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In the two years since the Dillsboro Dam was torn down, the Tuckasegee River has become home to a growing number of aquatic species, from mussels to insects to fish, as natural river habitat has been restored. “We’re certainly glad…
Blue Ridge Books will host a full day of activities to celebrate National Children’s Book Week starting at 10 a.m., May 12, with an event entitled Animal Surprises. Dawn Cusick, owner of Early Light Books and author of a half…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:42

Jenny Bennett to read

Jenny Bennett will read from Murder at the Jumpoff on at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Set in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Murder at the Jumpoff, follows the investigation of of the…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:41

A Memoir of a Journey in Healing

Usui and Karuna Reiki Master Deborah Lloyd will visit City Lights Bookstore at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, to present and discuss her book, Believe and it is True. Lloyd’s book is a transformative, healing journey and focuses on…
Like a growing number of FX addicts, I have become a devoted fan of “Justified” (Timothy Olyphant and Sylva’s own Nick Searcy) that airs each Tuesday night at 10 p.m. This fast-moving, smart-talking, funny and violent show represents the culmination…
With our average last frost date of May 10 or so it’s time to start planting the main garden. Corn and beans can go in, and over the next few weeks, so can summer staples such as tomatoes, squash and…
To the Editor: In his April 25 letter to the editor, “Let me tell you why I'm a Democrat,” Ed Morris provides many reasons for his pride at being Macon County’s new Democratic Party Chair. While I take exception to…
To the Editor: Please go to the poles on May 8 and vote “No” to amend the N.C. Constitution, an amendment that if passed, would further codify the denial of rights for certain groups of North Carolina citizens. Amendments to…
To the Editor: I am writing to clarify my position on the recent events that have occurred within the Med-West Health System. First, I want to begin by giving everyone some background information. The career and wonderful life that I…
To the Editor: Considering the tremendous harm that alcohol continues to cause our society, the churches of the Tuckaseigee Baptist Association would like to make known their complete and total opposition to the May referendum allowing alcohol sales throughout Jackson…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:29

Is this really what this state wants?

To the Editor: Amendment One sounds innocent enough. The wording is very precise and is carefully phrased to make approval seem to be a good thing. A lot of good people will vote for it for that reason. It accomplishes…
If Amendment One is defeated on May 8, North Carolinians will have made the right decision by refusing to support institutionalized bigotry. The proposal would add an amendment to our state's foundational legal document that says a marriage between a…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:24

Registration under way for golf tourney

Registration is under way for the inaugural Bob Buckner Endowment Golf Tournament, an event to help raise financial support for a newly created fund in honor of the recently retired longtime director of Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:23

LEGO focus of upcoming workshop

Kids can learn more about LEGO building projects from 9:15-11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at Western Carolina University. The LEGO Clubs at Cullowhee Valley and Fairview Schools are holding this free community event for children from kindergarten through eighth grade…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:22

Women in business luncheon, May 15

A program titled “Two Sides of the Leadership Coin, a Male and Female Perspective” will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on May 15 at the Gateway Club in Waynesville, sponsored by the Greater Haywood County Chamber of…
The Macon County Planning Board has been given one simple task: review the subdivision ordinance with the intention of making it more user friendly. The directive came in a relatively brief get together and make-pretty joint meeting with the Macon…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:19

Program on Cherokee mounds in Jackson

Ben Steere will discuss Cherokee pre-history and archaeology at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, in the community room of the Jackson County Public Library. Steere is the principal investigator for the Western North Carolina Mounds and Towns Project, which is…
A move by the town of Franklin to spray the ancient Nikwasi Indian Mound with weed killer is not sitting well with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Principal Chief Michell Hicks last week described himself as “appalled” and called…
Haywood County leads the state in electronics recycling, based on a new survey released in March by the N.C. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources. The survey, which was presented during the recent Carolina Recycling Association annual conference, indicated that…
The Waynesville Board of Aldermen approved a revitalization plan for South Main Street last week despite a dispute over one aspect of the proposed design scheme. The town hired Rodney Porter, a consultant with LaQuatra Bonci in Asheville, last year…
MedWest leaders are struggling to hold a fledgling joint hospital venture together in the wake of recent physician turmoil, but there’s likely no easy fix for the identity crisis faced by Jackson County’s medical community. Fearing the sanctity of Harris…
When a team of moving men showed up in the surgery suite of MedWest-Harris two years ago and rolled a specialized spinal surgery table out the door, down the hallway and into a truck, acting on orders to haul the…
Tee Coker and his company recently learned firsthand something they probably already suspected about creating brands and taglines for towns. Forget about pleasing everyone: it can be an insurmountable challenge to please anyone at all when it comes to developing…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 19:12

Swain County property values looking up

Tim Cain has a bird’s eye view of Swain County’s real estate market, and from where he sits, the news looks good. Cain was hired to oversee the countywide appraisal of every home, lot and tract of land in Swain…
Canton and Waynesville’s paths have diverged when it comes to the most cost efficient way to haul trash to White Oak Landfill. Both towns will face higher costs to dump residents’ trash starting this summer when the county closes a…
When the maintenance director for Haywood County Schools received news that a transformer at Pisgah High School stopped working last Thursday, it seemed apropos given the grim portrait of the schools’ budget he and other education officials would paint for…
Haywood Community College officials have requested an additional $380,000 in county funding this year — all of which would help pay for renovations and new construction on campus. Similarly to Haywood County Schools, the college has been strapped by recession-drive…
A public workshop on a proposed truck turn-around and information station on U.S. 64 in Franklin will be held from 4-7 p.m. at the Franklin Town Hall boardroom. The turn-around and station would be located between U.S. 23/441 in Franklin…
A sports physical clinic for school athletic programs will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the Macon County Public Health Center. The clinics are open to rising seventh grade to 12th grade students who plan to participate…
A retracing of the northern route of the Trail of Tears will be held May 18-26 in a collaboration of the Eastern Band and the United Keetoowah Band and Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee…
The state has not recommended any changes be made to how Mission hospital does business under its Certificate of Public Advantage, or anti-trust regulations that govern this regional healthcare leader. The regulations date to Mission’s merger with St. Joseph’s 15…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 19:04

Library to show Alvin and the Chipmunks

The library in Bryson City will show Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel at 3:30 p.m., May 8. The movies are a free weekly program. Popcorn will be served in the library auditorium starting at 3:20 p.m. The library will…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 19:04

Community music jam planned in Swain

The next community music jam at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will be from 6-7 p.m., May 3, in the library auditorium or, weather permitting, on the library’s front lawn. The community jams offer a chance for musicians…
Nine-time Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Natalie Cole will take the stage at 9 p.m., May 25, at Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel and Casino. Cole rocketed to stardom in 1975 with her debut album “Inseparable,” earning her a #1 single, “This…
Women of Waynesville will host a Mom’s Music Festival this Sunday afternoon. The festival will take place from noon to 6 p.m. in the backyard of the Herren House, located at 94 East St. in Waynesville. Moms and children under…
The Stecoah Artisans Guild will host an exposition and fund-raising dinner at 5 p.m. on May 8 at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center. The event will showcase local handcrafts and how people can show financial support that can translate…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 19:00

Macon to hold Airing of the Quilts

Macon County will celebrate its quilting heritage with Airing of the Quilts on May 12. Centered in downtown Franklin, Airing of the Quilts will feature hundreds of quilts along with an antique quilt show, quilt appraisals, quilting related merchandise, live…
Four Haywood Community College students and one faculty member will represent the college at the 2012 NC Community Colleges Art Exhibition. Christopher Cagle, a crafts fiber student; Nathaniel Chambers, a crafts wood student; Kira Farrington, a business administration student; Lillian…
A reception will be held the evening of May 4 to mark the opening of a new photography exhibit at Gallery 86 in Waynesville. “Through the Lens: WNC Photographers” includes work by four Western North Carolina photographers — Anna Fariello, Lori…
The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its July production of the hit Broadway musical “La Cage Aux Folles” at 6:30 p.m., May 7 and 8 at the HART Theater in Waynesville. The production is being directed by…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 18:58

Headwaters to host benefit for The Strand

Headwaters Brewery will host “Lend a Hand for The Strand” starting at 4 p.m., May 6. The event is to held raise money for the renovation of the historic theater. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door…
The Bascom visual arts center in the Highlands will hold its largest annual fund-raiser, Collective Spirits, May 17-19. On Friday evening, there will be a mountain casual walk-around Wine Tasting & Market from 5-7 p.m. The Sensational Sounds of Motown…
The Waynesville Gallery Association will host its first Art After Dark of the year from 6-9 p.m., May 4. The event will also feature a new Saturday Stroll from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 5. The Art After Dark…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 18:37

A gathering of artists

Two new art galleries are opening in Bryson City this May only about a street’s width away from each other. Blue Mountain Studios and Studio 19 both are gathering artists from various mediums to work in a studio setting and…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:39

Black locust a favorite for its strength

All of the spring flowering plants are early this year by as much as two to three weeks. Black locust is no exception. Their beautiful creamy-white pea-shaped flowers form dependent clusters so fragrant that the air is heavy with scent…
A day of events to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 12, at the Cradle of Forestry. Activities for the day include: • 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Family birding walks offer beginning and intermediate birders…
Children and their families can help the Great Smoky Mountains National Park celebrate National Junior Ranger Day from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28. There will be a variety of free, hands-on activities at Oconaluftee Visitor Center, located…
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is currently searching for volunteers to help maintain the Appalachian Trail through the Smokies Wilderness Elite Appalachian Trail Crew program. No previous trail experience is required — just a desire to work hard, live in the…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:35

Birding opportunities abound in Highlands

Weekly Saturday bird walks will be held by the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society starting in May. The first Saturday of every month will be geared to beginners, with guidance on the use of binoculars and field guides and an introduction…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:34

Learn to bird by ear

Two birding events in the region, sponsored by the Great Smoky Mountains Audubon Society, are on the horizon. The first is birdwatching for beginners from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 28, at the Balsam Mountain Inn. Larry Thompson…