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The memories and lore surrounding a white flower with six petals — once so common in the Cullowhee valley that it was called the Cullowhee lily — have inspired Western Carolina University alumni and community members to bring the flower…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:16

Get your garden off to a good start

A gardening basics 101 class for beginner gardeners or gardeners who are new to this region will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Swain Extension Center and from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:14

Farmers markets open for season

Farmers markets in both Jackson and Haywood counties have opened for the regular growing season. The Jackson County Farmers Market opened earlier this month and operates from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturdays in the large parking lot on Mill…
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is coming from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Western Carolina University. The festival is part of a national tour of award-winning films that take audiences to some of the most remote…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:11

Boaters suit up for Nantahala Open

The fun and free-spirited Nantahala Open will take place from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Nantahala Falls. Nantahala Open is billed at a laid-back competition open to all boaters no matter the experience or ability. Categories…
The 28th annual Tuckasegee River Clean Up will be held on Saturday, April 21, and is looking for volunteers to help remove trash from part of the Jackson County river.   The clean up is organized by Western Carolina University.…
A free youth fishing clinic will be held on Saturday, April 21, as part of the 23rd-annual Great Smoky Mountain Trout & Heritage Festival. This year there will be two CATCH clinics at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, one from…
The 28th annual Tuckasegee River Clean Up will be held on Saturday, April 21, and is looking for volunteers to help remove trash from part of the Jackson County river.   The clean up is organized by Western Carolina University.…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:04

The Macon Your Heart Beat

The Macon Your Heart Beat one-mile and 5K run/walk will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 14, on the Franklin Greenway. The race is sponsored by Angel Medical Center Cardiac Rehab. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:04

WCU to host back-to-back races

A pair of 5K races will be held at Western Carolina University in coming weeks to raise money to build a well in Kenya and to benefit Full Spectrum Farms, a Cullowhee residential facility for adults with autism. The Kenya…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:03

Race a duathalon for a good cause

The Mountain Madness duathalon in Franklin will be held starting at 9 a.m. April 28 along the Little Tennessee River. This is a benefit for the Shriners Hospital in Greenville, S.C. There will be a four-mile run, 14-mile-bike and two-mile…
If you think you’ve got a winning photograph, consider submitting it to the Land Trust For the Little Tennessee for its annual calendar for 2013. Photos can include scenic landscapes, rivers, farms and farm-related activities or structures, restoration activities, wild…
An Arbor Day planting will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Island Park in downtown Bryson City. A wide variety of plants have been selected to add color to the island, with an emphasis on native species…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:59

A Conference of Birds

At Wild South’s recent “Green Tie Gala,” friend, writer, poet and publisher Thomas Rain Crowe, with a knowing wink, slipped a slim beautifully bound chapbook into my hands. I cracked it open immediately upon arriving home and read the first…
Just in time for its 30th anniversary, the Western North Carolina Alliance one of the region’s most august environmental organizations is promising to reassert itself as a highly visible and prominent force in communities outside of Asheville. To help fulfill…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:52

Ron Rash to read from ‘The Cove’

Ron Rash will read from his new novel, The Cove, at 2 p.m., April 15 in the community room of the Jackson County Library. Laurel Shelton and her brother live in a cove considered by many to be cursed. Crops fail,…
Blue Ridge Books will host Jenny Bennett, author of Murder at the Jumpoff, at 3 p.m. on April 21. Bennett’s book tells the story of Donald MacIntyre, an avid off-trail hiker, who fails to return from a quest to bushwhack…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:51

Participate in World Book Night

City Lights Bookstore in Sylva is hosting an event at 6:30 p.m., April 17, for local volunteers the week before World Book Night, in preparation for the givers going out into the community. On April 23, volunteers will give away…
Micheal Rivers of Whittier will be at the Jackson County Public Library at 7 p.m. on April 17 to read from his newest paranormal novel, The Black Witch. The Black Witch is an adventure tale of a ghost ship and…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:47

Homegrown poet spreads her wings

Rose McLarney grew up in rural Western North Carolina, where she continues to live on an old mountain farm. Daughter to a somewhat legendary biologist who founded the international conservation organization ANAI, she is a female reflection (a generation or…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:41

Trayvon Martin just went too far

To the Editor: Norman Hoffman has his facts wrong about the Trayvon Martin shooting.   Based on my experience, and what I read in the news, here is my opinion on what happened. Zimmerman had a legal right to be…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:41

Jackson should join Franklin on this one

To the Editor: I write to urge the Jackson County commissioners to follow the lead of the Franklin Town Board and place on their agenda for May 7 the Resolution to Amend [the Constitution] presented to them on April 2nd.…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:40

Franklin leaders say corporations not people

To the Editor: Kudos to the Franklin Board of Aldermen for unanimously passing a resolution calling on the North Carolina General Assembly to petition Congress that the U.S. Constitution be amended to firmly establish that human beings, not corporations, are…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:39

Marty Jones does not deserve criticism

To the Editor: In a recent letter to the editor John Edwards attacks District 4 County Commissioner Candidate Marty Jones. Edwards’ criticism was very predictable and fails to mention a very insightful and refreshing idea from a recent interview with…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:39

Let me explain how FreedomWorks works

To the Editor: My, that was quite a headline on Margery Abel’s letter appearing in the March 28 edition of the Franklin Press. “Buying local elections – this is how FreedomWorks.”  The headline is as fallacious as the story that…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:38

Cherokee voters should say no to alcohol

To the Editor: Ruin your life. Paralyze your mind. Impair your higher thinking. Make poor judgements imbalanced by intoxication due to alcohol. Should you vote “no” to legalization of liquor on the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians land on April…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:36

The heart of America is just right of center

To the Editor: The President’s budget will “never” balance, or reduce spending, or reduce our borrowing. So, no one — not even one Democrat or Republican — voted for President Obama’s budget. The vote was 414 to 0. No compromise.…
I heard a distinctive gobble gobble gobble one recent evening through the open windows and French doors of the cabin I call home. Down below the cabin is a large field. Peering through the trees that intervene I could just…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:21

Perk up New coffee shop opens in Waynesville

Coffee lovers and addicts have a new place in Waynesville to get their fix. Main Street Perks opened on Main Street about three weeks ago, filling a large, vacant hole in the downtown façade with goodies, caffeine, a wall of…
With its obvious Cuban influences — the combination of guava and cream cheese, or even mango and cream cheese  — Mindy’s Bakery in Sylva is clearly not your typical mountain bakery. But that’s not all that sets this small bakery…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:18

All things bridal focus of workshops

A morning of free bridal workshops featuring local wedding merchants will be held at 9:45 a.m., April 21, at Twin Maples Farmhouse in Waynesville.   Brides will hear from experts and wedding professionals through a series of short workshops on…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:17

Fight AIDS by eating out

Help battle the AIDS disease April 26 by dining out at one of 108 restaurants in Western North Carolina. This fundraiser will support the Western North Carolina AIDS Project. Participating restaurants in the Haywood/Jackson area are, in Waynesville: Chef’s Table,…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:16

Dog parks taking shape in Franklin and Sylva

Two communities can see the finish line on respective dog parks: Franklin and Sylva. The Friends of the Greenway in Macon County are making progress on the construction of a dog park to be located beside the Big Bear Playground…
A draft strategic plan for Western Carolina University will be the subject of a public forum at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center. The Western Carolina University’s 2020 Commission, a 36-member committee leading…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:15

Fundraiser set for Debbie Ginn in Jackson

The First United Methodist Church of Sylva will hold an Alzheimer’s disease awareness event from 1-7 p.m., April 21, in honor of Debbie Ginn, a longtime former organist at the Church. Debbie is in the last stages of early-onset Alzheimer’s…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:14

Macon commission candidates forum

The public can find out where candidates for county commissioner stand on various issues at noon on Thursday, April 12, at a League of Women Voters forum. Three seats are available on the commission. All six primary candidates plan to…
Mike Clampitt, Republican candidate for the 119th House District, will hold a “Meet and Greet” from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Herren House in Waynesville. This is an informal gathering and serves as an opportunity for voters to…
If you believe in polls then North Carolina voters are likely to pass a constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriages. But, opponents to such an amendment haven’t given up the fight yet and in fact cite other polls showing exact…
Cherokee Preservation Foundation has awarded 24 new grants totaling $1.8 million that support cultural preservation, economic development, job creation and environmental preservation.   They include: • A grant to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian to celebrate the 250th anniversary…
A task force studying whether Jackson County should revamp its approach to luring tourists began laying the groundwork last week to merge its two separate tourism agencies into one. In coming months, the task force will wrestle with the best…
The creative arts building at Haywood Community College has hit a few more snags on its way to completion — much to the chagrin of county commissioners. The college will once again tap into its contingency fund to correct miscalculations resulting…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:06

Lose some weight, have some fun

The second kick-off in Macon County for Lighten Up for Life will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Franklin High School Gymnasium. The LU4L program is a free weight loss challenge that is entirely web-based. The program…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:05

MedWest to benefit from golf tournament

A golf tournament will be held starting at 9 a.m. on May 12 at Smoky Mountain Country Club in Whittier to support hospital chaplaincy programs and spiritual care. The tournament is sponsored by MedWest Health System and is a four-man…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:04

Alumni football game coming up in May

The famed Pisgah-Tuscola rivalry will renew itself six months sooner than usual as alumni from both schools take to the field again in support of the Canton Lions Club at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Pisgah Memorial Stadium. Tickets…
The new owner of Ghost Town in the Sky tied up the final loose ends related to her purchase of the bankrupt amusement park last week. Alaska Presley officially took title to the rides and buildings on the grounds of…
Two months after the domestic violence agency REACH of Jackson County abruptly shut its doors in February, services to domestic violence victims continue to be handled by nonprofits in neighboring counties. Jackson County commissioners would like to see a local…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 12:58

Macon schools seek more funding

Facing a dire state budget outlook and a loss of one-time federal stimulus dollars, Macon County School’s leaders came hat in hand this week asking county commissioners for money. The school system wants a budget increase of more $1.15 million…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 12:56

What comes next?

Finding a new leader to replace the outgoing MedWest-Haywood President Mike Poore could take months and will be handled by Carolinas HealthCare Network rather than the local hospital board. Carolinas HealthCare System, a Charlotte-based network of 34 hospitals that MedWest-Haywood…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 12:54

Poore resigns as MedWest Haywood leader

The president of MedWest-Haywood hospital suddenly stepped down this week after three-and-a-half years on the job. Mike Poore’s tenure at the helm of MedWest-Haywood was marked by an aggressive strategy to restore a crisis of community confidence, rebuild plummeting finances…
The race for a congressman to represent the mountains in Washington is crowded with candidates, making the political waters murky for the everyday voter. In an attempt to differentiate the 11 candidates — eight Republicans and three Democrats — more…