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Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:39

La Crosse Encephalitis case confirmed in Macon

A child from Macon County has been diagnosed with La Crosse Viral Encephalitis according to Macon County Health Director Jim Bruckner. The child is home and recovering from symptoms, but Bruckner said it is important for everyone to take necessary…
A new plaque coming soon to the Jackson County Sports of Hall Fame will no doubt raise some eyebrows of those who pass it in the entry foyer of the justice center.
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:36

Sylva considers fencing in Scotts Creek

To build a fence or to not build a fence?  It might not seem like such a portentous question, but as Sylva Town Commissioner Mary Gelbaugh found out when she asked her Facebook friends whether the town should look at…
The rising tide of triathlons, foot races and cycling events in Haywood County is stretching the capacity of spare deputies to provide security on the long-distance routes without a better pay incentive.
The mood was somber at Maggie Valley town hall last Wednesday as Alderwoman Saralyn Price called a special board meeting to order.
Allowing indoor gun ranges within the Franklin town limits is still on hold as the town planning board has been asked to re-examine its recommendations to the town board.
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:30

Gas station annexation approved in Franklin

Plans for a new gas station on the outskirts of Franklin will be moving ahead now that the town board approved a satellite annexation for the property.
A former Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstructing justice following an Oct. 25 party that involved underage drinking and led to charges of statutory rape against two other men.
A Jackson County detention officer was fired this summer after firing a Taser gun on a coworker.
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:23

Murphy casino on track for September open

A new casino under construction outside of Murphy is coming along on schedule and on budget, according to General Manager Lumpy Lambert.
It’s been 10 years since the Lake Logan Triathlon made its debut in Haywood County, drawing a field of 162 people to tackle the 1,500-meter swim, 24-mile bike ride and 10K run. 
Neighbors who live near the proposed site of a new charter school in Haywood County plan to oppose a special use permit that would allow the school to be built in their community.
A damaged corn crop and a no trespassing order from a farmer’s lawyer could thwart Shining Rock Classical Academy’s goal of finding a permanent home for the new charter school by December.
When it rains it pours. Within the past week or so, I received two emails about plant galls. That’s two more than I’ve received in the past 15 years of writing this column. Here goes.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:07

Race Waynesville’s Main Street Mile

A 1-mile race through downtown Waynesville on Friday, Aug. 21, will benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Greenville, S.C.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:07

Franklin gardens a home for wildlife

Several Franklin property owners have made it a priority to garden with wildlife in mind, earning recognition from the National Wildlife Federation as Certified Wildlife Habitats.  Following in the footsteps of the Franklin Garden Club at Clock Tower and Rankin…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:05

Feds decide to put hold on wolf program

Reintroductions of endangered red wolves in eastern North Carolina will cease for the rest of 2015 following a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to put a hold on the program. 
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:04

Have a wild time at the library

The animals of Balsam Mountain Trust will make the rounds next week in a pair of library programs in Waynesville and Sylva.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:02

Celebrate solar at Innovation Brewing

Fans of solar are invited to toast the success of a solar energy initiative launched in the mountains this spring with a celebration beginning 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Innovation Brewing in Sylva.  Solarize WNC has held seven community…
North Carolina has a bear problem, and wildlife officials hope hunters can help. The population of black bears has been on the rise for decades — it’s more than doubled in the past 20 years alone — and needs to…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:41

Harper Lee’s ‘Watchman’ hits the mark

So, Scout (Jean Louise) comes back home to Maycomb — where “everyone is either kin or almost kin”— at age 26 and after being “away” and living in New York City for several years. Sixteen years have gone by since…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:37

Davis to spin yarns at Lake J

Renowned storyteller Donald Davis will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, in Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:32

Sarge’s Dog Walk celebrates 10 years

The 10th annual Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation “Dog Walk” will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Haywood County Courthouse in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:31

BBQ and classic cars roll in Franklin

The seventh annual Mountain High BBQ Festival and Car Show will be held Aug. 7-8 at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center in Franklin. Gates will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:27

Richard’s Run returns to Cataloochee

The second annual Richard’s Run 5K will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Cataloochee Guest Ranch in Maggie Valley. The event is named in memory of Richard Coker, a beloved member of the ranch family, who…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:26

Sylva library presents Through the Hills

Americana/bluegrass act Through the Hills will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:24

Charlie Daniels to play Franklin

Legendary group The Charlie Daniels Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:22

Zoe & Cloyd come to the strand

Merlefest songwriting contest winners Zoe & Cloyd will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:17

This must be the place

I stopped going. For the better part of the last decade, my life during the summer was music festivals. From Maine to California, Michigan to Arkansas, I was there, in an endless crowd, cheering on the greatest musicians of our…
Sitting at a table at the Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub, Brittney Raby knows exactly what’s going to walk through the door shortly. “Pure chaos,” she said. “And that makes it all the better.”
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:01

Meaningful gun control deserves passage

To the Editor: House Speaker John Boehner boasted in a mass e-mail that he had gotten ahead of President Obama in ordering flags at the Capitol to be flown at half-staff in memory of the four Marines and a sailor…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:59

It seemed like a great idea at the time ...

It looked so good on paper, the way terrible ideas always do. Instead of boarding our miniature dachshund as we usually do when we go to the beach each summer, we were going to take him with us this year.
The Tribal Council kicked us out again. Holly Kays, a reporter for The Smoky Mountain News, was told on July 9 to leave a meeting of the Cherokee Tribal Council. No meaningful reason was given as to why members of…
Three grants have been awarded by The Fund for Haywood County, totaling about $7,000.  This fund is an affiliate of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and is a permanent endowment intended to meet the needs of local nonprofits.…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:20

Haywood veteran honored at pinning ceremony

Francis “Jack” James was recognized on June 26 by the “We Honor Veterans” program for his years of military service.  He served overseas in the Army from 1944 to 1946. This program is a partnership of the Veteran’s Administration and…
An algal bloom on Waterville Lake in northern parts of Haywood County has tested positive for a toxin with potential to cause skin rashes and affect liver function.
Shining Rock Classical Academy, a new charter school opening in Haywood County next month, will pull in more than $2 million in state and county tax dollars its first year if the current enrollment of around 230 students holds.
As a public entity receiving public dollars, Shining Rock Classical Academy — Haywood County’s first charter school — is required to follow the state’s Public Records and Open Meetings laws.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:09

Bryson City alderman running for Congress

Rick Bryson, a current alderman in Bryson City, has his eyes on Washington, D.C., as he plans a run to represent North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District.
A new program will enable a limited number of Macon County residents to seek primary medical care at the health department beginning this fall.
It’s been two-and-a-half years since cash flow problems forced Jackson County’s domestic violence and sexual abuse resource center to close its doors, and REACH of Jackson County has remained a dead organization ever since.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:02

Chief candidates to debate in Cherokee

Candidates for the two chief offices up for election this year will square off in a pair of debates at the Chief Joyce Dugan Cultural Arts Center in Cherokee next week.  Sponsored by the Junaluska Leadership Council and the Cherokee…
A candidate for mayor in Waynesville is dropping out of the race, although his name will still be on the ballot.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 13:57

Canton celebrates keeping its clinic

Within six months, a primary care medical clinic for Evergreen Packaging employees went from being on the chopping block to expanding its services.

folkmoot languageStanding in the back of The Stompin’ Ground in Maggie Valley last week, several languages could be heard in every direction. To the right, Spanish and Estonian. To the left, French and Cherokee. All present for the “Opening Gala” of Folkmoot USA, all versed in the universal language of performance.

folkmoot improvThere’s a secret ingredient behind the bright lights, splashy costumes and glossy programs of Folkmoot: for every two parts planning, there’s one part improv.

folkmoot preservingEach year international groups from all over the world travel abroad to share their traditional folk dances and songs with other cultures. 

They spend hundreds of hours researching, learning and rehearsing these songs and dances. They spend a lot of money on authentic costumes to accurately represent their heritage and they spend even more to go one tour and share their work with others.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 17:05

Old steel should be used for footbridge

To the Editor: I have an idea for reducing the cost of the footbridge at the end of the Cullowhee Greenway. Use the I-beams from the old U.S. 23/74 highway bridge in Willets. They were good enough to handle loaded…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 17:05

The Battle Flag was indeed about slavery

To the Editor: To get past the emotionality regarding the Virginia Battle Flag, we need to examine its history and use through time. The reality is that the flag was created as a symbol to support the fight for slavery.…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 17:04

Hillary has way too much baggage

To the Editor: When Bill Clinton was president, Hillary assumed authority over health care reform. Even after threats, she couldn't get a vote in a Democratic congress. The cost to taxpayers was $13 million. Clinton gave Hillary authority over selecting…