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The $289,000 loan from Jackson County to the new owner of Sylva radio station WRGC has finally gotten the green light, meaning the popular local station could be back on the air early next week. “I think everything is in…
The fallout from Metrostat Communication’s going belly up keeps getting more complicated, with Jackson County commissioners learning this week that an Asheville company owns some of the defunct company’s fiber optic line. Metrostat, a high-speed Internet and phone service company…
A huge former antique mall in Macon County will soon become the largest private gambling operation outside of Cherokee when Jokers Wild, a sweepstakes parlor featuring 65 video machines, opens next month. And, there’s plenty of floor space left to…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:46

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 participants of all ages, including pets. Judges select…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:45

Creative Thought Center to host monthly sale

The Creative Thought Center is hosting its monthly Colossal Garage Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 31 on Pigeon Street in Waynesville. The sale is held indoors and offers a diverse range of items from clothing at…
Frank Brannon Jr., proprietor of SpeakEasy Press in Dillsboro, will demonstrate “How to Make and Print Photopolymer Plates” at 6:15 p.m. on April 3 at Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City. Anyone who is interested is invited…
Dancers and musicians in colorful traditional costumes from New Zealand, France, Belgium, Indonesia, Peru, Philippines, Serbia, Puerto Rico, Ukraine and Hawaii are expected to appear in more than 70 performances during this year’s 29th annual Folkmoot Festival. The two-week event…
Nearly 700 students from local elementary schools filled the seats of Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on March 15 for a performance aimed at educating and entertaining children. The show consisted of a reading…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:41

Asheville hosts third annual ActionFest

ActionFest returns to Asheville on April 12-15 to once again showcase the most exciting action films from around the globe and feature live stunt performances. The festival will also continue to pay tribute to Hollywood’s stunt men and women, fight choreographers, and…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:41

‘Oxymorons’ return to the HART Studio

The HART Studio Season will conclude with a return of the popular improvisational comedy troupe The Oxymorons at 7:30 p.m. on March 30 and 31. Tickets are $10 for all adults and $6 for students. The audience plays a major…
The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its May production of the musical “The Marvelous Wonderettes” at 6:30 p.m., April 1 and 2. The show has leading roles for four women, ranging in age from teens to 30,…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:38

Headwaters Brewery collects feedback

The newest brewery on the block is whittling down its homebrew recipes in the hopes of pinpointing its four flagship beers. Staff at Headwaters Brewing Company on Frazier Street in Waynesville served up 10 different recipes — everything from a…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:38

Quilt Trails project to dedicate new block

The Haywood County Arts Council’s Quilt Trails project will dedicate the “Grandmother’s Dream” quilt block at 11 a.m. on March 31 at the Dawson Family barn at 200 Feather Lane in Waynesville. The public is invited to attend. The Haywood…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:37

Taste of Chocolate tickets now on sale

Tickets for this year’s Taste of Chocolate Plus are now on sale at Fun Things Etc., Quilter’s Quarters, Blue Ridge Books and Maggie Valley Club. The event is now expanded to include non-chocolate bakers this year, and it’s not too…
Cherokee resident Darrin Bark will represent Southwestern Community College and the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts at the North Carolina Excellence in Community College Awards ceremony on April 19 in Raleigh. Bark graduated in December with his associate in fine…
Hearing The Bascom being called a world-class facility might seem a stretch until you pay a firsthand visit to the six building, six-acre campus in Highlands. Then, however, the words seem entirely appropriate and scaled to reality. The Bascom is…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:15

Learning and writing haiku

Lots of people write haikus or haiku-like verse. This past year we had several haiku-writing fests at our house. House rules during Lands Creek haiku fests are that each haiku must be of three lines with a 5-7-5 syllabic structure.…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:14

Stretch your way to running success

A workshop on “Dynamic Warm Ups for Every Runner” begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 31 at Jus’ Running on Merrimon Avenue in Asheville. Dynamic stretching can enhance performance, decrease risk of injury and takes little time before that big…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:14

Lake J gets handicapped-accessible boat dock

A new handicapped-accessible boat dock will be built at Lake Junaluska this spring thanks to the efforts of an avid Haywood County fisherman and the North Carolina Wildlife Commission. The dock will be located at Fulbright Park, a popular fishing…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:13

Annual orchid show at the N.C. Arboretum

The popular WNC Orchid Society’s Annual Show opens from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., March 31 and continues through April 1 at the N.C. Arboretum. Thousands of orchids fill the education center of the arboretum in this show, which is…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:13

Get the buzz on beekeeping workshop

A daylong beekeeping school will be held Saturday, April 14, at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service office west of Bryson City. Topics include beekeeping basics, like how to get started, as well as topics of interest to advanced beekeepers. There…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:12

Mushroom workshop scheduled in Cashiers

A shiitake and oyster mushroom cultivation workshop will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 30, at the Albert Carlton Community Library in Cashiers, sponsored by the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance. Christine Bredenkamp, a horticulturist with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service,…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:11

Feeding off of “The Hunger Games”

Tours of DuPont State Recreational Forest where The Hunger Games were filmed will be the site of upcoming tours by a commercial outfitter offering fans a taste of the action. The movie opens March 23. Both day trips and weekend…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:11

Cataloochee Valley Tours launches season

Cataloochee Valley Tours begins its second season of guided hikes and eco-tours next month in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cataloochee Valley is one of the most beautiful and remote parts of the Smokies, and the tours provide in-depth,…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:09

Sell extra produce via the farmers market

A kick-off meeting for vendors and others interested in participating this year in Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, at the N.C. Cooperative Extension office on Raccoon Road.   The market’s board…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:09

Saving the planet one rain barrel at a time

Get a barrel of fun out of helping the planet by buying 55-gallon rain barrels converted from repurposed pickle containers. The program is through Haywood Waterways, the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce and the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. Rain barrels…
Students in Haywood Community College’s Photovoltaics class recently got real-life, hands-on experience installing solar PV panels at the college’s Regional High Technology Center. These students worked with local company Balls Machine and Manufacturing Company to set up four arrays totaling…
Improve your outdoor photography skills at a free program scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 24, at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. The program is suitable for ages 12 and older. Wildlife educators…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:04

Not-so-strange bedfellows

I was encouraged by a recent press release from the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. The release stated, “In a show of force and unity, over 100 North Carolina sporting groups are calling on the General Assembly to restore critical funding…
Susan Sakna and her two dogs were far from their home in Massachusetts. But like many Appalachian Trail thru-hikers, Sakna discovered the perfect temporary respite for the night staying at a hotel in Franklin. This was an opportunity to rest…
Author and publishing consultant Renea Winchester will be at the public library in Sylva at 7 p.m. on March 27 for a discussion about gardening, friendship and building relationships in the publishing business. Winchester’s first book In the Garden with Billy: Lessons…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:00

Sylva bookstore to hold double book launch

City Lights Bookstore will host a double book launch at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 23. FutureCycle Press will unveil its annual anthology of poetry and flash fiction as well as a new poetry collection from Scott Owens titled For…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 13:57

Nature shines in Morgan poetry collection

To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour. — “Auguries of Innocence” by William Blake The stanza above, from William…
Spring weather like we’ve been experiencing makes clear that we live in a world essentially comprised of two kinds of people. There are those who bask in the sun and who glory in the profusion of flower blooms; these are…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 12:13

Psychos don’t know park boundaries

To the Editor: There seems to be a bent in this publication about taking away the gun rights of decent citizens. All this because some psycho is shooting people somewhere. The state finally made a good decision in allowing responsible…
To the Editor: For the sixth time since the end of the 2011 legislative session in North Carolina, the state is once again making national headlines for its inability to adequately protect dogs in commercial breeding facilities, known as puppy…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 12:12

Motorcycles are asset to tourism economy

To the Editor, It is not my norm in life to write letters to a newspaper. However, I feel that after reading Carol Ramsey’s letter in your March 14 issue I have a civic duty to respond. First, lets set…
While I can appreciate that many citizens get caught up in this so-called “March Madness” every year, I no longer have the time to cast anything more than a sideways glance in the direction of the NCAA basketball tournament. Where…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:57

Maintenance work scheduled at dog parks

The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will reseed both dog parks located in the recreation park in Waynesville. However, each of the two parks will be seeded at different times so there will always be a dog park available. Dog…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:57

Historical and Genealogical Society meeting

The Haywood County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet on in March 30 in the dining hall of the First Baptist Church on Haywood Street in Waynesville. Dinner will start at 6 p.m. followed by a program presented by Curtis…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:57

Haywood job fair coming

Job seekers can participate in an event from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 29, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Haywood Community College’s Student Services building lobby and auditorium. Those participating will be given extra professional preparation…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:56

Bridges to be replaced

Bridges in Jackson, Macon, Swain and Cherokee counties will be replaced under a $2.8 million contract with a Georgia company. Work could begin as early as April 2 and is scheduled for completion by Nov. 1, 2014. The contract includes…
Southwestern Community College will hold a job fair from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, on the Jackson Campus in the Balsam Building auditorium. More than 50 employers will be represented at the free event. Those attending the…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:53

Open-space in Jackson attracts attention

Jackson County’s planning board will continue weighing proposed changes to open-space regulations for a few more weeks before passing them on to commissioners for their thumbs up or thumbs down. Jackson County is one of the few mountain counties with…
Ghost Town in the Sky owner Alaska Presley has recruited singer and longtime friend Stella Parton to help her draw tourists to Maggie Valley. Presley spoke to the town’s Board of Aldermen last week about the idea of hosting at…
Prospects that Rover might one day find himself banned from attending events and festivals in traditionally pooch-friendly Sylva has left some dog owners here feeling like they are on the end of an increasingly short leash. Town commissioners recently considered…
When a two-day partying and gambling binge left five Atlantans broke and out of drugs, a mission to replenish their stash and an off-kilter moral compass triggered a deadly and chaotic sequence of events — one that culminated in a…
To hear Diane Wiggins tell it, her little brother Scott Wiggins and little sister Christie Jones were spoiled, got away with everything and always caused trouble. “It’s like they were always into something. I never got away with anything. You…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:39

Woman convicted in Swain County murders

The three-week trial of Tiffany Marion for her role in the 2008 murders of two Swain County men ended with a guilty verdict this week, despite Marion’s claims of being a bystander along for the ride. Marion, 28 of Decatur,…
If numbers truly tell the tale, then there are a lot of people living in Cullowhee who care a great deal about the future of that community. More than 100 of them turned out last week for a meeting at…