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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…
  To the editor: I am writing in response to recent discussions of “Barking Dogs” in Jackson County and to the possibility of amendments to the current noise ordinances of Jackson County. I am the dog owner whom Norton resident…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Sometimes a walk is better than a run

 For many years I was a dedicated runner. These days I’m much more likely to choose to walk, both for exercise and pleasure. I enjoyed running, particularly trail running. There was a sense of freedom and power about running through…
By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist My wife and I moved here from Florida because we wanted to live in a state that valued its people, its environment, and its future as much as North Carolina did. We knew this…
 My daughter has arrived at an impossible age — impossible for her, impossible for me, impossible for her mother, impossible for her brother. If this age were a dinner, we’d send it back to the kitchen. If it were a…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:39

Rivers in WNC bear native names

Long before the first Europeans arrived, the Cherokees developed ceremonials that focused on the spiritual power of running water. When ethnologist James Mooney arrived on the Qualla Boundary in the summer of 1887, those beliefs, which he described as the…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:37

Birds of prey debut in Cashiers

A presentation titled “Winged Hunters – Birds of Prey” will begin at 7 p.m. June 26 at the Village Green in Cashiers. Michael Skinner of Balsam Mountain Trust will bring live raptors and teach participants about their habits. Participants can…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:37

Bird walk being offered into Chinquapin

The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society will host its weekly bird walk on June 23 at Chinquapin in Cashiers. The group will meet at the Highlands Town Hall near the public restrooms at 7:30 a.m. and carpool to Cashiers. Cashiers residents…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:36

Videos spotlight N.C. destinations in GSMNP

A new series of short internet videos feature North Carolina sections of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The videos were produced by the Great Smoky Mountains Association and were paid for with a Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:35

Wolf program comes to libraries in Jackson

Rob Gudger brings his Wolf Tales educational program to two local libraries in the coming days. Known as “Trapper Rob,” the Haywood County-based wildlife biologist will conduct events at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva on Tuesday, June 26,…
Biodiviersity Days in the Smokies June 20-23 will commemorate the diversity of plant and animal life in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Biodiversity Days will include programmed seminars, demonstrations, scientist-led field trips and more. It is estimated that as…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:32

Fern workshop part of activity series

Local writer and naturalist George Ellison will conduct a “Fern Identification 101” workshop from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 5 at the Highlands Biological Station. Of the 70 species of ferns in western North Carolina, participants in the workshop…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:31

MedWest Rehab offers free running seminar

MedWest Rehabilitation Services is offering a free running seminar from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on June 25 at the MedWest Outpatient Care Center at 581 Leroy George Dr. on the MedWest-Haywood campus in Clyde. The seminar will be led by…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:31

In search of the rare and beautiful

The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (LTLT) will host a hike on June 22 led by Jack Johnston to see the rare Mountain Camellia (Stewartia ovata) in bloom.  Join members of LTLT on the annual quest to find the…