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A “Treasure Highlands” Bird Hike will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on August 18 by the Highlands Biological Foundation. Members of the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society to some of the best birding spots around the Highlands Nature Center.…
A few hundred cyclers will test their endurance with the annual Blue Ridge Breakaway coming up August 20. A spectrum of routes — 24 miles, 40 miles or 65 miles — will take riders over the scenic countryside of Haywood…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:50

Moonshadow, moonshadow

I was all set to write about the annual summer fireworks displayed every August on that really big screen above our heads, brought to us free of charge by the comet Swift-Tuttle and sponsored by your universe. Then I looked…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:45

Stand-off over the Chattooga nears finale

Paddlers are ever-so-slightly winning a tug-of-war over the Upper Chattooga River, a Wild and Scenic River that plunges off the Cashiers plateau. The U.S. Forest Service has agreed to allow limited paddling on some parts of the Chattooga headwaters, reversing…
Franklin resident Robert Shook will read from his novel, A Journey in Courage, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 13, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. This historical fiction piece captures the legacy of the Shook family and spins a…
Get your wands ready for a Harry Potter back-to-school party at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 20, at Blue Ridge Books in downtown Waynesville. Come for an afternoon filled with activities for wizards and muggles alike. There will be a…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:42

McCullough makes 19th century Paris come alive

“At last I have come into a dreamland.” So wrote Harriet Beecher Stowe shortly after her arrival in Paris in June of 1853. Stowe had gone to Paris for the same reasons Americans still visit the City of Light: a…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:38

Learn to cross stitch with plastic canvas

A workshop about plastic canvas cross-stitch will be taught at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, at the Jackson County Public Library. Sally Salyards, program leader, will teach a simple pattern during the class. Materials will be provided. Plastic canvas…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:37

Indulge in chocolate and wine Aug. 18

The Haywood County Arts Council will hold a Wine for the Arts party, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. The party is part of a series called the FUNd Party Series,…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:37

Best in the West berry recipe contest

With berries ripe and ready for picking, it’s time to plan your entry in the Best in the West Recipe Contest, part of Mountain Heritage Day’s gathering at Western Carolina University on Sept. 24.   This year’s competition will focus…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:36

Wildflowers as artistic inspiration

Artist Kathie Blozan will lead painting workshops from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on August 11 and 13 at the Zachary-Tolbert House in Cashiers.   Attendees will walk along the nature trail at the Zachary-Tolbert House to look at wildflowers…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:36

Kids to join in dances from around the world

Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to a free ARTSaturday workshop from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, August 13, at Big Bear Shelter on the Little Tennessee River Greenway in Franklin. During the two-hour workshop, participants…
The Haywood Fairgrounds will host its third annual Mountain Music Jamboree on Aug. 13. Featured performers include White Water Bluegrass, Paul’s Creek String Band, Buncombe Turnpike, Gray Wolf, The Unexpected and dance performances from the Southern Appalachian Cloggers and the…
A free Gingerbread 101 workshop will be taught by Grove Park Inn chefs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13. The event will prepare participants for the National Gingerbread House Competition, which happens every holiday season at…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:34

Basket classes offered by Dogwood Crafters

Basket classes will be taught by Dogwood Craft members at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, at Applegate Inn in Dillsboro. Sharon Crosby will be teaching a jelly basket, which can be used for two jelly jars. Cost will be…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:33

Porsches rev into Waynesville Inn

The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa will once again be hosting the Porsche Concours “In Den Bergen” on Saturday, August 20. Organizers are expecting upwards of 75 cars this year to participate in this regional and nationally recognized event.…
The hit musical “Always … Patsy Cline” opened July 28 at the Highlands Playhouse and will continue at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday through Aug. 20. The show is the third in the theatre’s…
The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin will welcome three sensational Gospel groups at the Smoky Mountain Jubilee at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug.11. The Blackwood Brothers Quartet, an eight-time Grammy award-winning southern gospel group will open…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:31

Americana band echoes Appalachian roots

Dehlia Low will perform at An Appalachian Evening at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 13, at Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Graham County. Dehlia Low’s vocal harmony and instrumentation reflect a deep connection to traditional music with modern arrangements and relevant,…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:30

Fashion show fundraiser for Republican women

The Mountain High Republican Women’s Club will hold a luncheon and fashion show at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, August 19, at the Highlands Country Club. The fashion show features Carlisle clothing, a home show line of fashion. A line of…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:30

WNC Woodturners to meet in Glenville

The August meeting of The Western North Carolina Woodturners Club will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 14, at the Blue Ridge School in Glenville. The meeting will take place at back of the school to the woodworking shop.…
Steve Dean, a teacher of the Kriya yoga tradition, will speak at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 12, at the Creative Thought Center in Waynesville. Dean, a student of Paramahansa Yogananda  and Ernest Holmes, will present how these two teachers…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:28

Big House Radio to rock Bridge Park in Sylva

Big House Radio returns to Sylva’s Concerts on the Creek from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 12. The Bryson City-based quintet won WNC Magazine’s Last Band Standing competition in 2010, emerging from a field of 32 bands to capture…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:26

Nashville's finest to light up Fontana

Shinefest, a two-day showcase held at Fontana Village Resort, will bring together acts from across the country world, veterans to newcomers, for a summer music experience set against the pristine backdrop of the Smoky Mountains. The premier country music event…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:25

Restoring earth before the end of the world

I have some good news. But first the bad news. The world is ending. Evangelist Harold Camping has predicted it. Others point to the Mayan calendar and confirm that our remaining days are few. Meanwhile, a surprising number of people…
Turkeys, I’ve learned, are curious animals. That curiosity was on full display for company this past weekend when Kirk Hardin the goat broker and his wife, Shannon, came over from Canton to pick up three sheep and a billy goat.…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:17

Free Press in Cherokee? Not now anyway

To the editor: In this recent atmosphere of mudslinging, it’s all too easy to lose focus on what’s important. What should matter more than anything to tribal members is the ability to hold their elected representatives on Tribal Council and…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:17

New state abortion rules seek to coerce women

To the editor: I am writing to thank NC Representative Phil Haire for his courage and integrity in voting against House Bill 854, both in the initial vote and in the override of Gov. Purdue’s veto on it. Since women…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:16

Life seems so good that nostalgia sets in

“It’s like floating on a cloud,” that’s what the man in the booth said about his nifty adjustable hammocks. We took turns trying one out, first my wife — the most frugal among us and therefore the hardest sell —…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:10

Young professionals group launched in Haywood

The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce is starting an After Hours Networking Event for the Young Professional of Haywood County, with the first event to be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Herren House.…
A networking conference will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, in Franklin, offering business coaching on a variety of critical topics for today’s marketplace. The all-day event is designed for community leaders, business owners and…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:09

Haywood Chamber to help businesses go green

Haywood County businesses and organizations interested in “greening” their business practices should sign up for the Green Initiative Program with the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce set to begin in August. A green plan of action will be established for…
A family whose land was seized last month by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will now have their day in court, after they lodged a protest with tribal council last week. The tribe had reclaimed the land, citing a…
The Small Business Center at Southwestern Community College is partnering with several organizations to offer workshops for small businesses. The first will be held 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at SCC’s Macon Campus, on entrepreneurship. Upcoming seminars are:“Small…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:06

WCU chancellor to meet community

Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher will meet members of the Macon County community on from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23, in the Macon Bank Corporate Center as part of a get-acquainted tour that will take…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:05

Motorcycle ride to remember Trail of Tears

A motorcycle ride honoring the Trail of Tears, the Remembrance Removal Tour, will leave the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds in Cherokee at 8 a.m. on Aug. 29. The route will follow the historic route of the Trail of Tears across the…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:04

Workshop to look at domestic violence issues

From 911 to prosecution, a training session for service providers, law enforcement, criminal justice and legal aid, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, at the Waynesville Police Department. This training is designed to…
Donald Tomas, the new president of Southwestern Community College since July 1, believes local institutions such as SCC will rely more and more on private donations as state funds continue drying up. Private fundraising is already a fact of life…
The bell has just rung on the next round in the fight between Duke Energy and the Swain County residents living under its newest transmission lines and gargantuan metal towers. Last week, the North Carolina Public Utilities Commission held a…
Farming is not an easy life — the hours start early, the labor is pretty backbreaking and success often depends on the vagaries of weather. One factor, however, that’s been working in the farmer’s favor is the recent trend in…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 12:59

HCC to offer Basic Law Enforcement Training

Haywood Community College will offer a night Basic Law Enforcement Training class meeting from 6 to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning Sept. 12. The class will also meet a few weekends to accommodate the appropriate required classes. This course…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 12:58

Former senator Carpenter dies

Robert C. Carpenter, a towering figure in Republican politics in Western North Carolina who served as state senator for eight terms, died Saturday. He was 87. Familiarly called “Senator Bob” by constituents and political foes alike, the Macon County native…
State and federal environmental agencies say Duke Energy might have to scoop out silt-filled Lake Emory as part of its permit to operate to the small dam outside Franklin. Backlogged sediment can’t be allowed to build up forever, said John…
There’s a story, perhaps apocryphal, about how a bunch of drunks overturned their boat one night in Lake Emory just outside of Franklin. Macon County’s emergency services and law enforcement turned out en masse. They arrived to discover the drunks…
When Dale McElroy plunked down $100,000 to expand Mica’s Restaurant & Pub in southern Jackson County last year, he was banking on the status quo staying the status quo: a dry county remaining dry. McElroy, like other savvy business owners…
It’s midday on a weekday, and the bar is hopping at Sapphire Brewing Company near Cashiers. Jackson County, technically, is “dry,” with the sale of alcoholic beverages limited to the town limits of Sylva and Dillsboro. The truth, however, is…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 12:42

Steep-slope ordinance slides out of reach

The likelihood of Macon County imposing development guidelines for houses and roads on steep mountainsides grew increasingly remote after the planning board, embroiled for months in a series of heated debates over the matter, tabled the proposed ordinance last week.…
Anyone headed to Canton will need to book a little more drive time starting this fall, when a key downtown bridge is razed and replaced. A dog-legged detour around the construction is expected to seriously slow traffic on the town’s…
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 13:45

Add acreage to your spiritual landscape

Lots of folks like to study those molded relief maps of the region, the ones that show the upraised contours of the mountain ranges. Some have even pieced together the maps for the Southern Blue Ridge Province from Southwestern Virginia…
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 13:45

The many desirable and luscious traits of moss

A workshop titled “Go Green with Moss” will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, August 11, at the Highlands Biological Foundation as part of the Foundation’s Think About Thursdays series. Annie Martin, founder of Mountain Moss Enterprises, will…