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Relive the classic age of MGM movies, the magic of Disney and the special effects of contemporary film through the music that made them memorable as sung by Voices in the Laurel Children’s Choirs. The Valentine’s concert will be held…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:38

Songwriters festival announces contest

Songwriters have three months to enter The Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival 2012 Songwriters Contest in Gatlinburg. “The primary goal of the SMSWF 2012 Songwriters Contest is to showcase and bring a broader spotlight to the talent we have here in…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:37

Share the Warmth concert is Feb. 12

Haywood Community College and Champion Credit Union will once again host a Share the Warmth benefit concert from 2 until 5 p.m. on Feb. 12. Donations collected will go 100 percent to Mountain Projects to help area residents with heating…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:36

Artist-in-residence Andrea Dezsö to speak Feb. 9

Visual artist Andrea Dezsö will speak at 4 p.m., Feb. 9, in Room 130 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. The lecture is free and the public is invited. Originally from Eastern…
Whimzik, a mask and music performance, will perform a Valentine’s dinner theater at 7 p.m. on Feb. 14 at the Mad Batter Bakery & Café in Cullowhee. Kjelsty Hanson wears masks that she sculpts while Glenn Kastrinos improvises to her…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:35

Woodworkers’ art on display in Sylva

A new display at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva showcases the artistic work of 10 local woodworkers. The display opened in late January and will remain on view until March 31. It features the work of Jackson County…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:34

Hornbostel, Teves to perform in Bryson

Lois Hornbostel and Ehukai Teves will perform a concert at 3p.m. on Feb. 12 at the Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City. Their music will feature dulcimer, ukulele and the Chapman Stick guitar along with original songs…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:34

Community band begins its 10th season

The Haywood Community Band will begin rehearsing for its 10th season of free concerts. Concerts take place on the third Sunday of each month from May to October and are held in Maggie Valley. In addition to the scheduled themed…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:33

Haywood’s Taste of Chocolate is April 21

The Haywood Jackson Volunteer Center is looking for volunteers to help coordinate its annual Taste of Chocolate fundraiser as well as bakers to participate in the event. The fundraiser will take place April 21 at the Maggie Valley Country Club.…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:32

Workshop, Valentine’s party for kids in Macon

Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to a free ARTSaturday workshop and Valentine party from 10 a.m. to noon on Feb. 11 at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Make-and-take projects include 3-D valentine cards and decorations,…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:32

Learn card embroidery at Feb. 16 workshop

Learn how to make handmade cards for any occasion from weddings to birth announcements to holidays with card makers Doris Mackey and Pam Galloway on Feb. 16. Mackey and Galloway will teach an “Embroidery on Cards” workshop from 10 a.m.…
Local artist Jo Ridge Kelley will exhibit the latest painting from her WaterDance series at The Jeweler’s Workbench on Main Street in Waynesville starting Feb. 11. The paintings are a personal expression in vivid colors played against subdued darks with…
The Liars Bench, a program featuring authentic traditional Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, and drama, has announced that its February performances will be a benefit for the organization. In addition to Liars Bench regulars, the February performances will feature a…
Sarah T. Meltzer, an assistant professor of secondary education at Western Carolina University, has published her book Step-by-Step Professional Development in Technology. The educational book offers guidelines for bringing about effective professional development in technology and contains tools and resources…
The HART Studio season continues this week with “Collected Stories” by noted playwright Donald Margulies. Margulies won the Pulitzer Prize for his 2000 play “Dinner With Friends,” and has followed that up with a number major works on and off…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:21

Serena headed to the big screen

Ron Rash’s novel, Serena, was birthed in an image: his mind’s eye pictured a woman on horseback. From the woman’s posture on that horse, her very way of being, Rash said he knew this would be a novel about a…
A good friend of old came to stay last week. A great respecter of proper etiquette, she provided ample warning of her pending arrival, noting that she planned on getting in midweek and staying for the foreseeable future. That bold…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:19

Newspaper criticism was just off the mark

To the Editor: I had to read “Shame on you, SMN, for poking fun” (Smoky Mountain News, Feb. 1 edition) twice before I grasped that Danya VanHook was serious in her criticism of The Smoky Mountain News and hurt by…
To the Editor: In a recent article in The Smoky Mountain News, Jackson County Commissioner Jack Debnam was quoted as saying that he did not believe in self-gratification. The Debnam quote went on to say “I would prefer the plaque…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:17

Who does Sen. Jim Davis really represent?

To the Editor: State Sen. Jim Davis had an excellent idea. He suggested that anyone who wondered about contributions to his 2010 campaign could just check out the NC. Board of Elections website. I did. Here is what I found.…
In this country built on capitalism, it’s a constant source of antagonism among politicians and citizens. I’m talking about the intersection of government aid to private businesses, and when is too little and when is too much. Jackson County has…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:15

Candidate forum to be held in Bryson City

Several Republican candidates for the 11th Congressional District will participate in a Feb. 17 forum sponsored by the Smoky Mountain Republican Women. The forum will be held at 7 p.m. at the Swain County Community Services Facility on Brendle Street…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:14

Girl Scouts seeking new troop leaders

In an effort to recruit new Troop Leaders and volunteers, Girl Scouts will host “Information Hours” from 1 to 6 p.m., Feb. 15, at the Haywood County Library in Waynesville. Current Troop Leaders, parents and Girl Scouts are also welcome…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:13

Class on self-defense for women Feb. 16

Western Carolina University is offering a self-defense class for women Thursday, Feb. 16. The class, sponsored by WCU’s Division of Educational Outreach, will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Room 143 of the Cordelia Camp Building. The class will focus…
Whittier’s $5 million wastewater treatment plant could be facing eventual financial insolvency, saddled with too much overhead and too few customers to make operation viable. The sewer plant, in hindsight, was overbuilt for growth and development that failed to materialize…
The Haywood Board of Commissioners agreed to put its John Hancock on a letter asking the N.C. Department of Transportation to post an additional “This way to Cherokee” sign near Dillsboro. The letter is a classic case of turn-about being…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:09

Gender equality on pay under the magnifying glass

Western Carolina University has launched a pay study to determine whether male employees are paid more than their female counterparts when doing the same jobs. The study is expected to take up to two years to complete. It has been…
Swain County’s Board of Elections will decide this month whether it is worth several thousand dollars to operate an early voting site in Cherokee again this election year. The three-member election board all agreed the county might not be able…
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited the Cherokee Bear Zoo for violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. During the agency’s Jan. 5 inspection, the officials found that the Cherokee Bear Zoo was failing to provide adequate veterinary care…
Cherokee tribal council last week decided to change the format for an upcoming vote on alcohol sales, a move that will give individual communities more autonomy on the controversial issue. When members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians go…
If Macon County commissioners decide to impose term limits for the planning board, beleaguered planning members could become the only ones out of dozens serving on various county boards who are subject to limits on how many years they can…
Street food vendors aren’t welcome everywhere in Western North Carolina, but Andy and Pamela Fife haven’t found that to be true in Franklin. They are now setup in this Macon County town as the only fulltime mobile food vendors west…
The race for the Congressional seat representing Western North Carolina was flipped on its head last week when incumbent U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, announced he would not seek re-election this year — leaving no heir apparent within his party.…
When Coach Boyce Dietz got a call from his former standout quarterback Heath Shuler asking him to meet for breakfast at Clyde’s Restaurant one morning several years ago, Dietz dutifully got in the car and headed toward Waynesville to hear…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 20:54

Family welcomes charges in baby’s death

Caron Swayney knew better than to torture herself, but still she occasionally found herself drawn to the trailer park where the cold, limp body of her 15-month-old niece was discovered dead in the middle of the night last January. “I…
Haywood County might not be getting a fair shake from cell tower companies on their property taxes. County commissioners learned this week that cell tower companies might be underestimating the value of their towers and equipment, and as a result,…
Interstate 40 near the Tennessee line in Haywood County reopened early Sunday morning following two rockslides in as many weeks. Only one lane of the Interstate is open through the Pigeon River Gorge near the state line, however. Following the…
Jackson County commissioners this week formally attempted to put the kibosh on 83-year-old Marie Leatherwood’s pattern of outbursts, picketing and general garrulity during meetings. During a meeting last month, Leatherwood was told she could no longer display signs during county…
Thursday, 02 February 2012 18:14

I-40 West expected to be open by Monday, Feb. 6

The Tennessee Department of Transportation anticipates the re-opening of Interstate 40's westbound lanes by Monday Feb. 6. TDOT has awarded an emergency contract to remove debris and unstable rock near the North Carolina border. Currently, the westbound lanes of the…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:56

Poetic writing by a true mountain woman

I am the summer … I am the firefly and the moon … the rain on the leaves the swamp orchids and the blackberries.          — Emma Bell Miles In chronological order, ten of the most informative and/or entertaining books…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:55

Foundation Grant underpins Trust’s work

A three-year, $225,000 grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation will help the Conservation Trust for North Carolina accelerate land and water protection by aiding the state’s network of land trusts. CTNC supports local land trusts by providing grants and…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:55

Wildlife Commission taps social media

Hunters, anglers and wildlife enthusiasts can now receive the most up-to-date information about the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission via social media. “Like” the state agency on Facebook and follow it on Twitter to see the latest news releases, view photos,…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:54

GSMNP appoints new board member

The Benton MacKaye Trail Association elected Ernest Engman, of Maryville, Tenn., as a board member and maintenance coordinator for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A member of the group since 2005, Engman hiked the entire trail in 2008. He later wrote…
The Highlands Biological Foundation has received a $25,000 grant from the Eckerd Family Foundation to create “Backyard Naturalists,” an after-school program designed to inspire a lifelong appreciation of the natural world through science, art and technology. It is intended as…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:49

A unique way to explore ‘your’ Smokies

A new program called experience Your Smokies is a different method now in place to get to know the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and its employees. “If you have ever wanted to be a park ranger or get a…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:49

Time to talk gardening in Sylva

A program on Straw Bale Gardening will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church in Sylva. The program is being put on at the February meeting of The Sylva Garden…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:48

Calling for nominees in Green Oscars

Wild South’s Roosevelt-Ashe Society is seeking nominations for its annual conservation awards, with winners recognized next month in Asheville. Nominations are being accepted through Feb. 10. Awards are presented in seven categories: outstanding journalist, outstanding youth, outstanding educator, outstanding business,…
MedWest Health & Fitness Center in Haywood County will hold a Fitness Expo from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 18 to help New Year goal-setters reinvigorate their fitness wishes. “Spring into Fitness” is free and includes a variety of group…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:47

Winter hike at the Needmore tract

Meet at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, to take part in a winter walk along the Little Tennessee River at Needmore to the old Brush Creek Farm. The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee will host the walk, and staff…
The annual Environmental Scorecard is now out that ranks how friendly or unfriendly state legislators are to the environment, and the results aren’t pretty. A record 55 representatives and 24 senators failed to cast a single vote in favor of…