Franklin’s planned motorcycle rally hit a major roadblock this week when town leaders balked at shutting down a portion of Main Street for up to four days at the height of the tourist season. The rally had been lauded by…
Haywood County commissioners this week gave their blessing to a $10 million line of credit for the MedWest-Haywood hospital, ending a delicate dance in the finer points of contract law that has spanned the past three months. The loan was…
Getting books from the doctor will soon be a routine part of regular pediatric checkups. Haywood Pediatrics recently joined the Reach Out and Read program, in which primary care providers advising parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving…
Families interested in hosting a foreign exchange student can be matched with students from more than 60 countries through the company Ayusa. All high school foreign exchange students are fully insured, bring their own spending money and are proficient in…
The North Carolina Division of Tourism and the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership will host two TRAC Sessions in Western North Carolina. Sessions will be held from 2 – 5:30 p.m. on April 18 in Bryson City at the…
David Belcher, Western Carolina University’s 11th chancellor, warned a crowd of 200 on hand last week for the pomp and circumstance of his installment ceremony that the state of North Carolina must not dally in protecting its educational assets. Other…
A sushi restaurant in Waynesville lost a protracted legal battle last month after accusing a neighboring nail salon of driving away its diners. Saki Sushi claimed fumes from Tweety Nails hurt its bottom-line. Litigation dating back two years culminated in…
Visitors to Haywood County will have a fuller view of its mountain beauty this year after a locally funded project left some of the Blue Ridge Parkway vistas a bit barer. The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority and Maggie Valley…
The Thunder Road Rollergirls of Waynesville will hold its spring open recruitment from April 5-24. There are plenty of available positions on the team for anyone interested. The women are also working closely with Smoky Mountain Rollergirls in Bryson City…
The future Waynesville Skate Park has been awarded a grant in the amount of $1,260 from the North Carolina Community Foundation. The park also recently received a grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation in the amount of $5,000. The planned…
Andy Shaw Ford of Sylva will bring Ford Motor Company’s “Drive One 4UR School” Program to Jackson County from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. April 12 in the SCC Balsam Center parking lot. Proceeds will be shared evenly by Jackson…
A self-defense class for women will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11 at MedWest-Haywood Health and Fitness Center. The instructor will be Marshall Hale, a Tae Kwon Do instructor with Blue Dragon. Cost for the workshop is…
A food drive is under way in Maggie Valley, with a food drop-off container located in town hall for nonperishable items. The drive has the support of town aldermen and was started at the request of resident Don Massey. The…
As a part of National Library Week from April 8-14, people are asked to donate new or gently used books to their local library branch. Books not added to the library’s collection will be given to the Friends of the…
The Small Business Center of Haywood Community College will offer a free seminar on business lending through the NC Rural Center Microenterprise program from 6-8 p.m. on April 10 on campus in the first floor of the student center. The…
The Cherokee Reservation will remain dry, keeping in place the historic ban on alcohol sales, following Thursday’s election on the issue. Enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians sent a strong message with about 60 percent voting “no”…
Coffee lovers and addicts have a new place in Waynesville to get their fix. Main Street Perks opened on Main Street about three weeks ago, filling a large, vacant hole in the downtown façade with goodies, caffeine, a wall of…
A morning of free bridal workshops featuring local wedding merchants will be held at 9:45 a.m., April 21, at Twin Maples Farmhouse in Waynesville.   Brides will hear from experts and wedding professionals through a series of short workshops on…
Help battle the AIDS disease April 26 by dining out at one of 108 restaurants in Western North Carolina. This fundraiser will support the Western North Carolina AIDS Project. Participating restaurants in the Haywood/Jackson area are, in Waynesville: Chef’s Table,…
Two communities can see the finish line on respective dog parks: Franklin and Sylva. The Friends of the Greenway in Macon County are making progress on the construction of a dog park to be located beside the Big Bear Playground…
A draft strategic plan for Western Carolina University will be the subject of a public forum at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center. The Western Carolina University’s 2020 Commission, a 36-member committee leading…
The First United Methodist Church of Sylva will hold an Alzheimer’s disease awareness event from 1-7 p.m., April 21, in honor of Debbie Ginn, a longtime former organist at the Church. Debbie is in the last stages of early-onset Alzheimer’s…
The public can find out where candidates for county commissioner stand on various issues at noon on Thursday, April 12, at a League of Women Voters forum. Three seats are available on the commission. All six primary candidates plan to…
Mike Clampitt, Republican candidate for the 119th House District, will hold a “Meet and Greet” from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Herren House in Waynesville. This is an informal gathering and serves as an opportunity for voters to…
Cherokee Preservation Foundation has awarded 24 new grants totaling $1.8 million that support cultural preservation, economic development, job creation and environmental preservation.   They include: • A grant to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian to celebrate the 250th anniversary…
A task force studying whether Jackson County should revamp its approach to luring tourists began laying the groundwork last week to merge its two separate tourism agencies into one. In coming months, the task force will wrestle with the best…
The creative arts building at Haywood Community College has hit a few more snags on its way to completion — much to the chagrin of county commissioners. The college will once again tap into its contingency fund to correct miscalculations resulting…
The second kick-off in Macon County for Lighten Up for Life will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Franklin High School Gymnasium. The LU4L program is a free weight loss challenge that is entirely web-based. The program…
A golf tournament will be held starting at 9 a.m. on May 12 at Smoky Mountain Country Club in Whittier to support hospital chaplaincy programs and spiritual care. The tournament is sponsored by MedWest Health System and is a four-man…
The famed Pisgah-Tuscola rivalry will renew itself six months sooner than usual as alumni from both schools take to the field again in support of the Canton Lions Club at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Pisgah Memorial Stadium. Tickets…
The new owner of Ghost Town in the Sky tied up the final loose ends related to her purchase of the bankrupt amusement park last week. Alaska Presley officially took title to the rides and buildings on the grounds of…
Two months after the domestic violence agency REACH of Jackson County abruptly shut its doors in February, services to domestic violence victims continue to be handled by nonprofits in neighboring counties. Jackson County commissioners would like to see a local…
Facing a dire state budget outlook and a loss of one-time federal stimulus dollars, Macon County School’s leaders came hat in hand this week asking county commissioners for money. The school system wants a budget increase of more $1.15 million…
Finding a new leader to replace the outgoing MedWest-Haywood President Mike Poore could take months and will be handled by Carolinas HealthCare Network rather than the local hospital board. Carolinas HealthCare System, a Charlotte-based network of 34 hospitals that MedWest-Haywood…
The president of MedWest-Haywood hospital suddenly stepped down this week after three-and-a-half years on the job. Mike Poore’s tenure at the helm of MedWest-Haywood was marked by an aggressive strategy to restore a crisis of community confidence, rebuild plummeting finances…
Opinions among members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians remain mixed leading up to a vote that could lift a historic ban on alcohol sales on the reservation or continue the longtime moratorium. In the days leading up to…
The old Strand movie theater in downtown Waynesville is finally getting a new lease on life after two false starts in the past decade to revive the shuttered Main Street icon. The building was bought in foreclosure last year by…
All of Waynesville’s current leaders managed to hang on to their seats despite an impressive challenge mounted by a contender for mayor. Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown nearly lost his seat to Hugh Phillips, the general manager of Bi-Lo grocery store.…
Sylva voters on Tuesday night might have put the brakes on something of a voting trifecta by adding former commissioner Lynda Sossamon to the town board at the expense of incumbent Ray Lewis. Two other incumbent commissioners, Chris Matheson and…
A slate of three candidates pledging change and an end to good old boy politics swept into office in Maggie Valley in this week’s the town election. Longtime Mayor Roger McElroy, who has been on the town board for 30…
The Canton Town Board of Aldermen will now feature three old dogs and one new one. Patrick Willis, who ran unsuccessfully in the last election, won a seat on the board with 312 votes. “I am looking forward to working…
After months of campaigning, a write-in candidate won the Bryson City mayoral election — an interesting twist in a competition that had only one name on the ballot. Tom Sutton beat out Jeramy Shuler, the only candidate whose name was…
Despite only having one candidate on its ballot, the Bryson City mayoral race has heated up, with two potential write-in candidates joining the race. Bryson City resident Tom Sutton is actively campaigning as a write-in candidate, while current mayor Brad…
Hide your posters; hide your signs. Somebody might sneak on your property and snatch all your election signs up. The Maggie Valley Police Department is looking for an unidentified white male who has been seen stealing elections signs from an…
In a town that has long thrived on competitive, and sometimes markedly heated, political contests, the prospect of an incumbents-only race this November in Franklin seems ghastly. Even to several of the shoo-in incumbents themselves. “Maybe they’re afraid they might…
Four years ago, candidates for office in Canton wanted new faces. Two years ago, their platforms were cooperation. And this year, business development and recreation are the common threads among candidates. “I think we also need to look at doing…
Waynesville has spent $7 million over the past four years building a new fire station, police station and town offices — projects that have come under fire by some challengers for the town board. Opponents point to the architecture — the…
Waynesville mayor: Pick one Mayor Gavin Brown, 64, attorney. Mayor for four years, town alderman for eight Every morning Mayor Gavin Brown dons his town of Waynesville pin on his suit lapel before heading out the door to his law…
This November, Sylva residents will elect three commissioners, deciding who will control the majority on that five-member board. All three incumbents are running for re-election, plus two challengers. In the next four years, it’s likely that Sylva’s chosen leaders will…
Three candidates running for the Maggie Valley town board with a similar message have buddied up in the campaign and chosen to run as a slate. They claim the current town leaders discourage new ideas and fail to bring residents…
Waning tourism in Maggie Valley and what to do about it is dominating the town’s election this fall. Four people are running for two seats on the town board, and there is also a contested race for mayor. A slate…
The Haywood County Board of Commissioners will hold a work session at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 19, at the Bethea Welcome Center at Lake Junaluska. The purpose of the work session is to conduct a roundtable discussion with community leaders…
Despite rumors that cuts at Tuscola High School in Waynesville could reduce the number of advanced courses, academically gifted students will have just as many courses to chose from next school year. Tuscola will lose five teaching positions, which is…
The last of six people accused of playing a role in the murders of two Swain County residents back in 2008 has been put away. Mark Goolsby of Sylva plead guilty to nine counts of accessory after the fact to…
The N.C. ABC Commission is holding a series of free Responsible Alcohol Seller/Server Program classes to educate businesses with alcohol permits and their employees about the responsible sales and service of alcoholic beverages. This is part of a region wide…
The Judy Moore Memorial Scholarship Endowment Committee is accepting scholarship applications for 2012. The scholarship program for nurses was established in 1997 as a memorial to Judy Moore, a registered nurse who was killed in a car accident. At least…
Go online and vote for Waynesville as your favorite Main Street in the contest “Great Places in North Carolina.” A panel of experts chose six “People’s Choice” award finalists from the more than 40 nominations submitted by North Carolina residents.…
The use of weed killer to temporarily denude an ancient Indian mound in Franklin has some critics accusing the town of cultural insensitivity. Nikwasi Indian Mound, which is located within Franklin’s town limits and is tended to and maintained by…
A group of Jackson County doctors say they want out of the two-year-old partnership with the hospital in Haywood County and instead would like to look toward Mission Hospital in Asheville as a future partner. There have been murmurings for…
As Lake Junaluska weighs whether to become part of the town of Waynesville or form its own town, a public forum for residents to ask questions or share comments will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at Bethea…
The shell of a vacant four-story hotel sitting partially finished on Sylva’s main drag for three years is finally going somewhere. Developers from Greensboro bought the vacant hotel along N.C. 107 for $850,000 and are promising to pump an additional…
About two dozen people gathered outside the tribal council house broke into song with the words “Praise God, Praise God, Praise God,” after the final results of Cherokee alcohol vote were tabulated last week. The Cherokee Reservation will remain dry,…
A class action complaint aims to hold the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians responsible for money lost when the stock market crashed in 2008 and eroded the personal accounts of Cherokee youth held in trust by the tribe. All 14,000…
Seniors around the county are gearing up for the 2012 Haywood County Senior Games from May 7-22. For just $10, seniors can participate in as many events as they choose in both athletic events such as shuffleboard, tennis and pickleball,…
For the month of April K.A.R.E in Haywood County, Kids Advocacy Resource Effort, will join thousands of communities throughout North Carolina and the nation in recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month with a pinwheel garden. The pinwheel is the new symbol…
The fourth-annual “Take A Walk In Her Shoes” sexual assault awareness event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, in front of the historic Haywood County Court House. The walk will be around the…
A movement to rein in the dominance of Mission Hospital in Western North Carolina’s healthcare landscape has hit a critical juncture. A legislative committee studying whether smaller hospitals are suffering from aggressive, monopoly-like tactics by Mission will unveil its recommendations…
Maggie Valley has emerged victorious in an ongoing tug-of-war with Jackson County over who can rightfully lay claim to tourists en route to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort. The N.C. Department of Transportation rejected a request from Jackson County leaders…
The former chief executive officer and general manager of the Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands was recently convicted on federal charges of masterminding kickbacks and of illegally billing his company for an addition to his own home. Mario…
The litany of Republicans from Western North Carolina running for Congress haven’t taken any cues from their counterparts on the presidential stage, where the once robust field of candidates has slowly been picked off until there was just one man…
MedWest-Haywood will hold an open house from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, at the newly constructed MedWest Urgent Care Center in Canton. The community can get a preview of the new facility during the open house. MedWest Urgent Care…
Departing from the normal talks of budget cuts and tightening belts, Haywood County commissioners asked a group of tourism and town leaders how the county could pitch in to help bring visitors or new second-home owners to the county. The…
The Community Table, Sylva’s nonprofit soup kitchen for the needy, is within weeks of moving its digs from its cramped existing facility to the town’s now-vacant senior center. The county built a new senior center, freeing up space in the…
The Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen’s split decision to de-annex someone who didn’t want to be in the town limits anymore — or pay town taxes any more — seems to have brought a trickle of other unsatisfied residents making…
After two years of lawsuits and two mediations, Swain and Graham counties have finally agreed on where to draw the county line signifying their portions of the Fontana Dam. Fontana Dam straddles the two counties. How much of the dam…
The Lowe’s interchange in Haywood County will finally get re-structured but not for a couple more years. N.C. Department of Transportation plans to start reconstructing the exit onto N.C. 209 and leading to Paragon Parkway and Hospital Drive in summer…
Residents and business owners of Cullowhee and Jackson County are invited to attend a community meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, at the Cullowhee Valley School library. This is a follow-up to the March 13 meeting when community…
A $3.4-million contract to replace the T. Walter Middleton Bridge on N.C. 107 over the Tuckasegee River in Jackson County has been awarded to a Whittier company. Owle Construction Co. will build a new bridge that will be widened from…
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is taking matters into its own hands in the tug-of-war over the best route to Cherokee. A tribe-purchased billboard on Interstate 40, heading west of Asheville, will soon tout two possible routes to Cherokee.…
When Dr. Bob Adams walked into a hospital-wide meeting of Jackson County doctors in early January, he believed he had finally mustered the critical mass to demand action, action that so far had been elusive despite a year of working…
When the Med-West venture was coined two years ago, the premise was an easy sell. Together the hospitals would be stronger than going it alone. Both Harris and Haywood hospitals had witnessed a troubling loss of patients to Mission —…
The iconic black bear, the parkway’s winding scenic road and the Appalachian Trail’s solitary hiker have gotten a reprieve. A bill will be introduced next month to allow a version of the full-color specialty plates. They’d been facing a death…
Large, walk-in beer coolers are ready and waiting to be stocked at Dwight and Jamie Winchester’s Catamount Travel Center, a gas station directly across the street from the entrance to the Cherokee Indian Reservation on U.S. 441. They’ve been there…
Thanks to our dear Smoky Mountain News readers, some excellent ideas for slogans poured in through our Facebook site over the past week. We snuck a few of our own in as well. Enjoy! Waynesville Your home away from Florida…
Registration is under way for the inaugural Bob Buckner Endowment Golf Tournament, an event to help raise financial support for a newly created fund in honor of the recently retired longtime director of Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains…
Kids can learn more about LEGO building projects from 9:15-11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at Western Carolina University. The LEGO Clubs at Cullowhee Valley and Fairview Schools are holding this free community event for children from kindergarten through eighth grade…
A program titled “Two Sides of the Leadership Coin, a Male and Female Perspective” will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on May 15 at the Gateway Club in Waynesville, sponsored by the Greater Haywood County Chamber of…
The Macon County Planning Board has been given one simple task: review the subdivision ordinance with the intention of making it more user friendly. The directive came in a relatively brief get together and make-pretty joint meeting with the Macon…
Ben Steere will discuss Cherokee pre-history and archaeology at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, in the community room of the Jackson County Public Library. Steere is the principal investigator for the Western North Carolina Mounds and Towns Project, which is…
A move by the town of Franklin to spray the ancient Nikwasi Indian Mound with weed killer is not sitting well with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Principal Chief Michell Hicks last week described himself as “appalled” and called…
Haywood County leads the state in electronics recycling, based on a new survey released in March by the N.C. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources. The survey, which was presented during the recent Carolina Recycling Association annual conference, indicated that…
The Waynesville Board of Aldermen approved a revitalization plan for South Main Street last week despite a dispute over one aspect of the proposed design scheme. The town hired Rodney Porter, a consultant with LaQuatra Bonci in Asheville, last year…
MedWest leaders are struggling to hold a fledgling joint hospital venture together in the wake of recent physician turmoil, but there’s likely no easy fix for the identity crisis faced by Jackson County’s medical community. Fearing the sanctity of Harris…
When a team of moving men showed up in the surgery suite of MedWest-Harris two years ago and rolled a specialized spinal surgery table out the door, down the hallway and into a truck, acting on orders to haul the…
Tee Coker and his company recently learned firsthand something they probably already suspected about creating brands and taglines for towns. Forget about pleasing everyone: it can be an insurmountable challenge to please anyone at all when it comes to developing…
Tim Cain has a bird’s eye view of Swain County’s real estate market, and from where he sits, the news looks good. Cain was hired to oversee the countywide appraisal of every home, lot and tract of land in Swain…
Canton and Waynesville’s paths have diverged when it comes to the most cost efficient way to haul trash to White Oak Landfill. Both towns will face higher costs to dump residents’ trash starting this summer when the county closes a…
When the maintenance director for Haywood County Schools received news that a transformer at Pisgah High School stopped working last Thursday, it seemed apropos given the grim portrait of the schools’ budget he and other education officials would paint for…
Haywood Community College officials have requested an additional $380,000 in county funding this year — all of which would help pay for renovations and new construction on campus. Similarly to Haywood County Schools, the college has been strapped by recession-drive…
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