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It’s a Monday night in early November and the meeting is, in one word, boring. As a result of the recent elections, the makeup of the Macon County Board of Commissioners will soon change. The members clearly don’t intend to…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:09

Luncheon changes locales due to interest

The Healthy Haywood Substance Abuse Action Team will hold a Prescription Drug Abuse Lunch and Learn from noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 30, in the Family Life Center of the First Baptist Church, Waynesville. This presentation has been moved…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:08

Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho it’s off to home we go

Farewells and hellos from Commissioner Tom Massie highlighted this week’s lame-duck county board meeting in Jackson County. The ousted elected official, taking advantage of the final meaningful business meeting of this particular set of commissioners, wished his successors luck and…
Ingles is now one step closer to giving their Waynesville store a revamp, thanks to a decision taken by the town’s aldermen last week. The board granted Ingles request for a conditional zoning district, which would allow the supermarket chain…
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 20:35

County to sell old hospital for $1.2 million

Haywood County’s old hospital is set to get a new life after commissioners agreed last week to sell the building for use as low-income housing for the county’s senior citizens. Following discussions in closed session at their Nov. 15 meeting,…
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 20:34

EPA begins soil removal in Barber’s Orchard

Six years after the Environmental Protection Agency said it would cart away the arsenic-tainted topsoil from Haywood County’s Barber’s Orchard subdivision, the trucks are set to begin hauling out the contaminated earth by this December. The site, once an apple…
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 20:34

WestCare Hospice sponsors Tree of Remembrance

During this busy holiday season, WestCare Hospice invites the community to take a moment and remember loved ones who have shaped your memories of this special time of year. The public can express their memories by making a gift to…
It’s Thursday afternoon, and Amy Grimes has her head in a freezer digging around for a few things to add to the cardboard boxes at her feet that are already filled with food of various descriptions. A few yards away,…
Recognizing that Cherokee has roads, too, a transportation-planning group for the state’s six westernmost counties opted to give the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians a voice in decisions being made about highways and byways. The decision to include the tribe…
The way road projects get selected and prioritized in the state’s six westernmost counties might shift slightly following meetings this week and last by local government officials and transportation experts. The method of weighing the projects will be tweaked to…
Another public hearing on what, if anything, to do with Needmore Road has been scheduled for February, this time in Macon County. An exact date and location hasn’t been announced. The 3.3 miles of gravel, single-lane road traverses Macon and…
Athletics won’t trump academics in the selection of a chancellor for Western Carolina University, committee members charged with hiring a new top leader assured worried professors this week. “I don’t want you to be concerned,” said Jerry Baker, head of…
U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler took a calculated loss when he challenged Rep. Nancy Pelosi for the position of House minority leader. The payoff for losing? Shuler, the Democrat representing this region who is from Bryson City and now calls Waynesville…
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 20:24

Baking classes set for next month

Southwestern Community College is offering two holiday baking project classes in early December at its Jackson Campus. Learn to make Cookie Bouquets from 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9. Instructor Raquel Moore will show participants how to create festive cookie arrangements…
A proposed update of Waynesville’s progressive land-use ordinance that has been several years in the making is close to becoming law, as planners gear up to inform the public at two information sessions next week. The new ordinance will update…
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 20:22

Workshop offers college tuition tips

Learn what you need to know now about paying for college during a free workshop scheduled 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, on Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus. The workshop, titled How to Pay for College, includes three concurrent sessions that…
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 20:21

Angelou to speak at women’s expo May 21

Area women will have a chance to learn more about health issues, while growing in mind, body and spirit during the day-long Flourish Women’s Expo, on May 21, 2011, at Harrah’s Cherokee Resort Events Center. The highlight of the event,…
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 20:20

Holiday roundup

It’s that time of year. Now that Thanksgiving has arrived, so have holiday events — lots of them. If you have an event you want listed, send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Parades • Franklin’s Christmas Parade. Nov. 28. The town of…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 19:39

Westmoreland's retirement announced

Jackson County Manager Kenneth Westmoreland will retire effective Jan. 1, incoming Jackson County board chairman Jack Debnam has told The Smoky Mountain News. With accumulated leave, his last day in the office will be Dec. 7. “It was his decision,”…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 20:52

Sarge’s, Mast, Best Buy call it a wrap

The Mast General Store has once again invited Sarge’s volunteers to wrap holiday presents at their store on Main Street in Waynesville. Best Buy at Waynesville Loop near the new WalMart Super Center has also invited Sarge’s volunteers to wrap…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 20:52

Amish-style bakery opens in Bryson City

Stoltzfus Bread Basket recently opened at 291 Everett Street (beside Watershed Trading Company) in Bryson City. Stoltzfus is an Amish style bakery featuring fresh baked breads, muffins, bagels and cakes and desserts by the slice or uncut. It also offers…
The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting celebrating the opening of Finally Home Staging and Redesign, located in the Rusty Wagon of the Whistle Stop Mall in Franklin recently held a grand opening. Janine Peak and Carol…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 20:50

Canton Hardee’s reveals new look

Hardee’s in Canton has converted its restaurant at 16 New Clyde Highway to a dual-branded Hardee’s/Red Burrito location. The newly-converted Hardee’s/Red Burrito celebrated with a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce. The addition of…
Western Carolina University, Wake Forest University and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have reaffirmed their partnership to promote Native health initiatives. Since 2006, the three institutions have collaborated to support the Culturally Based Native Health Program, or CBNHP. The…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 20:48

Wreath hanging kicks off Home for the Holidays

A wreath was recently hung at Haywood County Animal  Services to kick off a special animal adoption event called Home for the Holidays. “We recruited Jamie Powell, executive director of Sarge’s, and Tammy Watford, news anchor from WLOS-TV who is…
Among new state laws taking effect this week is Susie’s Law, which promises the possibility of judges being able to sentence even first-time offenders to jail for being cruel to animals. Animal-rights advocates and law officers alike have heralded the…
An evening of great food, great beer and fine wines was attended by 45 people on Nov. 18.  The event was the Community Harvest Dinner, a fundraiser for The Community Table. Annie’s Bakery, Heinzelmannchen Brewery, Mill & Main, Papou’s Wine…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 20:43

Shuler getting comfortable in new position

In his initial bid for political office, U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., often seemed unsure of himself. The former NFL quarterback, while clearly comfortable in the limelight, had difficulty articulating his political beliefs and staking out positions. Back in 2006…
Small farmers fighting against being lumped with large agribusinesses in a federal food-safety act have received a measure of possible protection. At the behest of small farmers, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan D-N.C., and Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., pushed through a…
Transportation experts and town leaders plan to meet this week in Franklin to consider whether it’s feasible to turn one-way Main and Palmer streets into two-way roads. As in many small mountain towns, visitors to Franklin find themselves motoring around…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 20:38

Railroad neighbor irked by crossing controversy

When Terry Stephenson bought a piece of hillside property on Lower Alarka Road in Bryson City, he expected it to slowly develop into a homestead for himself and his 11-year-old daughter. What he didn’t expect was the headache that the…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 20:37

Bazaar to benefit Community Table

A Christmas Bazaar will be held Sat. Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Sylva, at the Jackson County Community Services Building on Hospital Road below Harris Regional Hospital.  This will benefit the Community Table. There is no admission,…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 20:32

Civil War roundtable Christmas gala

A Civil War Round Table Christmas Gala will be held at the Holiday Inn Express in Dillsboro on Dec. 13. The event is open to members and the public. Refreshments and social hour begin at 6 p.m., followed by a buffet…
A draft agreement between Western Carolina University and the Village of Forest Hills calls for a referendum on mixed drinks, beer and wine if the tiny incorporated community agrees to help create a new “Town Center” for its large neighbor.…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:39

Road crews ready for winter

Eight inches. 10 inches. 12 inches. Wintry mix. Ice. Snow. If the winter of 2009-2010 was characterized by anything, it was that word: snow. In Western North Carolina, a record winter blasted citizens across the region with barrages of snow…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:39

Selzer honored by NC library association

Mary Selzer received the “Library Friend of the Year” award at the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association meeting in Chapel Hill on Dec. 2. Karen Wallace, director of the Fontana Regional Library, nominated Selzer for this award. “Mary Otto…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:38

Macon’s natural spaces focus of luncheon

The Macon County League of Women Voters will sponsor a program on the Natural Areas Inventory of Macon County at 12:15 p.m. on Dec. 9. The North Carolina Natural Heritage Program (NCNHP) works to identify and protect the best examples…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:38

How to do business with the government

Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center and the Greater Haywood Chamber of Commerce have partnered to offer a free seminar on “Doing Business with the Government” from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Dec. 16. It will be held on…
Haywood Community College faculty and staff members collected a total of $2,924.00 for United Way to be used for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. The funds were raised through the college’s annual campaign. This year’s campaign was led by instructors…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:37

Cold weather help comes to local pets

Haywood Animal Welfare Association delivers 1,600 pounds of pet food per week to the local pantries and assists some cat colony caretakers with cat food.   The pet food distributed through the pantries advertizes HAWA’s low-cost spay/neuter program.  This year…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:36

Initiation fee waived at HRMC fitness center

Haywood Regional Health and Fitness Center is waiving the usual initiation fee on six-month memberships as a holiday gift to the community. The special is valid through Jan. 7. Since Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center opened in 1998, it…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:36

Canton mill case moves forward

A recent decision by a North Caroline administrative law judge has denied Evergreen Packaging’s attempt to dismiss the case filed by Cocke County, Tenn., and seven Tennessee and North Carolina based groups against the wastewater permit for its Canton pulp…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:33

Swanger takes Haywood chairman’s seat

Haywood County Commissioner Mark Swanger has found himself in a comfortable old seat after taking over the chairmanship at the board’s Monday meeting. It was the first meeting of the newly-elected board, though it bears only one new face —…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:32

There’s new management in town

Jackson County’s new board of commissioners took their seats for the first time Monday night, but only after the old board bid farewell to a standing ovation from a packed house. The formerly all-Democrat board went through a shake-up in…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:30

Westmoreland: Debnam said he wanted ‘change’

To hear Kenneth Westmoreland tell it, the decision to leave his job as Jackson County manager wasn’t exactly “his decision” as portrayed after the fact by new commission Chairman Jack Debnam. Did Debnam tell a lie, on this his first…
I would like to speak still in support of reinstating Al Slagle to the planning board and against appointing anyone, ever to the planning board or any other board, who is actively opposed to the missions and procedures of that…
First off, I would like to thank Chairman Beale and the commissioners for meeting with us jointly tonight. And thank the planning board members, the comprehensive plan subcommittee members, and the safe slope development workgroup members for attending. And thank…
Macon County commissioners almost couldn’t hold a meeting Monday night because they couldn’t agree on a new chairman. With newly elected state Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, absent because of a mandatory meeting in Raleigh, the board split 2-2 over whether…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:16

GOP shift spells trouble for planning advocates

Commissioners’ appointment of a man to the Macon County Planning Board who has openly opposed that very concept has sparked outrage and an outpouring of support for the board’s beleaguered members. The showdown for now is in Macon County, a…
Wednesday, 15 December 2010 20:58

Christmas family movies at Marianna Black

During the month of December the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will continue to show family Christmas favorites.  The movies are shown every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m., are free to the public and projected onto an 8-by-10 foot screen,…
Wednesday, 15 December 2010 20:36

Jackson County library taking shape

The completion date for Jackson County’s new library is just three months away, but the likelihood the project really will be finished then isn’t that great, construction Manager David Cates of Canton-based Brantley Construction acknowledged late last week. Additional construction…
Looming budget cuts to the state’s higher education system won’t interfere with Western Carolina University’s goal of creating a town to call its own, the man tasked with drawing up a project agreement said this week. Tom McClure, director of…
Wednesday, 15 December 2010 20:32

Q&A with Jackson-Swain Extension Director

Robert “Rob” Hawk, a Whittier resident and the former community resource development agent in this region for the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, last month became the new county extension director for Jackson and Swain counties. Hawk replaced Jeff Seiler, who…
Wednesday, 15 December 2010 20:32

Commissioners to hold public hearings Dec. 20

The Haywood County Board of Commissioners will hold two public hearings at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 20, in the Historic Courtroom of the Haywood County Courthouse. The first public hearing will be for the purpose of receiving public input…
Wednesday, 15 December 2010 20:31

Burrell recovering after fracturing vertebrae

Conrad Burrell, a member of the state’s Board of Transportation and chairman of Southwestern Community College’s board of trustees, underwent surgery Monday for fractured vertebrae in his neck. “The surgery went well,” Joel Seltzer, who oversees this region for the…
Wednesday, 15 December 2010 20:30

Macon planning board uproar subsides

Planning board members in Macon County this week voted against a plan that would have seen their group expand from 11 to 13. “I sat on a board once that had 25 people, the chairman had to break us out…
Almost a century after its inception, Lake Junaluska Assembly is still a pillar of Haywood County’s heritage, an organic, integral part of its landscape. During those years, the conference center has grown and changed with the region and the times.…
Wednesday, 15 December 2010 20:27

Maggie Valley tries ‘flowery’ marketing idea

Maggie Valley is in the midst of a makeover. The town is taking steps to spruce itself up, modernize and, just maybe, attract a few new visitors and investors. Last month, the town’s aldermen voted unanimously to accept a set…
Jackson Paper Manufacturing hosted more than 45 local elementary students and their families at the company’s Christmas for Kids party on Dec. 11. The guests were joined at the gathering by the children of employees of Jackson Paper. Staff at…
Wednesday, 15 December 2010 20:14

Lomo owners sell to Atlanta entrepreneur

The inside of Waynesville’s 44 Church Street does not, today, bustle with life, warmth and the scintillating scent of food wafting through the air, as it once did. The former home of the storied Lomo Grill is cold and empty;…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:32

WCU’s fall commencement set for Dec. 18

Western Carolina University will honor its fall graduating class, and recognize a group of graduates who received their degrees after this year’s summer school sessions, as the university holds fall commencement at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. The ceremony at…
Three years ago, Holly Hooper and sister Heather Menacof had saved enough money to invest in new windows for the lower part of their popular outfitter store in Sylva, Blackrock Outdoor Company. Then the economy tanked. The sisters were forced…
Steam engines are coming back to Western North Carolina, thanks to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. The railroad announced that in coordination with Rail Events Inc., it has closed on the purchase of a steam locomotive — #1149 — and…
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 20:33

Wooten to serve as stopgap Jackson County manager

Chuck Wooten will become interim Jackson County manager for six months or so starting next month. Commissioners this week in a unanimous vote hired Wooten for $10,000 a month. Wooten retires Jan. 1 from Western Carolina University after 30 years…
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 20:32

Board holds off on land use vote

The Waynesville Planning Board said this week it will hold off on adopting a major update to the town’s land use plan until February at the earliest, and will delay voting even then if it thinks citizens still want time…
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 20:20

Tavern joins Haywood restaurant scene

A new tavern is set to make its debut this week in downtown Waynesville, featuring barbecue, beer, and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere in the Main Street space that was formerly Headlights Bar and Grill. Tipping Point Tavern is a joint…
Town of Sylva leaders have sent a letter to the state Department of Transportation endorsing what supporters would like called a connector — and detractors a bypass — around N.C. 107. The letter was approved by unanimous vote last week.…
To Vida Cody, Dec. 6 didn’t seem unlike any other average Monday. She was the finance manager for Swain County, and with the new board of commissioners due for a swearing in, she expected an hour-long pause in her otherwise-busy…
The Haywood County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for the following boards: Haywood County Board of Health – This board is a policy-making, rule-making and adjudicatory body for the Haywood County Health Department. The Board adopts rules necessary for…
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 19:47

Free seminar offers organization tips

The Small Business Center of Haywood Community College will offer a free seminar entitled, “Organizing your Work and Life — a Great Way to Start the Year!” from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 6, on campus on the first floor…
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 19:46

Haywood chooses contractor for Wal-Mart project

Clyde’s old Wal-Mart is now on track to get a new life after Haywood County commissioners voted Monday to sign a contract with Murray Construction of Monroe for the renovations. The project had stalled earlier this fall after the first…
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 19:45

An attorney for everyone

Jay Coward, newly hired to serve as Jackson County’s attorney, will receive $175 an hour, commissioners agreed in a unanimous vote this week. He’ll also serve the sheriff’s department when the sheriff and his deputies need legal advice. Coward, a…
A tuition hike spells additional hardships for many students at Western Carolina University, at least those who already find it difficult to scratch up the dollars needed to obtain a college degree. “I’m sure it’s going to be hard on…
No one could specify exactly who made the decision to remove the maps or when precisely that occurred, but some members of a Macon group studying steep-slope safety want them returned to the county’s website. The taxpayer-funded Slope Movement Hazard…
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 19:39

Lottery money put to bleachers, but grudgingly

A wide selection of bleachers at nearly every secondary school in Haywood County will get some repairs and replacements thanks to lottery funds approved by county commissioners, but the decision was not without contention from some on the board. Commissioner…
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 19:33

County to pay fairgrounds loan

Haywood County commissioners will be stepping in to save the county’s fairground from the bank’s clutches after a vote at their Monday meeting. The fairgrounds have two loans taken out on their buildings, and since the county slashed the $150,000…
Southern California-area television station KTLA is polling Parade of Roses viewers to determine which participating band is the crowd favorite. To show your support, click on the link to visit KTLA's site and under Band Poll vote for WCU!
Wednesday, 29 December 2010 19:55

Year in review 2010

Editor’s note: Here is The Smoky Mountain News’ annual Year in Review, but ours comes with a nod and a wink — and an award. News is serious and sometimes tragic, but in hindsight we can at least try to…
Wednesday, 29 December 2010 19:54

North Shore Road funds in danger of disappearing

Battles in Congress are nothing new. Practically every day that the legislature is in session, there is a fight, argument or debate about something, some more trivial than others. But there’s one issue that residents of Swain County are watching…
When Mountain Projects came calling on Sylva leaders earlier this year because the group wanted to build five affordably priced homes within the town’s limits, commissioners found themselves in the uncomfortable position of having to deny the request. The problem?…
Andrew Whalen, an up-and-coming political insider who helped craft U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler’s entry onto the political scene five years ago, has rejoined the congressman’s staff. Whalen, 30, announced he would leave his position as executive director of the N.C.…
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 20:28

HCC offers help in managing time

The Small Business Center of Haywood Community College will offer a free seminar entitled, “Organizing your Work and Life - a Great Way to Start the Year!"from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 6, on campus in the Student Center, first…
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 20:28

Learn about animal rescue efforts

Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation’s annual meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13, at the Haywood County Library on South Haywood Street in Waynesville. Speakers featured at the meeting will be Katherine McGowan Shenar, Interim President/CEO, and…
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 20:27

Public hearing set for landfill problem

Jackson County’s old solid waste landfill is leaking contaminants in higher concentrations than allowed into the groundwater, and satisfying state demands to safely contain the situation will cost taxpayer dollars. Altamont Inc. representative Joel Lenk told commissioners this week that…
How fickle fortune can be, Timm Muth, the director of the oft-touted Green Energy Park, found upon tendering a simple request this week to the Jackson County Board of Commissioners. Muth’s desire to advertise an open staff position gave way…
By Colby Dunn and Quintin Ellison • Staff Writers Although retail businesses might have found some relief toward the latter part of the year, homebuilders and real estate agents found fewer reasons for joy in 2010. For homebuilders, the outlook…
By Colby Dunn and Quintin Ellison • Staff writers Despite a sour economy, many businesses in Western North Carolina are not only surviving — they are thriving. Take Krismart Fashions on East Main Street in Sylva. While many stores have…
People for and against the state Department of Transportation’s plans to pave and widen a 3.3-mile section of Needmore Road have another opportunity to tell officials what they think this month. At the request of the Macon County Board of…
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 20:20

West Elementary gets new classrooms

Swain County’s West Elementary School will be getting a classroom expansion thanks to $1.8 million handed to them by Swain County commissioners in a special session on Monday. The elementary school will gain eight new classrooms to deal with its…
At their last meeting of 2010, the Haywood County Commissioners made what might seem like a rather mundane decision. They chose to release a slew of minutes from their closed sessions over the preceding few months. While the information the…
More than 100 people turned out recently to protest a Macon County farmer’s plan to save his land by building a dirt-bike racetrack. Herman “Bud” Talley, a well-known figure in Macon County — he’s owner of Nantahala Meats, home of…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 21:22

Free radon testing kits available in Jackson

January is Radon Education Month and the Jackson County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension is offering free testing kits for homeowners to assess the level of radon in their homes. Homeowners may pick up free kits at the Cooperative Extension…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 21:19

Mountain BizWorks offers planning course­

Mountain BizWorks will offer Foundations, an eight-week business planning course, starting Jan. 24 at its offices in Sylva. During the course, students study how to craft a solid business plan: developing a mission statement, estimating start-up and overhead costs, setting…
The Haywood County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the First Methodist Church in Waynesville. Following the business meeting, member Steve Torda will present a program entitled, “With old time remedies the…
By definition, the lottery is a gamble. There’s no guarantee of winning, no assurance that you’ll look back on your ticket purchase without regret. Sure, it can pay out big sometimes, but you could just as easily come up empty.…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 21:13

GOP may loosen rules on lottery proceeds

With the GOP takeover of the state General Assembly, lottery money and how schools use what they’re given will come under new scrutiny. “I wouldn’t have voted for a lottery, but it is the law now and it needs to…
Tired of being indoors this winter? Take your mind off winters chill and warm up with the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Fire & Ice Winterfest from 3-7:30 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Waynesville Inn Golf Resort. Whether…
U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, is getting the word out: from now on, he’ll be carrying a gun when meeting with constituents. Just a short time ago such an announcement from a member of Congress probably would have been considered…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 21:09

New York City? No wonder they left us out

A spokeswoman with the state Department of Transportation said they didn’t intentionally leave out the state’s westernmost counties on an official logo created by consultants paid $434,590.46 by taxpayers. That amount, in the interest of accuracy, was a lump sum…