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Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:49

Time to talk gardening in Sylva

A program on Straw Bale Gardening will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church in Sylva. The program is being put on at the February meeting of The Sylva Garden…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:48

Calling for nominees in Green Oscars

Wild South’s Roosevelt-Ashe Society is seeking nominations for its annual conservation awards, with winners recognized next month in Asheville. Nominations are being accepted through Feb. 10. Awards are presented in seven categories: outstanding journalist, outstanding youth, outstanding educator, outstanding business,…
MedWest Health & Fitness Center in Haywood County will hold a Fitness Expo from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 18 to help New Year goal-setters reinvigorate their fitness wishes. “Spring into Fitness” is free and includes a variety of group…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:47

Winter hike at the Needmore tract

Meet at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, to take part in a winter walk along the Little Tennessee River at Needmore to the old Brush Creek Farm. The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee will host the walk, and staff…
The annual Environmental Scorecard is now out that ranks how friendly or unfriendly state legislators are to the environment, and the results aren’t pretty. A record 55 representatives and 24 senators failed to cast a single vote in favor of…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:46

Better eat … or rather, grow your broccoli

Researchers need organic farmers to help them test-grow broccoli to determine the best varieties for the mountains. The majority of broccoli varieties currently available were developed for California and not East Coast growing conditions. N.C. State University wants to screen…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:44

Slip-sliding away

Dateline 1999: David Kullivan a forestry/wildlife student at Louisiana State University, tells faculty that while turkey hunting in the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area, a pair of ivory-billed woodpeckers foraged in trees as close as 10 yards from him. Soon…
Nantahala Outdoor Center is celebrating the company’s 40th anniversary by giving its flagship outfitter’s store in the Nantahala Gorge an environmentally friendly facelift: the store is en route to the coveted LEED Gold certification. The Outfitter’s Store will be NOC’s…
Three Tennessee residents are headed to prison for breaking into a slew of cars at trailheads in Haywood County during a several month period, hitting hiker’s vehicles in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Pisgah National Forest. The…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:36

Some novels requires a certain tolerance

Recently I watched several early episodes of “Blue Bloods,” a fine television series centered on a New York family with a tradition of law enforcement. The father is the New York City Police commissioner, his father is a retired policemen,…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:36

Two days, two events, two writers

City Lights Bookstore will host two writers this weekend. Anne Clinard Barnhill will be at the bookstore at 7 p.m., Feb. 3, to read from her new novel, At the Mercy of the Queen. A tale of sexual seduction and…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:35

‘Fight Like A Girl’ offered

Southwestern Community College will once again offer the popular Fight Like A Girl course from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 11. This module is especially effective for dealing with attacks in parking lots and garages where victims could…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:35

REACH Volunteer Training Day

REACH of Haywood will hold its annual Volunteer Training Day on Saturday, Feb. 4, in Waynesville. Anyone who would like to offer volunteer services for the nonprofit agency, especially in the area of Helpline phone volunteers, shelter helpers and office…
Sylva speeders beware: at downtown business owners’ requests, Sylva is tapping the full array of skills that newly hired downtown foot-patrol officer J.P. Gallardo brings to the job. As of last week, the retired state Highway Patrol trooper of 30…
N.C. Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, spent much of his two-hour town hall in Haywood County last week addressing the topic of education. Davis spoke to a crowd of more than 50 people in the historic courthouse in Waynesville. He didn’t…
An Asheville Democrat going up against Congressman Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, in the May primary held his first town hall meeting in Waynesville at the library last Thursday. Hoping to gather more name recognition and answer voter questions, Cecil Bothwell led…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:03

The difference between us and them

To the Editor: I wish to address the controversy surrounding the Macon County Planning Board. Maybe, just maybe you’ll understand our fight against you and your quest to control our property and lives. The word “you” applies to all who…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:02

Macon’s Ron Haven is making a difference

To the Editor: Macon County Commissioner Ron Haven is a man of character, courage and conviction. He is knowledgeable of and responsive to the beliefs, feelings and opinions of the people he represents. He is keen on liberty, individual rights…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:02

Haven keeps promises, makes enemies

To the Editor: Macon County should be proud to have a politician who makes promises to voters and then works to try to keep them. I’m referring to Commissioner Ron Haven. He received significantly more votes than his opponents in…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:01

Program was a unique, moving experience

To the Editor: My wife and I were richly blessed at a recent presentation of a unique ministry called “Let Heaven and Nature Sing” before a packed auditorium at the Music Road Hotel in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. This one-of-a-kind ministry…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:01

We must fix election spending fiasco

To the Editor: There are two ways to look at the Supreme Court decision that enables corporations to spend what they wish to influence elections to public office. It will come to be known either as the death knell of…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:00

Soon, we may all be working in our 70s

To the Editor: Last year I watched news coverage of the Occupy movement as it took root in cities around the globe, but I didn’t imagine it would reach Main Street in Bryson City. But there we were — about…
Macon County residents, indeed all local history buffs, are about to receive a great gift from Barbara McRae, editor of The Franklin Press. Barbara is a noted regional historian with unmatched knowledge, in particular but not exclusively, of Macon County.…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 20:57

Shame on you, Smoky Mountain News, for poking fun

Shame on you, Smoky Mountain News, for making fun of my attempts at public service and, in so doing, potentially deterring other qualified individuals from running for public office. We need more interested young people to run for elected office,…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 20:55

Celebrating our little corner of the world

“[I] discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about and that I would never live long enough to exhaust it …. — Novelist William Faulkner What makes a good newspaper? That’s a complicated and…
Concerns among Jackson County doctors that Harris Regional Hospital is not thriving as it should under a partnership with Haywood Regional Medical Center has prompted a change in top leadership. Harris once more has its own CEO, and Haywood will…
Supporters of Jackson County’s revolving loan program describe the financial give-outs as a tool in the county’s economic toolbelt, a boost to deserving businesses that can’t receive critical, even lifesaving, financial help through banks. But five defaults since 1993 when…
The town of Waynesville is suing a Hendersonville contractor for negligence in the construction of its new fire station on the outskirts of downtown. In its complaint, the town alleges that Construction Logic’s work was defective and did not follow…
Teeheeheehee, yuk yuk yuk, ho ho ho, BAHAHAHA — no matter how you do it, laughter can boost your mood, lower your blood pressure and help prolong your life. “It’s spontaneous; it’s contagious; it’s incredibly powerful,” said Cindy Miles, a certified…
Giles Chemical pledged last week to do what it could to appease neighbors fed up with intrusive truck traffic on their town streets, but residents maintain the small industry has outgrown its location. Throughout the day, trucks traveling to and…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 20:12

Financial series for women planned

Mountain BizWorks will host a free, women only three-part series on increasing your financial independence. The series is sponsored by OnTrack Women’s Financial Empowerment Center, and starts Thursday, Feb. 9 from 5:30-7 p.m. at City Lights Cafe located in downtown…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 20:12

Lighten Up 4 Life seeks participants

Angel Medical Center and Macon County Public Health will kick-of Lighten Up 4 Life, a community wide weight loss challenge, at 9 a.m., Feb. 4 at Franklin High School’s Fine Arts Center The purpose of the challenge is to help…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 20:10

Local students compete in science fair at WCU

Students from across Western North Carolina will participate in the 2012 Western Regional Science Fair at Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Regional Activity Center on Tuesday, Feb. 7, and Wednesday, Feb. 8. More than 600 students attend the fair each year,…
It ain’t easy be green. Nor is it particularly easy for a full-grown man to position himself beside a busy highway and gyrate wildly for hours on end, day after day, in a Statue of Liberty costume. Bryan Pixa is…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 20:08

Cleanup leaders in Haywood County recognized

Winners of “Community Pride” awards through Haywood County’s Commission for a Clean County will gather at noon, Feb. 15, at the Waynesville Inn. The award winners demonstrated exceptional environmental stewardship in the county during the past year. Being recognized are…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 20:07

Shuler confirms that he won’t run for governor

U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler (D-Waynesville) on Tuesday ended speculation that he was considering a run for governor. “I will not be running for governor of North Carolina in 2012,” Shuler announced in a statement distributed to media outlets. “It is…
It’s been nearly a year-and-a-half since Edna Queen lost her son, and despite forking over $1,100 for a headstone to mark his gravesite in Fairview Memorial Gardens in Sylva, there’s nothing but a patch of grass where his body lies.…
A former Jackson County funeral director has been charged with fraud for swindling people who paid for their own funerals in advance. Ronnie and Thomasine Riddle, 55 and 56, of Sylva systematically defrauded as many as three dozen funeral customers…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 20:03

Macon planning board on the chopping block?

The fate of Macon County’s planning board and whether it will exist in a meaningful form will be decided at next week’s commissioners’ meeting. At stake are the implementation of term limits, and whether those term limits should be retroactively…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 19:31

WCU will host ‘Vagina Monologues’ Feb. 10-11

Western Carolina University’s Department of Intercultural Affairs will host “The Vagina Monologues” at 7 p.m. on Feb. 10-11 in the A.K. Hinds University Center Grandroom. “The Vagina Monologues” is a series of 18 monologues written by Eve Ensler with one…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 19:31

Four Waynesville women recount trek through Nepal

Four local women who hiked in Nepal will give a talk at 2 p.m. on Feb. 8. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Waynesville Book Club. Elizabeth Allen, Wendy Bowen, Jane Cole and Marilyn…
The Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley is celebrating its first special weekend opening of 2012. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 3-5, and will hold demonstrations and exhibitions of various new machines…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 19:29

ECA members earn state accolades

Two Jackson County Extension and Community Association members won first place in the State ECA Cultural Arts Competition in New Bern recently. Ruth Bryson’s needle tatting took top honors in the hand needlework category. Bryson is a member of Cane Creek…
Colorfest, Art & Taste of Appalachia, plans to change Dillsboro into a Paris-like setting with artists painting at easels under colorful umbrellas along the main streets. Although the festival is not until October, only 40 artists will be chosen following…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 19:27

‘La Pasion Flamenca’ to hit WCU on Feb. 13

The Arts and Cultural Events Series at Western Carolina University will present “La Pasion Flamenca” at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 13, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.   Presented by the Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana dance company,…
The Overlook Theatre Company will present “Where the Wild Things Are” at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. The Overlook Theatre Company’s performance of “Where the Wild Things Are” is based on…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 19:25

New Saturday story time begins in Sylva

The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will begin offering a new children’s story and craft time at 2 p.m. every Saturday afternoon, beginning Feb. 4. Hosted by library staffer Sally Salyards, the story time will include an activity and…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 19:24

OICA to exhibit paintings by TJ Holland

The gallery at the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts will feature an exhibition of paintings by artist TJ Holland during the month of February. Holland’s work explores Cherokee myths and legends. He is enrolled member of the Eastern Band of…
The Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam series will feature the Chompin’ at the Bit String Band from Asheville at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center on Feb. 2. The band’s 7 p.m. performance will be followed by an 8 p.m. jam…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 19:23

Old Fines Creek School to house dance Feb. 4

The Fines Creek Community Association will host a broom dance from 7 to 10 p.m. on Feb. 4 in the gym of the old Fines Creek School. During a traditional broom dance, the men scramble to find a new partner…