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Wednesday, 09 October 2013 00:00

The MET Opera live in HD in Highlands

“The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD” will be shown at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. MET opera stars serve as hosts for the HD series, conducting live interviews with cast, crew, and…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 00:00

Cat shelter auction in Sylva

Catman2 will host “The Cat’s Meow Auction” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. The largest no-kill, cats-only shelter and adoption center in Western North Carolina, Catman2 seeks donations from local businesses and…
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 19:46

Clay artist to give demonstrations, talks

Acclaimed clay artist and University of Georgia emeritus faculty member Ron Myers will give demonstrations and talks on the subject of ceramics Oct. 16-17 at Western Carolina University.
The Alash ensemble will hold a special performance featuring the ancient tradition of throat singing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.
Twenty-five top high school marching bands from six states will compete at Western Carolina University’s 13th annual Tournament of Champions invitational at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at E.J. Whitmire Stadium in Cullowhee.
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 19:42

Comedy comes to Bryson City stage

The comedic play “The Dixie Swim Club” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11-12, 18-19 and 21 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 13 and 20 at the Smoky Mountain Community Theatre in Bryson City.
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 00:00

This must be the place

I needed to make an escape. Last Tuesday morning, my cell phone vibrated incessantly on the nightstand. It was 8 a.m., and the sender was my news editor. My eyes creaked open like a rusted cellar door. The message informed…
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 19:37

Cutting through to your passion

Standing in his basement workshop, furniture maker Roy DuVerger looks around the cluttered, dusty space. It may look like chaos to some, but to him, it’s the sign of a busy man doing what he loves.
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 00:00

Church Street at 30

Richard Miller can’t believe the Church Street Art & Craft Show is 30 years old. “I don’t know how it got that old, and I didn’t get any older,” he chuckled. “I can’t figure that out.” Alongside artist Teresa Pennington,…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:45

Wolves have special place in regional lore

I’ve never seen a timber wolf, even though they no doubt once roamed — from time to time — across the little valley west of Bryson City where I reside. Elk have been reintroduced in the Smokies. Based upon the…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:36

Fishing regulations taking effect this week

Beginning Oct. 1, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will implement delayed harvest regulations on 33 trout waters in 18 counties in Western North Carolina.
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:35

Grants available for WNC farmers

With funding from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, WNC AgOptions will give $153,000 to farmers in the western part of the state next year. Farmers looking to expand and diversify their operations have until Dec. 13 to submit an…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:34

WCU probes forensic DNA sequencing

Research at Western Carolina University on DNA sequencing used in crime labs has gotten a $718,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice. Mark Wilson, director of the Forensic Science Program at WCU, has been evaluating new DNA sequencing instrumentation…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:33

Smokies finds its Taiwanese sister park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park has established its first sister park arrangement with Khao Yai National Park in Thailand. Smokies Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson and Khao Yai National Park Superintendent Krissada Homsud signed the arrangement today at a ceremony in…
The Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the recipient of the 2013 Exceptional Environmental Education Program award.
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:30

PARI space facility turns 50

This month, the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the dedication of NASA’s Rosman Satellite Tracking and Data Acquisition Facility. 
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:29

River rodeo makes waves in Dillsboro

The River Rescue Rodeo held on the Tuckasegee River in Dillsboro last weekend attracted a host of paddling teams to test their river rescue skills, including swift-water rescues, throw rope competitions and a knot-tying rodeo.
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:26

Two tons of trash hauled out of Haywood creek

More than 60 volunteers removed 3,740 pounds of trash from Richland Creek in Haywood County Saturday, Sept. 21, during this year’s Big Sweep stream clean up.
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:24

Repercussions of a government shutdown

Freedom may not ring Tuesday. At least not from the Liberty Bell. I know, I know, the bell doesn’t ring any more, but freedom surely emanates from it — at least if it’s open to the public and the way…
Most people who call up Google Earth are hunting a hard-to-find address or scoping out satellite images of their next vacation destination, but the ubiquitous online mapping tool is also proving useful in navigating years of bygone Cherokee civilization.
Jim Harrison is an American phenomenon. Not only has he written more than 30 books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction — the last category includes a fine cookbook, The Raw and the Cooked: Adventures of a Roving Gourmand, and a…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:06

Poetry slam at WCU to feature big-name poet

Slam poetry champion, teacher and coach Matthew Cuban will present a spoken-word workshop at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the Hunter Library at Western Carolina University followed by a reception and performances by Cuban and the WCU Truthwriters at…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:05

Sarge’s Furry Friends benefit in Waynesville

Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation’s 5th annual Furry Friends Benefit Bash will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville.  The evening will feature food and live music. A silent auction will include…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:04

Print studio opens in Dillsboro

The new printing/binding studios of SpeakEasy Press will hold an open house from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at Riverwood Studios in Dillsboro.
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:03

WNC band wins accolades for latest album

Haywood County’s own Balsam Range won album of the year for “Papertown” at the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Awards this past weekend in Raleigh.
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:01

‘Jammin’ at the Millpond’ returns

Jammin’ at the Millpond will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Haywood Community College in Clyde.
Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:59

Mountain Momma

As a kid, everything in my house stopped for the Olympics. From the opening to the closing ceremony, any semblance of normal life was put on hold, and we spent day upon day glued to the games — a big treat…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:58

Weaver honored withs N.C. Heritage Award

Weaver Susan Morgan Leveille, owner of the Oaks Gallery in Dillsboro, was named one of the recipients of the North Carolina Heritage Award.
Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:54

This must be the place

I like to get lost. Though my sense of direction is as strong as a dog’s sense of smell, I purposely wander into destinations unknown. If there’s two ways to a location, I’ll take the one I have yet to…
General Grant knew from a young age he was an artist. “I was gifted, it was a gift from The Creator,” he said. “He gave me multiple talents and I was not afraid to experiment with them. Through my experimentation,…
First United Methodist Church in Sylva will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a Homecoming on Sunday, Oct. 6. Bishop Larry Goodpaster will deliver a sermon at a 10:30 a.m. church service in the sanctuary, followed by a luncheon in the…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:48

Waynesville street art belongs to the public

To the Editor: The enthusiasm was very evident! The Waynesville Public Art Commission would like to thank everyone who came to the Friday, Sept. 6, dedication celebration for the art created by Grace Cathey for the downtown mini-park’s final piece…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:47

New North Carolina ID law turns away voters

To the Editor: The North Carolina Legislature has passed, and Gov. McCrory has signed, a bill requiring a photo ID in order to vote. This bill will disenfranchise a large number of voters in our state, especially the elderly (which…
By Doug Wingeier • Guest Columnist Back in March, my wife and I, together with a couple from Brevard, paid a visit to Congressman Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, in his Washington office. We were part of an event called Ecumenical Advocacy Days,…
The future of Jackson County’s Green Energy Park may depend on county commissioners doubling down.
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 16:17

Cherokee Bear Zoo in legal crosshairs

Two enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians plan to sue the owners of the Cherokee Bear Zoo if they don’t make some substantial changes to their grizzly bear habitats.
Waynesville Alderman Gary Caldwell was the man of the hour, or perhaps the man of the decade, during the official ribbon cutting of the Waynesville Skate Park last Friday.
A Swain County High School junior varsity football player was suspended from school for 10 days and kicked off the team for racially derogatory comments made to a member of the Cherokee JV football team.
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 16:09

Wide-open race for district attorney in 2014

District Attorney Mike Bonfoey publicly announced plans to retire next year when his current term of office expires. Bonfoey has been the lead prosecutor for the seven western counties for 10 years, directing a team of 10 assistant district attorneys.
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 16:07

Meet the candidates for Bryson town board

Candidates have lined up to run for the town board in Bryson City this November after two current aldermen have bowed out of public office, leaving two empty seats up for grabs in a wide-open race.
This year’s election in Franklin is shaping up to be one of the most interesting — and crowded — the town has seen in a decade, or more.
The impasse at the federal level will touch all areas of operation at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway, closing picnic areas, campgrounds, bathrooms, visitor centers and historic sites.
The tourism industry in Western North Carolina is not letting the shut down of visitor facilities on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or national forests in the region darken their spirits as the mountains head…
When Joe and Dolly Parker approached the entrance of the Deep Creek campground Tuesday morning, the sign read “Office Closed.” “We can’t believe this,” Dolly said. A retired couple from Key Largo, Fla., the Parkers spend upwards of five months…
The Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen voted unanimously last week to suspend Town Manager Tim Barth and Festival Director Audrey Hagar for a week with pay after questions arose about dubious decisions made by both leading up to a country…
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:39

The crossroads of humanity and nature

I like visiting those sites here in the Smokies region where there is what I think of as an “overlay;” that is, places where both natural and human history commingle. At such places, one encounters the confluence of all or…
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:35

Pitch in on public lands day

Celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 28 by volunteering at DuPont State Forest to help clear a section of trail on Hickory Mountain Loop. The service project will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and focus on…
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:34

HCC fish and wildlife students honored

Haywood Community College has honored two Fish and Wildlife Management program students for their achievements in the field. Jacob Longworth and Alex Wilson were recently awarded the 2013 Dave Dudek Wildlife Award. They are the first recipients of this award…
Chimney Rock State Park has become North Carolina’s 70th tourist destination to earn recognition for its environmentally friendly practices, according to officials with the N.C. GreenTravel Initiative. Chimney Rock Management LLC, which operates Chimney Rock, earned its place among N.C.…
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:33

Muzzleloading and pig picking

The French Broad Rifles club will host a Primitive Black Powder Muzzleloading shoot Oct. 4-6 near Marshall.