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Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:30

Hike a preserved river tract in Macon

The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee is hosting a nature walk at Gibson Bottoms at 8:30 a.m. June 9. LTLT Executive Director Paul Carlson will lead the walk. Gibson Bottoms, a preserved tract along the Little Tennessee River near…
A guided canoe trip down the Little Tennessee River will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 15, with the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee and The Wilderness Society. The four-hour canoe trip will stop periodically on the tour…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:28

When the garden floweth over

Learn how to safely preserve locally-grown foods using the pressure canner and high acid foods using the boiling water bath, and get tips on pickling and freezing in a food preservation crash course from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday,…
An exhibit called “Ferns of the Smokies” that showcases the beauty and diversity of ferns is on display at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville through July 2. The exhibit showcases almost half of the 49 ferns and fern allies that…
The Highlands Biological Station is hosting a Mountain Biodiversity course for science educators June 25 to 29. This field-based course will be taught by Karen Kandl, the associate director of the biologcial station. Educators of all levels are invited to…
Two dozen snakes and lizards will make their debut at the Jackson County Library in Sylva during a special “Snakes Alive” program held at 10:30 a.m. June 15. Herpetologist Ron Cromer will give an hour-long program that includes an educational…
From plant identification to map reading to fly fishing to canoeing, the Cradle of Forestry is encouraging Americans to enjoy the outdoors with “National Get Outdoors Day” on Saturday, June 9. The free event will feature a line-up of outdoor…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:22

Paint Rock

As one whom is often standing on the shoulder of the road peering through binoculars, I’m accustomed to people slowing down and asking, “What are you looking at?” Well last Saturday I got to turn the tables. I was zooming…
By Brent Martin • Contributor Mention the name George Ellison to most people living in western North Carolina and what immediately comes to mind are tales of neotropical songbirds, Horace Kephart, James Mooney, Cherokee folklore, a dizzying array of plant…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:13

Sequel picks up enticing tale

Although A Clash of Kings, the second in George R. R. Martin’s epic series, has a multitude of unforgettable characters, none is more fascinating than the grotesquely disfigured Sandor Clegane. Shortly before the final attack on King’s Landing, a great…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:01

End of school year teaches some bad lessons

Each spring as the school year winds down, I can’t decide whether to laugh or cry. As preparations for end-of-year, high-stakes testing get cranked up in our public schools, everything changes. One day it’s a potentially life-changing test that has…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:01

Corporations are not people

To the Editor: This letter is in direct response to Ginny Jahrmarkt’s May 30 letter titled, “Jones made wrong vote at last Jackson meeting.” Jahrmarket inferred that Mark Jones, a Jackson County commissioner, “showed his true colors” by “siding with…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:00

Commissioner’s actions were disappointing

To the Editor: It was disappointing to read that Commissioner Mark Jones representing District 4 voted to support a resolution from Occupy WNC attacking corporations. Since he was elected in 2006 he has consistently voted for anti-business regulations, stripping private…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:00

Arrogant is the word for Sheriff Ashe

To the Editor: When I think of the word arrogant, I usually think of someone who is so intelligent or so beautiful that they think they are above the rest of us common folk. However, after reading the article concerning…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:59

Both sides scratching their own backs

To the Editor: The word austerity seems to have saturated world and national news of late, sometimes used in a positive vein but often displaying a strong negative quality. One fellow in Greece insisted recently that austerity (as employed by…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:55

Time to take out the long knives

Suppose this was your household budget: • Annual family income………………....$23,400 • Money family spends annually….....$35,900 • New debt added to credit cards……$12,500 • Outstanding credit card balance ..$154,000 • Total cuts to family budget………….......$385 Looks like the budget from hell,…
When Nantahala Outdoor Center burst onto the whitewater scene 40 years ago, it became ground zero for a new world of paddling — one where boundaries of the sport were being pushed, old paradigms were being broken, and new realities…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:48

Horace Holden’s ‘hunch’ pays off

Horace Holden remembers the deal like it was yesterday. He set out from Atlanta with a few blank checks in his pocket and a portable typewriter on the back seat of his car. He checked in to his favorite room…
When Payson and Aurelia Kennedy quit their jobs in Atlanta, cashed out their retirement, packed up their four children and headed for the wild and rugged Nantahala River 40 years ago, their mothers weren’t sure what had gotten into them.…
Western Carolina University is remaining mostly neutral on the topic of alcohol coming to Cullowhee, at least officially. “The campus has had alcohol on it for many, many, many years, and I don’t see that changing,” said Sam Miller, vice…
Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe was stripped of his appointed role to render thumbs-up or thumbs-down assessments of businesses wanting to sell alcohol. Jackson County commissioners, who had initially appointed Ashe to the role, voted this week to instead make…
Rising health care costs were the catalyst for two budget decisions by Haywood County commissioners, one that will hopefully save taxpayer money and the other a stopgap measure to keep up with employee health insurance. Commissioners were forced this week…
The advent of alcohol sales in Jackson County has prompted the Cashiers community to consider new land-use regulations to address the probable arrival of bars in the resort village. The commercial area of Cashiers already has a development ordinance. The…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:40

Move to Amend shot down in Jackson again

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners once again declined to support a movement aimed at restraining corporate power, causing local activists to raise a joint sigh of frustration. Move to Amend activists, a local offshoot of the Occupy movement, called…
The blueprint for a sign is punched into a computer, and the machine starts up. Sparks emit from the metal-cutting apparatus as it carves out the words “Gateway to the Smokies” and “Waynesville, North Carolina.” Here, at this part-machine shop,…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:38

Summer camps for kids

Maggie summer camp The Maggie Valley Club will hold a Summer Kid’s Camp program from June 18-22 and from July 16-20. These one-week camps begin at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Lunch is provided. The camp provides traditional…
A little more than a year after the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law banning various forms of synthetic marijuana, enforcement of the statute still poses a problem for police. Waynesville Police Chief Bill Hollingsed traveled to Raleigh at…
As people’s discretionary spending remains low nationwide, golf courses in Haywood County are trying to drive their way out of a bunker with price cuts and special offers aimed at drawing in atypical players. Golf courses in the Haywood County…
The Waynesville Recreation Center will institute new hours for its water park for the summer. The water park will open at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. on Sundays. The slide will not open…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:34

New Franklin dog park to open June 9

The new dog park in Franklin will open at 10 a.m. June 9. The park, sponsored by the Friends of the Greenway, is adjacent to Big Bear Park on the Greenway in Franklin. Officials of the city and county and…
The Friends of the Library are holding a birthday party for the new Jackson County Public Library beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, in the atrium. Cake and other refreshments will be served during a reception to celebrate…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:33

GOP candidates to attend debate

Republican group FreedomWorks will host a debate between candidates Mark Meadows and Vance Patterson at 8:30 a.m. June 9 at the Angel Hospital Cafeteria Meeting Room. Meadows and Patterson are running in a second primary election on July 17 for…
Live table games at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino cleared its final hurdle this week with passage in the N.C. House of Representatives. Both the Governor and N.C. Senate had already given live table games their blessing, and only lacked approval from…
The Shelton House in Waynesville will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with a series of summer lectures and demonstrations this weekend. The event will start at 7 p.m. June 8 with a commemorative celebration of the Civil…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:53

Dog show to be held in Waynesville

The Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association will host its annual American Kennel Club dog show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 16 and 17 at the Haywood County Fairgrounds on Crabtree Road in Waynesville. The event will include conformation,…
Western Carolina University is offering a two-week program in June designed to help young children maintain the reading and writing skills they have gained during the school year. “Summer Reading Adventures” is open to students going into the first and…
The Museum of the Cherokee Indian and the North Carolina Arts Council will celebrate thousands of years of southern Appalachian and Cherokee history at the Cherokee Voices Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 9. The festival is free…
Haywood County Arts Council will hold International Festival Day in downtown Waynesville on July 21, a new date from previous years. International Festival Day is the highlight of regional performances by international folk dancers and musicians from Folkmoot USA, which…
Western Carolina University is accepting nominations for the Mountain Heritage Award, an honor bestowed annually on one individual and one organization that have played a prominent role in the preservation or interpretation of Southern Appalachian history and culture. Nominations will…
Barbara Bates Smith will perform “Ivy Rowe” at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville at 7:30 p.m. June 22-23, with a matinee at 3 p.m. June 23. “Ivy Rowe” is a play about the passionate life of a spunky…
Comedienne Jeanne Robertson will perform at 7 p.m. June 7 at Lake Junaluska’s Stuart Auditorium as a benefit for United Way of Haywood County. Robertson is a former Miss North Carolina and was voted Miss Congeniality. She is known for…
The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its production of “Lost in Yonkers” at 6:30 p.m. June 17-18 at the Performing Arts Center on Pigeon Street in Waynesville. Wanda Taylor will direct the production and the show will…
Highlands Performing Arts Center will present “Broadway and More” with Glory Crampton at 8 p.m. June 23. Crampton is a Broadway leading lady and musical theatre veteran. She is best known for her critically acclaimed roles in “The Fantasticks,” “Hello…
The Highlands Biological Foundation will host a basket-weaving workshop and nature lecture on June 14. Doug Elliott, a local storyteller and naturalist, will lead the Poplar Bark Basket Workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Bark baskets have long been a…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:43

Sylva businesses to host art stroll June 8

The Jackson County Visual Arts Association will host the Sylva Art Stroll beginning at 5 p.m. June 8 in downtown Sylva. The reoccurring event will take place on the second Friday of each month. Merchants will stay open later than…
High school students and recent graduates have until June 6 to submit their applications for the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts’ summer art portfolio program. Classes for this program will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 11-29. The…
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 20:41

‘Vincent’ to stage in Highlands

Highlands Performing Arts Center will perform a two-weekend run of the play “Vincent.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. June 7-9 and June 14-16 with 2:30 p.m. matinees on June 10 and 17. Written by Leonard Nimoy, the play is about…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:41

Lorraine Conard Band to play in Jackson

The Lorraine Conard Band will play a free concert at 7 p.m. June 14 at the Jackson County Public Library. Conrad’s songwriting style has been influenced by a mix of artists, from country-fried Americana to folk-tinged blues, and is anchored…
Western Carolina University’s 2012 Summer Concert Series will start June 7. The shows will take place at 7 p.m. each Thursday through June and July on the lawn of the A.K. Hinds University Center. The concerts are free and the…
Haywood County-based band Rafe Hollister will perform in Sylva from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on June 8 as part of Concerts on the Creek. The five-member band specializes in “mountain rock.” “We use bluegrass instruments and drums and mix it with rock-and-roll,”…