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Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:12

Voter ID bill is needed

“The American people are losing confidence in the system and they want electoral reform ....” What American political leader, a veteran of high office, made this statement then put his name in support of voter photo ID. Was it Ronald…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:11

Life lessons from the world of beekeeping

The blossoms on the sourwood trees are opening. This is exciting for mountain beekeepers, though in their enthusiasm for the light, fine honey that bees produce from this flower, they sometimes dismiss as paltry and unacceptable to their delicate palates…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:11

Haywood needs to hold line on taxes

To the Editor: The past few months have been filled with letters to the editors, editorials and presentations to the Haywood County Board of Commissioners. All of this has been over property re-evaluations and raised property taxes. In our depressed…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:10

Tsunami sweeps over North Carolina

To the Editor: The State of North Carolina has been blessed in many ways.  One of her blessings, in spite of her rugged, dangerous coastline, is that she has never had to attempt to survive a tsunami sweeping in from…
“Sowing in the sunshine, sowing in the shadows, we shall come rejoicing bringing in the sheets.” — (slight adaptation from Knowles Shaw beautiful hymn) Standing on the banks of the Pigeon River in the early 1960s on a hot summer…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:01

Scholarship winners travel to China

Two $500 scholarships have been awarded to Lella Dougherty of Cherokee County Schools and Sarah Bruegger of Jackson County Schools by the Center for Diversity Education. The scholarships will be used to travel with the Western Region Education Service Alliance…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:01

Space still open in theatre camp

Western Carolina University’s Theatre Summer camp has space remaining for campers ages 7 to 17. Registration will run through July 7. The camp will be 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for 7- to 12-year-olds and from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.…
Money and donations of clothing, furniture and other household items are being accepted at the Swain County Sheriff’s Office to help Michael Harrison, a school resource officer whose home burned down. Harrison was called home to Swain County last Friday…
The SEJ Laity Conference, a family experience, will be offered June 30 through July 3 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. A two-hour “Festival of Families” event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, July 1, and…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:58

Macon steep-slope ordinance inches forward

Macon County’s commissioners want their planning board, if possible, to finish up work on a steep-slope ordinance by August. Commissioner Bobby Kuppers last week also asked planning board members not to give up on the proposed ordinance, but to see…
Jackson County Commissioner Doug Cody said he was as surprised as anyone to learn that his name would be included on a bronze plaque destined to hang on the newly renovated courthouse and library complex. So was his fellow board…
William Shelton is off the local community college’s board of trustees after the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, in a 3-2 vote, instead appointed Dewayne Elders, Commissioner Charles Elders’ son. Shelton, a Democrat, was a former Jackson County commissioner who…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:56

Jackson commissioner keeps on DOT warpath

Jack Debnam, chairman of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, called on Sylva leaders to join him in his bid for increased scrutiny of local N.C. Department of Transportation projects. “I’m not here as a representative of the county commission,”…
Maggie Valley gave the thumbs up to a 2011-12 budget, voting 4-1 to approve the spending plan at a town board meeting last week. The lone dissenter was Alderman Phil Aldridge, who opposed the budget because of its spending. “I…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:55

Community funding pool to aid nonprofits

Macon County non-profit organizations have until July 30 to apply for grants through the Macon County Community Funding Pool. Organizations applying for funds must provide financial statements such as budgets and federal tax-exempt reports, organization goals and objectives and program…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:54

Rolling center offers bone testing

MedWest Health System’s osteoporosis bus provides bone density testing each week to women throughout rural Western North Carolina. Osteoporosis causes bones become brittle and more likely to break. The Osteoporosis Center at MedWest-Haywood is currently the only center accredited in…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:53

Sales keep pace with county’s new values

Property in Haywood County is selling 4 percent higher than the new values on the county’s tax books, refuting criticism that the county blanketly appraised property for more than it was worth. There have been 215 property sales in the…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:51

How right is the reval?

There’s only one way to tell how right — or wrong — Haywood County’s recent property revaluation is. Appraisers attempt to peg the price of house or lot, predicting what a buyer would pay should a ‘for sale’ sign go…
Haywood County commissioners continue to be dogged by outcries over new property values. Critics are openly deriding commissioners at every county meeting. They’ve circulated petitions, garnering hundreds of signatures from people who think the county has pegged their property values…
It doesn’t take long to survey North Carolina’s newest town; perhaps five minutes, tops. There’s the swanky Fontana Village Resort, the community’s sole employer. Just down the road are an ice cream shop, laundromat, post office and gasoline station. There’s…
By most accounts, calling Art Williams a hands-on developer would be a pretty fair description. For decades, Williams was in the business of subdivision building, first in Florida and then in Western North Carolina. In pretty much everything, his word…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:44

HAM radio holds on in a high tech world

The term HAM radio doesn’t usually conjure visions of a chic hi-tech world, but usually something closer to, as Al Sanders put it, “a bunch of old gray headed guys talking on the radio.” Sanders heads up a Haywood group…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:42

Building districts by the numbers

This year, the math of moving districts will give virtually every western block a shift. Sen. Jim Davis’s, R-Franklin, Senate District 50, which now claims seven counties — Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Macon, Swain, Jackson and Transylvania — plus part of…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:40

Redistricting to grow mountain districts

In legislatures around the nation, it’s that time of decade again — time to break out the old redistricting maps and rehash the legislative lines. Every 10 years, following the decennial census, lawmakers are constitutionally obliged to rearrange their districts…
A press release from Duke Energy reports that almost 20,000 customers in the six western counties are without power as of 2 p.m. Thursday, June 16, and about 6,700 of those customers in Swain County may not have their electricity…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:26

Common ash tree deserves more attention

“How many thousand-thousand of untold white ash trees are the respected companions of our doorways, kindliest trees in the clearing beyond the cabin? No one can say. But this is a tree whose grave and lofty character makes it a…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:24

Owl Prowl at the Highlands Nature Center

Come learn about and see live owls Thursday evening, June 16, at The Highlands Biological Foundation’s Nature Center amphitheatre. The event begins at 8 p.m. with an hour-long educational presentation by the Carolina Raptor Center in collaboration with the Highlands…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:24

Learn about Cherokee trails in Macon County

A guided hike covering ancient Cherokee trails in Highlands will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 23. Wild South Cultural Preservation Director Lamar Marshall will lead the hike. The Highlands Biological Foundation, as part of…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:23

Guided hike set for Cataloochee Ranch

A hike along the Devil’s Britches Trail will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21, at Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley. The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) is holding the hike. Judy Coker, ranch owner, and Claire Hobbs,…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:22

Take a hike with naturalist Hendershot

“WNC Nesters,” a field trip from Heintooga Road down to Kituwah, will be held at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, by the Great Smoky Mountains Audubon Society as part of their summer program schedule. Don Hendershot will lead the…
Discover Life in America (DLIA) is holding a number of events this summer for the public to experience the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Discover Life is a nonprofit organization devoted to identifying every creature in the park. Volunteers are…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:20

Dining out to benefit the Little Tennessee

The Little Tennessee Watershed Association will hold an all-day fundraiser June 23 at local restaurants. The money raised will benefit the nonprofit organization, which for the past 21 years has worked to protect and restore the health of the Little…
A locally produced summer brunch will be provided by the Jackson County Farmers Market at 11 a.m. on June 26. A tour of three Cullowhee farms will follow the brunch. The farms available for touring are: Full Spectrum Farms, a…
The Haywood Historic Farmers Market will be even more festive and lively than usual this Saturday, June 18. Farmers and market vendors will be cooking up dishes using local foods, including a grilling booth, and giving out free samples and…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:15

Watershed stroll

The first 2011 sojourn into the Town of Waynesville’s 8,000-plus acre watershed occurred last Saturday (June 11). The town has been sponsoring and coordinating a couple of guided hikes into the watershed each year since 2007. It’s a way for…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:12

Gorge gets a boost with new wave feature

The Nantahala River will soon boast one of the preeminent freestyle paddling features in the country — a patented apparatus that will create waves and holes used by trick kayakers. The Wave Shaper will arrive just in time for a…
Catherine Carter, a WCU professor and poet, will read from and discuss her collection of poetry, Memory of Gills, at City Lights Bookstore at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 16. The Coffee with the Poet gathering is an ongoing series…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:11

Stories of local pioneers

Author Hattie Caldwell Davis will read at the Haywood County Library in Waynesville at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, as part of the Sunday Concert Series at the library. Davis has written seven books that document the true life…
Friends of the Haywood Library will offer a new series, Discovering the Literary South, the Louis D. Rubin Jr. Series, from 4 to 6 p.m. beginning June 23 at the Waynesville branch in the auditorium. The books in this series…
Jo Nesbo’s protagonist, Inspector Harry Hole, is a daunting piece of work. A chain-smoking manic depressive and an alcoholic, Harry’s job security is tenuous. In fact, several administrators are eager to fire the hulking, short-tempered Hole. Refusing to observe office…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:03

Playfest calls for actors

Auditions for Playfest will get under way Wednesday, June 22, in Cashiers for actors who can play roles between ages 30 to 80. Auditions will be held in the meeting room/theater of the Albert Carlton Cashiers Library. Afternoon auditions begin…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:02

Comedy and drama combine in Educating Rita

“Educating Rita,” an award-winning play, will be on stage June 15 through 19, and again from July 1 to 3, at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. The play follows the relationship between a young working-class hairdresser and Dr.…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:01

Crafters showcase work

A craft festival will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on June 18 at the Old Mill 1886 in Cherokee. Artists from all over the Southeast will demonstrate and sell their hand-crafted works. Artists will include Cherokee artists,…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:59

Community band continues season

The Haywood Community Band will perform its second free concert at 6:30 p.m. on June 19, at the pavilion adjacent to the Maggie Valley Town Hall. The theme is ‘Rhythmization’ and will feature songs such as “Syncopated Clock,” “Sentimental Journey,”…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:59

Stecoah christens new café

The Schoolhouse Café will be opening in the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center on June 15. The café is located in the main building and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 12 to…
An old-time community songfest will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, at the Town Square in downtown Franklin. The program will include group singing of old and not-so-old familiar and patriotic songs like “You Are My Sunshine,”…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:57

Enjoy a night out with weaving and wine

A Ladies’ Night Out pairing weaving and wine will be held at Oaks Gallery in Dillsboro from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21. Learn to weave a small project — a bookmark, festive coaster or a potholder…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:56

Youth choir to perform at major league game

Voices in the Laurel, a regional youth choir, is set to perform on June 18 at Turner Field for the Atlanta Braves game. Tickets are still available for the game on the Atlanta Braves website, www.atlantabraves.com, or tune in to…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:54

Get a taste of chamber music this summer

The Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival will host five concert showcases for five consecutive Sundays beginning June 19 and ending July 17. All concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m., except two matinee concerts beginning at 3 p.m. on June 26 and…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:49

Array of quilts to decorate library

The Airing of the Quilts exhibit will be held at the new Jackson County Library Complex from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday, June 24, and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 25. The event will…