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Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:40

Housing market prompts revaluation scrutiny

Macon County might postpone revaluating property — again — from 2013 to 2015, a remarkably different response to the crushingly bad housing market than Jackson County is taking. Richard Lightner, longtime tax assessor for Macon County, said there simply hasn’t…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:39

Free talks to address health issues

Free community health talks are resuming at the Mission Outpatient Care Center in Clyde. ‘Get Back to Your Life After a Back or Neck Injury’ will be presented from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, by orthopedic spine…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:39

Republican women to hear Tea Party speakers

Wendy Woods and Nathan Jones will review the evolution of the Tea Party in North Carolina and the future of the group to the Mountain High Republican Women’s Club at 11 a.m. on Tuesday. Oct. 4, at Country Club of…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:38

Come out to clean up in Maggie Valley

Saturday, Oct. 1, is Caring For Our Community Day in Maggie Valley. Teams of volunteers, along with the town’s public works department, will clean up trash along the roadsides in Maggie Valley, along Highway 19 from Ghost Town to the…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:37

New Cherokee Home Center fills a void

While the rest of the mountains remain mired in a construction slowdown, a new building supply and home improvement store opened in Cherokee last month, filling what seems to be a very real void. A steady stream of construction workers…
Every year, members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians get around $6,000, give or tax a few hundred here or there. In 1995, it was $1,190. In 2010, it was just over $7,000. It’s their cut, 1/28,890 of the…
Casino dollars, and lots of them, have brought the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians newfound clout this past decade, from the legislature in Raleigh to the halls of Congress in Washington, D.C. “It has put us at the table,” Larry…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:29

Maggie hears complaints, revisits noise ordinance

Maggie Valley doesn’t usually spring to mind as the noisiest of places in Haywood County. It’s a place known more for its pastoral mountain setting and quaint old-time kitsch than bustling nightlife. But a spate of protests have prompted town…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:29

31-year-old appointed to Maggie town board

For the second time this year, Maggie Valley can boast a brand new alderman on its five-member town board. Mike Matthews was picked by an uncharacteristically unanimous vote at the board’s meeting last Tuesday, filling the seat left vacant by…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:28

Football fans needed for can drive

Pisgah and Tuscola football fans will have two opportunities to catch some football during county rivalry week on Oct. 6 and 7. The JV game will be in Canton on Thursday, Oct. 6, and the Varsity game will be in…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:13

Hit the track with roller derby

Roller derby is gaining speed in Western North Carolina, with one league looking for its start and one looking for more members. The Smoky Mountain Roller Girls, a roller derby league in Bryson City, will be having regular practices in…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:12

Music & Poetry evening at the Rickman Store

Songwriter and singer Angela Faye Martin will host an evening of music and poetry at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30 at the Rickman Store in Cowee. Among previous performers who will return to the Store are Laurence Holden, Steve…
Tony Award-winning actor Anthony Crivello will direct the hit play, “Heart What’s In the Heart,” which will run Sept. 30 through Oct. 7, at the Highlands Playhouse. This will be the final production of the Playhouse’s 2011 season. Anthony Crivello…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:11

Learn to preserve your stories and heritage

The Jackson County Public Library will host a program on preserving family stories with author Julia Ebel at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. “At a time when fast-paced lives limit traditional storytelling and front porch conversation, we still need the…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:11

HART presents Broadway comedy hit

The Haywood Arts Regional Theater will present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” opening on Sept. 30 for a three-week run. The original production opened on Broadway in April 2005 to rave reviews and ran for over three years.…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:10

Student revival at Lake Junaluska

The Solid Rock Revival, a free student community event, will be held on Oct. 1 in Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska. Jeff Cairnes, founder of Solid Rock Revival and student pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Waynesville, said the vision…
The Haywood Arts Council will present an exhibition by the Southern Appalachian Photographers Guild through Saturday, Oct. 15, at Gallery 86 on Main Street in Waynesville. The artists’ opening reception is from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7,…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:08

Get a taste of Motown at Bascom

“Celebration!” the annual fundraiser for the Bascom center for the visual arts, will be held on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, at the Bascom in Highlands. On Friday, the main event will be a Motown in the…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:07

Capture nature at pastel workshop

A pastel workshop is being offered from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Nature’s Home Preserve in Tuckasegee by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia. Participants will paint with pastels the nature around them by learning how to…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:06

Cherokee Indian Fair celebrates 99th year

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians hosts the 99th annual Cherokee Indian Fair Oct. 4 through 8 at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds in Cherokee. The fair offers nightly entertainment, fireworks, a carnival midway full of rides and games, craft…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:06

Learn about local gems

Staff from the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum will present a program on local geology and gemstone identification at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at The Jackson County Public Library. Diane Aiello and Fred Plesner will display and discuss…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:05

Test your dog’s manners at Bark in the Park

A Canine Good Citizen Test will be offered on Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Jackson County Recreation Complex by the Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association in conjunction with this year’s Bark in the Park. The Canine Good Citizen Program is…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:04

‘I Hate Hamlet’ onstage at WCU

“I Hate Hamlet,” the story of an actor in career limbo, will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday to Saturday, Oct. 5 to 8, in Western Carolina University’s Hoey Auditorium. The show will kick off the 2011-12 University…
Never tell people how to do things, said the indefatigable General George S. Patton. Instead, he said, tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. That viewpoint resonates clearly with Lori Anderson, and it’s why…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 15:46

Horn removal task best done early and well

I have learned, yet again, the virtues of doing something right the first time. My sloppiness was a bloody and painful lesson for two young goats this past weekend. It was an experience I could have spared them — and…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:51

Shooting frogs through the car window

This is about frogs. Of late, I’ve been thinking about them … especially the frog that snores. As I recently discovered, there is a fairly common species here in the Smokies region that emits snore-like vocalizations. More about that in…
The Wilderness Society will host a three-day nature writer’s intensive with author Janisse Ray at The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center from Sept. 29-Oct. 2. The workshop is for writers committed to communicating the importance of place — where you…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:50

Hunting and Fishing Day activities in Pisgah

Looking for a way to celebrate national hunting and fishing day with your kids? Head to The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education on Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., where a full schedule of events have been lined…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:49

Have a barrel of rain water

Need a rain barrel? You can buy one through Haywood Waterways Association, the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce and the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. These Haywood County groups are selling rain barrels to raise awareness of water conservation. They will…
 Catch the first glimpses of autumn color, explore old cabins and cemeteries, and even ring the bell of a picture-perfect mountain chapel during a guided hike along Little Cataloochee Trail with the Friends of the Smokies. Tuesday, Oct. 4, hiking…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:47

NOC honors guests with free festival

Nantahala Outdoor Center’s popular Guest Appreciation Festival begins Friday, Sept. 23, and continues through the weekend, offering free attractions, live music and entertainment. The festival, NOC’s way of thanking the company’s guests at the end of the primary paddlesports season,…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:47

Local races raise breast-cancer awareness, funds

Road races by three area hospitals this month shine the spotlight directly on breast-cancer awareness. You don’t have to be a runner to participate in these important efforts; walkers are welcome, too. The first of the races is the popular,…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:46

Photo contest highlights state trail

Want an excuse to get some great hiking in and take photographs? The Outdoor Provision Co. is recognizing Mountains to Sea Trail month with a photography competition. The trail spans the state from the Outer Banks to the Great Smoky…
Muddy Sneakers, an innovative program that brings the joy of learning outside to fifth-grade students, has been named the Conservation Organization of the Year for 2010 by the Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards program. The North Carolina Wildlife Federation and the…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:44

Experts introduce kids to trail-bike riding

Bryson City Bicycles will take young riders on a free youth mountain-biking event on Saturday, Oct. 1, beginning at 9 a.m. at Deep Creek. The ride is for kids ages 6 to 16. It is part of the nationwide celebration,…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:44

BicycleHaywoodNC helps out Haywood schools

BicycleHaywoodNC has donated 15 bicycles and 15 helmets to Haywood County Schools this month to use in physical education classes. The idea is to teach elementary students how to be safe cyclists. BicycleHaywoodNC purchased the bicycles through a grant received…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:43

There’s still time

Migration is at full tilt across the region right now. In the passerine (songbird) department thrushes, grosbeaks and tanagers are joining in making those fallouts and mixed flocks even more exciting. And while the night skies have been busy for…
When droves of Haywood Community College wildlife and forestry students scrambled down the banks of Richland Creek last weekend with trash bags in hand, they knew it would be hard to top last year’s famed refuse recovery. An old moonshine…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:31

Frazier’s new novel a fast, good read

In a tale set to the tune of Johnny Ace’s “Never Let Me Go” that’s told as if shown through a vintage Bell & Howell movie projector and with an odor of McCallum’s scotch from a previous century on a…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:31

Memoirist and poet visits City Lights

Janisse Ray will read from two of her most recent books at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Drifting into Darien: A Personal and Natural History of the Altamaha River is a memoir and…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:29

Creedence Clearwater Revival comes to WNC

The original members of Creedence Clearwater Revival will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center. They will be joined by former Cars lead guitarist Elliot Easton as well as John Tristao, formerly with the…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:28

Fall art classes to begin

Inspired Art Ministry’s fall term begins the week of Sept. 27, offering classes for adults in drawing and painting, photography  (Photoshop Elements) and art classes for children. Classes are held at First Baptist Church on Main Street in Waynesville.   …
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:27

Catch the final of Haywood’s Got Talent

Some of the areas most talented citizens will be featured in Haywood Arts Regional Theater’s first Haywood’s Got Talent event which culminates with the final round on Friday, Sept. 23. The finalists have made it through auditions and a voting…
A traditional Chinese orchestra and famed sketch comedy troupe will both perform in September at Western Carolina University’s Fine and Performing Arts Center. The Chinese Opera Orchestra of Shanghai, an ensemble that plays traditional and contemporary Chinese music on traditional…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:26

Bates tells cancer story

Grace Church in the Mountains will present Barbara Bates Smith in “The C Word: Her Own Cancer Story,” at 3 p.m. on Sept. 24. “The C Word” is the frank, humorous and poignant story of her own diagnosis while playing…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:25

Mark summer’s end with free concert, picnic

The Friends of Panthertown will host a picnic and concert from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, on the lawn of The Village Green in Cashiers. The picnic and jazz concert are free and will feature Maggie and…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:24

Grammy winner returns to Cataloochee Ranch

Grammy-award winner Laurie Lewis will give an after-dinner performance on Sunday evening, Sept. 25, at Cataloochee Ranch. The cost of the evening event, which includes dinner with beverage and dessert, is $40 per person, or $20 per person without dinner.…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:24

HART to hold auditions for ‘Ah Wilderness!’

The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its production of Eugene O’Neil’s comedy “Ah Wilderness!” at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, Sept. 25 and 26, in the Feichter Studio of the HART Theatre in Waynesville. The production…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:18

Sculpting demonstration

Painter-sculptor M.L. Carpenter will present a demonstration in sculpture on Monday, Sept. 26, for the Art League of Highlands at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. A social begins at 5 p.m. where participants will have a chance to meet the…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:17

Country Memories brings music to library

The musicians of Country Memories will play at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Jackson County Public Library in downtown Sylva. Country Memories is a sextet consisting of guitar, banjo, fiddle, and autoharp. The group, made up of…