is the reason I am finally able to get good health insurance after 15 years of not having any. I…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 20:24

Armed citizens not always a good thing

To the Editor: A recent letter by a firearms instructor made the assertion that no one at the shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gifford had a pistol to stop the shooter. Several news reports stated that there was at least one…
The revelation was at first surprising and then disappointing. So I’ll take a stab here at shedding some light on the surprising part, which hopefully will also mollify the disappointing part. As anyone who reads The Smoky Mountain News knows,…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 20:00

Roller derby auditions at the fairgrounds

The Thunder Road Rollergirls of Waynesville will hold its spring open recruitment from April 5-24. There are plenty of available positions on the team for anyone interested. The women are also working closely with Smoky Mountain Rollergirls in Bryson City…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:59

Skate park getting money boosts

The future Waynesville Skate Park has been awarded a grant in the amount of $1,260 from the North Carolina Community Foundation. The park also recently received a grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation in the amount of $5,000. The planned…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:58

Test drive a vehicle and help out a school

Andy Shaw Ford of Sylva will bring Ford Motor Company’s “Drive One 4UR School” Program to Jackson County from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. April 12 in the SCC Balsam Center parking lot. Proceeds will be shared evenly by Jackson…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:58

Women’s self defense class offered

A self-defense class for women will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11 at MedWest-Haywood Health and Fitness Center. The instructor will be Marshall Hale, a Tae Kwon Do instructor with Blue Dragon. Cost for the workshop is…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:58

Donate food to help feed the hungry

A food drive is under way in Maggie Valley, with a food drop-off container located in town hall for nonperishable items. The drive has the support of town aldermen and was started at the request of resident Don Massey. The…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:57

Help celebrate donate a book day

As a part of National Library Week from April 8-14, people are asked to donate new or gently used books to their local library branch. Books not added to the library’s collection will be given to the Friends of the…
The Small Business Center of Haywood Community College will offer a free seminar on business lending through the NC Rural Center Microenterprise program from 6-8 p.m. on April 10 on campus in the first floor of the student center. The…
A read-through of the new play “A Cherokee Family Reunion” will take place from 4-6 p.m. on April 13 at the Mountainside Theatre in Cherokee. The Los Angeles writer and choreographer Larissa Fasthorse, an enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:51

Cooking with ramps book published

A cookbook, titled RAMPS: Cooking with the Best Kept Secret of the Appalachian Trail, features a collection of ramp recipes from chefs, food writers and home cooks, celebrating every part of the vegetable – from root to leaf. “A cookbook…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:50

Carden premieres ‘Mother Jones’

Well-known Western North Carolinian Gary Carden will present the first showing of his new monologue “Mother Jones” at 6 p.m., April 7, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin. Lara Chew will perform in the one-woman show about Mother Jones,…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:50

Allan Wolf visits City Lights Bookstore

Poet, author and educator, Allan Wolf will return to City Lights Bookstore at 7 p.m. on April 6 to discuss his newest book, The Watch That Ends the Night. April will mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the…
Award-winning author Scott Huler will lecture April 13 at Western Carolina University and the Jackson County Public Library in recognition of National Library Week. Huler will discuss the importance of research and libraries at 10:30 a.m. in the A.K. Hinds…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:48

Joel Frahm to perform at WCU Jazz Festival

Saxophonist Joel Frahm will perform at Western Carolina University’s annual Jazz Festival from April 14-15. The New York Times praised Frahm, calling him a “saxophonist with a deft and assertive command.” All April 14 events will take place at the…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:45

Easter events

All hats on deck for Easter Hat Parade The town of Dillsboro will host its 24th annual Easter Hat Parade on April 7. The parade, a Dillsboro tradition, begins at 2 p.m. and showcases a variety of interesting hats atop…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:44

Saxophone quartet to perform April 16

The award-winning Assembly Saxophone Quartet will present a free concert at 6 p.m., April 16, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center at Western Carolina University. The program will feature a wide variety of styles, including historical works by…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:44

Ronnie Dunn to play Harrah’s

Country legend Ronnie Dunn will perform at 9 p.m., April 27, at Harrah’s Casino and Hotel in Cherokee. Dunn is now touring as a solo artist after 20 years of singing with the group Brooks & Dunn. The duo is best…
The Southern Circuit film tour at Western Carolina University ends its 2011-12 season with a free screening of “Sahkanaga” at 7:30 p.m. on April 17 in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center. In 2002, more than 300 bodies were…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:41

Bridge Park concerts return

The Concerts on the Creek summer music series returns for its fourth season in May featuring live bands each Friday evening from Memorial Day weekend through the end of July. The free outdoor performances take place from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on…
Two artists were selected to paint various versions of the historic Bethel Presbyterian Church. Nick DePaolo, owner of Long Grove Art School in Waynesville, will create an oil painting of the exterior of the church when the structure retained its…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:40

WCU to celebrate youth artwork

Western Carolina University will celebrate the artwork of local students with the 2012 Jackson County Youth Art Month exhibit from April 9-27 in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. The college will hold a reception from 2-3…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:38

Photo gallery opens in Waynesville

The Lonebackpacker Gallery of World Photography, owned by artist Adam Malis, opened last week on Depot Street in Waynesville. The gallery showcases fine art photography taken on all seven continents from the perspective of the solo traveler.   Malis, a…
An artistic marriage of fine gardens and fine art is on display now at Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86, with “Gardens, Mountains and Streams: An Artist’s View of the Haywood County Garden Tour” showing through April 28. This intertwining…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:58

Convicted by a jury of my peers

Last year around this time I wrote about the honor of being nominated for Wild South’s Roosevelt-Ashe Society’s “Outstanding Journalist in Conservation” for 2010. I did not win but I did not expect to. I remember thinking and writing upon…
What’s in a name? Well, sometimes a lot, especially when you’re considering the names we assign plants. The striking little early wildflower of deciduous woodlands with its yellow reflexed petals, long red stamens, and lush brown dappled green leaves goes…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:51

Geologists to converge on the mountains

Western Carolina University will host more than 700 professional geologists and geology students during the 61st annual meeting of the Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America, which will be held Saturday, March 31, through Monday, April 2, in…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:51

Get ready to do some haggling

Bartering Day is on tap for the old T.M. Rickman Store in Macon County’s historic Cowee Valley from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Sunday, March 31. This event is being held to honor the 87th anniversary of this store and…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:50

AT Founder’s Bridge Festival coming to NOC

A storied Appalachian Trail event is on tap April 6 and 7 at Nantahala Outdoor Center with the AT Founder’s Bridge Festival. Day hikers, long distance warriors and outdoor enthusiasts alike are welcome to share their passion with like-minded folks,…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:50

Bats in Smokies threatened by fungus

Biologists in the Smokies have confirmed that two different kinds of bats found in a park cave have white-nose syndrome, a life-threatening fungus. White-nose syndrome has been responsible for the deaths of millions of bats in Eastern North America. It…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:50

Smokies camping fee to take effect

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park plans to collect fees next year from backpackers despite the proposal receiving opposition from backcountry users and locals who enjoyed camping in the Smokies without the hassle of a fee system. The money collected…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:48

Troops rally to fight off invasive species

More than 300 Macon County students and others interested in the natural landscape will attend Invasive Species Awareness Day from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday, April 2, on the Little Tennessee River Greenway in Franklin. Learn about how exotic…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:48

Hatchery-supported trout waters open

Approximately 1,100 miles of hatchery-supported trout waters in 25 western counties will open at 7 a.m. on April 7. The season will run until March 1 of next year. When fishing on hatchery-supported trout waters, anglers can harvest a maximum…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:47

Cherokee Reservation trout season opens

Hundreds of anglers will line the 30 miles of streams on the Cherokee Indian Reservation Saturday, March 31, with the opening of trout season here. Also scheduled is an opening day fishing tournament. The opening day tournament cost $5. Hundreds…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:47

Garden forum April 3

Experienced growers Ron and Kathy Arps will lead a panel discussion about home gardening at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in the community room of the Jackson County Library in Sylva. The Arps three-quarter-acre garden just outside of Sylva is totally…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:46

National park to restore views at overlooks

The views in the Smokies might get a little easier to see after a contractor cuts back encroaching trees from 34 of the most-popular roadside vistas along the main roads of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Park officials say…
Responding to missing or injured hikers this time of year is expected in Macon County, where the Appalachian Trail winds through the mountains and the Nantahala National Forest makes up another substantial portion. “Some years, at the peak (of thru-hiking)…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:41

Anatomy of a Smokies search

Things weren’t looking good. After five days of searching and zero clues, a massive search for a missing man in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park was at a critical juncture. “Let’s try to make another hard push for this…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:38

Motives of missing man remain a mystery

It’s probably not the view sightseers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park were expecting last week when they pulled into the park’s most popular overlook at Newfound Gap, a 5,000-foot mountain pass traversed by the main road through the…