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Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Beading, needlework focus of crafting demonstrations

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Craft demonstrations at Dogwood Crafters in Dillsboro during the next week include beading by Nan Smith and punch needlework by…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Duo, choir to be featured at Pickin' in the Square

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Guitar duo Jazz Mountain and the male choir Men Macon Music will perform at a double-bill concert starting at 4…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Haywood’s Got Talent competition finalists announced

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16 acts have beat out the competition to go on to the finals of Haywood’s Got Talent at 7:30 p.m.…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Sylva library to host jewelry workshop

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Jackson County Library in Sylva begins its new Teen Advisory Group (TAG) from 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 with a special…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Celebrate ‘anti-art’ at Dada Festival

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For three days in September, the first-ever Dada Festival at Western Carolina University brings together music, dance, the visual arts…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Scarecrow Festival to benefit Swain schools

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The Swain County Public Schools Foundation is looking for people to participate in its first-ever Scarecrow Festival. Handmade scarecrows will…
Greater Haywood County Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications for nonprofits and agribusinesses for the 24th annual Haywood County…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Democrats to host ‘Go, Granny, Go’

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Actress Barbara Bates Smith will perform the play “Go, Granny, Go”, the inspiring story of Doris “Granny D” Haddock, at…
Great Smoky Mountains National Park will celebrate Appalachian folkways at its annual Mountain Life Festival from 10 a.m. to 4…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

No shortage of critics as Kephart play comes home

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For a man who has just won the North Carolina Literature Award, writer Gary Carden is quite somber. At his…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Tribal council delves into ABC salary dispute

Some Cherokee leaders are questioning if compensation for members of its various commissions should face the chopping block next fiscal year — in particular the $25,000 made by each of the five members the tribal Alcohol and Beverage Control Commission.…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Cherokee plans massive family adventure park

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is planning a $92-million adventure park, which is expected to attract families to Cherokee and open up a new source of revenue for the tribe. Tribal council last week approved the idea in a…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Sonoco Plastics expansion underway

An $11.7 million expansion by Sonoco Plastics in Waynesville is now underway, landed in part thanks to $828,000 worth of economic incentives from the state, Haywood county and the town. Sonoco is currently in the process of expanding its facility…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Daily library late fee go up in Haywood County

Late fees for overdue books and CDs have increased at libraries in Haywood County. Habitually late bibliophiles previously paid 10 cents per day for every late book or CD, with the maximum charge being $10 per item. However, the Haywood…
Low interest rates have prompted Haywood County to consider refinancing its outstanding debt dating back to various building projects over the years. The county will hire a financial analyst to review all its loans and their interest rates, compared to…
Haywood County is making a few hundred dollars a month converting methane gas emanating from the old county landfill on Francis Farm into electricity, and reselling it over the power grid. “It has been a long process, but we are…
Gone are the days of students hunched over wide-ruled paper, forming endless strings of perfectly manicured cursive letters, painstakingly matching the dimensions of each loop of an L or swoop of G’s tail.
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

No mountain country for old men

Raymond Fairchild is a man of few words. But, it only takes those few words to truly grasp a man that ultimately lives up to myth and legend.
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Macon Aero modelers show planes for a cause

The Macon Aero Modelers Club is hosting a charity Fly-In at 9 a.m. Sept. 22 and 10 a.m. Sept. 23 at its flying field in Otto. The proceeds will go to CareNet, a nonprofit organization that collects food for those…
Western Carolina University leaders hope to benefit from a philosophical switch in state funding for higher education — one that would clamp down on universities gaming the system, whether on purpose or unintentionally, when it comes to funding student growth.…
Western Carolina University will target transfer, graduate and distance learning students to help grow its enrollment without creating greater strain on its residence and dining halls. This fall, enrollment at WCU reached a record 9,608, a 2.7 percent increase compared…
Housing developer Scott Austin did a little simple math before deciding to pursue an $8 million dollar project to build two four-story apartment complexes in Cullowhee, right on the front doorstep of Western Carolina University. He looked at the number…
As the first chunk of bread was tossed in the air, a swarm of ducks and geese at Lake Junaluska swiftly waddled toward the source of the handout, a chorus of quacks and honks rising up from the flurry of…
What was once a construction scene characterized by luxury, mountainside housing and second-home developments has a newcomer at the table. The latest construction project in Macon County are not mini-mansions in the highlands but a low-income apartment complex in town.
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 00:00

And now for something completely different...

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By Chris Cooper For your consideration this week: some engaging new sounds from Canyon Records, and a frantic but exhilarating…
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 00:00

Give me a deck of cards and no sand

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My dad hated the beach. At least, that is how I remember it. We only went a couple of times…
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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“Picket Fences,” and “Northern Exposure” Is it possible to be nostalgic for the 1990s already? Or maybe it is the…
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 00:00

Book Mania: Showcasing some up-and-coming writers

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Cataloochee by Wayne Caldwell. Random House, 2007. 368 pages Readers planning to attend Book Mania in Waynesville have several treats…
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 00:00

Waynesville searching for Russ Avenue fix

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Increasing congestion coupled with pressure from candidates in the upcoming election is forcing the town of Waynesville to confront growing traffic problems along Russ Avenue.
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 00:00

Alternative ramblings

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I don’t know the source but in my college days there was an aphorism — “If you can’t dazzle ‘em…
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 00:00

Room tax will pay for visitor center

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Swain County commissioners have approved a measure that will carve out up to one third of the Tourism Development Authority’s total budget to pay for the purchase of a new downtown visitor’s center. The…
Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva is planning an $18.45 million renovation project to expand and modernize the emergency department. The current ER, built in 1989, simply isn’t big enough, according to Mark Leonard, the CEO of Harris. Leonard cited growth…
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 00:00

Haywood pitches unique tomato

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Vidalia onions. Georgia peaches. Washington apples. Haywood County tomatoes? The formal name is still up in the air, but local officials are aiming to make Haywood County known for a variety of tomato unique…
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 00:00

Two bite the dust

On one hand, Avram Friedman couldn’t believe Duke Power’s announcement two years ago that it wanted to build a twin-unit coal plant near Hickory. Who builds coal plants anymore, he thought. “It’s out of the question,” said Friedman, director of…
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 00:00

Hollyhocks and reminders of the past

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Sometimes it’s difficult to draw the line between the natural and cultivated plant worlds. As cultivated plants escape they often…
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 00:00

Care and feeding of a healthy septic system

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By Kathleen Lamont One doesn’t usually give their septic system a second thought — until the day that you walk…
A state energy bill expected to pass this week has received mixed reviews from environmentalists for failing to go far enough. On the surface, it looks good. State utilities, namely Duke and Progress Energy, will have to generate at least…
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 00:00

Macon takes a stand, and developer is OK with it

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It used to be the “revenooers” who were considered the most vile characters in the mountains, but now we have…
A 40-acre island in the Little Tennessee River will be protected from development if the owner can successfully hammer out an agreement with conservation groups. “We’ve been in dialogue with the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee and some other…
By Michael Beadle Ron Davis is tracking a very special timber rattlesnake along a road at Balsam Mountain Preserve in…
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 00:00

Is anyone counting the losses?

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By Sami Felmet • Guest Columnist The birds and the bees. We’re losing them, you know. How will we explain…
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 00:00

An interview with Masha Hamilton

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Editor’s note: Margaret Osondu, owner of Osondu Booksellers in Waynesville, recently conducted an email interview with Masha Hamilton, one of…
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 00:00

Swain seeks more input on road regulations

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Contractors, Realtors and graders in Swain County claim they need more time to comment on an ordinance that would regulate the slope and width of mountainside roads. County commissioners, who have already held two…
N.C. Gov. Mike Easley signed a $20.7 billion budget bill Tuesday, July 31, that includes $46.2 million in funding for a new health and gerontological sciences building at Western Carolina University. The 145,000 square-foot facility that will house WCU’s educational…
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 00:00

Dayco deal finalized after three-year process

An abandoned rubber plant in Waynesville that once seemed destined to rust into the ground was officially turned over to developers of a Super Wal-Mart and Home Depot two weeks ago.
A battle over whether to tax property transactions will soon be playing out in communities across the state, but likely nowhere as fervently as the mountains where resentment toward newcomers runs high, but so does fear of upsetting the real…
If retirees Fred Plesner and Ray Behr are any indication of how voters in Macon County are reacting to a vote on $64 million in bonds, Macon County’s leaders could find that November is a cold month indeed.
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 00:00

Energy bill weak, but a good start

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There are serious problems with the energy legislation passed this session in the North Carolina General Assembly, but the bill…
Haywood Regional Medical Center has downsized its workforce by 36 positions in response to a decrease in patient volume and a drop in revenue in recent months. The move will save $1.6 million annually. The hospital is not exactly in…
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 00:00

Poo by any other name is still...

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What’s in a name? What about Scat? Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? Maybe. Shakespeare seemed…