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A talented lineup of potters is coming to Dillsboro for the seventh annual Western North Carolina Pottery Festival on Nov. 4-5. The juried festival showcases 45 master potters hailing from 17 states. Elmer Taylor of Denton, Texas, is this year’s…
A two-hour workshop in mixed media techniques will be taught at Leapin’ Frog Gallery on Friday, Nov. 4, by local artist Silvia Cabrera Williams. Attention will be given to the elements and principles of art incorporating several mixed media techniques…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:15

Peggy Duncan presents ‘Fleeting Images’

Artist and gallery owner Peggy Duncan has 31 of her paintings in pastel, acrylic, oil and mixed media on exhibit at Swain County Center for the Arts through Nov. 10. The “Fleeting Images” exhibit includes a retrospect of Duncan’s work…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:03

Frightober festivities

Halloween officially falls on Monday, Oct. 31, but that means even more fun because celebrations are taking place throughout the long weekend all over Western North Carolina. Here’s a roundup of some of the local and regional Halloween fun. Oct.…
Smoky Mountain Living magazine prominently features images from across the southern Appalachians in each edition. Photo essays adhere to the issue’s overall theme. The next issue of Smoky Mountain Living will focus on all things home. Appropriate photos would include…
This winter Smoky Mountain Living is celebrating the home. Help share the joys of home by telling about your hometown in 300 words or less. Some questions to consider as you think about writing are: What was it like growing…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:47

An early description of Haywood’s vegetation

Roland M. Harper was born in Maine but spent practically his entire professional life in the South, where his work embraced studies in plant geography, forestry, systematics, human demography, and economic botany. Harper’s extensive field work resulted in the discovery…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:45

Opponents prep for Duke rate hike hearing

Public comment will be taken on a proposed 17.4 percent rate hike by Duke Energy at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the Macon County courthouse. Commercial customers’ rates would increase by 14 percent. Aside from general disdain of larger…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:44

Adelgid researchers to meet in Haywood

The Alliance for Saving Threatened Forests is hosting a one-day symposium, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., about host resistance research to the hemlock and balsam woolly adelgids. The conference will take place Oct. 26 at the Haywood County Cooperative…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:44

Archaeology presentation at Hiwassee

Learn from experts about the rich American Indian history of Cherokee and Clay counties at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Hiwassee Valley Pool and Wellness Center in Murphy. Lance Greene and T.J. Holland will speak.   Greene…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:43

Rooted in the Mountains symposium coming to WCU

The second annual Rooted in the Mountains symposium at Western Carolina University will be held Thursday, Oct. 20, and Friday, Oct. 21, in the Grandroom of the A.K. Hinds University Center. The Rooted in the Mountains event was created to…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:42

Party lined up for farmers market

A fall party will be held at Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. There will be “campfire cuisine with Lu Dodson, a National Park Service ranger, who also will emphasize bear awareness techniques. Lorraine Conard,…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:42

Need some farm equipment? Here’s your chance

A farm equipment auction will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Haywood County Fairgrounds on NC 209. On the auction block will be a variety of tractors and tractor equipment, a trailer, hay, hand tools…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:41

Recycle that old bike for a good cause

Bryson City Bicycles is in search of gently used bikes to be tuned and donated to kids in need. The bike shop will again support the Swain County Family Resource Center with a Christmas Cheer Program by fixing up these…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:40

HCC takes first at Woodsmen’s meet

The Haywood Community College Timbersports Team finished in first place in the John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet and Forest Festival Day held at the Cradle of Forestry. The team competed against Montgomery Community College, North Carolina State University, Penn…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:39

See historic farmhouse and silo on guided hike

A nature walk by The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee will be held Friday, Oct. 21, at Tessentee Bottomland Preserve in Macon County just south of Franklin. The walk will feature different types of forest stands, historic farmhouse and…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:37

Final lecture in Rickman Store series

The Wilderness Society’s Brent Martin will lead the final presentation in the “Gardening for Wildlife” series of lectures at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21 at the Rickman Store in Macon County. Martin, the southeast representative for the Wilderness Society, will…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:37

Take a hike in the Waynesville Watershed

Come hike the 8,600-acre Waynesville Watershed property at the head of Allens Creek in Haywood County, which is normally off-limits to all public access. The last hike of the year there is set for Saturday, Oct. 29, at 9 a.m.…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:36

Cooking with wild game at the Pisgah Center

Learn how to cook wild game outdoors in a class from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Oct. 22 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. Topics will include equipment, preparation and cooking techniques best suited for the outdoors and…
Earlier this month the fourth-grade classes from Cartoogechaye Elementary School hiked 4 miles on the Appalachian Trail from Wayah Crest picnic area to Siler Bald. The Nantahala Hiking Club led the hike as part of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Trail…
Western Carolina University faculty and students from the athletic training program finished the fourth annual Mountain Jug Run for Research in record time, completing the 175-mile relay run from Cullowhee to Boone in 29 hours, 11 minutes and 54 seconds.…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:32

Homage to Mariah

“Mariah blows the stars around And sends the clouds a’flyin’ Mariah makes the mountains sound Like folks were up there dying” We recently spent a weekend on Isle of Palms. When we hit the bridge over Cooper River on the…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:29

Close encounters of the bear kind

The battle has been an epic one, but Wolfgang Restaurant in Highlands might have finally gotten the best of a bear addicted to a nightly feast of its trash. The bear had gotten into the unfortunate habit of visiting the…
Steve Hewitt of the Villages of Plott Creek in Haywood County already has a pretty good idea about the concept of live and let live when it comes to bears. There have been a number of bear sightings in his…
A bad year for acorns in the higher elevations, coupled with a poor berry crop region wide, has resulted in an influx of black bears into areas where the majority of mountain residents live: the cities, towns and mountainside developments…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:11

Coffee with the Poet continues Oct. 20

City Lights’ “Coffee with the Poet” series continues at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20 with local artist and author Terry Michelson. Michelson will be reading from her three recent collections, Psalms, Wolven and Sonnets. Her paintings will also be…
Three of the authors who contributed to the poetry book Every Breath Sings Mountains will appear at Blue Ridge Books and News at 3 p.m. on Oct. 22. This book of poetry is published by Voices From the American Land, a…
When I was a teenager, I became addicted to a late-night horror movie host named Bestoink Dooley. Based in Atlanta, Bistoink came on at midnight, and I can still see his stark-white face and his silly grin, complete with bloody…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:08

Don’t cut Postal Service jobs prematurely

Editor’s note: Rep. Health Shuler wrote this letter to U.S. Postmaster Pat Donahoe to express his concern for potential job cuts at the Postal Service. I write to express my concern for and opposition to plans being discussed by the…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:08

Cashiers Leaf Festival was huge success

To the Editor On behalf of the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association we would like to thank everyone who contributed to the 2011 Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival. The Festival, held on Oct.7-9 once again brought thousands of visitors and tourists…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:07

Let Duke know rate hike request is too much

To the Editor: Duke Energy has applied to the N.C. Utilities Commission for yet another rate increase in an attempt to force ratepayers to finance the cost over-runs of their ongoing construction on the new, un-needed coal-burning power plant at…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:06

SMN needs to practice balanced journalism

To the Editor: I was born and raised in Cashiers and have always disliked the phrase “country come to town.” Unfortunately that is the exact phrase that came to mind as I read Scott McLeod’s column “Pope is pulling the…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:00

The killer is among us, and she is Tuppence

When I moved to Sylva from Bryson City, two dogs stayed and three cats came with me. These are Edgar — I’ve written winningly about him before — and two calicos, Agatha and Tuppence. That’s a lot of cats. But…
The Occupy Wall Street movement is leaderless, somewhat vague and lacking vision. Still, people are joining in growing numbers around the world in spite of the fact that the movement is flawed in so many very fundamental ways. And I…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:54

Sunburst Trout opens Waynesville location

Sunburst Trout Farm has opened a retail location in downtown Waynesville, offering a convenient spot to pick up local trout products without driving out to the farm itself. “This has been an idea we have had for many years, but…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:54

WCU ranked among best for business

The Princeton Review has named Western Carolina University’s College of Business one of the top business schools in the country. The annual ranking received high marks for its master’s degree in business administration and finance and management preparation. “These accolades…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:53

MedWest focuses on fall prevention

Programs at the Osteoporosis Center at MedWest-Haywood already promote the prevention, detection and treatment of osteoporosis, but the doctors at the center want to do more. They want to identify people who are at risk for falling, which can lead…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:53

Nominate volunteers for citizenship award

Duke Energy and the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce is looking for nominees for its Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award, which honors volunteers. Nominees should be individuals or groups who make a difference in their community or workplace by…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:50

Barking dogs spark pleas for ordinance change

Residents in a Cashiers subdivision weary of incessant dog barking called on county commissioners this week to help them find some peace and quiet. “For the past six years, our community has had to deal with a kennel of dogs…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:49

Jackson nixes consumption of booze at library

Jackson County commissioners won’t allow alcohol to be served during private functions at the newly renovated historic courthouse and library. Library supporters have been marketing the venue as an ideal spot for receptions, weddings and other functions as a way…
Suitcase in hand, freshman Jared Conrad was ready to move into his box and prepare for the night to come. The day was plagued with off and on rain — a concern for Conrad and other Tuscola High School students who…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:47

Mark your calendars, Catamounts!

Western Carolina University is holding its “Forever a Catamount”-themed homecoming Oct. 21 thru 23. FRIDAY • The annual Alumni Scholarship Homecoming Golf Tournament at 11 a.m. at Sequoyah National Golf Club in Whittier. It costs $85 per person. • Professor…
The Town of Waynesville might join the 60 percent of local governments in North Carolina that have adopted a formal business incentive policy. Mayor Gavin Brown introduced the notion of a policy at last week’s town board meeting. He suggested…
The Waynesville town board has hired a search firm to help with its hunt for a new town manager. The board hired Developmental Associates LLC to coordinate the search, which will cost between $15,000 and $20,000. Town Manager Lee Galloway…
The Haywood County plans to renovate the formers Bargains building on Russ Avenue near K-Mart to house Haywood County Board of Elections, an adult day care program, a wellness center, additional office space and warehouse storage space. The county commissioners…
Macon County commissioners will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, to discuss regulations on earth moving proposed by the county’s planning board. A vote on the guidelines probably won’t take place then, County Manager Jack Horton…
Macon County will postpone a countywide reassessment of property values from 2013 until 2015. County Tax Assessor Richard Lightner recommended waiting because of lackluster sales: there simply hasn’t been enough property changing hands to provide a baseline for the going…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:40

Jackson County’s “other” bookstore

Here, by the side of U.S. 74 as you start up the Balsams after leaving Sylva, isn’t exactly the place you’d expect to stumble onto a bookstore with some 20,000 volumes of select, vintage books. A photography shop bookends one…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:39

Jiu Jitsu legend to offer seminar

A member of the world-famous fighting family, the Gracies of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will be offering a seminar in the fighting style that launched the MMA/UFC phenomena.   Royler Gracie, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and mixed martial arts world…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:38

Ronald Reagan dinner and dance

The late President Ronald Reagan was born 100 years ago this year, and Republicans in Swain, Graham and Jackson counties have decided to celebrate his life this Saturday, Oct. 22, beginning at 6 p.m. There will be a covered dish/pot…