Thu04172014

     Subscribe  |  Contact  |  Advertise  |  RSS Feed Other Publications

Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:45

Lorenzo dunk makes HOZE Squad history

For most people, Lorenzo Charles, who died last week in a bus accident at the age of 47, is little more than a footnote in sports history. If you are under the age of 35 or do not follow sports,…
Today, in Macon County and throughout America, debate is under way regarding two basic principles:  (1) the size, shape and responsibilities of our federal government; and, (2) the composition of our shared responsibilities in financing governmental operations. While most of…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:43

More rabies cases spotted in Haywood

The second case of rabies in eastern Haywood County in less than a week has been confirmed, marking the fourth case so far this year in the same general area of the county. Two cases were in skunks and two…
Western Carolina University’s Academic Success Program (ASP) is working with associates from the Sylva Wal-Mart for a day of service from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, to help benefit several local community-based programs. It will be…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:41

Haywood crowns outstanding volunteers

The Haywood County Volunteer Center awarded Judy Smith of the Fines Creek Community Association’s MANNA food bank program as the outstanding Volunteer of the Year. Also recognized were: • Patricia Stevenson with the Good Samaritan Clinic and John Hawkins with…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:41

Learn cooking tips with local chef

A cooking program called “Fresh Ways with Local, Seasonal Food” will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21, as part of the Good Cooks series in Sylva. Chef Lindsay Kent with Rosebud Cottage in Franklin and will focus on…
MedWest Health System is breaking ground on a new outpatient services center  at 4 p.m. on Monday, July 11, on the MedWest-Haywood campus. The new outpatient services center will include imaging services, lab services, endoscopy, two outpatient surgery rooms and…
When SmartStart, an early childhood education program, was launched in 1993, it was hailed nationally as a model for reaching children during those critical early development years before kindergarten. This, said educators, was the way to give kids a good…
In a somewhat surreal meeting last week of Macon County’s planning board, progress on developing regulations for steep slopes were stymied by turn-of-the screw technical discussions and semantic stumbling blocks. The accuracy of GIS maps, the accuracy of the state’s…
Linda Harbuck doesn’t own a smart-phone herself, but that doesn’t stop the veteran Macon County tourism official from understanding and touting the potential benefits of a new phone app being developed to steer tourists through the westernmost tip of the…
It is not by swiftness, nor by strength and valor, that races are gained and battles won, but by sheer luck, tenacity and about $8 worth of duct tape. So sayeth we concerning the winners, Drew Cook and Taylor Bennett,…
In Cherokee this week, tribal elections are edging ever closer, with a primary scheduled for Thursday that will whittle the field for principal chief from five to two. While the holiday weekend was dominated by campfires and fireworks, voters and…
Democrats are crying foul over new Congressional district lines that with seemingly surgical precision slice the City of Asheville, a liberal stronghold, out of the 11th Congressional District. The maps, drawn by state Republican leaders in the the GOP-dominated General…
Canton was one of the first towns in Western North Carolina to sport a swimming pool, something made possible thanks to the booming economy of the mill town and the large population of working middle-class families it gave rise to.…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:21

Canton could get hosed by pool woes

The Canton swimming pool is on its last leg and without a major investment of $750,000 to $1 million, the town will be forced to close it within a few years. Canton’s pool has been held together with everything short…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:20

Popularity has its pitfalls

In the do-you-remember, they-were-right-after-all category, the enormous popularity of Jackson County’s new library has meant finding parking at the renovated courthouse and library addition can sometimes prove a real pain. So much so, Assistant Librarian Liz Gregg has taken to…
Graduation ceremonies are, by their nature, boring. The bookend of an educational phase is supposed to be a solemn occasion, launching you into the world with the gravity of education behind you. That’s how they’re designed. And, by and large,…
Blue Ridge Books will host Rick McDaniel, the author of An Irresistible History of Southern Food: Four Centuries of Black-Eyed Peas, Collard Greens, & Whole Hog Barbeque, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. McDaniel has been a working journalist…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:45

Experience the beauty of Mountains in Bloom

The Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival will be held July 7 through 10 in Highlands. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, author and interior designer Suzanne Rheinstein, will speak at The Farm at Old Edwards. Tickets…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:44

Dulcimer week comes to WCU

Musicians Larry and Elaine Conger will host the 12th annual Mountain Dulcimer Week, to be held Sunday, July 17, through Friday, July 22, on the campus of Western Carolina University. This week-long residential program draws dulcimer enthusiasts from around the…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:43

Former Beach Boy brings summer music

Al Jardine and his Endless Summer Band will fill the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts with summer music at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. The band is led by Al Jardine of Beach Boys fame and features…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:43

Grammy winner Laurie Lewis to perform

On Saturday, July 9, Grammy-award winner Laurie Lewis will give an after-dinner performance at Cataloochee Ranch. Lewis is an acclaimed singer-songwriter and fiddle player from California. Her performing companion is ace mandolinist-singer Tom Rozum. Their 1996 CD, “The Oak and…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:43

Library hosts guitarist Pete Friedman

Pete Friedman will bring his music to the Jackson County Public Library at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, with a program of jazz and blues tunes on electric and acoustic guitars. Friedman has been playing guitars for 47 years…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:42

‘Liars Bench’ takes show to WCU July 7

Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will host and sponsor a free performance of The Liars Bench, a Southern Appalachian variety show, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 7. The Liars Bench was founded by Sylva writer and storyteller Gary…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:42

Massage festival planned at WCU

The World Massage Festival will hold its 6th annual festival from July 14 to 17 at Western Carolina University. The festival allows the local community to experience various types of massage, learn about massage therapy as a profession, speak with…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:41

Movie club to screen Amish Grace

The Groovy Movie Club will show the film “Amish Grace” at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 8. A mostly organic potluck dinner will precede the screening at 6:15 p.m. This event is free and open to the public and it…
Tim Lynch will lead off the 2011 Franklin Folk Festival at 9 a.m. on July 16 at the downtown gazebo stage in Franklin. Lynch is the leader of the Tallahassee-based band Sojourn and has played for decades in Florida. Sojourn has…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:40

Classic cars come out in Highlands

The Highlands Motoring Festival is scheduled for July 15 to 17, in downtown Highlands. The festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday evening, July 15, with early registration and cruise-in activities. There will be prizes awarded and items will…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:39

Artisans gather at art and crafts show

The Mountain Artisans Summertime Art & Crafts Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 2 and 3 in the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University. This year’s event has 115 exhibitors showcasing contemporary and heritage…
Brian Bartel, a local artisan who has spent the last 14 years developing his technique in woodworking with hand tools, will present a demonstration at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, at the Jackson County Public Library. Bartel started woodworking…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:36

A gypsy at HART

This summer in Waynesville, it’s an unconventional rags-to-riches tale that will light up the Haywood Arts Regional Theater mainstage with song, dance and just a little more — or maybe less. “Gypsy” is the story of Gypsy Rose Lee, the…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:42

Fox sightings increasing in populated areas

Witnessing a wild fox is not necessarily a cause for alarm, nor are all foxes rabid or dangerous, according to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. However, residents should not approach, touch or disturb foxes or their dens. In most cases,…
A talk titled “The Southern Blue Ridge at this Moment in History” will discuss growth in the mountains and its impact on farm and forestland at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, at the Highlands Biological Station. The talk is…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:40

No fishing license needed on July Fourth

This upcoming July 4 is a “free fishing day” in North Carolina. Everyone — residents and nonresidents — can fish in all public waters without purchasing a fishing license. All other fishing regulations, such as length and daily possession limits,…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:39

An elk viewing for seniors

A trip for seniors, age 50 and above, to see the elk in Cataloochee Valley will be offered on July 13 by the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department. Participants should bring cameras, binoculars and folding chairs; they should also bring…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:39

Swim, bike, run in Haywood triathlon

The MedWest-Haywood Triathlon has returned this year with a new summertime date, attracting seasoned triathletes looking for a challenge as well as newcomers just getting their feet wet in the multisport arena. The race will be held Saturday, July 9,…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:38

Cherokee Moonlight 5K

The Cherokee Runners Moonlight 5K and Fun Run will be held on July 4 at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds. The run/walk will be followed by the tribe’s Fourth of July celebration and fireworks. The fun run will begin at 7:15…
Learn the basics of canning through workshops offered by the Jackson County N.C. Cooperative Extension Service during the month of July.   These are hands-on workshops designed to give you experience in processing foods. The class size is small, and…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:36

SCC mechanics students get cooking

When you walk into an automotive shop you don’t expect to see men in crisp white lab coats and surgical masks sporting plastic green gloves. But Pete Wolosin’s Engine Performance II class at Southwestern Community College is anything but ordinary.…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:35

Mountain Wildlife Daze

The eighth annual Mountain Wildlife Days is scheduled for July 15 and 16 at the Sapphire Valley Community Center. The event is sponsored by Wild South along with partners Sapphire Valley Resort and Cashiers Travel & Tourism. The program —…
A weeklong Environmental Camp for ages 10 to 15 offers a full lineup of hands-on nature exploration and fieldtrips. The camp, put on by Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department, will be held July 18 through July 22 from 8 a.m.…
Environmental advocates are troubled by major budget cuts and the loss of staff for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, cuts they say will stretch those tasked with monitoring polluters too thin to do their jobs and eliminate beneficial…
Back in January, a group of environmental advocates gathered for after-work beers at Craggie Brewery in Asheville where they heard a sobering message from one of their green-minded compatriots. In just a couple weeks, new leadership would take the reins…
The elevations of the southern Blue Ridge province above 4,000 feet can be thought of as a peninsula of northern terrain extending into the southeastern United States, where typical flora and fauna of northeastern and southeastern North America intermingle. Through…
Most of the business being done at Perry’s Water Garden these days is selling plants through the wholesale market. But if you are interested in aquatic plants even the tiniest bit whatsoever, it’s well worth a trip over the Cowee…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:54

Roads all about money, power and ethics

To the Editor: The patronage politics of roads, money, power, and ethics in North Carolina is a strange creature. Individual North Carolina Department of Transportation board members may not receive direct compensation (nor anyone related to them to the first…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:53

Safety is primary concern for SCC

To the Editor: It is with astonishment that I have been following the flurry of recent articles in the newspapers detailing Jackson County commissioner chair Jack Debnam’s one-man crusade against building an access road on the Southwestern Community College campus.…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:52

GOP-led legislature did some good work

To the Editor, We North Carolinians are very fortunate people. Our Republican majority state legislature had the courage to make the necessary cuts in the state budget to close a $2.5 billion deficit. By reducing spending by more than $1…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:51

What does Harvard know about milk, anyway?

You’ve probably seen the ads. Some famous face sports a white “milk mustache” and encourages you to drink more milk. Everyone from Shaquille O’Neal to Taylor Swift to Martha Stewart. Celebrity endorsements might be enough to convince some people to…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:50

Swain DSS director fired, lodges appeal

Tammy Cagle, once the leader of the Swain County Department of Social Services, has been given the ax by the department’s board of directors. Cagle, however, is fighting the decision. She’s appealed to the board, who handed down the decision…