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Wednesday, 27 June 2012 14:02

Snake handlers riveting but cliché

“... and these signs shall follow those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons, they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poisons, it will not…
Voices in the Laurel’s SummerVoice Music Camp will expand this year to become the Voices in the Laurel Summer Music Quest taking place from 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. July 30 – Aug. 3 at the First Baptist Church of…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 14:01

WCU to hold Dulcimer U

Registration continues for Dulcimer U, a residential program at Western Carolina University that draws dulcimer enthusiasts from across the country for a week of classes, concerts, jam sessions and fellowship. The program will run July 15-20. Participants in Dulcimer U…
Paul Heckert, professor of astronomy and physics at Western Carolina University, will present a special program about stars and planets at 2 p.m. June 28 in the auditorium at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. The program is for…
“Music, Art & Poetry Night,” an open mic arts night, will begin at 7 p.m. June 29 at the Rickman Store in Macon County.
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:58

Sew it in Sylva

Ann Gill-Johnson, a member of the Sew Easy Girls Extension and Community Association, will offer a sewing class at 1 p.m. July 2, 9, and 16 in the conference room of the Community Services Center in Sylva.
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:58

Learn to solve common painting problems

The Art League of the Smokies will meet at 6:15 p.m. July 5 at the Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City to show the video “Charles Reid’s Watercolor Solutions.” During the 120-minute video, Reid shares his artistic…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:57

Arts series features ceramics workshops

The Cullowhee Mountain ARTS Summer Visual ART Series is offering three weeklong ceramics workshops at Western Carolina University’s School of Art and Design throughout July.   The ceramics workshops are: • July 9 to 13: Gay Smith will teach “Working to…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:56

Workshop series brings art to the masses

Cullowhee Mountain ARTS is offering weeklong workshops through Aug. 3 as part of its Summer Visual Arts Series at Western Carolina University. Workshops run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday. The workshops for the week of July…
The 23rd annual Mountain Artisans Summertime Art & Crafts Show will present the top artisans and crafters in the Southeast from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 30 through July 1 in the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University. The…
The Mad Batter is celebrating their introduction of beer to their menu with live music and a beer tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. June 27. The event will feature local beer, local food and local musicians, Whimzik and Pat…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:54

Joe Penland to open Songcatchers series

Ballad singer and storyteller Joe Penland will kick off the 2012 Songcatchers Music Series at 4 p.m. July 1 at the Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah Forest. The series features performances of traditional mountain music every Sunday afternoon in July.…
Voices of Lee, an a cappella ensemble from Lee University, will perform at 2:30 p.m. July 1 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Voices of Lee has performed worldwide, been featured on Good Morning America,…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:52

Bascom to host barn dance

The Bascom, a visual arts center in The Highlands, will hold its first Summer Barn Dance of the season from 7-10 p.m. June 30.
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:50

Celebrate world cultures through Folkmoot

Nearly 300 performers from nine countries will descend on Haywood County July 18 to 29 for the Folkmoot Festival held throughout WNC.
Neil Diamond impersonator and tribute artist Tom Sadge will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. June 29 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Cherokee Recording Artist Shea Keck will be performing from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. June 30 at the Wildwood Grill at Fontana Village Resort.   Keck began performing at the age of 12 when she was asked to join gospel…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:48

The Barefoot Movement to play in Jackson

The Barefoot Movement will play a free concert at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at 7 p.m. July 3. The Barefoot Movement plays different styles of bluegrass, folk, acoustic rock and old-time front porch music. They feature original…
The Franklin Chamber of Commerce’s annual Fourth of July horseshoe and cornhole tournaments will begin at 10 a.m. at the Macon County Veterans Memorial Recreation Park, just south of town on U.S. 441. The horseshoe competition is open to men…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:43

WNC lights it up for the Fourth

From cornhole tournaments to a homemade raft race, from a fireworks train ride to kids-only parade, mountain communities are pulling out all the stops. Peruse this year’s line-up of July Fourth celebrations that put a twist of local flavor on…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:06

Firecracker 5K lights a fuse with runners

  If you are looking to run a personal best, consider the Bryson City Firecracker 5k on July 4th. The course, which begins downtown and heads toward the Deep Creek community and back, is one of the flattest 5K courses…
This year’s U.S. Youth Fly Fishing Championships were held in Cherokee last weekend, with venues including the catch-and-release waters in Cherokee, the Upper Nantahala and the Lower Nantahala.
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:05

Horse exhibition to benefit Panthertown

  The Bald Rock Horse Exhibition will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 30 in Sapphire to benefit the Friends of Panthertown, a non-profit that works to preserve, protect and promote the unique national forest recreational area…
  From spider behavior to salamander pheromones, researchers with the Highlands Biological Station are seemingly undaunted by the finer, even obscure points of mountain ecology. They will present a sampling of their research projects at 7 p.m. July 5 at…
 Building the original elevator to the mountain’s summit in 1949 took workers 18 months to blast through solid granite, creating a 258-foot shaft reached through a 198-foot-long tunnel. It was completely revamped.
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:02

Watch that stream

  The Town of Waynesville has partnered with Haywood Waterways Association to strategically place stream-crossing signs around town and help the public become more aware of the water resources around them. There are eight streams that flow through or near…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:01

Join rangers for a hike to Black Balsam

Rangers with the Blue Ridge Parkway will lead a hike to the summit of Black Balsam Knob in the Shining Rock Wilderness of Haywood County at 10 a.m. Friday, June 29. The hike is an easy to moderate 2-mile roundtrip…
 “Spectacular Southern Appalachians” is the theme of a Nature Photography Exhibit by the mountain chapter of the Carolinas Nature Photographers Association that will be on display until July 31 at the Cradle of Forestry.
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 12:58

Growers needed for new Stecoah market

  A new farmer’s market has opened at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Graham County every Wednesday morning from 8-11 a.m. The Tailgate Market will feature fresh garden produce, flowers, herbs, plants and value-added food products.  This will…
The Canary Coalition’s annual membership gathering will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. June 29 at the Jackson County Public Library Community Room in Sylva. There will be a potluck dinner, live music and a performance by Chad Halliburton,…
Artist Rick Hills, a studio owner in Waynesville, is donating 20 percent of the sale of his artwork on display at the Village Green Café in Waynesville to benefiting Haywood Waterways Association. The work will be on display until July…
  Gov. Perdue has to be weary. This weariness was apparent months ago when she declared she would not seek re-election. Her vetoes are little more than symbolic with the current make up of the General Assembly and here she…
A sweeping review of the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests will get under way in a matter of months, a behemoth, multi-year process that will layout a new blueprint for how the forests are managed for the first time in…
 A million acres of national forests sounds like a lot, and indeed it is. But consider the 8.6 million people who visit the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests every year and those vast green swaths that checker any map of…
 A couple in Macon County is trying to raise $2 million to open a childcare center that would serve 120 children.
Don’t expect business as usual at the Cashiers Chamber of Commerce as a new director takes over for the first time in more than 20 years. The business organization became embroiled in controversy last year amid questions about whether the…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Maggie police under the gun in budget talks

The Maggie Valley Police Department will see minimal cuts to its new budget despite multiple discussions about whether the small valley has more officers than it needs. The budget was cut by $55,000 to $854,000. The town will postpone replacing…
Maggie Valley’s mayor and Board of Alderman voted quickly Monday to cut the tax rate by three cents and approve an amended version of the town’s budget — even though one alderman said she was not privy to the last minute…
The Sylva town board has lost what was arguably its most progressive member with the resignation of Stacy Knotts, who is following her professor husband Gibbs Knotts to the College of Charleston in South Carolina.
Western mountain counties will have a new representative on the N.C. Department of Transportation board with the departure of long-time board member Conrad Burrell, who has stepped down from the powerful post after more than 11 years.
 Lee Galloway never goes anywhere without a spare copy of Waynesville’s yard waste ordinance. Even a simple evening jaunt to the grocery store can find Galloway scanning the curbs
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Haywood businesses catch the solar bug

 Two technology-related businesses in Haywood County are looking to save some green by going green.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has denied any wrongdoing in a lawsuit related to investment losses in a trust fund that safeguards casino earnings on behalf of Cherokee youth. The tribe has, among other things, asked a judge to…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Opportunities to serve in Waynesville

  The Town of Waynesville is seeking citizens willing to serve on its boards and commissions, including its ABC Board, Firemen’s Relief Fund Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission, Public Art Commission, Board of Adjustment, Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Board…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Richard Twiss to preach at Lake Junaluska

  Richard Twiss will preach Sunday, July 1, at Lake Junaluska as part of the Native American Summer Conference. Twiss will preside at the 8:30 a.m. communion service in Memorial Chapel and will also preach at 10:45 a.m. in Stuart…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Roller Girls competition set for Haywood

  Swain County’s Smoky Mountain Roller Girls will travel to Haywood County to take on the Thunder Road Roller Girls in the upcoming “Debut Taunt Brawl” at 6 p.m. June 30 at the Haywood County Fairgrounds. This event marks Smoky Mountain’s…
The tiny town of Fontana Dam is getting to keep its post office, but what’s not clear yet is whether the post office will be manned or not. Fontana Dam was included 10 months ago in a list of 3,700…
Three elk were shot dead last month just outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the Mount Sterling area of Haywood County, and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking for the public’s help in finding the poacher or…
  To the editor: The barking ordinance that Jackson county commissioners recently said they’d support sounds at first like a good idea. After all, the idea of dogs barking all night long is upsetting and annoying. Tax-paying property owners deserve…
  To the editor: Remember when we would say “Sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite” as a nod to the mid 20th century quote? Well, bedbugs have literally raised their ugly heads again. Why? Probably because a single…