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Transvestite. Transsexual. Transylvania. Three words that immediately conjure images of extravagant parties, mad scientists, death, rock-n-roll, Meatloaf, aliens, sing-a-longs, freedom and sexual liberation. What “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” did, and continues to do, for society can never be overstated.…
Jackson County commissioners will spend $100,000 on a storage room at the Cashiers library for the Friends of the Cashiers Library to house used book donations.
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 14:47

Haywood to offer some teachers signing bonuses

Haywood County Schools will be offering signing bonuses for teachers in hard-to-get fields starting next school year.
When Jackson County’s subdivision ordinance was revised last year, it included some changes that would apply to development at Western Carolina University. Namely, all WCU projects with more than 60 bedrooms — including dorms — would have to comply with…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 14:45

Cullowhee land-use plan on the move

A land-use plan to guide growth in Cullowhee will take a detour past the planning board en route to Jackson County commissioners this spring. There was some uncertainty over what trajectory the land-use plan would take once the Cullowhee planning…
Maggie Valley leaders could land in the middle of a controversy in coming months about whether the owner of Ghost Town in the Sky amusement park should be allowed to build a giant cross on the ridgeline above Maggie Valley.
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 14:37

Jackson deputy fired

The investigation is ongoing following a Halloween party at Dillard Excavating in Sylva that allegedly involved underage drinking and allegedly resulted in the rape of a 14-year-old girl, but the career of a Jackson County sheriff’s deputy who was suspended…
Call it a foyer, an atrium, a lobby, a cattle call — an addition is being planned for the Jackson County Justice Center to house metal detectors and lines of people waiting to pass through each morning.
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 14:33

Fire burns 400 acres near Cherokee

A blaze in Cherokee has been fully contained, but not before burning up 400 acres of forest in the Qualla Boundary.  “It was more than likely arson,” said James Condon, fire management officer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in…
Downtown Waynesville could feel the not-so-pleasant trickle-down effects if a proposed smoking ban on Haywood County property goes through. The county ban would evict smokers from the grounds of the justice center and historic courthouse. Striking out in search of…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 14:29

Sylva citizenry sounds off about noise dispute

Conflict surrounding noise complaints at No Name Sports Pub — and the Sylva town ordinance that addresses how those complaints are handled — brought out a crowd of about 25 to the town board meeting last week.
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 14:27

Canton considers extensive special event policy

Event organizers may have to go through a more thorough application process if the Canton Board of Aldermen adopts a new special events policy.
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 14:21

Canton considers Labor Day overhaul

Canton’s annual Labor Day Celebration has been a beloved community tradition for more than 100 years.  As attendance and excitement have started to wane over the last few years, however, the town is looking at ideas to revamp the holiday…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 16:09

The bizarro world of plan revision

The Haywood County Board of Commissioners decided that today (Feb. 2) was the day they would boldly venture into the world of Forest Plan Revision. They did this by unanimously passing a “non-binding” resolution, which had been publicly vetted —…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 16:01

Up close with the Smokies

The Experience Your Smokies program is looking for applicants who want to get an insider’s look at park operations while getting some exploration into their lives as well.
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 16:00

Two areas added to potential wilderness inventory

Two potential candidates for wilderness designation in the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests were accidentally left off a master list compiled by the U.S. Forest Service.
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 15:59

Wildlife Commission says no more red wolves

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has publicly denounced the red wolf reintroduction in coastal counties, calling for the red wolves to be rounded up — despite being the only wild population of red wolves on the planet.
The northern slopes of Little Sandy Mush Bald, an iconic view for those who live in the coves and farms of the surrounding Sandy Mush community in Buncombe County, will remain undeveloped following the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy’s purchase of…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 15:57

Arboretum to memorialize landscaping great

The father of American landscape architecture will soon be memorialized at the North Carolina Arboretum.
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 15:56

Learn from Leopold

Aldo Leopold and his writings are cornerstones of modern environmental ethic, and a program teaching how to use his work as a springboard to engage students in natural science and literature is now being offered through the Jackson and Swain…
Though a mixture of rain and ice pelted the windshield as I headed toward the Balsam Gap access of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the forecast was calling for a high of 52 and the car thermometer read 48 degrees.  I…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 15:49

King’s newest novel is as good as it gets

During the past 60 years, I have maintained a hearty appreciation for what is called “fantasy/horror” literature. I guess it began with the dark little fairy tales of Lord Dunsany, Arthur Machen and yes, the Grimm Fairy Tales, and it…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 15:37

Three men walk into a bar ...

To the Editor: A rich man, a middle class man and a poor man walk into a bar. They sit at a table with 12 cookies. The rich man takes 11 cookies and then tells the middle class man that…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 15:32

Harris Regional committed to the region

Over the past couple of months there has been a fair amount of coverage in area media outlets about the “changing” landscape of women’s health care services in Western North Carolina. A couple of individuals have chosen to provide their…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 15:25

Pardon the explanation, but I can’t help myself

I am living the days I have dreamed of all my life. “One day,” I said, somewhere ages and ages ago, “I will have children, and I will watch the Super Bowl with them just like I watched it with…
Anna Eason has nothing but good things to say about Haywood County Public Schools. It’s a “good school system,” doing “an amazing job with what the state gives.” Two of her three children are students there now, and she herself…
More than 30 downtown Waynesville businesses are offering discounts for local residents throughout the month of February. Look for the big red heart on the door and be prepared to show proof of local residence.
Law enforcement officers in Western North Carolina have been spending too much time and money driving all across the state in search of available hospital beds. When magistrate judges issue an involuntary committal order, an officer from that county is…
It’s been two weeks since new property values hit the mailboxes in Macon County, but there’s nary a line to be seen at the county property appraisal office. Only 400 appeals have trickled in so far. The last property revaluation…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 14:59

Macon planning board drafts noise ordinance

Macon County Planning Board members are still hashing out the details of a proposed noise ordinance.  The board held two meetings in January to figure out what language could be used to help address complaints about nuisance neighbors intentionally making…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 14:54

Counties facing animal control inadequacies

Commissioners in Western North Carolina counties have been discussing the growing need for better animal control services.  While Jackson and Haywood County are struggling with inadequate animal shelter facilities, Swain County lacks a facility and an ordinance to deal with…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 14:53

Nonprofit employer set to expand in Sylva

Webster Enterprises is growing, and a newly leased building on Harold Street in Sylva is expected to allow the nonprofit to expand a recently added component of its business and add at least 30 local jobs.
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 14:51

Dead dog drama

There’s no doubt that No Name has neighbors who are upset about noise. Next-door neighbor James Lupo had approached the town board in 2012 to complain, and according to Carl King, who lives next to Lupo, the sound is so…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 14:48

Sylva to get an earful over bar noise dispute

A showdown over noise at No Name Sports Pub is on tap for the Sylva Town Board meeting Feb. 5.  With their own respective petitions in hand, both the bar’s supporters and its neighbors who are upset about the noise…
Jay Coward will keep his job as Jackson County attorney — for five more months, at least.  When a new board of commissioners took over in December, they put out a call for applications to select a new attorney, pulling…
If all goes according to plan, Jackson County could have a permanent homeless shelter up and running by April.  That “if,” though, is a big one. Jackson Neighbors in Need hopes to get commissioners’ approval to lease the old rescue…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 14:42

HCC rolls out rebranded products

Trying to create a small logo that encompasses everything Haywood Community College stands for is no easy task.  But with only three letters and a symbolic leaf, Aaron Mabry, marketing and communication director, thinks he and Lee White Media pulled…
Overbearing language in Haywood County’s emergency management protocols is being revised to make it more palatable to civil liberty watchdogs. The emergency plan spells out powers the county can evoke in a major crisis — be it a mundane blizzard…
The town of Franklin recently passed a Charitable Solicitations ordinance in order to have more control over groups who stand in the middle of the road asking for money. But it appears the ordinance has backfired. The group the town…
There’s been a new turn in the much-anticipated redevelopment of Ingles’ super market site in Waynesville: Chick-fil-A has joined the party. Ingles’ site development plans on file with the town of Waynesville have been updated recently to include a Chick-fil-A…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

‘Tar Heel Tour’ at WCU

There will be an interactive presentation to “tour” the state of North Carolina during “Tar Heel Tour: Our State, Our Time” from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in the A.K. Hinds University Center at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

SCC offers $3,000 in artist biz plan contest

Professional craft artists in Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties and the Qualla Boundary have a $3,000 incentive to create or update their business plans.
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

Learn the art of paper cutting at two events

Valentine’s Day paper arts class A book/paper arts workshop will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

Uptown Gallery re-opening in Franklin

The Macon County Art Association will host a “Grand Re-Opening” of their Uptown Gallery from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at 30 East Main Street in Franklin.
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

Valentine’s Day jazz at Classic Wineseller

A special Valentine’s Day dinner and live performance by jazz singer Jesse Earl Junior will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville.
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 15:30

Avalon brings the classics to Franklin

1950s pop sensation Frankie Avalon will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

This must be the place

Wait, what?! Ah, crap. By the time you read this, I’ll have turned 30. It’s a number that seemed as far away from reality as it was impossible to ever cross paths with. But, here it is, staring right at…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

Good for what ales you

A rising tide lifts all ships. It’s not only a motto for life, but also for the ever-evolving cultural ambiance in downtown Sylva. From mainstays City Lights Café, Heinzelmannchen Brewery, Lulu’s On Main and Guadalupe Café, to newcomers like Innovation…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 16:22

Cherokee knew how to handle the chill of winter

“Two or more Families join together in building a hot-house, about 30 feet Diameter, and 15 feet high, in form of a Cone, with Poles and thatched, without any air-hole, except a small door about 3 feet high and 18…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 16:14

New museum to celebrate Fontana Dam’s 70th

A community museum and learning center at Fontana Village along Fontana Lake will commemorate the 70th anniversary of power production at Fontana Dam, thanks to an alliance between Proctor Revival Organization, Fontana Village Resort, Graham Revitalization Economic Action Team and…