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Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:40

Author shares Hillbilly Tales

Whittier resident and author Patricia Graham will read from her book, Hillbilly Tales from the Smoky Mountains, at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 15 at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. The book includes several short stories based on the folklore…
The sale features DVDs, CDs, vinyl, puzzles, books on tape/CDs, and of course books in every category. More than 50,000 books will be on sale. In addition to some specially priced higher quality, rare or unique books, most hardcover, soft…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:25

Liberals: Demonic or Liberating

“Look left and right, and be careful.” Your mother probably said those words to you when you were learning to cross the street. Her same admonition might apply to today’s political arena. In one of the summer’s best-sellers, Demonic: How…
With the weather so hot and sticky, it’s hard to grasp that now is the time to start preparing the fall garden. I, for one, am glad. I’ve always hated summer gardening, which for organic gardeners poses particular difficulties. Heat…
To the Editor: American students still aren’t learning their country’s history. In the latest National Assessment of Educational Programs, only 12 percent of high school seniors knew what they should. Even with the text before them, barely 2 percent understood…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:21

Social Security is a great success

To the Editor: As the saying goes, “if you repeat a lie often enough people will begin to believe it.” Such is the case with the fears being raised about Social Security going bankrupt because the boomer generation (born 1946-1964)…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:18

Article on pastor was clearly biased

To the Editor: Some contrarian commentary is in order about Colby Dunn’s news and opinion piece (and it was both) in the July 6 issue of The Smoky Mountain News concerning Pastor Daniel “Cowboy” Stewart’s graduation speech at the Nantahala…
To the Editor: Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC) ignited a firestorm over its request to the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) to raise electric rates an average of 15 percent in order to collect an additional $646 million from customers to…
To the Editor: In response to “Strange at best – tacky at worst” (Smoky Mountain News, June 22 edition), I was confused by the statement that read “When it was done, Democrats William Shelton, Tom Massie and Brian McMahan were…
Redistricting is always political, and voters on both sides have to accept that. The party with a majority will get districts that it hopes will advance its ideology. But the recently released map for our 11th Congressional District has ripped…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:49

Basulto Academy adds offerings

The Basulto Academy of Defense in downtown Waynesville has expanded its schedule of its Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program to include more classes in the sport of Vale Tudo. Also known as No-Holds-Barred or as Mixed-Martial Arts, the term Vale Tudo…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:47

New inn opens its doors in Waynesville

A new bed and breakfast has opened in downtown Waynesville. Twin Maples Farm house is located two blocks off of downtown at 65 North Hill Street. Nestled on three acres of lush country land, yet located just two blocks off…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:46

SCC, Harrah’s help workers earn GEDs

Harrah’s Casino has partnered with Southwestern Community College to provide free GED training to Harrah’s employees. Classes are taught at the casino from 2-9 p.m. Thursdays and from 3-8 p.m. Mondays at SCC’s Cherokee Center. Travis Boisclair, a table games…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:46

Herb sale benefits hospice center

The Mountain View Garden Club held its third biannual “A Celebration of Herbs” at the Laurel Ridge Country Club on June 20. Proceeds that were raised from the event will be donated to The Homestead, an inpatient hospice center currently…
The Rye Holler Boys will perform a concert of bluegrass, old-time country and gospel music at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, at Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City. Immediately following the concert there will be a…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:44

Songstress trio mixes country with comedy

A cowgirl, a diva and a shameless hussy, a trio of performing songwriters, bring their combination of humor and original country, jazz, blues and pop to the Balsam Mountain Inn at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 21. Many will recognize…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:43

Southern songwriter performs at WCU

Beau Bristow, a singer-songwriter native to rural Alabama, will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, at Western Carolina University. Bristow seeks to connect with members of the audience through candid, powerful lyrics and guitar performance.…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:42

Trace Adkins comes to Cherokee July 22

Country music star Trace Adkins will perform at 9 p.m on Friday, July 22, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. Adkins debuted in 1996 with the album “Dreamin’ Out Loud.” Since then, he has released seven more studio albums and two greatest…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:42

Award-winning drama opens in Highlands

The second show of the Highlands Playhouse’s 73rd season is set to open on Thursday, July 17. “Harvey,” a play about Elwood P. Dowd, who claims to have an unseen — and presumably imaginary — friend named Harvey, a six-foot-tall…
Jim Curry, performing the music of the late John Denver, will take the stage of the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 15. “Take Me Home: The Music of John Denver Starring Jim…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:38

Library hosts Patton String Band

The Patton String Band is set to perform at 7 p.m. on July 14, at the Macon County Public Library. The group will play old-time traditional mountain tunes, as well as country and gospel songs. Thursdays at the Library is…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:37

The Farewell Drifters return to Stecoah

The Farewell Drifters will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center. The Farewell Drifters combine elements of bluegrass with classic folk and acoustic American music. The concert is preceded by two dinner…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:36

Community band series continues

The Haywood Community Band will present its third performance in the Maggie Valley Concert Series at 6:30 p.m. on July 17 in the pavilion adjacent to the Maggie Valley Town Hall.   The concert is sponsored by the Maggie Valley…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:36

Library hosts guitarist Pete Friedman

Pete Friedman will bring his music to the Jackson County Public Library at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, with a program of jazz and blues tunes on electric and acoustic guitars. Friedman has been playing guitars for 47 years…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:35

Hit the ballroom dance floor this Friday

Everyone is invited to the Haywood Dancers Ballroom Dance from 8 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, July 15, at Angie’s Dance Academy in Clyde. A free dance class will start at 7:30. Dress is smart casual. Admission is $10, including refreshments and…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:34

Hollywood humor hits Bryson City

The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre presents its summer production “My Son is Crazy - But Promising” by Tim Kelly. The show opens at 7:30 p.m. on July 15, and will be the first show using the theatre’s new lighting system.…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:34

Brain Gym opens to seniors

The grand opening of the Boomerang Brain Gym is slated for 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 14, at 81 Elmwood Way in Waynesville. Dr. Lisa Verges and Dr. Leigh Odom will be guest speakers. The Boomerang Brain Gym is designed…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:32

Discover the past in historic Glenville

Historic Glenville churches, a one room school house and the Drake Cabin, parts of which are thought to be 150 years old, are three of nine stops on the Glenville Area Historical Tour set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.…
The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands continues its fine craft tradition July 21 to 24 in Asheville. More than 200 craftspeople will fill two levels of the Asheville Civic Center selling their works of clay, glass, leather, metal, fiber,…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:29

Franklin features mountain culture July 16

The Franklin Folk Festival will celebrate its 8th year on July 16, continuing the tradition of craft, song, dance and cuisine in the heart of Franklin. This year’s theme, “Trails, Tales and Settlements” promises more entertaining and educational information than…
The field was narrowed from five to two yesterday in the race for principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. When votes were tallied following the July 7 primary election, incumbent Michell Hicks and Patrick Lambert, Hicks’ challenger…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 11:42

Poets read from latest works

City Lights in Sylva presents a reading featuring the poetry of Kathryn Byer and Susan Lefler at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 9. Kathryn Byer, a featured reader at the recent Flannery O’ Conner Festival, will read from her new…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 11:37

The mystery of mountain ferns

Identifying ferns is an entirely different process than, say, identifying wildflowers or trees. They don't display flowers, showy fruits, or bark patterns. What they do display are myriad leaf (frond) forms and highly distinctive, if minute, spore cases. Once you…
Registration for a space-limited nature writers’ intensive workshop scheduled for this fall is now open. The Wilderness Society, a national organization with offices in Sylva, will be hosting the three-day event with author Janisse Ray. It will take place at…
The Plateau Fly Fishing Club will host a free casting clinic with the senior guide for Davidson River Outfitters at 7 p.m. Monday, July 11, in Cashiers. Walker Parrott, general manager for Davidson River Outfitters, has been a guide in…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 11:36

Job Corps getting in on the green movement

As part of a new green curriculum, students from Oconaluftee Job Corps will be helping on a variety of projects in Western North Carolina. This includes transplanting culturally significant rivercane with Western Carolina University in Cherokee; building an educational trail…
Get up close and personal with wild things and wild places at the annual Mountain Wildlife Days held at Sapphire Valley Community Center July 15 and 16. The weekend festivities are hosted by regional conservation group Wild South and are designed…
The Homestead, an inpatient hospice center, is being built on property adjacent to the MedWest-Haywood hospital campus in Clyde. About $7,000 was raised by a recent brunch and auction to purchase plants, shrubs and trees for the gardens at The…
A sophomore at Haywood Community College, Daniel Jones of Hayesville, will demonstrate his lumberjack skills on national television Friday, July 8, when ESPNU airs the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Qualifier. Back in April, Jones bested six other top collegiate lumberjacks…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 11:32

Soccer camp brings international expertise

British Soccer Camp is coming back to Franklin the week of July 11 to 15, at the Macon County Industrial Park Fields. Challenger’s British Soccer Camp is the most popular soccer camp in the USA and Canada. More than 110,000…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 11:32

Get your running gait scrutinized

You might not run faster, but you’ll probably feel better doing it by taking advantage of running screenings Thursday, July 7, at the Jackson County Recreation Park. Thomas Burns, board certified specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy with Carolina West Sports…
A program on “butterflying and dragonflying,” a twist on the outdoor pastime of birding, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, at the Maggie Valley Pavilion by the Great Smoky Mountains Audubon Society. The speaker is Jeff Pippen,…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 11:29

Good owl – bad owl

The Migratory Bird Act makes it illegal to kill barred owls, Strix varia. It is a crime that is punishable by thousands of dollars in fines and can include jail time. That is unless you are working for the federal…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 11:29

Smokies programs just for young scientists

High school students, recent graduates and their families can spend time in the field with a park ranger conducting scientific projects such as salamander monitoring, tree identification and mapping, and water quality assessments this summer in the Great Smoky Mountains…
Blue Ridge Parkway Interpretive Rangers at Waterrock Knob are presenting summer programs each Saturday afternoon for families with or without kids.   The program series (entitled F.U.N., Families Understanding Nature) will be about the many natural and cultural resources found…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 11:27

Program marries old skills with new needs

Scotty Bowman always knew he wanted to work outdoors, but he couldn’t figure out how to live his dream and also make a livable salary — so he instead paved a career in restaurants, including stints as a chef. At…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 11:21

Murder, sex and celebrities — 1920 style

Well, kind hearts, as they used to say back in the Jazz Age, this one is “the bee’s knees.” Set in the roaring 1920’s, Ron Hansen’s new novel is based on the sensational 1927 murder trial and execution of Ruth…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:50

Taking Asheville out of 11th makes no sense

To carve Asheville out of the 11th Congressional District is completely irrational. My campaign will work with all Western North Carolina Democrats to fight this gerrymandering. We’ll oppose it on every level. We look forward to supporting a united legal…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:48

Date change caused absence at forum

To the Editor: A question has been asked as to why I was not at the Cherokee County “Meet the Candidates” forum. I would like to make it clear my absence was not meant as a slight to the community.…
There is much myth and lore connected with beekeeping, such as telling the bees when the master has died so they won’t abscond after his or her death, and a method of swarm control called “tanging.” Research studies have debunked…