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Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:36

Pittillo to speak at Franklin meeting

Retired Western Carolina University professor and well-known regional fall color prognosticator Dan Pittillo will be the speaker at 2 p.m. on Jan. 17 at a meeting of the Southern Appalachian Plant Society. The meeting will take place in the Franklin…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:34

Grants available for renewable energy

Mountain Valleys Resource Conservation and Development is accepting applications from Western North Carolina farmers interested in generating renewable energy on their farms. The NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission is providing 40 percent cost-share funding for approved projects. The maximum grant…
Trail maintenance has an obvious benefit: it’s darn good exercise. But for Becky Smucker, a volunteer trail crew leader in the Pisgah National Forest, it carries a deep satisfaction. “Those of us who work in jobs that produce abstract results,…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:33

Friends of the Smokies receives $10K from REI

Moving mountains is no easy task, but volunteers and trail crews hauling boulders, digging waterbars and otherwise rehabilitating trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will have an easier time with their new Trails Forever equipment trailer, thanks to…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:32

NOC wins prestigious outdoor award

The Nantahala Outdoor Center has been bestowed with the 2012 Outdoor Industry Association Outdoor Inspiration Award. It is the outdoor industry’s top honor for businesses contributing to the future of outdoor recreation, voted on by an expert panel of peers…
A volunteer work day to work on campsites for the French Broad River Paddle Trail will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Jan. 13 in Transylvania County. The French Broad River Paddle Trail will be a world-class paddle trail…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:31

Watershed plan subject of Jan. 12 meeting

The Macon County League of Women Voters of Macon County will host a program on a newly completed study on the county’s watershed, its condition, and its needs. The study, conducted as part of the N.C. Ecosystem Enhancement Program (NCEEP),…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:29

Whoopers and hoodeds

Cranes are cool. These big beautiful graceful birds jolt the souls of non-birders and birders alike. At five feet tall, the snow-white adult whooping crane is the tallest bird in North America. The whooper has a red patch on its…
More than 5 million people hit the trails in the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests last year — a number that continues to grow not only as more people move to the mountains but also as outdoor recreation increases in…
Next time you hike a trail, pause a minute and give silent thanks to the legion of trail volunteers who have taken up arms and engaged in hand-to-hand combat with the forest, hacking back the undergrowth and clearing obstructive logs.…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:13

Readings, signings at City Lights

Suzanne Raether will read from and sign her novel, Judaculla, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan.  13, at City Lights Bookstore.   Set in Jackson County, Judaculla tells the story of Timothy Fletcher, a 19-year-old WCU student athlete and his…
Bob Plott will discuss his newest book, Colorful Characters of the Great Smoky Mountains, at 3 p.m. on Jan. 14 at Blue Ridge Books. Plott is a North Carolina native who can trace his family roots in the Old North…
The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host Sylva resident Curtis Blanton for an evening of storytelling and tall tales at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan.17, in the Community Room. Always a careful listener to the tales told by…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:10

Intrigue, violence and opium in Oslo

The Leopard marks the eighth crime novel featuring the chain-smoking alcoholic Inspector Harry Hole of the Oslo Police Department, an agency that is rife with political intrigue, corruption and ineptitude. However, since Hole is immune to politics, doesn’t take bribes…
Prayer breakfast and activities to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Three events celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held in Haywood County, organized by the Haywood County MLK Committee. • 22nd annual Prayer Breakfast…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:07

Anime club announces movies

Anime, or Japanese animation, returns to its regular schedule at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City with two shows a month starting this Saturday, Jan. 14.   The morning session, from 11 a.m. to 1:10 p.m., features several popular…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:06

Learn basket-weaving in Macon

The Arts Council of Macon County will sponsor a one-day basket-weaving class from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Macon County Cooperative Extension Building. Participants will construct a functional and decorative tote basket, with open top and…
The Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts will feature an exhibition of photographs by author Anna Fariello during the month of January. The photographs explore four different native cultures — the Maya, the Kuna, the Emberá and the Cherokee — and…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:05

Art and craft classes planned at Stecoah

Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center is offering several classes this winter.  Interested participants can register online at stecoahvalleycenter.com or call the Stecoah Gallery 828.479.3364.   • Wool Rug Braiding — Saturdays, Jan. 14, 21, and 28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $63.…
Each winter the theater scene in Waynesville takes off with the opening of the Feichter Studio at Haywood Arts Regional Theater. Area actors mount six shows in 12 weeks in the intimate backstage space at the Performing Arts Center at…
The work of late painter Pat Passlof will be the focus of a joint exhibition of the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University and Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center in Asheville from Thursday, Jan. 26, through Friday,…
Catch the Spirit of Appalachia will hold a series of creative writing workshops on the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The series, “Writing From The Heart,” will be held with author and publisher Amy Ammons Garza.…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:00

ARTSaturday planned for children in Macon

Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to the Macon County Art Council’s free ARTSaturday workshop from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, January 14, in the Macon County Public Library children’s wing.   Make-and-take projects include cottony snowman…
Anne Lough, a nationally known traditional musician with 35 years experience who is also a shape-note singer, will lead the Lunch and Learn session at Lake Junaluska’s Bethea Welcome Center at 2 p.m. on Jan. 19. Lough, who lives in…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:59

Music faculty talent on display Jan. 17

The Western Carolina University School of Music will present a “Faculty Showcase” concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building. The performance, part of a Tuesday evening concert series at WCU, will includes…
The Haywood County Arts Council will host blues musician Sleepy Ralow on Jan. 15 and storyteller Lloyd Arneach on Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. at the Waynesville library as part of its Sunday series. Ralow has played old-style country blues…
A segment of the Jackson County variety show “Liars Bench” will be shown on WMYA My40 at 2 p.m. on Jan. 15. The show was filmed by Carl White, a Charlotte-based journalist whose regular shows are called “Living in the…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:56

Turning new life into wood

Allen Davis’ office is cluttered with planks and blocks of wood in various sizes and a handful of circular saws — typical office supplies for a wood turner. “I always wanted a wood shop,” said Davis, who crafts and sells…
Sometimes what we expect to happen doesn’t: On vacation this week, I stopped in Raleigh and viewed the “Rembrandt in America” exhibit currently showing at the N.C. Museum of Art. I enjoyed the exhibit very much indeed. But what honestly…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:36

Bothwell would be better than Shuler

To the Editor: Cecil Bothwell is running for U.S. Congress in Western Northern Carolina. He is looking to unseat the conservative pro-corporate Blue Dog Democrat Heath Shuler in the next Democratic Party Primary to be held on May 8. This…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:35

Whole tax system needs an overhaul

To the Editor: We have been hearing much about taxing the rich more in order to help our debt problem, and yet if you look at the statistics, even if we taxed and took “all” the money and profit away…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:35

Vindictive measure should send message

To the Editor: My grandmother always told me that, “nothing good happens after midnight.” I never quite grasped why until last week. While the vast majority of North Carolinians were sleeping, the radical Republican-controlled legislature was at it again. With…
When the state House voted to override Gov. Beverly Perdue’s veto and stop letting teachers use payroll deductions to pay dues to the N.C. Association of Educators, a cry went up across the state. The vote came late in the…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:27

Waynesville welcomes a new bakery

Waynesville is getting its Main Street bakery back, but not just any bakery. City Bakery, a well-known café and bakery with two locations in downtown Asheville and a successful wholesale product line, will move in to the space formerly occupied…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:26

Imperial Hotel restaurant opens

Sid’s on Main opened for business last Friday in Canton. The restaurant is housed within the Imperial Hotel, which has been slowly renovated by former Canton mayor Pat Smathers. The new locale has remained “steadily busy” since it opened, said…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:26

Maggie Valley Chamber hires executive director

Teresa Smith completed her first day as the full-time executive director of the Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce Monday. Smith previously filled in as a volunteer director for four years when the chamber suspended the job of a paid director…
Calling and talking on cell phones while driving is likely to continue, at least for now, in North Carolina. But the debate still rages since the National Transportation Safety Board recently recommended a national ban on all cell phone use,…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:21

Swain ponders room tax increase

Swain County’s Tourism Development Authority will appeal to county officials for a 1 percent increase in the room tax rate. The tax on overnight lodging currently stands at 3 percent. The proposed increase would bring in at least an additional…
Swain County has now been targeted as part of a regional effort to drum up financial support for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad’s steam engine dreams. Dillsboro officials are leading the charge, already courting Jackson County to make loans or…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:17

Film series features ‘Women, War & Peace’

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sylva is hosting a four-week film discussion program on the recent PBS series, “Women, War & Peace,” from 6-8 p.m. on consecutive Wednesdays beginning Jan. 18. Film viewings will be followed by a directed discussion.…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:16

GOP candidate Dan Forest to appear in Macon

Republican Lt. Gov. candidate Dan Forest will be the guest speaker at a Macon County Republican Party “Meet & Greet” at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 14 at the Boiler Room in Franklin.   Republican congressional candidates (11th Congressional District) as…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:16

North Carolina wins federal award for education

North Carolina will receive a $69.9 million grant award from the federal Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge fund to support early childhood education throughout the state.   “This award is outstanding news for our children, families and educators…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:15

MedWest to offer smoking cessation classes

MedWest Health System is offering smoking cessation classes starting this month at three of its hospital campuses. During the seven-week Freedom From Smoking program, participants will learn in small group settings how to overcome tobacco addiction. Classes will be held…
Two well-known Democrat senators from the mountains who lost in 2010 and hoped to reclaim their seats this year faced a conundrum. Joe Sam Queen of Waynesville and John Snow of Murphy both wanted to run for the Senate again,…
Republicans aren’t the only ones who will have a reason to head to the polls in the May primary. While Republican voters sort out who their presidential nominee will be, Democrats have a race of their own to narrow down,…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:10

A bold fix for South Main Street

Maybe it’s pie in the sky, but the right ingredients could transform South Main Street into a thriving commercial district. A consultant with LaQuatra Bonci has mapped out a new look for the corridor. The plan banks on new-found aesthetic…
South Main Street is a mess. That’s the message from a consultant hired by the town of Waynesville to develop a revitalization plan for the struggling artery. The consultant spent six months studying South Main and developing a master street…
Jackson County commissioners plan this week to discuss the upcoming property revaluation, though it remains unclear whether they will postpone the process as some residents are requesting. In a revaluation, every home, lot and tract of land is assigned a…
Haywood County has offered a helping hand as towns grapple with how to cover the extra cost of hauling resident’s trash to the White Oak Landfill. Starting in July, towns will have to drive trash out to the White Oak…
Haywood Community College has hit a nearly $227,000 roadblock during the construction of it new creative arts building. The $10.2 million building — a controversial project to begin with — will tap into contingency funds for the project to pay for previously…