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Tuesday, 04 March 2014 21:05

This must be the place

Pouring its first pints in October 2013, Innovation Brewing in Sylva was created by Nicole Dexter and Chip Owen. The couple has a deep love for the craft beer, one that developed over the years through various jobs in the…
Sitting at her loom, weaver Amy Tromiczak feels right at home. “It’s an amazing thing. You’re making cloth, and I love it,” the 25-year-old said. “It’s all about the whole process of choosing your fibers, deciding what kind of cloth…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 16:11

Gypsies conjure memories of the past

When I was a boy growing up in south-central Virginia during the early 1950s, my home was situated near a wooded area, one side of which was traversed by a narrow dirt road beyond which there was a natural spring.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 16:08

Haywood’s first ever seed lending library

Learn about the new seed library of Waynesville at an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at the Haywood County Public Library in Waynesville. This is how the seed library works: Gardeners “borrow” seeds, plant them…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 16:07

Trail of Tears exhibit on display at WCU

A reception and talk to accompany the new exhibit “Fewer Footprints and More Tears: Commemorating the 175th Anniversary of the Trail of Tears” will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 16:06

Join the world of backyard chickens

Interested in keeping chickens? Learn all about it from Ashley English at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at the Canton Library.
Retired national park wildlife biologist Kim DeLozier will speak about his book, Bear in the Back Seat, on Saturday, March 15, at Sugarlands Visitor Center on the Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Gatlinburg.
Great Smoky Mountain National Park is recruiting volunteers to staff the Information Center at Clingmans Dome, from April 1 through Nov. 30.
A 10-day workshop in May will cover everything you need to know to join trail crews on overnight expeditions in Wilderness Areas.
Not just anybody can keep up with Jim Pader. Last year alone, he hiked 534 miles and has logged 738.4 miles in Great Smoky Mountains National Park since 2001. Besides that, he works out for at least one hour per…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:49

Of rhyme and reason, for better or worse

Poetry. Po-e-tree. A word with a lovely sound, but with bleak connotations.
“An Evening with Gloria Steinem” will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western North Carolina. An award-winning writer and activist, Steinem has been involved globally in feminist and…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:41

Granddaughter of Duke Ellington to present at WCU

Internationally acclaimed choreographer and dancer Mercedes Ellington will give a presentation at 11:15 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:40

Harlem Ambassadors hit the court

The internationally-acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors will play a basketball game against the Franklin Dribblers at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at Franklin High School. 
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:39

Roller team kicks off 2014 season

The Smoky Mountain Rollergirls Roller Derby Team will open its 2014 season at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the Swain County Recreation Center in Bryson City.   From all across Western North Carolina, SMRG is a group of mixed-experience…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:38

Jam series to feature James Leva, Stuart Brothers

The 2013-14 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series will continue with a concert featuring multi-instrumentalist James Leva and The Stuart Brothers at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:37

Real time painting demo at Gallery 86

Artist Melissa Enloe Walter will hold a painting demonstration from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Gallery 86, 86 N. Main St., in Waynesville. 
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:34

This must be the place

It was his voice that caught my ear. Turning towards the stage at the Water’n Hole in Waynesville, I was immediately transfixed on the bullfrog-deep vocals echoing from the microphone. Who is that voice?
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:31

From the studio to the classroom

The loud pounding echoed from the end of the empty corridor. Crossing the threshold of the last classroom on the left at Smokey Mountain Elementary School in Whittier, one could see — and hear — that the source of the…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:24

We are doomed to repeat history

To the Editor: We repeat our mistakes because we never seem to learn the lessons of history and, in our case, we have an arrogant group of liberal elites who are attempting to do away with not only our way…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:23

Just look at what the Tea Party is doing

To the Editor: The letter saying the Tea Party is making changes is correct, but let’s look at the changes the Tea Party legislators have made. The legislators supported by the Tea Party have shifted taxes from the rich to…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:23

Foundation should aid Good Samaritan Clinic

To the Editor: The Haywood Regional Hospital Foundation need look no further than The Good Samaritan Clinic. The support of the foundation would be a lifesaver for our wonderful yet financially strapped clinic. Dr. Gruner, Nurse Flo and a dedicated…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:22

Everyone wants to protect the mountains

To the Editor: Everyone in Jackson County needs to know there was an overflow crowd at the public hearing on steep slope issues on Feb. 20. During the three-hour hearing, everyone who spoke — without exception — wanted to protect…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:22

Our schools deserve better than this

To the Editor: Sixty-nine school boards across this state joined with the State Board of Education in challenging the constitutionality of the school voucher program passed by our Legislature, which initially takes $100 million out of public school systems and…
By Clark Lipkin • Guest Columnist I am the vice chairman of the Jackson County Planning Board. I presided over the public meeting to discuss the proposed revisions to the Mountain and Hillside Development Ordinance (MHDO) at last week’s Jackson…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:14

Mad Batter to reopen in Sylva

From the ashes of a recent fire, Mad Batter Bakery & Café will reopen. But, instead of returning to the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee where it was located for 15 years, the beloved establishment will set up shop…
The Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Foundation is $2 million richer thanks to a $1 million donation by philanthropist Jane Woodruff and a matching $1 million gift from Mission Health.   Highlands-Cashiers Hospital recently announced it has merged with Mission, based in Asheville.…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:12

WCU professor studies healthy eating demographics

Green space and gardens dominate much of the Western North Carolina landscape, but what determines whether people here actually eat the fruits and veggies that abound? That’s what April Tallant, health professor at WCU, hopes to find out as she…
Electric car owners will soon have the option of charging their vehicles in downtown Waynesville.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:07

Waynesville looks to diversify fuel use

The town of Waynesville plans to convert half of its fleet of police cars — 15 in all — to run on propane. Conversion kits have an upfront cost of $5,600 each.  “The anticipated payback on propane conversions is between…
Equipment replacement schedules were some of the first line items on the chopping block for local governments when the economy tanked.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:03

Parks and rec grants decrease across state

Macon County can count itself lucky for landing a $500,000 state recreation grant to help pay for a softball and baseball complex.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:02

Macon hopes for home run

Macon County commissioners decided in a split vote this month to spend $3 million building a tournament-scale baseball and softball recreation complex. “It’s been two years of pretty steady work, but it’s well worth it,” said Seth Adams, Macon County…
There is no “I” in team for Jimmy Cleaveland. “Listen, I don’t know where you’re going with this story,” he modestly said. “But, I sure don’t want this about me. I want it to be about these kids, for sure.”
A wrongful firing suit by Tammy Cagle, the former director of Swain County Department of Social Services, has shed light on a series of unorthodox payments funneled to Cagle’s family members for social assistance.
A wrongful firing claim by the former director of the Swain County Department of Social Services has been rejected by the state.
“A hundred years from now everybody in this room will have passed on but the mountains will still be baring the scars that we leave on them. We should respect these treasures that have been entrusted to us. The air…
A standing-room only crowd turned out for a public hearing on steep slope rules in Jackson County last week and implored county leaders to uphold existing protections against mountainside development.
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 15:47

A poetic description of a savage time

It took me almost a year to read this book. I kept losing it, leaving it in restaurants and other people’s cars. However, the major reason for the delay was that I didn’t want to finish it. I kept going…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 15:34

Study finds success in amphibian pond project

Take an evening walk through the woods this time of year, and odds are you’ll hear the grumpy quacking of a male wood frog, showing off for the ladies. The sound promises the return of warm days and growing gardens,…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 15:30

Sign up for youth activities

Sign up for spring soccer in Jackson Jackson County spring soccer sign ups will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, Feb. 17-28, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the recreation department…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 15:29

Beekeepers school held in Haywood

A beginning beekeepers school will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Haywood County Extension Service in Waynesville.   There will be complete informational handouts and discussions about the biology of bees, how to…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 15:29

Fisheries society honors Bill McClarney

Senior Scientist and Aquatic Program Specialist Dr. Bill McLarney, a senior scientist and aquatic program specialist for the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (LTLT), has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Fred A. Harris Fisheries Conservation Award…
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is seeking public comment on a proposal to build a new 36-stall barn at the site of the current Smokemont stables, which is about six miles north of Cherokee off U.S. 441.
Outdoors author and blogger Danny Bernstein will once again lead this year’s Friends of the Smokies Classic Hikes, which kick off March 11 with a trek to Little Cataloochee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:58

Jackson TDA working hard for the county

Letter to the Editor: While I currently serve as chairperson of the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority, I wish to make clear that I am speaking as a private citizen and my comments may not reflect the collective opinion of…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:58

Haywood room tax hike just a bad idea

To the Editor: I see the notion to hike the Haywood County bed tax by 50 percent has risen again. Some bad ideas just never die.  The TDA leadership smells a way to boost their till, and like a kid…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:57

The TEA Party is who is making change

To the Editor: Recent elections in Haywood County have seen Republicans getting elected. Some of this activity is due in part to the Active TEA Party in Haywood County ( Nationally, the TEA Party gets a lot of media attention…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:56

Fracking firms don’t care about rights

To the Editor: Here are just a couple thoughts about fracking. My home water supply is spring fed, and I’ve not been too impressed with what I’m reading about local municipal water efforts. All my neighbors are either using spring…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:56

Pat the polluter is helping old friends

To the Editor: The old cliché of follow the money continues to be true, and now it’s close to home. Let’s connect the dots. • Pat McCrory elected governor of North Carolina in 2012. • McCrory was an employee of…