Thu07302015

     Subscribe  |  Contact  |  Advertise  |  RSS Feed Other Publications

Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:41

Learn the art of faux finishing Aug. 4

A class teaching beginning faux finish instruction will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Aug. 4 at the Leapin’ Frog Gallery in Waynesville. Instructor is Teir Siewert of Wallchemy, and the cost is $75. Siewert was trained in designer…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:40

Join a community art show in Bryson City

Local artists and artisans in Swain and surrounding counties are invited to submit up to four original works of art for the annual community art exhibit at the Swain County Center for the Arts. Artwork for this nine-week exhibit will…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:40

Lifelike drawing taught in Swain

Art League of the Smokies will meet at 6:15 p.m. on Aug. 2 at the Swain County Center for the Arts. The DVD “Lee Hammonds’s Lifelike Drawing,” will be shown. Learn how to draw a simple vase, furry dog, layered…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:38

Sarge’s Dog Walk returns Aug. 4

The 7th annual Downtown Waynesville Dog Walk hosted by Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4.
Members of Voices in the Laurel Children’s Choir recently returned from the Kingsway International Children’s Choir Festival in Spain.
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:36

Texas Tenors take the stage July 28

The Texas Tenors, a phenomenal trio who has been entertaining sold out audiences around the world, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $22. Fans of…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:36

Feel the beat of the tambourine Aug. 3

The ABBA tribute band Arrival from Sweden will perform at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3. Tickets start at $22. ABBA was a Swedish pop/rock band who reached great…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:35

Summer music series continues in Bryson

The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City continues its Summer Music Series with Carolina Dusk, fronted by Dusk Weaver, at 7 p.m. on July 26. The Summer Music Series at the library has become a local tradition, and this year’s…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:34

Natalie Grant coming to Franklin Aug. 4

Natalie Grant, an award-winning singer/songwriter of contemporary Christian music, will be in concert Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts.  Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $10. Grant has received the…
The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, quintet-in-residence at Western Carolina University, made a seven-day educational tour of Jamaica this summer to inspire the teaching and learning of brass instruments in the public schools there.
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:32

Why Obama is not the rich man’s candidate

To the Editor: It’s hard to understand why working people would ever vote Republican. The Republican Party is the party of the rich … the Donald Trumps, the Sheldon Adelsons, the 1 percent. Since 1997, when the Republican congress slashed…
To the Editor: In a recent interview with David Joy in the Cashiers Crossroads Chronicle regarding a county wide barking dog ordinance, Incumbent District 4 Jackson County Commissioner Mark Jones stated that he is “... on the fence” and “……
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:30

Speak up about Citizens United

To the Editor: Your readers may be interested to know the result of petitions signed this year by hundreds of residents of Jackson, Macon, Haywood and Swain counties. These petitions called for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would…
To the Editor: There’s a “For Sale” sign in front of your home, but you didn’t put it there. What’s worse, you may never know who did. The object of the sale is your mind, and through it, your vote.…
North Carolina’s General Assembly — under the leadership of Republicans for the first time in more than a century— will hopefully refrain in the future from pushing unfunded mandates onto the backs of counties and their taxpayers. The U.S. Congress…
MedWest Health System has opened its expanded Orthopaedic Therapy Services and Occupational Therapy/Hand Therapy Services in the MedWest Outpatient Care Center in Clyde. Expanded services include general physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology. Specialized services include orthopedic-sports rehabilitation, spine…
MedWest-Haywood recently opened a psychiatric evaluation area in the hospital’s emergency department to reduce the time patients may spend waiting in examination rooms prior to being transferred to mental health facilities. Generous grant funding from The Evergreen Foundation, the Rural…
Western Carolina University will receive a $642,960, five-year investment award from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to continue operation of the EDA University Center for Rapid Product Realization, which works to accelerate job creation and retention among existing businesses and…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:25

HCC to open Student Business Center

Haywood Community College will partner with The Center for New and Expanding Business to open the HCC Student Business Center, which will provide rising or recent graduates with the opportunity to start a business in a supportive, rent-free environment. The…
By Peggy Manning • Correspondent North Carolina is in the process of “paving” the electric vehicle highway and Western North Carolina is well on its way to being an important spoke in that wheel. Haywood Community College has the only…
Maggie Valley town leaders plan to relax the town’s strict limits on video sweepstakes machines despite the town planning board’s recommendation to maintain the status quo.
Business in Dillsboro has continued to slow during the past few years, to the point that even the cash cow of video sweepstakes parlors pulled out after a brief run. A couple of businesses have closed this year, including the…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:19

New MedWest center hosts open house

MedWest-Haywood is hosting an open house Thursday, Aug. 2 to celebrate the opening of its new Outpatient Care Center, which is helping better serve healthcare needs in Haywood County by housing multiple services and being conveniently located on the MedWest-Haywood…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:18

REACH fundraiser at Highlands home

REACH of Macon County will stage a fundraiser July 29 at the home of prominent Highlands and Houston interior designer Tony Raffa and his partner Scott Allbee. REACH provides counseling, shelter, and life-skills training for victims of domestic and sexual…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:18

Popular Grace Church Fair is July 28

The Annual Grace Church Parish Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 28 at the church grounds at 394 N. Haywood Street in Waynesville. Highlights of the fair include the ever-popular flea market as well…
By Peggy Manning • Correspondent Dave and Judy Russell pride themselves on being among the first in line at the annual book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Library in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:14

Waynesville reclaims its gateway glory

A dedication ceremony for Waynesville’s latest art installation will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 27.
Some of the top Democratic women office holders in the state will appear at a rally in Sylva at the historic courthouse on Saturday, Aug. 11. State Democratic women coming to the event include Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, State…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:13

Rug yanked out from Franklin ABC store move

Franklin’s plans to buy a new ABC storefront were dashed this week after the town was denied a bank loan. The town makes ample profits on its liquor store, with more than enough to cover the monthly mortgage payments of…
The Haywood County Board of Commissioners and Haywood Community College continue to butt heads about the school’s new creative arts building, a year after the controversial project was approved.
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:06

Annual school supply drive is Aug. 4

Haywood County’s annual School Supply Drive will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Walmart on Aug. 4. Donations of school supplies brought to Walmart that day will be distributed to needy students throughout Haywood County. Needed supplies include single…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:06

Free backpacks, fun offered at Vineival

The 6th-annual Vineival will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, at the Vine of the Mountains Church building in Frog Level next to the Armory. Sponsored by Vine of the Mountains, the event features a wide variety…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:05

Reappointments made to SCC board

Two longtime Board of Trustee members at Southwestern Community College, Conrad Burrell and Paul Holt, were recently reappointed to their posts. Burrell has served on SCC’s board for 16 years, eight of those as chairman. He lives in Sylva. He…
To some, it might seem like luck. But Waynesville’s rise as one of the state’s preeminent small towns has been anything but. The quality-of-life magnetism Waynesville has become known for during the past two decades is instead largely owed to…
Despite rumors to the contrary, Sylva’s bars are not abandoning the town for the student-laden pastures of Cullowhee. Area residents have heard whispers that the Bone Shack and O’Malley’s Pub and Grill — two bars that count college students among…
Fallout from the real estate bubble in Western North Carolina has landed Macon Bank on the watch list of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, a federal banking oversight arm. Macon Bank has been operating under the scrutiny of the FDIC…
As the Haywood County Arts Council celebrates 30 years of work, it’s a good time to reflect on how effective organizations evolve as times change and re-invent themselves in order to remain relevant. Few nonprofit, grassroots community organizations in Western…
Too often debates about immigration veer way off course, inhabiting some netherland of hysteria that is so far from reality it borders on the ridiculous. In the past couple of weeks we in North Carolina have witnessed just such a…
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Winging it

It’s that time of year again when passing fronts will mean passing visitors at Lake Junaluska. Waterfowl were riding the cold winds that kicked up on Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Local author pens best hikes with dogs

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Dogs are popular hiking companions on the trails of Western North Carolina. Now, Fido and his adventurous owner will have some help exploring with the recently published Best Hikes with Dogs, a guide by…
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

The winter song of the great horned owl

As cool dark nights descend upon us to signal the onset of winter, the great horned owls have commenced their annual “singing” along the dark ridges above our home. These great birds don’t sing, of course, in the manner of…
By Michael Beadle So many of us have what Waynesville librarian Kathy Olsen calls “thing stories.”
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Christmas Past

By Kathleen Lamont I loved Christmastime when I was growing up. I came from a blue-collar family where my father worked as a mechanic for the Los Angeles City School District. He repaired small engines in the grounds maintenance department.…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer When Wilbur Davis looked out his storefront in downtown Canton recently and saw three young moms pushing babies in strollers, he paused to watch. It’s not that women with babies are a particularly unusual…
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer At speeds faster than 50 mph, drivers zoom down U.S. 441 into Cherokee’s business district, passing mostly billboards, a couple of gas stations and a few small businesses. The two-mile stretch of roadway is…
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Haywood water quality a mixed bag

Haywood County consistently has some of the best water quality in North Carolina, according to stream samples collected by volunteers in an ongoing water quality monitoring project orchestrated by Haywood Waterways Association.
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Haywood County Arts Council celebrates 30

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer When Paula McElroy is asked about the art scene in Haywood County when she moved here in 1966, she chuckles.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer It’s almost as though one can hear the creaking sighs of the old, hand-hammered barn boards in Craig Forrest’s paintings. His brush strokes evoke the weathered wood with its gentle warps, many knotholes, and…
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Christmas past is what we’re aiming for

As you know, the Christmas season these days begins about 20 minutes after the last of the trick or treaters have collected their candy, and lasts until the last college bowl game is over, which used to be on New…
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Vandals strike Macon greenway

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Vandals have been wreaking havoc at Macon County Recreation Park and the Little Tennessee River Greenway by burning picnic tables, destroying park benches, and breaking into concession stands, according to county recreation leaders.