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Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:33

Guided bird walk to be held in Sapphire

A 2.5-mile bird walk around Fairfield Lake in Sapphire will be led by two expert birders with the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society chapter on Saturday, August 25. Meet at the Highlands Town Hall parking lot near the public restrooms at…
A Western Carolina University professor studying social behavior of birds will present findings of his latest research at 7:30 p.m. Monday, August 27, at the Highlands Civic Center. The program is being hosted by Highlands Plateau Audubon Society chapter. Dr.…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:32

Telethon rallies funding support for Smokies

Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park raised $192,157 last week during the annual “Friends Across the Mountains” telethon broadcast on WLOS locally as well as stations in Tennessee. “As far as I am aware, the Smokies is the only…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:31

It’s in the wind

I was outside with Maddie (6) the other afternoon and there was a gentle breeze. “Daddy, doesn’t it smell like autumn?” she asked. And it did. In fact, I had just had the same sensation only didn’t mention it because…
Frank King is on a mission to find the perfect meat. King, the owner of King Bio Natural Medicine, holistic pharmaceutical company based in Asheville, is testing and researching different types of animals that will prosper in the Western North…
As the small, all-terrain vehicle drew near, the buffalo snorted and then lowered its massive head. It shuffled its feet, kicking up red dust into the Western North Carolina wind. “Don’t worry,” said Mike Ellington, manager of a buffalo ranch…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:15

Tell Obama the numbers still need to add up

To the Editor: I have always had a problem with numbers, I joke that numbers traumatized me at an early age. One number that baffles me is the unemployment numbers. See if you can figure this out: using a low…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:12

Letter writer should follow her own advice

To the Editor: A recent area letter writer cautioned us to dig for truth and find facts before we go to the polls. What wonderful advice. However, she should have taken her own counsel and stopped immediately at the end of…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:12

League forums are non-partisan events

To the Editor: Recently, the Macon County League of Women Voters started a membership campaign and in our invitation, we stated that at campaign forums conducted by the League, to maintain the spirit of a non parti-san informational forum, there should…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:11

Davis supporters were not out of line

To the Editor: A recent letter to the editor in another newspaper criticized Sen. Jim Davis’ supporters for wearing red T-shirts at the League of Women Voters Aug. 9 public candidate forum, calling it “red shirt tactics.” The letter writer…
To the Editor: Here are some questions that need to be addressed to the people who are leading our country and our state or who are seeking office in 2012. Are you a free market capitalist or a big government…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:10

Intelligent voters need to use their brains

To the Editor:  I have been out of town so I am late in responding to my neighbor, Joanna Swanson’s diatribe of Aug. 1, detailing Obama’s “wants.”  Regardless of the manner by which politicians garner votes, they generally fit the…
Count me among those who hope the MedWest affiliation between Haywood, Jackson and Swain hospitals survives. Otherwise, I fear none of the three hospitals will survive, but instead be swallowed up or severely marginalized in within a decade. It’s been…
Haywood Community College has not only expanded its search for a new president, but is now on the hunt for an interim president as well. It’s the second bump in what was initially mapped out as a smooth transition following…
Former Bryson City Fire Chief Joey Hughes and his wife, Cylena, were arrested and indicted on embezzlement, fraud, and other charges last week for allegedly purloining money from the volunteer fire department’s fundraising arm. More than $200,000 was taken over…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 12:57

WCU takes over off-campus shuttle service

The university’s parking and transportation services office has assumed responsibility for running an off-campus shuttle service previously provided by Jackson County Transit. “Other than the look and color of the bus, not much will change for the students and other…
Greg Snyder was perturbed when he addressed the Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen in June. In March, Snyder had plunked down $4,625 to connect five new RV sites at Twinbrook Resorts to the town’s sewer system. Less than two weeks…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 12:52

Meet fellow Franklin entrepreneurs Aug. 23

The Macon County Economic Development Commission will host an entrepreneur networking night at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Appalachian Harvest in downtown Franklin. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at www.maconedc.com. The…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 12:51

Families sought to host international students

Ayusa, an international student exchange organization, is looking to match willing families with international high school students. The program is government-regulated and brings students from more than 60 countries. All types of families are eligible to host an international student.…
Longtime alderman and Maggie Valley resident and business owner Phil Aldridge resigned from the town board last week. Aldridge was a staple around town and owned Phil’s Grocery on Soco Road — the only grocery store in the valley for…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 12:48

Sylva welcomes new town board member

Barbara Hamilton participated in her first Sylva Town Board meeting last week after being newly appointed to fill the vacated seat of Stacy Knotts, who resigned to move with her husband to South Carolina. Hamilton was one of three candidates…
The mayor of Sylva, Maurice Moody, was first to receive a violation notice for an allegedly illegal sweepstakes establishment in one of his rental properties along U.S. Highway 441. And Jackson County Commission Chairman Jack Debman may be next.
Ingles has unveiled plans to build a new gas station on Russ Avenue, Waynesville’s most heavily trafficked commercial corridor. It marks a slight change to previous plans, which called for a gas station along the entrance road leading to Ingles…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 12:43

Ingles chain to make big splash in Waynesville

Waynesville will be home to the largest Ingles grocery store in Western North Carolina following major renovations and expansion at its Russ Avenue location. Shoppers will have a larger beer and wine selection, expanded deli and prepared food counter and…
Winners of Cherokee Preservation Foundation’s 10th anniversary photo contest will be announced at a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 23 at Qualla Arts & Crafts. Residents living on the Qualla Boundary and the seven western counties have…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 12:40

Political corner

Mike Clampitt, a candidate running for the state House, is hosting “Mornings with Mike” from 7-8 a.m. every Tuesday at 58D Sunrise Park Dr. in Sylva through Oct. 30. The event features Clampitt, but other Republican candidates running for office…
It’s been more than three months since voters in Jackson County approved a countywide alcohol initiative. Yet, except for a few telltale signs, a look around Cullowhee on the doorstep of Western Carolina University wouldn’t lead anyone to believe that…
Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher gave an opening address to kick off the fall semester last week and called on members of the university community to help realize the vision articulated by the 2020 Vision: Focusing Our Future…
North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue and other dignitaries gathered at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel Tuesday to officially mark the introduction of live table games at the casino.
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 12:35

Canton bridge work finished ahead of schedule

Traffic headaches caused by bridge work in downtown Canton for the past nine months are now over. Detour signs were taken down Monday, marking the end of the $3.5 million project to replace the 1920s-era Park Street bridge over the…
About 20 Southern heritage supporters lined a bench of Haywood County’s historic courtroom in Waynesville Monday, a show of force county commissioners were likely prepared for as they took on the perpetually controversial issue of Confederate flags: are they a…
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and former lead singer of The Temptations, Dennis Edwards, will take the stage at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 31.
As part of a Summer Music Series, the Bryson City library will present acoustic country music by Ron and Julia Thompson at 7 p.m. Aug. 23. Weather permitting, the program will be presented on the front porch of the library;…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

Ceramicist to show at Green Energy Park

The Jackson County Green Energy Park will host a reception at its art gallery from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 23 for Western Carolina University alumnus and ceramist Preston Tolbert. The event is free and open to the public. “When I work…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

Patton String Band to entertain in Macon

The Macon County Public Library will host the Patton String Band at 7 p.m. Aug. 30. Come and enjoy old time traditional mountain tunes, as well as country and gospel songs. Thursdays at the Library is an eclectic mix of…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

Labor Day LakeAlooza party at Fontana Village

Fontana Village Resort will host the third annual LakeAlooza celebration Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Local residents and visiting guests are invited to attend the line-up of family friendly events. The resort will host a family softball game at 7 p.m. Friday…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

Art raffle to benefit nonprofit arts program

Cullowhee Mountain ARTS is raffling off 24 original art works ranging from painting and printmaking to mixed media and ceramics. Professional artists who taught during the 2012 Summer Visual Arts Series and staff members at Cullowhee Mountain ARTS donated the…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

Back a cat to help support Catman2

Hard economic times have taken a toll on animal rescue groups, and Catman2 is no exception. Harold Sims, commonly known as Catman2, is hosting “Painted Cats on Parade” and hoping to raise $20,000. The plan is to find people, groups,…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

Clogging classes starting in Bryson City

Beginner clogging classes will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the N.C. Cooperative Extension at 60 Almond School Road in Bryson City. Learn basic clogging steps with fun and energetic instructors. The classes are free and open to…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

Metal artist featured in lecture

Noted artist Grace Cathey will share the story about her chosen craft genre – metal sculpture – with her presentation “The Art of Placing Sculpture in Your Garden and Home” at 7 p.m. Aug. 24.
The Overlook Theatre Company in Franklin will present “The Civil War, an American Musical,” at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 23-25 and at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 26 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. “The Civil War” explores…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

‘Fox on the Fairway’ opens this week

The comedy “Fox on the Fairway” opens the Highlands Cashiers Players at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Performing Arts Center on Chestnut Street in Highlands. The play is written by the acknowledged master of farce, Ken Ludwig, whose many…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

WCU screens series of free documentaries

Western Carolina University will offer a series of films on topics from local food to the life of a forgotten civil rights activist as it again hosts the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers this year. First up is “Joe…
Folk singer/storyteller Lee Knight will bring his unique sounds to the stage of the Village Commons in Cashiers at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 for “Before Bluegrass–Ancient and Old-Time Music of the Southern Appalachians.”
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

Ellison to lead reading at Rickman Store

Writer and naturalist George Ellison will read from his new collection of poems, Permanent Camp, at the Rickman Store at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31.
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

Tablescapes luncheon at Grace Church

Grace Church in the Mountains in Waynesville will be having its annual “Tablescapes” luncheon starting at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 25. The Episcopal Church Women group will host the event, and this year the tables will be decorated with individual versions of…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

Audition for Haywood’s Got Talent

The Haywood Arts Regional Theater is once again presenting a chance for area talent to show take home the gold with the second annual Haywood’s Got Talent event in September. Auditions will be held from 1-5 p.m. Aug. 25. HART…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

Labor Day celebrations

Canton Labor Day Festival The town of Canton will kick off its annual Labor Day Festival on Aug. 31. The celebration takes place at Canton Recreational Park on 77 Penland St. through Sept. 3. Admission is free.
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

2012 Haywood County Fair

It’s that time of year again. The Haywood County Fair will be taking place from Wednesday, Aug. 22, to Sunday, Aug. 26. The fairgrounds will officially be open to the public at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Admission is $2 per…
When Doug Trantham was a kid, he wanted to impress his father. “I was 10-years-old when my dad made a banjo,” he said. “That was around the house and I got interested in playing it. Banjo is my heart instrument.…