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Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:25

Honoring a lost art

By Kristen Davis • Contributing Writer The newest piece of public art in downtown Waynesville — a metal railing that depicts a mountain scene — could have been crafted centuries ago. The artists, Richard Coley and Ben Kastner of Wilmington…
By Brent Martin • Guest Columnist The craziness of this year’s mid-term elections has passed. The campaign advertisements and signs are coming down. The dust is starting to settle. But one thing should remain top of mind for those Senators…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:24

Congrats to winners of judge elections

To the Editor: I thank everyone who supported me in the recent District Court judgeship election. Having never been a candidate for office, I did not know what to expect during the campaign. I enjoyed the campaign process more than…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:23

Finding compromise takes real leadership

To the Editor: Post-election letters to the editor continue the “take back our government” mantra, and I would ask the question: take it back from whom? Has the United States been invaded? The answer is obviously no.  So, the question then…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:22

Don’t rush on important landfill decision

To the Editor: On Nov. 5 the Haywood commisioners were scheduled to accept bids from private corporations to run the landfill for a 20- to 30-year period with “no limitations on the sources of waste,” according to the bid documents.…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:17

Striking a balance between objectivity and truth

There is an interesting disconnect in how some people perceive my job and how I perceive my job. This was brought home to me recently while working on articles about efforts to revive Cullowhee. Additionally, working on this week’s cover…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:17

MedWest celebrates local athletes

MedWest Health System will recognize outstanding athletes from Haywood, Graham, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties and the Cherokee Reservation. The Game On! spot in local newspapers will acknowledge individuals who have exemplified outstanding performance, winning attitudes and/or great sportsmanship. The…
“Haywood County: Portrait of a Mountain Community,” was awarded the Willie Parker Peace History Book Award and the President’s Award at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Society of Historians in Mooresville on Oct. 23. The Peace History Award…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:16

Corbin to replace Davis on Macon board

Kevin Corbin has been named by the Macon County GOP to fill the seat on the county board of commissioners that will be vacated by Jim Davis, who was recently elected to the N.C. Senate. Corbin will assume the seat…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:15

Public input sought in chancellor search

Members of the public will have an opportunity to have their voices heard by the search committee that will help select the next chancellor of Western Carolina University during a series of open forums Monday, Nov. 22. Four hourlong meetings…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:15

Local leaders try to protect small farms

By Quintin Ellison and Colby Dunn William Shelton knows one positive aspect about losing his bid for re-election to the Jackson County Board of Commissioners: as a farmer, he can now turn his full attention to keeping Shelton Family Farm…
It’s a dizzying prospect, but a group looking at future traffic patterns and demands in Macon County is considering including as many as four roundabouts in a recommendation to county and town leaders. Additionally, Macon County’s second roundabout is being…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:14

Mast helps share the warmth this winter

With many neighbors being unemployed or underemployed and winter on the horizon, there’s even more need to share the warmth and help others fend off the cold. The Mast General Store is hosting its sixth annual Share the Warmth coat,…
It’s no secret that real estate isn’t what it used to be. It would be difficult to find an industry hit harder by the global recession, and although the bloodletting seems to be slowing, things still are not — and…
It’s a Monday night in early November and the meeting is, in one word, boring. As a result of the recent elections, the makeup of the Macon County Board of Commissioners will soon change. The members clearly don’t intend to…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:09

Luncheon changes locales due to interest

The Healthy Haywood Substance Abuse Action Team will hold a Prescription Drug Abuse Lunch and Learn from noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 30, in the Family Life Center of the First Baptist Church, Waynesville. This presentation has been moved…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:08

Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho it’s off to home we go

Farewells and hellos from Commissioner Tom Massie highlighted this week’s lame-duck county board meeting in Jackson County. The ousted elected official, taking advantage of the final meaningful business meeting of this particular set of commissioners, wished his successors luck and…
Ingles is now one step closer to giving their Waynesville store a revamp, thanks to a decision taken by the town’s aldermen last week. The board granted Ingles request for a conditional zoning district, which would allow the supermarket chain…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:14

Where the buffalo roam

Buffalo Branch ... Buffalo Creek ... Buffalo Cove ... all are common place names that indicate the prior residence of that mammal here in Western North Carolina. Whenever I conduct workshops on the region’s natural history or Cherokee lore, the…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:13

Appalachian Trail undergoes repair

A collaborative effort between public and private entities was responsible for repair work on a section of the Appalachian Trail that was damaged by a landslide in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The landslide was 10 miles from the…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:12

Burning scheduled at Cade’s Cove

Fire managers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park plan to conduct a series of prescribed burns of fields in Cades Cove on Tuesday through Friday, Nov. 9-12, if weather conditions permit.  Park managers plan to burn several tracts totaling about…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:12

Agricultural incentives offered in Haywood

Haywood County landowners can apply for cost-share grants to install practices that improve water quality on agricultural operations.   Practices eligible for funding include watering tanks, fencing, streambank stabilization, pastureland improvement, sediment control on agriculture lands, agri-chemical buildings, forest stand…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:11

Cataloochee opens for the season

Cataloochee Ski Area opened for the season on Saturday, Nov. 6, making it one of the first resorts in the east to start skiing for the fifth year in a row. The resort will open on Saturday and Sundays only…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:10

Ogburn recognized for education work

The Environmental Educators of North Carolina are pleased to announce that Blair Ogburn, senior naturalist and education coordinator at the Balsam Mountain Trust at Balsam Preserve in Jackson County, is the winner of the 2010 Outstanding Newcomer Award from The…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:08

Land Trust to hold fall celebration

The Land Trust for Little Tennessee will hold its annual Fall Celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the Mission Farm in the Hiawassee Basin. The day includes live music, activities for kids, a hayride, a…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:05

The Naturalist's Corner

East Fork Headwaters Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy is still hoping for a Christmas present from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Most folk who follow conservation issues across the region are probably aware that CMLC and its partner, The Conservation…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:03

SCC offers new program in wilderness therapy

Southwestern Community College has started a new degree program whose graduates will likely become the leaders in the growing field of wilderness therapy. The course work was designed in collaboration with area wilderness therapy providers such as Woodson Wilderness Challenge,…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:02

Readings at City Lights

City Lights will host several authors this weekend for a diverse selection of book readings. At 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12, retired WCU English professor Marilyn Jody will read from her new memoir titled Letter to Emily. The book,…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:02

Magendie releases third novel

Kathryn Magendie will celebrate the release of her new novel, Sweetie, at Blue Ridge Books at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13. To add to the celebration, Kathryn’s husband, Roger, will be serving his home cooked jambalaya. The food is…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:00

Book explores the value of silence

The sound of silence. Silence is a rare commodity in our world today. Of course, perfect silence doesn’t exist. The adventurer alone in some Arctic waste will hear the crunching of her footsteps on the ice and snow. The man…
Chances are, the identity of your garbage truck driver doesn’t always cross your mind. You probably give him a friendly smile if you happen to meet over the remnants of last night’s macaroni, but the odds on knowing his life…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:48

Wild South is no friend to mountain hunters

To the Editor: I was surprised to see the letter from John Edwards of Wild South proposing the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, hunters, and his organization work together for wildlife habitat. Wild South is primarily responsible for the current lack…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:47

Remember to honor the veterans

To the Editor: Veteran’s Day may just seem to be any other day to some, or maybe an extra day off work for others. However, as I think about Veteran’s Day, I feel an overwhelming sense of heartfelt gratitude for…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:47

Thankful for support during sheriff election

To the Editor: First, let me say that it has been an honor and privilege to meet, inform, and represent nearly half of the voting population in Haywood County.   I would like to extend congratulations to Sheriff Bobby Suttles…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:46

Good job, but real work has just started

To the Editor: Thank you to the candidates, the many volunteers and the voters in the mid-term elections. Macon County voters turned out in record numbers and Republicans did well here and across Western North Carolina. Well done. But, we…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:45

Sorry to see Sen. Snow lose in this way

To the Editor: Sen. Snow, I am so sorry that people voted based on advertisements rather than on a candidate’s positions. I was appalled to learn of the very misleading mailing saying that you “wanted to give convicted rapists a…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:43

Davis sold his soul to get to Raleigh

To the Editor: Jim Davis, who beat Sen. John Snow in the election, ran one of the filthiest campaigns I’ve ever witnessed in my 40 years of voting. He, or people and organizations working on his behalf, sent several deceptive…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:42

Logging watershed is just a bad idea

To the Editor: In the early 20th century, the Waynesville Town Board purchased the Allens Creek Watershed to assure that the town would have a high quality drinking water supply for future growth and development. Unfortunately, the people considered the…
It was a perfect day for baseball: blue sky, a crisp breeze, the sun still hanging like a pop fly above the horizon. There were ducks on the pond. Runners on first and second, and just one away. Two runs…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:40

Dillsboro Cat-Dash, Nov. 18

Guided by tweets and freshly made maps, Western Carolina University students will race against the clock, and each other, in a Twitter-based scavenger hunt Thursday, Nov. 18, as part of Destination: Dillsboro!, an appreciation event hosted by town merchants. The…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:39

Dillsboro puts out welcome mat for WCU

The town of Dillsboro will host Western Carolina University faculty, staff and students during a special event called “Destination: Dillsboro!” on Thursday, Nov. 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. Designed to show Dillsboro’s appreciation for WCU, the event will feature…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:39

Festival of Trees to be held Monday, Nov.. 22

The Kids Advocacy Resource Effort (KARE) is holding its first Festival of Trees beginning at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 22, at the Gateway Club in downtown Waynesville. Festivities begin with a dinner buffet followed by a live auction of…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:38

Haywood schools chart course for future

This fall, while Haywood County students are focused on homework, football, the opposite sex and the many other preoccupations of youth, their teachers and administrators are mapping a plan to make them more successful and competitive when they leave Haywood’s…
Prospective college students can get a taste of what campus life is all about as Western Carolina University holds Open House on Saturday, Nov. 20. Hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Open House gives students and their families a…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:37

Oratorial scholarship available in Haywood

Haywood County High School students can compete in the a oratorical scholarship program, sponsored by Waynesville American Legion Post 47.   All students, grades 9-12, are eligible to participate. This includes public, parochial, military, private or homeschool students. The American…
Ronnie Beale is an amiable chap, and for the past few years he’s injected a bit of humor into what is often the tediously dull process of overseeing county government. “If you want to stay and see the rest of…
Wit Tuttell, director of Tourism Marketing for the N.C. Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development will discuss projected travel trends and visitor profiles at the annual meeting of Smoky Mountain Host on Nov. 19 in Maggie Valley. Tuttell will…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:24

Haywood rolls back price of Wal-Mart renovation

Haywood County commissioners are reining in their grand plans for Waynesville’s old Wal-Mart, working with designers and almost everyone else involved in the project to try and get it close to the projected budget. At a work session last week,…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:22

JobsNOW Reverse Job Fair showcases student talent

Haywood Community College’s JobsNOW program will hold a Reverse Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18, in the Student Services building. Employers for the Automotive, Green Building Construction and Health Care Professions are invited to…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:22

Additional resources offered to seniors

Haywoood Community Connections, an advocacy organization for senior citizens in Haywood County, has updated its website. Visit  and check out the following: • Resource directory for seniors, caregivers, and persons with disablities. The directory can be accessed in two different formats. Clicking…