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Local residents will have an opportunity to learn interesting and historical details about their family quilts during the Quilt Discovery Evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, in the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:42

SCC’s first craft beer program to kickoff

With new equipment secured from onsite craft brewing, Southwestern Community College will host a brewing program from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Thursday from Sept. 4-Nov. 20 in Sylva. 
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:41

McGraw to hit Harrah’s stage

Country megastar Tim McGraw will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, at Harrah’s Cherokee.
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:39

Smoky Mountain Folk Festival returns to Lake J

The 44th annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival will be held Aug. 29-30 at the Stuart Auditorium in Lake Junaluska.
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:36

This must be the place

What to do? That was the question I posed to myself when I found out my girlfriend was visiting from Upstate New York. She is someone who has never been to Western North Carolina, never been to Southern Appalachia, let…
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:26

Our leaders are noticeably absent

To the Editor: Ah, August. Vacation time. Yeah!!   Never mind that ISIS is beheading its way through Syria and Iraq. That Christians are being driven into death or despair. As our esteemed leader said a few weeks ago, referring…
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:26

Thank Sen. Davis for losing $51 billion

To the Editor: Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, and other Republican state legislators voted not to expand Medicaid. Early studies showed this would be a costly mistake. However, a new study completed by the largest non-profit organization devoted entirely to advancing…
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:25

Don’t believe what fracking supporters say

To the Editor: Western North Carolina is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The majestic mountains, the lush green forests and valleys, the small family farms, waterfalls, rivers, streams, along with the pristine sky all inspire us on a…
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:25

Sen. Davis’ comments come as no surprise

To the Editor: I’m really not surprised about the Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, quote, “I’m getting really frustrated with these people. You can never make them happy” in your recent article about the teacher pay raise. Sen. Davis has shown…
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:22

When should government help private industry?

“Government’s job is NOT to fund private industry!” “Shouldn’t the mill pay to keep themselves up to par as far as emissions? Why do our tax dollars have to help them? My small business doesn't get help from the state…
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:07

Gala to help Hazelwood prison project

The Haywood Helps 2014 Gala Event will be from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 28. The event is a fundraiser for the Hazlewood prison project. The gala will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. There will also be a live…
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 02:57

Swain polling place moves to Cherokee

Swain County voters living in Cherokee and Whittier will begin a new routine on Election Day this November. The precinct’s longtime polling place in Whittier is moving five miles down the road to Birdtown, a change that board of elections…
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 02:54

Malcolm’s swan song

Malcolm graced the waters of Lake Junaluska for only a little while. He will be on its shore for much longer.  “I think it’s gorgeous, I think it’s simply gorgeous,” said Diane Nabors, of the sculpture of Malcolm the swan.…
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 02:52

Webster embarks on planning study

How can Webster be improved? What would make it more walkable? What would encourage community socialization?  Town leaders aim to find out. Having secured a $5,000 Southwestern Commission Toolbox Implementation Fund grant — and matching it with another $5,000 —…
The Haywood County Tourism Authority is exploring whether to close its two visitor centers in Waynesville and Maggie Valley, questioning whether money to run the sites could be better spent luring tourists in the first place rather than itinerary planning…
It’s an industrial mechanic’s worst nightmare. A machine on the assembly line goes down, and production screeches to a halt. Workers stand idle despite being on the clock. Orders are backing up. All eyes are on the mechanic. Is it…
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 02:43

Highlands pursues new Verizon tower

Highlands residents will soon be seeing better cell phone coverage in town following the town board’s unanimous vote to move forward in negotiating a contract with Verizon Wireless. 
A group of Vietnam veterans in Swain County have accomplished their goal. Soon, an Alarka-area bridge will bear the name of three-time Purple Heart recipient Dockie Brendle.
North Carolina education has seen its share of high-profile issues over the last couple of years. Teacher raises, tenure, vouchers, budget calculations and adoption — and then abandonment — of the Common Core State Standards have all made headlines. A…
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 01:37

Round’n’round with Rep. Meadows

Recently, U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows made the rounds in his district visiting with constituents. While in Haywood County, he made a stop at the county fair. With a table full of political schwag, the representative held court in a…
Friday, 22 August 2014 20:53

Franklin’s fracking forum

A fracking forum has been scheduled for Sept. 2 in Franklin. The forum, moderated by Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, will address shale energy rulemaking, exploration and development in North Carolina. 
Friday, 22 August 2014 15:40

Metal-siding moratorium rejected in Sylva

The town of Sylva will not be enacting a moratorium on metal-sided buildings in its downtown area in an effort to preserve its aesthetic integrity, but an ordinance outlining such a prohibition will be explored.
In a last-minute turnaround, North Carolina lawmakers wrapped up their short session last week with passage of a bill granting Evergreen Packaging’s paper mill in Canton $12 million for natural gas upgrades.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 15:40

WCU: A timeline

1889 — Cullowhee Academy opens with 18 students and 1 teacher
Jackson County Manager Chuck Wooten arrived at Western Carolina University as a freshman in 1969. He remembers his college days fondly. “My classmates and fraternity brothers all had such a great time in Cullowhee,” Wooten said. “I remember as a…
By Randall Holcombe • WCU  The little school that was the forerunner of Western Carolina University was called Cullowhee Academy. Its location is marked by a stone memorial, erected in 1934, that sits in a garden area between the university’s steam…
It’s August, freshman move-in day, and Western Carolina University is welcoming a new class of freshmen to campus. It’s what WCU Chancellor David Belcher calls a “huge day.” “We’ve got students coming in right and left,” says Belcher.  One of…
A bill that would provide a $12 million incentive package to the Evergreen Packaging paper mill in Canton failed to garner enough votes from the state House. “I did my best — that’s all I can say,” said Rep. Michelle…
Youth sports teams will no longer be able to trade bags of fertilizer, free coffee for teachers or a fresh coat of paint on the dugout for use of the practice fields, stadiums and gyms of Haywood County Schools. There…
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 15:18

Main Street managers meet in Waynesville

The streets of downtown Waynesville will soon receive a look-see from a group of folks who really care about the streets of downtowns. The North Carolina Main Street Program is hosting its fall Main Street Managers meeting in Waynesville Aug.…
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 15:15

Jackson TDA explores executive director option

The Jackson County Tourism Development Authority is pretty sure it needs to start searching for an executive director to help head up the organization.  “We believe we’re at the point where someone wakes up in the morning and this is…
Mission Health plans to expand its presence in Haywood County with a large medical complex housing doctors’ offices and a line of healthcare services. The move is unwelcome competition for Haywood Regional Medical Center. But to Mission, it’s a reflection…
Swarming flies. Cows trudging through knee-deep manure. Lame legs, an overgrown hoof, blood oozing from a nose. Bones protruding from emaciated bodies. There’s no denying that the picture painted in a recently released video from People for the Ethical Treatment…
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 15:08

Cell tower proposals denied in Macon

A pair of proposed 180-foot cell phone towers met some adamant opposition at the Aug. 20 Macon County Commissioners meeting. The applications, proposed by two separate companies for two separate locations, were both denied, but for technical reasons that make…
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 15:06

Macon residents take sides on fracking

Fracking flooded the public comments section of the Macon County commissioners’ most recent meeting. As the meeting opened, people unable to find a seat lined the back of the room and spilled out the doorway.  “I love it when it’s…
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 15:04

Fire hits downtown Sylva

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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,…