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Wednesday, 23 November 2011 14:10

Capitol’s Christmas tree stops in Cherokee

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will make a stop in Cherokee during this year’s national tour. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is hosting the event at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds on Wednesday, Nov. 23, beginning at 10 a.m. The…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 14:09

Maggie awarded funds for law enforcement

The Town of Maggie Valley was awarded a $184,786 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. The funding, which will be distributed during a three-year period, is the reimbursement to the town for…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 14:09

Hooper House gets historic designation

The Hooper House on West Main Street in Sylva has received Jackson County’s first designation as a Local Historic Landmark. The house, which now serves as home for the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, was built in 1906. It was…
Macon County has turned to veteran lawmaker and businessman Tommy Jenkins of Franklin to head local economic development efforts. Jenkins, who previously chaired the regional economic group Advantage West and served stints in both the state House and Senate, will…
When many businesses are still cutting back or maintaining their current workforce, Sonoco Plastics announced last week that it will add 35 jobs and expand its current Waynesville operations. “Every job in today’s environment is important,” said Mark Clasby, executive…
During the past decade, Haywood County’s economy has seen some ups — but mostly downs. A presentation given at the recent Haywood County Economic Development Commission meeting offers a glimpse of how the county fared before and during the recession.…
A challenger for the mayor’s seat in Waynesville protested the election results this week, claiming residents of a new apartment complex were disenfranchised. A mapping error caused temporary confusion on Election Day over whether residents of the apartment complex were…
A brouhaha among Jackson County commissioners at a meeting last week prompted a follow-up public apology from Chairman Jack Debnam. Debnam told The Smoky Mountain News there was a time and place for such disagreements but that the county meeting…
The yippy-yappy cries of barking dogs have left Jackson County commissioners in a quandary as they face a rising tide of howls from unhappy residents. How best to balance dog owners’ rights with residents’ growls for peace? “I’m hoping that…
It’s not everyday that you can shop at the local feed and seed store for organic foods and produce, but that’s the case these days in Sylva. Last year at almost exactly this time, Deb and Randy Hooper took a…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 14:29

A poetic tribute from a son of the Smokies

The second volume of an anthology of nature writing from Western North Carolina and the Great Smokies that I edited will be published in a couple of weeks by The History Press in Charleston, S.C. The first volume (1674-1900) offers…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 14:28

Open for skiing

Thanks to cold temperatures, Cataloochee Ski Area began cranking out the snow last Thursday night and by Saturday, the first slopes were open to skiers in Haywood County. It plans to reopen Saturday, Nov. 19, for the regular early season…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 14:27

Generating Christmas cheer for our troops

Christmas tree growers from across Western North Carolina are donating Christmas trees as part of the nationwide Trees for Troops program, sponsored by the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation and FedEx Corp This holiday season, 17,000 trees are expected to be delivered…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 14:27

American chestnut makes a return

A ceremonial planting of a potentially blight-resistant chestnut took place earlier this week on the grounds of the North Carolina Arboretum. The planting is significant because the American chestnut once flourished in mountains of Western North Carolina, and its loss…
The Haywood County Cooperative Extension Center is now accepting applications for the popular Master Gardener program. The Master Gardener training class will begin in January and run through April. The class meets from 9 a.m. till noon on Wednesdays. The…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 14:25

Mingus Mill hike and visitor center tour

Hiking enthusiast and author Danny Bernstein will lead a four-mile hike along the Mingus Creek Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Along the way, Bernstein will talk about the historic Mingus Mill, the Mingus…
The Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere conference will be held November 15 to 17 in Asheville, bringing together the best minds on environmental issues and challenges in the region. This year’s theme is stewardship of the unique resources of…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 14:24

Conservation award goes to benefactor

Grant wizard Bruz Clark was honored at the Land Conservationist of the year by The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee. The annual award was announced at the LTLT’s fall gathering earlier this month. Fifteen years ago when LTLT was…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 14:24

Trot off that turkey before the big meal

The Rotary Club of Sylva will hold the United Community Bank 5k Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day beginning at 9 a.m. on the Western Carolina University campus. Runners will start at the Ramsey Center, circle once around the campus (which…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 14:20

The 500-pound gorilla

I don’t remember exactly what I was doing when he came into the room. It was cool, so I had the small electric heater on and I had some coffee and a snack. I was doing some Internet research, so…
When Phil Watford traded in his paddle for a tool belt, giving up his far-cooler job as a kayak instructor for more lucrative construction work, he thought his days of reporting to duty on the water were over. But this…
City Lights Bookstore will celebrate the release of the new edition of Horace Kephart’s classic, Camping and Woodcraft, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19. Included in the new edition are over 40 historic photographs taken by Kephart and George…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 14:10

A hunt for a murderer and some peace

I am a major Dan Simmons fan, but I had some reservations about signing on for this multi-layered, post-apocalyptic novel about life in the USA following The Day It All Hit the Fan. To tell you the truth, reading Flashback…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:59

Words bring us together and open pathways

Editor’s note: Dawn Gilchrist-Young teaches English at Swain County High School and was the 2011 winner of the Norman Mailer Writing Award for High School Teachers for her short story “The Tender Branch.” The winner receives a monetary award and…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:54

To dream the impossible garden dream

As I have written previously, in my dreams I am a tidy gardener. One of those saints who uses a tool and trots dutifully into the garage, cleans said tool in a bucket of sand and oil, and hangs up…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:53

Reducing stray cat population is goal

To the Editor: “Population shrinking and growing older,” a headline from a recent newspaper article, is exactly Haywood Animal Welfare Association’s spay/neuter, trap-neuter-return (TNR) program’s goal for free-roaming cat colonies in Haywood County. Through generous donations and a grant from…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:53

Newspaper policy bad for Bryson City

To the Editor: I found it curious that The Smoky Mountain Times in Bryson City had not run any articles or any biographical information about the candidates running for mayor of our fine town of Bryson City. And to me and…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:50

Awful timing for Duke’s rate hike request

I don’t know Duke Energy CEO James Rogers and don’t have anything against him. But it’s not very hard not to imagine he and the giant utility he runs as the symbolic poster children for much of the discontent brewing…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:48

Christian bookstore celebrates 10 years

Dalton’s Christian Bookstore in Waynesville is putting 10 candles on its birthday cake this year. A decade ago, Waynesville had a small Christian bookstore, The Magnificat, owned by Susie Sorrells. Upon hearing about plans to open Dalton’s Christian Bookstore in…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:47

New business opens in Haywood County

A new business, Mountain View Appliance, opened its doors Oct. 3. The owners, Mark Atkinson and Elva Woody, said they are excited about what the business has done since they opened and strive to have the lowest service call rates…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:46

Students get “REAL” with entrepreneurship

Throughout the month of October, second through fifth grade students at the Roots in Education After School Homework House got “REAL” with entrepreneurship. Certified NC REAL instructor and Haywood County Chamber Marketing & Communications Manager, Katy McLean Gould, brought topics…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:46

WCU students seeking book donations

Those calling Reynolds Hall home on the Western Carolina University campus are shy of meeting a book-drive goal for Smokey Mountain Elementary School.   The goal is to have 1,000 books by Nov. 17 for delivery to children on Nov.…
Craig Madison, the president and CEO of the Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, will be the featured speaker at the annual meeting of Smoky Mountain Host in Cherokee Nov. 29. The meeting includes workshops for tourism businesses in developing…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:44

Input sought for new Waynesville manager

Everyone is invited to a “relaxed meeting” Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the Town Hall to have their voices heard on the qualities needed in the next town manager for Waynesville. Town Manager Lee Galloway will retire June 30.…
The fourth annual Lake Junaluska Peace Conference, “Poverty, Abundance, and Peace:  Seeking Economic Justice for All God’s Children” through Nov. 15 will delve into the systemic causes of poverty and economic disparity. Speakers include Sen. George McGovern (a former presidential…
A discussion regarding the fate of old restrooms at the Waynesville Recreation Park has prompted town officials to take another look at its recreation master plan. The recreation advisory committee will not just look at renovating the run-down and often…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:35

Bryson weighs regulations to protect character

Bryson City leaders will turn to residents to help solve their own disagreements over the severity of proposed appearance standards for new development downtown. Town leaders will host a public hearing on the ordinance, which would stipulate aesthetic standards such…
The Imperial Hotel in Canton has become entangled in a legal battle as a result of unpaid bills by a contractor. Haywood County Builders Supply has filed a civil suit and lien against the hotel, owned by outgoing Canton Mayor…
It’s anybody’s guess when the Imperial Hotel in Canton will open. The deadline for finishing renovations to the hotel, owned by outgoing Canton Mayor Pat Smathers, has continually been pushed back. The initial opening date in May turned into July,…
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma have officially banded together against “fabricated” tribes accused of stealing the Cherokee identity. “It’s something that’s important to all Cherokees — all federally-recognized Cherokees. Many times people are…
Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center has reached a critical crossroads on the eve of its 100-year mark. It’s headed toward financial insolvency, and the only thing that can save it now is a bold and aggressive makeover aimed at…
A failure by the Cashiers Chamber of Commerce and the Cashiers Travel and Tourism Authority to provide county leaders reports on how room-tax dollars are spent led this week to promises of prompt corrective action. Mark Jones, who serves in…
A work session this week on Jackson County’s room tax appears to mark the beginning of open warfare and the explosive end of a fragile truce that has existed on the board of commissioners since three newcomers were elected last…
A donut or cannoli will no longer be a hop, skip and a jump away for people in downtown Waynesville. Whitman’s Bakery closed its doors this month, ending a 66-year run as a beloved hometown bakery. Whitman’s was a mainstay…
Annie’s Naturally Bakery, the beloved coffee, bakery and gathering place in Sylva that helped launch a Main Street renaissance of sorts here when it opened more than a decade ago, will close Thursday. The closure comes as a surprise to…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 21:10

Police wrestle bear cub into custody

A baby bear went on a romp through downtown Waynesville last week before finally being cornered and captured by police officers on a preschool playground on Main Street. The bear was first spotted on the playground of the First United…
The Western Carolina University Concert Choir will team up with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and Asheville Symphony Chorus for a joint performance of “Resurrection Symphony” by Gustav Mahler on Sunday, Nov. 20. The performance will begin at 3 p.m. in…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 21:00

Singer Charley Pride coming to Harrah’s

Tickets go on sale Nov. 18 for a Jan. 14 concert by country music star Charley Pride at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center. Pride’s smooth baritone voice was featured on 39 number one hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 21:00

Penrod, Randle to perform in Franklin

Guy Penrod and Lynda Randle will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 19 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Penrod was a centerpiece and lead singer for Bill Gaither’s “Vocal Band” for 14 years and…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:59

Sunday Concert Series presents One Leg Up

One Leg Up will perform in concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20, in the Haywood County Library in Waynesville as part of the Haywood County Arts Council’s Sunday Concert Series. Based in Asheville, One Leg Up performs a…