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Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:24

Ghost Town bankruptcy hits dead end

Ghost Town in the Sky has no hope of pulling itself out of bankruptcy, according to a federal bankruptcy administrator. The court will decide this week whether to let the amusement park continue to languish in bankruptcy, where it has…
With Jackson County set to take possession next month of the renovated historic courthouse and new library, commissioners agreed it’s high time to get some ground rules in place for their future tenants. The county wants formalized agreements not only…
Jackson County Schools isn’t asking for extra money this year from county commissioners despite an expected 10 percent or more cut from the state. What is taking a back seat in these tough economic times, however, are school-board members’ wishes…
An angry crowd accused Haywood County commissioners this week of unfairly slapping some property owners with higher values while letting others off the hook in the recent countywide appraisal. About 50 people turned out at the commissioners meeting Monday to…
The Small Business Center of Haywood Community College will offer a free seminar entitled, “Business Owner’s Guide to Facebook and Twitter: Starting from Scratch to Online Success” from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26. The hands-on workshop will be held…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:21

Jackson dropout rates decline in 2009-10

Jackson County is one of four counties in North Carolina that has decreased its dropout rate the most, according to a report recently released by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. Jackson County’s dropout rate fell from 4.43 percent in…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:20

Hearing planned for McCoy Bridge project

The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 25, regarding alternatives for replacing the McCoy Bridge on Rose Creek Road over the Little Tennessee River in Macon County. NCDOT has…
While the construction industry, the Haywood Home Builders’ Association is giving itself a makeover, one it hopes can keep them afloat and the doors open. With home building still flagging, membership has been steadily declining, and instead of waiting on…
Mike Decker is retracing the steps he made 11 years ago when he left county government for a job across the street in Franklin’s town hall. Decker is returning to county government as human resource director and deputy clerk to…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:16

Regional food forum to look at WNC needs

With the latest increase in gas and grocery prices, the already long lines at soup kitchens and food pantries across Western North Carolina are growing even longer. “The need is going up again,” said Amy Grimes, executive director of The…
Swain and Macon commissioners believe a state plan to widen and pave a 3.3-mile gravel road along a remote stretch of the Little Tennessee River goes too far. Leaders of both counties have unanimously called for a scaled down version…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:14

Chamber trash pick-up planned

A trash pick-up of Veterans’ Boulevard and U.S. 19 is being organized by the Swain County Chamber of Commerce beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 30. Participants will meet in the Ingles’ parking lot and the chamber will provide…
A presentation on a state bill to overhaul energy consumption will be given by the Canary Coalition at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in Sylva. Avram Friedman, director of the Canary Coalition, will explain the Efficient and Affordable Energy Rates…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:13

Hagan sets constituent meeting this week

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan will meet with constituents Thursday, April 21, from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Southwest Development Commission in Sylva. The office is at 125 Bonnie Lane, across from Southwestern Community College. The purpose is to…
Plink plink plink. A moment of silence. Again – plink plink plink. It’s 6 a.m. and the sky is still unlit, the color of chalky charcoal. But in a corner,  a small orange light is on a steady, metronomic blink,…
Waynesville resident Kristen Wall, a trainer with the Asheville Compassionate Communication Center, will present two workshops on conflict resolution. “Communication: Skills for Transforming Conflict” will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at the Haywood County Library in…
The absence of alcohol in Cherokee is hurting tourism, according to the business community. And that’s something the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce might like to change. Over the past month, the chamber has conducted an informal poll of businesses to…
The likelihood of the state Department of Transportation building a bypass around Sylva seems increasingly unlikely after Jackson County commissioners elected this week not to push for the new highway. The Jackson County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 on a…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:56

Spring preview opening

A two-day preview of The Main Street Artists Co-op gallery will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23. Twelve returning artists will join nine new members displaying a wide spectrum of the…
Western Carolina University’s Concert Choir and University Chorus will present a free concert at 8 p.m. Monday, April 25, in the Coulter Building recital hall. This will be Director Robert Holquist’s final concert before he retires after more than 30…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:55

Cross-country cyclist to tell tales of trek

Local lawyer Bill Jacobs will chronicle his cycling journey across the United States in a program at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 28, at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers.   Starting in California last September, Jacobs spent 40 days traveling…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:54

Musical theater workshop takes applications

Students ages 16 to 22 who dream of a life on stage can have the opportunity to work with musical theater professionals at Western Carolina University’s 2011 Triple Arts Broadway Series, to be held July 17 through Aug. 1. Broadway…
The documentary “Waiting for Superman” will be screened at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, at the Albert-Carlton Library in Cashiers. The movie chronicles the state of the nation’s public schools. After the film, charter school advocate and activist Ned…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:53

Grace Noon presents flute and oboe concert

A free flute and oboe concert will be held at noon on Thursday, April 21, at Grace Church in the Mountains on North Haywood St. in Waynesville. The concert is the next in the Grace Noon series, now in its…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:52

Taste of Chocolate calls for bakers

Taste of Chocolate is coming April 30 to the Maggie Valley Country Club, and the Haywood Jackson Volunteer Center is looking for bakers to bake their favorite chocolate recipe. This year’s categories are Amateur, Bed and Breakfast, and Professional. A…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:51

Library looks for volunteers

When the new Jackson County Public Library Complex opens in early June, an active team of volunteers will be needed to make the library run smoothly. Jeni Silver, the library’s new volunteer coordinator, is ready to recruit local volunteers for…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:51

Library asks readers to help with move

With the Jackson County Library poised to move to its new home, patrons with valid library cards are asked to make the move easier by checking out library materials for an extended period of time. The more books and other…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:49

Maggie gets Quilt Trail block

The Haywood County Arts Council’s Quilt Trails project will unveil its first quilt block in Maggie Valley at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, at the Maggie Valley Town Hall. The Maggie Valley Town Hall block is the fifth block…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:48

Art as spectator sport

Great art isn’t often associated with speed – the Mona Lisa wasn’t painted in an hour. Michelangelo took more than four years to perfect the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. But for the last 10 years, a special event has…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:33

5K Run/Walk kicks off festivities

The Jackson County Recreation/Parks Department is still accepting registration for this year’s 5K Run/Walk at Greening Up the Mountains. The annual race takes place at 9 a.m. prior to the opening of the festival events in downtown Sylva. This year,…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:33

Kids become superheroes at Greening Up

What child wouldn’t love to be a super hero for the day? The Downtown Sylva Association is sponsoring a “Recycled Superhero” contest for children during Greening Up the Mountains this year. All superhero costumes will be made from donated recycled…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:32

Talent contest showcases WNC’s youth

The 2011 Heritage Alive! Mountain Youth Talent Contest at Greening Up the Mountains has really exploded. The start time for the contest has been changed from 10 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Bridge Park stage to accommodate the large…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:31

Performance schedule

Smoky Mountain Stage (Suntrust Parking Lot, Area D) 10-10:15 — Jackson County Heritage Preservation Commission Poster Contest Awards 10:30-11:30 — Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy (including an audience participation dance lesson!) 11:45-12:15 — Lions Gate Kung Fu Academy 12:30-1:30 —…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:30

Greening Up the Mountains returns to Sylva

The 14th annual Greening Up the Mountains Festival is slated for Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Sylva. The spring festival, named for the way spring creeps up the mountain sides, began over a decade…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 12:40

Swain DSS: Related documents

RELATED DOCUMENTS:• Swain commissioners call for DSS board resignations• Jim Gribble and Bob Thomas resignation letters• Public statement by DSS Board Chairman Jim Gribble• Public statement by DSS Board member Bob Thomas• Read the warrant
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:59

Book captures the essence of waterfalls

Flowing water was the primary agent that sculpted the mountains as we know them today. Long before the first Europeans arrived, the ancient Cherokees had developed ceremonials focused on the spiritual power of running water. One of the prized sites…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:58

Macon birding hike follows Little Tennessee

The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee and the Franklin Bird Club will host a bird outing at the Tessentee Bottomland Preserve on April 15.   The preserve is located in Macon County, south of Franklin. Birders will meet at…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:57

Celebrate Earth Day

Haywood Community College’s Earth Day celebration will include demonstrations of renewable energy and sustainable technologies, a Green Business Expo, green games and green films. The Earth Day activities will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:57

Recycle cell phones

In honor of Earth Day, Steve and Mary Abranyi of Green Mountain Builders & Realty Group are collecting unused cell phones. Any proceeds received from the collected phones will be donated to local environmental organizations.   Cell phones can be…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:56

Freestyle Shootout and Demo Days at NOC

The annual Freestyle Shootout and Demo Days are set for April 15-17 at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. The competition in the shootout, which includes some of the top professionals, begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. On Friday lights…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:55

Tour de Cashiers rolls on April 30

More than 200 riders are expected to participate in the 19th anniversary of the annual Tour de Cashiers on April 30. The tour has grown to three routes, ranging from 25 to 100 miles. Once again, this year the tour…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:54

Sponsored bicycle rides begin in Haywood

BicycleHaywoodNC is sponsoring group rides for new and newly returning bicycle riders. The focus of the rides will be to assist cyclists in enhancing their fitness and including bicycling as part of a lifestyle change. Rides start at Rolls Rite…
The Cherokee Runners Organization is seeking sponsors for its first Cherokee Runners Moonlight Race 5K Run/Walk, which will take place on Monday, July 4. The event will coincide with the tribe’s Fourth of July celebration and fireworks. The race will…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:53

Mushroom workshop planned for April 14

A workshop on preparing shiitake or oyster mushroom long will take place at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, at the Cashiers Community Library. Participants will learn to prepare a shitake or oyster mushroom log and can take a log…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:52

Junior ranger day set for April 16

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will celebrate its fifth-annual National Junior Ranger Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, with special activities at Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee. Activities planned will range from ranger-guided walks…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:52

Help clean-up Panthertown Valley

The Friends of Panthertown and the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust will hold a clean-up day along trails in Panthertown Valley at 11 a.m. on April 15. Panthertown Valley, often called the Yosemite of the East, is part of the Nantahala National…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:49

Got Mud?

I wrote a few weeks back about my kayak adventure with my daughters to Sister Island (The Naturalist’s Corner Mar. 16, 2011) on a recent trip to Isle of Palms. Well, the kayak trip was only the beginning of an…
Tom Robbins came out of retirement for two months to help the National Park Center open up the new Oconaluftee Visitor Center. “I never thought I’d get a chance to work in the new building,” he said. “This is nice.”…
To describe the new visitor center on the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a long time coming is something of an understatement. Try some 76 years since plans were first hatched for a museum…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:43

‘Catman’ pens new cat book

Harold Catman Sims has published a new book titled Kevin Tames the Bullies. Sim operates the Catman2 no-kill cat shelter in Jackson County, and all proceeds from the sale of the book will go toward helping operate the shelter. Kevin…