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Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:10

Tsunami sweeps over North Carolina

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To the Editor: The State of North Carolina has been blessed in many ways.  One of her blessings, in spite…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:09

Summer in the mountains: baptisms and clotheslines

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“Sowing in the sunshine, sowing in the shadows, we shall come rejoicing bringing in the sheets.” — (slight adaptation from…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:01

Scholarship winners travel to China

Two $500 scholarships have been awarded to Lella Dougherty of Cherokee County Schools and Sarah Bruegger of Jackson County Schools by the Center for Diversity Education. The scholarships will be used to travel with the Western Region Education Service Alliance…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:01

Space still open in theatre camp

Western Carolina University’s Theatre Summer camp has space remaining for campers ages 7 to 17. Registration will run through July 7. The camp will be 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for 7- to 12-year-olds and from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.…
Money and donations of clothing, furniture and other household items are being accepted at the Swain County Sheriff’s Office to help Michael Harrison, a school resource officer whose home burned down. Harrison was called home to Swain County last Friday…
The SEJ Laity Conference, a family experience, will be offered June 30 through July 3 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. A two-hour “Festival of Families” event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, July 1, and…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:58

Macon steep-slope ordinance inches forward

Macon County’s commissioners want their planning board, if possible, to finish up work on a steep-slope ordinance by August. Commissioner Bobby Kuppers last week also asked planning board members not to give up on the proposed ordinance, but to see…
Jackson County Commissioner Doug Cody said he was as surprised as anyone to learn that his name would be included on a bronze plaque destined to hang on the newly renovated courthouse and library complex. So was his fellow board…
William Shelton is off the local community college’s board of trustees after the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, in a 3-2 vote, instead appointed Dewayne Elders, Commissioner Charles Elders’ son. Shelton, a Democrat, was a former Jackson County commissioner who…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:56

Jackson commissioner keeps on DOT warpath

Jack Debnam, chairman of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, called on Sylva leaders to join him in his bid for increased scrutiny of local N.C. Department of Transportation projects. “I’m not here as a representative of the county commission,”…
Maggie Valley gave the thumbs up to a 2011-12 budget, voting 4-1 to approve the spending plan at a town board meeting last week. The lone dissenter was Alderman Phil Aldridge, who opposed the budget because of its spending. “I…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:55

Community funding pool to aid nonprofits

Macon County non-profit organizations have until July 30 to apply for grants through the Macon County Community Funding Pool. Organizations applying for funds must provide financial statements such as budgets and federal tax-exempt reports, organization goals and objectives and program…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:54

Rolling center offers bone testing

MedWest Health System’s osteoporosis bus provides bone density testing each week to women throughout rural Western North Carolina. Osteoporosis causes bones become brittle and more likely to break. The Osteoporosis Center at MedWest-Haywood is currently the only center accredited in…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:53

Sales keep pace with county’s new values

Property in Haywood County is selling 4 percent higher than the new values on the county’s tax books, refuting criticism that the county blanketly appraised property for more than it was worth. There have been 215 property sales in the…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:51

How right is the reval?

There’s only one way to tell how right — or wrong — Haywood County’s recent property revaluation is. Appraisers attempt to peg the price of house or lot, predicting what a buyer would pay should a ‘for sale’ sign go…
Haywood County commissioners continue to be dogged by outcries over new property values. Critics are openly deriding commissioners at every county meeting. They’ve circulated petitions, garnering hundreds of signatures from people who think the county has pegged their property values…
It doesn’t take long to survey North Carolina’s newest town; perhaps five minutes, tops. There’s the swanky Fontana Village Resort, the community’s sole employer. Just down the road are an ice cream shop, laundromat, post office and gasoline station. There’s…
By most accounts, calling Art Williams a hands-on developer would be a pretty fair description. For decades, Williams was in the business of subdivision building, first in Florida and then in Western North Carolina. In pretty much everything, his word…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:44

HAM radio holds on in a high tech world

The term HAM radio doesn’t usually conjure visions of a chic hi-tech world, but usually something closer to, as Al Sanders put it, “a bunch of old gray headed guys talking on the radio.” Sanders heads up a Haywood group…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:42

Building districts by the numbers

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This year, the math of moving districts will give virtually every western block a shift. Sen. Jim Davis’s, R-Franklin, Senate…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:40

Redistricting to grow mountain districts

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In legislatures around the nation, it’s that time of decade again — time to break out the old redistricting maps…
A press release from Duke Energy reports that almost 20,000 customers in the six western counties are without power as of 2 p.m. Thursday, June 16, and about 6,700 of those customers in Swain County may not have their electricity…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:26

Common ash tree deserves more attention

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“How many thousand-thousand of untold white ash trees are the respected companions of our doorways, kindliest trees in the clearing…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:24

Owl Prowl at the Highlands Nature Center

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Come learn about and see live owls Thursday evening, June 16, at The Highlands Biological Foundation’s Nature Center amphitheatre. The…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:24

Learn about Cherokee trails in Macon County

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A guided hike covering ancient Cherokee trails in Highlands will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday,…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:23

Guided hike set for Cataloochee Ranch

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A hike along the Devil’s Britches Trail will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21, at Cataloochee Ranch…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:22

Take a hike with naturalist Hendershot

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“WNC Nesters,” a field trip from Heintooga Road down to Kituwah, will be held at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:22

Help the Smokies, volunteer for Discover Life

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Discover Life in America (DLIA) is holding a number of events this summer for the public to experience the Great…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:20

Dining out to benefit the Little Tennessee

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The Little Tennessee Watershed Association will hold an all-day fundraiser June 23 at local restaurants. The money raised will benefit…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:19

Tour Jackson County farms, support local farmers

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A locally produced summer brunch will be provided by the Jackson County Farmers Market at 11 a.m. on June 26.…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:17

Haywood farmers market pulls out the stops this weekend

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The Haywood Historic Farmers Market will be even more festive and lively than usual this Saturday, June 18. Farmers and…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:15

Watershed stroll

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The first 2011 sojourn into the Town of Waynesville’s 8,000-plus acre watershed occurred last Saturday (June 11). The town has…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:12

Gorge gets a boost with new wave feature

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The Nantahala River will soon boast one of the preeminent freestyle paddling features in the country — a patented apparatus…
Catherine Carter, a WCU professor and poet, will read from and discuss her collection of poetry, Memory of Gills, at…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:11

Stories of local pioneers

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Author Hattie Caldwell Davis will read at the Haywood County Library in Waynesville at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 19,…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:10

Waynesville library offers new Southern book series

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Friends of the Haywood Library will offer a new series, Discovering the Literary South, the Louis D. Rubin Jr. Series,…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:09

Anti-hero investigator brings tension to thriller

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Jo Nesbo’s protagonist, Inspector Harry Hole, is a daunting piece of work. A chain-smoking manic depressive and an alcoholic, Harry’s…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:03

Playfest calls for actors

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Auditions for Playfest will get under way Wednesday, June 22, in Cashiers for actors who can play roles between ages…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:02

Comedy and drama combine in Educating Rita

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“Educating Rita,” an award-winning play, will be on stage June 15 through 19, and again from July 1 to 3,…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:01

Crafters showcase work

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A craft festival will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on June 18 at the Old Mill 1886…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:59

Community band continues season

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The Haywood Community Band will perform its second free concert at 6:30 p.m. on June 19, at the pavilion adjacent…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:59

Stecoah christens new café

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The Schoolhouse Café will be opening in the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center on June 15. The café is located…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:58

Sing along to old-time favorites in Franklin

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An old-time community songfest will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, at the Town Square in downtown…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:57

Enjoy a night out with weaving and wine

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A Ladies’ Night Out pairing weaving and wine will be held at Oaks Gallery in Dillsboro from 5:30 p.m. to…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:56

Youth choir to perform at major league game

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Voices in the Laurel, a regional youth choir, is set to perform on June 18 at Turner Field for the…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:54

Get a taste of chamber music this summer

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The Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival will host five concert showcases for five consecutive Sundays beginning June 19 and ending July…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:49

Array of quilts to decorate library

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The Airing of the Quilts exhibit will be held at the new Jackson County Library Complex from 10 a.m. until…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:48

Haywood’s summer reading program begins June 18

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The Haywood County Library’s reading program starts Saturday, June 18 with a party beginning at 1 p.m. at the Haywood…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:44

Jackson gets into summer reading

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The summer reading program at the Jackson County Public Library is getting started at 7 p.m. on June 20, with…
It all started with an offer, a bar — or restaurant, depending on who you talk to — and a…