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It doesn’t take long to survey North Carolina’s newest town; perhaps five minutes, tops. There’s the swanky Fontana Village Resort, the community’s sole employer. Just down the road are an ice cream shop, laundromat, post office and gasoline station. There’s…
By most accounts, calling Art Williams a hands-on developer would be a pretty fair description. For decades, Williams was in the business of subdivision building, first in Florida and then in Western North Carolina. In pretty much everything, his word…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:44

HAM radio holds on in a high tech world

The term HAM radio doesn’t usually conjure visions of a chic hi-tech world, but usually something closer to, as Al Sanders put it, “a bunch of old gray headed guys talking on the radio.” Sanders heads up a Haywood group…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:42

Building districts by the numbers

This year, the math of moving districts will give virtually every western block a shift. Sen. Jim Davis’s, R-Franklin, Senate District 50, which now claims seven counties — Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Macon, Swain, Jackson and Transylvania — plus part of…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:40

Redistricting to grow mountain districts

In legislatures around the nation, it’s that time of decade again — time to break out the old redistricting maps and rehash the legislative lines. Every 10 years, following the decennial census, lawmakers are constitutionally obliged to rearrange their districts…
A press release from Duke Energy reports that almost 20,000 customers in the six western counties are without power as of 2 p.m. Thursday, June 16, and about 6,700 of those customers in Swain County may not have their electricity…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:26

Common ash tree deserves more attention

“How many thousand-thousand of untold white ash trees are the respected companions of our doorways, kindliest trees in the clearing beyond the cabin? No one can say. But this is a tree whose grave and lofty character makes it a…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:24

Owl Prowl at the Highlands Nature Center

Come learn about and see live owls Thursday evening, June 16, at The Highlands Biological Foundation’s Nature Center amphitheatre. The event begins at 8 p.m. with an hour-long educational presentation by the Carolina Raptor Center in collaboration with the Highlands…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:24

Learn about Cherokee trails in Macon County

A guided hike covering ancient Cherokee trails in Highlands will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 23. Wild South Cultural Preservation Director Lamar Marshall will lead the hike. The Highlands Biological Foundation, as part of…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:23

Guided hike set for Cataloochee Ranch

A hike along the Devil’s Britches Trail will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21, at Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley. The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) is holding the hike. Judy Coker, ranch owner, and Claire Hobbs,…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:22

Take a hike with naturalist Hendershot

“WNC Nesters,” a field trip from Heintooga Road down to Kituwah, will be held at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, by the Great Smoky Mountains Audubon Society as part of their summer program schedule. Don Hendershot will lead the…
Discover Life in America (DLIA) is holding a number of events this summer for the public to experience the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Discover Life is a nonprofit organization devoted to identifying every creature in the park. Volunteers are…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:20

Dining out to benefit the Little Tennessee

The Little Tennessee Watershed Association will hold an all-day fundraiser June 23 at local restaurants. The money raised will benefit the nonprofit organization, which for the past 21 years has worked to protect and restore the health of the Little…
A locally produced summer brunch will be provided by the Jackson County Farmers Market at 11 a.m. on June 26. A tour of three Cullowhee farms will follow the brunch. The farms available for touring are: Full Spectrum Farms, a…
The Haywood Historic Farmers Market will be even more festive and lively than usual this Saturday, June 18. Farmers and market vendors will be cooking up dishes using local foods, including a grilling booth, and giving out free samples and…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:15

Watershed stroll

The first 2011 sojourn into the Town of Waynesville’s 8,000-plus acre watershed occurred last Saturday (June 11). The town has been sponsoring and coordinating a couple of guided hikes into the watershed each year since 2007. It’s a way for…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:12

Gorge gets a boost with new wave feature

The Nantahala River will soon boast one of the preeminent freestyle paddling features in the country — a patented apparatus that will create waves and holes used by trick kayakers. The Wave Shaper will arrive just in time for a…
Catherine Carter, a WCU professor and poet, will read from and discuss her collection of poetry, Memory of Gills, at City Lights Bookstore at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 16. The Coffee with the Poet gathering is an ongoing series…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:11

Stories of local pioneers

Author Hattie Caldwell Davis will read at the Haywood County Library in Waynesville at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, as part of the Sunday Concert Series at the library. Davis has written seven books that document the true life…
Friends of the Haywood Library will offer a new series, Discovering the Literary South, the Louis D. Rubin Jr. Series, from 4 to 6 p.m. beginning June 23 at the Waynesville branch in the auditorium. The books in this series…
Jo Nesbo’s protagonist, Inspector Harry Hole, is a daunting piece of work. A chain-smoking manic depressive and an alcoholic, Harry’s job security is tenuous. In fact, several administrators are eager to fire the hulking, short-tempered Hole. Refusing to observe office…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:03

Playfest calls for actors

Auditions for Playfest will get under way Wednesday, June 22, in Cashiers for actors who can play roles between ages 30 to 80. Auditions will be held in the meeting room/theater of the Albert Carlton Cashiers Library. Afternoon auditions begin…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:02

Comedy and drama combine in Educating Rita

“Educating Rita,” an award-winning play, will be on stage June 15 through 19, and again from July 1 to 3, at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. The play follows the relationship between a young working-class hairdresser and Dr.…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:01

Crafters showcase work

A craft festival will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on June 18 at the Old Mill 1886 in Cherokee. Artists from all over the Southeast will demonstrate and sell their hand-crafted works. Artists will include Cherokee artists,…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:59

Community band continues season

The Haywood Community Band will perform its second free concert at 6:30 p.m. on June 19, at the pavilion adjacent to the Maggie Valley Town Hall. The theme is ‘Rhythmization’ and will feature songs such as “Syncopated Clock,” “Sentimental Journey,”…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:59

Stecoah christens new café

The Schoolhouse Café will be opening in the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center on June 15. The café is located in the main building and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 12 to…
An old-time community songfest will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, at the Town Square in downtown Franklin. The program will include group singing of old and not-so-old familiar and patriotic songs like “You Are My Sunshine,”…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:57

Enjoy a night out with weaving and wine

A Ladies’ Night Out pairing weaving and wine will be held at Oaks Gallery in Dillsboro from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21. Learn to weave a small project — a bookmark, festive coaster or a potholder…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:56

Youth choir to perform at major league game

Voices in the Laurel, a regional youth choir, is set to perform on June 18 at Turner Field for the Atlanta Braves game. Tickets are still available for the game on the Atlanta Braves website, www.atlantabraves.com, or tune in to…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:54

Get a taste of chamber music this summer

The Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival will host five concert showcases for five consecutive Sundays beginning June 19 and ending July 17. All concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m., except two matinee concerts beginning at 3 p.m. on June 26 and…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:49

Array of quilts to decorate library

The Airing of the Quilts exhibit will be held at the new Jackson County Library Complex from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday, June 24, and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 25. The event will…
The Haywood County Library’s reading program starts Saturday, June 18 with a party beginning at 1 p.m. at the Haywood County Public Library. Magician Ric Singleton will be performing and free popcorn and snow cones will be available. The program’s…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:44

Jackson gets into summer reading

The summer reading program at the Jackson County Public Library is getting started at 7 p.m. on June 20, with a performance by storyteller Lloyd Arneach. His stories range from old Cherokee stories to contemporary pieces that he has collected,…
It all started with an offer, a bar — or restaurant, depending on who you talk to — and a U-Haul truck. That’s how the Smoky Mountain Brass Band, one of the region’s first and longest standing community bands, got…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:46

Reid Brown is nothing less than a saint

To the Editor: My name is Brian Strum and I live in Clyde. Just prior to my move to Haywood County six years ago, I had put myself into a situation where I had to seek legal advice. After speaking with…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:46

Republicans run roughshod in Raleigh

To the Editor: A new federal study confirms what many people have sensed — news coverage of state and local government is shrinking at a frightful rate. Politicians who used to fear the press no longer have to worry about…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:45

Hahn’s criticism of story missed the mark

To the Editor: Carrie Hahn’s June 8 letter to the editor criticizing The Smoky Mountain News and Reporter Quintin Ellison for the article “Crossing the Line” fails to note that it is not the role of a newspaper to be…
I have not put the time into my garden this year that I usually do. Between a lack of rain early on and a failure to attend to weed pulling, the beds aren’t looking particularly attractive. Even given my unusual…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:42

Expecting little, what we get is even less

Groucho Marx once said, “I wouldn’t want to be a member of any club that would have someone like me as a member.” When I graduated from high school, my fifth-grade teacher, Mrs. Pattyrae Busic, gave me a beautiful edition…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:37

WCU elects new student body president

Tony “T.J.” Eaves, a rising Western Carolina University senior from Hamlet, recently was elected 2011-12 WCU student body president. Eaves previously served as chief justice of WCU’s Student Government Association supreme court. Eaves is pursuing a degree in business administration…
MedWest Health System is now offering a nurse advice line. The MedWest Nurse Line, 1-855-MEDWEST (633-9378) is a call center based service that will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The call center is operated by…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:36

Mobile technology comes to SCC

Southwestern Community College is integrating some of its classes into the Web Technology program, which will allow students to develop applications for Android and Apple operating system devices. The classes will look at Android phones and tablets and Apple iPhones,…
Jackson County’s new public library in Sylva kicked off in grand style, with dozens of people on hand to celebrate the grand opening on Saturday. The library complex and the renovated courthouse cost $8 million, with the Friends of the…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:33

Free HIV testing offered in Haywood June 27

National HIV Testing Day is June 27. Free tests will be provided at the Haywood County Health Department all day from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. No appointments are necessary and walk-ins will be accepted. Incentives will be available to…
“Ideas that Changed the World” will be the focus of the second-annual Explorations in History Summer Institute, a five-day program for teachers that will be held in June at Western Carolina University. This year’s institute will assist teachers in investigating…
Haywood County’s first Friends of Agriculture breakfast will be held from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Friday, June 17, at the Haywood Agricultural Center at 589 Raccoon Road in Waynesville. This is an opportunity for farmers, chefs and other agriculture…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:31

Summer day camp still accepting students

The Regional Center for the Advancement of Children at Haywood Community College is still accepting children from the ages of 6 to 12 for its summer day camp. The camp runs through August 17. Hours are 7:30 a.m. until 5:30…
At least we have our jobs. That seems to be the reaction to cost-cutting measures taken last week by Haywood County Schools in response to up to $4 million in cuts from the federal, state and local funding. More than…
REACH of Jackson County continues to struggle financially, but fears this winter that the agency might actually shut down now seem unlikely. The “village,” a transitional-housing complex for women escaping domestic violence, was bleeding dollars from the nonprofit organization. The…
The tiny town of Webster has suddenly emerged as a player in whether a controversial $12 million entrance road is built into neighboring Southwestern Community College. That’s because the state Department of Transportation wants the town to sign off on…