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Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:21

Meals on Wheels seeks volunteers

Haywood County Meals on Wheels needs help — there is a shortage of volunteers. People are needed to deliver hot, nutritious meals to qualifying elderly, homebound and/or disabled adults who cannot prepare their own meals, or do not have someone…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:20

HCC offers parliamentary procedures seminar

Haywood Community College’s Continuing Education Department is offering a Basic Parliamentary Procedures seminar on Wednesday, November 17 with UNC School of Government faculty member A. Fleming Bell, II. The seminar will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. in the…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:20

Parking concerns in Sylva never-ending

Sheryl Rudd, just that morning, said she had fussed at her husband, Dieter Kuhn, for leaving a vehicle parked for too long outside their Sylva business. The loading of 150-pound kegs was finished, and Rudd wanted him to move the…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:18

New Jackson commissioners, new county agenda

Jack Debnam says he’s simply trying to get his feet on the ground and figure out what needs to be done first before he and two other newly elected commissioners take control next month. Debnam, running as an unaffiliated candidate,…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:17

Haywood county manager Cotton steps down

After four years in its service, the man who has stood at the helm of Haywood County will be moving on in December. In a Nov. 3 letter to county commissioners, County Manager David Cotton tendered his resignation, effective the…
Up to 1,700 jobs, perhaps a whole campus eliminated — the dire picture painted this month by Erskine Bowles, president of the University of North Carolina system, on the state of higher education during these tough economic times isn’t pretty.…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:10

Mirari Brass Quintet to perform Nov. 12 at WCU

The Mirari Brass Quintet will present a concert at Western Carolina University on Friday, Nov. 12, as part of the group’s tour of the Southeast. The quintet will perform at 8 p.m. in the recital hall of WCU’s Coulter Building.…
The Haywood Community Chorus will hold its fall concert at 4 p.m. on Nov. 14, at First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. For the major choral selection, the 60-voice chorus has prepared the much-acclaimed “Messa di Gloria” by Giacomo Puccini.…
The leftover Halloween goodies might be still sitting in the candy bowl, but at Western Carolina University it’s already beginning to sound a lot like Christmas. That’s because WCU’s music students and faculty are getting ready for their annual “Sounds…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:08

Forum emphasizes challenges for basketmakers

The Revitalization of Traditional Cherokee Artisan Resources is presenting a symposium Nov. 12-14, called “Gathering Places: Traditional Basketmaking and the Environment.” Gathering Places seeks to bring together basketmakers from diverse tribal and traditional origins to discuss ways of maintaining access…
The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University will host a number of events in November. The museum is in the Fine and Performing Arts Center on the WCU campus. All events are free and the public is invited to…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:06

Contra dance fundraiser is Nov. 14

The Second Sunday Contra Dance will be held from 2:30-5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14, at the new Senior Center in Sylva. This dance will be a fundraiser for the Community Table. Dancers are encouraged to get sponsors to pledge…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:05

HCC hosts regional competition

Haywood Community College recently hosted a regional cosmetology competition on the Clyde campus. In addition to HCC, Blue Ridge Community College and Tri-County Community College also participated. HCC student Haley Walls was the overall student winner. Following are the top…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:04

SCC exhibit highlights Native American art

The November art display at Southwestern Community College’s Balsam Lobby on the Jackson Campus celebrates Native American Month.  Students from SCC’s Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts will display their recent work through Dec. 1. The work includes examples from the…
The Macon County Art Association will hold a collage workshop for children from 9:30 a.m. until noon on Nov. 13 at the Upton Gallery in Franklin. Materials will be furnished by the Macon County Art Association and a Community Foundation…
“Lilly Oncology On Canvas,” an art exhibition honoring the physical and emotional journey people face when confronted by a cancer diagnosis, will be on display at Carolina Cancer Specialists Nov. 15 through 30. This free public exhibit, which is touring…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:02

Carden play, ARTSaturday planned at Rickman Store

The Rickman Store in the Cullasaja community of Macon County will host two upcoming arts events. Sylva writer Gary Carden’s play “Bright Forever” will be performed at 7 p.m. on Nov. 19. Carden will attend the show to share and chat with…
Haywood County art teachers gained a boost to their teaching wish lists when members of the QuickDraw Committee met to award mini-grants to elementary, middle school, and senior high art teachers. The grants were given at the Haywood County School…
Waynesville will dedicate its third public art project during a dedication ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 19 at Gallery 86. The project — an artistic railing representing Waynesville’s connection with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park — will be…
The Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86 will hold its third annual small works show titled, ”It’s a Small, Small Work 2010” beginning Nov. 17 through Friday, Dec. 31. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The show…
Once upon a time, in a previous incarnation as a musician, I developed a routine that allowed me to focus and settle my nerves before performances. I was a brass player — I played the euphonium. This is a lovely…
The Commissioners of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission unanimously passed a resolution Thursday, pledging the agency’s support for the management and stewardship of the East Fork Headwaters, an 8,000 acre tract of biologically diverse land in Transylvania County. During meetings…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 04:51

Cochran retains sheriff’s seat

In Swain County, incumbent Republican Sheriff Curtis Cochran successfully fended off challenger John Ensley. Cochran has faced several controversies in the preceding four-year term, his first in law enforcement. He has weathered well-publicized rows with county commissioners, including a discrimination…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 04:50

Democrats retain power on Swain board

Swain County will spend the next four years with an all-Democrat board of commissioners after all the incumbents running for office held onto their seats and Donnie Dixon and Robert White scooped up the two open spots. Neither current chairman…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 04:49

Queen ousted in GOP takeover of state Senate

Incumbent Joe Sam Queen (D-Waynesville) lost his state Senate seat to fresh-faced Republican challenger Ralph Hise, making Hise the youngest North Carolina senator and adding another member to the now-Republican majority in that chamber. This is just the latest in…
A hard-hitting campaign, coupled with a surging Republican tide helped Jim Davis claim the state’s 50th District Senate seat on Tuesday. Davis, a Macon County resident, beat incumbent state Sen. John Snow, a Cherokee County Democrat. If unofficial election night…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 04:11

Suttles keeps Haywood sheriff’s job

Haywood County’s Bobby Suttles won his first election for the sheriff’s seat he has held since 2008, beating Republican challenger Bill Wilke by only 7 percent. Suttles won 20 of the 29 precincts, with Wilke taking most of the county’s…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 04:10

Democrats buck trend in Haywood

Democrats claimed victory in all three open commissioner seats in Haywood County, with incumbents Kirk Kirkpatrick and Bill Upton keeping their spots on the board. Newcomer Michael Sorrells took the chair left vacant by Skeeter Curtis, who did not seek…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 04:09

Shuler keeps House seat

Despite an overwhelming Republican landslide in the 2010 congressional election, Rep. Heath Shuler (D-Waynesville) beat back challenger Jeff Miller of Hendersonville in the 11th District to win this third term in Congress. Shuler, however, who had much more money than…
One new face — Republican Ron Haven — will be on the Macon County Board of Commissioners if unofficial voting results from Tuesday night hold. Incumbent Bob Simpson, a Democrat, lost his seat as 53 percent of Macon County voters…
Macon County Sheriff Robert “Robby” Holland, a Republican, has won another term in office — his third — by beating back challenger George Lynch, a Democrat. Holland and Lynch ran relatively mud-free campaigns that focused on their respective strengths as…
A monumental judge’s election to fill three 30th District Court seats in Western North Carolina has ended after a clean, tightly-contested election. When the dust settled three new judges were seated — Donna Forga, Kristina Earwood and Roy Wijewickrama. Forga’s…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 04:03

Ashe handily returns as Jackson County sheriff

Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe won his third term in office Tuesday, easily beating back a challenge from political newcomer Mary Rock. Ashe, 51, a Democrat, has been in law enforcement for 29 years. He started in 1981 as a…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 04:02

Allen holds her own against incumbent Haire

State Rep. Phil Haire (D-Jackson) fought off a surprisingly strong challenge from fellow Jackson County resident Dodie Allen to retain his hold on the 119th State House District. Rep. Haire, 74, is a Sylva attorney who has served in the…
Jackson County voters upended the board of commissioners Tuesday, calling an abrupt end to progressive land-development regulations that had set this county apart from all others in far Western North Carolina. The dismantling of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 03:59

Dead man gets a ‘My Vote Counted’ sticker

From the we-really-couldn’t-make-this-stuff-up file, election workers in Jackson County didn’t bat an eye when a woman this election cycle brought her dead husband along to vote. Lisa Lovedahl-Lehman, director of the Jackson County Board of Elections, said the sadly mistaken…
Charles White, formerly of Cullowhee, will be at City Lights at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, to read from his new novel, Lambs of Men. The book is set in Western North Carolina during World War I. Marine Sergeant…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 03:48

Photos, oral histories of Madison

Award-winning photographer and writer Rob Amberg’s multimedia presentation “The New Road and Today’s Mountaineers” — set for 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 in the Waynesville branch — is the first installment of the Haywood County Library’s Roads Across America series.…
Author Jane SpottedBird will discuss her new book, Still Here: Dancing to the Beat of My Own Drum on Saturday, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Marianna  Black Library in Bryson City. In May 2008, SpottedBird was…
Several months ago, I reviewed a marvelous non-fiction work by Sharon Hatfield titled Never Seen the Moon: The Trials of Edith Maxwell. Hatfield’s book is a comprehensive account of a 1935 West Virginia murder which became a “cause celebre” that…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 01:10

One fine mountain poet

Allow me to introduce you to a friend of mine. His name is Han Shan. He is among the finest mountain poets of any era in any language. He may have lived during the T’ang Dynasty (circa 600-900 AD). “Han…
In the three years since the Haywood County commissioners authorized a new “enhanced voluntary agricultural district” ordinance, 15 Bethel-area landowners have now placed more than 1,000 acres into the program.   “This total represents real progress in our efforts to…
William and Sabrina Shelton of Shelton Family Farms and Ron and Cathy Arps of Vegenui Garden are sponsoring an end-of-the-season celebration for the members of their CSAs and the vendors at the Jackson County Farmers Market beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Nov.…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 01:02

GSMNP closures

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park began operating on its winter schedule Nov. 1, which includes the closing of seven of 10 campgrounds. Through the month of November, the Sugarlands Visitor Center, two miles south of Gatlinburg, will open daily…
Gardeners, foresters, landowners and others concerned about nonnative invasive plants in the South can now get free copies of A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests by U.S. Forest Service Research Ecologist Jim Miller. The…
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is taking public comment on a coordinated national management plan to address white-nose syndrome, which is decimating bat species across the United States. White-nose syndrome has killed more than a million bats in the…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:58

Parkway closed and under repair

Traveling from Haywood or Jackson counties to Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway won’t be possible until spring as a portion of the scenic road has been closed for repair. The Parkway will be closed between Milepost 405 at N.C.…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:57

Keep your eye on the birdie

Last year around this time we talked about York University Professor Bridget Stutchbury’s groundbreaking research with migrating purple martins and wood thrushes (see http://www.smokymountainnews.com/index.php/news/item/1383-the-naturalists-corner). Stutchbury, her students and now other researchers — with the aid of some nano-technology — are…
Kieran Roe, executive director of Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, said that if the North Carolina Wildlife Commission does not commit to managing the East Fork Headwaters tract that the deal could fall through. “There’s a lot riding on what Wildlife…
The Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy has partnered with The Conservation Fund to purchase 8,000 acres in southern Transylvania County from former congressman Charles Taylor and family. Keiran Roe, executive director of the CMLC, described the tract as the largest privately…