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The second Sylva Art Stroll, sponsored by the Jackson County Visual Arts Association (JCVAA), is scheduled for 5 p.m. July 13 in downtown Sylva. Most businesses will stay open later than 5 p.m. to welcome visitors, shoppers and diners before…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:55

Folkways come to life at Franklin festival

The 9th annual Franklin Folk Festival celebrating Appalachian Heritage will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, in downtown Franklin.
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:54

The Boxcars to perform July 14 in Stecoah

The eclectic band The Boxcars will take the stage at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. July 14. The Boxcars, which includes members Adam Steffy, Ron Stewart, John Bowman, Keith Garrett and Harold Nixon, have deep bluegrass…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:53

Gibson Brothers bring bluegrass to Franklin

The Gibson Brothers, a traditional bluegrass band, will perform at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. July 20. The Gibson Brothers are widely recognized as among the finest brother duet in bluegrass music today. Eric…
Gospel quartet Gold City will perform at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 14.
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:51

A capella singers to perform in Sylva

The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host a performance by Ubuntu Dillsboro, an a capella community chorus, at 7 p.m. July 17. “Ubuntu Dillsboro is a group of people who love to sing in harmony,” said Tom Tyre,…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:50

Free music workshop for kids July 14

The Macon County Arts Council is holding its free monthly ARTSaturday workshop for elementary school-aged children and their families from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 14, in the Macon County Public Library children’s area. Activities include harmony and…
Visitors to Cherokee can witness the powerful, authentic culture of Comanche, Totonac, Seminole, Cree, Polynesian and Cherokee July 13-14 as indigenous tribes gather for the eighth annual Festival of Native Peoples at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds in Cherokee.
For the first time in its 62-year history, the Mountainside Theater in Cherokee has added a new play to its repertoire.
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:36

Loving guns and badges in Maggie Valley

To the Editor: Maggie Valley must love the guns, badges and handcuffs. In fact, with Maggie Valley being only about 4.5 miles long, we have a little more than three fine local officers per mile. Maggie Valley has a population…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:36

The party of tax-and-spend, really?

To the Editor: It’s election trash talking time again, and one of the things that will come up will be the Republicans reminding everyone of the old saying that Democrats are the “party of tax-and-spend.” Then the next thing they…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:35

Rhyming a solution to our political woes

To the Editor: As our government officials keep putting off a long-term solution to the debt ceiling problem, perhaps these limericks by Michael Silverstein will provide some guidance: Solution 1: Keep on letting things slide. “A country much burdened by…
The wonderful thing about keeping bees is there are always surprises. Just when you think you’ve learned what there is to know in one area of beekeeping or another the bees do something entirely unexpected and delightful. I was reminded…
I loved Andy Griffith as much as it is possible to love someone you’ve actually never met. In some very important ways, he was like a second father to me. Like a lot of young boys do, I worshiped my…
Persuading Father Tien Duong to tell his story was a hard sell. It had all the right ingredients: a Catholic priest who grew up in the hardship of Communist Vietnam and who escaped to the U.S. in a dangerously crowded…
When Jason Cutler moved to Jackson County from Michigan eight months ago, he was shocked to discover he couldn’t buy beer or wine outside of Sylva’s town limits.
Swain County is considering hiring a firm to ferret out businesses that are evading property taxes on equipment — but it can’t wait too long to decide. Firms that go after businesses for taxes has become a brisk business, offering their…
Elections are upon us again. Although the primary has come and gone and the general election is still months away, voters are being asked to head to the polls July 17 to weigh in once more on some of May’s…
Counties in North Carolina are being forced to shoulder the burden of electronic voting machines alone after the General Assembly turned down federal aid that would have greatly offset the costs.
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:09

DOT work underway in Western North Carolina

The N.C. Department of Transportation has started work on three projects in Western North Carolina. In Haywood County, the DOT awarded a $1 million contract to resurface 12.7 miles of U.S. 276 from Forest Service Road 256 to Looking Glass…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:09

Jackson employees take wellness tests

MedWest-Harris and MedWest-Swain laboratory employees recently partnered for the first time with Jackson County Department of Public Health workers to conduct wellness tests for county employees. As part of the county’s open enrollment period for benefits, all Jackson County employees…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:08

Blood drive to be held at MedWest-Harris

MedWest-Harris in Sylva will hold an American Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12 to help with the decline in blood donations typically seen in summer months. The American Red Cross sees a drop…
The businesses in Haywood County are collecting non-perishable food donations through July 15 for Hunger Free Haywood, an initiative with MANNA Food Bank to cut down on hunger in the county. People wanting to donate should look for red barrels…
The Haywood County Public Library has acquired the Early Literacy Station, a computer loaded with 50 educational software titles for children ages 2-10. The Early Literacy Station offers children a safe, standalone computer not connected to the Internet that is…
The Cherokee Preservation Foundation has awarded 24 new grants totaling $1.8 million that support cultural preservation, economic development, job creation and environmental preservation. They include: • A grant to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian to celebrate the 250th anniversary…
Chandra Spaulding, an animal rights activist and vet’s assistant in Sylva, has jumped onboard a statewide campaign to crack down on puppy mills. Signs of her handiwork — literally — can be seen in the form of a billboard on…
Seventy-year old Ronnie Evans, a retired engineer with UNC-TV who lives in Franklin, seems an unlikely homicide investigator.
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel never had an entrance that made visitors stop and say wow — until now.
Ghost Town in the Sky opened last Wednesday — sort of. The once-popular amusement park in Maggie Valley opened its chairlift and a new zipline just in time for the July 4 holiday and is offering rides on both attractions.
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 12:35

Red Cross sponsoring blood drives in WNC

The American Red Cross will hold blood drives in the area as the agency has reached emergency levels after receiving 50,000 fewer donations than expected in last month.  All blood types are needed, but especially O positive, O negative, B…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 12:34

Dental clinic to be held at WCU

A free dental clinic will be held July 13-14 at the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University. The N.C. Missions of Mercy clinic is for adults earning less than twice the federal poverty level, providing free dental care ranging from…
Gianna Carson stood behind the bakery register helping two young women decide which of her treats they wanted to taste. On the wall overhead hang black and white photos of her children, niece and nephew posing with one of her…
A Haywood County Tourism Development Authority board member has resigned from her seat after disagreeing with the rest of the board’s decision to close a couple of its visitors centers.
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 12:29

Tribe goes solar at visitors centers

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has installed a series of metal trees baring solar panels on the branches near the three visitors areas on the Qualla Boundary. The artistic solar arrays fasioned in the form of a tree were…
Maggie Valley’s planning board voted by a narrow margin last week to keep strict regulations on video sweepstakes machines in place even if it means giving up money the town could reap by taxing the machines.
Cherokee Preservation Foundation is sponsoring a community photo contest in connection with its 10th anniversary celebration. The contest is open to people who live on the Qualla Boundary or in Haywood, Swain, Graham, Jackson, Cherokee, Macon and Clay counties. Photos…
Franklin could face a state penalty for spraying weed killer on an ancient Cherokee mound site because the town workers who did it weren’t properly licensed to use the herbicide. The state could fine the town as much as $2,000,…
The Franklin Board of Aldermen censured Mayor Joe Collins this week for making a personal apology to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians after the town sprayed Nikwasi Indian Mound with weed killer.
A one-of-a-kind database that encompasses virtually every aspect of life in Western North Carolina, from ecology to economics, is now available to decision makers, business leaders and the public.  The Mountain Resources Commission, a group formed in 2009 to study…
Western North Carolina for now has dodged concerns that it was getting short shrift in a legal settlement intended to compensate the region for air pollution blowing in from dirty coal plants operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority in neighboring…
Longtime Waynesville Town Manager Lee Galloway was awarded The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the most prestigious honors conveyed by the governor, in recognition of his years of service in the state.
After four major landslides, one death, several destroyed and damaged homes, washed out roads, and a $50,000 clean-up bill, steep slope construction rules are coming to Maggie Valley.
Waste, favoritism and possible fraud and corruption by state highway workers in Haywood County enriched a local contractor and cost state taxpayers, according to a sweeping investigation released late last week by the N.C. State Auditor’s Office.
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 12:08

ABC store plan draws criticism in Franklin

A split decision by Franklin aldermen to build a new $1.25 million ABC store at the site of a Super Walmart at the edge of town drew criticism and pleas this week that the plan be reconsidered. “We cannot afford…
Waynesville’s ABC Board has not yet officially decided to build a second liquor store near the new Super Walmart, but the project will get a green light if the price is right, according to the board’s chair. The board is…
Ron Rash and his latest novel The Cove will be featured in the season premiere of “North Carolina Bookwatch” on UNC-TV. The program, hosted by D.G. Martin, will be broadcast at 9:30 p.m. July 6 with a repeat showing at…
Friends of the Haywood County Library’s “Let’s Talk About It” series will continue with The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara from 4-5:45 p.m. July 18 at the Waynesville branch auditorium. Shaara drew inspiration from his own life experiences for the…
Author Marshall Frank will give a talk at the public library in Sylva at 7 p.m. on July 12 based on his books and experiences as a police officer. Frank’s most recent book, a thriller entitled The Upside to Murder,…
Michael O’Brien’s The Father’s Tale (Ignatius Press, ISBN 978-0-89870-815-8) has more strikes against it than Babe Ruth on a bad afternoon. Here is a doorstop of a novel, weighing in at nearly three pounds, more than one thousand pages long.…
If you fall from a ledge rock-climbing, break a leg backpacking in the wilderness or twist your shoulder paddling a remote river, hope like hell that Robin Pope will happen by.