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Wednesday, 20 August 2014 15:04

Fire hits downtown Sylva

The downtown Sylva businesses housed in the Main Street buildings impacted by a weekend fire stand with blackened bricks and blistered innards. It’s not a pretty sight.  “It doesn’t look salvageable to me,” Sylva Mayor Maurice Moody told a full…
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:48

Girls got game

The Lake Junaluska Girls Junior Golf Association enjoyed a special play day and celebration Saturday, Aug. 9. LJGJGA members and their parents enjoyed a fun family nine-hole play day followed by a cookout at the Lake Junaluska Pro Shop/Clubhouse to…
Paul Carlson, director of Land Trust for the Little Tennessee, will close out the six-week Tuckasegee Nature Series with a talk titled Conserving the Natural and Cultural Histories of the Southern Blue Ridge, 6:30 p.m. Aug 28 at the Jackson…
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:45

Paddle tour to explore Lake Logan

The public will get a chance to paddle Lake Logan at 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Lake Logan boathouse. A tour of the lake will include information on its history and the varied ecosystems and species contained in…
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:45

Wildflower authors share tips and talk

 The three authors of Seasons in a Wildflower Refuge will be at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville, 3 p.m. Aug. 23, to meet their readers, sign books and talk about native plants. They’ll cover which species flourish in this region,…
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:44

Smokies telethon brings in $200K

The 20th annual Friends Across the Mountains telethon brought in $200,000 for Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park last week. The dollars will go toward the nearly $1.6 million the park needs this year to protect black bears, heal…
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:42

WCU students produce walking trail brochure

Students in Western Carolina University’s Introduction to Public History course will show off the fruits of their labor during the Big Birthday Bash 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at the A.K. Hinds University Center Lawn, an event celebrating 125…
A photography program featuring images by Clay Bolt will give an inside look to the small-scale world of plants and animals, 7 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Hudson Library in Highlands.
Under a clear sky and afternoon sun, the winding road through Cherokee and out past Birdtown is a beautiful one. It’s a trek that employees at the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ Office of Environment and Natural Resources have been…
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:26

Poems to honor the insatiable mystery of cats

By Michael Beadle • Contributing writer Anyone who’s spent serious time with a cat knows there are a myriad of ways to describe the feline mystery. They are inscrutable creatures. At times, indifferent. At others, intensely focused. Adorable and affable when…
George Ellison’s response to Gwen Breese’s letter regarding his article on Horace Kephart and his condition when he arrived at Hazel Creek states, correctly, that as someone who is working on a biography of Horace Kephart, he is “obligated to…
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:19

Is America’s future now the past?

To the Editor: “Freedom, freedom is a hard won thing and every generation has to win it again.” This is a refrain from a civil rights song from the sixties. My generation marched, staged sit-ins, spoke out and some even…
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:18

Why the raging war against fracking?

To the Editor: Have you wondered why worldwide the leftists, environmentalists, and most media are waging a war against that new dirty word — fracking? The answer is simple, and it has nothing to do with the hyperbole, misinformation and…
The reason that the death of Robin Williams seemed so particularly shocking, so cruel, even so personal, very nearly like a betrayal, is that when we think of him — his body of work, his persona, everything we know about…
Penland School of Crafts has open spaces in a number of workshops in two upcoming sessions available at half tuition to residents of the following counties: Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Graham, Clay, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell,…
An open call for artisans is currently underway for the Shining Rock Riverfest that will be held from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Camp Hope in Cruso. All arts and crafts must be handmade, and can include…
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:32

Local Food Crawl served up in Haywood

The Buy Haywood initiative will host the inaugural Uniquely Local Food Crawl around Haywood County Aug. 21-24 and 28-31.
A red carpet release party to celebrate the release of “Bigfoot Wars,” a major motion picture based on the novel written by Canton author Eric S. Brown, will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the RE/MAX Mountain…
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:30

Botanical watercolor class in Highlands

A botanical watercolor workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the Highlands Biological Station.
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:29

Southern gospel to hit Franklin stage

Acclaimed southern gospel groups The Whisnants and The Old Paths will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:27

This must be the place

This sucks.  One of the finest actors, comedians and pop culture icons of our lifetime, Robin Williams, gone, just like that — a bright flame, snuffed out.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:00

The trick to achieving your dreams

When he was just five years old, Michael Turco knew what he wanted to do with his life “All I wanted to do was be a magician,” the 29-year-old said. Now a professional magician, Turco tours across the country and…
Following Saturday morning’s fire on Main Street in downtown Sylva, Mayor Maurice Moody has scheduled an emergency meeting and work session for the Town of Sylva Board of Commissioners and local business owners for Monday at 4:00 p.m. in…
By Chris Cooper It’s not unusual in music circles for one’s sound to be recognizable but the name to be mostly unknown. Such is the case for bluegrass veteran Curly Seckler.
Wednesday, 04 January 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

King of the Hill I picked up a nasty rumor that Fox is planning to terminate my favorite cartoon show, “King of the Hill.” Shame, Fox! Shame! In my opinion, KOTH is not only the best cartoon show; it is…
Wednesday, 04 January 2006 00:00

The groveling underside of therapy

In One Nation Under Therapy: How the Helping Culture Is Eroding Self-Reliance (ISBN 0-312-30443-9, $23.95), Christina Hoff Sommers, author of The War Against Boys and Who Stole Feminism? and Dr. Sally Satel, author of PC, MD: How Political Correctness Is…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Following a re-evaluation of Haywood County Arts Council programming, two of the organization’s mainstays have been cut from the roster — the Atlanta Ballet’s annual Mountain Homecoming and the Razzle Dazzle children’s arts festival.
Wednesday, 04 January 2006 00:00

Drive safely, arrive alive

By Michael Beadle Even with the holidays over, traffic safety is still a major priority for public safety agencies and law enforcement.
Haywood County Manager Jack Horton resigned today following a ?-hour closed door meeting with the Haywood County Commissioners on Tuesday (Jan. 3) where he was given the choice of stepping down of being fired. Commissioners Mark Swanger, Kevin Ensley and…
A business incubator building in Waynesville has become the epicenter for a political firestorm among Haywood County officials looking to grow small businesses in the region. Convinced the incubator was being squandered by the Smoky Mountain Development Corporation — a…
Wednesday, 04 January 2006 00:00

Incubator snapshots

A snapshot of other incubators across the state offer models of how the incubator in Waynesville could be revamped.
Wednesday, 04 January 2006 00:00

Incubator failed to help entrepreneurs

A small business incubator in Waynesville has failed in it mission to nurture entrepreneurs and start-up companies, and instead has devolved into little more than a building to house a handful of companies for the long haul, according to critics.
Wednesday, 04 January 2006 00:00

Time to think about gardening in ‘06

Have you started making your 2006 gardening plans yet? It’s time. The garden catalogs started arriving in the mail several weeks ago: Johnny’s, Burpee’s, Pine Tree, Park’s, Shumway’s, Seeds of Change, etc. Folks have been studying these sorts of publications…
Wednesday, 04 January 2006 00:00

Empowered by Dr. Phil to entertain Jack

I’ve become hooked on Dr. Phil. Don’t ask me how it happened because I don’t know. He caught me unawares, I guess, creeping up on me during my fall break while I was innocently trying to feed my son, Jack,…
By Lee Shelton The town limits of Maggie Valley encompass only 1.8 square miles, and there is only one commercial strip, which also serves as the sole access road for many of the residents in the area. It is also…
By Michael Beadle Once again Cataloochee Ski Area will be hosting a series of once-a-week skiing and snowboarding classes this season designed exclusively for women. It’s called Women on Wednesdays, or WOW, and it targets women of all ages and…
Wednesday, 04 January 2006 00:00

A wintry mix

Christmas Day brought showers interrupted by buckets full of sleet. Sometime late Christmas night or before dawn the next morning, a dusting of snow covered the lawn. Winter precipitation is often a mix in the eastern United States. Sleet and…
By Sarah Kucharski John Nickerson is a very exacting man. Tall and solidly built, he moves with efficiency, his speech measured and pointed as he explains how he came into being a glassblower. “I don’t do this to make tons…
Wednesday, 11 January 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

“Firefly” As a proud member of the Star Wars generation, I enjoy a healthy dose of otherworldly sci-fi plots and special effects. Enter the world of “Firefly.” Five centuries into the future, the totalitarian Alliance regime rules an outer space…
Wednesday, 11 January 2006 00:00

Adam’s 29 falls short of past achievements

By Joe Hooten When it seems like you’ve heard all there is to hear from our Carolina troubadour Mr. Ryan Adams, he follows through with his promise and comes out with his third release in one year. The album 29…
“And so we stood together like that, at the top of that field for what seemed ages, not saying anything, just holding each other, while the wind kept blowing and blowing at us, tugging our clothes, and for a moment…
A debate over whether to sell alcohol at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino has pitted conservative tribal members against the economic interests of the casino, which generates revenue for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Wednesday, 11 January 2006 00:00

Fairview takes personal approach

By Sarah Kucharski Students at Fairview Elementary School in Sylva have a unique opportunity to experience the benefits of reading through three signature programs that encourage literacy development. The Rockin’ Readers program offers students in grades Kindergarten through second grade…
Wednesday, 11 January 2006 00:00

At storytime, it’s llamas and pajamas

It’s 11 a.m. on Friday at the Haywood County Public Library in Waynesville, and that means Story Time, a regular date for parents and their children to have some fun reading. The children, who range in age from 2 to…
Wednesday, 11 January 2006 00:00

Getting kids to read

By Michael Beadle Remember when Mom or Dad read you your favorite bedtime story? Maybe it was a book like “Where the Wild Things Are” or “Guess How Much I Love You”? Even if you knew the ending of the…
• Read with your child everyday. Make it part of the daily routine.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer In his first month as the newly elected mayor of Highlands, Don Mullen has already earned a reputation as a service-oriented, civic-minded, friend of the environment.
For nearly 20 years, Jerry Plemmons’ hour-long drive from Hot Springs to Waynesville every couple of months for a Smoky Mountain Development Corporation board meeting afforded him plenty of time to ponder the group’s purpose.
Macon County officials have contested the legality of a moratorium Highlands enacted on commercial building within the town’s extra-territorial jurisdictions this November.
Wednesday, 11 January 2006 00:00

The grumpy traveler department

From time to time, I’ve contemplated compiling an anthology of travel writing from Western North Carolina. Such a volume would commence with the descriptions of the region compiled by the Moravian explorer Bishop Augustus Gottlieb Spangenberg in the early 1750s.…