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Wednesday, 21 November 2007 00:00

Aerial assassins

Alaskan shooters are poised to take to the skies again this year to slaughter as many wolves as possible. This is about to happen despite the fact that the Airborne Hunting Act of 1972 makes the use of aircraft to…
Wednesday, 21 November 2007 00:00

Allen ends bid for re-election

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Sylva town board member Danny Allen conceded his race against fellow board member Ray Lewis on Monday, settling the tie between the two candidates following the Nov. 6 election.
Wednesday, 21 November 2007 00:00

Quiz time

Naturalists are always being quizzed about this or that. Turn about is fair play. So, are you ready for a natural history quiz? Here are 20 questions related to the natural history of the southern mountains. My answers are given…
By Michael Beadle For the longest time, Buffy Queen and John Buckley wanted to share their love of movies with other people. As avid film fans, they’d see an amazing documentary and say to themselves, “People need to see this.”
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00

Burrell, Setzer plug plan for Southern Loop

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Members of Jackson County Smart Roads Alliance are sifting through paperwork at the North Carolina Department of Transportation Division 14 office in Webster to find out how the Southern Loop road project suddenly appeared…
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00

Even Grinch knows Christmas isn’t in the store

“And they’re hanging their stockings!” he snarled with a sneer. “Tomorrow is Christmas! It’s practically here!” Then he growled, with his grinch fingers nervously drumming, “I MUST find a way to keep Christmas from coming!” — The Grinch   Most…
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00

Pardon the irruption

Common redpolls have been reported in Chatham County and evening grosbeaks in Catawba County here in North Carolina. Bohemian waxwings and pine grosbeaks have been recorded from Maine to Michigan and Wisconsin. It looks like winter finches may be on…
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00

Today’s youth are missing in action

I was 22 years old in 1967. Although it’s become fashionable to downgrade the sweeping changes brought about by my generation to the meaningless antics of a bunch of spaced-out druggies and naive idealists, history confirms that we really shook…
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00

An English breakdown

Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences by Kitty Burns Florey. Melville House Publishing, 2006. 154 pages. Lovers of the English language have always suffered the pistol-whip cuts of poor spelling, dreadful grammar, and…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Looking to start your own business? You should do well in Western North Carolina. Seeking a job in traditional manufacturing? Good luck, experts say — it won’t be easy to find.
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

“The Santaland Diaries” If you’re reading this, you may already be too late — get thee right now to a phone and call the Asheville Community Theater to reserve tickets for David Sedaris’ short story turned play, “The Santaland Diaries.”…
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00

Smokies plates lead to annual sales record

Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park appear to have hit a home run with a new license plate design sporting the image of a black bear.
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00

The essential nature of winter

When late November finally arrives, my wife, Elizabeth, and I go into another mode. Her busy season in the gallery-studio she operates here on the town square in Bryson City pretty much comes to an end. The Elderhostel programs, workshops…
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00

Jonathan Creek project is just not a good fit

Rumors have been circulating for years about the proposed mega-development in the Jonathan Creek area, the one with a thousand houses and a huge retail center that would take advantage of the area’s proximity to Interstate 40 and the Great…
By Chris Cooper It hardly needs to be said that the banjo has taken major leaps in the hands of certain talented players over the years. It’s job as the “rhythmic glue” in traditional bluegrass continues, but has also evolved…
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00

Bear Care

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Kathy Sherrard and Anne Allison have dedicated their lives to educating the public about black bears.
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00

Making a list, forgetting to check it

By David Curtis Wool socks, silk long johns, cotton turtleneck, boots, down vest, wool jacket, Gortex insulated camo gloves. Deer hunting? No, Friday night high school football in late November, expected temperature at game time — 27 degrees.
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Imagine having the flu and sitting in a folding chair in a crowded waiting room for five hours just to see a doctor. For those with no health insurance this is probably the best…
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Macon County commissioners spoke in favor of committing nearly $40 million to fund school construction at their meeting Nov. 26 but stopped short of taking any formal vote on the projects.
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00

Sarge’s scraps plans for Hall Top shelter

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Sarge’s Animal Rescue has scrapped its plans to build a no-kill animal shelter in a location that was fiercely opposed by nearby residents. The Haywood County non-profit originally won approval to build the shelter…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 14:09

World beat hits Main Street

By Garret K. Woodward • Staff Writer If Norman Rockwell ever ventured out of New England, as the crow flies, he may have found himself in downtown Waynesville. And if Rockwell had packed a blank canvas and a rusty toolbox…
By Garret K. Woodward • Staff writer I had just finished my third steamed carrot when the yelling began. It was a group of men, with faces of power and a seemingly euphoric rage. With backs to each other, their…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 14:04

The evocative power of the color blue

Green used to be the color that caught my eye. Now it’s blue. So much so that I wrote an ode (of sorts) to the color blue that is in my book Permanent Camp. It goes like this:
Dr. Dan Pittillo will explore the natural history of the southern Appalachians at 7 p.m. on Aug. 2 at the Highlands Nature Center as part of the Zahner Conservation Lecture series. In a geological discussion, Pittillo will go back to…
A Farm to School project will provide food awareness and better nutrition education for students and staff at five Haywood County school while also helping local farmers. The project — funded by a $22,000 grant from the Community Foundation and…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 14:01

Volunteers needed at Cataloochee Ranch

Volunteers are being sought for a workday at Cataloochee Ranch in Haywood County that will enhance the habitat for migratory birds and improve water quality. The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and Nature Valley are partnering with the Southern Appalachian…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 14:00

Reward for elk information upped

 A $20,000 reward is being offered for information about the recent killing of three elk near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the Mount Sterling area of Haywood County.  Last month, the North Carolina Wildlife Federation offered a $5,000…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:59

Hear the creeks’ cry for help

While heavy rains have washed wayward trash into creeks in recent weeks, kids from Whitehouse, Tenn., helped scoured the banks of Richland Creek in Waynesville for litter as part of a summer youth project for Whitehouse First United Methodist Church.
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:58

Get a taste of space science

Several all-day Space Science Labs for adults or kids will be held on various dates in late July and early August at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, led by working astronomers and engineers.
Treading lightly on the land isn’t always easy if you’re sitting on top of 1,000 pounds and four stout hooves, but backcountry horsemen in the Smokies have been learning new practices for minimizing their impact to the environment while trail…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:57

Volenteers needed to man Clingmans Dome

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting volunteers to help staff the visitor contact station at Clingmans Dome through Nov. 30.             The visitor station at Clingmans Dome sits at an elevation of 6,300 feet and is a point source…
Learn about the early locomotives and logging railroads that once wound their way through mountain hollers and hillsides during the annual Train History Day at the Cradle of Forestry on Saturday, July 28. Western North Carolina train historian Jerry Ledford…
Kids can get up close and personal with wolves and their owner, Trapper Rob, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 27. Rob Gudger and his program “Wolf Tales” is so popular that it…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:55

Try your hand at backyard chickens

A class for people who have an interest in the benefits of raising their own chickens and/or turkeys will be held at the Stecoah Valley Center from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 6. Raising poultry can provide fresh…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:54

Coping with gray treefrogs

The call of, “Come see! A frog!” is one oft repeated in the Hendershot household from spring through fall as toads go by both names – toad and/or frog. So the other morning when Izzy called to, ”Come see this…
By Melanie Threlkeld McConnell • Correspondent A rolling stone gathers no moss, so says the proverb, but it would if Annie Martin had her way — and be the better for it. Martin, also known as Mossin’ Annie, is leaving…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:50

Special children’s story time

Curtis Sikes and Sheena Kohlmeyer will present their new children’s book, The Heart of a King, at 11 a.m. on July 28 at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.   The Heart of a King tells the story of a young lion…
The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host author Dennis Murphy at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, for an introduction to his novel, Brain Waves, and a discussion of the process of publishing a novel. The book deals…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:48

An erudite look into the cultural wars

Some years ago, a local artist mounted a painting in a local art show in which he painted Christ with pink paws and Easter bunny ears. “This is going to upset some people around here,” the painter told me. I…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:47

Audition for upcoming HART production

The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its October production of the hit Broadway musical “The Light in the Piazza” at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 5-6. The production is being directed by Charles Mills and opens on Oct.…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:47

Kathy Griffin slated for Harrah’s Aug. 11

Two-time Emmy winning comedian, Grammy nominee and best-selling author Kathy Griffin will appear at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 11. Griffin is a multi-faceted performer with rapid-fire wit. She has been making audiences laugh for years discussing…
Local actress Barbara Bates Smith will star in a one-woman benefit performance titled “Go, Granny,Go: A Walk to Washington to Set’em Straight,” at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 4 at the HART Theater. The play is the memoir of Doris “Granny…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:45

Macon County Gemboree opens July 26

Gem and mineral dealers and rock hounds from across the country will converge on Franklin for the 47th Annual Macon County Gemboree July 26-29.
The hour-long radio show “Stories of Mountain Folk” airs every Saturday at 9 a.m. on Jackson County’s WRGC Radio at 540 AM.
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:42

Learn more about modern roller derby

Krista Robb of the Smoky Mountain Roller Girls will give a program and slide show presentation on modern Roller Derby at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, in the community room of the Jackson County Public Library.
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:41

Two workshops planned at Franklin library

The Macon County Library in Franklin will hold two programs on July 26. Avid coin collector Paul Biery will present a program on American Coins at 11 a.m. in the meeting room. Biery has been collecting coins for more than…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:41

Learn the art of faux finishing Aug. 4

A class teaching beginning faux finish instruction will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Aug. 4 at the Leapin’ Frog Gallery in Waynesville. Instructor is Teir Siewert of Wallchemy, and the cost is $75. Siewert was trained in designer…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:40

Join a community art show in Bryson City

Local artists and artisans in Swain and surrounding counties are invited to submit up to four original works of art for the annual community art exhibit at the Swain County Center for the Arts. Artwork for this nine-week exhibit will…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:40

Lifelike drawing taught in Swain

Art League of the Smokies will meet at 6:15 p.m. on Aug. 2 at the Swain County Center for the Arts. The DVD “Lee Hammonds’s Lifelike Drawing,” will be shown. Learn how to draw a simple vase, furry dog, layered…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:38

Sarge’s Dog Walk returns Aug. 4

The 7th annual Downtown Waynesville Dog Walk hosted by Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4.