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Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:05

Cutting food aid right now is deplorable

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To the Editor: An elderly widow on a fixed-income already cannot afford a healthy diet and her medications, and now…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:03

Waynesville town board needs Mary Ann Enloe

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To the Editor: One of America’s greatest statesmen, Thomas Paine, wrote a book called Common Sense. Unfortunately, this trait is…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:02

General Assembly puts burden on locals

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To the Editor: It has become evident that the principle guideline being used by Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, and the…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:59

Pope is pulling the strings in state politics

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The news media in this country is abuzz with talk about North Carolina. Unfortunately, it’s not flattering. What they’re saying…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:56

Business news

Grant helps outfit new Haywood hospice center With help from two Appalachian Regional Commission grants, Haywood Regional Medical Center plans to expand its existing facilities and add 24 jobs. The medical center will use two federal grants, totaling $146,592, to…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:56

Connie Haire retires from SCC

Connie Haire, vice president for the Macon Campus Southwestern Community College, has retired after serving 25 years at the college. Under her leadership, enrollment at the $6 million Macon campus grew 87 percent in four years and a second building…
Efforts are well under way in both Sylva and Franklin to build dog parks, places where folks’ canine companions can run off-leash in safely fenced, assigned areas. If the two communities do build dog parks, they’ll be joining their neighbors…
Ray Bradley Jr. is the talkative type. He’s not shy airing his opinions, whether the discussion is about Cherokee tribal politics or, as is the case now, what legalizing alcohol sales throughout Jackson County could mean along the highway leading…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:30

MaconSense heading Macon league program

A luncheon program at noon Thursday, Oct. 13, at Tartan Hall, located in the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin, will give people an opportunity to learn about the new organization, MaconSense. The group’s initial campaign is for safe slope development…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:29

Get help on maintaining a successful business

The Jackson County Public Library will host a free business seminar on how to create and maintain successful businesses in this current difficult economic climate. The program is aimed at owners and employees of businesses of all sizes and types,…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:29

Federal settlement claims-filing help

Help filing claims in the $760 million Keepseagle Native American Farmer and Rancher Settlement is set for Oct. 18-20, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express on Painttown Road in Cherokee. This help is being offered…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:28

Rape suspects still at large in Macon County

Two recent rapes in Macon County involving assailants unknown to the victims, both cases still unsolved, have left many women here on edge. In early August, a woman living on Rose Creek Cove Road in the Cowee community was raped…
It took five days for the U.S. Forest Service to alert the public about a roadside rape in the Wayah Bald area of the Nantahala National Forest late last month. The rape happened on Sunday Sept. 25. The forest service…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:25

Free vouchers available to spay and neuter cats

Haywood Animal Welfare Association Spay/Neuter is offering 100 free vouchers for surgery, rabies vaccination and parasite treatment for cats. Vouchers are available to Haywood County residents at 145 Wall Street Thursday Oct. 13 and Oct. 20, and Monday, Oct. 17.…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:24

Recognize those volunteer efforts

Know a volunteer who deserves recognition? The Haywood/Jackson Volunteer Center is now taking nominations for the North Carolina’s Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service. The Haywood Jackson Volunteer Center will select nominated volunteers in a host of categories to receive the…
With a paper mill that constantly bellows smoke, Canton will not likely be the next Western North Carolina tourism destination. But, a local development group StepUp Canton does think the old mill town could become a quaint hometown for young…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:21

Get an early jump on college in Jackson

Jackson County Early College High School is recruiting for the 2012-2013 school year. Information sessions are scheduled at 6 p.m. at Southwestern Community College Sylva’s campus, in the lobby of the Early College building. The dates are: Monday, Oct. 24;…
Myron L. Coulter, chancellor of Western Carolina University from 1984 until 1994, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the age of 82 after a long battle with cancer. Coulter, known to friends and colleagues by his nickname of “Barney,” guided WCU…
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority is looking for ways to help the Blue Ridge Parkway trim its chronic overgrowth troubles. The parkway doesn’t have the money or resources to regularly trim trees that encroach upon its many overlooks, a…
As early as next week, the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority will launch the latest addition to its “See yourself in the Smokies” campaign — a mobile website and a personalized QR code. Currently, when people visit the county’s tourism website…
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority may outsource its search for vacation home renters who are evading the county’s 4 percent tax on overnight lodging. Lynn Collins, director of the tourism agency, plans to meet with Virginia-based software company VRCompliance…
The Altrusa Club of Waynesville is collecting one-serving pop-top canned goods for the Haywood County Meals on Wheels program, to coincide with Altrusa’s “Make A Difference Day” on Saturday, Oct. 22.   Canned goods can be dropped off until Friday,…
Public art can be a tricky business for a town, given the wide range of public tastes. For years, Waynesville boasted rotating pieces of public art downtown. But it was labor intensive to find artists willing to lend pieces for…
It doesn’t take much of an artist’s eye to appreciate the newest piece of public art planned for the streets of downtown Waynesville. By this time next year, a replica of a historic arch — boasting Waynesville as the “Eastern…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:13

Call to Arms!

Western North Carolina boasts several clubs for Civil War enthusiasts, from scholarly programs to reliving the experience. • Western North Carolina Civil War Roundtable: The discussion group meets the second Monday of each month to discuss Civil War history and…
Next to Hunter Library at Western Carolina University is a Baptist church with a 190-year-old graveyard. George Frizzell, head of the library’s special collections, helped survey that graveyard 17 years ago. So when Frizzell spotted a postscript to a letter…
Buffs, enthusiasts, aficionados, nuts: call them what you will, but remember the saying about strength in numbers. American’s fascination with the Civil War history is alive and kicking in the Appalachian mountains, where a group of 75 Civil War fans…
Jule Morrow isn’t a rebel; Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” isn’t his personal mantra. He doesn’t relive the Civil War, hoping to change the outcome. “What I honor is the courage,” said Morrow, a Civil War re-enactor whose regiment, the…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:55

Perdue gives leaders pep talk to nurture ideas

A town doesn’t have to be big to have big ideas, according to North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue. “What is it you have that you can capitalize on? That you can put together and sell,” Perdue said. Last Thursday’s small…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:54

Revisit the Ingalls family with SMCT play

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Smoky Mountain Community Theatre in Bryson City will stage “Little House: By The Shores of Silver Lake” at 7:30 p.m.…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:53

Fariello to speak as part of Craft Week

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Anna Fariello, associate research professor at Hunter Library at Western Carolina University, will speak about the identity of American craft…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:51

‘Liars Bench’ Halloween show to be presented Oct. 20

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Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will host a free Halloween-flavored performance of “The Liars Bench” Southern Appalachian variety show…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:51

Stecoah welcomes Harvest Festival

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Mountain traditions come alive at the annual Harvest Festival on Oct. 14-16 at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center on…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:50

North Hominy celebrates all things apple

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The North Hominy Apple Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the North Hominy Community Center on Newfound…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:49

Big wheels roll into Cherokee Oct. 14-16

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Big rigs and antique trucks rumble into Cherokee Oct. 14-16 for the sixth Annual Big Rigs and Antique Trucks Show, where…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:48

Southern Gospel songs with local author Sharon Wyatt

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The Marianna Black Library will host an evening of original Southern Gospel music written by the author of the new…
On Saturday, Oct. 15, Blind Faith Productions will present Phil Keaggy, a multi-Dove Award winner, Grammy nominee and world-renowned guitar…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:47

An ‘Out of This World’ concert in Maggie

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The Haywood Community Band will present its final free concert of the Maggie Valley Concert Series at 6:30 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:45

Lake Junaluska Singers to perform Oct. 14-15

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The Lake Junaluska Singers will present two concerts at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and 15 at historic Stuart Auditorium. The…
Tickets go on sale 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, for a Nov. 10 concert at Western Carolina University’s Liston B.…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:44

Experience world harmonies with Ubuntu

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Ubuntu, a group of people who meet to sing world music a cappella, will perform at 7 p.m. on Oct.…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:43

Drum circle planned in downtown Franklin

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A drumming circle for all ages will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, on the Macon County…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:42

Songwriters in the Round series continues in Balsam Oct. 13

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The decade-old Songwriters in the Round series at the Balsam Mountain Inn continues Thursday, Oct. 13, with crowd favorites Thom…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:42

Highlands hosts Fall Colors Art Show

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The Fall Colors Art Show will be held this week at the Highlands Recreation Center in Highlands. The popular juried…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:41

Marianna Black Library to host amateur photography contest

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The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City is hosting its Third Annual “Life in Swain” amateur photography contest. The past…
The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University — with funding from the Jackson County Arts Council — is hosting…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:39

Leaf Lookers Gemboree opens Oct. 14

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Looking for great fall color? Well, gem and mineral dealers from across the country will be in Macon County Oct.…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:37

WCU high school marching band contest set for Oct. 15


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About 3,000 students from high school marching bands in four states will compete for top honors during the 11th annual…
The 23rd annual Haywood County Apple Harvest Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, in…
Voices from the American Land — along with local partners Land Trust for the Little Tennessee, the Wilderness Society, Tuckasegee Reader, Western North Carolina Alliance, Wild South, Canary Coalition, Mad Batter Café, Tuckasegee Alliance, New Native Press and City Lights…