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Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:38

Learn good guard techniques

Girls on Guard will be offered from 9 a.m. until noon this Saturday, Oct. 22, on Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus. This presentation covers date rape scenarios and attacks perpetrated by acquaintances. Participants will learn tactics and techniques to defend…
There’s still no reprieve in sight for WRGC, Sylva’s radio station and a five-decade community mainstay for local weather, news and more. The station, broadcasting at 680 AM, went off the air at the end of August. Gary Ayers, a…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:34

Table is set for Sylva town election

This November, Sylva residents will elect three commissioners, deciding who will control the majority on that five-member board. All three incumbents are running for re-election, plus two challengers. In the next four years, it’s likely that Sylva’s chosen leaders will…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:32

Collective discontent bonds candidates

Three candidates running for the Maggie Valley town board with a similar message have buddied up in the campaign and chosen to run as a slate. They claim the current town leaders discourage new ideas and fail to bring residents…
Waning tourism in Maggie Valley and what to do about it is dominating the town’s election this fall. Four people are running for two seats on the town board, and there is also a contested race for mayor. A slate…
Crafting cornhusk dolls is a far cry from mass-producing blue surgical drapes, but one local non-profit made that leap in a matter of about four years. Today Haywood Vocational Opportunities LLC employs 365 people — more than a third of whom…
The medical community in Western North Carolina is embroiled in a debate over Mission Hospital — should its influence and reach be reined in or given the freedom it needs to serves as the region’s health care leader? A state…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:26

State auditor to speak at Democratic rally

The Haywood Democratic Party will hold its annual Fall Rally Saturday, Oct. 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with State Auditor Beth Wood serving as guest speaker. The event will take place at the Canton Armory, 71 Penland Street,…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:24

‘Occupy’ movement moves into Sylva

“Occupy Sylva” on Saturday looked and sounded a lot like a Democratic-party function, but with a twist. The message wasn’t necessarily about voting Democratic, though speakers, particularly political office holders, certainly worked that wish into speeches when their moments came…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:22

Do-over of room tax hike in Jackson

Jackson County commissioners likely erred two weeks ago when they voted to double the county’s tax on overnight lodging: they failed to hold a public hearing first. Commissioners were forced to rescind their vote, and will now hold a public…
The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University will host a reception for an exhibit from the collection of Rob and Leigh Anne Young from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. An interview with art collector Rob Young will…
Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing Education will offer adult (18 years and older) blacksmithing classes this fall and winter in cooperation with the Jackson County Green Energy Park. • “Introduction to Coal Forging,” 2:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, and…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:24

Artists sought for garden art exhibit

The Haywood County Arts Council is joining with the Haywood County Master Gardener Volunteer Association for an exhibit in April 2012 to feature various mediums of art representing gardens to be featured on the Master Gardener Volunteer Association’s June 2012…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:23

Learn the papermaking process Oct. 25

Hendersonville resident Stefanie Kompathoum will offer a workshop on how to make handmade paper at the Jackson County Public Library Complex at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25. The program will take place in the building’s Atrium, just inside the…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:23

Crowe presents his first childrens’ book

The Jackson County Public Library will host a special evening storytime for children at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Storytime Room. The event will feature Thomas Rain Crowe reading from his new book for children, entitled The Wake Up…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:22

Ready for a night of terror?

Starting on Oct. 21, a spooky Haunted Trail will be set up at the Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee. The last night of the Haunted Trail is Halloween, Oct. 31. Tickets are $10 a person and children 12 and under…
The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China will perform at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium at 4 p.m. on Oct 23. Direct from Beijing, this company of 35 performers is known for its stunning displays of the best in…
Comedian Bo Burnham will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. Burnham rose to fame in 2006 — while still in high school — after posting…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:19

‘Arc’toberfest fundraiser scheduled

The Arc of Haywood County’s third annual “Arc”toberfest will be held from 7-11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Gateway Club in Waynesville. The $50 per person ticket includes music, dancing and heavy hors d’oeuvres. The event provides The…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:17

Guild craft fair returns to WNC Oct. 20-23

The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands has set the standard for fine craft shows across the country since its first year in 1948. The tradition continues this year on Oct 20-23 in Asheville. More than 200 craftspeople fill two…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:16

Pumpkinfest serves up fall variety Oct. 22

Historic Downtown Franklin is gearing up for the 15th Annual Pumpkinfest to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22. During this event you can take part in some traditional and some very non-traditional fall festivities.…
The vibrant hues of autumn come to life Saturday, Oct. 22, at the third annual “ColorFest, Art of the Blue Ridge” showcase. ColorFest transforms downtown Sylva into a Paris-like setting with artists painting at easels along Main Street surrounded by…
Western Carolina University will host a screening of the movie “The King’s Speech” followed by a discussion focusing on stuttering, including treatment, self-help groups and other resources for people who stutter and their families, on Sunday, Oct. 23. The Department…
The author of the newly released second edition of Stuttering Intervention: A Collaborative Journey to Fluency Freedom admits that his tome is a textbook for students in communication sciences and disorders and a reference work for speech-language pathologists. But to…
The war in the Smokies proved to be … a curious conjunction of terrain, history, politics, and culture ... a tragic division of loyalties … a brutal partisan conflict where men left homes and wives and children and trekked north…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:46

Fishers to converge on reservation for prizes

Time to get those lines wet, via the Rumble in the Rhododendron in Cherokee coming up Oct. 21-23. The cost is $225 per fly-fishing team. “Fips Mouche” rules for two-person teams apply. Additionally, there will be a separate casting competition.…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:45

Learn fly-fishing basics from an expert

Fly fishermen are passing on their craft with a series of how-to classes in Sylva. Members of the Tuckaseigee Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold basic fly fishing courses from 6 to 8 p.m. the first and second Thursdays of…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:44

Introduce kids to fly-fishing in Pisgah

 Kids ages 12 and older can take a free fly-fishing class Oct. 15 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. The “Kids’ Introduction to Fly Fishing” class will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Instructors will cover equipment,…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:43

Fall color web site

Want to find the best fall color? The U.S. Forest Service of North Carolina has posted a new leaf viewing page on its website. It describes the colorful foliage that folks can enjoy in the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:42

Goats prove usefulness to Catamounts

An environmentally friendly weed-eradication strategy that has been gaining popularity across the nation made its way to Western Carolina University recently in the form of 70 kudzu-chomping goats. The goats were transported from Wells Farm in Horseshoe to eat away…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:42

Where’s the beef?

Learn all about beef cattle in two upcoming workshops scheduled for Macon County. The first is designed to teach the basics, from genetic selection, herd health and management, on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:41

Franklin 5K coming to the greenway

The Franklin Cross Country team will hold the Grayson Hall Memorial 5K race on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 9 a.m. at Tassee Park on the Little Tennessee Greenway in Franklin. There will also be a one-mile fun run/walk. This is the…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:40

Cataloochee scores new school director

Cataloochee is welcoming new Ski and Snowboard School Director Mark Rozof, who was a member of the Cataloochee school last season. He worked as an instructor, clinician and supported the race program.  Rozof has been a member of Professional Ski…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:40

Mega trail work party at Tsali this weekend

Get out your work gloves and head over to Tsali Recreation Area this month (Oct. 15-16) to help work on the famous mountain biking Mecca’s trails. The local Nantahala chapter of the Southeast Off-Road Bicycle Organization, or SORBA, is organizing…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:39

Taking flight with birds of prey

The “Eagle Lady” will be doing a free program with her live birds of prey at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Oconaluftee Visitor Center outside Cherokee at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. Naturalist Doris Mager has been working…
A one-man show will portray the life of Theodore Roosevelt, the Conservation President, in two upcoming performances on Friday, Oct. 14, in Highlands at the Performing Arts Center and on Saturday, Oct. 15, in Cashiers at the Orchard Restaurant. Roosevelt,…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:37

New Wildlife Commission website

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has launched a new, interactive website at www.ncwildlife.org that features reorganized content, streamlined navigation and improved menus. Whether you’re a hunter, angler, boater or just simply enjoy nature, the newly redesigned website is designed to…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:36

Leaf-lookers’ primer

How did it get to be October already? Oh well, it’s here and the deep red sourwoods shinning from the road shoulder as we climbed up the Saluda grade on I-26 from one last weekend to the beach, plus pockets…
For a good part of the past decade I have spent a lot of time riding and racing my bike. That is, up until the last few years, when starting both a career and a family finally brought an abrupt…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:28

Folklorist to tell true ghost stories

Folklorist and author Randy Russell will tell true ghost stories and read from new young adult novel at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Canton Branch Library. Asheville-resident Russell is the Edgar-nominated author of five published novels for…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:27

Dodson to read at Blue Ridge Books

Stan Dodson will read from his novel, Poor Memory, at 3 p.m. on Oct. 15 at Blue Ridge Books and News in Waynesville. In Dotson’s novel, a young preacher finds that uncovering the mystery of Memory Bloodsworth, an eccentric old…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:26

Lane to read from newest book of poems

John Lane will be at City Lights at 7 p.m. on Oct. 13 to read from his news book, Abandoned Quarry. The books is a selection of poems from his past and most recent works. Abandoned Quarry takes the reader…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:24

Norma Watkins to read from memoir

Norma Watkins will read from her memoir, The Last Resort, at 7 p.m. on Oct. 14 at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. The Last Resort begins in childhood at Allison’s Wells, a popular Mississippi spa for proper white people, run…
Western Carolina University faculty member and writer Ron Rash is one of six North Carolinians chosen to receive the state’s highest civilian honor, the North Carolina Award. Rash, Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Culture at WCU, will receive the award…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:14

The past is not really past

It is no secret that writers are influenced by authors whose work they admire. Though he would later turn his back on them, Ernest Hemingway felt the literary touch of contemporaries such as Sherwood Anderson and Gertrude Stein (his style…
A box of bulbs arrived Saturday, containing within the cardboard confines all the promises of fall work, winter waiting and spring wonder. The decision was made last March or April to order then rather than waiting to select and purchase…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:05

Student housing would benefit Forest Hills

To the Editor: In response to the article written by Quintin Ellison published Oct. 5 regarding the developer request to the mayor and council of Forest Hills village to allow a premier student housing complex, I offer the following viewpoint and…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:05

Cutting food aid right now is deplorable

To the Editor: An elderly widow on a fixed-income already cannot afford a healthy diet and her medications, and now she wonders how she will afford to heat her home this winter. She relies on the food assistance The Community…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:03

Waynesville town board needs Mary Ann Enloe

To the Editor: One of America’s greatest statesmen, Thomas Paine, wrote a book called Common Sense. Unfortunately, this trait is not too prevalent in our government nowadays. However, Mary Ann Enloe, a candidate for Waynesville alderman, possesses it in great…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:02

General Assembly puts burden on locals

To the Editor: It has become evident that the principle guideline being used by Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, and the Republican-led General Assembly in governing North Caroline is to cut state expenditures by placing the burden for traditional state services…