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Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:48

Call them statesmen, not “republicrats”

To the Editor: There has been too much name-calling in the media lately criticizing the way in which some of our local elected officials do their job, the most recent being the angry response by Brad Seagle in the Friday,…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:47

Dilapidated mobile homes should be illegal

To the Editor: Old Cullowhee Road in Cullowhee is a beautiful route for viewing land, homes, water and sky. Lately though, there have been dilapidated mobile homes popping up for rent along both sides of the road. When traveling from…
To the Editor: One of the more interesting races in the May 8 Democratic primary is the race for U.S. Congress (the N.C. 11th Congressional District) between Cecil Bothwell, a progressive Asheville City councilman, and Hayden Rogers, a “blue dog”…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:46

The new world of political advertising

To the Editor: I’m going to be as “tacky” in my public response to Mr. Swanson as he was in his response to Ms. Abel. This gentleman, in his attempt to kill a message, kills the messenger. This is not…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:45

Don’t tax the hand that feeds us

To the Editor: I have been reading the news regarding the Jackson County Occupancy Tax and the discussion around the Travel and Tourism Association (TTA) versus a Tourism Development Authority (TDA). I cannot help but look at the abbreviation TTA…
To the Editor: Recently there were two letters to the editor locally by Shirley Ches and Marge Abel which expressed the exact issues that many women in Macon County are very concerned about. I couldn’t have proclaimed the issues any…
I was fortunate enough this past weekend to be present when a mother goat gave birth to two babies, and even to assist her some, though truthfully I think she’d have performed just fine without me. My friend and I…
The Haywood County Board of Commissioners will hold a work session at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 19, at the Bethea Welcome Center at Lake Junaluska. The purpose of the work session is to conduct a roundtable discussion with community leaders…
Despite rumors that cuts at Tuscola High School in Waynesville could reduce the number of advanced courses, academically gifted students will have just as many courses to chose from next school year. Tuscola will lose five teaching positions, which is…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:39

Sylva man gets seven years for 2008 murders

The last of six people accused of playing a role in the murders of two Swain County residents back in 2008 has been put away. Mark Goolsby of Sylva plead guilty to nine counts of accessory after the fact to…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:38

Learn how to sell, serve alcohol

The N.C. ABC Commission is holding a series of free Responsible Alcohol Seller/Server Program classes to educate businesses with alcohol permits and their employees about the responsible sales and service of alcoholic beverages. This is part of a region wide…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:36

Nursing scholarship available

The Judy Moore Memorial Scholarship Endowment Committee is accepting scholarship applications for 2012. The scholarship program for nurses was established in 1997 as a memorial to Judy Moore, a registered nurse who was killed in a car accident. At least…
Go online and vote for Waynesville as your favorite Main Street in the contest “Great Places in North Carolina.” A panel of experts chose six “People’s Choice” award finalists from the more than 40 nominations submitted by North Carolina residents.…
The use of weed killer to temporarily denude an ancient Indian mound in Franklin has some critics accusing the town of cultural insensitivity. Nikwasi Indian Mound, which is located within Franklin’s town limits and is tended to and maintained by…
A group of Jackson County doctors say they want out of the two-year-old partnership with the hospital in Haywood County and instead would like to look toward Mission Hospital in Asheville as a future partner. There have been murmurings for…
As Lake Junaluska weighs whether to become part of the town of Waynesville or form its own town, a public forum for residents to ask questions or share comments will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at Bethea…
The shell of a vacant four-story hotel sitting partially finished on Sylva’s main drag for three years is finally going somewhere. Developers from Greensboro bought the vacant hotel along N.C. 107 for $850,000 and are promising to pump an additional…
About two dozen people gathered outside the tribal council house broke into song with the words “Praise God, Praise God, Praise God,” after the final results of Cherokee alcohol vote were tabulated last week. The Cherokee Reservation will remain dry,…
A class action complaint aims to hold the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians responsible for money lost when the stock market crashed in 2008 and eroded the personal accounts of Cherokee youth held in trust by the tribe. All 14,000…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:57

Seniors, start training

Seniors around the county are gearing up for the 2012 Haywood County Senior Games from May 7-22. For just $10, seniors can participate in as many events as they choose in both athletic events such as shuffleboard, tennis and pickleball,…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:57

Prevent child abuse

For the month of April K.A.R.E in Haywood County, Kids Advocacy Resource Effort, will join thousands of communities throughout North Carolina and the nation in recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month with a pinwheel garden. The pinwheel is the new symbol…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:56

Walk in her shoes

The fourth-annual “Take A Walk In Her Shoes” sexual assault awareness event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, in front of the historic Haywood County Court House. The walk will be around the…
A movement to rein in the dominance of Mission Hospital in Western North Carolina’s healthcare landscape has hit a critical juncture. A legislative committee studying whether smaller hospitals are suffering from aggressive, monopoly-like tactics by Mission will unveil its recommendations…
Maggie Valley has emerged victorious in an ongoing tug-of-war with Jackson County over who can rightfully lay claim to tourists en route to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort. The N.C. Department of Transportation rejected a request from Jackson County leaders…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:51

Haywood Republicans must narrow their slate

Like a game of musical chairs, three Republican candidates for county commissioners are circling Haywood County and hoping they can secure one of the two places on the November election ballot. Only two of the Haywood County Board of Commissioners…
One thing is for certain. Whichever of two Democrats Jackson County voters pick in the May 8 primary will be bringing a lot of governmental experience to the table in their bid for a seat on the Board of Commissioners.…
Three of the five seats on the Macon County Board of Commissioners are up for election this year, and all have a primary race that needs deciding for either one party or the other. Democrats will be asked to narrow…
The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host Mindy Guillama-Ridriquez and Raul Rodriquez for a discussion of Cuban culture and food at 7 p.m. on April 26. Mindy will demonstrate making picadillo, a traditional dish in Cuba and many…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:04

Good Cooks series continues April 26

The next installment of Cooperative Extension’s “Good Cooks Series” will be held at 5:30 p.m. on April 26 in the conference room of the Community Services Center in Sylva. Local “Good Cook” Josh Wilkey will demonstrate the steps in baking…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:04

Innovative map designer to speak at WCU

Map designer Bruce Daniel will speak at 4 p.m., April 19, in the atrium of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. The talk, “Sensing Place: New Ways to Look at…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:01

Students to perform new play at HART

Students from Mountain Heritage High School in Burnsville will perform the play “Applaching” at 7:30 p.m., April 20, at the Haywood Regional Arts Theater in Waynesville. “Applaching” was created by Alesa Bryant Laws, the drama teacher at Mountain Heritage, and…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:00

Festival celebrates trout, Plott hounds

Maggie Valley Festival Grounds will host a combination of the Great Smoky Mountain Trout & Heritage Festival and PlottFest this year from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 21. The PlottFest is a fundraiser for Head Start Mountain Projects. The…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:59

Gaither Vocal Band to perform April 29

Multi-Grammy and Dove award winning recording artist Bill Gaither will perform with his Gaither Vocal Band at 3:30 p.m., April 29, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Gaither has been writing songs for many years…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:58

The Drifters and The Crystals to perform

Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters and The Crystals will take the stage at The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m., April 20. Both groups climbed the charts with hits in the 1950s. Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters has…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:57

Quaternity trombone group to visit WCU

The acclaimed trombone ensemble Quaternity will visit Western Carolina University for a day of master classes followed by a public performance on April 23. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:56

Live music at the Jackson library

The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host live bluegrass and gospel music provided by local band Joshua’s Tree at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24 in the community room. Joshua’s Tree is a Christian singing group that formed…
“That Mancini Magic,” the final installment of Western Carolina University’s 2011-12 Galaxy of Stars Series, will stage at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. “That Mancini Magic” performs songs of renowned…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:53

Signature Winds to perform in Waynesville

The Grace Church Episcopal in Waynesville will host a noon concert by Signature Winds on April 19. Signature Winds was formed in 2005 and retains all of its original members:  Kathy Alley, Flute; Pat Stone, Oboe; Charles Alley, Clarinet; Stephanie Lyon,…
Three Jackson County teachers — Jennifer Dall at Smokey Mountain Elementary, Kansas Heiskell at the HUB, and Gayle Woody at Smoky Mountain High School — were awarded a Learning Links grant this year to support art workshops in the schools.…
The Haywood County Arts Council will host its annual “Birding for the Arts” event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 28 as part of the 2012 FUNd Party Series. The series offers an eclectic array of social events…
The Small Business Center of Haywood Community College will offer a free seminar, entitled “Marketing for the Craftsperson & Artist…Part II,” from 6-9 p.m., April 24, at HCC’s Student Center Building, first floor. The workshop will detail how to best…
The voices of two Western Carolina University choirs – the University Chorus and the Concert Choir – will be featured at the WCU School of Music’s Spring Choral Concert at 7:30 p.m., April 19. Admission is free and the performance…
Western Carolina University dance students matched with faculty and staff members will compete in a “Dancing with the Stars”-style event called “Dancing with the Catamounts” at 7 p.m. on April 20 in Hoey Auditorium. The event costs $5 and will…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:47

Children’s weaving class at Sylva library

The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host weaver Susan Leveille of The Oaks Gallery in Dillsboro for a children’s weaving class at 6 p.m. on April 26. Participants will weave a colorful bookmark. The class is appropriate for children ages…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:46

Celebrate Spring with Greening Up

The 15th annual Greening Up the Mountains festival will take place April 28 on Main and Mill streets in historic downtown Sylva. The event begins with a 5K run at 9 a.m., while festival hours are 10 a.m. to 4…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:45

Liars Bench to present ‘Hangman’

The Liars Bench will tell the story of the hanging of Jack Lambert and other murder/execution stories in “Hangman, hangman slack your rope” at 7 p.m., April 19, at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center. The event will feature the compelling story…
Franklin High School will hold auditions at noon, April 21, in its fine arts center, for home school and private school students wishing to perform in Showcase of Talent 2012. Participation is open to actors, dancers, gymnasts, instrumentalists and vocalists…
Finnegans Wake took James Joyce 17 years to write, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel consumed four years of Michelangelo’s time and Beethoven needed about five years to complete his Fifth Symphony. But artists participating in one of Waynesville’s most…
The Cherokee Reservation will remain dry, keeping in place the historic ban on alcohol sales, following Thursday’s election on the issue. Enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians sent a strong message with about 60 percent voting “no”…
Editor’s note: This column first appeared in The Smoky Mountain News in April 2002. Have you ever looked at a map of North Carolina and wondered how in the heck the Old North State came to be shaped like that?…