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Two Western Carolina University student disc jockeys committed to offering “smashing good fun” on their morning radio show have been recognized by an international media association. Fern Lulham and David Rose have been co-hosts of “Fern and David in the…
The library in Sylva will host a free energy healing workshop with Laura Elliott at 7 p.m. on May 1. Elliott is an artist, a healing touch therapist and an expressive art facilitator in Sylva. Healing Touch is a holistic…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:53

Shelton House opening for 2012 season

The Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts at historic Shelton House will open on May 1 for the 2012 season. In addition to Tuesday through Saturday tours conducted by Curator Jackie Stephens, the museum will offer a series of special events…
A new ‘Art + Energy’ gallery will have its grand opening from 5-7 p.m., April 26, at the Jackson County Green Energy Park. The gallery will feature of blown glass, forge-hammered metals, and wood-fired kiln ceramics by local artists, including…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:52

Winners announced for SCC Student Art Show

The winning art pieces from the 2012 Southwestern Community College Student Art Show will be exhibited at the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts until April 30 and at SCC for the remainder of the year. Best of Show went to…
Singer/songwriter Lyle Lovett will take the stage at 7:30 p.m., May 5, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel. Lovett is one of the most distinctive and original singer/songwriters to emerge during the ‘80s. He combines a talent for incisive, witty…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:50

HART presents a collection of antique quilts

The Haywood Arts Regional Theater will exhibit a collection of antique quilts during the production of “Look Homeward Angel,” scheduled from April 27-May 6. The quilts will be hung on April 16 and may be viewed while purchasing or picking…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:49

Near-death experiences subject of May 3 talk

The Macon County Public Library will host a talk by local author Dennis Murphy at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 3. The subject will be “Near-Death Experiences: Evidence of Heaven or Last Gasps of Dying Brains.” Following the talk and…
The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will open its 2012 season on April 27 with “Look Homeward Angel,” a Pulitzer Prize winning drama based on Thomas Wolfe’s novel. HART will perform the play at 7:30 p.m., April 27-28 and May 3-5.…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:47

NC Symphony to perform in WNC

The North Carolina Symphony will perform its “Beethoven and Beyond” at Cherokee Central Schools and Haywood Community College. The symphony will perform select work by Beethoven, Mozart, Wagner and Liszt. The concert in Cherokee will be at 7:30 p.m. in…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:46

Orchestra to feature student performances

The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra will play the final concert of its season at 7:30 p.m. on April 28 in the Coulter Building Recital Hall on the WCU campus. The soloists will be the students who won the 22nd annual…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:46

Community chorus to host spring concert

The Haywood-Junaluska Community Chorus’ spring concert will be held at 4 p.m., April 29, at The First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. The 70-voice choir will present familiar works by Beethoven, Faure, Gounod, Haydn, Mozart and Pergolesi. The chorus will…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:45

Students to present ‘Rhythm and Rhymes’

Western Carolina University’s Catamount Singers and Electric Soul instrumental group will present its spring showcase “Rhythm and Rhymes” at 7:30 p.m., April 26, in WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Admission is free for the program, which…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:44

Folkmoot USA to host a Hawaiian Luau

Folkmoot USA will host a luau from 5 to 8 p.m., May 11, at the Haywood Regional Arts Theater in Waynesville. Enjoy a spread of Hawaiian food, hula demonstration and a raffle. Tickets are $25 and include a chance at…
Most things in life start out small — acorns grow into oak trees, babies are reared into adulthood, small patches of green spread until they eventually cover the mountains each spring. The latter is the focus of Jackson County’s annual festival…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:53

Cherokee masks come in many guises

A mask is a mechanism employed to cover the face as a protective screen or disguise. For protection, they have been utilized for centuries by medieval horsemen, welders, fencers, hockey goalies, and so on. Their most intriguing uses, however, have…
A backcountry fee rally will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 21, at the Sugarlands Visitor Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to heighten awareness and provide information about the proposed backcountry fee that will…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:51

Spring wildflower and bird pilgrimage

The 40th annual Spring Wildflower and Bird Pilgrimage will be held April 27-29, with registration at 6:30 p.m., April 27, in the lobby of UNC Asheville’s Robinson Hall. There will be 14 events, including talks and guided tours, focused on…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:50

5k race set for Sylva Greening Up

The Greening up the Mountains 5k Run & Walk will be held in downtown Sylva at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, in conjunction with the annual street festival of the same name. The race is organized by the Jackson…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:49

HCC to hold Earth Day celebration

Haywood Community College’s fifth-annual Earth Day Celebration will focus on renewable energies, clean transportation and getting in touch with your surroundings and will run from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. April 24. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 12:30…
Christine Kelly of Asheville, a wildlife diversity biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, has been awarded the 2011 Recovery Champion Award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The award, which was given to nine individuals across the country,…
There’s now a local outlet to authenticate and check the purity of botanical ingredients via the U.S. Botanical Safety Laboratory through the N.C. Arboretum and Bent Creek Institute. A nonprofit quality testing services network, the laboratory will begin offering routine…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:47

Enjoy a night under the stars in the Smokies

Attend a stargazing event at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, at one of Haywood County’s clearest views of the sky  — Purchase Knob, home to the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Astronomy…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:46

Learn about the Smokies’ best hikes

Discover the very best trails out of the 800 miles of them in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from Friends of the Smokes and a panel of experienced hikers at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at REI in Asheville.…
A guided spring wildflower hike will be held on the historic Kelsey Trail in Highlands on Friday, April 10, as part of the Eco Tour series hosted by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. Botanist Gary Wein and herpetologist Kyle Pursel will…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:43

Hone your outdoor photography skills

An outdoor photography workshop that includes field shoots and classroom critique sessions will be during the month of May in the Haywood County area. The outdoor photography program includes four field shoots held on Wednesdays, departing from the Old Armory…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:42

Birds of Prey come to life

A special program on Birds of Prey including live birds will be held on at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center at the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Michael Skinner, Executive Director of…
A $22,200 grant will fund a Farm to School program at five Haywood County Schools designed to address concerns about nutrition and health and the disappearance of small farms. The money comes from funding from The Community Foundation and its…
A new forest supervisor, Kristin Bail, has been selected to head the national forests in North Carolina. Bail brings a wealth of experience gleaned from more than 27 years of federal service with the Bureau of Land Management and the…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:32

The “New” Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

The 62nd Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be April 25 – 28. I was curious if this unseasonably warm, early spring was going to have any impact on the pilgrimage so I talked…
As Tommy Yon carried his kayak up the side of a waterfall in Tennessee, he tried not to over-think the 100-foot drop that awaited him. “I didn’t want to hesitate and psych myself out,” said Yon, who lives along the…
I remember, I remember The house where I was born, The little window where the sun Came peeping in at morn; He never came a wink too soon Nor brought too long a day; But now, I often wish the…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:48

Call them statesmen, not “republicrats”

To the Editor: There has been too much name-calling in the media lately criticizing the way in which some of our local elected officials do their job, the most recent being the angry response by Brad Seagle in the Friday,…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:47

Dilapidated mobile homes should be illegal

To the Editor: Old Cullowhee Road in Cullowhee is a beautiful route for viewing land, homes, water and sky. Lately though, there have been dilapidated mobile homes popping up for rent along both sides of the road. When traveling from…
To the Editor: One of the more interesting races in the May 8 Democratic primary is the race for U.S. Congress (the N.C. 11th Congressional District) between Cecil Bothwell, a progressive Asheville City councilman, and Hayden Rogers, a “blue dog”…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:46

The new world of political advertising

To the Editor: I’m going to be as “tacky” in my public response to Mr. Swanson as he was in his response to Ms. Abel. This gentleman, in his attempt to kill a message, kills the messenger. This is not…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:45

Don’t tax the hand that feeds us

To the Editor: I have been reading the news regarding the Jackson County Occupancy Tax and the discussion around the Travel and Tourism Association (TTA) versus a Tourism Development Authority (TDA). I cannot help but look at the abbreviation TTA…
To the Editor: Recently there were two letters to the editor locally by Shirley Ches and Marge Abel which expressed the exact issues that many women in Macon County are very concerned about. I couldn’t have proclaimed the issues any…
I was fortunate enough this past weekend to be present when a mother goat gave birth to two babies, and even to assist her some, though truthfully I think she’d have performed just fine without me. My friend and I…
The Haywood County Board of Commissioners will hold a work session at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 19, at the Bethea Welcome Center at Lake Junaluska. The purpose of the work session is to conduct a roundtable discussion with community leaders…
Despite rumors that cuts at Tuscola High School in Waynesville could reduce the number of advanced courses, academically gifted students will have just as many courses to chose from next school year. Tuscola will lose five teaching positions, which is…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:39

Sylva man gets seven years for 2008 murders

The last of six people accused of playing a role in the murders of two Swain County residents back in 2008 has been put away. Mark Goolsby of Sylva plead guilty to nine counts of accessory after the fact to…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:38

Learn how to sell, serve alcohol

The N.C. ABC Commission is holding a series of free Responsible Alcohol Seller/Server Program classes to educate businesses with alcohol permits and their employees about the responsible sales and service of alcoholic beverages. This is part of a region wide…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:36

Nursing scholarship available

The Judy Moore Memorial Scholarship Endowment Committee is accepting scholarship applications for 2012. The scholarship program for nurses was established in 1997 as a memorial to Judy Moore, a registered nurse who was killed in a car accident. At least…
Go online and vote for Waynesville as your favorite Main Street in the contest “Great Places in North Carolina.” A panel of experts chose six “People’s Choice” award finalists from the more than 40 nominations submitted by North Carolina residents.…
The use of weed killer to temporarily denude an ancient Indian mound in Franklin has some critics accusing the town of cultural insensitivity. Nikwasi Indian Mound, which is located within Franklin’s town limits and is tended to and maintained by…
A group of Jackson County doctors say they want out of the two-year-old partnership with the hospital in Haywood County and instead would like to look toward Mission Hospital in Asheville as a future partner. There have been murmurings for…
As Lake Junaluska weighs whether to become part of the town of Waynesville or form its own town, a public forum for residents to ask questions or share comments will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at Bethea…
The shell of a vacant four-story hotel sitting partially finished on Sylva’s main drag for three years is finally going somewhere. Developers from Greensboro bought the vacant hotel along N.C. 107 for $850,000 and are promising to pump an additional…
About two dozen people gathered outside the tribal council house broke into song with the words “Praise God, Praise God, Praise God,” after the final results of Cherokee alcohol vote were tabulated last week. The Cherokee Reservation will remain dry,…