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Maggie Valley has extended its deadline for alderman applications by a month, despite already having five applications in hand. The town set an application deadline of Feb. 9 after Alderman Colin Edwards tendered his resignation last month. Edwards told The…
With a clipboard under one arm and a giant measuring spool under the other, Greg West climbed into a county-marked truck last Wednesday, cranked the engine and consulted a large Waynesville map on the seat beside him. “Today we’re hitting…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:10

Golden LEAF on the chopping block

It’s no secret that the state budget is in a tight spot. In the few weeks the General Assembly has been in session, a raft of new laws already have hit the legislative floor, most proposing cuts in varying degrees…
The financial situation facing REACH of Jackson County is so bleak the nonprofit is facing the possibility of shutting down, leaving women and children who live in abusive relationships nowhere locally to turn for help. The nation’s economic downturn, coupled…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:03

The cassoulet recipe

I combine several recipes for my own version of the cassoulet and I don’t think that I’ve make a cassoulet the same twice. That’s the beauty of this dish — it is versatile and can be adapted to accommodate available…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:00

Love and food

By Karen Dill • Guest Writer I was driving through the south of France in February 1985 when I had an experience that taught me the importance of the mystical union of food and love. I had my mother and…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 19:58

Class to help boost ‘Slow Cooking Savvy’

A “Slow Cooker Savvy” presentation to help inspire healthy crock-pot meals will be offered from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the Jackson County Senior Center Complex.   The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service in Jackson County is…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 19:58

Come have coffee with the poet

The monthly meeting of Coffee with the Poet is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. The featured poet will be Barbara Duncan of Cherokee, author of Crossing Cowee Mountain and education director…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 19:56

Community music jam in Bryson City

The next community music jam at the Marianna Black Library will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17, in the library auditorium. Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer – anything unplugged – is invited to…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 19:54

John Davidson brings banjo performance to WCU

John Davidson, star of television and Broadway for more than 50 years, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24, at Western Carolina University as part of the 2010-11 Galaxy of Stars Series. Davidson will present a…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 19:54

Junior Roller Derby calls for members

Mad Divas Junior Derby is looking for new members at a registration session at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20, at Smoky Mountain Sk8way in Waynesville. Mad Divas is an all female, flat-track, low-contact roller derby league specifically for girls…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 19:53

Course teaches the ways of Tiffany glass

Local residents are invited to join a stained glass course to be offered in February and March by Western Carolina University’s Division of Educational Outreach. Classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays beginning Feb. 21 and…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 19:52

Poetry Alive! performs in Franklin

Poetry Alive! will present a program of poetry performance at 7 p.m on Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Bringing poetry from the page to the stage, the Poetry Alive! team of two professional actors…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 19:50

Pan Harmonia bring flute and guitar to Bryson

Pan Harmonia will perform music of Latin America, new sounds by American composers and Carmen Fantasy at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20, in the Swain County Center for the Arts.   Musicians are flutist and artistic director Kate Steinbeck…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 19:48

Christian illusionist comes to Franklin

Christian illusionist Brock Gill will appear on Feb. 25 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, bringing a new brand of illusions and daring escapes to the stage. Gill has been performing since 1997, when he left work…
In modern America, the term ‘women’s work’ is not exactly a complimentary phrase. It’s less descriptive, more derisive, not so much an adjective as an epithet. It’s a wordplay not lost on the curators of the exhibit by the same…
With a clipboard under one arm and a giant measuring spool under the other, Greg West climbed into a county-marked truck last Wednesday, cranked the engine and consulted a large Waynesville map on the seat beside him. “Today we’re hitting…
Jackson County commissioners have been asked to select their top six road priorities for consideration by the state Department of Transportation, a decision that could help decide whether a controversial bypass around Sylva is ever built. Division 14, a 10-county…
Richard Collings has submitted his resignation as president of Southwestern Community College after just six months on the job. The resignation was submitted Tuesday, to be effective Wednesday, Feb. 9. No reason was given for the resignation. Collings suffered unexpected…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 16:26

Malady deadly to bats found in North Carolina

White-nose syndrome, the disease that has killed hundreds of thousands of bats in the Eastern United States, has been discovered in a retired Avery County mine and in a cave at Grandfather Mountain State Park, marking the arrival of the…
Travelers can sign-up to receive status updates about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s most frequently used roads via text message or the Internet.   Previously, travelers had to place phone calls to the park to determine the status of…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 21:08

New staffer in Jackson conservation group

The Wilderness Society recently appointed Jill Gottesman as outreach coordinator in an effort to increase conservation efforts in North Carolina. She will work out of the conservation group’s Sylva office. Gottesman, former outreach director at Georgia ForestWatch, will be responsible…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 21:07

Watch for crossing fish

You’ve heard of deer crossings? Well, fish need crossings too, the Little Tennessee Watershed Association announced recently after the Franklin-based conservation group and some partners studied the group’s river namesake from the North Carolina state line to Lake Emory in…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 21:06

Focused efforts to save hemlocks showing promise

Good news on the hemlock front — the U.S. Forest Service reports it has had some success in ongoing efforts to protect these trees from the hemlock woolly adelgid. The non-native invasive insect has killed thousands of hemlocks in the…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 21:05

Ease pain of income tax by helping wildlife

Whether you love to hunt, fish, bird watch, or just want to do your part to ensure that wildlife in North Carolina flourishes, you can help conserve the state’s wildlife and wildlife habitats by checking line No. 30 on your…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 21:05

State grants commission new power

Starting March 1, the executive director of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will have the power of implementing an emergency response plan in the event of a wildlife disease outbreak. An emergency response plan would be developed in consultation with…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 21:02

The Naturalist's Corner: A bog of dreams

The Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) and partners are literally moving the earth over in Flat Rock to help restore the Ochlawaha bog. Excavators are stripping about a foot of fill dirt from an old tomato field in hopes of…
The rest of the economy might have suffered, but a couple of snowy winters are adding up to big bucks and good times for North Carolina’s ski industry. Last year, the total economic impact of this segment of the state’s…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:47

Oil lamps are useful… and nostalgic

Editor’s note: The second installment in George Ellison’s research into the Ghost Dance has been delayed due to the inability to reach certain sources. Look for the article in next week’s Smoky Mountain News. This article first appeared in SMN…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:46

New book looks at remarkable work of therapy dogs

Author Deanna Klingel of Sapphire Valley will be at City Lights Bookstore at 2 p.m. on Feb. 12 to discuss her new book, Just for the Moment: The Remarkable Gift of the Therapy Dog. Klingel says the book is not…
City Lights welcomes Ron Rash back to the store at 2 p.m. on Feb. 13 to celebrate the release in paperback of his highly acclaimed short-story collection, Burning Bright. Rash teaches writing at WCU and is a nationally recognized gem…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:44

Area storytellers featured in new book

In view of the fact that Southern Appalachia is acknowledged to be a massive reservoir of traditional storytelling, Saundra Kelley’s objective is a daunting one: to identify, interview and publish 16 of the region’s most gifted and proficient “keepers of…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:40

Green Energy Park is a Jackson gem

To the Editor: Jackson County truly has a hidden gem in its midst, the Green Energy Park. This innovative county program is based in Dillsboro and, for the most part, goes unnoticed by the average citizen. Recently, my husband took…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:40

Mainstream networks too liberal

To the Editor: I must agree with Carole Larivee’s letter last week. Everywhere you go people are watching Fox News! Why? What would prompt more Americans to watch Fox News than all the other networks? Could it be because for…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:39

Thank God for Fox News

To the Editor: As I was reading The Smoky Mountain News this morning, I was encouraged after reading a letter to the editor. I was glad to hear that Fox News is playing all over the place, which gives me…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:38

Thanks for reporting on tough issues

To The Editor: I want to commend The Smoky Mountain News for reporting on issues that are not popular. The Haywood Emergency Physician’s case took courage to write about a few years back and the paper risked hard-to-earn cash dollars…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:37

Greenways are pretty good all the way around

One of the nicest things about Franklin is the town’s greenway along the Little Tennessee River. The greenway has become a uniting feature in Macon County. Work started on the project in the late 1990s, and seeing it through to…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:36

Turn down the global warming, I’m freezing

By George Ivey • Guest Columnist Many years ago on Capitol Hill, a politician said to me, “George, as you get older, the world feels colder, and you’ll like the idea of global warming. And it’s a lot easier than…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:32

Just call me the Rhodes Cove grinch

Being a diabetic with hearing problems (especially in crowds), I have days when I probably shouldn’t be “out and about.” A few months ago, when I was attempting to read the menu in a local restaurant without my glasses, I…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:30

Jurisdiction quagmire challenges Cherokee courts

Tribal leaders and prosecutors in Cherokee will now have stronger tools to mete out justice to criminals on the reservation, thanks to a bill signed into law by President Obama last year. The Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010,…
Webster Enterprises, a community rehabilitation program serving those with disabilities and disadvantages in Jackson, Macon and Swain counties, wants money from the three counties so the nonprofit can create additional jobs. “I wouldn’t ask, if we didn’t really need it,”…
Cherokee got a special visit last month from Rashida Manjoo, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, as part of a fact-finding trip around the United States. Making her stop at the special request of several tribal council…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:21

Community helpers recognized by CCC

Winners of the Commission for a Clean County’s 10th-annual awards were announced recently.   The Community Pride program honors businesses, community groups, civic clubs, schools and individuals (both adults and children) for exceptional efforts in the categories of litter pick-up…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:20

Jackson tackles money shortfall

Times are tough, and in response Jackson County department heads have been ordered to reduce spending by 3 percent between now and June 30, the end of the current fiscal year. Additionally, a hiring freeze will continue and the use…
Canton will be opening its doors to new business when a long-awaited upgrade to its Champion Drive sewer line is completed next year. The update, which town officials say has been on the list of top priorities for several years,…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:19

Candy sales to support the hungry

This year, Mast General Store will contribute $1 to MANNA FoodBank for each pound of candy purchased on Feb. 12 and 13. The eighth annual Be a Sweetheart, Feed the Hungry event is designed to raise awareness of hunger and…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:18

Animal Services reports rabid raccoon

Haywood County Animal Services officers are canvassing the Beaverdam community in search of stray animals, after hikers discovered a rabid raccoon in the area on Jan. 30. The raccoon tested positive for rabies, after being killed following a fight with…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:17

Supporters of Green Energy Park asked to step up

A meeting to form a new Friends of the Green Energy Park organization in Jackson County is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18. “In order to continue operating and moving forward, the Green Energy Park will need a lot…
There aren’t any strip joints, dirty bookstores or other adult establishments currently in Jackson County, but Sheriff Jimmy Ashe wants regulations put in place ... just in case. Passing an adult establishment ordinance, Ashe said this week to the Jackson…
Macon County Schools, like other local school systems in North Carolina, has been warned by state leaders to plan for cuts that could mount as high as 15 percent. Along with other county departments, the school system will have to…