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Wednesday, 07 March 2012 14:00

Trail trees subject of talk

Don and Diane Wells will discuss their book, Mystery of the Trees, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Mystery of the Trees is a study of Indian Trail Trees which are trees that were bent…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:58

Taking a trip down dark, violent passages

This novel contains an endorsement from the late William Gay that tweaked my interest. I immediately bought the book. Gay says, “The Devil All the Time hits you like a telegram from Hell slid under your door at three o’clock…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:50

Renowned potter to visit WCU in March

Acclaimed potter Jeffrey Oestreich will demonstrate his work and give an illustrated artist’s talk Thursday, March 15, at Western Carolina University. Oestreich will demonstrate clay-forming techniques from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Ward Clay…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:49

Public records workshop is March 15

Western Carolina University’s Department of Communication will join Carolina Public Press in co-hosting “Full Disclosure,” a public records workshop, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in Room 144 of WCU’s Stillwell Building. The workshop will provide information on…
Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to a free ARTSaturday workshop from 10 a.m. till noon on March 10 in the Macon County Public Library children’s wing. Make-and-take projects include paper kites and airplanes, and one-of-a-kind insect mobiles.…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:48

Biographer of dancer to speak at WCU

Peggy Schwartz, an award-winning professor of dance and former director of the dance program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, will discuss her biography of dancer Pearl Primus at Western Carolina University on March 15. The event, which is free and…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:47

Digital photography students present work

Students who are enrolled in Haywood Community College’s Continuing Education Digital Photography class will exhibit their work from March 14 through June 30 at the Canton Branch of the Haywood County Public Library. Opening reception will be held from 2-4…
The Broadway Musical “The Story of My Life” will play at the Haywood Arts Regional Theater on March 9, 10 and 11. The show tells the story of two childhood friends and how their friendship profoundly defined their lives. Thomas…
Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, a non-profit organization located in Jackson County, is offering three $500 scholarships for Appalachian Studies, with a focus on traditional craftsmanship, traditional music and community service. The scholarships are open to high school seniors in…
The North Carolina Symphony will hold the preliminary round of its annual Kathleen Price and Joseph M. Bryan Youth Concerto Competition at the Wainwright Music Building at Meredith College in Raleigh on May 19. The competition is open to instrumentalists…
The first Heritage Alive Mountain Youth Talent Contest of the year will be held April 28 at the Greening Up the Mountains festival in Sylva. Entry forms are due April 18. The other competitions will be held later in the…
Western Carolina University’s School of Music will present “The Film Music of John Williams” in honor of the composer’s 80th birthday. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building…
Ian Moore and the Second-Hand String Band will perform at 7 p.m. on March 14 in the community room of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. The group will play old-time, traditional blues and jazz. The band consists of Ian Moore on…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:42

Celtic concert to be held in Bryson City

The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre in Bryson City will present its 4th annual Celtic Concert 7 p.m. on Friday, March 9. Tickets are $5 each. Bean Sidhe (pronounced banshee) will be performing this year. Bean Sidhe plays traditional Celtic tunes…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:40

Artists sought for Mountain Heritage Day

Arts and crafts vendors are being sought to participate in Mountain Heritage Day, Western Carolina University’s annual fall festival of traditional Appalachian culture. The deadline for submitting arts and crafts applications is March 30. This year’s Mountain Heritage Day will…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:39

WCU to host ‘No Limits March’ on March 8

Western Carolina University’s Department of Intercultural Affairs and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority are co-sponsoring a panel discussion and “No Limits March” in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8. The event, which is free and open to the public,…
Phyllis Jarvinen will be teaching a Long Stitch bookbinding workshop 5 to 9 p.m. on March 15 at Oaks Gallery in Dillsboro. Cost of the workshop is $30 and includes materials. In a long stitch binding, the signatures (groups of…
A show by the Blue Ridge Watermedia Society opened March 7 at Gallery 86 on N. Main Street in Waynesville. The show runs through March 31, and an artists reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on March…
There is a refinement to Catherine Carter’s poetry, a sense that each poem is finished, polished and complete, worked exactly the right amount and not a jot too much. There’s also in Carter’s poems an edge, a whiff of wild…
I unpacked my *euphonium recently — my first love was music; writing was a fallback position — and started fooling with it again. Despite not having held this horn more than just a few times in some two decades, I’m…
To the Editor: A headline on a Feb. 29 article in The Smoky Mountain News creates a misleading impression of the support the N.C. Education Lottery has provided for Haywood schools. Through June 30, 2011, Haywood County received more than…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:26

Brigman story needed a second opinion

To the Editor: It is interesting that The Smoky Mountain News in its reporting on superintendent of Macon County Schools Dan Brigman both last summer and recently cites the legal opinion of only one organization. That is unfair. Sadly, it…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:25

Headline showed SMN’s political bias

To the Editor: Somewhere during my school years I was taught about slanted journalism. One of the best examples of slanted journalism is the headline for an article about Sen. Jim Davis on page 5 of the Feb. 29 edition…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:24

Time to send Barack down the road

To the Editor: Over the weekend we heard from our 44-year-old niece. She was fretting over her 401k. She is employed as a teacher in Alaska and has been since she got out of college, so she has around 20…
Government at all levels needs to spend money judiciously. It is, after all, our money. I’m not convinced either major political party is doing that very well right now. What we get is competing priorities, which is why voters need…
To hear Franklin Alderman Bob Scott tell it, fellow town leaders and tourism experts haven’t begun to adequately plan for and consider what an influx of some 4,000 bikers could mean to a small town of 3,500 residents. Franklin will…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 21:54

Public records workshop at WCU

“Full Disclosure,” a public records workshop, will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in Room 144 of WCU’s Stillwell Building. The workshop will provide information on the existing laws and advice on drafting a request for…
The transportation department will hold a citizens’ informational workshop from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, about a proposed project to improve N.C. 107 from north of Old Cullowhee Road in East LaPorte to N.C. 281 in Tuckaseegee in…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 21:53

Sarge’s photo contest under way

Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation is accepting pet photographs for its Pet Photography Contest sponsored by Ellen Schattie, owner of Bocelli’s Italian Eatery in Waynesville. Entry forms are available on Sarge’s website at www.sargeandfriends.org and at the following locations: The Dog…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 21:52

Good Samaritan Clinic is subject of talk

Kristin Gruner, of the Good Samaritan Clinic, will speak to the Bethel Rural Community Organization at 7 p.m. at the community hall in Bethel. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. Gruner will be updating the community on the fundraising…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 21:51

Girl Scout volunteers needed

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont will host “Information Hours” for new volunteers at the Haywood County Library in Canton from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, March 12. This is also a time for current troop leaders, parents and…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 21:51

Spring Break camp at Waynesville Rec Center

The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer “Spring Break Camp” from April 16 - 20. This will take place at the Waynesville Recreation Center each day from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The camp will include games, movies, swim…
Haywood County Democrats will hold a rally to support public funding for pre-K education and to oppose privatizing it. The event will take place at noon on Friday, March 16 on the Historic Courthouse lawn in Waynesville. 828.452.9607 or haywooddemocrats.org.
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 21:50

Organizing for America to host kickoff event

Organizing for America volunteers are hosting the kickoff for the Haywood County campaign to reelect President Barack Obama at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at Sid’s on Main in Canton. Food and drink will be available for purchase. The…
Joe Cline, executive director of the Tuckaseigee Water and Sewer Authority, has suddenly voluntarily resigned without publicly specifying why. TWSA board Chairman Randall Turpin said Cline tendered his resignation during a closed session. Turpin is temporarily overseeing the agency until…
The Swain County Board of Elections has decided to continue running a satelite early voting site in Cherokee, but to the chagrin of some nixed for now the idea of an additional site in the rural Alarka community. The Swain…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 21:47

Room tax increase sails to passage in Swain

With little brouhaha or fanfare, the Swain County Board of Commissioners voted last week to nudge its room tax up 1 percent, less than two months after the idea was first floated publicly. “We felt like it would be a…
Derreck Kayongo, a former child refugee who now serves as the senior advocacy coordinator in the Southeast for the CARE International relief organization, will deliver the keynote address at Western Carolina University’s the 11th annual Gender Research Conference on Thursday,…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 21:45

Local Post members to mark anniversary

The American Legion will observe its 93rd anniversary March 15-17, and Legionnaires of Jackson and Swain counties will celebrate that milestone at their regular 7 p.m. meeting at William E. Dillard Post 104, Sylva, on Monday, March 12. Founded in…
Margaret Wakefield is not a college student nor does she sport dreadlocks and Birkenstocks while chatting about how the world should focus more on peace and love. Wakefield has short dark hair, pink fingernails and silver heart-shaped earrings. Wearing a…
The Town of Sylva, in a quiet way, is busy setting a green example for its Western North Carolina neighbors. First the fire department, and now the new police department, incorporate green, environmentally friendly components. Sylva’s police soon will take…
Courtney Hall pawed through a cardboard box wedged in the corner of the utility closet at Panacea Coffee Shop bearing cut-out letters from a magazine pasted in an artistic rendition of the infamous words: “Lost and Found.” Inside was the…
Selling off a high-speed internet system of fiber optic lines in Sylva that belonged to the now-defunct Metrostat Communications is coming up short. The 10-year-old company provided Sylva high-speed Internet and phone service until going under late last year. Metrostat…
Jackson County, two failed attempts to the contrary, looks poised to once again hold hands with the county’s four towns when it comes to crafting a new economic development strategy. How this will actually look and play out isn’t yet…
When it comes to the election season, 2012 has turned into a bellwether year for North Carolina, and Republicans are clammoring to claim state and federal seats currently held by Democrats. Even the popular N.C. House Democrat Ray Rapp, who…
Sunburst Trout Farms in Haywood County plans to add jobs and expand its operations thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The farm received a nearly $300,000 Value Added Producers Grant from the USDA to help expand…
Driving down Maggie Valley’s main drag, it’s hard not to notice the gauntlet of signs offering cheers of support for Ghost Town in the Sky’s new owner Alaska Presley. Business owners on both sides of U.S. 19 have rearranged the…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:28

Different tribes treated captives differently

I conduct workshops on Southeastern Indian history and culture at the John C. Campbell Folk School for two full weeks a year and for various Elderhostels throughout the year. One topic that surfaces quite often is the manner in which…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:27

A different martial arts style comes to Sylva

Aikido, a form of martial arts that means “the Way of Spirit Harmony,” will be offered in Sylva from 7:30 till 9 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday evenings at the White Dragon Academy. An initial meeting and free introductory class…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:27

Eat wings on the run in Finger Lickin’ race

Runners will have a chance to mix running and chicken-wing-eating as a Western Carolina University student organization, the Western Athletic Training Association, hosts the Zaxby’s Finger Lickin’ Fun Run at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10. Runners who register for the…