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The youth choir, Voices in the Laurel, will hold its second annual Great Car and Truck Give Away from now until May 26. The ticket price is $100 per ticket with a maximum of 1,000 available tickets. The selected winner…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:42

Stecoah arts center to host ramp festival

The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center will host a festival celebrating ramps from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 28. Craft vendors will cover the Stecoah grounds, and from 1-3 p.m., visitors will have the opportunity to learn traditional Cherokee…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:42

Stecoah arts center to host ramp festival

The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center will host a festival celebrating ramps from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 28. Craft vendors will cover the Stecoah grounds, and from 1-3 p.m., visitors will have the opportunity to learn traditional Cherokee…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:41

Harrah’s to host free reality TV event

The reality show “Auction Kings” will be at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino on April 28. Auction Kings is one of Discovery Channel’s favorite reality shows and showcases one of the country’s most storied auction houses, Gallery 63, and its owner Paul…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:40

Festival celebrates Plott hounds, trout

Maggie Valley Festival Grounds will host a combination of the Great Smoky Mountain Trout & Heritage Festival and PlottFest this year from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 21. The festival will showcase the Plott hound, trout fishing, food, local…
Lady and the Old Timers will perform from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., April 19, at the Macon County Library in Franklin. The band plays at the Macon County Library in Franklin every first and third Thursday. The Lady and…
The nine undergraduate percussion students who make up the Western Carolina University Percussion Ensemble will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m., April 17, in the recital hall of WCU’s Coulter Building. The group will perform under the direction of…
The Smoky Mountain Brass Band, an authentic British style brass band, will perform at 6 p.m., April 22, at Hazelwood Baptist Church in Waynesville. The 30-member band and conductor John Entzi will perform a wide variety of musical styles, from…
The next show in the Songwriters-in-the-Round series is scheduled for April 14 and will features Shawn Camp, Shannon Whitworth and Phillip Lammonds. Tickets are $45 each and include a delicious buffet dinner. Visit The Balsam Inn’s website for more information about…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:36

Chorus to host spring concert

The Western Carolina Chorus will perform its spring concert at 4 p.m., April 15, in the Coulter Recital Hall at Western Carolina University. The eclectic program, directed by Robert Holquist, includes works by Pergolesi, Faure, Telemann, Vaughan Williams, Rollo Dilworth…
The Groovy Movie Club will show the film “The Iron Lady” at 7 p.m. on April 13. A mostly organic potluck dinner will precede the screening at 6:15 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and it…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:34

Macon library hosts student art show

Artwork created by students at East Franklin and Cartoogechay Elementary schools is on display until April 20 in the lobby of the Macon County Public Library. The show entitled “Nature Inspired and Student Created Art Work” has 53 entries from…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:32

Concert series to feature husband-wife duo

James, a.k.a. “Doodle,” and Karin Lyle will perform at 3 p.m. on April 15 at the Canton library as part of the Haywood County Arts Council’s Sunday Concert Series. The concert blends the musical talents of Doodle and Karin and…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:31

Libraries to host anime club meetings

Both the Franklin and Bryson City libraries will host meetings of its anime clubs this month. The Franklin library in will hold the inaugural meeting of its new anime club from 3-5 p.m., April 20. The group will watch anime…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:26

Bringing improv to the traditional

With tunes that rush quickly along and take unexpected twists and turns, Sylva-based The Dan River Drifters are anything but lazy and predictable, like their name might suggest. The band’s high-energy and sometime improvisational approach to bluegrass makes them an…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 13:05

When the kingfishers return

Belted kingfishers are one of my favorite birds, so much so that I wrote a poem years ago about anticipating their return to our creek each spring titled “Kingfishers Return.” A pair fishes along the small creek on our property…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 13:05

HCC finalist in climate competition

Haywood Community College is a finalist in the Second Nature 2012 Climate Leadership Awards, a national competition among colleges and universities to earn the title of “Most Innovative Climate Leader.” HCC is the only college in North Carolina that was…
A workshop focused on life science research being conducted in the mountain region will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in Western Carolina University’s A.K. Hinds University Center. WCU and the western office of the…
A hike into the usually closed 8,600-acre Waynesville Watershed is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, April 21. Twice a year guided hikes are offered to allow residents and interested citizens an opportunity to view the property first-hand. This first hike…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 13:03

Friends’ guided hike explores the Smokies

Learn how the Boogerman Loop got its unique name, walk along old stone walls that once protected gardens and home sites, and visit towering hemlock and tulip trees on the next guided hike with Friends of the Smokies at 9…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 13:02

Volunteer weather observers needed

New volunteers to help form a national network of home-based and amateur rain spotters are needed. This is part of the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow network, or CoCoRaHS, which came about as a result of a devastating flash…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 13:02

Bat disease found in Haywood County

White-nose syndrome, a deadly disease responsible for the deaths of millions of bats in eastern North America, has been discovered in Haywood County. The disease was confirmed this month by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in bats collected from an…
Registration is now open for a bunny run, 5K and 10K at Lake Junaluska starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at Weldon Gym at the Methodist conference and retreat center. The race is part of the center’s Saturday Easter…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 13:00

Running program just for kids

Beginning April 24, kids in Haywood County will have an opportunity to be a part of a national running program that focuses on character-development and physical training for a local distance race. Registration will be held on April 7 from…
Robert Satterwhite will offer an introduction to Western North Carolina flyfishing at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the community room of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. The free program will help attendees identify the three types of trout…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:59

Time to get that boat out and hit the water

The eighth-annual Nantahala Open will take place from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Nantahala Falls. Nantahala Open is for all boaters no matter their experience or ability. The event is being put together by Endless River…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:58

Rekindling the spirit

A couple of weeks ago I received an email from Rachel Reid of Andon-Reid Bed and Breakfast asking if I was up to leading a birding trip on March 31. Now, I’m quite pleased to mention that Andon-Reid has a…
Several raceways were completely submerged in water, hundreds of thousands of trout laid dead on the ground, and the national trout hatchery in Cherokee lost nearly two-thirds of its stock. That was the picture of the hatchery in Cherokee not…
Ron Rash, bestselling author of Serena, will read from his newest novel at local bookstores April 14-15. Rash will be at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 14. He will read at City Lights Bookstore…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:53

Rash creates new genre of mountain western

Just when we all thought that Ron Rash had taken his Southern Appalachian noir novels to the limit with Serena, he comes back with not only a topper, but creates a new fiction genre in the process. Rash’s new novel,…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:49

NOC forges ahead with new ownership team

A group of new owners has taken the reins of Nantahala Outdoor Center, a generational milestone for the outfitter that has grown from a small fleet of rafts in the early 1970s to a diversified multi-million operation under the leadership…
The state is forcing Jackson County’s hand when it comes to forming a single entity to oversee how tourism tax dollars are spent. Jackson County has two tourism agencies — one representing the Cashiers area and one for Jackson County…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:46

Cherokee closing in on historic alcohol vote

In one week, enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will choose to either lift a historic ban on alcohol or maintain its dry status in a vote that has traditionally sparked fervor on both sides. On April…
Historically, ballot measures on alcohol sales in Western North Carolina have been bitterly fought affairs, with pro and con forces battling it out publicly via billboards, church pulpits and through newspaper and radio advertising. But, that’s not been the case…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:44

Motorcycle rumble stirs up furor in Franklin

Franklin’s planned motorcycle rally hit a major roadblock this week when town leaders balked at shutting down a portion of Main Street for up to four days at the height of the tourist season. The rally had been lauded by…
Haywood County commissioners this week gave their blessing to a $10 million line of credit for the MedWest-Haywood hospital, ending a delicate dance in the finer points of contract law that has spanned the past three months. The loan was…
Getting books from the doctor will soon be a routine part of regular pediatric checkups. Haywood Pediatrics recently joined the Reach Out and Read program, in which primary care providers advising parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:42

Host a foreign exchange student

Families interested in hosting a foreign exchange student can be matched with students from more than 60 countries through the company Ayusa. All high school foreign exchange students are fully insured, bring their own spending money and are proficient in…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:42

TRAC session aim at helping businesses

The North Carolina Division of Tourism and the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership will host two TRAC Sessions in Western North Carolina. Sessions will be held from 2 – 5:30 p.m. on April 18 in Bryson City at the…
David Belcher, Western Carolina University’s 11th chancellor, warned a crowd of 200 on hand last week for the pomp and circumstance of his installment ceremony that the state of North Carolina must not dally in protecting its educational assets. Other…
Three Republican candidates are attempting to set themselves apart in the hope of winning the May primary and going head-to-head with N.C. Rep. Ray Rapp for his seat in the state House. After three uncontested elections, Rapp will now face…
Two well-known Waynesville Democrats running against each other for a shot at representing mountain people in Raleigh so far are playing fair and keeping the race clean. But their similar platforms, progressive rhetoric and measured campaigns mean voters deciding between…
A sushi restaurant in Waynesville lost a protracted legal battle last month after accusing a neighboring nail salon of driving away its diners. Saki Sushi claimed fumes from Tweety Nails hurt its bottom-line. Litigation dating back two years culminated in…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:30

Cutting campaign restores Parkway vistas

Visitors to Haywood County will have a fuller view of its mountain beauty this year after a locally funded project left some of the Blue Ridge Parkway vistas a bit barer. The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority and Maggie Valley…
Firmly resolute in my desire to set aside more time for my writing I decided not to have a garden this year. Typical of my fickle ways, I now have my largest garden plot ever. I’m terrible with guessing dimensions…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 20:26

Who is candidate Cecil Bothwell?

To the Editor: We may criticize someone not attending our church or not believing what we believe. Many of us have experienced members breaking from our church to form another church. Cecil is Unitarian and believes churches play an important…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 20:24

Do not mess with our health insurance

To the Editor: This is an open letter to Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin. Let me be perfectly clear. Obama Care is the reason I am finally able to get good health insurance after 15 years of not having any. I…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 20:24

Armed citizens not always a good thing

To the Editor: A recent letter by a firearms instructor made the assertion that no one at the shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gifford had a pistol to stop the shooter. Several news reports stated that there was at least one…
The revelation was at first surprising and then disappointing. So I’ll take a stab here at shedding some light on the surprising part, which hopefully will also mollify the disappointing part. As anyone who reads The Smoky Mountain News knows,…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 20:00

Roller derby auditions at the fairgrounds

The Thunder Road Rollergirls of Waynesville will hold its spring open recruitment from April 5-24. There are plenty of available positions on the team for anyone interested. The women are also working closely with Smoky Mountain Rollergirls in Bryson City…