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What if we treated all athletes like skateboarders? I ask this question because I am a skateboarder. I grew up playing almost every sport (football, soccer, baseball, basketball, judo, etc.), and I witnessed firsthand how much support these sports receive…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:28

SCC does not need this kind of road

To the Editor: After reading a recent article in The Sylva Herald, I feel it is time to further explain my position on R-5000. My questions have never been about whether Southwestern Community College needs another campus entrance/exit; rather, does…
To the Editor: For the last two weeks I have been hearing about artifacts donated to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by Swain County citizens being moved to Tennessee to a new proposed curatorial collections facility being built there.…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:25

Leading by example creates lasting legacies

Many people who lead exceptional lives never break an arm trying to pat themselves on their own back. They just do good things, usually for others and most of the time just because they know it’s the right thing to…
Macon County officials, concerned by the growing numbers of residents here forced to travel over Cowee Mountain to Sylva for treatment, are pushing for a kidney dialysis center in Franklin. Macon County is a Mecca of sorts for retirees and…
Haywood County is on the hook for $700,000 after an arbitration panel found the county wrongfully fired the contractor overseeing renovations to the historic courthouse four years ago. The contractor sued the county for $2.3 million after being fired from…
The Tye Blanton Foundation will host its seventh blood drive for the American Red Cross on Sunday, Aug. 28.   The drive will be held at Canton’s Central United Methodist Church at 36 Church St., across from the Lamp Factory.…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:21

Golf tournament to benefit veterans

The 9/11 Armed Forces Golf Classic will be held on Sept. 10 and 11 at Sequoyah National Golf Club in Cherokee. The tournament is hosted by the Steve Youngdeer Post 143 of the American Legion. A free golf clinic will…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:20

Improve your online skills with workshops

Two one-day Internet courses will be offered from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Agust 25 and 26 by Western Carolina University’s Division of Educational Outreach. “Using Google Docs,” is set for Thursday, August 25, and is designed to familiarize…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:19

Jackson County alcohol vote likely in May

Jackson County commissioners are leaning toward the May primary for putting alcohol on the ballot rather than waiting until the general election next November. County Attorney Jay Coward briefed Jackson County commissioners this week on the nuts and bolts of…
Weary of criminals languishing in the system before finally facing their day in court, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians hopes to forge a new partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s office, getting their own prosecutor into federal court. Tribal council…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:16

Macon steep-slope supporters pushing back

A new group has formed to counteract a recent landslide of opposition to steep-slope regulations in Macon County. “We realized that there are a lot of people out there who don’t go to these meetings — and I count myself…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:13

Macon to drop back and punt on slope rules

“Finishing the conversation” has become something of a catchphrase lately in Macon County. It’s a really diplomatic way of saying that while the planning board should keep plugging away at construction guidelines, there’s no guarantee the building regulations they develop…
First Macon County, and then Jackson, built big, beautiful, new libraries over the past five years. Now, it seems, Swain County residents — who are part of the same three-county Fontana Library System — believes it’s their turn to take…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:12

SBI won’t investigate Haywood jail death

The state will not investigate the death of Jessica Martin, who died last week after collapsing in a holding cell at the Haywood County Justice Center. “The State Bureau of Investigation is not planning to open an investigation at this…
The state might have pulled the plug on a long-range project to map landslide prone areas in the mountains, but Haywood County hopes to take matters into its own hands. Shortly after Republican lawmakers axed the state’s landslide mapping unit…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:06

A look in the rearview at N.C. 107

With its fast-food restaurants, box stores, gas stations and occasional backups of traffic, there’s not much that can be described as quaint about N.C. 107 in Sylva. Except, perhaps, for Bryson’s Farm Supply, where Randy Hooper and wife, Debbie, sell…
Nearly every town has one — a five-lane road lined with fast-food stores, gas stations and grocery stores — and most sport a few. But those, it turns out, may have been a bit of a mistake. The N.C. Department…
There’s a novel solution afoot for traffic woes on Sylva’s commercial thoroughfare: widen the road so much it obliterates most of the businesses. “You certainly wouldn’t have a traffic problem on 107 if you took out 80 businesses,” said Sarah…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:02

Waynesville primed for makeover of South Main

Waynesville has one chance to get South Main Street right, or live with the consequences for decades to come. And the town isn’t taking any chances. The N.C. Department of Transportation had barely gotten started on a feasibility study for…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 12:59

A tale of two streets

Waynesville and Sylva are at a crossroads, ones that will irrevocably shape the character of their communities. Both towns are clamoring for a makeover of their commercial avenues — South Main Street in Waynesville and N.C. 107 in Sylva —…
There’s a new term coined by the federal government for places with low income and little access to quality food. It’s called a food desert. And Maggie Valley is sitting right on the edge of one. The town doesn’t really…
There are a lot of things associated with the words “high school football.” Three-a-days. Pep rallies. Weight rooms. The quarterback sneak. Summer reading club isn’t usually one of them. Coach Sam Pattillo, however, would beg to differ. He is the…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:03

Late summer is an awesome time to botanize

Spring is the appointed time for the various wildflower pilgrimages and outings that attract thousands of visitors to the mountains of Western North Carolina each year. In April and May, it’s a piece of cake to locate spring beauty, hepatica,…
The Haywood County Fair this year will feature a Farm Fresh meal to celebrate agriculture in Western North Carolina at 11 a.m. on August 28. Along with the Farm Fresh meal, local producers will be selling fresh produce, meat, dairy,…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:02

All about the local food movement in Macon

A talk on the local food movement will be held at noon on Thursday, August 11, in Franklin hosted by the League of Women Voters. Alan Durden of the NC Cooperative Extension Service will describe local food sources and tailgate…
An annual banquet and auction to benefit this region’s chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is set for Saturday, Aug. 13, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Expo Center in Asheville. The Great Smoky Mountains Chapter this…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:01

Tour nursery that caters to wildlife

Learn about plants that attract birds, butterflies and other wild critters on a field trip to Spring Valley Nursery in Macon County at 5 p.m. Monday, August 15. Horticulturist and Master Gardener Bill Messina has opened her nursery to the…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:00

Wild gardener comes to Sylva

Peter Loewer, a.k.a. the “Wild Gardener”, will present a program about native plants at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 30 at the Jackson County Public Library Complex. Loewer, a well-known writer and botanical artist, teaches art at AB-Tech Community College, the…
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park boasts the largest backcountry in the Eastern United States, yet for backpackers hoping to take in a slice of that wilderness with an overnight trip, finding a park ranger to help with logistics can…
Want to know how to use a drift boat? There’s an opportunity to learn from an actual designer, builder and fisherman from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. The presenter is retired Western…
A “Treasure Highlands” Bird Hike will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on August 18 by the Highlands Biological Foundation. Members of the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society to some of the best birding spots around the Highlands Nature Center.…
A few hundred cyclers will test their endurance with the annual Blue Ridge Breakaway coming up August 20. A spectrum of routes — 24 miles, 40 miles or 65 miles — will take riders over the scenic countryside of Haywood…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:50

Moonshadow, moonshadow

I was all set to write about the annual summer fireworks displayed every August on that really big screen above our heads, brought to us free of charge by the comet Swift-Tuttle and sponsored by your universe. Then I looked…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:45

Stand-off over the Chattooga nears finale

Paddlers are ever-so-slightly winning a tug-of-war over the Upper Chattooga River, a Wild and Scenic River that plunges off the Cashiers plateau. The U.S. Forest Service has agreed to allow limited paddling on some parts of the Chattooga headwaters, reversing…
Franklin resident Robert Shook will read from his novel, A Journey in Courage, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 13, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. This historical fiction piece captures the legacy of the Shook family and spins a…
Get your wands ready for a Harry Potter back-to-school party at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 20, at Blue Ridge Books in downtown Waynesville. Come for an afternoon filled with activities for wizards and muggles alike. There will be a…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:42

McCullough makes 19th century Paris come alive

“At last I have come into a dreamland.” So wrote Harriet Beecher Stowe shortly after her arrival in Paris in June of 1853. Stowe had gone to Paris for the same reasons Americans still visit the City of Light: a…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:38

Learn to cross stitch with plastic canvas

A workshop about plastic canvas cross-stitch will be taught at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, at the Jackson County Public Library. Sally Salyards, program leader, will teach a simple pattern during the class. Materials will be provided. Plastic canvas…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:37

Indulge in chocolate and wine Aug. 18

The Haywood County Arts Council will hold a Wine for the Arts party, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. The party is part of a series called the FUNd Party Series,…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:37

Best in the West berry recipe contest

With berries ripe and ready for picking, it’s time to plan your entry in the Best in the West Recipe Contest, part of Mountain Heritage Day’s gathering at Western Carolina University on Sept. 24.   This year’s competition will focus…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:36

Wildflowers as artistic inspiration

Artist Kathie Blozan will lead painting workshops from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on August 11 and 13 at the Zachary-Tolbert House in Cashiers.   Attendees will walk along the nature trail at the Zachary-Tolbert House to look at wildflowers…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:36

Kids to join in dances from around the world

Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to a free ARTSaturday workshop from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, August 13, at Big Bear Shelter on the Little Tennessee River Greenway in Franklin. During the two-hour workshop, participants…
The Haywood Fairgrounds will host its third annual Mountain Music Jamboree on Aug. 13. Featured performers include White Water Bluegrass, Paul’s Creek String Band, Buncombe Turnpike, Gray Wolf, The Unexpected and dance performances from the Southern Appalachian Cloggers and the…
A free Gingerbread 101 workshop will be taught by Grove Park Inn chefs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13. The event will prepare participants for the National Gingerbread House Competition, which happens every holiday season at…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:34

Basket classes offered by Dogwood Crafters

Basket classes will be taught by Dogwood Craft members at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, at Applegate Inn in Dillsboro. Sharon Crosby will be teaching a jelly basket, which can be used for two jelly jars. Cost will be…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:33

Porsches rev into Waynesville Inn

The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa will once again be hosting the Porsche Concours “In Den Bergen” on Saturday, August 20. Organizers are expecting upwards of 75 cars this year to participate in this regional and nationally recognized event.…
The hit musical “Always … Patsy Cline” opened July 28 at the Highlands Playhouse and will continue at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday through Aug. 20. The show is the third in the theatre’s…
The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin will welcome three sensational Gospel groups at the Smoky Mountain Jubilee at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug.11. The Blackwood Brothers Quartet, an eight-time Grammy award-winning southern gospel group will open…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:31

Americana band echoes Appalachian roots

Dehlia Low will perform at An Appalachian Evening at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 13, at Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Graham County. Dehlia Low’s vocal harmony and instrumentation reflect a deep connection to traditional music with modern arrangements and relevant,…