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Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:34

Nursing scholarships available

Scholarships for nursing students are available through the Judy Moore Memorial Scholarship Endowment, which was created as a memorial to Judy Moore, a registered nurse who was killed in a tragic accident in 1996. A resident of Macon County, Moore…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:33

Waynesville offers summer day camp

A summer day camp for rising first graders through rising fifth graders from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., June 17 to August 5, will be held at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Campers will experience activities such as field trips, special…
Southwestern Community College will hold a free job fair Thursday, March 31. The event will be from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Balsam Building and is open to the community. Local employers will be on…
Western Carolina University students are folding and selling paper cranes for $1 to support an earthquake relief fund at a table in the first-floor lobby of McKee Building. Visitors to the table can give $1 to write a message that…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:32

WCU police receive military surplus

Two portable light towers each bright enough to illuminate an area the size of a football field are the latest pieces of equipment Western Carolina University police received through the N.C. Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Support Services program. The program…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:31

Construction program offered for students

High school students interested in construction can participate in the Kimmel School Construction Training Program at Western Carolina University in July. Students will complete and earn certification in a 10 hour occupational safety and health administration course. Students will live…
Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new adoption center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26. The ribbon cutting will take place at 11:30 a.m. followed by snacks donated by The Patio Bistro.…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:29

Campus ministry hosts golf classic

The Wesley Foundation at Western Carolina University will host its inaugural Golf Classic at Lake Junaluska Golf Course April 16 at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $200 per team of four or $50 for individuals who will be assigned…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:26

Work on hospice center progresses

Construction on a new Homestead Inpatient Hospice Center adjacent to MedWest-Haywood hospital is progressing, with a new retaining wall, framework and roof trusses now in place. The inpatient center will serve hospice patients whose families need a break from caregiving…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:26

Senior spokeswoman hosts community forum

On March 31, Swain County citizens will have two opportunities to comment on the future of Swain County. The dialog, led by N.C. Senior Tar Heel Legislature delegate Janice Inabinett, will center on making Swain County a livable community. There…
In the sunny, windowed front room of the Swain County Chamber of Commerce, a group of people are gathered around a table littered with maps, the light from the windows filtering through more maps and photos and wishlists that have…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:24

Enjoy the lake? Help cleanup, please

A Lake Junaluska Beautification Day is scheduled for Tuesday, April 5, and volunteers are needed to help with the cleanup. Projects planned include clearing brush, power washing signs and buildings, and more. Lake Junaluska Beautification Day will kick-off with breakfast…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:24

Sylvan Hearth seeks like-minded worshipers

The Sylvan Hearth Pagan Temple offers its facilities to positive Pagan traditions including Hindu, Buddhist and Asatrue. The facility includes a stone circle, wood henge, gardens, and meetings and worship spaces. It offers use of their Web site for advertising…
Haywood County has received two grants totaling $133,650 from the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center that will help create 22 jobs over the next couple of years. A grant of $88,000 will help renovate a psychiatric wing at MedWest-Haywood…
Not to say they told you so, but the truth is … they did. Construction of a wider bridge to span the Tuckasegee River in Jackson County was abruptly postponed this month after Indian burials were discovered. This frankly seemed…
At the outset of the state budget crisis, Chancellor John Bardo and Western Carolina University’s Board of Trustees maintained the process of cutting $8.6 million would be transparent. Faculty and staff, they said, would see their opinions truly matter as…
The first cow ushered into the WNC Regional Livestock Center in Canton weighed 850 well-proportioned pounds. Despite being two-months pregnant, she danced lithely about the livestock arena, easily sidestepping the green, long plastic paddle a handler occasionally dabbed in her…
It’s a sunny, mid-March Friday, the air is barely warm enough to warrant open windows and loosened collars, and on this particular spring morning, John Queen is a pretty popular guy. His hip-holstered Blackberry stays quiet just for a few…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 18:53

Creativity workshop hosted by City Lights

Asheville poet and photographer Tracey Schmidt will lead a creativity workshop from 2 to 3:30 p.m., followed by a reading from her new poetry collection at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, at City Lights in Sylva. The book, titled…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 18:52

Auditions open for student talent show

Open auditions will be held from 12 to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 2, at Franklin High School for home school and private school students wishing to perform in the Showcase of Talent. Participation is open to actors, dancers, gymnasts, instrumentalists…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 18:51

REV Band to perform at Fontana Village

Western North Carolina performing artists The REV will take the stage of the Fontana Recreational Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 26. The act is a collection of musicians from Robbinsville who play songs that run the…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 18:50

Create Ripples of Hope for a Safer Community

Ripples of Hope, a local exhibition of work by those whose lives have been affected by domestic violence, sexual assault or abuse, invites other locals who have felt the effects of these issues to creatively cover a blank teardrop shape,…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 18:49

Craft classes kick off at Green Energy Park

Classes in glassblowing, metalsmithing, blacksmithing, chainmaille and knife-making are being offered this spring at the Jackson County Green Energy Park for every skill level. Courses offer the opportunity to learn a variety of hands-on crafting skills like paperweight-making and glass…
Local artist Silvia Cabrera Williams will teach mixed water-media classes from 1 to 3 p.m. every Thursday in April at Leapin’ Frog Gallery in Waynesville. A different technique will be featured each week and a supply list will be provided…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 18:46

WCU students look to lend a hand in Pakistan

Western Carolina University students working to raise $50,000 to build a school in Pakistan are hosting a fundraising dinner and silent auction at Chef’s Table in Waynesville on Tuesday, April 5. Tickets to the event are $50 for a three-course…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 18:44

Filmmaker to discuss WWII state-side battle

Maritime historian and documentary filmmaker Kevin Duffus willl on “War Zone: WWII off North Carolina’s Outer Banks” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 31 the Haywood County Public Library in Waynesville. Duffus will explore one of the worst Allied defeats…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 18:39

Culinary competition heats up in Waynesville

The annual Mélange of the Mountains, a culinary gala, is coming to the Gateway Club in Waynesville from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on April 7, thanks to the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce. Experience the culinary talent of some of…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 18:36

HCC breaks ground on new craft building

Dominic Cruz is counting down the days to graduation in May, when he will put his skills both as a woodworker and entrepreneur to work as he launches his dream career building handmade furniture. Cruz moved to the region from…
It’s not a bad job, really. There’s a nice house, more than 7,000-square-feet, that’s currently undergoing a nearly $300,000 facelift. You don’t have to pay for utilities, grounds keeping or for a housekeeper. Then there’s the salary, ranging from $236,979…
Where is the new library located? The new Jackson County Public Library Complex is located at 310 Keener Street in the renovated and expanded historic courthouse at the west end of Main Street in downtown Sylva. When will the new…
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 13:45

Bluegrass brothers

By Christi Marsico • Staff Writer Born 16 minutes apart in the Bethel community of Haywood County, twin brothers Travis and Trevor Stuart have been immersed in music since childhood. “Music was all around us growing up,” Travis said. Sharing…
Western Carolina University’s College of Business recently secured a $1 million donation from BB&T — but not before discerning faculty fought to loosen the strings that came with the donation. Stipulations attached to the money — namely that business students…
It appears a piece of property in Nantahala had something to do with Macon County pulling out of a fight against Duke Energy over the utility’s hydroelectric dams. Macon County wants to renew a lease on the land — which…
As renovation of Haywood County’s historic courthouse drags on, the county continues to tack on tens of thousands of dollars in additional costs over and beyond the project budget. Last month, county commissioners approved an additional $45,000 in rent and…
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 13:45

Beyond the rules of fiction

2666 by Roberto Bolano. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008. 898 pages Dear reader, it seems altogether fitting to begin the New Year with a review of the novel that is being hailed as “the book of the century.” Now, before…
For 25 years, Superior Court Judge Marlene Hyatt has often worked as much as 12 hours a day, five days a week presiding over some of the toughest legal cases in North Carolina. Her job has taken her to every…
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 13:45

Who is Ayn Rand?

In 1957, a Russian immigrant burst onto the scene with a novel and philosophy that today remains one of the most influential, and controversial, works in American culture. The book was Atlas Shrugged, and the author was Ayn Rand. Born…
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 13:45

Superior Court Judge Hyatt to step down

Superior Court Judge J. Marlene Hyatt, whose district stretches across the western part of the state, will retire from her post March 1. “I am retiring as a senior resident Superior Court judge effective March 1, 2009,” Hyatt, 54, wrote…
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 14:03

A year of opportunity

By Carl Iobst • Guest Columnist 2008 was an interesting year. Not the worst on record, but tough enough. 2009 presents us with some unique challenging opportunities that have never been seen before — sort of a test of our…
Back in the days when WCU was WCTC (Western Carolina Teachers’ College), I was one of a few kids that hung around “the little theatre” with Mabel Crum, the Chair of the English Department (circa 1950’s). In the absence of…
The new years toasts are over, and we’re a week into 2009. If hindsight is 20-20, then it’s time to feel pretty confident inpassing judgment on 2008 — it sucked. Ever want to just drop kick a time span into…
The new lines of kayaks and canoes this year have one mission in common: to lure new converts. “Most of the manufacturers are coming out with boats that are more beginner and intermediate friendly. This is a push to get…
A visitor center that would showcase the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and a local heritage museum could one day occupy the Swain County historic courthouse on Everett Street if and when the senior center currently in the courthouse moves…
Duke Energy filed a lawsuit against Jackson County and county Planning Director Linda Cable on Monday (Jan. 5) for failing to issue permits necessary for the removal of the Dillsboro dam. Duke warned the county about a month ago that…
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 13:45

Striking an electronic chord

By Chris Cooper Truth be told, I’m not exactly the biggest fan of — here’s the old fogey coming out — “electronic” music. I hear bleeps and bloops, repetitive motifs that are often harmonically half baked and build and build…
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 13:45

A second Gilded Age is upon us

By Bob Scott Steal a loaf of bread to feed your family and you go to jail. Steal $50 billion from investors and you get to stay in your luxury New York apartment under electronic monitoring. Senators and House of…
When the new line of 2009 kayaks hits the outfitters’ stores in coming weeks, the mark of paddling guru Wayner Dickert will be lurking beneath more than one hull. The former Olympic paddler has long been a go-to guy for…
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 13:45

Therapists: Hard times test marriages

The national economic downturn is taking its toll on married couples dealing with financial stress, according to area marriage counselors. Dr. Helen Andrews of Waynesville said the poor economy seems to be the primary issue on her clients’ minds. Money…
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 13:52

The Naturalist's Corner: In the midnight hour

Like ships that collide in the middle of the night, “midnight rules” and their undoing perpetuate and reinforce philosophical and ideological divisions in this country while enhancing partisanship and strengthening the hold and influence politicians and power brokers have over…
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 13:51

Wolf lore

In the beginning, the people say, the dog was put on the mountain and the wolf beside the fire. When winter came the dog could not stand the cold, so he came down to the settlement and drove the wolf…