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Wednesday, 06 November 2013 14:32

Additional election results

Dillsboro Mayor Mike Fitzgerald: 18 Dillsboro Town Board  (five seats available) Tim Parris: 22 David Jones: 21 David Gates: 20 Beauford Riddle: 19 Jimmy Cabe: 15   Forest Hills Mayor Kolleen Begley: 30 Forest Hills Town Board  (three seats available)…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 13:53

Sylva town board welcomes new member, new mayor

The race for Sylva town board was won by only a hair on Election Day. The results show Mary Kelley Gelbaugh edging Danny Allen off the town board by a mere four votes. Allen has been on the town board…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 13:50

Franklin residents cast vote for change

Despite a crowded field in the Franklin election — a dozen candidates in all — a handful of victors emerged as clear frontrunners ahead of the pack. Most of the winning candidates for aldermen and mayor reflect a public desire…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 13:48

Eveland, Price and Banks win in Maggie Valley

Candidates for Maggie Valley aldermen stood outside the polls on Election Day — one side staying toward the right and the other standing toward the left, both with signs exclaiming “Let’s Move Maggie Forward.”
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 13:46

Canton winners say they’ll work together

Canton has four new aldermen. In a close race, Carole Edwards, Ralph Hamlett, Gail Mull and Zeb Smathers won.
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:53

All in the family — Sunburst Trout Farm

A crisp wind blows through Haywood County. Gazing upward, dark clouds slowly take over the sky while a few ominous raindrops are felt. For many, it may seem to be the official death knell to summer. But for Sally Eason,…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:47

Vintage King is a frightening prospect

It has been more than 30 years since Stephen King published The Shining, but I still remember that little kid, Danny Torrance peddling his tricycle down the halls of the Overlook Hotel, and although the Overlook is supposed to be…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:43

Turkey drive helps many needy families

To the Editor: It’s that time of year again. The Maggie Valley Lodging Association is making plans for its 16th annual Turkey Drive to benefit Haywood County’s disadvantaged residents.  When the Turkey Drive first started in 1997, we delivered turkey…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:42

Don’t let Cullowhee planning steal rights

To the Editor: Historically, the citizens of Jackson County have been overwhelmingly against zoning outside the city limits. After failing to get anywhere with county-wide zoning efforts for some 20 years, our county planners finally got the proposal of community-based…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:42

We are headed down the wrong path

To the Editor: What has been happening in Washington is more than a catastrophe. Congress is allowing unshared economic growth and prolonged economic insecurity for millions. One in five North Carolinians live in poverty. One in four children live in…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:41

We should have seen ACA red flags

To the Editor: Red flag warnings that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare, is a flawed bad law have been flying around from the get-go.  The bill was ramrodded through Congress during a Christmas Eve session in the Senate.…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:40

Meadows will be held accountable for vote

To the Editor: I read with great interest The Smoky Mountain News’ Oct. 23 Op Ed page and particularly the piece by Robert G. Fulbright of Waynesville. Fulbright’s piece was right on and I totally agree with him! As a…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:37

Legislative actions suck life from public schools

By Dawn Gilchrist-Young • Guest Columnist If I could create for you an apt metaphor for public education, it would be that of public schools as a sentient being. And, as such a being, it would have a body, much…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

One shot to win money for your business plan

Ninety seconds.  It’s shorter than the average YouTube video and less time (theoretically) than it takes to brush your teeth, but if you can squeeze enough charm and tenacity and business acumen into that space, you may just be on…
Jackson County commissioners questioned the wisdom of a last-ditch effort to find more customers for the Whittier sewer system at a county meeting Monday. Commissioner also signaled reluctance to put up county money for a plan they saw as less…
A rural sewer system in Jackson County is headed toward bankruptcy unless it can drum up 200 customers in the sparsely populated Whittier area.  It’s a tough sell though, witnessed by the paltry 40 customers along the sewer line now.
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

WNC native tapped for EDC post in Jackson

Jackson County is hoping the third time’s the charm as it aims to jumpstart its floundering economic development efforts.  After years of thrashing and political setbacks, Jackson County once more has a board of economic development advisors in place and…
An animal rights groups has sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture, hoping to force the agency to set stricter standards for bears living in enclosures. 
Despite sweepstakes-style video gambling being outlawed in the state, they have slowly crept back in to the corners of gas stations across Western North Carolina in recent months. 
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

More students prompt new construction at Pisgah

Pisgah High School in Canton finally has the money for some much-needed renovations, which have been years in the making.   The Haywood County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution allowing the county finance officer to borrow up to…
Haywood County is moving slowly towards consolidating its Department of Social Services and Health Department to save money and become more efficient.  Last year, the N.C. General Assembly approved legislation that allows counties to combine the two departments into one…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

New checkpoint procedures implemented in Jackson

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union have reached an amicable settlement to allegations that the sheriff’s office racially profiled Latinos.
The Sylva town board has unanimously approved a streetscape plan for N.C. 107 from the Ingles grocery store to Dillsboro. The plan indicates where sidewalks and landscape buffers must go, according to the town’s current zoning ordinance, but also shows…
Vet-Fest in Waynesville will feature a poker run, live music and food on Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Haywood Square shopping center.  Live bands will play from 3 to 10 p.m., including Brian Keith & the Mile High Band, Smokerise…
As Waynesville pedestrians mosey down North Main Street toward Walnut Street on their way home or to one of the businesses along the road, they get to a point where the sidewalk ends, where they must walk on grass or…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

Sign kitsch to be debated at Waynesville hearing

Business owners and merchants in Waynesville angling for bigger, flashier attention-grabbing devices have piloted a rewrite of the town’s sign ordinance, which will be considered by the board of aldermen this month.
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

Mountain Momma

If you can eek out the time for a trip to Asheville, here’s a great excursion for the last lingering weeks of fall sunshine before winter puts a damper on outside activities. Giant LEGO sculptures have put down roots on…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

Events celebrate Native American Heritage Month

Native American Expo set for WCU The 5th annual Native American Expo at Western Carolina University will run Nov. 11-13, with a series of events and presentations centered on Native American values, traditions and culture. All events will be held…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

AWAKE celebrates 20 years

AWAKE (Adults Working and Advocating for Kids’ Empowerment) will host a 20th anniversary celebration from 3 to 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Nichols House in Sylva. AWAKE’s mission is to coordinate and advocate services for abused children in Jackson…
In the coming weeks, Western Carolina University senior Mike Hill may go out after dark to drive up and down the interstates. He’ll be looking at rest areas, hoping to find a brightly lit one with a deserted parking lot…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

Zombies stalk WCU stage

The world premiere of “Zombies on Campus! A SlaughterPocalypse!” hits the stage nightly at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13-19 in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

African acrobatics swing into Franklin

“African Acrobatics International Presents: Zuma Zuma” will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Celebrate the richness of African cultures with this show that blends acrobatics, dance and music…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

‘In the Round’ series continues

Bobby Tomberlin, Candi Carpenter and Bill LaBounty will bring an adventurous musical spirit to the Songwriters in the Round series from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Balsam Mountain Inn.
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

Atkins brings country swagger to Cherokee

Country star Rodney Atkins will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center. Atkins has had six No. 1 hits on his first three albums, from “Watching You” and “These Are My People” to his most…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

Bluegrass legend plays Franklin

Bluegrass star Rhonda Vincent will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

This must be the place

Pizza. French fry. Those were the initial instructions I was given the first time I went skiing. I must’ve been around four or five years old. Growing up in the Champlain Valley, surrounded by the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New…
“I can’t sing.”  “Nobody wants to hear my voice.”  “I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket.”  They’re recognizable refrains, the shield of the perceived non-musical whenever the Christmas carolers come around or it’s time for someone to jump-start a…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 02:18

Agency honors safety and conservation efforts

The North Carolina Wildlife Federation recently honored those who have contributed to the conservation and safety of the state’s natural resources. The awards were given at the Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards banquet. The winners were:  • Wildlife Enforcement Officer of…
Platinum or china may be the standard 20th anniversary gift, but Friends of the Smokies, a non-profit organization that supports the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is hoping for a little something in green to celebrate its 20th year. For…
Buy Haywood has gone high tech to help promote the county’s abundance of locally grown produce, flowers and food items, and handcrafted products. A YouTube video at gives viewers a sample of the various products they can buy that…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 02:16

Cherokee run raises $22,000

More than $22,000 was raised for the Madison Hornbuckle Children’s Cancer Foundation at the 2nd annual Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon & 5K in Cherokee recently. Jill Konkol of Winston-Salem (18:50) and Phil Latter of Bryson City (15:38) were the winners…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 02:15

Duke funds streamside enhancement projects

Duke Energy will spend more than $100,000 on seven streamside habitat projects in the watersheds and tailwaters of its Nantahala area hydroelectric projects. Duke’s Riparian Habitat Enhancement Fund grant of $109,057 plus matching and in-kind funds for the projects total…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 02:14

Glenville getting handicap accessible upgrades

People with physical disabilities will have better access to Lake Glenville, thanks to upgrades to some of the lake’s amenities.  
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 02:11

Conservancy buys 250 acres and a peak

Blackrock Mountain summit, a 5,700 foot peak that overlooks the Blue Ridge Parkway, has been purchased by the Southern Applachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC).
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 02:10

Changing of the guard

I believe the annual treks into the Town of Waynesville’s watershed began back in 2007. They have provided a unique opportunity for interested parties to get a glimpse of the property, learn a little about the history of the watershed,…
Flips, spins, big jumps and high speeds — these things challenge the average human being, but, for big-air snowboarder Zeb Powell, they’re no big deal. Five days out of the week during ski season, the 13-year old can be found…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 02:01

To those teachers who exacted excellence

Book reviews shouldn’t begin with dedications. But with Strings Attached (ISBN 978-1-4013-2466-7, $24.99) being the book under review, I feel compelled to commence by issuing a few long-overdue honorifics:
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 02:00

The return of the sharecropper state

To the Editor: When Reconstruction came to the South after the Civil War, big plantations were worked by nearly destitute farmers for a share of what their labor produced. They got enough to live on — barely — but the…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 01:59

Replace Tea Party with rational Republicans

To the Editor: With the government shutdown fiasco, we have learned what TEA in Tea Party really stands for “Totally Egocentric Anarchists.” Tea Party legislators meet the definition of anarchist: a person who promotes disorder or excites revolt against any…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 01:58

Learning to compromise would restore hope

To the Editor: I would like Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, to realize that there was a time when opposing parties would come together and work for the good of our citizens. Though there are many examples, let me point to…