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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…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 01:58

Dependency is what leads to vulnerability

To the Editor: I once asked a gentleman why he placed so much reliance on government and he replied, “Because your life can turn on a dime.” To me, that can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. A recent example can be…
I am writing this in my classroom on a Friday evening in the hours of quiet before the kickoff for our homecoming ball game. My students are all gone for the weekend, but it is still early enough that my…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 01:53

HCC receives $20,000 grant

Haywood Community College recently received a $20,000 matching grant from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership (BRNHAP) to develop and implement an Appalachian Heritage Arts Music Program at the college. Music Heritage is identified as one of the core…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 01:53

Murder charges filed in child’s death

Eric Davis, 23, was indicted on one charge of first-degree murder and two charges of felony child abuse Monday. He is currently being held without bond. Davis’ 4-year-old daughter was found injured and abuse in the Qualla Motel in Whittier…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 01:46

Input sought on Cullowhee’s future

The Jackson County Planning Department will host a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at Cullowhee Valley School to gather input from residents about the future development of the area. Jackson County Planner Gerald Green said the department is seeking…
A for-profit company will install an electric car charging station in Waynesville’s public parking lot on Montgomery Street.
Come next June, the number of visitors to Western North Carolina will jump by at least 1,500 Republicans.
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 01:39

Sen. Davis unworried about low poll numbers

A recent poll shows that a Western North Carolina state representative has fallen out of favor with voters.
Swain County residents have finally learned where exactly its $2 million in grants from the Golden LEAF Foundation will go — to schools, job training and infrastructure.
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 01:32

Soul searching time for the GOP

When N.C. GOP Director Todd Poole emailed a list of state job openings — some 300 vacant positions in all — to dozens of Republican operatives asking them to spread the word to party friendlies, some political fallout was to…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 01:27

Internal debate divides Haywood GOP

Some mainstream Republicans in Haywood County fear their local party is being hijacked by a far-right faction with extreme views on what limited government should look like.  The ascension of what some deem the radical right into leadership positions on…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 01:26

Cherokee theater expands to six screens

When Cherokee Phoenix Theatres on the Qualla Boundary closes on All Hallows’ Eve, it will only have two movie screens. When it reopens the following morning, as if by some magic, the number of screens will have multiplied.