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Tuscola High School’s show choir will put on a country western performance, titled “Thirty Years and Counting,” to celebrate its 30-year existence March 8-11. Summit, which was created in 1982 by former director David Traynham, performs to sell-out crowds year…
There’s a meeting this week to determine the future of “The Liar’s Bench.” This is a two-year-old throwback of sorts to the old-timey variety show, a gathering of local talent for the enjoyment, amusement and, on occasion, the edification of…
Gary Carden didn’t realize he had an audience. He was coaching Lara Chew through a rehearsal of “Mother Jones,” a play he wrote three years ago about the famous American labor and community organizer. “Mother Jones” will be on stage…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:00

Critics off mark in planning board attacks

To the Editor: Back in the 1990s, I was privileged to serve several years on the Macon County Planning Board, six of those years as chairman. During that time I served with a good number of persons, some of whom…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:59

Lest we forget: Whitney was a criminal

Pardon my insensitivity. Whitney Houston was a great singing talent, indeed. That was a gift of nature. She was also a criminal. There are over a million people in our jail and prisons today, and another two million on probation…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:59

We should provide health care to all

To the Editor: As of 2010, 50 million people in the U.S. had no health insurance (no doubt more now). Compared to people with health insurance, 40 percent more deaths occur among people lacking insurance. In 2009, nearly 45,000 people…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:58

Justice delayed is justice denied

To the Editor: For centuries, the citizens of our state have extolled the virtues of a fair and judicious court system. But state budget cuts, promoted by Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, and the Republican-led General Assembly, are seriously challenging the…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:58

Ordinance revisions deserve public scrutiny

To the Editor: The Jackson County Planning Department is methodically revising sections of the subdivision ordinance. In the fall, the section pertaining to road design in subdivisions was simplified and, in our opinion, improved. Now, the department has issued proposed…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:57

Racial Justice Act should remain intact

To the Editor: It is painful and, frankly, disgusting to witness North Carolina’s prosecutors and their allies in the General Assembly trying to sabotage the Racial Justice Act and the Innocence Commission. These are two of the finest achievements ever…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:47

When it’s all about the writing, I’m all in

Even after laboring for some two decades at various news publications I can’t say that I ever particularly considered myself “a writer.” A reporter, an investigative reporter, an editor, a newspaper administrator: those were some of the labels that fit…
A performance and program on the role of foster parents titled “Ellen Foster and Friends: A Look at Foster Care,” will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in the auditorium of the Haywood County Public Library in Waynesville.…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:46

Economic efforts in Macon focus of luncheon

Tommy Jenkins, who oversees economic development efforts in Macon County, will give a talk on economic development plans and projects at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, at the League of Women Voters in Franklin. Jenkins will speak about efforts…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:45

School of Nursing to host education fair

Prospective nursing students can find out about prospective career opportunities at an education fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, in the Haynes Center on the Enka campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. The event is sponsored…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:45

Chinquapin development likely to get green light

An older development in Cashiers operating under a new name is likely to get Jackson County go-ahead for putting in, over time, 200 house lots on 2,000 acres. A public hearing is set for March 5. The Chinquapin development near…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:44

Swain County’s tourism website goes mobile

Swain County tourists can now get information via the mobile site m.GreatSmokies.com using their smartphones. “In 2011, 10 percent of our website visitors were using some sort of mobile device,” said Karen Wilmot, chamber director. “And that was a 300…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:44

Free guide available from Jackson County

A comprehensive 36-page guide for Jackson County visitors is now available. The guide provides details on hiking, waterfalls, fly fishing, rafting and other leisure activities. There’s also information about hotels, inns, cabin rentals, shopping and dining in Jackson County’s popular…
Sharron Donnahoe of Waynesville has been named a Main Street Champion through the N.C. Main Street Annual Awards program. Donnahoe was nominated by Downtown Waynesville Association for her contributions to the downtown revitalization process. Donnahoe was elected to the board…
Nearly 40 U.S. Forest Service and North Carolina Forest Service firefighters battled a 750-acre wildfire in the Tusquitee Ranger District of the Nantahala National Forest this week. The fire started Sunday and had spread 60 acres by Monday. Its large…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:42

Cullowhee community hosts town growth meeting

A community meeting to explore “What will Cullowhee look like in 10 years?” will be held at the Cullowhee Valley School library at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13. Cullowhee is the fastest growing and largest township in Jackson County.…
In-depth volunteer training for hospice and palliative care will be held this month at Lake Junaluska First Baptist Church on March 19-22. This twelve-hour program will orient volunteers to the hospice philosophy and program and hospice volunteering. The essence of…
More than a year has lapsed since 15-month-old Aubrey Kina Marie Littlejohn died on the floor of an unheated single-wide trailer in Cherokee one frigid January night, but it could be several more months before the state conducts a child…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:40

NRA safety sessions aimed at students

The National Rifle Association will offer a seminar called “Refuse To Be A Victim” several times in coming weeks in Waynesville, focused on crime prevention and personal safety strategies for college bound students, such as mental awareness, preparation and avoidance…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:40

Speaker to address gun control March 5 at WCU

Gun control takes center stage at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 5, in the A.K. Hinds University Center Grandroom on the campus of Western Carolina University.   Scholar Gary Kleck will review research in the field of gun control in his…
Waynesville leaders are looking for a way to keep guns out of town parks and recreation centers despite changes in the state’s conceal carry law that allow guns in more places than before. A new state law stipulating where concealed…
A review of rules in Jackson County that guide development along the roughly five-mile stretch of U.S. 441 leading into the Cherokee Indian Reservation is steaming along but possible changes can’t come fast enough for some business owners and residents.…
The battle of the Joneses is about to commence in Jackson County. County Commissioner Mark Jones will appear on the ballot alongside challenger Marty Jones in November. Mark Jones is a Democrat, Marty Jones a Republican. The Joneses will fight…
The ball is already rolling on repairs to the rides at the once-popular Ghost Town in the Sky amusement park in Maggie Valley, but a summer opening could hinge on the park passing muster with state inspectors. New owner Alaska…
Complaints from business owners and customers have Maggie Valley leaders asking if its police presence in the small tourist-oriented town is a bit overbearing. Cruising along Soco Road — the single stripe along which Maggie Valley businesses have sprouted up —…
The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce will offer Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning, a four-week business course, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from March 20 through April 12. This four-week course will enable entrepreneurs to…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:34

Physical education program grant implemented

The Haywood County School District was the recipient of a Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant worth up to nearly $1 million. Haywood County Schools was one of only 76 successful applications selected from a pool of 585…
Maggie Valley’s town board has decided not to play favorites when it comes to the growing number of motorcycle rallies revving up to claim a piece of the two-wheeled action at the town festival grounds. Maggie Valley will be home…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:31

Lottery money hardly a win for schools

Keeping a roof over the head of Haywood County’s nearly 8,000 students is getting harder every year as the school system grapples with funding cuts at both the state and county level. With 16 schools, it’s wise to stay on…
Schools got only a brief and passing mention by Haywood County commissioners during a brainstorming session last week on priorities for the coming year. Education came up near the end of a free-wheeling 90-minute discussion, with only two to three…
State Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, violated state ethics rules this month by using his government email address for personal, but political, purposes. Specifically, Davis used his General Assembly email account to send out a campaign announcement saying he would run…
Macon County Schools Superintendent Dan Brigman once again has landed squarely in the crosshairs of a group devoted to protecting that legally mandated chasm between state and church. Brigman sent a December email to his employees that included the line:…
RBC Bank is looking to offload the building that once housed O’Malley’s On Main Pub and Grill in Waynesville from its list of assets. A ‘for-sale’ sign has been posted in the window of the vacant building following a bank…
Swain County commissioners will have to decide in coming weeks whether to pony up $3,000 to $5,000 for an early voting site in Cherokee this election. The Swain County Board of Elections doesn't have the money in its budget this…
Dawn Gilchrist-Young, a Jackson County resident and teacher at Swain County High School for the past 14 years, will discuss her short story “The Tender Branch” at 7 p.m., Feb. 27, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. The reading and…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:51

Sylva local C.B. Cole introduces her new novel

C.B. Cole will be at City Lights Bookstore to read from and sign her new book, Winter, at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24. In the novel, the main character Winter doesn’t know it yet, but once she steps into the…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:50

Book tells the story of a young boy’s journey

Fifteen-year-old Charlie Thompson is always hungry. Luckily, he is blessed with a high metabolism rate, so the excessive amounts of junk food and Spagetti-Os that he consumes does not alter his weight. Charlie rationalizes that he wants to gain weight…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:49

Explore history with a guided hike in the Smokies

Join Friends of the Smokies for a guided hike along Kephart Prong Trail, followed by a visit to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and Mountain Farm Museum, Saturday, March 17. The four-mile hike will be led by hiking enthusiast and outdoors…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:48

The bear is back

The iconic bear specialty license plate that raises dollars for Friends of the Smokies is being sold again, with an updated design that meets law enforcement visual requirements. North Carolina is moving toward standardizing specialty license plates. This could in…
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting for a variety of volunteer opportunities at Oconaluftee and Clingmans Dome for the upcoming season. Volunteers are needed to work information centers and rove trails. These volunteers educate park visitors about natural…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:47

Monitoring to root out erosion sources in Haywood

A $500 grant was awarded to Haywood Waterways Association by the Haywood County Community Foundation to expand Haywood Waterways’ sediment monitoring program and establish five new monitoring sites in the Raccoon Creek watershed. The new sites will help identify areas…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:45

Program to discuss mercury fall-out

A program on mercury pollution in mountain waters will be held by the Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, at the historic courthouse in Sylva adjacent to the new Jackson County Public Library.…
The N.C. Fly Fishing Team, who count the region’s best fishermen among their ranks, has now hooked one of the best in the nation as their instructor. George Daniel, formerly coach of the national USA Fly Fishing Team, has agreed…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:44

HCC Wildlife Club to host wild game dinner

The sixth-annual Wild Game Dinner is set for 6 p.m. on Friday, March 2, at the Haywood County Fairgrounds.   The dinner is a fundraiser for students in Haywood Community College’s Wildlife Club. Money raised will provide financial assistance for…
Greenpeace activists, in what promises to be a long, high-profile campaign against Duke Energy for perceived environmental wrongs, launched the first salvo last week by unfurling a banner 400 feet above the ground on a Progress Energy smoke stack reading…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:43

Greenhouse space available in Waynesville

If you are short on greenhouse space but want to grow your own plants, consider using the Old Armory Recreation Center Greenhouse in Waynesville. The greenhouse opens next month. Trays can be rented for $5 each, with a maximum of…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:41

Counting at Kituwah

This year was the 15th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, a citizen-science project created by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society. The count took place between Feb. 17 and Feb. 20. For the past seven or eight years…