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Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:34

Raise Your Hand against AIDS at fundraiser

Raise Your Hand 2011, a fundraiser for the Western North Carolina Aids Project, will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Doubletree Hotel in Biltmore. From 6 to 8 p.m., a silent and live auction will be…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:33

Public asked to weigh in on road projects

Care about what new roads should be built or which existing ones should be widened or redesigned? Or perhaps the bigger question when it comes to some of the region’s controversial roads, which ones should be nixed? Here’s your chance…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:31

Magistrate cuts cause consternation for cops

A state plan to eliminate a part-time magistrate in Highlands is being roundly condemned — and resisted — by Macon County law enforcement leaders and government officials. Slashing the positions in the name of savings has been likened to a…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:27

Same-sex marriage heads to the ballot

Next spring, voters in North Carolina will voice their opinions on gay marriage when a constitutional amendment banning the practice will appear on the spring primary ballot. The question isn’t whether gay marriage should be allowed; it’s already outlawed in…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:22

It should not be so in America

Editor’s note: North Carolina legislators have voted to place a proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage on the ballot in the May 2012 primary (see related story). The Smoky Mountain News asked Marilyn Jody, a professor emeritus at Western…
Help wanted signs aren’t too common these days. But there’s an anomaly here in the far end of the state,…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:16

Rank-and-file casino workers told to turn on the charm

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In a basement classroom at Harrah’s casino, a fresh group of new hires stretched out before Al Lossiah, the latest…
A 12-acre empty tract beside Super Wal-Mart in Waynesville has sold for $3.5 million, slated for a Michael’s craft store, Pet Smart and new location for Belk department store. Belk will move from beside Ingle’s grocery store to the, much…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:42

South Main makeover: Let the brainstorming begin

When new bikers show up for his weekly ride in Waynesville, Cecil Yount pulls out all the stops: a riveting trip through town to Super Wal-Mart and back. While lacking in scenery, Yount is sending a message to the cyclists…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:41

Waynesville Rec Center to close temporarily

The Waynesville Recreation Center will be closed for routine maintenance work through Sept. 18. The center will reopen on Sept. 19 at 5 a.m. The pool will be closed through Sept. 25. The lap pool will reopen Sept. 26 at…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:39

Prepare for flu season with vaccine

MedWest Haywood Home Care Services will offer flu shots at the Home Care building from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday on a first-come, first-served, walk-in basis. No appointment is necessary. The Home Care building is located directly…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:39

Waynesville calls for street adopters

The Town of Waynesville is asking residents and businesses to take part in the Adopt-A-Street program. Volunteers can choose a street in town and be responsible for picking up litter on that street. For their efforts, a street sign is…
Phil Drake acknowledges that he has two kinds of enterprises. There are those launched or purchased for strategic business reasons; others he owns to ensure family members in Macon County have places to work. Drake has a lot of family,…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:35

Diversity week at WCU

The 12th annual Diversity Week will take place at Western Carolina University Sept. 18-24. A series of events, designed to help the university become a more inclusive community, include a picnic, speakers and Mountain Heritage Day. An International Day of…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:34

Constitution Day this Saturday

Readings by local residents of the U.S. Constitution will take place Sept. 17 in Maggie Valley, Cashiers and Cherokee.   This is part of a nationwide effort to revitalize civic culture. The event in Cashiers begins at 11 a.m. at…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:34

Matthews to share 9/11 experience

The Rev. Dan Mathews will share his experience of being in New York during the 9/11 attacks 10 years ago during a Live and Learn event on at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. The program will be in the Reynolds…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:33

Truck turnarounds slated for U.S. 64

A workshop on a plan to build truck turn-around locations and information stations on U.S. 64 between Franklin and Highlands in Macon County will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Cullasaja Gorge Rescue…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:32

A masterful game of musical chairs

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When all is said and expanded at Harrah’s, there will be 2,000 seats at the various restaurants scattered across the…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:32

Dishwasher extraordinaire

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Jeremiah Chatham is the kind of person who looks far too gregarious to be wearing a suit. He has an…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:31

Finding a custom fit, 2,000 times over

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Deep in the labyrinthine basement at Harrah’s, in an ordinary hallway sits an extraordinary room. There’s a service counter and…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:30

Gardener sees casino as a canvas

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Twelve thousand. That’s how many annuals Zeke Cooper and his crew have installed in the last month in and around…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:29

Luring gamers to play longer, play harder

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Go to Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel and Casino on any given day, and there’s a good chance you’ll encounter a promotion…
Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel and Casino towers over the landscape in Cherokee, its three hotel towers only surpassed in height by the mountains providing its backdrop. The polished product it offers patrons — legal gambling in a refined setting with a…
A 36-member commission charged with developing a new strategic plan for Western Carolina University is on a tight timeline: Chancellor David Belcher wants the guiding document in the board of trustees’ hands next June. The commission, a mix of university…
Macon County commissioners decided last week to try to buy the old Cartoogechaye School, raze it and build two ball fields on the site. County Manager Jack Horton called a special board meeting last Friday after realizing the possibility of…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:17

Town manager forced out in Sylva

Sylva leaders this week demanded their town manager resign, just more than two years after she was hired. “This was not my decision,” Adrienne Isenhower, now Sylva’s former town manager, told The Smoky Mountain News on Tuesday. Isenhower resigned Monday…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:15

Haywood closes in on deal to privatize landfill

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Haywood County is inching closer to exiting the landfill business, with plans to hand over the county’s White Oak landfill…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:15

Learn Spanish at SCC

Beginner Spanish is being offered at Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus Monday evenings beginning Sept. 12. The course will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. through Nov. 14, and will provide the foundation for future levels. The focus of…
Haywood County business owners who have been dodging the 4 percent lodging tax will now find themselves facing a crackdown, although some dodgers may not even be aware of their crime. The lodging tax applies not only to hotels, B&B’s…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:00

Farmers are almost always willing to lend a hand

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Tammara Talley, while gracious in her acknowledgments during the shower of verbal high-fives raining down upon her at Saturday’s farmers…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:59

Riding the Parkway for a cause

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Seconds after I heard the doorbell, my little feet hit the stone floor landing that served to separate the front…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:58

Tea Party wants to restore America

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To the Editor: In a Quinnipiac University polling (8/16-8/27), 29 percent of Americans responded that they couldn’t formulate an opinion…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:58

Let’s send Obama to unemployment line

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To the Editor: We need a plan that will help grow jobs in our district. The message to the world…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:57

Kudos to Haywood for landslide mapping

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To the Editor: It’s good to see Haywood County leaders talking sense about landslide hazard mapping instead of stoking the…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:57

Harrah’s should not have a monopoly

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To the Editor: Regarding the editor’s article, “It’s time to approve dealers at Harrah’s casino” (SMN, Sept. 7-13), I agree…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:55

More media is almost always beneficial

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I don’t listen to local radio so much anymore, but the story in last week’s edition about the demise of…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:51

A tribute to fishing and fish

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In last week’s The Smoky Mountain News, Gary Carden began his review of Ron Rash’s collection of poems, Waking, by…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:50

Author Chris McMillan to read from debut memoir

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Local author Chris McMillan will read from her new memoir at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Blue Ridge…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:50

Revisit the library with special events

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In celebration of National Library Card Sign-Up Month, the Haywood County Public Library is joining with other North Carolina libraries…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:49

Library to host author Pam Duncan

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 Novelist Pamela Duncan will read from and discuss her novels at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Jackson…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:48

Author casts new light on an old ballad

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Sharyn McCrumb, author of the Ballad Series of novels, will read from her new book, The Ballad of Tom Dooley,…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:48

Author to illuminate the joys of fly fishing

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David Joy, the author of the new book Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman’s Journey, will hold a reading and signing…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:45

Trout Unlimited to hold river clean-up

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A river-sweep cleanup of the Tuckasegee starting at the new CJ Harris boat ramp in Dillsboro is set for Thursday,…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:45

Calling volunteers to clean waterways

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Get out your gloves and pitch in cleaning up litter from Richland Creek in Waynesville as part of the North…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:43

Hands-on learning helps kids understand water issues

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It requires getting a little wet, but that’s all part of the fun when the Haywood Waterways Association and Haywood…
Outdoor enthusiasts can look forward to a two-day WNC OutdoorAthlon this fall in Macon County, Oct. 8-9. Activities include a…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:42

New half marathon gearing up in Cherokee

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Registration is open for a new half-marathon race taking place on the Cherokee Indian Reservation Saturday, Oct. 15, starting at…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:41

Workshop to explore the ethics of ecology

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Training for leaders and activists in the conservation movement will explore the deeper issues of ethics, values and the root…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:40

Don’t poach it, grow ‘sang legally instead

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Learn how to grow that lucrative cash-plant, ginseng, at home. The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service and the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:39

Photography workshop to be held at Balsam Mountain Preserve

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Shutterbug alert: Balsam Mountain Trust in Sylva will hold a digital photography class Sept. 24, from 3 p.m. until sunset.…