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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…
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…