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Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:28

Rape suspects still at large in Macon County

Two recent rapes in Macon County involving assailants unknown to the victims, both cases still unsolved, have left many women here on edge. In early August, a woman living on Rose Creek Cove Road in the Cowee community was raped…
It took five days for the U.S. Forest Service to alert the public about a roadside rape in the Wayah Bald area of the Nantahala National Forest late last month. The rape happened on Sunday Sept. 25. The forest service…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:25

Free vouchers available to spay and neuter cats

Haywood Animal Welfare Association Spay/Neuter is offering 100 free vouchers for surgery, rabies vaccination and parasite treatment for cats. Vouchers are available to Haywood County residents at 145 Wall Street Thursday Oct. 13 and Oct. 20, and Monday, Oct. 17.…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:24

Recognize those volunteer efforts

Know a volunteer who deserves recognition? The Haywood/Jackson Volunteer Center is now taking nominations for the North Carolina’s Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service. The Haywood Jackson Volunteer Center will select nominated volunteers in a host of categories to receive the…
With a paper mill that constantly bellows smoke, Canton will not likely be the next Western North Carolina tourism destination. But, a local development group StepUp Canton does think the old mill town could become a quaint hometown for young…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:21

Get an early jump on college in Jackson

Jackson County Early College High School is recruiting for the 2012-2013 school year. Information sessions are scheduled at 6 p.m. at Southwestern Community College Sylva’s campus, in the lobby of the Early College building. The dates are: Monday, Oct. 24;…
Myron L. Coulter, chancellor of Western Carolina University from 1984 until 1994, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the age of 82 after a long battle with cancer. Coulter, known to friends and colleagues by his nickname of “Barney,” guided WCU…
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority is looking for ways to help the Blue Ridge Parkway trim its chronic overgrowth troubles. The parkway doesn’t have the money or resources to regularly trim trees that encroach upon its many overlooks, a…
As early as next week, the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority will launch the latest addition to its “See yourself in the Smokies” campaign — a mobile website and a personalized QR code. Currently, when people visit the county’s tourism website…
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority may outsource its search for vacation home renters who are evading the county’s 4 percent tax on overnight lodging. Lynn Collins, director of the tourism agency, plans to meet with Virginia-based software company VRCompliance…
The Altrusa Club of Waynesville is collecting one-serving pop-top canned goods for the Haywood County Meals on Wheels program, to coincide with Altrusa’s “Make A Difference Day” on Saturday, Oct. 22.   Canned goods can be dropped off until Friday,…
Public art can be a tricky business for a town, given the wide range of public tastes. For years, Waynesville boasted rotating pieces of public art downtown. But it was labor intensive to find artists willing to lend pieces for…
It doesn’t take much of an artist’s eye to appreciate the newest piece of public art planned for the streets of downtown Waynesville. By this time next year, a replica of a historic arch — boasting Waynesville as the “Eastern…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:13

Call to Arms!

Western North Carolina boasts several clubs for Civil War enthusiasts, from scholarly programs to reliving the experience. • Western North Carolina Civil War Roundtable: The discussion group meets the second Monday of each month to discuss Civil War history and…
Next to Hunter Library at Western Carolina University is a Baptist church with a 190-year-old graveyard. George Frizzell, head of the library’s special collections, helped survey that graveyard 17 years ago. So when Frizzell spotted a postscript to a letter…
Buffs, enthusiasts, aficionados, nuts: call them what you will, but remember the saying about strength in numbers. American’s fascination with the Civil War history is alive and kicking in the Appalachian mountains, where a group of 75 Civil War fans…
Jule Morrow isn’t a rebel; Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” isn’t his personal mantra. He doesn’t relive the Civil War, hoping to change the outcome. “What I honor is the courage,” said Morrow, a Civil War re-enactor whose regiment, the…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:55

Perdue gives leaders pep talk to nurture ideas

A town doesn’t have to be big to have big ideas, according to North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue. “What is it you have that you can capitalize on? That you can put together and sell,” Perdue said. Last Thursday’s small…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:54

Revisit the Ingalls family with SMCT play

Smoky Mountain Community Theatre in Bryson City will stage “Little House: By The Shores of Silver Lake” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14-16 and Oct. 21-24. The play is based on the book by Laura Ingalls Wilder and shows the struggles…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:53

Fariello to speak as part of Craft Week

Anna Fariello, associate research professor at Hunter Library at Western Carolina University, will speak about the identity of American craft as part of American Craft Week in October. Fariello will speak on the collective identity of craft at 4 p.m.…
Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will host a free Halloween-flavored performance of “The Liars Bench” Southern Appalachian variety show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. “The Liars Bench” was founded by Sylva writer and storyteller Gary Carden in June…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:51

Stecoah welcomes Harvest Festival

Mountain traditions come alive at the annual Harvest Festival on Oct. 14-16 at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center on the grounds of the historic Stecoah School. The three-day event begins with a Friday evening campfire and storytelling. Saturday begins…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:50

North Hominy celebrates all things apple

The North Hominy Apple Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the North Hominy Community Center on Newfound Road just outside of Canton. The festival kicks off with a country breakfast buffet at 7 a.m. and is $7…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:49

Big wheels roll into Cherokee Oct. 14-16

Big rigs and antique trucks rumble into Cherokee Oct. 14-16 for the sixth Annual Big Rigs and Antique Trucks Show, where truck enthusiasts of all types gather to show off their custom and original truck restorations, trade stories and ideas, compete…
The Marianna Black Library will host an evening of original Southern Gospel music written by the author of the new book Inspirational Lyrics. Join Sharon Wyatt in the library auditorium at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, as she talks…
On Saturday, Oct. 15, Blind Faith Productions will present Phil Keaggy, a multi-Dove Award winner, Grammy nominee and world-renowned guitar virtuoso in a fundraising concert for the Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center. This concert will take place at Franklin Covenant…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:47

An ‘Out of This World’ concert in Maggie

The Haywood Community Band will present its final free concert of the Maggie Valley Concert Series at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 at the pavilion adjacent to the Maggie Valley Town Hall. The theme for this concert will be, “Out…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:45

Lake Junaluska Singers to perform Oct. 14-15

The Lake Junaluska Singers will present two concerts at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and 15 at historic Stuart Auditorium. The Singers will perform Shaker tunes, music from Appalachia, and more. Directed by Melodie Galloway, the Lake Junaluska Singers serve as…
Tickets go on sale 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, for a Nov. 10 concert at Western Carolina University’s Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center by country music breakout stars Justin Moore and Thompson Square. The two hot country acts originally…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:44

Experience world harmonies with Ubuntu

Ubuntu, a group of people who meet to sing world music a cappella, will perform at 7 p.m. on Oct. 18 at City Lights in Sylva. Ubuntu seldom performs as that is not the purpose of the group. The group’s…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:43

Drum circle planned in downtown Franklin

A drumming circle for all ages will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, on the Macon County Courthouse plaza on Main Street in downtown Franklin.   Mary Eileen Ferrick is the circle leader. People may bring drums…
The decade-old Songwriters in the Round series at the Balsam Mountain Inn continues Thursday, Oct. 13, with crowd favorites Thom Bresh, Lisa Carver and Ladd Smith performing. The $45 ticket price includes dinner — shrimp and grits, prime rib and…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:42

Highlands hosts Fall Colors Art Show

The Fall Colors Art Show will be held this week at the Highlands Recreation Center in Highlands. The popular juried show features national, regional and local artists. The show is from noon to 6 p.m. on Oct. 14 and from…
The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City is hosting its Third Annual “Life in Swain” amateur photography contest. The past two years have been a huge success with more than 50 photographers submitting more than 100 photos.  All photographs must…
The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University — with funding from the Jackson County Arts Council — is hosting a free children’s arts series this fall during the Jackson County Farmers Market. “Homegrown FAM: Family Art at the Market”…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:39

Leaf Lookers Gemboree opens Oct. 14

Looking for great fall color? Well, gem and mineral dealers from across the country will be in Macon County Oct. 14-16 for the 22nd annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree at the Macon County Community Building just off U.S. 441 south of…
About 3,000 students from high school marching bands in four states will compete for top honors during the 11th annual Tournament of Champions competition Saturday, Oct. 15, at Western Carolina University. “We are excited and looking forward to hosting one…
The 23rd annual Haywood County Apple Harvest Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, in historic downtown Waynesville. The annual festival, which celebrates the harvest season, features handmade arts and crafts, locally grown apples and…
Voices from the American Land — along with local partners Land Trust for the Little Tennessee, the Wilderness Society, Tuckasegee Reader, Western North Carolina Alliance, Wild South, Canary Coalition, Mad Batter Café, Tuckasegee Alliance, New Native Press and City Lights…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 14:01

Old-timers and their colorful plant names

It’s that time of the year, and the hills are alive not with music but “sang” hunters. As of now a dried pound of “green gold” is bringing about $500 and might rise before the ginseng season closes for good.…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 14:00

Providing shelter for hikers

The Nantahala Hiking Club, the Franklin-based Appalachian Trail maintaining club, is building a new Appalachian Trail shelter about half way between Albert Mountain and Rock Gap to replace the existing “Big Spring” shelter which is nearing the end of its…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:59

Enjoy an ancient form of flower arranging

The unique flower and decorative plant arrangements of Ikebana International will be on display during a special exhibit, part of the Carolina Bonsai Expo. The event will take place at The North Carolina Arboretum on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:57

Lace your shoes for the Bethel half marathon

The popular Bethel half marathon and 5K race is set for Saturday, Oct. 8, the 18th version of this event. Both races will begin simultaneously at Bethel Middle School on Sonoma Road at 8:30 a.m., and the courses will take…
The Western North Carolina environmental community recently lost one of its most credible and visible faces with the death of Esther Cunningham of Macon County. Cunningham died Sept. 20 at age 93. The Macon County native was a wife, mother…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:56

Fall color forecaster tells all

Hear this fall’s official leaf forecast, including the why and how of leaf color production, at the Jackson-Swain Master Gardeners’ Association meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Kathy Mathews, associate professor of biology at Western Carolina University who…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:55

Valentine to sign books

A book signing with nature photographer James Valentine, a well-known naturalist, photographer and filmmaker, is set for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. His new book is Southern Appalachian Celebration: In…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:54

Hiking to celebrate

The Nantahala Hiking Club offered three hikes (Ranger Falls, Appalachian Trail north of Winding Stair Gap, and Bartram Trail) this past Saturday Sept. 24 to celebrate Family Hiking Day and National Public Lands’ Day. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy and its…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:52

See John Muir “live” in Waynesville

Pull a chair up to the fire and enjoy listening to America’s famed wilderness adventurer, John Muir, a critical player in the formation of our National Parks. The one-man performance will be played by acclaimed actor/storyteller Lee Stetson at 7…
Learn about hiking and camping in a year when the bear activity is particularly high, forcing the closures of many campsites in the Smokies. The B.E.A.R. Taskforce will hold “B.E.A.R. Talk ... Hiking and Camping in Black Bear Country” on…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:51

Photography exhibit open in Asheville

A juried exhibit of the Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association “Autumn in the Southern Appalachians” is ongoing through Oct. 24 at the Pack Place gallery in Asheville. An opening reception is set for Friday, Oct. 7, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30…