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Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:01

The devil is in the details – again

The U.S. Forest Service will hold a public meeting at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville at 100 Frederick Law Olmstead Way from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on April 4 to explain its brand new proposed draft Planning Rule.…
Sixty-five runners started and finished the first Assault on Black Rock Trail Race at Sylva’s Pinnacle Park on March 19, raising more than $1,400 for the Community Table soup kitchen. The 8.3-mile course boasts a 2,700-foot elevation gain and forced…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:57

Festivals getting ramped-up for spring

With the coming of spring the pungent ramp is about to strut center-stage once more. For either the novitiate or the aficionado, there are ample opportunities over the next month to sample this Southern Appalachian delicacy — no fewer than…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:56

Teens invited to voice their views

The teen friends of the library meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Area teens are invited to come share their ideas about materials of interest to them, including…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:56

Library launches website

The Friends of the Macon County Public Library (FOL) have unveiled a new informational web site, MaconLibraryFriends.org. The site showcases the group’s programs and events; and their used book store, which is located at 121 Highlands Road in The Shops…
Ahead of Western Carolina University’s upcoming literary festival, the Macon County Public Library will host a book discussion on Alan Weisman’s The World Without Us at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 24.  James Costa, executive director of the Highlands Biological…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:45

Stephen King collection gets the thumbs-up

At the conclusion of this collection of four novellas: Full Dark, No Stars, Stephen King adds an “Afterword.” In acknowledging that his quartet of stories is “a bit harsh,” King goes on to make some provocative observations on both the…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:44

We don’t want motocross track

To the Editor: We turn on our televisions every day and witness to the devastation that neighbors inflict on neighbors. We live in a world today where “environmental consciousness and green” are the right paths to take, whether it is…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:44

Voter ID bill a shopworn GOP idea

To the Editor: What happens when you fix something that ain’t broke? You’re sure to break something else. But the Republicans in Raleigh apparently don’t care about that fundamental truth, or anything else that stands athwart their path to perpetual…
The Jan. 10 death of 15-month-old Aubrey Kina Marie Littlejohn was an unspeakable tragedy, one compounded by the questions surrounding both the cause of death and the potential cover-up by employees of the Swain County Department of Social Services. At…
There have been times in my life I could rightly have been described as competitive. When I was in music, and later, as a young reporter, I took myself very, very seriously. I wanted first chair or no chair when…
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…