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An effort to save those colorful specialty license plates has stalled in the N.C. Senate, which seems reluctant to take a bill up that would spare the popular plates. Supporters of the specialty plates have rallied to save them from…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:45

Barking dogs on short leash in Jackson

Faced by a rising tide of complaints about barking dogs, Jackson County commissioners indicated this week that they would consider passing an ordinance that would muzzle the offenders. “I’ve had negative experiences with barking dogs,” said Commissioner Doug Cody. “I…
Swain County is permanently etching its history in stone. In the next couple of months, the first of about 60 black marble panels will be installed along the wall outside the county government building and courthouse in downtown Bryson City.…
Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce will be forced to close its visitor center after its major source of funding has suddenly dried up. For at least two decades, the Maggie Chamber has relied on a cut of tourism tax dollars…
The Internet and smartphones are turning brick-and-mortar visitor centers into an antiquated resource for travelers and are part of the reason why the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority plans close two of its four visitor centers in the next year.
After inching its way back from recession-driven declines during the past year, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel is back in the catbird seat. You could even call it a Royal Flush. The advent of live dealers and table games coincides…
Business owners in Cherokee are making their own preparations for the influx of new visitors as a result of live gaming, hoping to draw them away from the casino and into their stores, restaurants or other businesses.
After nearly a decade of negotiations and broken promises, the state finally approved an agreement that allows table games with live dealers at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. The Eastern Band has worked since the early 2000s to get the state’s John…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:04

Street dances return to Waynesville

The popular Mountain Street Dances held in downtown Waynesville on select Fridays throughout the summer kick at 6:30 p.m. on June 22. Whitewater Bluegrass will be performing along with the Dixie Darlin’s Dance team. Special guests will be the Trantham…
A Children’s Film Festival for Macon County children will be held at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday morning through July 26 at Ruby Cinema in Franklin. The Franklin Lion’s club and Ruby Cinema sponsor the event for children under…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:02

Haywood fairgrounds to hold truck pull

The Haywood County Truck Pull will be held at 11 a.m. June 23. Entries will begin at 9 a.m. at the Great Smokies Arena. The truck pull seeks to accommodate trucks, 4x4s and other vehicles of all shapes and sizes.…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:01

Art reception to benefit Haywood Waterways

There will be an art reception benefitting Haywood Waterways Association at the Village Green Café in Waynesville from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on June 22.   A studio owner from Waynesville, Rick Hills, will feature his new mixed media paintings. Visitors…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:00

Cashiers Mountain Music Festival

The Cashers Mountain Music Festival is being held June 30 and July 1 at the Village Green and Commons in Cashiers. In just three years, the Cashiers Mountain Music Festival has become one of the most respected events in the…
Logan Murrell will be performing from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. June 22 and 29 at the Wildwood Grill at Fontana Village Resort. Additional dates for performances have been set for July 6, 13 and 20 as well as Friday…
“Broadway and More” with Glory Crampton will be at 8 p.m. June 23 at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. Crampton is a Broadway leading lady, musical theatre veteran. She is best known for her critically acclaimed roles in The Fantasticks,…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:58

Steampunk technique taught June 28

A Steampunk Jewelry & Creations Workshop will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. June 28 at the Macon County Library in Franklin. Participants can drop-in anytime during the workshop to watch a how-to presentation and look at some Steampunk…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:57

Learn cooking with soy in Sylva

A “Cooking With Soy” class will be offered at 1 p.m. June 25 in the Conference Room of the Community Services Center in Sylva. Laura Rogers and a chef from the N.C. Soybean Producers Association will teach the class with…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:56

Library to host traveling Lincoln exhibit

The Waynesville library will unveil the traveling exhibit “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 23. There will also be re-enactors from the NC Troops 25th Regiment from noon to 3 p.m. Immediately following…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:55

World Music Concert in Franklin

Franklin and Dillsboro Ubuntu Choirs will perform a concert of music from around the world and here at home at 3 p.m. June 24 in the historic chapel of Franklin’s First Presbyterian Church. The groups are directed by Tom Tyre…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:54

Final Noon Concert ‘Flute Flourish’

The Grace Noon Concerts season finale will feature flutists Sarah Cifani and Kathy Alley at noon on Thursday, July 21, Grace Church Episcopal in Waynesville. Kathryn Stephenson will accompany Cifani and Alley as they play music by Bach, Gabriel Faure,…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:53

Author Vicki Lane to speak in Jackson

Novelist Vicki Lane will hold a book talk with a question and answer session at 7 p.m. June 26 at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Lane of Madison County is the author of “The Day of Small Things”…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:52

Peter Pan to fly high in Franklin

The Overlook Theatre Company will present “Peter Pan: The High-Flying Musical Adventure” at 7:30 p.m. June 21-23 and at 2:30 p.m. June 24 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. This two-act musical adventure follows Peter Pan’s journey…
The Galaxy of Stars Series at Western Carolina University will open its eighth season this fall with a lineup featuring musicianship, comedy, magic and a command performance.
Storyteller and singer Michael Reno Harrell will perform an afternoon full of Smoky Mountain stories at 4 p.m. June 30 at the Oconaluftee Visitors Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
A showing of Japanese glass artist Tadashi Torii’s works will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. June 21 at Jackson County Green Energy Park’s art gallery with a free reception that is open to the public.
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:45

The most dangerous woman in America

The historic Rickman Store in Macon County will once again become a stage for one of the most accomplished monologues written by Appalachian playwright Gary Carden. 
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:42

Signs as art

  Jeff Marley is creating signs for Cherokee and the surrounding area proclaiming in Cherokee and in English, “We are still here.”
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:27

Drum, song and dance highlight Powwow

  With strong personal, familial and spiritual traditions and a healthy dose of competition, the 37th annual Cherokee Powwow will ignite a three-day festival of drum, song and dance to kick off the summer season in Cherokee. Hundreds of powwow…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:46

Watch out! Bigfoot sighted in WNC

I’d never read a horror-fiction genre book in my life. That is, until I found myself at an author’s event last month at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville talking with Eric Brown about his recent book about Bigfoot (Sasquatch) set…
Four of the contributing writers to the book 27 Views of Asheville will read their selections at 3 p.m. June 16 at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. The authors that will be reading are Wayne Caldwell, Susan Reinhardt, Heather Newton…
Holistic healer Andrea Ford will discuss the wisdom of the Enneagram at 2 p.m. June 16 at the City Lights Bookstore. The Enneagram is a road map to understanding your personality in a new way. It is based on nine…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:43

Poetry reading in Highlands

Poets Shannon Tharp and Whit Griffin will be reading their recently published works at 7 p.m. June 15 at the Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore in Highlands. Griffin is a native of Memphis, Tenn. He met Scaly Mountain’s poet Jonathan Williams…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:27

Explore unique, beautiful gardens

By Shannan Mashburn • SMN Intern Gardeners, wannabe-gardeners and those who simply appreciate a fine garden can catch a behind-the-scenes peak of some of the best gardens in Haywood County during the upcoming Haywood County Garden Tour from 9 a.m.-4…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:26

Bog is good

Mountain bogs are some of the rarest and most imperiled natural habitat in the country. They are generally small and scattered across the landscape often isolated from other wetlands. This isolation can create unique habitats, which in turn create unique…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:25

Blue Ridge Breakaway registration discounts

The first early registration discount for the third annual Blue Ridge Breakaway biking event in Haywood County has passed, but riders can still save money by registering prior to Aug. 3. Registration fees for the Century, Metric Century and 40-mile…
North Carolina State University’s Forest & Environmental Outreach Program is co-sponsoring a series of four workshops for private forest landowners in Western North Carolina called “Woodland Steward Series: Mountains Program” between July 18 and Aug. 17. The program is designed…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:24

Don your best kilt for the Braveheart 5K

The Braveheart 5K footrace and one-mile kids’ fun run will streak into downtown Franklin on Saturday, June 16. The race is a fundraiser for The Scottish Tartans Museum, a nonprofit organization based in Franklin that is dedicated to the history and…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:23

MedWest hosts Triathlon

MedWest is sponsoring a triathlon at 8 a.m. July 7 at the MedWest Health & Fitness Center in Clyde. The triathlon includes a 300-yard swim in the indoor pool with biking and running portions on lightly traveled roads with great…
  The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission now has an online map and the GPS coordinates for nearly 550 fish attractor locations across the state. Angers can access the map and download GPS coordinates from the “Where to Fish” section on…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:21

Cradle of Forestry to host firefly tour

The Cradle of Forestry in America will host its annual Firefly Twilight Tour from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 16 at the Pink Beds Picnic Area in the Pisgah National Forest. Naturalists from the Cradle of Forestry conduct the tour…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:20

Catch the summer solstice June 20

The first moment of summer will occur at 7:09 p.m. June 20, say astronomers with the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute near Brevard. At the moment of the solstice, the sun be at its northern most point in the sky. In…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:20

Invasive insect kills ash trees

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials confirmed that the invasive emerald ash borer beetles — which can kill ash trees — are near the Sugarlands Visitor Center and in the Greebrier area on the Tennessee side of the park. The…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:19

Jackson growers to help Community Table

This week the Community Garden will begin its Fresh Produce Initiative by taking weekly donations from vendors and customers at the Jackson County Farmer’s Market to the Community Table. The donation cooler will be located at the Market Information Booth.…
National Park staff and volunteers will pay tribute to rural women of the past from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 16 at the Mountain Farm Museum in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park will pay tribute to…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:15

Blue Ridge Parkway hike of the week

The Blue Ridge Parkway is hosting a hike titled “Down to the Graveyard” at 10 a.m. June 15 on the Graveyard Fields Loop Trail. Rangers will lead the easy two-mile hike to see a waterfall and learn more about the…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:12

The feisty, showy and talented grosbeak

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about scarlet tanagers, a showy rather common species I assumed most were familiar with. But at least 10 readers emailed or otherwise contacted me to say they had located and seen their first…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:59

Fight back against Alzheimer’s

To the Editor: Ask yourself, for just one day, can I match the passion and dedication of Alzheimer’s caregivers and those with the disease? For them, it’s every day. For us, just one–- June 20, 2012, the longest day of…
I found Booger at the Coffee Shop some 15 years ago – a tiny kitten with only one eye open, and although I could easily cover her with one hand, I couldn’t muffle the anguished MEEOOW! that she produced. It…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:57

Teachers get sympathy from readers, peers

You never know what subject in a column will incite readers and friends to open up and express their feelings. Last week’s piece about the madness that the end-of-year testing brings to public schools certainly led to an onslaught of…
The Jackson County Board of Commissioners narrowly passed a resolution that would allow county governments more flexibility in how its human services departments are organized. Should Senate Bill 433 pass the General Assembly, county boards will have more leeway in…