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Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:52

Junior ranger day set for April 16

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will celebrate its fifth-annual National Junior Ranger Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, with special activities at Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee. Activities planned will range from ranger-guided walks…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:52

Help clean-up Panthertown Valley

The Friends of Panthertown and the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust will hold a clean-up day along trails in Panthertown Valley at 11 a.m. on April 15. Panthertown Valley, often called the Yosemite of the East, is part of the Nantahala National…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:49

Got Mud?

I wrote a few weeks back about my kayak adventure with my daughters to Sister Island (The Naturalist’s Corner Mar. 16, 2011) on a recent trip to Isle of Palms. Well, the kayak trip was only the beginning of an…
Tom Robbins came out of retirement for two months to help the National Park Center open up the new Oconaluftee Visitor Center. “I never thought I’d get a chance to work in the new building,” he said. “This is nice.”…
To describe the new visitor center on the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a long time coming is something of an understatement. Try some 76 years since plans were first hatched for a museum…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:43

‘Catman’ pens new cat book

Harold Catman Sims has published a new book titled Kevin Tames the Bullies. Sim operates the Catman2 no-kill cat shelter in Jackson County, and all proceeds from the sale of the book will go toward helping operate the shelter. Kevin…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:41

Bart Ehrman to read at Blue Ridge Books

Author Bart D. Ehrman will read from his latest book, God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question – Why We Suffer, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. Ehrman…
In A Ticket to the Circus: A Memoir (978-1-4000-6794-7, $26), Norris Church Mailer gives an account of her marriage to Norman Mailer. Originally from Arkansas, and formerly married with one child, Norris met Mailer when she was in her mid-20s…
To the Editor: If the Republican Congress were really serious about balancing the budget they would take a long hard look at the Pentagon, as that is where the lion’s share of discretionary spending is located. The cuts they are…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:28

Haywood revaluation will kill jobs

To the Editor: The commercial property owners, the merchants who rent property for their small, medium and large businesses, deserve to understand how the county has decided that commercial property has increased 35 percent, 42 percent, and even 67 percent…
Raspberries, like any fruit we plant, represent an act of faith. As others are doing this time of year, this past weekend I dutifully dug little holes, added amendments and planted a long row of sad little sticks, carefully watering…
By Mark Jamison • Guest Columnist A fellow once asked me, about a car I was selling, “What’s the least you would take for that car?” I thought for a second and replied, “What’s the most you’d give for it?”…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:22

Discounted cat adoptions

Cat adoption fees will be discounted from April 16 to 19 at Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation in Waynesville. Cats between four months and four years old will be $1 per pound.  The adoption fee will be waived completely for cats…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:22

March against domestic violence

Men and boys are encouraged to gather in Sylva to take a stand against violence against women at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 16. The 100-Man March will begin at the Sylva Bridge Park for the official count of all…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:21

Macon County airport getting longer soon

A 600-foot extension of Macon County’s airport runway is scheduled for completion by mid-May and plans for a ribbon-cutting ceremony are in the works, Miles Gregory, chairman of the airport authority, told local leaders last week. The $4.5 million project…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:20

Documentary on school crisis in America

The documentary on the state of education in America “Waiting for Superman” will be shown at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 21, followed by a talk with a school reform activist at the Cashiers Library. Charter school advocate and activist Ned…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:20

Life coach teaches how to be a better person

Life coach Marne Harris will conduct a workshop “Alter Yourself: 5 Fundamentals of Fulfillment” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, at Old Mountain Health Center in Waynesville. The course focuses on core changes people can make to…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:19

Program teaches raw food diet for pets

Learn about the benefits of raw food diets for cats and dogs at the Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association’s April meeting held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at Creature Comforts near Lake Junaluska. Founder of Earth Green Pet Foods,…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:19

Learn conversational Spanish in Haywood

A new class for people who want to learn conversational Spanish is being setup by the Latino Institute for Human Development in Waynesville. Conversational Spanish can be a resume builder, allowing people to communicate with Spanish-speaking employees or facilitate interaction…
It required barely 15 minutes and a minimum of discussion for Western Carolina University’s Faculty Senate to unanimously vote it be given a role in any future reorganization efforts. Whether they get what they ask for will depend on WCU’s…
A county commissioner got financial aid from the Swain County Department of Services last year while his niece was serving as the DSS director, prompting the development of a new conflict of interest policy. The new policy prohibits the DSS…
An interim director is now at the helm of the Swain County Department of Social Services, bringing to the table an impressive resume with a focus on child welfare. “That was real important to us,” said Georgianna Carson, a newly…
David Cozzo is sitting behind a table at the Holiday Inn in Cherokee, trying to sell a ’76 Volkswagen to a teenager. “The maintenance on these is rough, but you’d look good in it,” Cozzo pitched to his potential buyer,…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:13

Help children dealing with split custody

Children In The Middle, a class for any parent who shares custody of children, will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.April 26 and 27 in Canton. The program was developed to reduce children’s experiences with loyalty conflicts that often…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:13

Swain chamber to hold annual banquet

Swain County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual banquet from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at the Fryemont Inn in Bryson City featuring an evening of food and entertainment. Business Citizen of the Year will be announced,…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:12

Tea Party rally in Waynesville on tax day

Fiscal responsibility and property revaluation in Haywood County will be among the main topics discussed at the annual tax day rally in Waynesville. “Are You Taxed Enough Already?” will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, on…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:11

Swain to host wedding expo

The annual Swain County Wedding Expo will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Nantahala Village Resort and Spa. The expo will showcase local bakeries, caterers, florists and more while promoting the area as…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:10

Business owners rally to make Maggie blossom

Maggie Valley is gearing up for its next round of beauty treatments in an ongoing effort to spruce up the town and bring some color to its streets. The beautification program, led by master horticulturalist and Maggie Valley resident Clayton…
After eight years of entertainment, Maggie Valley’s largest venue is closing its doors, falling prey to the poor economy. 800-seat Eaglenest Entertainment was one of the largest in Haywood County and has drawn big-name acts such as Percy Sledge and…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:08

Senior expo offers free health screenings

A senior expo and health fair in Franklin will provide free seminars, health screenings, entertainment and refreshments from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Macon County Community Facilities Building. The event is sponsored by MedWest Health…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:08

Tap personal potential with workshop

A workshop geared toward reaching emotional freedom and full-potential, “7 Keys to Self Empowerment,” will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, at Apple Hill Farms in Waynesville. The intent of the program is to transform…
Budget concerns that the state will dump responsibilities on local governments, and anecdotal assessments of the current economic climate, dominated a meeting last week of Macon County’s elected local leaders. The informal, relatively freewheeling discussion took place over plates of…
Western Carolina University’s next chancellor is David Belcher, a classically trained pianist who is currently a top administrator at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Belcher, 53, will start his appointment July 1. His base salary will be $275,000.…
The last time David Belcher played publicly was about a year or so ago, when he paired with cellist Melita Hunsinger of the Arkansas Symphony orchestra in a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op.…
The cross on Mount Lyn Lowry still lies dormant, but repairs are under way with hopes that the bulbs will be shining again by Easter. The 60-foot cross is a nighttime landmark in the Balsam mountains between Waynesville and Sylva.…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:57

The Bobcats are back at HCC

“Go Bobcats!” can now be the cry at Haywood Community College, where they’ve adopted the feline as their new mascot. The bobcat doesn’t, as yet, have a name but the school plans to hold a contest this autumn to christen…
Despite its vibrant façade, downtown Waynesville hasn’t been immune to the economic recession. So Richard Miller was surprised, to put it mildly, when he learned his downtown building doubled in value over the past five years — at least according…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:51

Civic orchestra wraps up season

The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra will end the season with a concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, in the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University. Featured soloists with the orchestra will be the winners of the 21st annual…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:50

HCC brings marketing to the arts

A free seminar entitled Marketing for the Craftsperson and Artist will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, in Haywood Community College’s Student Center by the school’s Small Business Center. This workshop is designed to teach…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:50

WCU percussionists perform original work

Western Carolina University’s Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Mario Gaetano, will perform at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, in the Coulter Building on the WCU campus. Included in the program is one of Gaetano’s original compositions, “Scenes from…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:49

HART presents ‘The Cemetery Club’

The comedy “The Cemetery Club” opens April 15 at Haywood Arts Regional Theater’s Studio Theater in Waynesville,with performances at 7:30 p.m. on April 15, 16, 22 and 23 and 3 p.m. on April 17 and 24. The show tells the…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:49

HART to hold auditions for ‘Deathtrap’

The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its June production of “Deathtrap” at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, April 17 and 18 at the HART Theatre in Waynesville. The production is being directed by Charles Mills and…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:47

Duncan performs for album release

Barbara Duncan will hold a release party for her new album, Music Says Go, at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 15, at City Lights bookstore in Sylva. Duncan is education director at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, but is…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:46

Put together your Peeps diorama

A Peeps Diorama Contest is being held at the Marianna Black Library for teens in grades six through 12. Entrants must create a diorama depicting their favorite book or scene from literature, with all the characters in the scene portrayed…
Learn the art of Coptic bookbinding with artist Katherine Cays from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at Rickman Store in Franklin. All levels are welcome and each student will complete a Coptic-bound book. Coptic binding has…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:44

Create cards with local artist

A Craft Club workshop teaching the art of crystal acetate card making will last from 10 a.m. until noon on Thursday, April 21, in the Community Service Center in Sylva. Candy Meyers, a card maker and craftsperson, will lead the…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:38

WNC welcomes Easter traditions

When the sun crests the mountains’ edge Easter morning, it will creep down through the hills and fall on Lake Junaluska, where more than 300 worshippers will sit awaiting it at the foot of the massive wooden cross that graces…
It’s what everyone wants to know: is their neighbor’s house worth more or less than their own? It’s not hard to find out at the county’s mapping site, where there’s a plethora of property revaluation data to keep even the…
As I begin writing this it’s midnight, April 4-5, 2011. When insomnia strikes I always look for something to read. At times I just rummage around in various books rereading and studying familiar passages. Some were encountered in recent years…
“I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree” … wait, that’s been done, hasn’t it? Time to get out the pen and paper and write your own poem to mark the 75th anniversary of the…