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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 17:28

Jackson sheriff's race: meet the candidates

The May 6 primary will narrow down the contenders for the Jackson County sheriff. The field of six Democrats and three Republicans will be whittled down to one candidate per party for the November ballot.   Glen Biller, D, 50…
Three of the five seats on the Haywood County board of commissioners are up for election this year. A field of five Democratic candidates — the three incumbents and two challengers —  will be narrowed down to three in the…
N.C. House of Representatives, seat 118 Is this my state rep? Yes, if you live in Madison and Yancey counties and part of Haywood — namely Canton, Clyde, Bethel, Cruso, Maggie Valley, Jonathan Creek and Crabtree areas. Is there a…
Meet the candidates, pick one Three seats are up for grabs on the Macon County Board of Commissioners this year, but only one has a primary contest: two Republicans vying for one seat in the Highlands district. Any Republican or…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 17:18

Snap shot of US House race in WNC

About the race: This used to be a toss-up district, but clever redrawing of voting boundaries by the Republican-led legislature in Raleigh two years ago tipped the scales to the right. The liberal stronghold of Asheville was carved out and…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 15:56

Growing season yields new farmers market

The Franklin area will be getting a new farmer’s market this year, held on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at the Macon County Heritage Center in Cowee, which was formerly the old Cowee School. In addition to agricultural products,…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 15:56

Disc golfers to descend on Cullowhee

Disc golfers will have a chance to show their stuff at the Inaugural Disc Golf Tournament at 5:30 p.m., Friday, April 25 at the Jackson County Recreation Center in Cullowhee. The doubles-format event is hosted by Jackson County Parks and…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 15:55

WNC home to most popular National Park

Western North Carolina can lay claim to two of 2013’s top three most visited places in the National Park System. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park kept first place among the 59 primary national parks. With 9.4 million visitors, it…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 15:55

History and watershed hike in the Smokies

A guided hike along Big Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be held at noon April 26 by the Haywood Waterways Association.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 15:53

Anonymous donation rocks the national park

An anonymous donor gifted $2.2 million to Great Smoky Mountains Association last week, one of the largest cash donations ever given to support Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The donation will be made in five installments between through 2018.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 15:51

Haywood agritourism guide available

From farmers markets to roadside stands to U Pick farms to plant nurseries to historic preservation sites, Haywood County’s agricultural heritage is showcased in Buy Haywood’s recently released 2014 Agritourism Guide.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 15:48

Graveyard Fields closing for upgrades

One the Blue Ridge Parkway’s most popular recreation areas will soon be closing for construction. The Graveyard Fields parking area and trailhead, at milepost 418.8, will close for approximately 11 weeks beginning April 22. 
As stand after stand of towering hemlocks falls to the appetite of an insect smaller than a grain of rice, foresters and wildlife managers alike are scrambling for an answer to the hemlock wooly adelgid. The invasive pest is still…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:47

Blood moon grand slam

Somewhere beyond the rain and clouds, in the wee hours yesterday morning (April 15), there was a striking blood moon accompanied by fiery mars during a total lunar eclipse. The Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles streamed the event live so…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:37

Bleak story has far-reaching implications

Russell Banks knows how to hook the reader’s interest. In the opening pages of Lost Memory of Skin, the book’s protagonist (known only as “The Kid”) enters the public library in Calusa (Miami) and asks the woman at the desk…
The Southern Fried Chicks Cage-Free Comedy Tour will hit is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. The Cage-Free Comedy Tour features Etta May, Sonya White, Karen Mills and…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:25

Easter events

Lake Junaluska offers Easter weekend activities, services The Easter weekend celebration at Lake Junaluska will be held April 19-20. On Saturday, April 19, activities begin with the Friends of the Lake 5K at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 5K Family…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:24

‘The Fantasticks’ hits the stage at WCU

“The Fantasticks,” the world’s longest-running musical, will bring a steampunk-styled allegory about deceit, disillusionment and devotion to the stage at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:22

Students place high at culinary competition

Southwestern Community College culinary students C.J. Reum and Scott Dolbee recently placed fourth at the Wake Tech Culinary Arts Showcase at the Raleigh Convention Center. 
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:22

Film to celebrate National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, and the occasion will be celebrated with a special film presentation at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Jane Campion’s literary biopic tells the true story of Fanny…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:20

In search of White Oak String Band members

With a second album of historic mountain music on the horizon, the producers of the Grammy-nominated “Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music” are searching for anyone with knowledge of the following musicians:
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:17

This must be the place

Monday is the new Saturday. Heading down Frazier Street in Waynesville to BearWaters Brewing Company, one can barely find a place to park on a typical Monday evening. For the last couple of months, the location has played host to a…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:15

Through his eyes

Pulling into his steep, gravel driveway, the first thing you notice about Gary Montanari are his numerous pets. “I hope you like dogs,” he said, as several barks are heard from around the property. The second thing you notice about…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:58

GOP’s simple truths just aren’t true

To the Editor: Bob Wilson’s most recent published letter (www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion/item/12729-kids-can-endure-a-little-stress) typifies the callous oversimplification and blanket insults typical of today’s Republican Party fed by Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, etc. To quote Mr. Wilson, “One must dismiss opinions that teachers come…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:57

Jackson commissioners doing some good

To the Editor: There are several people running in Jackson County for public office this year and many are claiming to do one thing — raise the pay for school teachers in Jackson County. Who could be against that issue?…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:56

Don’t penalize prosperous industry

To the Editor: As the economy sputters along, members of Congress and the Obama Administration are singling out one of the most productive economic sectors in America. By proposing increased taxes on the oil and natural gas industry, President Obama…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:56

Haywood GOP is out of control

To the Editor: Wow, I’ve seen a lot of small-town politics in this area but the Haywood County Republicans are out of control. A bully stands up and takes over an official meeting. What was he thinking? Who does he…
By Mark Swanger • Guest Columnist Regardless of their magnitude, all disasters — natural or man-made — are local events and require an immediate, coordinated response from local government to protect public health, safety and welfare. This function is called Emergency…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:50

HCC leaders talk vision

Haywood Community College is entering phase two of a process it started last spring when trustees decided it was time to clean up the college’s mission statement and come up with some focused goals for the future. 
The path to a new fly fishing museum in Cherokee has been cleared of a final hurdle after the Cherokee Tribal Council last week upheld a contract to lease the old Tee Pee Restaurant building to the Cherokee Chamber of…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:44

KARE helps children who are victims of abuse

The nice, open room in the KARE house in Waynesville is a welcoming space. There’s books and toys and a wash of bright colors. There’s a rug featuring dolphins, hearts and shooting stars. 
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:42

Big booms outside Clyde upsets neighbors

There have been reports of explosions in the Clyde area. People have written to Haywood County officials out of concern. The issue recently came up during a commissioners meeting.  “Basically, what they’re saying was it shook the earth, it rattled…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:40

Franklin manager resigns

The search for a new town manager is on in Franklin after Warren Cabe submitted his resignation at the town board’s April meeting. His old job as emergency services director for Macon County came open again, and Cabe applied. He’s…
Clyde’s new police chief has only been on the job a few weeks. But Terry Troutman already had his hands full before he even got sworn in.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:37

The bar vote is in, the appointment is nigh

The legal community in the seven western counties has thrown its support behind Attorney Tessa Sellers, from Murphy, to fill a district court judge vacancy.
The takeaway from Western Carolina University’s inaugural Tourism Works conference was pretty straightforward.  “I don’t think tourism gets enough credit for what it does for county economies, and I think it’s about time it did,” summed up Steve Morse. “In…
It’s been three months since Macon County officials unearthed $50,000 worth of embezzlement, but a return to normalcy is just beginning to crack the horizon at the Macon County Board of Elections. Hours after sending a petition requesting that the…
The Swain County commissioners race has attracted a deep bench of Democratic candidates — nine contenders vying for the four commissioner seats and two more for commissioner chairman.
There’s only one primary in the Macon County commissioners’ races, but it’s a good one to watch. It might well be a political bellwether.  “You have varying opinions on what’s best for the county,” said Macon County Commissioner Jim Tate,…
Three Haywood County commissioners running for re-election this year are standing on their track record of balanced leadership from the center of the political spectrum. The three sitting commissioners on the ballot are Democrats, but they describe themselves as moderate.
Property taxes have emerged as a top issue in the Democratic primary for Haywood County commissioner candidates. The three sitting commissioners running for re-election say the property tax platform of their challengers is a predictable one. Pledging to lower taxes…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:18

County commissioner races heat up

As the primary approaches, local candidates are making their case. Around the region, county commissioner seats are opening up and incumbents and challengers alike are looking for votes.  • Navigating the political stripes of the Haywood commissioners’ race• Are Haywood commissioners big spenders,…
“Eagles, as they still do, lived on the creek. One day in the 1890s, an eagle dropped a piglet into the yard of Orville Welch, who was living on Ecoah Branch on Eagle Creek. He kept this strange gift from…
Tribal families got some help jumpstarting their summer gardens when Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ Principal Chief Michell Hicks handed out 750 springtime garden kits last week.
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:40

Carolinas to experience total lunar eclipse

Astronomy lovers and night owls in the Carolinas will get the chance to witness a total eclipse of the moon on the morning of April 15, and photographers will have a chance for some spectacular moon photos during its eclipse…
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:39

Roadside bottles: a death trap for shrews

Learn how bottles tossed out along the roadside are killing small mammals in the mountains during a talk held on Earth Day at 7 p.m. April 22 at the Highlands Nature Center. Small mammals like shrews and other rodents enter…
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:38

Turkey season open

Turkey hunting season will open April 12 and run through May 10. A youth-only turkey season is already underway.
A multi-media program, Make Way for Monarchs, will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. April 19 at the Cradle of Forestry.
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:36

Help clean up a stream to honor Earth Day

Haywood Waterways Association is heading up several Earth Day themed activities this month, including a series of stream clean-ups. 
Western North Carolina is covered with more than 1,500 square miles of national forest, and residents often measure their assets in terms of towering hardwoods, flocks of turkeys and mountain streams. National forest land belongs to everybody, but “everybody” includes…
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