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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:12

State bill seeks to strike down fracking rules

Bills to get rid of the oil and gas extraction rules developed by the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission have been introduced in both the House and Senate of the N.C. General Assembly, with Rep. Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville, signing…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:10

N.C. Wildlife Federation wins $30K grant

A $30,000 grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation will help the N.C. Wildlife Federation further its mission of conserving and protecting wildlife and their habitats. 
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:09

New Satulah trail in the works

Learn about the Highland Plateau Greenway’s vision to build a public trail to the top of Satulah Mountain at a public meeting held 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 2, at the Highlands Civic Center.
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:08

Game on (the table) at fundraising dinner

An annual Wild Game Dinner hosted by the Wildlife Club at Haywood Community College will serve up a meal of home-cooked wild game dishes while raising money for the student group.
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:06

Mark your calendar for Spring

The weather is wintry, but spring is just around the corner. Mark your calendar for some of these upcoming springtime events.
A “buy local” directory for wood-related products from Western North Carolina is looking for more businesses, artisans and organizations to add to its listings before launching a searchable database version of the directory later this year.
Stepping into Kirk Wall’s custom-carpentered, immaculately decorated mountaintop home, I couldn’t help but wonder if I’d knocked on the wrong door. Hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, breakable horse figurines and pieces of pottery — not to mention, only trace amounts of…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 15:46

Larry Brown earns his spot in Southern pantheon

One of my bookshelves is reserved for books that I have not read, but that I am saving for some special event. What I want is the pleasure of reading without a deadline hanging over my head. I actually buy books…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 15:30

Guest travel bloggers needed

Haywood Tourism Development Authority is currently looking for volunteer guest travel bloggers to contribute articles to its Homegrown Blog on www.visitncsmokies.com.
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 15:30

HCC to offer sound recording, engineering

Haywood Community College’s Workforce Continuing Education Creative Arts Department will offer an Introduction to Sound Recording/Engineering class on Mondays from March 2 through May 18.
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 15:27

Boojum to open Waynesville taproom

Boojum Brewing Company, Waynesville’s newest (and fourth) brewery, will officially open its downtown taproom at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at 50 North Main Street.
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 15:25

One-man show coming to WCU

The Galaxy of Stars Series will present the one-man show “Man 1, Bank 0” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 15:23

‘Robin Hood’ radio production

Presented as a live radio broadcast onstage, “Robin Hood – The Legacy” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 15:22

Wills to bring Nashville hits to Franklin

Multi-platinum country music artist Mark Wills will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 15:20

Willie Nelson to play Harrah's

Legendary outlaw country singer Willie Nelson will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, Harrah’s Cherokee.
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 15:19

This must be the place

Face-to-face communication is a lost art. Besides the actual act of writing, my favorite part of being a journalist is conducting the interview. Everyday, I meet up with complete strangers and immerse myself in their lives. It is a surreal…
Just mere feet from a bustling South Main Street in Waynesville resides a cocoon of creativity.  With a steady stream of vehicles rushing by, one enters Jenny Bucker’s studio as if to step into a portal of a calmer ambiance.…
The Sylva Garden Club is raising money to build a small pavilion in Bicentennial Park, a small green space located off Keener Street near the historic Jackson County Courthouse and library complex.
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 14:59

Murphy casino project on track for summer

When the Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise board opted to get rid of the project manager position for its Murphy casino construction project last year, some skepticism ensued as to whether the project could still continue on time and within budget.
Cherokee is one step closer to having an Olympic-sized outdoor pool following Tribal Council’s unanimous vote this month to purchase property for the project. “We have an identified site with contract negotiations with those landowners,” said Jason Lambert, director of…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 14:57

Highlands lowering lake for major repairs

Lake Sequoyah in Highlands is currently being drained in preparation for completing about $3 million in repairs to the dam.
Maggie Valley is in limbo over a proposed mountaintop cross after learning last week the state won’t help sort out how high the cross could legally be under the North Carolina ridge law.
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 14:50

YMCA summer camp coming to Swain

YMCA of Western North Carolina is getting ready to break ground on Camp Watia, a summer camp in Swain County to serve children in the region.  Ken and Nancy Glass of Buncombe County purchased the pristine 900 acres near Fontana…
Western Carolina University will now be subject to Jackson County’s revised subdivision ordinance, the planning board decided last week. Technically, the university has been included under the regulations since the planning board revised them last year, but that implication of…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 14:48

WCU to end off-campus busing

Once the spring 2015 semester wraps up at Western Carolina University, off-campus students will no longer have the option of catching the bus to classes.  While enrollment at the university — and development around it — is increasing, ridership on…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 14:47

Haywood notifies clients of missing data report

Haywood County Health and Human Services Agency recently notified clients that an accounts receivable report went missing from a billing office several months ago.
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 14:46

Canton second guesses proposed Labor Day changes

Canton will continue researching recommended changes to the town’s Labor Day celebration despite several aldermen expressing reservations about changing the venue and recruiting a national headlining band for a Sunday night concert. After mulling over proposed changes presented at a…
The Haywood County School Board followed the recommendation of school cafeteria workers this month and voted to continue buying cleaning chemicals exclusively from a national company, despite promising a local supplier that he would have a chance to bid on…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 14:43

Nonprofit manufacturer expanding in Sylva

Webster Enterprises is settling into its newly leased building on Harold Street in Sylva following the town board’s unanimous vote to approve a conditional-use permit for the nonprofit.  “We were delighted about it,” said Gene Robinson, executive director of Webster…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 14:37

Blood donors show loyalty to Red Cross

The new contract Mission Health signed with The Blood Connection for blood products will affect the American Red Cross’ collections in Western North Carolina, but Red Cross employees and volunteers hope donors will remain loyal to their cause.
Loyal blood donors will no longer see the iconic red cross on the side of the blood mobile next time they give blood at one of Mission Health’s 17 facilities in Western North Carolina. Mission has signed a new contract…
More kids will get a critical early start in education thanks to an expansion of the pre kindergarten program offered on-site at public schools in Haywood County. Until now, the in-house pre kindergarten program run by the school system has…
Jack Ewing stepped over a pail of drywall mud, dodged electrical wires dangling from the ceiling and picked his way across construction debris littering the bare concrete floor of the gutted Terrace Hotel room.
It’s been a tough few years for the tiny town of Dillsboro. Ever since the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad moved its depot in 2008 to Bryson City, the town has seen rough times, reflected in the vacant storefronts of the…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 16:10

Waynesville missing an opportunity

To the Editor: It’s true, you only get one chance to make a good one. Entering Waynesville from any direction does not make a good first impression.  Coming from the east on N.C. 19/23 you only have to be about…
To the Editor: It took newly elected Sen. Thom Tillis , R-N.C., merely a month in Washington to make himself North Carolina’s reigning national embarrassment, succeeding Rep. Mark “Shutdown” Meadows, R-Cashiers, and John “Casanova” Edwards. People elsewhere are asking how…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 16:07

Too much of a good thing can be dangerous

I wish those planning to open a new charter school in Haywood County the best. Their intentions are completely honorable. But I also believe that the proliferation of school choice in the U.S. is not a long-term positive for the…
Lana Quinn of Waynesville has lost friends, been called crazy and was turned away from a pediatrician’s office because of her decision to not vaccinate her three sons. Waynesville resident Janet Presson’s son was diagnosed with autism at 2 years…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:50

The butternut is a country boy’s tree

“A countryman’s tree is the Butternut, known to the farm boy but not his city cousin. One who takes thoughtful walks in the woods may come to know and admire it for the grand old early American it is.” —…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:41

Celebrate winter Smoky style

Maggie Valley’s inaugural WinterFest Smoky Style will celebrate the best of the cold-weather season 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, with other events bookending the festival Friday and Saturday nights.
Haywood Community College just became the only two-year community college in North Carolina to offer a forest management technology program accredited by the Society of American Foresters, a national organization for professional foresters.
Registration is now open for the fifth Wilderness Skills Institute, a training program for Wilderness stewardship and management, held at the Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah National Forest.
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:28

Polar Plunge lands cash for waterway education

Lake Junaluska was only 39 degrees on Jan. 31, but 120 people still braved the cold to participate in Haywood Waterways Association’s Third Annual Polar Plunge.
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:27

Smokies invites you to meet new superintendent

Two open houses this month will offer the chance to meet and greet the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent, Cassius Cash, who had his first day at work this Monday (Feb. 9).
Pushing through 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 of biking and 26.2 of running, it was all Jennifer Jacobson could do to keep moving toward the finish line of Ironman Louisville in Kentucky last summer. But she did make it, earning…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:10

Guys, don’t fear Valentine’s Day, embrace it

Note to readers: this is one of the few times I have written a column addressed to one sex — or gender, if you prefer that term. This one is for the guys facing the next holiday. It’s Valentine’s Day,…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:02

Catch the Spirit scholarships available

A nonprofit organization, Catch the Spirit of Appalachia wishes to once again provide four opportunities for a scholarship in the amount of $500 each for Appalachian Studies to be presented to four deserving seniors in the Western North Carolina counties.…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:01

WCU to showcase Barnwell collection

A collection of images by acclaimed photographer Tim Barnwell that reflects the musical and craft traditions of the Southern Appalachian Mountains is currently on display through April 1 at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center.
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:00

Open call for Appalachian Lifestyle festival

The Downtown Waynesville Association is seeking heritage themed vendors for the fifth annual Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration that will take place Saturday, June 13.
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 14:59

Outhouse Race returns to Sapphire Valley

The annual Outhouse Race will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Sapphire Valley Ski Area.