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Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:58

Let’s send Obama to unemployment line

To the Editor: We need a plan that will help grow jobs in our district. The message to the world and the nation is simple: Western North Carolina is open for your business. We need to ease the rules that…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:57

Kudos to Haywood for landslide mapping

To the Editor: It’s good to see Haywood County leaders talking sense about landslide hazard mapping instead of stoking the fires of misinformation and conspiracy that exist in other parts of the region. The county commissioners are to be commended…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:57

Harrah’s should not have a monopoly

To the Editor: Regarding the editor’s article, “It’s time to approve dealers at Harrah’s casino” (SMN, Sept. 7-13), I agree the time is now for the North Carolina to approve live dealers. This could be a win-win situation for both…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:55

More media is almost always beneficial

I don’t listen to local radio so much anymore, but the story in last week’s edition about the demise of WRGC in Sylva still struck and emotional chord somewhere inside. When I say I don’t listen to local radio regularly,…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:51

A tribute to fishing and fish

In last week’s The Smoky Mountain News, Gary Carden began his review of Ron Rash’s collection of poems, Waking, by praising the writer’s description of a trout brought home and kept alive in a trough, where “its gills were like…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:50

Author Chris McMillan to read from debut memoir

Local author Chris McMillan will read from her new memoir at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. Backwards Off the Curb is the story of McMillan who, at 54, decided to leave the comforts…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:50

Revisit the library with special events

In celebration of National Library Card Sign-Up Month, the Haywood County Public Library is joining with other North Carolina libraries to urge citizens to use the smartest card in your wallet. Haywood County Public Library will be celebrating Library Card…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:49

Library to host author Pam Duncan

 Novelist Pamela Duncan will read from and discuss her novels at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Jackson County Public Library. Duncan was born in Asheville and raised in Black Mountain, Swannanoa and Shelby, and currently lives in…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:48

Author casts new light on an old ballad

Sharyn McCrumb, author of the Ballad Series of novels, will read from her new book, The Ballad of Tom Dooley, at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. In this new novel, New York Times…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:48

Author to illuminate the joys of fly fishing

David Joy, the author of the new book Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman’s Journey, will hold a reading and signing at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. The event is hosted by Blue Ridge…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:45

Trout Unlimited to hold river clean-up

A river-sweep cleanup of the Tuckasegee starting at the new CJ Harris boat ramp in Dillsboro is set for Thursday, Sept. 22, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. A rain makeup date is Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the same times.…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:45

Calling volunteers to clean waterways

Get out your gloves and pitch in cleaning up litter from Richland Creek in Waynesville as part of the North Carolina Big Sweep. Haywood County Big Sweep will be Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event…
It requires getting a little wet, but that’s all part of the fun when the Haywood Waterways Association and Haywood County Schools hold the annual Kids in the Creek program. The event is for Haywood County eighth graders and will…
Outdoor enthusiasts can look forward to a two-day WNC OutdoorAthlon this fall in Macon County, Oct. 8-9. Activities include a triathlon, 5k, rock-climbing wall, disc-golf clinics, paddling demos and more. The slogan is “Live, Love, and Learn about the Mountains…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:42

New half marathon gearing up in Cherokee

Registration is open for a new half-marathon race taking place on the Cherokee Indian Reservation Saturday, Oct. 15, starting at 8 a.m. The day’s events also feature a 5k race. Proceeds will benefit the Madison Hornbuckle Children’s Cancer Foundation, providing…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:41

Workshop to explore the ethics of ecology

Training for leaders and activists in the conservation movement will explore the deeper issues of ethics, values and the root causes of ecological issues facing society from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 21 and Sept. 28 in Sylva. “The…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:40

Don’t poach it, grow ‘sang legally instead

Learn how to grow that lucrative cash-plant, ginseng, at home. The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service and the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance will offer a free seminar on ginseng production for homeowners. You’ll learn about state regulations for growing and hunting ginseng,…
Shutterbug alert: Balsam Mountain Trust in Sylva will hold a digital photography class Sept. 24, from 3 p.m. until sunset. Students will learn both composition and digital “darkroom” techniques. There will be both classroom instruction and a field trip to…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:37

WCU’s Rooted in the Mountains symposium

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 raise…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:36

Get outdoors and support land conservation

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy is challenging outdoor enthusiasts to support land conservation simply by hiking. The Hiking Challenge encourages all those who enjoy the beauty of Western North Carolina’s mountains to explore and discover the breathtaking scenery of the conservancy’s…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:36

Land Trust to hold Tessentee Preserve clean-up

The Land Trust of the Little Tennessee will hold a Stewardship Workday at Tessentee Bottomland Preserve in southern Macon County on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. until noon. This will be a general “cleanup” day. September and October will…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:35

See the elk via two guided trips

As part of their popular Eco Tour Outreach Program, Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust hold two elk tours in Cataloochee Valley with a Smokies elk specialist will on Thursday, Sept. 22, and Wednesday, Sept. 28. The event includes a picnic dinner; the…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:34

Learn to share the land with bears

With fall comes hungry bears, and the B.E.A.R. Taskforce wants to help people learn to peacefully coexist with these great animals and decrease the growing number of human-bear conflicts. “B.E.A.R. Talk …..In Your Neighborhood” will be held at 5:30 p.m.…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:32

A few hours on top

Yesterday’s (9/11) wonderful late summer weather — mostly clear mid 70s — enticed my family up to Black Balsam for a walk on top. Black Balsam is an easy way to explore unique high elevation balds because you can drive…
There’s a new call to arms for hunters of wild boar: shoot as many as you can — day or night, anytime of year — and ask questions later. Wild boar are a reviled scourge on the landscape. Yet until…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:26

Otters are what beautiful aspires to be

Earlier this week about nine in the morning, I was standing on the Everett Street bridge in the heart of downtown Bryson City. Looking down I saw two otters in the dark-tinted currents of Tuckasegee. I retrieved my binoculars from…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 18:25

Rally returns to Maggie

Maggie Valley will play host to the Carolina Harley Davidson Dealers Fall Rally in the Valley from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sept. 16 and 17, at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. The event will feature live music, bike stunt…
The Gods of the Machine, an exhibit by painter John Lytle Wilson, will open with a reception at 5 p.m. on Sept. 15, in the Fine Arts Museum at Western Carolina University. An interview with the artist is scheduled for…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 18:24

Learn blacksmithing at a traditional forge

Western Carolina University will offer eight weeks of blacksmithing classes from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Sept. 20 through Nov. 10 at Calerin Forge in Balsam. Taught by David Burress, participants will learn fundamental skills in shaping…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 18:23

World wars round table to meet Sept. 21

Capt. Joseph E. Myers, historian for the Asheville Composite Squadron of the North Carolina Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, will be the guest speaker at the Carolina Round Table on the World Wars. The group will hold its first…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 18:22

Youth music program accepting students

The Haywood County Arts Council will hold registration for new students in the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Canton Middle School. JAM instructors will be on hand to assist beginning…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 18:21

Mandy Barnett will pay tribute to Patsy Cline

Mandy Barnett, a country music singer and stage actress, will perform a Tribute to Patsy Cline at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Throughout Barnett’s music career, which began…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 18:21

Highlands Playhouse to hold auction

The Highlands Playhouse will hold a fundraising auction at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Highlands Playhouse. The auction will include items donated from businesses throughout Highlands and across the country. The auction will include items such as an…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 18:21

Crafters to host English tea

Dogwood Crafters will host an English tea, with two seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the Jarrett House in Dillsboro. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 828.586.2248. The cost is $10. All…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 18:20

Colonial basket techniques to be taught

A basket-weaving class will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, in the Macon County Cooperative Extension Services building. Participants will construct a functional and decorative Williamsburg basket, designed after a popular basket used in…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 18:19

Cullowhee to play at WCU

The band Cullowhee will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Hinds University Center at Western Carolina University. The band began at WCU in 1974 and inhabit a musical genre encompassing the sounds of folk, bluegrass, country,…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 18:19

Doxita film festival returns to WCU

A checkpoint on the Pakistan-India border and Peruvian workers traveling by boat to an island of birds are just two of the scenes from the upcoming opening of Doxita, a film festival that began in 2008 and showcases documentaries under…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 18:18

Community band to play Sept. 11 tribute

The Haywood Community Band will present its monthly free concert at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Maggie Valley Pavilion, adjacent to the Maggie Valley Town Hall. The concert will include a Sept. 11 anniversary tribute. Music for…
Native American tribes the Choctaw, Creek, Chickasaw, Seminole and Cherokee return to Cherokee for a two-day event that celebrates the revitalization of their ancient traditions. The Southeast Tribes Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept.…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 18:15

WCU marching band to perform at NFL game

The 380-member Western Carolina University band will perform as halftime entertainment during the Carolina Panthers regular season home opener against defending Super Bowl champions, the Green Bay Packers, on Sunday, Sept. 18. The game has a 1 p.m. kickoff at…
There is a core of energy to Thomas Rain Crowe, a get-in-there and get-it-done spirit, evident both in his writings and the man himself. So it isn’t surprising that when fellow poet and friend Brent Martin mentioned an interesting concept…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:24

Monkshood — both beautiful and deadly

Usually I locate rare plants by visualizing them and visiting likely habitats. It’s as if I can will them into existence. But this time was different. It was just suddenly there. By chance, while looking for another plant, I literally…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:24

Movie time for extreme sports addicts

For some adrenaline-pumping outdoor flicks, catch the Sept. 12 “Radical Reels” tour hosted by REI in Asheville, with proceeds benefiting the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. These outdoor sport films feature on-the-edge skiing, mountain biking, kayaking and more. The show gets under…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:23

Jet boat business takes off in Bryson City

Smoky Mountain Jet Boats in Bryson City, which for six years has been building New Zealand style jet boats, is now expanding to build larger boats. Smoky Mountain Jet Boats has been making a 12-passenger boat since 2006. This year,…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:22

Tour a local buffer demonstration trail

Get a firsthand understanding of stream buffers by touring a demonstration trail at Monteith Farmstead Park in Dillsboro at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, just before the annual fall dinner of the Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River. There are…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:21

WCU groups sponsor amateur river race

The third-annual Citizens Race, a competition for amateur paddlers on a calm section of the Tuckasegee River, is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. Participants are timed as they paddle canoes, kayaks or stand-up paddle boards through nine slalom…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:20

New exhibit teaches fundamentals of shelters

Learn about the functions of shelters, including how animals and humans adapted to various environments, through a new exhibit at The N.C. Arboretum. Opening September 24, Sustainable Shelter explores biodiversity, human and animal architecture, ecosystems, and energy and water conservation,…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:20

A good leaf season might be in sight

Western North Carolina’s lackluster economy could get a significant boost from leaf lookers this year, if the annual prediction is right and we enjoy an excellent fall color show. Kathy Mathews, who serves as the region’s and Western Carolina University’s…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:18

Celebrate Public Lands Day by volunteering

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will celebrate National Public Lands Day by hosting several volunteer projects Saturday, Sept. 24, in a unified effort with many public lands across the country.   National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:17

Get out and work in Pinnacle Park

The Pinnacle Park Foundation, the Jackson County Greenways Project and the town of Sylva will hold a volunteer workday at Pinnacle Park beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept.16. Tasks include bridge installation and trail repair and construction. Pinnacle Park,…