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A one-of-a-kind database that encompasses virtually every aspect of life in Western North Carolina, from ecology to economics, is now available to decision makers, business leaders and the public.  The Mountain Resources Commission, a group formed in 2009 to study…
Western North Carolina for now has dodged concerns that it was getting short shrift in a legal settlement intended to compensate the region for air pollution blowing in from dirty coal plants operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority in neighboring…
Longtime Waynesville Town Manager Lee Galloway was awarded The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the most prestigious honors conveyed by the governor, in recognition of his years of service in the state.
After four major landslides, one death, several destroyed and damaged homes, washed out roads, and a $50,000 clean-up bill, steep slope construction rules are coming to Maggie Valley.
Waste, favoritism and possible fraud and corruption by state highway workers in Haywood County enriched a local contractor and cost state taxpayers, according to a sweeping investigation released late last week by the N.C. State Auditor’s Office.
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 12:08

ABC store plan draws criticism in Franklin

A split decision by Franklin aldermen to build a new $1.25 million ABC store at the site of a Super Walmart at the edge of town drew criticism and pleas this week that the plan be reconsidered. “We cannot afford…
Waynesville’s ABC Board has not yet officially decided to build a second liquor store near the new Super Walmart, but the project will get a green light if the price is right, according to the board’s chair. The board is…
Ron Rash and his latest novel The Cove will be featured in the season premiere of “North Carolina Bookwatch” on UNC-TV. The program, hosted by D.G. Martin, will be broadcast at 9:30 p.m. July 6 with a repeat showing at…
Friends of the Haywood County Library’s “Let’s Talk About It” series will continue with The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara from 4-5:45 p.m. July 18 at the Waynesville branch auditorium. Shaara drew inspiration from his own life experiences for the…
Author Marshall Frank will give a talk at the public library in Sylva at 7 p.m. on July 12 based on his books and experiences as a police officer. Frank’s most recent book, a thriller entitled The Upside to Murder,…
Michael O’Brien’s The Father’s Tale (Ignatius Press, ISBN 978-0-89870-815-8) has more strikes against it than Babe Ruth on a bad afternoon. Here is a doorstop of a novel, weighing in at nearly three pounds, more than one thousand pages long.…
If you fall from a ledge rock-climbing, break a leg backpacking in the wilderness or twist your shoulder paddling a remote river, hope like hell that Robin Pope will happen by.
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Kudos, Gov. Perdue

News outlets began reporting Sunday night (July 1) that North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed Senate Bill 820, which would have allowed energy companies to use a process known as hydraulic fracturing, a.k.a. fracking, to drill for natural gas in…
A hummingbird program by Cathyrn and John Sill will be held July 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kern Youth Center at Lake Junaluska by the Great Smoky Mountains Audubon Society. Cathryn Sill is the author of the “About” series…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Fly fishing guide to share secret spots

The Plateau Fly Fishing Club will hold a casting clinic at 6:15 p.m. and a meeting at 7 p.m. July 10 at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers library.   The speaker will be Alex Bell, owner of AB’s Fly Fishing Guide Service…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Mapping ancient Cherokee mounds

Cherokee mounds will be the focus of a 7 p.m., July 12, presentation at the Highlands Biological Station. Ben Steere, from the Coweeta Long Term Ecological Research Program at the University of Georgia, will give a talk titled “The Western…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Stargazing comes to a telescope near you

An evening of stargazing using optical or radio telescopes will be held at 7 p.m. July 13 at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute. The event is part of the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute’s monthly evening at PARI series. It will…
Nantahala Outdoor Center has opened a new Nantahala Zip Line Adventure Park that features a traditional zip line and aerial obstacle course.
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Hay Day rolls into Haywood July 12

The Mountain Research Station will hold its annual Hay Day on July 12, featuring demonstrations of the latest hay equipment and educational sessions for growers. Two hours of pesticide credits are available as well as three hours of continuing education…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

LTLT to share vision and work

Learn the latest about the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee, including an update on land conservation initiatives, at noon on Thursday, July 12, at Tartan Hall in Franklin. The League of Women Voters of Macon County is sponsoring the…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Guided hike explores Purchase Knob

Meet with a park ranger and enjoy mountain views while lunching on top of Hemphill Bald July 19. Hiking enthusiast and author Danny Bernstein will lead the hike from Purchase Knob to Hemphill Bald as part if Friends or the…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Land Trust hosts Yellow Creek Falls hike

The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee will host a nature study and leisurely hike to Yellow Creek Falls and nearby stretches of the creek in Robbinsville July 13. Philip Moore, the Land Trust’s program director for Clay, Cherokee and…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Hike the Smokies with a naturalist

A guided hike on the three-and-a-half mile round-trip Thomas Divide Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be held July 7. Great Smoky Mountains Association is sponsoring the hike, which will be led by naturalist Liz Domingue. Thomas…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Audubon Society to host birding tours, talk

The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society is offering birders a chance to stroll around the grounds of a private home on Mirror Lake in Highlands on July 7. Also on tap will be a talk by Douglass Pratt, a curator with…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Winged creatures of the night unveiled

The Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah Forest just outside of Brevard will host a night for nature enthusiasts of all ages to learn more about night-flying animals during the Winged Creatures of the Night Program from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.…
The Bascom’s 2012 Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival, which includes a garden tour and flower show, will take place July 13-14.
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Farm tour and garden walk in Jackson

The Jackson County Farmers Market is sponsoring the sixth annual Farm Tour and Garden Walk from 1 to 5 p.m. July 14 and 15.
For me, those plants found here in the Smokies region that have verified practical human uses are, in the long run, of more interest than those with often overblown reputations for sacred or medicinal uses. For instance, the history of…
We were nearing the end of our European summer vacation with three other families from Western North Carolina when we pulled into Interlaken, Switzerland on a Saturday evening. As I looked around at the neat mountain chalets on the outskirts…
I slept downstairs on a futon last night, trying to escape some of the intense heat that, chimney-like, turned the upstairs of the cabin I live in into a furnace. Even so I lay in bed sweating and dozing fitfully.…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

A story everyone should read, learn from

To the Editor: We, the undersigned, are a group of Haywood County citizens that meets regularly for a respectful dialogue around race issues. This group first fellowships together over a meal and then enters into a structured conversation aimed at…
To the Editor: In Western North Carolina we are extremely lucky to live, work and play in a place of incredible natural beauty. I am proud that I worked professionally for many years to safeguard the health of both our…
Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts Clay students got a firsthand lesson in designing and building kilns at its new creative arts building.
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

ColorFest workshop seeking young artists

Jackson County art organizations are co-hosting a mural painting workshop called “The Young Artists of ColorFest” from 2 to 5 p.m. July 14 in Dillsboro.
More than 50 arts and crafts booths will line the streets of downtown Hayesville for the 33rd annual Festival on the Square from July 13-15. The event will start with a street dance at 7 p.m. July 13 and continue…
The Maggie Valley Club will bring a taste of “Beer City” to Haywood County at 6 p.m. July 13. The beer tasting will feature craft beer from local breweries and give locals an opportunity to enjoy some of the new…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Music series to feature Grammy nominee

Bill LaBounty, Candi Carpenter, and Grammy and CMA Nominee Bobby Tomberlin will play at the Balsam Mountain Inn’s Songwriters-in-the-Round series at 6 p.m. on July 7. Tomberlin co-wrote Diamond Rio’s number one hit “One More Day” and has also written…
Local artist Silvia Cabrera Williams will lead an experimental art workshop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 13 at the Leapin’ Frog Gallery in Waynesville. Williams will give instruction on how to use household materials to do loose abstract…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Country Memories to pick at Sylva library

The library in Sylva will host the musicians of Country Memories at 7 p.m. July 10. The sextet consists of guitar, banjo, fiddle and autoharp players who perform contemporary and traditional country, gospel and bluegrass with a bit of country…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Sylva library to host contra dance

A Second Sunday Contra Dance will be from 2:30 to 5 p.m. July 8 on the second floor of the old courthouse in the Jackson County Library Complex in Sylva. No previous experience is necessary to participate, and all dances…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Make some noise in Bryson City

The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will host a community jam from 6-7:30 p.m. July 5 in the library auditorium or, weather permitting, on the library’s front lawn. Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer or other acoustic…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Waynesville open late for Art After Dark

The Waynesville Gallery Association’s monthly Art After Dark will take place from 6-9 p.m. July 6, followed by the new Saturday Stroll from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 7.
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Maggie to host arts and crafts show

The Maggie Valley Summer Arts and Crafts Show will return to the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 7 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 8. The event will feature seasonal items, yard art,…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

All aboard the dinosaur train

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad offer a train ride based on the PBS kids series Dinosaur Train, departing from Bryson City July 20 to 22, 27 to 29 and Aug. 4 to 5. Dinosaur Train is an Emmy-nominated and Parents’…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Liars Bench to appear at Franklin library

The Liars Bench, a live authentic Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, drama and folk arts presentation will perform at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 12 at the Macon County Library in Franklin. Author Gary Carden started The Liars Bench in the…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

HART raising funds for second stage

Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will kick off a $1 million capital fund drive to build a second theater space at its performing arts center at the Shelton House on July 6, in conjunction with the opening night of the Haywood…
The public library in Franklin is hosting two days of haunting teen events exploring monsters and the paranormal. The Haunted North Carolina & Ghost Story Workshop will explore “The Brown Mountain Lights” that have been spotted for hundreds of years…
Actress Barbara Bates Smith will star in a stage adaptation of the short story “Lincolnites” at 7 p.m. July 12 at the Mountain Heritage Center on Western Carolina University’s campus. “Lincolnites” was included in author Ron Rash’s prize-winning fiction collection…
Old Mater Farm is set to host Junior Sisk and Darrin and Brooke Aldridge for its first summer benefit at 1 p.m. July 7.
Artists from around the Southeast will set up their easels and ready their colors in an outdoor painting spree around Cashiers for the weeklong Arts on the Green, a plein air art festival held from July 15-21.