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Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:51

Tony Award winner coming to Highlands

Tony Award-winning actor Anthony Crivello will direct the hit play, “Heart What’s In the Heart,” which will run Sept. 30 through Oct. 7, at the Highlands Playhouse. This will be the final production of the Playhouse’s 2011 season. Anthony Crivello…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:51

Program proves Carden knows Jack

Storyteller and playwright Gary Carden will present a program on Appalachian Jack tales and their origins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Jackson County Public Library. Jack tales are a particular variety of Appalachian folk tale, but…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:50

Balsam Range wins Song of the Year

The Haywood County bluegrass group Balsam Range won the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Song of the Year award for 2011 for “Trains I Missed.” The awards were handed out Sept. 29 at the Ryman Theater in Nashville. “Trains I Missed”…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:49

Sing along to old time music at Songfest

Sing for the Fun of It, a songfest featuring old familiar favorites, will start at 7 p.m. on Oct. 11 at The Macon County Public Library. Included in the repertoire will be songs like “Blue Skies,” “Down In the Valley,”…
Grammy-nominated bluegrass musicians the Grascals will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. The show, “Dance Til Your Stockings Are Hot and Ravelin,’” is a musical tribute to…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:47

Open Mic starts second season

Open Mic nights are returning this fall from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Blue Ridge Books on Main Street in Waynesville. The October-to-May series is hosted by local musician and songwriter, Chris Minick,…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:46

Irish singing sensations visit Harrah’s

Celtic Thunder, a singing group from Ireland, will perform 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel and Casino. The group has five male soloists who perform both independently and collectively. They debuted in August 2007 and have…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:45

Dailey & Vincent to perform Oct. 7

Dailey & Vincent, an award-winning bluegrass band, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 7, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Tickets start at $12. Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent are the front men of…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:44

Jammin’ at the Millpond returns to HCC

Jammin’ at the Millpond will be held from 10 a.m. to dusk on Saturday, Oct. 8, on the Haywood Community College campus. This is a free bluegrass event to showcase the college, its programs and alumni, and the Appalachian heritage…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:44

Learn watercolor techniques with Ann Vasilik

Watercolor artist Ann Vasilik will present at the next meeting of the Blue Ridge Watermedia Society, from 6:45 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 11, at Haywood Community College Bldg 1400. She will be painting a town scene from Colonia del…
The tri-venue Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival will run from Oct. 7-9, in the three festival villages: Cashiers, Glenville and Sapphire. The festival will feature entertainment by bands of several musical genres, artisan crafts, vendor booths, food and kid-attracting activities. Each…
In Tara Melton-Miller’s basement studio, the soft, rhythmic chatter of wood clanking repetitively against wood creates a soothing metronomic singsong on this quiet Friday morning. Melton-Miller is a weaver at her loom, diligently rearranging the spools of thread dangling from…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:40

Penley to discuss a life of art Oct. 7

Painter Steve Penley will give a free talk about his art, his life, his faith and experiences at 7 p.m. on Oct. 7, at the Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. With subjects such as Winston Churchill,…
There will be a free screening of “Mars,” a romantic comedy that follows three astronauts on the first manned mission to Mars, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the theater of the University Center at Western Carolina University.…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:17

Variety show entertains for Make-A-Wish

Angie Toomey and Friends will present a variety show to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska. The show will help grant wishes to children with terminal and long-term illnesses…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:39

An Appalachian ‘original genius’

(Note: Since its publication several years ago, this column about Evan O. Hall has sparked a number of comments. Something about Hall’s indefatigable and self-reliant cleverness reminded people of someone they, too, had known in days gone by.) Back in…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:38

Paddling Club to hold organizational meeting

A meeting to organize the Smoky Mountain Paddling Club will be held at the meeting room in United Community Bank at 1640 East Main Street in Sylva at 6:30 pm. on Thursday, Oct. 6. Paddlers of all ages and levels…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:38

Celebrate mountain heritage at the ‘Cradle’

Celebrate the heritage of Western North Carolina during the annual Forest Festival Day on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is the Cradle of Forestry’s largest event of the year. This event commemorates the traditions of…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:37

Testing the waters

The Summit Charter School’s eighth-grade class tested seven water sources commonly used by hikers along the Appalachian Trail in Macon County. Testing took place during the group’s annual overnight field trip to the Standing Indian area earlier this month. The…
Delayed-harvest trout water rules on 15 Western North Carolina counties start Oct. 1, replacing a different set of regulations on these streams. Under delayed-harvest regulations, no trout can be harvested from these waters between Oct. 1 and one half-hour after…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:35

Seed swap taking place in Sylva

Time to swap those seeds, plants and bulbs at the annual Jackson County Farmers Market exchange scheduled for 9 a.m. until noon Oct. 1 in downtown Sylva. Additionally, starting that same Saturday, an exciting new children’s program starts for the…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:34

Hone those birding skills

A guided bird walk sponsored by the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee is set for Friday, Sept. 30, near Tilley Creek in Cullowhee. The bird walk will be led by Jeremy Hyman, an assistant professor of biology at Western…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:34

Monarchs to be monitored by students

For the second year in a row, sixth-grade students from Macon County will find themselves galloping through goldenrod to catch, tag, and release Monarch butterflies as part of “Migration Celebration,” a field trip designed to engage students in real science…
“Two Special Rocks,” a program on how Looking Glass and John Rock were formed, will be held on Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. The program will discuss what the rocks are…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:32

Hope is a thing with wheels

Avid birder and burgeoning cyclist Lena Gallitano has come up with an ambitious plan to combine two of her passions. Gallitano will take part in Cycle North Carolina’s annual fall ride. This year’s trek will be a modest 500-mile affair…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:31

New segment added to Overmountain Victory Trail

A celebration of a new piece of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Hefner Gap Overlook at milepost 326 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Overmountain Trail preserves…
Haywood Community College students are learning best management practices to reduce stormwater runoff by using the campus itself as laboratory, hoping to restore natural hydrology wherever possible as the campus grows and changes. Preston Jacobsen, a sustainability analyst, said the…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:29

Teen library meeting in Bryson City

The next teen friends of the library meeting will be held at the Marianna Black Library at 3:30 on Thursday, Sept. 29. Teens are invited to come share their ideas about materials of interest to them, including what sort of…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:28

Wreath-making and heritage at City Lights

Author and culture historian Julia Taylor Ebel will give a reading and wreath-making demonstration at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Ebel will be reading from her newest book, Mama’s Wreaths. A series of…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:14

A little American history could be enlightening

Often the people, places, and things that we love most in this world become so familiar to us, so much a part of the tissue of our own lives, that only their end or impending loss reminds us of how…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 12:55

Slope rules could help protect Macon

To the Editor: Wildflower is back, and a lot of people are worried, especially here in the northern part of Macon County. From the time the first developer spoke to a crowd of over 200 at Cowee School and said,…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 12:54

Lower corporate taxes won’t create jobs

To the Editor: In the ongoing debate about job creation, much misinformation is being bandied about in an effort to confuse us and advance a conservative agenda. Some try to convince us that economic growth will generate jobs. But the…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 12:53

Legislators need some time in the desert

To the Editor: After recently returning to North Carolina from three years in the Southwest, I am saddened to learn that our state legislature is so focused on creating a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage — yet another piece…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 12:53

Macon County needs to use landslide maps

To the Editor: The North Carolina Geological Survey landslide hazard map prepared for Macon County is a valuable resource for our county planners, citizens and  property owners. The considerable cost developing this resource has been borne by the taxpayers of…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 12:51

We don’t need Rep. Phil Haire in office

To the Editor, Rep. Phil Haire’s recnt letter contains the pathetic non sequitur: “to place (the Defense of Marriage Bill) on the ballot in the form of a constitutional amendment is a gross waste of your time and state funds.…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 12:49

Winter garden success come those who labor

I cut my first fall salad this weekend: baby kale, tatsoi, mizuna, baby mustards and more. Following a summer of garden failure, this fall garden has restored my good humor and gardening confidence. As weedy as my summer garden proved,…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 12:47

A witness to the Cherokee renaissance

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has a resilient, independent spirit. When the U.S. government forced the majority of the tribe to head west to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears, those who remained were the defiant ones, and it…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:49

Marines to hike 1,000-mile trail

Fortunate Sons, a group of 18 active duty Marines, is planning to collectively hike the entire 1,000-mile North Carolina Mountains-to-Sea Trail in the name of both charity and awareness. Their 42-day journey begins on Oct. 2 at Clingman’s Dome in…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:49

Preschool alums reunite

Cullowhee Kids Preschool is hosting a reunion for all alumni and current students of the preschool program on Oct. 28. If you attended Cullowhee Kids Preschool at any time, call 828.293.9215 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and give the name of child,…
A Charlotte company wants to invest $25 million in a 400-person housing development for Western Carolina University students who are looking for the finer things in life. Monarch Ventures has asked the Village of Forest Hills, a tiny incorporated community…
Some of the lots in a 2,200-acre gated subdivision saddling the Cowee Mountain range in Macon County are being advertised across the Southeast for what’s being touted as bargain prices. The lots are slated for a big one-day, onsite sell…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:47

Bourbon Barrel benefit for REACH of Haywood

Enjoy a good meal and benefit a good cause Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Bourbon Barrel Beef & Ale Restaurant, located at 454 Hazelwood Avenue. Tickets, sold in advance, are $50 each. The benefit dinner is for REACH of…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:46

Meet and greet author, support R.E.A.C.H.

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, R.E.A.C.H. of Macon County is sponsoring a talk and book signing by Angela Dove, the author of No Room for Doubt.  Her book is a nonfiction account of her family’s history and the…
Bryson City is short a fire chief after the town’s board voted unanimously to fire Joey Hughes at a special called meeting last Friday. Hughes was sacked as the result of a police investigation into the fire department that’s still…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:44

WCU, SCC reach out to community

They are dubbed by some in the community as the Three Amigos: a new chancellor at Western Carolina university, David Belcher; a new president at Southwestern Community College, Donald Tomas; and a new superintendent of schools for Jackson County; Mike…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:44

N.C. Court of Appeals meeting at WCU

The North Carolina Court of Appeals will pay a visit to the western part of the state Monday, Oct. 3, when it convenes at Western Carolina University. The court will hear arguments in two cases beginning at 1:25 p.m. in…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:43

Business center named after $150,000 gift

The newly refurbished auditorium in the Western Carolina University College of Business now also has a new name: the Wells Fargo Business Center. The name is in recognition of $150,000 in gifts from the financial services company. In addition to…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:43

Become an advocate with Guardian ad Litem

The Jackson/Swain/Macon County Guardian ad Litem office is currently recruiting new volunteers for an upcoming class. Across North Carolina, cases of child abuse and neglect are petitioned to the court system. In each case, a volunteer advocate is needed to…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:42

Sylva library parking complaints subside

The parking crunch at Jackson County’s new library in Sylva has largely eased, thanks to a new sidewalk that allows employees and exercise-minded readers to park farther away and walk safely. The library opened earlier this summer.  It is housed…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:41

State to help cover meth-lab cleanup costs

Counties are shouldering the cost of cleaning up clandestine methamphetamine labs for now, but the state is promising some dollar relief starting in January. The State Bureau of Investigation announced the start of the Clandestine Laboratory Hazardous Waste Storage Container…