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Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:46

A gourmet makeover for Folkmoot’s food

There are certain things that are nearly exclusive to cafeterias. Mystery meat. Square pizza. Chicken rings, presumably to go on chicken fingers. Such foods and their compatriots — tater tots, anyone? — have long been the staples of institutional eating…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:41

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, July 27    1:00 pm    Hazelwood Elementary School. Free Event. 2:00 pm    Blue Ridge Community College, Bo Thomas Auditorium, Flat Rock. (6 Groups) Adults $25; Faculty, Students & Children (12 & under) 1/2 price. 7:30 pm    Blue Ridge Community College,…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:19

HART production just as good as Broadway

To the Editor: Have you ever wanted to go to Manhattan and see a Broadway musical? Well, you don’t have to travel that far, Broadway has come to us! Just when you thought the HART Theater couldn’t get any better,…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:18

General Assembly was fair with education

To the Editor: When funds are limited and cuts need to be made, wise decisions are imperative. As a former educator with 25 years of experience, I commend the N.C. General Assembly for making judicious decisions for the students of…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:17

SCC worked for years to fund road

The basic issue is safety. That’s it, plain and simple. While one Jackson County commissioner has questioned the need for R-5000, a new access road for Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus, the board of trustees and I contend that not…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:13

Sometimes a little wildness is a good thing

Out running early this morning, I was struck by the colors of summer found in the fields along Fairview Road in Sylva. Purple clover, the unique blue of chicory, Queen Anne’s lace providing intermittent touches of white — the fields…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:12

Duke rate hike request all about profits

If you read the information Duke Energy is spreading throughout the news media in its vast public relations campaign, you’d be led to believe the request for a 15 percent rate increase (17 percent for residential ratepayers) is a result…
I’ve been volunteering with the Folkmoot USA International Dance Festival for about 15 years. It’s one of the most culturally rich, unique events in these mountains. It was going on before the Iron Curtain was raised, bringing dancers from those…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:08

Former governor visits Cherokee

Former Gov. Jim Hunt toured Cherokee last week at the invitation of Cherokee Preservation Foundation. The governor, who helped negotiate the agreements between the EBCI and the State of North Carolina that paved the way for the casino and the…
No more schlepping those empty drink bottles or cans home after a day of browsing in downtown Waynesville. A dozen recycling containers will soon be scattered around Main Street and its surrounds. The town made the move purchase and install…
The state Department of Transportation has agreed to pay 80 percent of the cost for a quarter-mile of sidewalks in old Cullowhee if Jackson County will chip in $9,000, or 20 percent of the overall price tag. The DOT is…
A dire space crunch for Sylva’s police officers has been solved. Jackson County will give the old library building on Main Street to the town for a new police department. In return, Sylva will give the county the former chamber…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:05

Post-storm clean-up needed in Caney Fork

With hurricane season looming, Jackson County wants to remove a number of large trees that were blown over into Caney Fork Creek. Downed trees could cause a log jam in the creek, causing water to back up and overtop the…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:05

Tee off at Cherokee golf tournament

The 2011 Meet me in the Smokies Open will be held at 10:00 a.m. on July 29, at the Sequoyah National Golf Club. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st and 2nd place teams as well as hole-in-one prizes, longest…
The Haywood County Public Library has received an $18,500 grant to be used for a home-school outreach collection. These federal funds are investments that help libraries deliver relevant and up-to-date services for their communities. The home-school collection will contain audio…
Mission Outpatient Care Center will celebrate its grand opening on Hospital Drive with health presentations on July 20 and 21 from 6 to 7 p.m. and a community celebration at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 23. The discussion for Wednesday,…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:03

Get information on dementia

A dementia-training workshop is available from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 26, at the Haywood Community Connections. The Smoky Mountain Center Geriatric and Adult Mental Heal Specialty team is partnering with the Area Agency on Aging and…
Haywood Habitat for Humanity and Long’s Chapel Church came together to remodel a Habitat home in the Lake Junaluska community for Lisa Horn and her two daughters. Horn returned to the Waynesville area five years ago after ending an abusive…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:02

Grant money available for nonprofits

Grace Episcopal Church is accepting applications from local nonprofit agencies to be awarded grants following the annual parish fair. All proceeds from the event will be given to mission outreach grants. Most grants are $500 or less. Greater consideration is…
Dianne Lee is one of the lucky ones — an experienced and talented stained-glass artist, she has a ready-made job to replace at least some of the income she earns at the N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching in…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:00

Democrats gearing up for election 2012

The race for the state’s 50th Senate District, a seat currently held by Sen. Jim Davis, R-Macon County, is shaping up as a potentially epic political battle next year in Western North Carolina. The only question for Democrats is whether…
Sen. Jim Davis, R-Macon County, doesn’t mince words: he knows perfectly well that his budding state political career is being jeopardized by his own party’s redistricting proposals. “But it follows the state constitution, and I’m in favor of that,” Davis…
For the last six years, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area has been waiting for signs. Twenty-two signs, to be exact, marking heritage sites in the region deemed of interest to visitors and residents. The signs were one the original…
Franklin, long a popular byway for motorcyclists heading to Highlands, or via N.C. 28 to the Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap in Graham County, wants to capture some of those pass-through dollars. Next year in August, Franklin’s Tourism…
MANNA FoodBank will close its Franklin distribution center by October, putting three part-time employees out of work as the agency moves to streamline its system and cut overall operating costs. Cindy Threlkeld, executive director of the Asheville-based nonprofit, blamed rising…
Swain County social workers in charge of protecting children are paid less and handle more cases than those elsewhere in the state and region, factors that likely contribute to a higher-than-average turnover. Swain’s Department of Social Services has been plagued…
The former head of Swain County’s Department of Social Services won’t be getting her job back, members of the county’s DSS board decided in a called meeting on Monday. The board had dismissed Cagle following a hearing last month, but…
The specter of a constitution has again risen in Cherokee, making its way to committee for the first time in 15 years. Tribal council last week voted to create a constitutional task force, the second step in a long process…
The contest to fill Waynesville’s town board has drawn a wide crowd this year, a mixture of incumbents, political newcomers and a couple of election veterans. Seven candidates will vie for four seats in the November election. The town board…
Tuesday, 12 July 2011 19:42

Highlands Playhouse showhouse opens

Come tour the Ogilvie Home, a multi-million dollar home with spectacular mountain vistas, in Highlands from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday to Sunday, July 15 to 17. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and include a…
A new $9.3 million surgery center in Haywood County is being financed with equity put up by 20 doctors in the community who invested capital in exchange for a real estate interest in the project. The hospital will lease the…
Patients seeking simple, routine procedures from mammograms to cataracts will no longer have to ride the elevators and trek up the halls of the hospital in Haywood County. Construction of a new $9.3 million outpatient center has been launched on…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 13:32

WCU upgrades webcam

Western Carolina University recently unveiled a new webcam designed to provide visitors with a look at the newly redesigned central campus. The new camera replaces an old unit that was located behind a glass window, which meant the image often…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 13:31

Keep young athletes healthy

Carolina West Sports Medicine will hold a free seminar on youth-sports related topics at 6 p.m. July 21 at the Swain County High School Center for the Arts. Topics to be covered are: concussions, heat and hydration, lightning preparedness, basic…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 13:31

Avoid sports injuries

A physician with Carolina West Sports Medicine will discuss how to avoid sports injuries during the monthly pediatric wellness lecture series event at Harris Medical Park in Sylva from 6 to 7 p.m. on July 18. Dr. Judson Garbarino will…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 13:30

Bryson City animal shelter wins $1,000

PAWS Animal Shelter in Bryson City has won a $1,000 prize for getting the most votes in a second round of voting in The Animal Rescue Site’s $300,000 Challenge. Sixty-seven shelters and rescue groups received grants in the second round…
Angel Medical Center will hold a series of health screenings in Macon County as part of a Live Smart event on Thursday, July 14, from 8 a.m. to noon. The health screenings will be from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 13:29

Who’s running in town races so far

Candidates who want to run in town elections have until at 12 p.m. on Friday, July 15, to sign up, except in Franklin and Highlands where filing won’t begin until July 25. As of press time Tuesday, here’s who had…
The race for the title of principal chief has tightened in Cherokee, where Chief Michell Hicks found himself in second place in last week’s primary election. Challenger Patrick Lambert, who fought Hicks for the seat four years ago, won the…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 13:23

Lake Junaluska balances heritage, progress

Trevor Hudson has never liked the hymn “I Have Decided To Follow Jesus.” The world behind me, the cross before me, he says, doesn’t make much sense. Isn’t Christianity about loving the world, not turning your back on them? Come…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 13:18

Dog walk raises cash for Sarge’s

This year’s Downtown Waynesville Dog Walk will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, with sign-up at 9 a.m. The Dog Walk is hosted by Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation and the Youth for Sarge group will lead the dog walk…
A state teacher-training center based in Cullowhee has slashed half its workforce in the fallout of a nearly 50-percent budget cut by the General Assembly. The N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching went from a state-funded budget of $6.1…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 13:17

Find a place in hospice volunteering

Haywood Regional Medical Center Hospice and Palliative Care will hold a volunteer training series from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on July 25, 26, 27 and 28 at Balsam Mountain Inn. This 12-hour program will help volunteers find their niche…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 13:16

Maggie Valley seeking contractor for park

Maggie Valley is now taking bids for improvements at Parham Park. Licensed grading contractors are welcome to submit construction bids for the project. The work will include grading, construction of a parking lot, and a walking trail. Bids must be…
Farmers seeking assistance for crops damaged in 2009 have until Friday, July 29, to apply for help under the Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE). SURE provides crop disaster assistance to eligible Swain and Jackson County producers on farms that lost…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 13:15

WCU sees leadership change

Linda Seestedt-Stanford, who has been serving as Western Carolina University’s interim provost since last summer, is returning to her previous position as dean of the College of Health and Human Science to help the college make the transition into its…
Middle and high school students can experience various digital media through Southwestern Community College with a week-long series July 18-21 in Cashiers. Students will learn about digital photography and videography, audio capture and editing, and web media, and develop several…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 13:14

Macon buys downtown Franklin building

Macon County’s first move after buying a canary-colored bright yellow building in downtown Franklin will be to paint it, probably an inoffensive brown, Commissioner Kevin Corbin said. The building, appraised in value for more than $700,000 was purchased for about…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 13:13

DSA in search of new director

The town of Sylva plans to start advertising soon for an in-house director for the Downtown Sylva Association. Julie Sylvester, the current director of the promotional group that runs Sylva’s Main Street program, does not plan to apply. “I’m going…
When it comes to noise, Commissioner Harold Hensley of the Sylva town board is clearly prepared to make a bit of it himself if necessary to get others to turn the volume down. “The complaint I’ve got is when you…