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Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:26

‘First Creation’ available Dec. 3

The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust’s acclaimed coffee table book, First Creation, will be available at Shakespeare & Co. bookstore in Cashiers from 12:30-2 p.m. on Dec. 3. The book was published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust’s…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:12

Disturbing crime novel covers some dark ground

Deer hunters call it “field dressing.” The dead deer is suspended head down from a sturdy tree limb and the hunter eviscerates the deer, leaving all internal organs on the ground. The carcass is much lighter after the organs are…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:10

Serving up a heaping helping of internal turmoil

I helped raise three turkeys this year. They were named Thanksgiving, Christmas and Extras. These turkeys were intended as the centerpieces for dinners on those festive occasions, plus one was targeted to fill a particular corner of the freezer. There…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:10

Poppies beneficial to VFW projects

To the Editor: On behalf of Veterans Of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5202 in Waynesville, I would like to thank the all the businesses who allowed us to sell poppies at their locations on Nov. 11-12: Ingles, Big Lots, K-Mart,…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:09

With rights come responsibilities

To the Editor: I believe I can answer the question used as a headline for Quintin Ellison’s story in the Nov. 23 edition about dog’s barking: “Are dog-barking complainers simply howling at the moon?” Yes. In fact, one is apt…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:08

Why the deficit supercommittee failed

To the Editor: The deficit reduction supercommittee failed for two reasons. A deficit results when expenditures exceed revenues. The Republicans adamantly refused to eliminate the temporary Bush tax cuts on the wealthy (increasing revenue) and would only support expenditure cuts.…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:02

Could we bring Shangri-La back to the mountains?

One fall when I was 9 years old, just about the time WWII ended, the Jackson County Elementary School was visited by a truck loaded with magic and magicians — at least, it seemed that way to me. When we…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 20:58

Fired up over Devil’s championship run

If you want to talk high school football in Swain County there’s plenty of options. But one of the most enjoyable is to head to Smith’s Dry Goods on Everett Street, a Bryson City mainstay since the mid 1970s, and…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 20:58

Maggie Park to get facelift

The Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen approved the construction drawings for a pavilion and restrooms to be located at Parham Park. Among the other amenities, walking trails and a handicap assessable deck have been installed to provide residents and visitors…
The Educational Talent Search program at Western Carolina University recently was awarded a five-year, $1.7 million grant to serve 780 students at five Western North Carolina high schools. With funding from the U.S. Department of Education, WCU Educational Talent Search…
The Town of Maggie Valley approved a five-year contract for five events to be held at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds beginning in 2012. The confirmed dates are May 25-27 for the Slammin’ & Jammin’ Car & Truck Show and…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 20:55

WCU hosts ‘Cuts Hurt’ forum Dec. 5

A discussion titled “The Western Carolina University Cuts Hurt Education Forum: Collaborating Toward the Success of North Carolina Education” will be held on campus Monday, Dec. 5. The event, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 20:52

Well-known festivals may lose TDA funding

More than two dozen popular festivals in Haywood County are at risk of losing funding from the county’s tourism agency, hampering the ability of organizers to advertise and promote their events. Grant funding for festivals, typically ranging from $2,000 to…
Sylva might hear its local AM radio station WRGC back on the air — but the company involved wants a loan of $289,000 from Jackson County’s economic development fund to make it happen. Roy Burnette, the CEO of the hopefully…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 20:34

GOP set to pick McClellan substitute

The 36-member executive committee of the Macon County Republican Party will meet next week to nominate a replacement for county Commissioner Brian McClellan. McClellan announced that he would resign as a commissioner following his second driving-while-impaired charge in two-and-a-half years.…
Joe Bock, an Indiana resident passing through this area on his way to Florida, was on a bit of a mission one recent day in Cherokee. Bock wanted to enjoy a beer with his lunch. That desire remained unfulfilled, however…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 20:31

Cherokee vote on alcohol sales a go next April

Businesses in Cherokee are gearing up for a campaign aimed at convincing members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to vote ‘yes’ on a measure that could end the nearly reservation-wide moratorium on the sale of alcohol. Michell Hicks,…
After years of lobbying and months of hard negotiating, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians sealed a deal with Gov. Beverly Perdue this week to bring table games, real cards and live dealers to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort. “It…
When Brooks Robinson left his manager’s job at Domino’s Pizza to be a dealer in the fledgling casino market of Tunica, Miss., he wasted little time finding that first rung in his climb up the corporate ladder. “I had never…
Metrostat Communications, the company that pioneered the advent of high-speed Internet in Sylva, will close Dec. 30. “We’ve been through the screaming, the upset, and we’re at the point we know this is the best decision we can make,” said…
At least eight Republicans have lined up to spar with incumbent Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler for Western North Carolina’s 11th U.S. Congressional seat, but they have to knock their fellow party members out of the competition first. The controlling political…
For those who help the economically disadvantaged, the holiday season raises plenty of questions: how many people need help; will they receive enough donations; and how will they ensure every child in Western North Carolina has a present under the…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:26

Come jam at Marianna Black Dec. 1

The next community music jam at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, in the library auditorium.    As in past years, the December concert will feature holiday favorites.…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:24

Phil Roy brings ‘Hope’ Dec. 1

A guitarist who has written songs for Widespread Panic and Ray Charles will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Phil Roy’s show is billed as “Hope in a Hopeless World,” and…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:23

Angela-Faye Martin to play Dec. 6

Macon County singer/songwriter Angela-Faye Martin will perform at the Jackson County Public Library Complex in downtown Sylva on at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6. Martin calls her haunting songs “mountain folk-rock.” Her latest album is titled “Pictures from Home” and…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:23

‘New Appalachia’ focus of program

A special evening program featuring poets, musicians, songwriters and historians will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 in the Mountain Heritage Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. The gathering is being called “The New Appalachia.  No…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:21

Student artists host annual craft sale

Haywood Studio’s annual Holiday Craft Sale will be held Thursday and Friday, Dec. 1-2. The sale will be held in the Student Center auditorium at Haywood Community College from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, and 9 a.m. to…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:20

Craft Guild members plan December sale

The Southern Highland Craft Guild’s holiday sale at the Folk Art Center will be held Dec. 3 and Dec. 10. Members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild will be on hand in the center’s auditorium on these two Saturdays to…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:19

Wind ensemble to perform at WCU Dec. 6

The Western Carolina University Wind Ensemble will present its final concert of the fall semester at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. The musicians will perform under the direction of John…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:19

Jackson craft festival has space available

The second Annual Arts, Crafts & More Festival will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the National Guard Armory on Webster Road in Jackson County. The craft festival has space for artists, crafters and those promoting…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:18

Waynesville Art After Dark wraps up season

The Waynesville Gallery Association will celebrate the holiday season during its final Art After Dark of 2011 from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2. Attendees can stroll through working studios and galleries on Main Street, Depot Street and in Historic…
The Haywood County School District will hold its district competition of the Poetry Out Loud (POL) National Recitation Contest at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 in the Tuscola High Auditorium. The competition will feature school champions from Haywood Early College,…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:09

Lights, cameras, jubilation!

Communities in Western North Carolina are gathering to spread holiday cheer with plays, parades and art shows. Check out the list to see what holiday events are happening in your town. Haywood County The annual Krismart Fashion Show and Luncheon…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 20:15

Chief Hicks won’t veto alcohol vote

Michell Hicks, chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, will allow a controversial vote to go forward next April on whether to legalize alcohol sales on the reservation. “At this point, I just feel strongly that it’s the people…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:15

Thanksgiving and lungwort bread

I have perused Kephart’s Camping and Woodcraft many times, but somehow or other had consistently overlooked his entry on lungwort bread (vol. 1, pp. 324-325): On the bark of maples, and sometimes of beeches and birches, in the northern woods,…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:15

Know the law before you hit the woods

Don’t forget you must get written permission from landowners and leaseholders before hunting, fishing or trapping on privately owned, posted property in North Carolina under a new state law. The Landowner Protection Act provides two ways for landowners to post…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:14

Reindeer Dash to hit streets of Bryson

Run off some of those holiday calories at the inaugural Reindeer Dash 5k and one-mile fun run starting at 9 a.m. on Dec. 3 in Bryson City. The town’s Rotary Club is hosting the event. Participants can enjoy Bryson City’s…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:14

Reflecting on the year’s accomplishments

Haywood Waterways Authority’s annual banquet will be held Thursday, Dec. 8, from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Lambuth Inn, Lake Junaluska. Haywood Waterways will celebrate the Pigeon River Watershed, reflect on the year’s accomplishments and talk about goals and projects for…
The Haywood Waterways Association has spotlighted the farm efforts of Bill Holbrook, a farmer in the Bethel community. Holbrook, who owns Cold Mountain Farms, is part of six generations who have farmed on the family land. Holbrook says that he…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:12

Farmers still offering local produce

Just because winter is here doesn’t mean you have to skip on locally produced foods. Haywood’s Historic Farmers Indoor Winter Market is open Wednesdays and Saturday through Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. until noon. Farmers are offering vegetables, greens and…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:11

Climate change activist makes stop in WNC

A leading national activist in climate change will visit Asheville as part of the Climate Reality Project at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at UNC-Asheville. Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature, The Global Warming Reader, and other defining…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:10

Support a good cause and celebrate the holidays

A holiday celebration benefiting Friends of the Smokies will be held at the Classic Wineseller in Waynesville starting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7. This special “Wine on Wednesday” event will feature wine tasting by the Classic Wineseller, live…
A kick-off meeting for developing a regional bicycle plan for Haywood, Jackson, Swain, Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania counties will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Haywood Community College High Tech Center in…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:09

Animal experts on hand for programs

Learn about wildlife by tapping into Wild South, which offers a wide range of educational wildlife programs through school presentations and community events. In addition to programs about other critters, Wild South is offering black bear experts to share insights…
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominations through Jan. 30 for the seventh annual Thomas L. Quay Award. The award recognizes individuals who make outstanding contributions to wildlife diversity in North Carolina and who are considered leaders in wildlife…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:07

Land protections see an increase

Voluntary land protections have increased by 27 percent over the five-year period from 2005-2010. The first census of land trusts during this period found 10 million new acres conserved nationwide since 2005, including 339,669 acres here in North Carolina. The…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:06

New wells tapping more landfill gas in Jackson

Four new landfill gas extraction wells are being drilled at the Green Energy Park in Jackson County, with the resulting energy helping to fuel craftspeople at work. The Green Energy Park taps methane landfill gas to provide fuel for blacksmith…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:04

A new twist on backyard habitats

There are butterfly gardens and wildlife-oriented gardens, so why not reptile and amphibian gardens, too? For people looking to make their property more inviting to frogs, toads, lizards and snakes, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has on its website a…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:01

Deja vue all over again

Friends of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge just finished waving goodbye to the Navy, its fighters and their outlying landing field only to turn around and see seeds planted that would sprout 500-foot tall wind turbines, each with a blade…
Mark Rozof sat behind a beat-up white desk surrounded by skis, walkie-talkies, snow jackets and other sundry gear strewn about the office, chuckling as he recalled his experiences as a ski instructor. During his 23 years of teaching, Rozof, the…