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The Chapter 2 Books in Cashiers will host a Memorial Day fund-raising event to benefit the Special Operations Adventure Race and Special Operations Warrior Foundation from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 28. Everybody is invited to stop and chat…
The Annie Lee Bryson Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Skylar Clark from Pisgah High School. The scholarship provides $500 to deserving students from Jackson, Macon, Haywood and Swain counties who show an interest in traditional crafts. This year, the committee…
Auditions for “The Fox on the Fairway” by the Highlands Cashiers Players will be held at 3 p.m. on June 3 and 5:30 p.m. June 4. Auditions will be at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands. The parts are for…
The Haywood Regional Arts Theater will preview its next musical production, The Marvelous Wonderettes, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, as a fundraiser for REACH of Haywood and The Creative Thought Center. The Marvelous Wonderettes is an upbeat musical that…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 18:47

‘Twelfth Night’ comes to Bryson City

Smoky Mountain Community Theatre in Bryson City is hosting “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare at 7:30 p.m., May 25-28. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students ages 6 to 18 and children under 6 are free. “Twelfth Night” is…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 18:47

Concert to benefit children’s programs

A gala concert will be held to benefit the summer program at Pigeon Community Multi-Cultural Development Center at 7 p.m. May 25 at Grace Episcopal Church’s Thatcher Parish Hall in Waynesville. The concert will feature four performance groups, including Signature…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 18:41

Mainstreet co-op adds three new artists

Three new artists — Crystal Allen from Canton, Hank Shuler from Franklin and Janice Swanger from Waynesville — will now exhibit their work at The Mainstreet Artists’ Co-op. Allen specializes in wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery. Shel draws inspiration from her forays…
Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro is offering a class that will teach students how to create a glass landscape paperweight on Saturday, May 26. Sessions will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 30-minute time slots.…
The instructors of Stecoah Junior Appalachian Musicians will host a Spring Bluegrass Celebration at Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center on May 19. The JAM instructors formed the group “The Leftovers” and include Bill Pruett, Dwight Bradshaw, Karl Sutter, Bradley Adams,…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 18:38

Sheryl Crow hits the stage at Harrah’s

Sheryl Crow will be performing at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center at 7:30 p.m. June 24. Crow has sold 16 million albums in the United States and 35 million albums worldwide. She has performed duets with Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Eric…
The Shady Ladies Quilting Group is selling tickets for a chance to win a unique quilt made by the entire group. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to Save the Warmth and two food kitchens. “Everything we make on the…
Noreen Gay doesn’t have a moment to spare these days. She’s busily finishing the final stitches of a quilt she plans to enter in the Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild show barreling down in a mere two and half weeks —…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:28

The beetles beneath the ground

“Ere the bat hath flown His cloister’d flight … to black Hecate’s summons The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums Hath rung night’s yawning peal, there shall be done A deed of dreadful note.” — Shakespeare, Macbeth There are a…
Anthropology students at Western Carolina University are experiencing hands-on learning in Clay County through archaeological digs and participation in the ongoing construction of an outdoor museum exhibit that portrays a Cherokee village from 1650 through 1750. Jane Eastman, WCU anthropology…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:26

New guidebook promotes “family fun”

A new 196-page guidebook titled Family Fun in the Smokies: A Family-friendly Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains by Katy Koontz has been released by the Great Smoky Mountains Association. The book is made up of maps, games, illustrations, photographs,…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:25

Cycle and camp on three-day trip

A three-day cycling and camping trip around Bryson City is set for Friday, May 18, through Sunday, May 20, under the guidance of the Western North Carolina Alliance. The trip starts with an exploration of Burningtown and Cowee valleys in…
The second annual “bike to work day” ride in Haywood County will be held beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 18. The ride will depart from Best Buy parking lot on South Main in Waynesville, and will make its…
Nathan Chapman, guide and flyrod builder, will be the speaker at the 7 p.m. June 5 meeting of the Plateau Fly Fishing Club at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers. His presentation will focus on how and where to fish…
A free running seminar will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at MedWest Rehabilitation Services on the MedWest-Harris campus in Sylva with expert orthopedic physical therapist and competitive runner Todd Watson. Watson is a professor of…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:21

Mountain bike group meets weekly

The Nantahala Area Sorba (Southern off-road biking association) has started a weekly mountain bike ride 6:15 p.m. every Thursday at Tsali Recreation Area. The group meets at 6 p.m., and the ride is for all levels of bikers. The group rides…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:20

Arboretum to host annual rose exhibition

Visitors to The North Carolina Arboretum will be encouraged to stop and smell the roses when the Asheville Blue Ridge Rose Society Exhibition debuts to the public from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May…
The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy is celebrating its protection of more than 50,000 acres across Western North Carolina and East Tennessee. This is the organization’s 38th year of preserving land from the Highlands of Roan to the edge of the…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:16

Medicinal botany class offered at HCC

An eight-week medicinal botany class will be held at Haywood Community College beginning May 19 through July 14. The class will explore the historical, botanical and traditional uses of medicinal plants, including Southern Appalachian native herbs. The instructor, Richard Gualandi,…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:15

Go birding on the Bartram Trail

An outing along the Bartram Trail near Jones Gap and the nearby Fishhawk Mountains is set for Saturday, May 19. The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society is sponsoring the event. The outing will include additional stops…
Hunters might soon be hunting coyote and wild swine at night with a light on private lands. The new regulations are year-round, seven days a week. Hunting on Sundays is allowed only on private lands with archery equipment. The new…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:13

Another deadly exotic

Experiments conducted by a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from the U.S., Canada and Germany strongly suggest that the fungus, Geomyces destructans, which causes White Nose Syndrome in bats, is a recent invasive from Europe. WNS was first discovered in the…
It took more than a decade, a lot of detective work and a protracted legal case to clear the way for a new portion of the Bartram Trail in Macon County now under construction. The Bartram Trail Society maintains a…
Local writers will have the opportunity to hone their skills with UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program summer workshops in poetry and prose. This year, a class will be held in Waynesville. Visit www.agc.unca.edu/great-smokies-writing-program to see descriptions of other courses…
Friends of the Haywood Public Library will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. on May 24 at First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. Guest speaker will be Ann B. Ross, author of the Miss Julia series. Her latest book…
Readers, be forewarned. If you willingly enter the fanciful world of George R. R. Martin’s Songs of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones, you may find yourself “enchanted” like some hapless knight in Arthurian legend. In other words, you…
To the Editor: I thought that the letter by Dr. Laci Jamison (www.smokymountainnews.com/component/k2/item/6931) in the May 2 edition was a wonderful expression of her dedication to her profession. Her patients will be fortunate to experience her care. William G. Sullivan…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:56

Privatizing marriage would settle issue

To the Editor: Statistics claim that the purpose of licensure laws is to protect people and produce quality results. They would say that through licensing, states can guarantee that whether you are educating your children, insuring your life, or getting…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:55

Amendment One sends wrong message

To the Editor: The passage of Amendment One by a majority of North Carolinians this week adds fuel to a fire burning in the bellies of civil rights activists nationwide who are working hard even today to ensure cases on…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:54

Shouldn’t tolerance go both ways

To the Editor: If you have listened to TV news or seen the national print media since Tuesday, May 8, you have heard  and read some of the most disgraceful, denigrating referrals to the state of North Carolina and North…
By Gwang S. Han • Guest Columnist Simply put, I question if there is a problem with the current system at Harris Regional Hospital and Haywood Regional Medical Center, supervised by Carolinas HealthCare in Charlotte.  Since retiring in 2007 after…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:52

‘Wild West’ chamber drive saddles up

The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce has launched its 2012 membership campaign, which will run through June 14. The campaign will reach out to over 1,000 businesses in the Haywood County area that are not yet benefiting from membership with…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:52

Hospice house now open in Haywood

MedWest Health System opened its new $3.4 million inpatient hospice unit in Haywood County, The Homestead, with an open house and dedication ceremony in March. The Homestead is a new six-bed facility that offers specialized end-of-life care to patients and…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:51

BizWorks offers merchandising course

Mountain BizWorks will host Merchandising WOW, a new merchandising course, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for three consecutive Wednesdays starting May 30.   Students will learn merchandising skills from an expert, discover what makes effective merchandising ignite sales, learn…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:50

SCC Employment lab to coach job seekers

Southwestern Community College is offering a free Employability Lab designed to help unemployed people obtain jobs. It will be held on the Jackson Campus from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.…
A wide variety of healthcare speakers are headlining the second annual Flourish Women’s Expo put on by MedWest Health System on Saturday, May 19, at Harrah’s Cherokee Events Center. The event is intended to support women’s mind, body and spirit,…
The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce will host their annual Business Start-Up Competition Luncheon to honor this year’s recipients of up to a $10,000 business grant from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 17. The Chamber Business and Community…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:47

WCU to expand DNA sequencing capabilities

Western Carolina University’s Forensic Science Program has acquired two state-of-the-art pieces of DNA sequencing instruments to help it establish a DNA sequencing core facility on campus. “We will be able to offer a multitude of DNA sequencing services to institutions…
Haywood is banding together with Transylvania, Buncombe, Henderson and Madison counties under a project titled GroWNC, designed to get the region thinking collectively about ways to develop the economy with a focus on sustainability. GroWNC is currently holding meetings in…
The next five years could include the construction of an adventure park, a canopy walk and another casino for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, according to a preliminary outline of its 2012 economic development plan. Every five years, the…
Recordings made some seven decades ago of nearly 60 men and women who lived in what became the Great Smoky Mountains National Park soon will be made publicly available online. In 1939, a young graduate student by the name of…
A 60-unit affordable housing complex has been proposed in Franklin, but will depend on securing competitive state tax credits for low-income housing to come to fruition. The project has been proposed by Fitch Development, a group out of Charlotte that…
Franklin leaders declined last week to offer a formal apology to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians for using weed killer on an ancient Indian mound. “I don’t think we did anything destructive,” said Franklin Alderman Sissy Pattillo. “And I…
A recount is likely in the race for N.C. House of Representatives between two well-known and prominent Waynesville Democrats, Danny Davis and Joe Sam Queen. The race came down to the wire on election night last week, with Queen emerging…
When none of the Republican candidates for Congress garnered 40 percent of the votes during the May 8 primary, the election got more complicated. Rather than narrowing the long list of candidates to two — one Republican and one Democrat…
Haywood County is looking to off-load a few of its now vacant office buildings and is searching for help to do it. The county has been playing musical chairs with several departments during the past year, consolidating county functions once…