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Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:42

Mountain music on Franklin town square

Balladeers Anne and Rob Lough will present a concert of traditional music at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 5, on the Macon County Courthouse Plaza in Franklin. The program includes folk songs that reflect the musical heritage of the Southern…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:42

WCU series offers foray into glassblowing

A series of introductory glassblowing classes will begin in June at the Jackson County Green Energy Park. Students may choose to attend classes from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Fridays beginning June 3; 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays…
Adult pottery courses will be offered this summer by Southwestern Community College’s Heritage Arts Institute at the SCC Swain Center. Offerings include a four-week beginner’s class in June where students will focus on centering and opening up, learn to pull…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:40

Women awaken their consciousness

A Women’s Circle focusing on the divine feminine within will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, at The Creative Thought Center in Waynesville. Shari Starrfire will guide participants in an evening of dance, journeying and sharing about what…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:39

Discover the art in nature with workshops

Art workshops that provide encounters with nature will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, with an acrylic landscape painting class. Travel to the Blue Ridge Parkway to experience painting the rows of blue, purple and…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:38

Good Old Time Camp to be offered

The Good Old Time camp, a summer day camp for children, will be held 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 20 through June 24. The camp is hosted by Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center, arts programs and Hunter Library.…
The 6th annual Patchwork Folk and Fabric Festival is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, at the Jackson County Recreation Center. Quilts will be on display, with each one telling its own story. On loan…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:37

Waynesville’s Art After Dark is June 3

The Waynesville Gallery Association will present Art After Dark  from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 3. Art After Dark takes place the first Friday of each month, May through December. Enjoy a stroll through working studios and galleries…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:33

The secret of silk

For 3,000 years, the source of silk — shimmering, luxurious and terribly expensive — was a closely guarded secret. Silk worms, it’s lucrative little spinners, were kept jealously hidden by the silk makers of China on pain of death. But…
Serpents are among the world’s most storied creatures. We are at once attracted to and repelled by them. Many view them as the “personification” of evil. The ancient Cherokees portrayed the close relationship of good and evil in several of…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:52

Get kids involved in free fishing fun

Kids can fish for free and register to win prizes, including two lifetime licenses, at a variety of fishing events in Western North Carolina. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is supporting these fishing events as part of National Fishing and…
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open approximately 63.5 miles of trout streams and one lake classified as delayed-harvest trout waters under hatchery-supported regulations on Saturday, June 4. But there’s a catch . . . only anglers 15 years old…
A Salamander Soiree is set for June 2 at 6 p.m. as the kickoff to “Think About Thursdays,” a summer series of programs and talks sponsored by the Highlands Biological Station. The Salamander Soiree will feature a reception and games,…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:50

Smokies conducts search for missing man

Rangers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are continuing to search for a Cary man who was reported missing April 27. The park is asking that anybody who may have seen the subject, Christopher Lee Cessna, 45, in the last…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:49

Author to speak at Pisgah Center

On June 4, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, Tim Spira will give a 45-minute presentation followed by questions and discussion about the ecology of Southern Appalachian Wildflowers. Spira is a plant ecologist, photographer,…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:48

Donation box theft ends in conviction

Another Swain County man, Gregory Cline, 35, was convicted of one count of tampering in federal court for breaking into a trailhead collection box. After rangers learned that money was being stolen from a self-pay trail map collection box, an…
Two Swain County men were convicted and sentenced in federal court last month in Bryson City for stealing ginseng from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Billy Joe Hurley, 42, and Jeffrey N. Hurley, 34, of Bryson City, were found…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:46

Reward offered for capture of elk killer

One of the original elk brought to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park 10 years ago as part of a reintroduction of the magnificent species was shot and killed by a poacher in February. The killing took place in Haywood…
A bald eagle was shot and killed at the Maggie Festival Grounds, a large open field off the main drag through town, in early May. A reward of up to $2,500 is offered to anyone for information leading to a…
Mast General Store in Waynesville will donate a portion of its sales on Saturday June 4 to the to Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy in honor of National Land Trust Day. Since 2004, Mast has donated $54,000 to the conservancy during…
Rain barrels, which hook into your gutters to catch rain coming off your roof, are being sold for $75 in a joint conservation project by Haywood Waterways Association, the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce and the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service…
A Waynesville watershed hike is scheduled for Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Naturalist Don Hendershot and Western Carolina University Forestry Professor Peter Bates will lead the group. Bates and Hendershot will discuss the flora and fauna…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:41

Pretty in pink

I have had the opportunity to make several trips along the Blue Ridge Parkway, in the vicinity of Devils Courthouse and Black Balsam this month. The first was on May 7 with Birding for the Arts. Then I had a…
“The good ones always get wet.”   That, says Ben McFall, is how he tells a decent fly fisherman from a fantastic one. McFall is a veteran fisherman and also a judge at the U.S. National Fly Fishing Championships, held…
Botanist Tim Spira will present a program based on his new book, Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Applachian Mountains and Piedmont, at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 27, at City Lights bookstore in Sylva. Spira, a botanist at…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:35

C.S. Lewis’ love story and its lessons

Nearly 50 years have passed the death of C.S. Lewis — he died of illness in 1963 on the same November day that John F. Kennedy was assassinated — yet Lewis remains a household name and a best-selling author. Although…
The Cherokee Gourd Artists Gathering, themed “Gourds in the Wind,” will take place from Friday, June 3, to Sunday, June 5, at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds. Classes, demonstrations, displays of finished art, vendors and contests fill the schedule for the…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:33

Raising money with mahjong

A Mahjong Party will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 7, at the home of sponsor Kay Isserman in Waynesville as part of the 2011 FUNd Party Series by the Haywood County Arts Council. Mahjong is a Chinese…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:32

Local talent shines in Franklin

Who’s Got Talent?, a local talent competition featuring singers, dancers and variety acts, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. About 20 acts and performers of…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:31

Dip into experimental art this summer

Local artist Silvia Cabrera Williams will teach an experimental watermedia workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. each Thursday in June at the Leapin’ Frog Gallery in Waynesville. Many common household items such as shaving cream, dishwashing rinse aid, petroleum jelly…
Katharine Whalen and Chimney Choir will perform on Thursday, June 2, and The Back Pages will perform on Thursday, June 9, as part of the Western Carolina University Summer Concert Series. The concerts and will be held on the University…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:29

Quilt raffle to benefit those in need

One hundred quilts made by the Shady Ladies quilting group will be on display at their annual Quilt Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4, and from noon to 5 p.m. on…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:28

McEntire makes stop in Cherokee

Country music, film and TV star Reba McEntire will perform from 7:30 p.m. to midnight on Sunday, May 29, at Harrah’s Cherokee casino. McEntire has produced 63 top 10 hits, starred in a hit TV show on The WB and…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:27

Accordion master brings skills to Maggie

Accordion virtuoso Tony Lovello will perform at the Smoky Mountain Accordion Jam at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, at The Maggie Valley Club. Since 2000, Lovello has returned to show business and recorded 14 CDs, performed 250 concerts, received…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:26

Summer art classes starting in Cherokee

Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts in Cherokee is offering the chance to learn mixed media drawing and realist oil painting in June. Mixed media drawing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays from May 30 to June…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:25

Get a taste of folk and fabric

Tatting, caning, quilting and spinning demonstrations will highlight the 6th annual Patchwork Folk and Fabric Festival scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, at the Jackson County Recreation Center in Cullowhee. The festival is presented by…
Most people snip flowers, drop them into a jam jar with some water, call it an arrangement and place them on a table or counter to bring some outside loveliness into our homes. Experts in Japanese flower arrange identical flowers,…
Maybe it’s the fear of snakes, mountain lions, or Bigfoot. Or the perceived boredom of time spent unplugged. Perhaps it’s basic opposition to exertion and sweat. Whatever the reasons, fewer people nationwide are spending time in the great outdoors. If…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:43

A thank you to our elected officials

To the Editor: I’d like to thank the state House of Representatives for putting rich white kids first in North Carolina with your vote on May 3. It’s about time! I am so tired of these hard working, poor and…
To the Editor: Do you think more of your car than you do of your children? If something is wrong with your car, you take it to a dealer to be fixed. When you get it back and it still…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:41

Transportation plan won’t help economy

To The Editor: I attended the recent public hearing on the Comprehensive Transportation Plan and came away confused.  First, according to the Division Engineer who manages Division 14 of the N.C. Department of Transportation, of which Macon is a part,…
To the Editor: I’d like to thank Quintin Ellison and The Smoky Mountain News for Ms. Ellison’s excellent article about the Corneille Bryan Native Garden at Lake Junaluska (www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/3978-don’t-rush-by-this-little-lake-junaluska-treasure). She gave a succinct history and an accurate and appealing description…
To the Editor: Having served for more than a decade as president of Southwestern Community College, I was dismayed by what was reported in The Smoky Mountain News and the Sylva Herald as  opposition by some Jackson County commissioners to…
Last night, lying in bed on the screened porch reading before darkness fell, I looked up from my book and noticed a wasp crawling on the inside of a window screen. I was reading “The Way of the Bodhisattva” by…
A planned new access road that will provide an exit and entrance into Southwestern Community College in Webster should not be a controversial project. The college’s growth, the entire country’s renewed emphasis on public safety in the post-9/11 era, and…
Haywood Vocational Opportunities has donated 103,500 black medical table covers to AmeriCares, a global disaster relief organization that delivers medicine and supplies to those in need around the world. The donation is being shipped to the AmeriCares warehouse in Haiti…
MedWest Health System is expanding its access to health care to the communities served by its hospitals in three counties. A third urgent care center will soon be available in Jackson County and a new one will be built in…
The rooftops of both offices of Smoky Mountain Foot and Ankle Clinic are now equipped with solar electric modules that will generate electricity through solar energy. Sundance Power Systems installed the panels at both the Waynesville and Asheville locations. The…
Two cardiologists with MedWest Health System now offer the first pacemaker designed, tested and approved by the Federal Drug Administration for use in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) environment. Dr. David Peterson and Dr. Glenn Harris have successfully implanted the…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:32

Insurance to decrease for Clyde residents

Clyde Fire Department recently underwent a state inspection that improved their insurance rating. The businesses and homeowners in the Clyde/Central Haywood fire district will most likely see a reduction in their insurance premiums as a result.  A homeowner who lives…