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Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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River critters to appear at River Fest

Activities for kids and parents, featuring live macro invertebrates, a group of species that includes crustaceans, insects and mollusks, will be on display at Canton’s Pigeon River Fest, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 23. Volunteers with Haywood Waterways Association will staff the booth with the aim to educate about these backboneless creatures that have a lot to say as indicators of water quality.  HWA and other groups will be dispersed along the trail between RiverView Feed and Turner Stage. 


Truck and tractor pulls slated for fair

Mechanical muscle will be on prominent display at the Haywood County Fair Aug. 23-24. 

A stock tractor pull will begin at 10 a.m. Aug. 23 in the fairgrounds’ Great Smokies Arena, with tractors from 1964 or earlier eligible to enter in a variety of weight classes. Trophies will be given for first, second and third place winners. $10 per hitch or $25 for three hitches. Apple Country Pullers Rules apply.  828.456.3575 or 828.246.5167. 

A truck pull will begin at 1 p.m. Aug. 24 in the fairgrounds’ Great Smokies Arena, with vehicle registration held beforehand. The pull will feature eight pull classes, with first and second place finishers awarded to the top two finishers in each class and an overall champion awarded a special trophy. There will also be an open class with no prize awarded. $10 hookup fee and $2 gate charge for drivers and spectators. Concessions available. Damon Swanger, 828.734.1510.


Adult soccer sign-up is here in Haywood

An adult recreational soccer league in Haywood County is accepting open team sign-ups through Friday, Aug. 22.

Games will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at Allens Creek Park from Sept. 2-24.

The league is organized through the Haywood County Parks and Rec. Maximum team size is 13 people. Teams are not required to be co-ed, but can be.

The registration fee is $130 per team. For more information or placement on a team, contact 828.452.6789 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Comment deadline extended for oil and gas rules 

The deadline for comment on the state Mining and Energy Commission’s proposed oil and gas development rules has been extended to Sept. 30. The extension of the original Sept. 15 deadline was approved to avoid confusion after a section of the rules titled Timing and Notice of Reclamation was mistakenly omitted from the version published on the N.C. Register July 15. 

Comment will be taken at a public hearing 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 12 at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. Comments can also be submitted at or mailed to:

DENR-Division of Energy, Mineral, and Land Resources

Attn: Oil and Gas Program

1612 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699. 

The proposed rules can be found at


Preserve the summer

A home preservation workshop 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Jackson County Extension Office will give aspiring canners the info they need to start preserving. Sherrie Peeler, Extension instructor, will cover the basics of pressure and water bath canning, including the appropriate methods for preserving both low and high-acid foods. Freezing and dehydration will also be covered. 

Free, but seating is limited. RSVP to 828.586.4009.


Bronze bird documentary to be screened in Macon

The Lost Bird Project, an independent documentary telling the stories of five bird species driven to extinction in modern times, will be screened at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room. The film follows sculptor Todd McGrain’s project to memorialize the birds, which involves a search for the locations where they were last seen in the wild and negotiations for permission to install his large bronze sculptures there. The film lasts 63 minutes.


Tuck it away for the greenway

Franklin’s greenway lovers will have a chance to give their green space a hand by eating out at one of three Franklin restaurants Friday, Aug. 22. Martha’s Kitchen will give Friends of the Greenway a cut of its breakfast and lunch sales, as will Mia Casa for lunch or dinner and Hungry Bear for its Philly cheesesteak sandwich at lunch or dinner. 

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