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Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:27

I go to carnivals, therefore I love my children

Part of becoming a parent is making peace with the proposition that virtually everyone in the world except you knows best how to discipline your children. I was once part of that world, casting judgmental “if those were my kids”…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:25

Digging out Lake Junaluska … again

In the ongoing battle to keep Lake Junaluska from filling with silt, the lake will once again be partially lowered this winter so accumulated sediment can be dug out. Scooping sediment out of the lake is a costly proposition. There…
The airwaves in Bryson City are active again now that WBHN is back up and running. The radio station, the only one that calls Swain County home, went off the air about a year ago because of financial problems. Two…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:23

Open House to be held on WCU campus Oct. 2

Prospective college students who want to learn the ins and outs of campus life will have an opportunity for a sneak peak as Western Carolina University holds Open House on Saturday, Oct. 2. Hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions,…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:23

Rabies clinics planned around Haywood

Haywood County Animal Control, the Haywood County Health Department and veterinarians from the county’s six animal hospitals are collaborating on a series of rabies clinics the week of Sept. 27-Oct. 1. The clinics will be held from 5 to 6:30…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:22

Spruce sell will benefit Haywood schools

TCA Tree Farm in Ironduff is selling “dig your own” 4-foot Norway spruce trees Sept. 25 and Oct. 2 as a benefit for the Haywood County Schools Foundation. The trees are immune to the woolly adelgid that attacks hemlocks, and…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:21

Radical makeover

A major remodeling job to convert the abandoned Wal-Mart in Clyde to house the Haywood County Department of Social Services could get underway by November. This rendering by Asheville firm Padgett & Freeman Architects shows how the dreary big-box storefront…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:19

Maroon Devil Classic Golf Tournament

The Seventh Annual Maroon Devil Classic Golf Tournament to will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, at The Ridges Resort and Golf Club in Hayesville. The tournament will be a four-man captain’s choice format. Registration is $75…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:17

Seminar focuses on Internet “findability”

The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority and Haywood Community Colleges’ Small Business Center will co-sponsor a seminar for small business owners titled “Findability on the Web: Tips and Tricks From The Pros” from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 28.…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:10

HCC offers new solar course series

Haywood Community College’s Division of Continuing Education will offer a new solar course series called Harnessing the Power of the Sun. The series will provide more than 20 hours of instruction including some hands-on lab activities. The cost of the…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:09

Haywood Chamber to host candidates

The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Meet and Greet the Candidates forum at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at the Gateway Club. Cost to attend the breakfast is $10 for chamber members and $15 for…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:08

Jackson County candidate forum

The Jackson County Home Builders Association will hold a Jackson County Town Meeting Forum at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at the Cashiers Community Center. All candidates for county commissioner have confirmed they will attend, as well as both candidates…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:04

Needmore Road debate heats up

Dorothy and Steve Poole are among the few who live along a 3.3-mile stretch of Needmore Road the state Department of Transportation wants to widen and pave. “I agree with the people who want to keep it beautiful,” Dorothy Poole…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:02

A snake in the courthouse? Believe it

Deputy Gregory Wood was looking forward to a mundane Monday morning manning the metal detector at the Haywood County courthouse when a woman came in with some strange news: a snake had taken up residence in the elevator of the…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 18:58

Violations stack up against Cherokee bear zoo

Chief Saunooke Bear Park in Cherokee has been cited with federal violations for the treatment and condition of captive bears kept in pits for viewing by tourists. It marks the fourth federal inspection of the bear zoo in two years…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 18:57

Panel finally formed to pick Sylva’s top cop

One town commissioner, the town manager and two business owners will help pick Sylva’s next police chief. The panel, agreed on last week at a board meeting, replaces one originally conceived by Town Manager Adrienne Isenhower that sparked dissent among…
Richard Collings suffered a stroke the night he arrived in Western North Carolina to take over as president of Southwestern Community College. What followed, as Collings described it, was “kind of a weird interlude” into his new job. There had…
Two veteran officers, Sheriff Robert Holland and George Lynch, are vying to fill Macon County’s top law-enforcement post. The campaigns of both men have been remarkable. More for what isn’t happening rather than what has taken place. Both Holland, the…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 18:54

Jackson sheriffs race marked by acrimony

Mary Rock wants to become the first female sheriff in Jackson County, but gaining that title against two-term incumbent and Democrat Jimmy Ashe won’t be easy. Part of Rock’s tactic is that she is running unaffiliated rather than under the…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 18:53

Haywood sheriff challenger pledges modern approach

Voters will have a choice between a fresh or familiar face in this year’s Haywood County sheriff’s race. Democratic incumbent Bobby Suttles has worked law enforcement in Haywood for 35 years, including 18 years at the Haywood County Sheriff’s office.…
It’s nearing showtime for the most heated race in Swain County: the battle between Republican Sheriff Curtis Cochran and his challenger, Democrat John Ensley. Controversial issues were neither few nor far between during Cochran’s first term as sheriff: a suspected…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 18:38

Carden play premiers in Highlands Oct. 1-3

The Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center and the Highlands Cashiers Players will present the world premier of Gary Carden’s newest play, “Signs and Wonders,” on Oct. 1, 2 and 3.  This Small Stages production will also include another of Carden’s…
“Confessions of a Clergy Wife,” performed by Barbara Bates Smith, will take the spotlight at 3 p.m. Sept 26 in Thatcher Hall at Grace Church in the Mountains in Waynesville. The candid and humorous spiritual journey has led to thought-provoking…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 18:36

Fiddling Dills Sisters to perform in Sylva Oct. 18

The Fiddling Dills Sisters will appear at the Jackson County Public Library at 7 p.m. on Oct. 18. Amanda Dills Stewart and Sharon Dills have been playing music together for many years. Amanda started playing violin at age 5 and Sharon…
A free guest artist concert beginning at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, at Western Carolina University Coulter Building recital hall will feature The Trio de Llano, a chamber music ensemble based at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La. The Trio…
Irish dancing and fiery fiddling take center stage when the Hunt Family performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at the Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. The Hunt Family, Clint, Sandy and their seven children: Jessica,…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 18:28

Tickets on sale for WCU gala event

Western Carolina University will mark five years of art and entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct.22, at the Fine and Performing Arts Center with a gala featuring art, music and a theatrical revue of songs by George and…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 18:27

Oct. 2 motorcycle ride to benefit Haywood school

Registration for Central Haywood High School’s eighth Annual Dawgs on Hawgs Motorcycle Ride fundraiser will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 2 at Ghost Town Harley Davidson on the Waynesville Bypass. This event raises much-needed school…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 18:26

Senior belly dancing offered in Waynesville

Middle Eastern (belly) dancing classes for seniors will be held every Thursday from 9 to 10:15 a.m. at the Creative Thought Center on Pigeon Street in Waynesville. Exercise & Movement for Middle Eastern Dance is a basic class that offers…
The Haywood County Arts Council is seeking artists for its third annual Small Works show to be held Nov. 17-Dec. 31 at Gallery 86 at 86 N. Main Street in Waynesville. The show has grown from 68 western North Carolina…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 18:15

Fontana to host clogging weekend

The eighth-annual Fontana Clogging weekend will be held at The Fontana Village Resort Sept. 24-26. Dancers from more than 20 states (as far away as California), Canada and Germany will be on hand for a weekend of clog dancing workshops,…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 18:14

Wildlife artist to speak in Highlands

Bruce Bunch — outdoorsman, conservationist and wildlife artist — will be the guest speaker at the Art League of Highlands at 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27, at the Highlands Civic Center. Bunch is a familiar figure in outdoors circles…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 18:14

Landscape painting workshop at Waterrock

Catch the Spirit of Appalachia (CSA) will hold a landscape-painting workshop from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, as part of a fall series of painting workshop. The workshop will be held at Waterrock Knob on the Blue Ridge…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 18:13

Art workshop series kicks off Sept. 27

Fall art classes for all ages will be held at the First Baptist Church of Waynesville beginning Sept. 27. The classes are a six-week series that will be held on Monday and Tuesday afternoons that feature adult drawing, photography and…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 18:09

Jackson celebrates crafters Oct. 1

In conjunction with the national American Craft Week, Jackson County craftsmen are hosting and opening for the exhibition “Hand + Craft: A Jackson County Celebration” from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1, at Gallery One as part of…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 18:06

Treat yourself to a ‘Taste of Fall’

Haywood Habitat for Humanity (HHGH ) is providing a way for citizens to showcase their culinary skills, treat their taste buds, and support a good cause at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Maggie Valley Club. Bring a favorite food…
The talents of Western North Carolina’s top traditional musicians and singers will be showcased during the 36th annual Mountain Heritage Day, coming up Saturday, Sept. 25, on the campus of Western Carolina University. The festival’s newly named “Mountain” and “Heritage”…
The traditional folkways of the Southern Appalachian Mountains will once again take center stage as the Western Carolina University community presents the 36th annual Mountain Heritage Day on Saturday, Sept. 25. WCU’s annual festival offers a smorgasbord of traditional mountain…
Marian Wright Edelman will speak at the Lake Junaluska Peace Conference at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, at Stuart Auditorium. The talk is part of the 2010 Lake Junaluska Peace Conference titled “Peace for the World’s Children” and is free.…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:41

Alzheimer’s Association opens Cherokee office

A grand opening celebration of the Alzheimer’s Association’s office and counseling center in Cherokee will take place  2:30-5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 20. The facility will be in the Health and Medical Division Building, 43 John Crowe Hill. Principal Chief…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:40

Mark the Scouts’ 100th anniversary Sept. 25

The Boy Scouts of America is celebrating 100 years of scouting with a council-wide camporee and celebration at Camp Daniel Boone in Haywood County the weekend of Sept. 25. All Scouts, leaders, families and guests are encouraged to come and…
An accountant tasked by a Superior Court judge with taking control of Moody Funeral Home in Sylva said she couldn’t fulfill the order because of a state-licensing issue, and questions about who is on the property lease. In a Sept.…
Ron Rosendahl took the time to count every single sign greeting the main road that dissects the town of Maggie Valley. He found 400 signs squeezed into less than five miles of Soco Road. According to Rosendahl, only 26 of…
Western Carolina might never be the next Silicon Valley, but experts say improving Internet access could help kick-start the region’s economy. David Hubbs, CEO of BalsamWest FiberNET, said with the manufacturing sector mostly on its way out in WNC, it’s…
A few years ago, Michael Wade was ready to hang up tin cans and have tenants at his Rabbit Ridge Apartments in Cullowhee yell messages at each other — all to avoid the daily aggravation caused by two telecom corporations.…
Retired horticulturist Clayton Davis envisions a new Maggie Valley. Instead of a tiring five-mile stretch of asphalt along Soco Road, it features a beautiful line of islands brimming with colorful flowers, trees, shrubs and decorative rocks. Like the tulips at…
After enduring months of dogged opposition over a county rule that would protect residents from nasty garbage piles on their neighbor’s property, Haywood County leaders are trying a different tack. The county has dropped the idea of a public health…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:29

Haywood Memory Walk to support Alzheimer’s care

Registration is now open for the 20th Annual Haywood County Memory Walk, which will be held at 3 p.m. Oct. 3 at Lake Junaluska. There are more than 1,630 cases of Alzheimer’s disease in Haywood County, and that number is…
“Taking Care of You: Powerful Tools for Care giving,” is a six-week series created to educate those who care for chronically ill family members. The classes will be held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. every Thursday from Sept. 30 to…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:27

Learn more about respite caregiving

Training sessions for those wishing to work as a respite caregiver will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, and those seeking a respite caregiver can attend training from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Haywood Community…