A sports physical clinic for school athletic programs will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the Macon County Public Health Center. The clinics are open to rising seventh grade to 12th grade students who plan to participate…
A retracing of the northern route of the Trail of Tears will be held May 18-26 in a collaboration of the Eastern Band and the United Keetoowah Band and Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee…
The state has not recommended any changes be made to how Mission hospital does business under its Certificate of Public Advantage, or anti-trust regulations that govern this regional healthcare leader. The regulations date to Mission’s merger with St. Joseph’s 15…
Cherokee Schools has launched a year-long process to develop a new strategic plan, a move prompted by issues raised in a recent accreditation review of the school system. As a sovereign entity, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians operates its…
Sylva has a new town manager. Paige Roberson, 25, was promoted last week by the town board to the top leadership position. Roberson has clearly impressed the town after stepping in to a part-time job as the director of the…
Waynesville Police Department is one of several law enforcement agencies hoping to see an expansion of the Western North Carolina crime lab in the next several years to speed up processing, trials and convictions of offenders. “Our evidence has to…
The same trolley that used to lead the New York Marathon and transport students at New York University from place to place has found a home in Waynesville. Starting this Saturday, the diesel trolley will traverse downtown Waynesville, Frog Level…
Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center, Department of Art and Hunter Library are joining forces to offer the Good Old Time Summer Camp for children ages 9 through 13. Participants will attend the camp from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.…
Haywood Habitat for Humanity is holding an open enrollment through this month for people interested in purchasing a home through the agency. Requirements for participants include being a resident of Haywood County and having an annual household income between $20,400…
There will be a barbecue fund-raiser for the Waynesville Skate Park from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, at the Waynesville Recreation Center. The cost is $5 per sack lunch, which will contain a sandwich, chips and…
P.A.W.S. Animal Shelter will celebrate children and animals of all ages with a day of fun and games at the second Annual “PAWSitively Fun Kids Day” festival starting at 10 a.m. on May 12 at Rivermont Park in downtown Bryson…
A political impasse over live dealers and table games at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino has been resolved, but the tribe still has some heavy lifting to go before it can close the deal. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians needs the…
The Haywood Home Builders Association is having its 2012 Spring Home Expo May 11-12 at the Waynesville Armory. Those looking for a contractor, ways to update their home, or a way to update their landscaping should attend the Spring Expo.…
Randal Garrison will be the guest speaker at a meeting of the Western North Carolina Civil War Roundtable at 7 p.m. on May 14 at the Mountain Heritage Center Auditorium on the campus of Western Carolina University. His topic will…
Angel Medical Center will unveil new technology aimed at improving its treatment of stroke victims during a demonstration from 2-3 p.m. on May 15 in the hospital dining room. “The Telestroke Robot is cutting edge technology that will allow the…
John Bardo, the former chancellor for Western Carolina University, has gotten a job. He will take over as the new chancellor for Wichita State University in Kansas in July. Bardo retired last summer from Western Carolina University after 16 years…
The idea of a restaurant and a commons area where students could meet and eat sounds like a good one to Angie Stanley, a student in Southwestern Community College’s medical respiratory program. “That really would be nice,” the Sylva resident…
Evergreen Packaging has reached a partial settlement with environmental groups over pollution from the Canton paper mill in the Pigeon River. Environmental groups had challenged the mill’s pollution permit, claiming that the standards weren’t tight enough. There were two bones…
The annual national Letter Carrier’s “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive is May 12, and postal customers are reminded to leave bagged food and other non-perishable items at their mail boxes. The drive is the largest one-day food-collection event in the…
The North Carolina Baptist Church Library Team will host a library workshop for Western North Carolina at First Baptist Church in Waynesville on May 19. This field training is aimed at greatly reducing the time and cost of training for…
The United Way of Haywood County and The Haywood Volunteer Center are hosting an evening with Jeanne Robertson at 7 p.m. on June 7 at Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska. Who is Jeanne Robertson? She is North Carolina’s own 6-foot,…
As an aggressive spring thunderstorm brewed over Waynesville this March, causing power outages around town, Erika Stansbury received a frantic call from her elderly in-laws who had lost power at their gated apartment complex. “Grandma’s on oxygen, and she gets…
During budget discussions earlier this year, Haywood County commissioners were adamant about their commitment to give county employees a boost after three years of no raises and frozen retirement contributions. Commissioners stayed true to their word, based on a proposed…
Haywood County commissioners have increased funding to the county school system this year for the first time in four years, but with cuts in state and federal funding, the boost from the county won’t be enough to help plug the…
Marty Stamey, like any county manager, takes pride in crafting a water-tight budget: one that squares up the minutia of how many reams of computer paper and tanks of gas county employees will use on one side of the ledger…
The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce has launched its 2012 membership campaign, which will run through June 14. The campaign will reach out to over 1,000 businesses in the Haywood County area that are not yet benefiting from membership with…
MedWest Health System opened its new $3.4 million inpatient hospice unit in Haywood County, The Homestead, with an open house and dedication ceremony in March. The Homestead is a new six-bed facility that offers specialized end-of-life care to patients and…
Mountain BizWorks will host Merchandising WOW, a new merchandising course, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for three consecutive Wednesdays starting May 30.   Students will learn merchandising skills from an expert, discover what makes effective merchandising ignite sales, learn…
Southwestern Community College is offering a free Employability Lab designed to help unemployed people obtain jobs. It will be held on the Jackson Campus from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.…
A wide variety of healthcare speakers are headlining the second annual Flourish Women’s Expo put on by MedWest Health System on Saturday, May 19, at Harrah’s Cherokee Events Center. The event is intended to support women’s mind, body and spirit,…
The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce will host their annual Business Start-Up Competition Luncheon to honor this year’s recipients of up to a $10,000 business grant from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 17. The Chamber Business and Community…
Western Carolina University’s Forensic Science Program has acquired two state-of-the-art pieces of DNA sequencing instruments to help it establish a DNA sequencing core facility on campus. “We will be able to offer a multitude of DNA sequencing services to institutions…
Haywood is banding together with Transylvania, Buncombe, Henderson and Madison counties under a project titled GroWNC, designed to get the region thinking collectively about ways to develop the economy with a focus on sustainability. GroWNC is currently holding meetings in…
The next five years could include the construction of an adventure park, a canopy walk and another casino for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, according to a preliminary outline of its 2012 economic development plan. Every five years, the…
Recordings made some seven decades ago of nearly 60 men and women who lived in what became the Great Smoky Mountains National Park soon will be made publicly available online. In 1939, a young graduate student by the name of…
A 60-unit affordable housing complex has been proposed in Franklin, but will depend on securing competitive state tax credits for low-income housing to come to fruition. The project has been proposed by Fitch Development, a group out of Charlotte that…
Franklin leaders declined last week to offer a formal apology to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians for using weed killer on an ancient Indian mound. “I don’t think we did anything destructive,” said Franklin Alderman Sissy Pattillo. “And I…
A recount is likely in the race for N.C. House of Representatives between two well-known and prominent Waynesville Democrats, Danny Davis and Joe Sam Queen. The race came down to the wire on election night last week, with Queen emerging…
When none of the Republican candidates for Congress garnered 40 percent of the votes during the May 8 primary, the election got more complicated. Rather than narrowing the long list of candidates to two — one Republican and one Democrat…
Haywood County is looking to off-load a few of its now vacant office buildings and is searching for help to do it. The county has been playing musical chairs with several departments during the past year, consolidating county functions once…
The advent of alcohol in Cullowhee is fueling efforts to implement some kind of land-use plan to guide growth in the community around Western Carolina University. Some speculate that development could be fast and furious in Cullowhee in the wake…
Angela Laird Brenton, dean of the College of Professional Studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has been appointed provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Western Carolina University. She starts Aug. 1. The selection of Brenton,…
A free community forum on planning and decision-making for end-of-life events is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20, in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church of Waynesville. The forum is sponsored by Hospice & Palliative Care Services of…
While Swain County fights to secure the rest of the $52 million cash settlement its owed by the federal government for the North Shore Road, the $12.8 million already in the bank is generating hundreds of thousands in interest every…
The National Park Service is refusing to let go of a $4 million payment Swain County is due as part of the cash settlement over the North Shore Road. The federal government is supposed to pay Swain County $4 million…
When Annie’s Naturally Bakery closed down last November, among those mourning the loss of the beloved coffee, bakery and gathering place in Sylva was Annie’s faithful Charles King. Without a new owner, the fate of the long-time Main Street institution…
The Jackson County farmers market had three or four vendors who regularly showed up each week to sell their homegrown goods in 2001. For the most part, the growers would sit around, chew the fat and trade produce. “It was…
Jackson County looks set to approve a budget that keeps the tax rate the second lowest in the state at 28 cents per $100 valuation. The proposed budget would see Jackson County add a human resources director, plus a one-time…
Regular coffee connoisseurs in Cherokee may have noticed a slight change in their popular downtown coffeehouse. The Sequoyah Fund, an economic development nonprofit that makes small business loans, is now running what was formerly Tribal Grounds under the name Cherokee…
When it comes to staying well fed, the Macon County commissioners are leading the pack. From finger food and pizzas to fortify them during regular meetings to huge sit-down dinner spreads with fellow boards in the county, commissioners in Macon…
Haywood County will help ease the burden faced by towns as they start trucking their trash all the way to the county’s far-flung landfill. County commissioners will allocate more than $100,000 to towns to help cover the added cost of…
MedWest-Haywood will discontinue in-home aide services in Haywood County, laying off 17 nursing assistants that visit housebound patients and aid them with routine personal, such as bathing. MedWest-Haywood serves about 200 patients with skilled home health care services in Haywood…
The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer the “Fun in the Sun Summer Camp” for kids ages 5 to 12 beginning June 11 and ending on Aug. 7. The camp will take place Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.…
MedWest-Harris Emergency Medical Services will host an open house from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 23 to celebrate EMS Week. At the open house, community members can show support for local EMS personnel, get free glucose and blood…
Food coach Manon Fancher of Sylva will be at the Jackson County Public Library at 7 p.m. on May 31 to offer a free program on healthy eating for all ages and body types. Fancher will discuss different kinds of foods and…
The third annual Open Door Benefit Bike Run will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 9. The fund-raiser, hosted by The Carolina Faith Riders, will raise awareness and money for The Open Door Ministries, a soup kitchen and thrift store…
Time is running out for Haywood County veterans to register to participate in the Memorial Day Parade. The Memorial Day Parade to honor veterans will be held at 11 a.m., May 28, in downtown Waynesville.  The parade will feature National…
The Mountain BizWorks office in Sylva, which serves would-be entrepreneurs and other small business owners in the state’s seven westernmost counties, will close June 30. Mountain BizWorks is also closing its Hendersonville field office on May 31. “This is a…
Student athletes can get free sports physicals Tuesday, May 29 at the MedWest Health & Fitness Center on the campus of MedWest-Haywood. More than 60 volunteers and 30 physicians and health care specialists will offer these free sports participation physicals…
A celebration honoring the sacrifice of those who made the WWII construction of Fontana Dam possible will be held as part of Appalachian History Weekend at Fontana Village Resort on June 1 and 2.   The program will include guided…
Jackson County commissioners butted heads with local activists at a meeting this week, refusing to lend their philosophical support to a movement over whether corporate power should be reined in. A local offshoot of the Occupy movement called on commissioners…
A request by Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe for eight additional deputies now that the sale of alcoholic beverages has been approve countywide isn’t gaining much traction among the men who hold the purse strings. “I’m going to have to…
Two weeks after the primary election, an official winner has finally been declared following a recount in an insanely tight race between two prominent Waynesville Democrats for the N.C. House of Representatives. Joe Sam Queen beat out Danny Davis by…
A feeling of déjà vu swept over the Haywood County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday as they reviewed more than $19,000 worth of changes to the Haywood Community College’s creative arts building project. These were not the first, or even…
It might be a day late, but it’s certainly not a dollar short. A $235,000 playground is coming to the daycare center at Haywood Community College, a long-awaited capstone on a project that was heralded as a model child development…
Two businesses — Copper Pot and Wooden Spoon, and Belle on Main Salon and Spa — came out winners during the Haywood Chamber of Commerce’s seventh annual Business Start-up Competition this year. Thirteen entrepreneurs contended for the $10,000 prize purse this…
Business owners needs to put aside their bickering and resentments for the good of Maggie Valley, Mayor Ron DeSimone emphasized last week. “This community has been divided for a long time,” DeSimone said at a Maggie Chamber of Commerce meeting…
In addition to the obvious benefits of tourism — jobs and revenue for the county — tourism dollars save Haywood County residents a few hundred dollars in taxes every year. Steve Morse, a mathematics professor at the University of Tennessee, presented…
The quest to bring live table games to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino faces a final political hurdle. Both the Governor and N.C. Senate have given live table games their blessing, with the N.C. House of Representatives now the lone hold-out. Harrah’s…
While arguments over the state budget are likely to dominate everything in Raleigh as the General Assembly convenes for the next six weeks, there are certain bills and aspects of the budget making their way through the chambers that are…
Swain County’s uphill battle to get the federal government to make good on its promise of a $52 million cash settlement may have just gotten tougher. The federal government is supposed to pay Swain County $4 million a year over…
A seminar intended to help small businesses in Canton develop the town’s potential will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 4, at the Colonial Theater Annex in Canton. “Developing Canton Businesses:  Where Are We Now?” will…
Haywood Organizing for America, the local campaign to re-elect President Barack Obama and other Democrats, will hold its first monthly county team meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 31, in Waynesville. People will have the chance to meet other volunteers…
Community meetings seking input on a regional bike plan will be held in Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties. • Haywood County from 5-7 p.m., May 31, at Waynesville Recreation Center. • Swain County from 5-7 p.m., June 12, at Southwestern…
A motorcycle rally initially planned to take over the streets of downtown Franklin in August has been given the boot, albeit a gentle one, and now will instead have to set up camp in a large field on the outskirts…
Swain County’s Department of Social Services has started cracking down on welfare fraud after seeing a rise in violations. “We have found that welfare fraud is on the rise,” reported Melissa Adams, a fraud caseworker, who spoke to the Swain…
Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville will host a chess tournament starting at 10 a.m., June 21. The Smoky Mountain Chess Club will conduct the tournament, which will start with practice games, registration and lunch from 10 a.m. to noon. Those…
A group of four-legged students possessing powerful senses of smell visited the Western Carolina University campus recently as 66 dog handlers from across the eastern United States brought their canine partners to Cullowhee to take training in human remains detection.…
When it comes to sweepstakes cafes Macon County has hit a jackpot of sorts, with at least 11 of the electronic gambling joints clustered along U.S. 441 between the Georgia state line and Franklin. The operations appear for all intents…
Two decrepit trailers hauled in and dumped down on an empty lot in the middle of Cullowhee’s old business district are creating a furor in that community. “It’s the slums of Cullowhee,” Cindy Jarman said between serving customers at the…
A grand and engaging vision for Western Carolina University’s Millennial campus as a place where academics, research, private industry and college life intersect has stalled almost since its inception seven years ago, but there might finally be signs of movement.…
A clean-cut looking Perry Matthews walked into the food pantry with a smile on his face. He wore a crisp, light blue, long sleeve button-up and tan slacks. His long, dark hair was pulled into a neat ponytail. It is…
Counties in Western North Carolina have seen dramatic increases in the number of people who need food assistance — either from the government in the form of welfare or from local food pantries. The number of people on food stamps in…
The Frog Level Brewing Company will host a Dogs and Suds event to raise money for Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation from 5-8 p.m. on June 14 at its storefront on Commerce Street in Wayensville. Tickets are $20 in advance and…
Lake Junaluska will host the Native American Tribal Social Justice Issues Conference June 29- July 1. Richard Twiss, a member of the Rosebud Lakota/Sioux Reservation in South Dakota will headline the event. Twiss is the author of “One Church Many…
A one-day intensive course in the Cherokee language will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, in Room 143 of the Cordelia Camp Building at Western Carolina University. Two fluent speakers of Cherokee, Tom Belt,…
When the microphone opened up to the crowd, Laura Stout felt compelled to say her piece. She raised her hand, got up from her front-row chair and walked to the podium where a dozen or more Cherokee people had spoken…
The warm weather and sunshine brings a flurry of people to Waynesville’s downtown to enjoy the local fare — but it can also mean the beginning of busking season. While Asheville is an epicenter for busking — slang for performing on…
Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe is refusing to grant permits for businesses wanting to sell alcoholic beverages despite voters overwhelmingly approving countywide alcohol sales when the issue appeared on the ballot earlier this month. With Jackson County no longer dry,…
When Nantahala Outdoor Center burst onto the whitewater scene 40 years ago, it became ground zero for a new world of paddling — one where boundaries of the sport were being pushed, old paradigms were being broken, and new realities…
Horace Holden remembers the deal like it was yesterday. He set out from Atlanta with a few blank checks in his pocket and a portable typewriter on the back seat of his car. He checked in to his favorite room…
When Payson and Aurelia Kennedy quit their jobs in Atlanta, cashed out their retirement, packed up their four children and headed for the wild and rugged Nantahala River 40 years ago, their mothers weren’t sure what had gotten into them.…
Western Carolina University is remaining mostly neutral on the topic of alcohol coming to Cullowhee, at least officially. “The campus has had alcohol on it for many, many, many years, and I don’t see that changing,” said Sam Miller, vice…
Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe was stripped of his appointed role to render thumbs-up or thumbs-down assessments of businesses wanting to sell alcohol. Jackson County commissioners, who had initially appointed Ashe to the role, voted this week to instead make…
Rising health care costs were the catalyst for two budget decisions by Haywood County commissioners, one that will hopefully save taxpayer money and the other a stopgap measure to keep up with employee health insurance. Commissioners were forced this week…
The advent of alcohol sales in Jackson County has prompted the Cashiers community to consider new land-use regulations to address the probable arrival of bars in the resort village. The commercial area of Cashiers already has a development ordinance. The…
The Jackson County Board of Commissioners once again declined to support a movement aimed at restraining corporate power, causing local activists to raise a joint sigh of frustration. Move to Amend activists, a local offshoot of the Occupy movement, called…
The blueprint for a sign is punched into a computer, and the machine starts up. Sparks emit from the metal-cutting apparatus as it carves out the words “Gateway to the Smokies” and “Waynesville, North Carolina.” Here, at this part-machine shop,…
Maggie summer camp The Maggie Valley Club will hold a Summer Kid’s Camp program from June 18-22 and from July 16-20. These one-week camps begin at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Lunch is provided. The camp provides traditional…
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