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The Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts will feature an exhibition of photographs by author Anna Fariello during the month of January. The photographs explore four different native cultures — the Maya, the Kuna, the Emberá and the Cherokee — and…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:05

Art and craft classes planned at Stecoah

Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center is offering several classes this winter.  Interested participants can register online at stecoahvalleycenter.com or call the Stecoah Gallery 828.479.3364.   • Wool Rug Braiding — Saturdays, Jan. 14, 21, and 28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $63.…
Each winter the theater scene in Waynesville takes off with the opening of the Feichter Studio at Haywood Arts Regional Theater. Area actors mount six shows in 12 weeks in the intimate backstage space at the Performing Arts Center at…
The work of late painter Pat Passlof will be the focus of a joint exhibition of the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University and Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center in Asheville from Thursday, Jan. 26, through Friday,…
Catch the Spirit of Appalachia will hold a series of creative writing workshops on the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The series, “Writing From The Heart,” will be held with author and publisher Amy Ammons Garza.…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:00

ARTSaturday planned for children in Macon

Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to the Macon County Art Council’s free ARTSaturday workshop from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, January 14, in the Macon County Public Library children’s wing.   Make-and-take projects include cottony snowman…
Anne Lough, a nationally known traditional musician with 35 years experience who is also a shape-note singer, will lead the Lunch and Learn session at Lake Junaluska’s Bethea Welcome Center at 2 p.m. on Jan. 19. Lough, who lives in…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:59

Music faculty talent on display Jan. 17

The Western Carolina University School of Music will present a “Faculty Showcase” concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building. The performance, part of a Tuesday evening concert series at WCU, will includes…
The Haywood County Arts Council will host blues musician Sleepy Ralow on Jan. 15 and storyteller Lloyd Arneach on Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. at the Waynesville library as part of its Sunday series. Ralow has played old-style country blues…
A segment of the Jackson County variety show “Liars Bench” will be shown on WMYA My40 at 2 p.m. on Jan. 15. The show was filmed by Carl White, a Charlotte-based journalist whose regular shows are called “Living in the…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:56

Turning new life into wood

Allen Davis’ office is cluttered with planks and blocks of wood in various sizes and a handful of circular saws — typical office supplies for a wood turner. “I always wanted a wood shop,” said Davis, who crafts and sells…
Sometimes what we expect to happen doesn’t: On vacation this week, I stopped in Raleigh and viewed the “Rembrandt in America” exhibit currently showing at the N.C. Museum of Art. I enjoyed the exhibit very much indeed. But what honestly…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:36

Bothwell would be better than Shuler

To the Editor: Cecil Bothwell is running for U.S. Congress in Western Northern Carolina. He is looking to unseat the conservative pro-corporate Blue Dog Democrat Heath Shuler in the next Democratic Party Primary to be held on May 8. This…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:35

Whole tax system needs an overhaul

To the Editor: We have been hearing much about taxing the rich more in order to help our debt problem, and yet if you look at the statistics, even if we taxed and took “all” the money and profit away…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:35

Vindictive measure should send message

To the Editor: My grandmother always told me that, “nothing good happens after midnight.” I never quite grasped why until last week. While the vast majority of North Carolinians were sleeping, the radical Republican-controlled legislature was at it again. With…
When the state House voted to override Gov. Beverly Perdue’s veto and stop letting teachers use payroll deductions to pay dues to the N.C. Association of Educators, a cry went up across the state. The vote came late in the…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:27

Waynesville welcomes a new bakery

Waynesville is getting its Main Street bakery back, but not just any bakery. City Bakery, a well-known café and bakery with two locations in downtown Asheville and a successful wholesale product line, will move in to the space formerly occupied…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:26

Imperial Hotel restaurant opens

Sid’s on Main opened for business last Friday in Canton. The restaurant is housed within the Imperial Hotel, which has been slowly renovated by former Canton mayor Pat Smathers. The new locale has remained “steadily busy” since it opened, said…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:26

Maggie Valley Chamber hires executive director

Teresa Smith completed her first day as the full-time executive director of the Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce Monday. Smith previously filled in as a volunteer director for four years when the chamber suspended the job of a paid director…
Calling and talking on cell phones while driving is likely to continue, at least for now, in North Carolina. But the debate still rages since the National Transportation Safety Board recently recommended a national ban on all cell phone use,…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:21

Swain ponders room tax increase

Swain County’s Tourism Development Authority will appeal to county officials for a 1 percent increase in the room tax rate. The tax on overnight lodging currently stands at 3 percent. The proposed increase would bring in at least an additional…
Swain County has now been targeted as part of a regional effort to drum up financial support for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad’s steam engine dreams. Dillsboro officials are leading the charge, already courting Jackson County to make loans or…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:17

Film series features ‘Women, War & Peace’

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sylva is hosting a four-week film discussion program on the recent PBS series, “Women, War & Peace,” from 6-8 p.m. on consecutive Wednesdays beginning Jan. 18. Film viewings will be followed by a directed discussion.…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:16

GOP candidate Dan Forest to appear in Macon

Republican Lt. Gov. candidate Dan Forest will be the guest speaker at a Macon County Republican Party “Meet & Greet” at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 14 at the Boiler Room in Franklin.   Republican congressional candidates (11th Congressional District) as…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:16

North Carolina wins federal award for education

North Carolina will receive a $69.9 million grant award from the federal Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge fund to support early childhood education throughout the state.   “This award is outstanding news for our children, families and educators…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:15

MedWest to offer smoking cessation classes

MedWest Health System is offering smoking cessation classes starting this month at three of its hospital campuses. During the seven-week Freedom From Smoking program, participants will learn in small group settings how to overcome tobacco addiction. Classes will be held…
Two well-known Democrat senators from the mountains who lost in 2010 and hoped to reclaim their seats this year faced a conundrum. Joe Sam Queen of Waynesville and John Snow of Murphy both wanted to run for the Senate again,…
Republicans aren’t the only ones who will have a reason to head to the polls in the May primary. While Republican voters sort out who their presidential nominee will be, Democrats have a race of their own to narrow down,…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:10

A bold fix for South Main Street

Maybe it’s pie in the sky, but the right ingredients could transform South Main Street into a thriving commercial district. A consultant with LaQuatra Bonci has mapped out a new look for the corridor. The plan banks on new-found aesthetic…
South Main Street is a mess. That’s the message from a consultant hired by the town of Waynesville to develop a revitalization plan for the struggling artery. The consultant spent six months studying South Main and developing a master street…
Jackson County commissioners plan this week to discuss the upcoming property revaluation, though it remains unclear whether they will postpone the process as some residents are requesting. In a revaluation, every home, lot and tract of land is assigned a…
Haywood County has offered a helping hand as towns grapple with how to cover the extra cost of hauling resident’s trash to the White Oak Landfill. Starting in July, towns will have to drive trash out to the White Oak…
Haywood Community College has hit a nearly $227,000 roadblock during the construction of it new creative arts building. The $10.2 million building — a controversial project to begin with — will tap into contingency funds for the project to pay for previously…
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 02:57

Live well with diabetes

Learn how to better manage diabetes at a two-day workshop at Angel Medical Center. The event will be held Tuesday, Jan. 17, and Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the third floor videoconference room from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information on…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:55

The playful raven is a Smoky Mountain favorite

Along with plants like red spruce, Fraser fir, yellow birch, mountain maple, mountain ash, Canada Mayflower, witch-hobble, and bluebead lily, as well as animals such as the northern flying squirrels, black-capped chickadees, winter wrens, and northern water shrews, ravens are…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:54

Garden seed ordering set for this month

The fourth-annual Group Seed Order will take place at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Jackson Street in Sylva on Saturday, Jan. 14, between 9 a.m. and noon. The Jackson County Farmers Market sponsors this seed-ordering event. The volume from collectively…
Volunteers are needed at Gorges State Park in Sapphire to help build and maintain trails, with work parties scheduled weekly on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., weather permitting. The new state park is located on the Jackson-Transylvania county…
Volunteer organizations have donated labor and money to improve cooking and sleeping quarters for campers, while also reducing potential problems with black bears in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The groups involved were the Friends of the Smokies, the…
Learn topnotch, competitive-level fly-fishing techniques via a filmed fly-fishing competition that took place last year here in Western North Carolina. Local angler Paul Bourcq captured the fishermen in action and filmed interviews with them during the competition. The 2011 U.S.…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:50

Night hunting now legal for wild hogs

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission now allows hunting of feral swine and wild hogs at night — but hunters need a special permit. The permit is free and is available at www.ncwildlife.org. The permits are valid through March 31. The…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:48

WCU students help children with autism

A local fly-fishing guide and recreational therapy students at Western Carolina University teamed up recently to provide a fly-fishing outing for children with autism. Jennifer Hinton, WCU associate professor of recreational therapy, organized the event. Alex Bell, retired principal of…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:48

AT Bald Trail permanently protected

The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy transferred 35 acres to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service to protect adjacent land along the famous footpath. Wesser Bald in Macon County was at risk of development when the Southern Appalachian…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:46

Rain for wind

This year’s ninth annual Balsam Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was held Friday Dec. 30. As I was driving home from work at 7 a.m. that Friday morning things were looking good. By the time I got a nap and met…
Living in the mountains of Western North Carolina, it is hard to imagine never seeing snow — but Elizabeth Comberg and Amber Damato of Jacksonville, Fla., got their first taste of the fluffy white stuff last Friday at Cataloochee Ski…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:42

Submission being accepted for fiction prize

The North Carolina Writers’ Network is now accepting submissions for its 2012 Doris Betts Fiction Prize. The competition is named in honor of author and North Carolina native Doris Betts, a three-time winner of the Sir Walter Raleigh Award and…
The Mountain Writers of North Carolina will meet at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan.10, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. David Madden, an expert in the art of the revision process, is the guest speaker. Madden earned an M.A. at San…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:40

Planning a year of purposeful reading

The New Year’s resolution typically leads a short and tragic life. Its father is misdeeds, its mother remorse. Once born, the resolution swarms about its maker as irritating as a fruit fly. Often, too, it lives no longer than the…
The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will host several youth events in the coming weeks. The library will resume its pre-school program on Jan. 11. The program begins at 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium. The pre-literacy skill focus for…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:31

Bryson City library puts on music jam

The next community music jam at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Jan. 5, in the library auditorium. Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer — anything acoustic — is invited…
The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will play the live-action adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s children’s book, “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 10. Jim Carrey plays a businessman who inherits a small flock of penguins…