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An orientation session for high school students interested in taking classes at Haywood Community College will be held at 1 p.m. and again at 4 p.m. on Dec. 19 at the HCC auditorium. Dual-enrollment opportunities through the Career and College…
Macon County GOP leaders on Monday selected a Highlands landscaping company owner as their pick to fill a vacant slot on the county’s board of commissioners. James “Jimmy” Tate will replace Commissioner Brian McClellan who resigned after receiving his second…
Niche marketing and regional cooperation were the reoccurring topics of this year’s Smoky Mountain Host meeting held in Cherokee last week, an annual forum that brings together the major tourism players of the Smoky Mountain region. “Our greatest customers are…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 13:46

Rec Center offers new after-school program

An after-school program for sixth graders will be offered from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursday starting in January at the Waynesville Recreation Center. The first hour will be devoted to homework with assistance for students who need help.…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 13:44

Library opens collection for homeschoolers

The Haywood County Public Library has opened to the public a unique library collection to help meet the recreational and educational needs of children that are homeschooled. This special collection contains a variety of formats including fiction, biographies, history, language…
Running a small hotel in Western North Carolina isn’t the easiest way to make a living, particularly not in these penny-pinching times when prospective customers want a full range of amenities and a rock-bottom room price. “It is hard for…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 13:41

Cashiers TTA briefs county on marketing efforts

The Cashiers Travel and Tourism Authority briefed Jackson County commissioners on some of their marketing campaigns from the year, responding to calls that the agency was too insular. Mark Jones, a member of the Cashiers tourism board who is also…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 13:39

Do-over an option in Jackson tourism spat

It’s not too late for Jackson County leaders to go back to the drawing board on a state bill that consolidates the county’s two separate tourism agencies. Commissioners have found themselves in the hot seat over a bill that would…
Swain County High School’s football players and coaches on Monday were in a different sort of huddle than usual. Instead of planning the next play, they were picking out a design for their championship rings following Saturday’s 20-14 win over…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 13:37

Local woman opens music lessons studio

Deborah Horn, from Lake Junaluska, is now teaching music lessons out of her home studio. Horn has taught music lessons since she was seventeen and recently working in the public school system. She also performs with her flute, piano and…
Laurie Oxford’s department is getting smaller; some of her former co-worker’s offices sit empty. Oxford, an assistant Spanish professor at Western Carolina University, spoke at a public forum about university cuts Monday on how multi-level reductions have affected the Arts…
At Carolina Readiness Supply in Waynesville you can buy freeze-dried macaroni and cheese by the 20-ounce can and a solar oven in which to warm it. You can get a woven bracelet in a variety of fashionable colors that converts…
Emergency agencies throughout Haywood County expect to be clocking in quicker response times soon. Fire, police and EMS divisions within the county will begin using a new Computer-Aided Dispatch and Mobile Data Information System this week, aimed at improving efficiency…
Businesses skirting Haywood County’s room tax laws should pay up or they could soon find themselves slapped with a lawsuit. The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority plans to sue six accommodation owners who have repeatedly and openly neglected to pay…
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority board backed down from plans to cut grant funding for long-celebrated events such as Folkmoot USA, Downtown Waynesville street dances and Canton’s Labor Day Festival. The tourism board had been contemplating new grant guidelines…
Join in holiday caroling and a concert by the strings section of the Western Carolina Civic Orchestra on Dec. 15. Caroling will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the steps of the Jackson County Public Library Complex in Sylva, which will…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 21:22

Dust off your dancing shoes

The next Second Sunday Contra Dance will take place on Dec. 11 in the Community Room on the second floor of the old courthouse in the Jackson County Library Complex in Sylva. Contra dancing is a form of English country…
Lee Knight, a folklorist and musician, will perform holiday folk music in the community room of the Jackson County Public Library Complex in Sylva at 7 p.m. on Dec. 13. Knight, a native of the Adirondack Mountains and a long-time…
The Western Carolina University School of Music will present the Christmas portion of George Frideric Handel’s oratorio “Messiah” at 3 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. The performance will feature the WCU…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 21:19

Join the Oconaluftee Old-Time Music Jam

A monthly old-time music jam in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is bringing together musicians from across the region. Music played includes traditional folk tunes of the Southern Appalachians but often branches off into newer songs by the Carter…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 21:18

A festive celebration at the Rickman Store

The T.M. Rickman Store in Cowee will host a full day of arts events on Dec. 9 with crafters and artisans who will display their work, including exhibits from artist in residence Kathrine Cays and photographer Ralph Preston. The Nikwasi…
Take a trip to downtown Waynesville for its “A Night Before Christmas” celebration from 6-9 p.m. on Dec. 10. “This is a magical evening in Downtown Waynesville.  Let us entertain you and create wonderful holiday memories,” said Buffy Phillips, executive…
The Jackson County’s Green Energy Park will hold its holiday open house on Dec. 11, inviting the public to visit and observe local artists who will be giving demonstrations and offering locally made gifts at low prices. “This is a…
Local songwriter Mackenzie Leigh Wilson, fresh off of performances at the Curb Café and the Hard Rock Café in Nashville, will host a holiday concert to benefit the Open Door of Haywood County. The concert will begin at 7 p.m.…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 21:14

Spring pottery classes planned at SCC

Southwestern Community College’s Heritage Arts Program is pleased to announce clay classes for spring 2012. Students taking these classes have the opportunity to work towards a Master Potters Certificate. All classes will be held at the Heritage Arts Ceramic Studios…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 21:12

Annie Moses Band to present Christmas show

The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin has added another show to its holiday lineup. The Annie Moses Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 9. The band blends fiddle, jazz, and classical music with folk-inspired…
Brian Kane used to teach someone else’s curriculum in someone else’s department at some other college. Unsatisfied with his situation, however, Kane accepted a position at Oconaluftee Institute of Cultural Arts in Cherokee, where he and his students have a…
Tuesday, 29 November 2011 19:25

Mountain Heritage Center jams continue

The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series will continue at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center on Thursday, Dec. 1, with a concert featuring the duo Whimzik. The 7 p.m. performance by the husband-and-wife team of Glenn Kastrinos and…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:40

Feeling sprightlier on an early winter day

Sometimes I find myself walking without having made a conscious decision to do so. My body seems to feel the need for a stroll without having consulted my brain. My feet find their way, as if they had eyes of…
Hikers taking the trek across Grandfather Mountain’s ridgeline can now enjoy five new ladders on the Grandfather Trail. The new ladders on MacRae Cliff replace the old ones that had been up for decades. The five ladders are all in…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:39

An astronomical look at the Star of Bethlehem

Get a different view of the Star of Bethlehem Friday, Dec. 9, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI). Activities include a tour of the PARI campus and celestial observations using PARI’s optical or radio telescopes,…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:38

Historic photos now online

More than 1,800 high-resolution images of U.S. Forest Service history in the region are now available online for public viewing. Photos include images of early rangers and foresters such as Carl Schenck and Gifford Pinchot. Additionally, there are photos of…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:37

Enjoy special tour of state trout hatchery

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host a free, guided tour of its Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery in Transylvania County from 9-11 a.m. on Dec. 17. The tour is being coordinated by the commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife…
Encouraged by the success of experimental stockings during the last three years, biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are continuing their efforts to restore fish and mussels in the Cheoah and Pigeon rivers. They are using aquatic species propagated…
The Commission For a Clean County in Haywood County wants to recognize those individuals and organizations that made an outstanding commitment to a clean environment during the year. Entries must be received by Dec. 10. Several categories will be honored,…
Land-of-Sky Regional Council has released “Stimulus Stories of Western North Carolina,” a video highlighting the success of the WNC Forest Products Cooperative Marketing Project.   The project provided dollars and technical assistance to 15 businesses and organizations that make or…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:34

Smokies extends elk an invitation to stay

Ten years after the first elk touched down in Cataloochee Valley, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has made the reintroduction of the species official. Until now, the herd of 140 elk in the Smokies were considered merely an “experimental…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:33

Live in Haywood? Think local when buying

Haywood County farmers are offering a variety of products this holiday season, including standards such as Christmas trees and wreaths, as well as honey, poinsettias, jams and jellies, meats, cheeses and pickles. “The holiday season provides another great opportunity to…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:33

Farmers invited to visit with Ag commissioner

Steve Troxler, the state’s agriculture commissioner, will be the speaker for the Haywood County’s Friends of Agriculture Breakfast from 7-8 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, at the WNC Regional Livestock Center in Canton. The ongoing series of breakfast meetings in…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:32

Lend an eye in national Audubon count

The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society will participate in the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count on Friday, Dec. 16. The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is an early-winter bird census where tens of thousands of volunteers across the U.S. and…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:30

B-Friday

That’s bird-Friday of course. And bird-Friday got off to a pretty chilly start. It was 26 degrees Fahrenheit when I got to Lake Junaluska at around 8:45 a.m. Not much has changed species-wise at the lake for the past couple…
Permaculture has become something of a catchword in farming and homesteading circles, a grand concept — but one usually unfulfilled in hands-on practice — of layering one’s land with a variety of edible plants that will feed you or your…
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…