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Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:48

Horace Holden’s ‘hunch’ pays off

Horace Holden remembers the deal like it was yesterday. He set out from Atlanta with a few blank checks in his pocket and a portable typewriter on the back seat of his car. He checked in to his favorite room…
When Payson and Aurelia Kennedy quit their jobs in Atlanta, cashed out their retirement, packed up their four children and headed for the wild and rugged Nantahala River 40 years ago, their mothers weren’t sure what had gotten into them.…
Western Carolina University is remaining mostly neutral on the topic of alcohol coming to Cullowhee, at least officially. “The campus has had alcohol on it for many, many, many years, and I don’t see that changing,” said Sam Miller, vice…
Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe was stripped of his appointed role to render thumbs-up or thumbs-down assessments of businesses wanting to sell alcohol. Jackson County commissioners, who had initially appointed Ashe to the role, voted this week to instead make…
Rising health care costs were the catalyst for two budget decisions by Haywood County commissioners, one that will hopefully save taxpayer money and the other a stopgap measure to keep up with employee health insurance. Commissioners were forced this week…
The advent of alcohol sales in Jackson County has prompted the Cashiers community to consider new land-use regulations to address the probable arrival of bars in the resort village. The commercial area of Cashiers already has a development ordinance. The…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:40

Move to Amend shot down in Jackson again

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners once again declined to support a movement aimed at restraining corporate power, causing local activists to raise a joint sigh of frustration. Move to Amend activists, a local offshoot of the Occupy movement, called…
The blueprint for a sign is punched into a computer, and the machine starts up. Sparks emit from the metal-cutting apparatus as it carves out the words “Gateway to the Smokies” and “Waynesville, North Carolina.” Here, at this part-machine shop,…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:38

Summer camps for kids

Maggie summer camp The Maggie Valley Club will hold a Summer Kid’s Camp program from June 18-22 and from July 16-20. These one-week camps begin at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Lunch is provided. The camp provides traditional…
A little more than a year after the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law banning various forms of synthetic marijuana, enforcement of the statute still poses a problem for police. Waynesville Police Chief Bill Hollingsed traveled to Raleigh at…
As people’s discretionary spending remains low nationwide, golf courses in Haywood County are trying to drive their way out of a bunker with price cuts and special offers aimed at drawing in atypical players. Golf courses in the Haywood County…
The Waynesville Recreation Center will institute new hours for its water park for the summer. The water park will open at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. on Sundays. The slide will not open…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:34

New Franklin dog park to open June 9

The new dog park in Franklin will open at 10 a.m. June 9. The park, sponsored by the Friends of the Greenway, is adjacent to Big Bear Park on the Greenway in Franklin. Officials of the city and county and…
The Friends of the Library are holding a birthday party for the new Jackson County Public Library beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, in the atrium. Cake and other refreshments will be served during a reception to celebrate…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:33

GOP candidates to attend debate

Republican group FreedomWorks will host a debate between candidates Mark Meadows and Vance Patterson at 8:30 a.m. June 9 at the Angel Hospital Cafeteria Meeting Room. Meadows and Patterson are running in a second primary election on July 17 for…
Live table games at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino cleared its final hurdle this week with passage in the N.C. House of Representatives. Both the Governor and N.C. Senate had already given live table games their blessing, and only lacked approval from…
The Shelton House in Waynesville will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with a series of summer lectures and demonstrations this weekend. The event will start at 7 p.m. June 8 with a commemorative celebration of the Civil…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:53

Dog show to be held in Waynesville

The Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association will host its annual American Kennel Club dog show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 16 and 17 at the Haywood County Fairgrounds on Crabtree Road in Waynesville. The event will include conformation,…
Western Carolina University is offering a two-week program in June designed to help young children maintain the reading and writing skills they have gained during the school year. “Summer Reading Adventures” is open to students going into the first and…
The Museum of the Cherokee Indian and the North Carolina Arts Council will celebrate thousands of years of southern Appalachian and Cherokee history at the Cherokee Voices Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 9. The festival is free…
Haywood County Arts Council will hold International Festival Day in downtown Waynesville on July 21, a new date from previous years. International Festival Day is the highlight of regional performances by international folk dancers and musicians from Folkmoot USA, which…
Western Carolina University is accepting nominations for the Mountain Heritage Award, an honor bestowed annually on one individual and one organization that have played a prominent role in the preservation or interpretation of Southern Appalachian history and culture. Nominations will…
Barbara Bates Smith will perform “Ivy Rowe” at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville at 7:30 p.m. June 22-23, with a matinee at 3 p.m. June 23. “Ivy Rowe” is a play about the passionate life of a spunky…
Comedienne Jeanne Robertson will perform at 7 p.m. June 7 at Lake Junaluska’s Stuart Auditorium as a benefit for United Way of Haywood County. Robertson is a former Miss North Carolina and was voted Miss Congeniality. She is known for…
The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its production of “Lost in Yonkers” at 6:30 p.m. June 17-18 at the Performing Arts Center on Pigeon Street in Waynesville. Wanda Taylor will direct the production and the show will…
Highlands Performing Arts Center will present “Broadway and More” with Glory Crampton at 8 p.m. June 23. Crampton is a Broadway leading lady and musical theatre veteran. She is best known for her critically acclaimed roles in “The Fantasticks,” “Hello…
The Highlands Biological Foundation will host a basket-weaving workshop and nature lecture on June 14. Doug Elliott, a local storyteller and naturalist, will lead the Poplar Bark Basket Workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Bark baskets have long been a…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:43

Sylva businesses to host art stroll June 8

The Jackson County Visual Arts Association will host the Sylva Art Stroll beginning at 5 p.m. June 8 in downtown Sylva. The reoccurring event will take place on the second Friday of each month. Merchants will stay open later than…
High school students and recent graduates have until June 6 to submit their applications for the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts’ summer art portfolio program. Classes for this program will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 11-29. The…
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 20:41

‘Vincent’ to stage in Highlands

Highlands Performing Arts Center will perform a two-weekend run of the play “Vincent.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. June 7-9 and June 14-16 with 2:30 p.m. matinees on June 10 and 17. Written by Leonard Nimoy, the play is about…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:41

Lorraine Conard Band to play in Jackson

The Lorraine Conard Band will play a free concert at 7 p.m. June 14 at the Jackson County Public Library. Conrad’s songwriting style has been influenced by a mix of artists, from country-fried Americana to folk-tinged blues, and is anchored…
Western Carolina University’s 2012 Summer Concert Series will start June 7. The shows will take place at 7 p.m. each Thursday through June and July on the lawn of the A.K. Hinds University Center. The concerts are free and the…
Haywood County-based band Rafe Hollister will perform in Sylva from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on June 8 as part of Concerts on the Creek. The five-member band specializes in “mountain rock.” “We use bluegrass instruments and drums and mix it with rock-and-roll,”…
The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University will open a new exhibit “RE+ constructed” with a reception at 5 p.m. June 7. The exhibit brings together four artists — Heidi Field-Alvarez of Henrico, Va.; Jeana Eve Kelin of Boone;…
Textile artists and fashion designers working within a 100-mile radius of Asheville are invited to submit entries for Project Handmade, a fashion show dedicated to showcasing contemporary garments made with local materials and traditional handcrafted detail. Entries are due July…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:34

The Bascom to host Family Fun Day June 9

The Bascom, a visual arts center in Highlands, will hold a Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 9. The event is free and open to everyone. The day will include a scavenger hunt, presentations about…
Haywood Community College and the American Bladesmith Society will hold an “Introduction to Bladesmithing” course from 6-10 p.m. June 18-19 in Building 3300. The American Bladesmith Society is a nonprofit educational entity striving to preserve the art of the forged…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:33

Kids, hone your hula hooping skills

Kelly Jewell-Timco will lead a hula hooping class at 4 p.m. June 13 at the Jackson County Public Library. This event will be a part of the library’s summer activities for children and teens. The instructor will provide hula-hoops for…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:32

Summer art workshops offered in Cullowhee

Cullowhee Mountain ARTS is gearing up for its Youth Week art workshops for children ages 5 and up from July 2-6. The week is part of the Cullowhee Mountain ARTS’ first Summer Visual ARTS Series at Western North Carolina. From…
Downtown Waynesville will transform into a Mecca for Appalachian heritage geeks and for people who want to learn more about the area’s distinct culture this Saturday as the town hosts its second annual Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration. The Downtown Waynesville Association…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 14:01

Its a scarlet tanager kind of year

“The scarlet tanager flies through the green foliage as if it would ignite the leaves. You can hardly believe that a living creature can wear such colors.” — Henry David Thoreau This seems to be a scarlet tanager kind of…
The Highlands Nature Center is holding a series of summer nature camps for children from ages 4 to 14 with varying themes. Preregistration is required. For more information go to highlandsbiological.org/nature-center or contact 828.526.2623. “WOW! – a World of Wonder”…
Friends of the Smokies met a challenge grant from the Aslan Foundation of Knoxville to raise $4 million for the Trails Forever endowment. A small group of donors hiked the Forney Ridge Trail with the Trails Forever crew and volunteers…
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is starting a new program beginning this summer to create a Youth Leadership Class of 2016. Ten students that will graduate from high school in 2016 will be chosen to be a part of…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:52

Tremont announces bird banding program

Volunteers are needed to assist Tremont and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by monitoring birds through bird banding on June 14, July 22, July 5, July 25, Aug. 2 and Aug. 8. Scientists estimate that there are nearly 230…
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting three free fishing events in early June at its Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2012. “Fly Fishing Skills: Casting for Beginners” will be held at…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:50

Bird banding at Tessentee preserve

The public is invited to the bird-banding project at Tessentee Preserve in Otto at 8 a.m. June 2.  Participants will join Mark Hopey as he captures and bands birds for his long-term migratory bird study. Participants will be hiking a…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:50

Free rafting trip on the Tuckasegee

The Dillsboro River Company will offer free unguided rafting trips down the Tuckaseegee River from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 3. Participants only have to donate 10 cans of food per person. The food will be donated to United…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:49

Jackson County Golf Club summer schedule

The Jackson County Golf Club has planned its summer schedule, which will include rounds at Mill Creek, Sequoyah National, Bear Lake, and Smoky Mountain. Members of the club will be able to play each of these courses at a reduced…
Western Carolina University is offering an online course beginning June 1 on topics related to surviving accidents and dangerous encounters in the wilderness. The 10-hour course “Wilderness and Disaster Emergencies” will cover topics such as animal dangers, environmental dangers, natural…