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Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:38

How to do business with the government

Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center and the Greater Haywood Chamber of Commerce have partnered to offer a free seminar on “Doing Business with the Government” from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Dec. 16. It will be held on…
Haywood Community College faculty and staff members collected a total of $2,924.00 for United Way to be used for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. The funds were raised through the college’s annual campaign. This year’s campaign was led by instructors…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:37

Cold weather help comes to local pets

Haywood Animal Welfare Association delivers 1,600 pounds of pet food per week to the local pantries and assists some cat colony caretakers with cat food.   The pet food distributed through the pantries advertizes HAWA’s low-cost spay/neuter program.  This year…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:36

Initiation fee waived at HRMC fitness center

Haywood Regional Health and Fitness Center is waiving the usual initiation fee on six-month memberships as a holiday gift to the community. The special is valid through Jan. 7. Since Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center opened in 1998, it…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:36

Canton mill case moves forward

A recent decision by a North Caroline administrative law judge has denied Evergreen Packaging’s attempt to dismiss the case filed by Cocke County, Tenn., and seven Tennessee and North Carolina based groups against the wastewater permit for its Canton pulp…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:33

Swanger takes Haywood chairman’s seat

Haywood County Commissioner Mark Swanger has found himself in a comfortable old seat after taking over the chairmanship at the board’s Monday meeting. It was the first meeting of the newly-elected board, though it bears only one new face —…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:32

WCU’s fall commencement set for Dec. 18

Western Carolina University will honor its fall graduating class, and recognize a group of graduates who received their degrees after this year’s summer school sessions, as the university holds fall commencement at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. The ceremony at…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:32

There’s new management in town

Jackson County’s new board of commissioners took their seats for the first time Monday night, but only after the old board bid farewell to a standing ovation from a packed house. The formerly all-Democrat board went through a shake-up in…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:30

Westmoreland: Debnam said he wanted ‘change’

To hear Kenneth Westmoreland tell it, the decision to leave his job as Jackson County manager wasn’t exactly “his decision” as portrayed after the fact by new commission Chairman Jack Debnam. Did Debnam tell a lie, on this his first…
I would like to speak still in support of reinstating Al Slagle to the planning board and against appointing anyone, ever to the planning board or any other board, who is actively opposed to the missions and procedures of that…
First off, I would like to thank Chairman Beale and the commissioners for meeting with us jointly tonight. And thank the planning board members, the comprehensive plan subcommittee members, and the safe slope development workgroup members for attending. And thank…
Macon County commissioners almost couldn’t hold a meeting Monday night because they couldn’t agree on a new chairman. With newly elected state Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, absent because of a mandatory meeting in Raleigh, the board split 2-2 over whether…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:16

GOP shift spells trouble for planning advocates

Commissioners’ appointment of a man to the Macon County Planning Board who has openly opposed that very concept has sparked outrage and an outpouring of support for the board’s beleaguered members. The showdown for now is in Macon County, a…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:15

Stecoah to host indoor craft show

The annual Christmas in the Mountains Art and Craft Show will be held Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Stechoah Valley Center. There will be as many as 20 individual craft vendors in addition to the…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:15

Rickman Store plans holiday events Dec. 11

There will be a special holiday celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Rickman Store in Macon County. Potters from the Heritage Arts Program of Southwestern Community College will be at the Store for a…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:14

Voices in the Laurel plans Christmas concert

Singers from the internationally acclaimed children’s choir Voices in the Laurel will perform a special Christmas concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12, at Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Lake Junaluska.  This year’s concert will be entitled “The…
By Joe Hooten • Contributing writer If your family is like mine, we have unspoken rules regarding the amount and duration of holiday music played in our house. The rule is simple: the music comes out the day after Thanksgiving…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:11

Great gifts at HCC holiday sale

The Professional Crafts students at Haywood Community College will be selling their exceptional wares at the Holiday Sale Thursday, Dec. 9, and Friday, Dec. 10. Located in the Student Center Auditorium, the sale will feature handmade jewelry, woodwork, pottery and…
Martin DeWitt, founding director and curator of the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University, has announced his retirement. “I think the timing is right for changes,” said DeWitt, whose career spans more than 30 years in museum administration. He…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 19:39

Westmoreland's retirement announced

Jackson County Manager Kenneth Westmoreland will retire effective Jan. 1, incoming Jackson County board chairman Jack Debnam has told The Smoky Mountain News. With accumulated leave, his last day in the office will be Dec. 7. “It was his decision,”…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:37

The tendency to follow greed off a cliff

To the Editor: Various citizens have made comments about the rich versus the poor based on their ideological thinking, but here are some startling facts: • 20 percent of Americans own 93 percent of its assets.   • 1 percent…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:37

In defense of the Tea Party

To the Editor: I am a member of the Tea Party-The 9-12 group.  I am an American mom and grandparent. Prayer is an important part of my life. I pray before meetings. There are clergymen in our organization who lead in prayer. I…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:36

Writers can’t write whatever they want

To the Editor: In last week’s (Nov 24-30) Smoky Mountain News opinion piece by Quintin Ellison, she writes … ”I maintain I’ve got a perfect right to portray whomever I want to, whenever I want to, how I want to, in…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:36

Macon needs steep slope ordinances

To the Editor: Anyone who was living in this area at the time of the tragic Peeks Creek disaster off U.S. 64 between Franklin and Highlands would be well aware of the need for an ordinance giving teeth to construction requirements on the many steep…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:33

More effort need to combat underage drinking

By Patti Tiberi • Guest Columnist “Alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among America’s youth. A higher percentage of young people between the ages of 12 and 20 use alcohol than use tobacco or illicit drugs. The…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:31

Shuler is making the most of his opportunities

I don’t particularly remember U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, from our days growing up in Swain County. He is younger than I am by a few years, more my brother’s contemporary than mine. His father delivered our mail. I don’t…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:30

The creek outside my window

I write this from my “office” (a spare room) at home. Looking out the window, I can see the creek that passes through our place. As a general rule, I spend more time watching the creek flow by my window…
Library lovers and history buffs from all over have a singular opportunity this year to combine giving Christmas presents to family and friends and giving to their community. The Jackson County Library capital campaign is still under way, and co-chair…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:29

Bookstore program to help children in need

City Lights Bookstore has started the 12th year of its annual Holiday Giving Tree, a program designed to put books in the hands of local children during the holiday season. Each year since 1998 the store has worked with local…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:27

Lehane’s latest as good as it gets

For over a decade, Dennis Lehane’s name has been synonymous with skillfully crafted crime novels. Both Mystic River and Shutter’s Island were made into blockbuster movies and Coronado contains some of the best short stories in American fiction. However, Lahane’s greatest…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:27

Birding trail workshop set for Dec. 9

A “Birder Friendly Community Workshop” will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the Balsam Mountain Inn. The workshop, sponsored by the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, will provide training for businesses and communities to help…
The Jackson County Farmers Market will remain open throughout the winter months. The market vendors will hold a Holiday Bazaar to kick off the winter season from 9 a.m. until noon on Dec. 4 in the parish hall of St.…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:26

Visitation to the Smokies jumps over last year

Visitation to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park through October is up for the year, and in October 2010 park visitation jumped by 19 percent over October 2009. Parkwide, visitation for the year is up 2.9 percent. Through October 2009,…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:24

N.C. parks prove popular with visitors

More than a quarter million visitors to North Carolina state parks used a new reservations system in its first full year of operation, with most campers preferring short visits to state parks near their homes, according to the N.C. Division…
Early registration is currently under way for the 2011 Caring for Creation experience at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center on March 31-April 3, 2011. Caring for Creation is a loosely organized movement of faith communities that believe there is Biblical…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:22

JMCA marks 10 years with Dec. 9 celebration

The Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance is celebrating its 10th anniversary and holding its annual meeting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Episcopal Church in Highlands. The celebration will include food, wine/beer and music performed by Thea and the…
I mean, where would you hang a tire swing if there were no trees? How could you lay back and watch the sky rock back and forth filling the jigsaw spaces between the leaves with ever-changing bits of sky and…
Putting all of Ed Kelley’s interests in separate, tidy little boxes just doesn’t work. There’s no way to separate Ed from Ed’s photography; or Ed’s photography from nature; or nature from Ed’s philosophy. There is also Ed Kelley the artist,…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:08

Liars Bench celebrates Christmas Dec. 4

Liars Bench Southern Appalachian variety show to play a “foxfire Christmas” at bookstore The Liars Bench — Western North Carolina’s own Southern Appalachian live variety show — plays City Lights Bookstore at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, for the…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:07

Franklin concert aims to lift holiday spirits

Parker and Paschal will appear at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 with a show that promises to jump-start your holiday celebrations.   Parker’s June 2003 song “It’s True” — the title song…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:07

Franklin church presents Cantata Dec. 5

An original Christmas Cantata, “It Shall Be Fulfilled,” will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5, at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Franklin.   The cantata includes a narration of the birth of Christ as recorded in the…
Smoky Mountain Living magazine's February/March issue will be dedicated to love — not just in the romantic sense, but for place, work, family, animals, etc. The magazine wants your images and interpretations of love for its photo spread. Submissions should…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:04

Appalachian Christmas at HART Main Theater

The Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts at the historic Shelton House is sponsoring an Appalachian Christmas musical event that evokes nostalgic recollections of holiday celebrations evident in early settlements in the Appalachian Mountains. Performed by noted folk and traditional musicians…
The annual Canton Christmas Tour of Homes is from 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5. The show features six homes and all proceeds will benefit the Canton Miss Labor Day Scholarship Fund. Admission is $12, and children under 12 are…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:01

Small works on display, for sale at Gallery 86

The Haywood County Arts Council’s third annual show of “pint-sized” artwork titled, ”It’s a Small, Small Work 2010” is currently on exhibit at Gallery 86 now through Friday, Dec. 31, in Waynesville. The show provides a unique opportunity to purchase…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:00

Museum plans basket and pottery workshops

Want to make a Cherokee basket or Cherokee pottery bowl for that special Christmas present? Come to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian Dec. 11 and create your own white oak basket with plain and dyed splints, or your own…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:00

Craft fair to be held at Haywood fitness center

Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center will host a Craft Fair from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the gymnasium on Saturday, Dec. 11. Members can purchase a 6-foot table to display their items for $10. Non-members can purchase a 6-foot…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 20:59

Haywood history, a picture at a time

The Gateway Club in Waynesville is currently hosting an exhibit of the The Haywood Snapshot Project. The exhibit, recently displayed at Haywood Arts Repertory Theater, uses historic photographs to bring Waynesville’s history to life. Images, ranging from an 1886 photograph…
Waynesville Gallery Association presents Art After Dark from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 from 6 to 9 p.m. Take a stroll through working studios and galleries on Main Street, Depot Street and in Frog Level. Festive…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 20:55

Last Sylva After Dark of 2010 is Dec. 3

The next Sylva After Dark will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, in downtown Sylva. This will be the last Sylva After Dark until May 2011.   Some of the events planned for Dec. 23…