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One thing is for certain. Whichever of two Democrats Jackson County voters pick in the May 8 primary will be bringing a lot of governmental experience to the table in their bid for a seat on the Board of Commissioners.…
Three of the five seats on the Macon County Board of Commissioners are up for election this year, and all have a primary race that needs deciding for either one party or the other. Democrats will be asked to narrow…
The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host Mindy Guillama-Ridriquez and Raul Rodriquez for a discussion of Cuban culture and food at 7 p.m. on April 26. Mindy will demonstrate making picadillo, a traditional dish in Cuba and many…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:04

Good Cooks series continues April 26

The next installment of Cooperative Extension’s “Good Cooks Series” will be held at 5:30 p.m. on April 26 in the conference room of the Community Services Center in Sylva. Local “Good Cook” Josh Wilkey will demonstrate the steps in baking…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:04

Innovative map designer to speak at WCU

Map designer Bruce Daniel will speak at 4 p.m., April 19, in the atrium of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. The talk, “Sensing Place: New Ways to Look at…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:01

Students to perform new play at HART

Students from Mountain Heritage High School in Burnsville will perform the play “Applaching” at 7:30 p.m., April 20, at the Haywood Regional Arts Theater in Waynesville. “Applaching” was created by Alesa Bryant Laws, the drama teacher at Mountain Heritage, and…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:00

Festival celebrates trout, Plott hounds

Maggie Valley Festival Grounds will host a combination of the Great Smoky Mountain Trout & Heritage Festival and PlottFest this year from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 21. The PlottFest is a fundraiser for Head Start Mountain Projects. The…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:59

Gaither Vocal Band to perform April 29

Multi-Grammy and Dove award winning recording artist Bill Gaither will perform with his Gaither Vocal Band at 3:30 p.m., April 29, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Gaither has been writing songs for many years…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:58

The Drifters and The Crystals to perform

Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters and The Crystals will take the stage at The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m., April 20. Both groups climbed the charts with hits in the 1950s. Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters has…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:57

Quaternity trombone group to visit WCU

The acclaimed trombone ensemble Quaternity will visit Western Carolina University for a day of master classes followed by a public performance on April 23. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:56

Live music at the Jackson library

The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host live bluegrass and gospel music provided by local band Joshua’s Tree at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24 in the community room. Joshua’s Tree is a Christian singing group that formed…
“That Mancini Magic,” the final installment of Western Carolina University’s 2011-12 Galaxy of Stars Series, will stage at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. “That Mancini Magic” performs songs of renowned…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:53

Signature Winds to perform in Waynesville

The Grace Church Episcopal in Waynesville will host a noon concert by Signature Winds on April 19. Signature Winds was formed in 2005 and retains all of its original members:  Kathy Alley, Flute; Pat Stone, Oboe; Charles Alley, Clarinet; Stephanie Lyon,…
Three Jackson County teachers — Jennifer Dall at Smokey Mountain Elementary, Kansas Heiskell at the HUB, and Gayle Woody at Smoky Mountain High School — were awarded a Learning Links grant this year to support art workshops in the schools.…
The Haywood County Arts Council will host its annual “Birding for the Arts” event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 28 as part of the 2012 FUNd Party Series. The series offers an eclectic array of social events…
The Small Business Center of Haywood Community College will offer a free seminar, entitled “Marketing for the Craftsperson & Artist…Part II,” from 6-9 p.m., April 24, at HCC’s Student Center Building, first floor. The workshop will detail how to best…
The voices of two Western Carolina University choirs – the University Chorus and the Concert Choir – will be featured at the WCU School of Music’s Spring Choral Concert at 7:30 p.m., April 19. Admission is free and the performance…
Western Carolina University dance students matched with faculty and staff members will compete in a “Dancing with the Stars”-style event called “Dancing with the Catamounts” at 7 p.m. on April 20 in Hoey Auditorium. The event costs $5 and will…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:47

Children’s weaving class at Sylva library

The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host weaver Susan Leveille of The Oaks Gallery in Dillsboro for a children’s weaving class at 6 p.m. on April 26. Participants will weave a colorful bookmark. The class is appropriate for children ages…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:46

Celebrate Spring with Greening Up

The 15th annual Greening Up the Mountains festival will take place April 28 on Main and Mill streets in historic downtown Sylva. The event begins with a 5K run at 9 a.m., while festival hours are 10 a.m. to 4…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:45

Liars Bench to present ‘Hangman’

The Liars Bench will tell the story of the hanging of Jack Lambert and other murder/execution stories in “Hangman, hangman slack your rope” at 7 p.m., April 19, at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center. The event will feature the compelling story…
Franklin High School will hold auditions at noon, April 21, in its fine arts center, for home school and private school students wishing to perform in Showcase of Talent 2012. Participation is open to actors, dancers, gymnasts, instrumentalists and vocalists…
Finnegans Wake took James Joyce 17 years to write, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel consumed four years of Michelangelo’s time and Beethoven needed about five years to complete his Fifth Symphony. But artists participating in one of Waynesville’s most…
The Cherokee Reservation will remain dry, keeping in place the historic ban on alcohol sales, following Thursday’s election on the issue. Enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians sent a strong message with about 60 percent voting “no”…
Editor’s note: This column first appeared in The Smoky Mountain News in April 2002. Have you ever looked at a map of North Carolina and wondered how in the heck the Old North State came to be shaped like that?…
The memories and lore surrounding a white flower with six petals — once so common in the Cullowhee valley that it was called the Cullowhee lily — have inspired Western Carolina University alumni and community members to bring the flower…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:16

Get your garden off to a good start

A gardening basics 101 class for beginner gardeners or gardeners who are new to this region will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Swain Extension Center and from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:14

Farmers markets open for season

Farmers markets in both Jackson and Haywood counties have opened for the regular growing season. The Jackson County Farmers Market opened earlier this month and operates from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturdays in the large parking lot on Mill…
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is coming from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Western Carolina University. The festival is part of a national tour of award-winning films that take audiences to some of the most remote…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:11

Boaters suit up for Nantahala Open

The fun and free-spirited Nantahala Open will take place from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Nantahala Falls. Nantahala Open is billed at a laid-back competition open to all boaters no matter the experience or ability. Categories…
The 28th annual Tuckasegee River Clean Up will be held on Saturday, April 21, and is looking for volunteers to help remove trash from part of the Jackson County river.   The clean up is organized by Western Carolina University.…
A free youth fishing clinic will be held on Saturday, April 21, as part of the 23rd-annual Great Smoky Mountain Trout & Heritage Festival. This year there will be two CATCH clinics at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, one from…
The 28th annual Tuckasegee River Clean Up will be held on Saturday, April 21, and is looking for volunteers to help remove trash from part of the Jackson County river.   The clean up is organized by Western Carolina University.…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:04

The Macon Your Heart Beat

The Macon Your Heart Beat one-mile and 5K run/walk will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 14, on the Franklin Greenway. The race is sponsored by Angel Medical Center Cardiac Rehab. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:04

WCU to host back-to-back races

A pair of 5K races will be held at Western Carolina University in coming weeks to raise money to build a well in Kenya and to benefit Full Spectrum Farms, a Cullowhee residential facility for adults with autism. The Kenya…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:03

Race a duathalon for a good cause

The Mountain Madness duathalon in Franklin will be held starting at 9 a.m. April 28 along the Little Tennessee River. This is a benefit for the Shriners Hospital in Greenville, S.C. There will be a four-mile run, 14-mile-bike and two-mile…
If you think you’ve got a winning photograph, consider submitting it to the Land Trust For the Little Tennessee for its annual calendar for 2013. Photos can include scenic landscapes, rivers, farms and farm-related activities or structures, restoration activities, wild…
An Arbor Day planting will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Island Park in downtown Bryson City. A wide variety of plants have been selected to add color to the island, with an emphasis on native species…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:59

A Conference of Birds

At Wild South’s recent “Green Tie Gala,” friend, writer, poet and publisher Thomas Rain Crowe, with a knowing wink, slipped a slim beautifully bound chapbook into my hands. I cracked it open immediately upon arriving home and read the first…
Just in time for its 30th anniversary, the Western North Carolina Alliance one of the region’s most august environmental organizations is promising to reassert itself as a highly visible and prominent force in communities outside of Asheville. To help fulfill…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:52

Ron Rash to read from ‘The Cove’

Ron Rash will read from his new novel, The Cove, at 2 p.m., April 15 in the community room of the Jackson County Library. Laurel Shelton and her brother live in a cove considered by many to be cursed. Crops fail,…
Blue Ridge Books will host Jenny Bennett, author of Murder at the Jumpoff, at 3 p.m. on April 21. Bennett’s book tells the story of Donald MacIntyre, an avid off-trail hiker, who fails to return from a quest to bushwhack…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:51

Participate in World Book Night

City Lights Bookstore in Sylva is hosting an event at 6:30 p.m., April 17, for local volunteers the week before World Book Night, in preparation for the givers going out into the community. On April 23, volunteers will give away…
Micheal Rivers of Whittier will be at the Jackson County Public Library at 7 p.m. on April 17 to read from his newest paranormal novel, The Black Witch. The Black Witch is an adventure tale of a ghost ship and…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:47

Homegrown poet spreads her wings

Rose McLarney grew up in rural Western North Carolina, where she continues to live on an old mountain farm. Daughter to a somewhat legendary biologist who founded the international conservation organization ANAI, she is a female reflection (a generation or…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:41

Trayvon Martin just went too far

To the Editor: Norman Hoffman has his facts wrong about the Trayvon Martin shooting.   Based on my experience, and what I read in the news, here is my opinion on what happened. Zimmerman had a legal right to be…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:41

Jackson should join Franklin on this one

To the Editor: I write to urge the Jackson County commissioners to follow the lead of the Franklin Town Board and place on their agenda for May 7 the Resolution to Amend [the Constitution] presented to them on April 2nd.…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:40

Franklin leaders say corporations not people

To the Editor: Kudos to the Franklin Board of Aldermen for unanimously passing a resolution calling on the North Carolina General Assembly to petition Congress that the U.S. Constitution be amended to firmly establish that human beings, not corporations, are…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:39

Marty Jones does not deserve criticism

To the Editor: In a recent letter to the editor John Edwards attacks District 4 County Commissioner Candidate Marty Jones. Edwards’ criticism was very predictable and fails to mention a very insightful and refreshing idea from a recent interview with…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:39

Let me explain how FreedomWorks works

To the Editor: My, that was quite a headline on Margery Abel’s letter appearing in the March 28 edition of the Franklin Press. “Buying local elections – this is how FreedomWorks.”  The headline is as fallacious as the story that…