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Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:24

Waterways director to give guest program

 A Live and Learn program featuring Eric Romaniszyn, executive director of the Haywood Waterways Authority, will be held at 2 p.m., Nov. 17, in Bethea Welcome Center at Lake Junaluska. Romaniszyn’s expertise is with benthic macroinvertebrates, but he has also…
A walking tour and discussion focused on the natural and cultural resources of the Cullowhee Valley area is set for Sunday, Nov. 13. Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center and Cherokee Studies Program will sponsor the program. Participants will meet…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:23

Environmental writing contest now under way

The Southern Environmental Law Center is accepting submissions for the annual Phillip D. Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment.  The award seeks to enhance public awareness of the value and vulnerability of the region’s natural heritage…
The author of Hiking through History, a hiker’s guide to Civil War and Underground Railroad sites along the present-day Appalachian Trail, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union Grotto. Leanna Joyner, who has…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:22

National Geographic does the AT

A National Geographic film about the Appalachian Trail will be shown at the Carolina Asheville at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 19. It is one of seven locations where the film will be screened on the East Coast, a tour circuit…
Small farmers needing help might just find the financial boost they need through WNC Agricultural Options. The group this year will award $150,000 to 35 or so farm businesses and farmer-led groups. “Successful farming in today’s environment requires taking on…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:20

Program to showcase forest research

The experimental national forest service site, Coweeta Hydrologic Lab, will be the subject of the next League of Women Voters in Macon County on Thursday, Nov. 10. The research center located in Macon County was established in 1934 to study…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:19

Bikers dig in to give Tsali trails a hand

About 40 volunteers, some from as far away as Florida and Virginia, recently helped improve drainage on trails at Tsali Recreation Area as part of a MegaWork Party co-sponsored by the Nantahala Area chapter of the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association.…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:19

U.S. Wetlands losses are slowing

A recent report assessing wetland habitats in the U.S. shows a slight decline from 2004-2009, according to the federal Fish and Wildlife Service. The findings are consistent with the Status and Trends Wetlands reports from previous decades that reflect a…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:18

Nabbed ‘sang poachers to serve jail time

Four Western North Carolina men have been sentenced in separate cases in Federal court for poaching ginseng from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Ginseng grows in the wild in Appalachia and can fetch high prices as a herbal medicine.…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:16

Foggy Tessentee

Last Saturday afternoon was a gorgeous autumn afternoon across Western North Carolina. Last Saturday morning, however, when Bob Olthoff and I had a play date to do some birding at Tessentee Bottomland Preserve, it was socked in, cold and damp.…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:12

Making Haywood more bike friendly

Haywood County is one step closer to getting a defined bike route traversing the county and improved cycling amenities. The county commissioners approved a comprehensive countywide bicycle plan at its meeting Monday (Nov. 7). The plan aims to get more…
Blue Ridge Books will host local author Nathan B. Tracy at 3 p.m. on Nov. 12 as he introduces his new book, Pack Leader Down. The novel follows a marine insurance adjuster marked for murder by a drug gang as…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:11

David Joy to read from new book

Cullowhee resident and staff writer for the Crossroads Chronicle David Joy will read from his new book, Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman’s Journey, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11. Growing Gills is not just a book about a man…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:09

A haunting look at Hemingway’s life with Pilar

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s death by suicide. He has remained, of course, an icon of American letters, a legend, a man whose life and art still seem to tower over today’s writers. Only his friend,…
Western Carolina University’s original radio broadcast adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel “Dracula” will be staged at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Tickets to the event, which begins at 7:30 p.m., are…
Canton library to celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a program on Cherokee history and culture Haywood County native Charlie Rhodarmer, director and manager of the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore, Tenn., will give a presentation on 18th century Cherokee…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 17:26

Bob Plott to visit Liars Bench

“Legendary Hunters and Hounds of the Great Smokies” will be the subject of the next Liars Bench at 7 p.m. on Nov. 17 at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center auditorium. Artists taking part in this month’s performance include Gary…
The Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP) will show the award-winning film “Life Above All” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 16 at the Fine Arts Theater in Asheville. Lauded by critics at the Cannes Film Festival, the film tells a…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 17:24

Ron Rash to receive NC’s civilian award

A group of distinguished North Carolinians — including WCU’s Ron Rash — will receive the North Carolina Award, the highest civilian honor the state bestows, at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the N. C. Museum of History. Rash’s…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 17:23

Exhibit presents student experience as art

Students in Western Carolina University’s Creative Life Living-Learning Community will present an exhibit titled “Transitions” in Gallery 130 at the Fine Art Museum that explores the theme of transitioning to college life through color, values, individuality, leadership and group dynamics.…
The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University will host a holiday sale of handmade items and a Fall Family Day from 3-7 p.m. on Nov. 10. Both events are free and the public is invited. The second-annual Handmade Holiday…
Glass artist Rebecca Hellman will show her works in jewelry and fused glass at Leapin’ Frog Gallery in Waynesville on Nov. 11-12. Hellman has come to produce glass items after many years of working in other mediums such as painting,…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 17:19

Dinner and silent auction to benefit KARE

Haywood County’s Kids Advocacy Resource Effort will host its second annual Fall Festival of Trees fundraiser and live auction on Friday, Nov. 18., at the Laurel Ridge Pavilion. The fundraiser begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour and entertainment…
The Jackson County Green Energy Park was featured on the Facebook page of the National Endowment for the Arts [NEA] on Oct. 27. The NEA asked the public to nominate arts organizations for a spotlight feature, and here are five…
Set in the Haywood Arts Regional Theater, the cast of “Ah, Wilderness!” spent a rainy evening preparing for its impending opening night. The actors practiced their lines and movements, making all the blunders of a good rehearsal. One of the…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:10

Masks are mirrors looking back at us

A mask is a mechanism employed to cover the face as a protective screen or disguise. For protection, they have been utilized for centuries by medieval horsemen, welders, fencers, hockey goalies, and so on. Their most intriguing uses, however, have…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:08

Fishermen land first place in national tourney

Paul Bourcq of Franklin and Chris Lee of Bryson City won first place in the 26-team Rumble in the Rhododendron fly-fishing tournament. The event showcased the special catch and release, fly-fishing only section of the Oconaluftee River on the Cherokee…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:08

NOC launches shop inside Grove Park

Nantahala Outdoor Center opened the doors late last month on a retail and outdoor activity concept shop, NOC Asheville, inside The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa. “Our presence was well received by The Grove Park Inn’s guests, and we…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:07

Hit the Jack Rabbit on guided mountain bike trip

You can escape the confines of pavement for a fast-paced adventure along wooded trails and past lakes and mountains on the 15-mile Jack Rabbit Trail system in the Nantahala National Forest.   Join the Western North Carolina Alliance from 10…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:06

LTLT celebrates year of accomplishments

The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee’s annual fall celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in Rainbow Springs along the Upper Nantahala River. The day includes live music, activities for kids, cross-cut saw…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:05

Hiking series to explore national forests

A series of hikes through next year will take hikers to each of the 41 areas identified as “Mountain Treasures” within the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests. The Wilderness Society is teaming up with the Carolina Mountain Club on the…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:05

Suffer crop losses? Farmers can get help

Sign-up for 2010 crop-year losses begins Monday, Nov. 14, through your local USDA Farm Service Agency. “Producers across North Carolina experienced natural disasters during the 2010 crop year, causing hardship and financial losses to their agricultural operations,” said Becky Williamson,…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:04

Farming history of WNC boiled down to 90 minutes

The history of agriculture in these mountains will be explored at one of three upcoming programs by Curtis Wood, an author, editor and professor emeritus from Western Carolina University’s history department. Some 50 percent of Appalachia’s earliest European settlers were…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:03

A picture's worth a thousand words

The seventh-annual Autumn Juried Group Exhibit of the Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association has opened at the Biltmore Estate’s Deerpark Inn, through December.   There are 25 images in the juried group exhibit depicting the vibrant colors of fall, the beauty…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:01

Call of the watershed

The annual fall hike in the Town of Waynesville’s 9,000-acre watershed took place on Saturday Oct. 29. Around 25 stalwart hikers showed up despite the cold, wet and windy Friday overnight and socked-in, iffy-looking conditions Saturday morning, to see and…
Ryan Emerson’s pack was stolen and his cell phone now resides at the bottom of a river. His biggest hurdle while canoeing down the Mississippi, though, has been the wind. “The only real challenges I have met so far are…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:54

Dingwall introduces new series

Wendy Dingwall will introduce her new Yvonne Suarez mystery series with the first installment, Hera’s Revenge, at 1 p.m. on Nov. 5 at City Lights in Sylva. Travel agent Yvonne Suarez will take you around the globe as she stumbles…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:54

White to read from collection

Charles Dodd White will read from his new short story collection, Sinners of Sanction County, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Originally from Atlanta, White now lives in Asheville and teaches English at…
Students living in Reynolds Residence Hall of Western Carolina University are seeking new or used books as part of a project to donate them to students at Smokey Mountain Elementary School. The students are trying to collect 1,000 books by…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:45

This is delicious, fast-paced crime fiction

If you are one of those readers who has a grudging respect for outlaws, and if you find yourself sometimes fantasizing about putting on a mask, stealing a fast car — say, a Corvette 706 with 505 horses under the…
I missed a golden opportunity to see my name emblazoned on a book spine by not writing about Western North Carolina’s very own serial bomber, Eric Robert Rudolph. Many people suggested I turn my experiences into a nonfiction account. I…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:41

No town money spent to purchase public art

To the Editor: Recent political ads by the Waynesville-Haywood Concerned Citizens contain materially false representations. There has never been any Waynesville town money or taxpayer money used for the public art pieces described in their ads. These works have been…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:40

WHCC claims skirt the truth

To the Editor: I appreciated your article “Meet the candidates: Who’s who in Waynesville’s race” (www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/5412) regarding the upcoming elections, and I am particularly grateful for you drawing my notice to the Waynesville-Haywood Concerned Citizens (WHCC) political action committee —…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:39

Political ad mis-stated several key facts

To the Editor: As a member of the Waynesville Public Art Commission from September 2006 to March 2011, I am very concerned about the misinformation presented in the ad placed in the Oct. 26/Nov. 1 issue of The Smoky Mountain…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:37

Facts matter and homework counts

To the Editor: Homework counts. I like to think that candidates running for the Waynesville Town Board would be interested in checking public documents to support or reinforce their point of view. Facts from public documents concerning our entrance corridors…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:34

Once you cross the line, there’s no going back

I followed the Janet Moore controversy from the beginning to its conclusion, which was all of three days. The former vice president of marketing for Mission Hospital made a mistake — a mistake that became very public — and paid…
Despite only having one candidate on its ballot, the Bryson City mayoral race has heated up, with two potential write-in candidates joining the race. Bryson City resident Tom Sutton is actively campaigning as a write-in candidate, while current mayor Brad…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:30

Man thieving election signs

Hide your posters; hide your signs. Somebody might sneak on your property and snatch all your election signs up. The Maggie Valley Police Department is looking for an unidentified white male who has been seen stealing elections signs from an…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:29

2011 Peace Conference addresses poverty

Registration is still open for the fourth annual Lake Junaluska Peace Conference, “Poverty, Abundance, and Peace:  Seeking Economic Justice for All God’s Children,” on Nov. 13-15. Speakers for this year’s conference include Sen. George McGovern; David Beckmann, executive director of…