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Wednesday, 31 August 2011 13:05

Feathered hurricane hunter

On Aug. 24 Chinquapin soared into the dangerous northeast quadrant of then category 3 Hurricane Irene. The Lockheed Martin C-130 – Hercules, a behemoth of an airplane originally designed for the military to transport troops and equipment like utility helicopters…
A maze of pores and rock fractures in the Appalachian Mountains make it one of the most complex hydrological systems on the planet. More than half the population here relies on groundwater, but the fundamental question of how many wells…
Kathryn Greeley of Waynesville has published The Collected Tabletop, a book showcasing ways to create “easy, fun, and breathtaking tabletop designs that will make any occasion memorable,” says its publisher. For each of the 13 events described in The Collected…
Book Ends, the book discussion group at the Jackson County Public Library, will gather for the first time in the new library at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 12, to discuss the book Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland.…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:59

Seek truth, good and beauty

According to recent polls, Americans are angry. They are angry about the economy, about the role of government in their lives, about the direction their country has taken. They are angry with the president and with the Congress. Some are…
There is nothing that smells quite as bad as a male goat in rut. During the mating season, excited billy goats urinate on their own beards and front legs. An amazing feat, really, if one ignores the ickiness of it…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:43

Beware of cardboard coyotes

I consider it a good thing when you meet someone new from a very different background that provides a chance to pause, and to see your own world in a different light. That view from another vantage point helps to…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:43

Eichenbaum’s flip-flops can’t be ignored

To the Editor: In response to Dr. Dan Eichenbaum’s announcement that he is running for Congress again in the 11th Congressional District, it is my duty to inform the voters of a few facts that make him unelectable. First, every…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:42

Democratic Party opposes rate increase

To the Editor: At the July meeting of the Jackson County Democratic Party Executive Committee, the executive committee voted to officially oppose the proposal of Duke Energy of the Carolinas to seek a rate increase for its electricity consumers in…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:41

Insurance mandate is not unconstitutional

To the editor: If mandatory health insurance is unconstitutional, as the Republicans hope the Supreme Court will rule, what about Social Security and Medicare? They’re compulsory also. The health plan is different only in allowing some consumer choice. You’d think…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:40

State GOP leaders following a script

To the Editor: I found it curious that the slew of bills rushed through the first session of our new Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature were reported in the national news as being introduced in other Republican-controlled state legislatures as well.…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:39

The wheels of justice got stuck in the mud

I’ve loved rock and roll music all of my life. When I was a teenager, I listened to Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles and Bob Seger and other staples of FM radio that most parents were listening to as well,…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:59

Crafters converging on Maggie Valley

Maggie Valley will host a craft show this Labor Day weekend from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 3 and 4 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds Visitors can find handmade crafts of all kinds from local artisans and…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:58

Fontana to ring in Labor Day lakeside

A LakeAlooza Party is being held from 12 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 3 at Fontana Village Resort. There are scheduled lake games, inner tube races, food and live entertainment provided by Randy Flack from noon until 3 p.m. Fontana…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:57

Liars Bench returns to WCU

The Liars Bench, a Southern Appalachian variety show, will start at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center. The Liars Bench was founded by Sylva writer and storyteller Gary Carden in June 2010, and…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:57

Animal shelter to hold wine tasting

The P.A.W.S. Wine Tasting and Silent Auction, the largest fundraiser for the non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will start at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, at Lands Creek Log Cabins Harmony Hall in Bryson City. P.A.W.S. cares for approximately 150…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:56

Music at the Mill heralds historic restoration

Music at the Mill is coming to the Francis Grist Mill in Waynesville from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 10, celebrating the newly restored 124-year-old mill.   It is the only grist mill of its type in Western…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:56

Oldies concert on Franklin town square

Rock the Square, a Labor Day weekend concert and street dance, will he held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, in the Town Square gazebo on Main Street in downtown Franklin. The award-winning C-Square Band will perform 1950s to…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:54

Gospel legends on stage in Franklin

A weekend of gospel music will kick off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, and continue through Sept. 4 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Concerts will begin at 7 p.m. on both days.…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:54

9/11 exhibit to visit Sylva

A 9/11 Memorial Exhibit containing replica banners sent by school children to the volunteers, police, firefighters and EMS at Ground Zero In New York City will be on display starting with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sept.…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:53

Learn to photograph your art

Tim and Beth Thrift will give a presentation on Photographing Your Artwork at 6:15 p.m. on Sept. 8, for the Art League of the Smokies in Bryson City.  They own PVP Studio, a full-service videography and photography studio located in…
The Cashiers Arts and Crafts Show will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 3 and 4 at the Village Green in Cashiers. There will be 57 vendors of fine arts and crafts along with food and fun…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:52

Discounted Penland classes for locals

Penland School of Crafts has open spaces in several of its eight-week fall classes available at half tuition to Western North Carolina residents. The session runs Sept. 25 through Nov. 18 with openings in drawing, glass,  jewelry and letterpress printing.…
The Haywood Arts Regional Theater will give area talent a chance to strut their stuff and win prize money in its first “Haywood’s Got Talent” event in September. Auditions for the contest will be held from 1 to 6 p.m.…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:50

Plein air painters visit the mountains

Area outdoor painters will bring their paint boxes and easels to Macon County for Paint the Macon Mountains on Sept. 10 and 11, supported by the International Plein Air Painters. Artists from Asheville to Atlanta are expected to be outdoors throughout the…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:49

Dance into Labor Day with block party

Waynesville’s Labor Day Block Party will run from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, in downtown. Main Street will close at 5 p.m. for setup. Restaurants will remain open, many with outdoor seating. A kettle corn vendor and…
The Waynesville Gallery Association will present Art After Dark from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, in downtown Waynesville. Art After Dark takes place the first Friday of each month, May through December. Patrons can stroll through working…
Four decades of tradition have built the foundation for the Smoky Mountain Folk Festival, which will launch into its 41st year on Sept. 2 and 3 at Stuart Auditorium in Lake Junaluska. More than 200 dancers and musicians grace the…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:40

So this comedian walks into a bar in Sylva ...

Terrifying, exciting and kind-of liberating. That’s how Tom Scheve describes the inaugural experience of telling jokes on stage. And usually, he says, you either get it out of your system then and there, or the performance bug gets you. “We’re…
The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce exceed goals set for its 2011 “Goin’ Coastal” Membership and Sponsorship Campaign. The campaign teams recruited 68 new members and approximately $61,000 in sponsorship dollars. The original goal was 50 members and $50,000. During…
Drake Enterprises CEO Phil Drake, who owns a family of 18 businesses based in Macon County, will give a free seminar called “Guiding Business Expansion: There Is More Than One Way“ from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in…
A new urgent care center in Sylva is proving a welcome addition to the community. Before MedWest Health System opened the urgent care center in early August, Jackson County residents seeking immediate medical care but that doesn’t rise to the…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:35

Dog owners lobby for pooch park

Hampered by a leash law that keeps their canine friends at heel, an ad hoc group of Sylva residents hope to find a place — a puppy park — where dogs can just be dogs, enjoying various doggie things. In…
Electric car owners rejoice. Haywood County may soon be home to two electric car charging stations for the sustainably inclined. The idea is still in its infancy, but the town of Waynesville hopes to house two of 25 charging stations…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:33

A cut above the competition

Haywood Community College can now boast a national champion after Daniel Jones took the title at the Stihl Collegiate Timbersports Championships in Oregon over the weekend. Jones defeated five other collegiate champions from around the country. He won the standing…
A sweeping status report on natural resources in the mountains is being developed by a regional task force, serving as a tool for decision makers to understand the ecological context of issues they face. The Mountain Resources Commission plans to…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:31

Sylva native new downtown director

A 24-year-old with family ties to Jackson County has been hired as the new leader of the Downtown Sylva Association and as the town’s economic development director. Paige Roberson, who grew up in Sylva, graduated from Smoky Mountain High School,…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:30

Franklin town board facing no changes

There will be no new faces on Franklin’s town board after November’s elections, no matter which way voters decide to cast their ballots. That’s because only the current slate of town leaders opted to file for the election. “I have…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:30

Global Poverty Project CEO to speak at WCU

The 28-year-old co-founder and CEO of a global organization committed to eradicating extreme poverty will visit Western Carolina University on Wednesday, Sept. 7, to inform campus and surrounding community members about the issues and inspire them to take action. Hugh…
Business owners in Bryson City’s downtown are following in the footsteps of neighboring towns, attempting to put together their own downtown merchants’ association. The infant group has been meeting for three months, but hasn’t yet gotten around to structure or…
Election season is closing in Cherokee, where races for principal chief, vice chief, tribal council and school board members will culminate when voters hit the polls on Thursday, Sept. 1. Incumbent chief Michell Hicks is trying to keep a grip…
The Waynesville Recreation Center will close for routine maintenance work from Sept. 12-18. The center will reopen on Sept. 19 at 5 am. The pool will also be closed from Sept. 10 to Sept. 25. The lap pool will reopen…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:26

Fair tax advocate to speak in Cashiers

Laura McCue, district director of N.C. Fair Tax, will be the guest speaker at the Sept. 6 meeting of the Mountain High Republican Women’s Club (MHRWC) luncheon and business meeting at the Wildcatcliff Country Club in Cashiers. She will discuss…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:26

Labor Day means fireworks in Maggie

Maggie Valley will have a free Labor Day weekend fireworks on Sunday, Sept. 4, with viewing from the Festival Grounds. The fireworks will start at dark. During the day, the Maggie Valley Craft Show will be taking place at the…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:25

Maggie Valley loses another alderman

Maggie Valley Alderman and motel owner Scott Pauley is leaving his post, pushed out by the region’s sagging economy. Pauley tendered his resignation on Aug. 23, effective that day. He is the second alderman to resign the town board this…
A new FM radio station in Western North Carolina means more than 108,000 people living in the region might not be able to pick up their local National Public Radio station anymore. That’s because the frequency involved, 95.3 FM, currently…
Western Carolina University, eager to broadcast Catamount sports and other school-based programming to a larger audience than it can currently reach, is fighting The Canary Coalition for rights to a new FM radio station. The station could reach up to…
The Canary Coalition, a nonprofit group rooted in Jackson County that fights for air quality, might soon take to the airwaves via its own educational, community radio station. Avram Friedman, executive director of The Canary Coalition, believes a local radio…
The Macon County School system has changed its tune on the controversial preacher who delivered an overtly religious speech at Nantahala School’s June graduation ceremony. Superintendent Dan Brigman initially defended the content of the speech in an article published in…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:13

Bible reading makes a comeback

In an out-of-the-way room on the ground floor, seven congregants of Longs Chapel United Methodist Church in Lake Junaluska gather around two beat-up tables. It’s Sunday School, a staple of Protestant church life, and there are thousands of groups just…