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Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:05

Test your dog’s manners at Bark in the Park

A Canine Good Citizen Test will be offered on Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Jackson County Recreation Complex by the Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association in conjunction with this year’s Bark in the Park. The Canine Good Citizen Program is…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:04

‘I Hate Hamlet’ onstage at WCU

“I Hate Hamlet,” the story of an actor in career limbo, will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday to Saturday, Oct. 5 to 8, in Western Carolina University’s Hoey Auditorium. The show will kick off the 2011-12 University…
Never tell people how to do things, said the indefatigable General George S. Patton. Instead, he said, tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. That viewpoint resonates clearly with Lori Anderson, and it’s why…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 15:46

Horn removal task best done early and well

I have learned, yet again, the virtues of doing something right the first time. My sloppiness was a bloody and painful lesson for two young goats this past weekend. It was an experience I could have spared them — and…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:51

Shooting frogs through the car window

This is about frogs. Of late, I’ve been thinking about them … especially the frog that snores. As I recently discovered, there is a fairly common species here in the Smokies region that emits snore-like vocalizations. More about that in…
The Wilderness Society will host a three-day nature writer’s intensive with author Janisse Ray at The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center from Sept. 29-Oct. 2. The workshop is for writers committed to communicating the importance of place — where you…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:50

Hunting and Fishing Day activities in Pisgah

Looking for a way to celebrate national hunting and fishing day with your kids? Head to The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education on Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., where a full schedule of events have been lined…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:49

Have a barrel of rain water

Need a rain barrel? You can buy one through Haywood Waterways Association, the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce and the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. These Haywood County groups are selling rain barrels to raise awareness of water conservation. They will…
 Catch the first glimpses of autumn color, explore old cabins and cemeteries, and even ring the bell of a picture-perfect mountain chapel during a guided hike along Little Cataloochee Trail with the Friends of the Smokies. Tuesday, Oct. 4, hiking…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:47

NOC honors guests with free festival

Nantahala Outdoor Center’s popular Guest Appreciation Festival begins Friday, Sept. 23, and continues through the weekend, offering free attractions, live music and entertainment. The festival, NOC’s way of thanking the company’s guests at the end of the primary paddlesports season,…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:47

Local races raise breast-cancer awareness, funds

Road races by three area hospitals this month shine the spotlight directly on breast-cancer awareness. You don’t have to be a runner to participate in these important efforts; walkers are welcome, too. The first of the races is the popular,…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:46

Photo contest highlights state trail

Want an excuse to get some great hiking in and take photographs? The Outdoor Provision Co. is recognizing Mountains to Sea Trail month with a photography competition. The trail spans the state from the Outer Banks to the Great Smoky…
Muddy Sneakers, an innovative program that brings the joy of learning outside to fifth-grade students, has been named the Conservation Organization of the Year for 2010 by the Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards program. The North Carolina Wildlife Federation and the…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:44

Experts introduce kids to trail-bike riding

Bryson City Bicycles will take young riders on a free youth mountain-biking event on Saturday, Oct. 1, beginning at 9 a.m. at Deep Creek. The ride is for kids ages 6 to 16. It is part of the nationwide celebration,…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:44

BicycleHaywoodNC helps out Haywood schools

BicycleHaywoodNC has donated 15 bicycles and 15 helmets to Haywood County Schools this month to use in physical education classes. The idea is to teach elementary students how to be safe cyclists. BicycleHaywoodNC purchased the bicycles through a grant received…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:43

There’s still time

Migration is at full tilt across the region right now. In the passerine (songbird) department thrushes, grosbeaks and tanagers are joining in making those fallouts and mixed flocks even more exciting. And while the night skies have been busy for…
When droves of Haywood Community College wildlife and forestry students scrambled down the banks of Richland Creek last weekend with trash bags in hand, they knew it would be hard to top last year’s famed refuse recovery. An old moonshine…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:31

Frazier’s new novel a fast, good read

In a tale set to the tune of Johnny Ace’s “Never Let Me Go” that’s told as if shown through a vintage Bell & Howell movie projector and with an odor of McCallum’s scotch from a previous century on a…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:31

Memoirist and poet visits City Lights

Janisse Ray will read from two of her most recent books at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Drifting into Darien: A Personal and Natural History of the Altamaha River is a memoir and…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:29

Creedence Clearwater Revival comes to WNC

The original members of Creedence Clearwater Revival will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center. They will be joined by former Cars lead guitarist Elliot Easton as well as John Tristao, formerly with the…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:28

Fall art classes to begin

Inspired Art Ministry’s fall term begins the week of Sept. 27, offering classes for adults in drawing and painting, photography  (Photoshop Elements) and art classes for children. Classes are held at First Baptist Church on Main Street in Waynesville.   …
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:27

Catch the final of Haywood’s Got Talent

Some of the areas most talented citizens will be featured in Haywood Arts Regional Theater’s first Haywood’s Got Talent event which culminates with the final round on Friday, Sept. 23. The finalists have made it through auditions and a voting…
A traditional Chinese orchestra and famed sketch comedy troupe will both perform in September at Western Carolina University’s Fine and Performing Arts Center. The Chinese Opera Orchestra of Shanghai, an ensemble that plays traditional and contemporary Chinese music on traditional…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:26

Bates tells cancer story

Grace Church in the Mountains will present Barbara Bates Smith in “The C Word: Her Own Cancer Story,” at 3 p.m. on Sept. 24. “The C Word” is the frank, humorous and poignant story of her own diagnosis while playing…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:25

Mark summer’s end with free concert, picnic

The Friends of Panthertown will host a picnic and concert from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, on the lawn of The Village Green in Cashiers. The picnic and jazz concert are free and will feature Maggie and…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:24

Grammy winner returns to Cataloochee Ranch

Grammy-award winner Laurie Lewis will give an after-dinner performance on Sunday evening, Sept. 25, at Cataloochee Ranch. The cost of the evening event, which includes dinner with beverage and dessert, is $40 per person, or $20 per person without dinner.…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:24

HART to hold auditions for ‘Ah Wilderness!’

The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its production of Eugene O’Neil’s comedy “Ah Wilderness!” at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, Sept. 25 and 26, in the Feichter Studio of the HART Theatre in Waynesville. The production…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:18

Sculpting demonstration

Painter-sculptor M.L. Carpenter will present a demonstration in sculpture on Monday, Sept. 26, for the Art League of Highlands at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. A social begins at 5 p.m. where participants will have a chance to meet the…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:17

Country Memories brings music to library

The musicians of Country Memories will play at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Jackson County Public Library in downtown Sylva. Country Memories is a sextet consisting of guitar, banjo, fiddle, and autoharp. The group, made up of…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:16

Art contest on what it means to be Native

Contemporary Native American Life is the theme of an art competition sponsored by Western Carolina University, Southwestern Community College and the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts in Cherokee. The contest is meant to encourage emerging artists as well as to…
A series of historic Haywood County photographs will be on display at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre (HART) gallery from Sept. 22 -Nov. 20.   The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, is called “Haywood County Works: …
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:10

Celebrate history at Mountain Heritage Day

The traditional folk ways of the Southern Appalachian Mountains will take center stage as Western Carolina University presents the 37th annual Mountain Heritage Day on Saturday, Sept. 24. The fall festival will feature a variety of arts and crafts, music,…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:51

CuRvE wants to build on WCU’s strengths

The article about the Western Carolina University Strategic Planning Commission caught the attention of the Cullowhee Revitalization Endeavor (CuRvE), a community organization whose mission is to “facilitate the beautification and revitalization of the downtown Cullowhee area extending along Old Cullowhee…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:51

Attacks on Tea Party inaccurate

To the Editor: The gangland-style, fist pounding threat to “take out the sons of b_____s shouted by union leader Jimmy Hoffa Jr.  is just the latest in a string of name-calling aimed at the Tea Party by Democrat leaders. Mind…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:50

Do we really want leaders like this?

To the Editor: At the Republican presidential debate on Sept. 12, the moderator posed a hypothetical question to Representative Ron Paul. “What do you tell a guy who is sick, goes into a coma and doesn’t have health insurance? Who…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:49

Bothwell supports health care for all

To the Editor: Last March, I realized everyone’s worst nightmare when a doctor diagnosed my 44-year-old husband, Ben, with a rectal tumor. Ben had no risk factors. We were stunned and heartbroken. Within two weeks of treatment, we had met…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:49

New Franklin Wal-Mart is a blight on landscape

To the Editor: Last week I had the great misfortune of seeing first-hand the results of wanton destruction of acres of formerly pristine Macon County woodlands all in the name of the Super Wal-Mart now under construction.  If this is…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:48

Is our region a threat or an opportunity?

To the Editor: It was exciting last week to read of Western Carolina University’s move to re-open its strategic planning process under its new chancellor. The university and the region certainly have an opportunity here. Beginning with an assessment of strengths, weaknesses,…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:48

Rep. Haire votes against same-sex ban

To the Editor: Recently my office received more than 125 written requests from Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties requesting that I oppose SB 514, the Defense of Marriage Bill. Because of this large number, it would not be feasible to reply…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:46

WCU’s future important for entire region

Once you hit the Haywood County line after heading west on Interstate 40 out of Asheville, Western Carolina University is the acknowledged cultural focal point for all the remaining seven counties in this southwestern corner of our great state. We…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:45

Clip your way to savings

Interested in saving money? The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department is offering a coupon class. Nicole Chouinard will teach the class, which will take place at the Old Armory Recreation Center at 44 Boundary St. in Waynesville. The classes will…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:45

I-40 lane closure forces detour through Canton

Work on a the exit 33 bridge in Canton on Interstate 40 will cause night lane closures next week from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, to Wednesday, Sept. 28 for westbound lanes. To follow the alternate…
A public hearing to discuss the White Oak Landfill’s future In Haywood County was little more than a formality this week, with only one person standing up to question the plan. Haywood County has been in talks with Tennessee company…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:43

Mountain BizWorks to close Sylva field office

You know economic times are tough when the business that helps other businesses thrive shuts its doors, too. The Mountain BizWorks office in Sylva, which serves would-be entrepreneurs and other small business owners in the state’s seven westernmost counties, will…
Organizers of the World Freestyle Kayaking Championship in 2013 have a short-term fix for getting telecommunication capabilities into the Nantahala Gorge, but have yet to find a long-term solution for business owners and residents there. BalsamWest FiberNet, a company jointly…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:40

Bark In the Park to be held in Cullowhee

The annual Bark in the Park will be held Sunday, Oct. 2, from 1-5 p.m. at the Jackson County Recreation Complex in Cullowhee. Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association and the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department are sponsoring this event…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:39

Help women in need by riding your bike

A motorcycle ride and concert to help benefit Haywood Regional Medical Center Foundation and the Power of Pink is set for Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Festival Grounds in Maggie Valley. The ride will depart from the Festival Grounds at…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:39

Protect your pets against rabies

If you have pets that need a rabies vaccination, mark your calendars for the week of Sept. 26-30. This has been a busy year for rabies in Haywood County. In June and July, four cases of rabies were reported in…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:38

Republican women hold inaugural meeting

A new tri-county Republican’s women’s organization will hold its first meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Iron Skillet Restaurant in Bryson City. Brunch will be at 10 a.m., and the meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m.…
For the second time this year, a Maggie Valley alderman is resigning from his seat, leaving it up to the rest of the board to pick a replacement. But in what appears to be an about-face from the process used…