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Jackson County has pumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into the Green Energy Park since launching the innovative project about five years ago. Rent and usage fees offset a portion of the costs. Taxpayers, however, largely underwrite the venture, an…
There are many issues to discuss in the wake of the tragedy in Arizona that left six dead and 13…
Don’t expect business as usual when the state’s General Assembly convenes January 26: not with an epic power shift from left to right and a crippling $3.7 billion shortfall to contend with. Despite the staggering budget crisis, Republicans — who…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:33

Harrah’s third hotel tower now open

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel third hotel tower which has been under construction as part of its three-year, $633 million expansion is now open. The 532-room Creek Tower broke ground in July 2009 and was completed just before Christmas less…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:31

Get involved: volunteer

The Haywood County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for the following boards: • The Board of Equalization and Review — The purpose of this board is to hear appeals to the value placed on real property for the County’s…
Altrusa Club of Waynesville will host its 13th annual Soup and Cornbread Benefit Scholarship Fundraiser from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Jan. 25. The lunch or dinner will include homemade soup (vegetable or potato), fresh cornbread, a beverage and…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:30

HCC to offer business plan workshop

The Small Business Center of Haywood Community College will offer a free seminar entitled Business Plan Basics on Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 6-9 p.m. on campus in the Student Center, first floor. Participants of Business Plan Basics will be able…
Swain County has lost more than $17,000 a month from their coffers, and that financial gouge may become a lot bigger following a suit filed by Graham County last month. Graham and Swain county are at odds over property taxes…
Haywood County’s seniors are one step closer to having more affordable housing options. County commissioners last week agreed to sell the old hospital to Fitch Development Company for $1.275 million. They will then undertake the mammoth task of turning the…
Remodeling work to the old Wal-Mart building in Haywood County could begin within weeks after commissioners approved a contract to transform the space into county offices. The board heard from Scott Donald of Padgett & Freeman Architects, who are spearheading…
Haywood County selected a new manager at their Wednesday meeting, promoting current interim manager Marty Stamey. The board decided to make it official with Stamey, long-time assistant county manager, voting unanimously to give him the position permanently. Stamey took over…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:20

Save the Mark Watson Park trees

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To the Editor: I recently received the very upsetting news that the parks and recreation office is managing a county…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:19

The first 19,000 days

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By John Beckman • Guest Columnist I had a birthday recently, which seems to happen every year about this time,…
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 19:18

A place where two worlds collide head-on

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By Scott Muirhead • Guest ColumnistFrog Level is what remains of the golden age of the railroads, the age when…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:09

High-energy Koresh Dance Company to perform at WCU

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The Koresh Dance Company, renowned for its powerful stage presence and high-energy style, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan.…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:08

Student poets and musicians perform in Haywood

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The Haywood County Arts Council will unveil its 2011 schedule of performances and gallery shows at its annual meeting at…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:08

Talk highlights African American heritage in Jackson County

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A program about African Americans in Jackson County will be held at the Jackson County library in Sylva at 7…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:07

Gallery 262 opens in Frog Level

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Frog Level will soon find a new art gallery among its ranks when Gallery 262 opens Friday, Jan. 21. The…
Haywood Arts Regional Theater has extended the run of “A Life in the Theatre” for a second weekend, with performances…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:04

Ronnie McDowell returns to the Smoky Mountain Center

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Ronnie McDowell, known for his Elvis-infused style of country music, will wow audiences with his smash hits and new creations…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:02

Mountain dulcimer master comes to Franklin

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A master dulcimer player will give a concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21, at Franklin High School Fine…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:01

Warm up winter nights with barn dances in Highlands

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The first Bascom Winter Barn Dance of the season will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22,…
While ice carving may seem like a delicate enterprise — a patient art form executed with a well-aimed chisel and…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:53

Suggestions what, when to plant veggies

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As I noted in this space a couple of weeks ago, this is the time of year to order seeds…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:52

When we prod the mountains, they fall

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To the Editor: I have been reading letters in the Franklin Press from several angry people in recent days. I…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:50

Words have a power we often forget

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Just as I was sitting down to write my column on the controversy surrounding a new edition of Mark Twain’s…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:38

Coming across words to remember

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Editor’s note: George Ellison is snowed in without an Internet connection. This column first appeared in The Smoky Mountain News…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:37

Frog Awareness Program Offered at the Cradle of Forestry

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A February program at the Cradle of Forestry will explore how frogs come out of their hiding places to find…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:37

Shooting range sidelined by opposition

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The U.S. Forest Service has backed off a proposed shooting range in Clay County following public opposition. The forest service…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:36

Downhill racing season heats up at Cataloochee

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The ski racing season kicked off at Cataloochee Ski Area last week. More than 200 skiers and snowboarders from middle…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:34

After-school ski program includes a ride to Cataloochee

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An after-school ski and snowboard program for middle school students will be held Thursday afternoons starting Jan. 27 and running…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:34

Study shows growth in recycling jobs

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The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources released a study this week showing strong growth in recycling jobs in…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:32

Haywood Waterways honors water guardians

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Tom Anspach wrestled 1,020 pounds of trash out of the Pigeon River around the Canton Recreation Park over the past…
If there was any lingering doubt that the apocalypse was, indeed, scheduled for 2012, it has been erased. The totally…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:26

WildSouth facilitates wildlife meeting

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The non-profit grassroots conservation organization WildSouth sponsored a meeting last week to discuss complaints and questions from the public regarding…
Victoria Casey McDonald, a local writer and historian, will present a program about African-Americans in Jackson County at the Jackson…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:22

This is quality Southern writing

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How many times have you heard the lament, “They don’t write southern novels the way they used to”? This statement…
The Rev. Jamie Washington, social justice educator and president of a Baltimore-based multicultural organizational development firm, will be the keynote…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 21:38

Winter Thursdays at Blue Ridge Books

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It’s easy to get cabin fever during mountain winters, so consider making Thursday evening the night to venture to Blue…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 21:38

Learn how to two-step at Diamond K

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The Diamond K Dance Ranch in Maggie Valley will hold a Two-Step Workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 21:37

Audition for ‘Unto These Hills’

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The famed Cherokee outdoor drama “Unto These Hills” will hold auditions from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22,…
The Haywood County Arts Council is proud to present Master Cherokee storyteller and historian Lloyd Arneach will perform at the…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 21:23

Falling in love with the art of paper cutting

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A single piece of paper can bring all sorts of different things to our lives: the excitement of a love…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 21:22

Free radon testing kits available in Jackson

January is Radon Education Month and the Jackson County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension is offering free testing kits for homeowners to assess the level of radon in their homes. Homeowners may pick up free kits at the Cooperative Extension…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 21:19

Mountain BizWorks offers planning course­

Mountain BizWorks will offer Foundations, an eight-week business planning course, starting Jan. 24 at its offices in Sylva. During the course, students study how to craft a solid business plan: developing a mission statement, estimating start-up and overhead costs, setting…
The Haywood County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the First Methodist Church in Waynesville. Following the business meeting, member Steve Torda will present a program entitled, “With old time remedies the…
By definition, the lottery is a gamble. There’s no guarantee of winning, no assurance that you’ll look back on your ticket purchase without regret. Sure, it can pay out big sometimes, but you could just as easily come up empty.…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 21:13

GOP may loosen rules on lottery proceeds

With the GOP takeover of the state General Assembly, lottery money and how schools use what they’re given will come under new scrutiny. “I wouldn’t have voted for a lottery, but it is the law now and it needs to…
Tired of being indoors this winter? Take your mind off winters chill and warm up with the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Fire & Ice Winterfest from 3-7:30 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Waynesville Inn Golf Resort. Whether…
U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, is getting the word out: from now on, he’ll be carrying a gun when meeting with constituents. Just a short time ago such an announcement from a member of Congress probably would have been considered…