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Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:54

Star party at PARI

The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) is hosting a public Star Party Oct. 24-27 as part of a weekend-long celebration of the site’s 50th anniversary.   Spend the weekend on campus and use PARI telescopes, attend workshops, and enjoy campus…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:53

Rare hike offered to see Waynesville watershed

Once again the Town of Waynesville is offering its popular Waynesville Watershed Hike, which offers hikers a walk through a portion of its 8,600-acre protected tract of land that is usually off-limits to the public. 
Except for Newfound Gap Road (U.S.441), the Spur, and the Gatlinburg Bypass, all visitor centers, picnic areas, campgrounds, trails, and roads in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park remain closed as part of the partial federal shutdown  In the Park,…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:52

Know your bear neighbors

Joel Zachary, a noted black bear enthusiast, professional outdoor guide and author of Bears I’ve Met, will be the featured presenter at the upcoming “Adventures in Bear Country” program at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Sapphire Valley Resort…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:52

Harvest Half Marathon comes to Cherokee

More than 600 runners from across the mountains and Southeast are expected in Cherokee on Saturday, Oct. 19, for the second Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon & 5K.  Two recent marathon winners from the mountains — Jason Bodnar of Canton who…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:50

Run for Research

A group of 18 runners representing Western Carolina University’s athletic training program completed the sixth annual Mountain Jug Run for Research, a 175-mile continuous relay from the WCU football stadium in Cullowhee to the Appalachian State University football stadium in Boone in…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:49

Wrinkles in space and time

Millions of years ago America and Africa rubbed shoulders and the Appalachian Mountains were created. The ancient Appalachians, at one time as high as the Alps or Rockies, created quite an east-west barrier from Canada down to central Alabama. Today’s…
A longer season, a higher quota, shooting over bait piles — these are just a few aspects of the state bear hunting laws the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is looking at changing to keep the ever-growing bear population in check.…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:43

Some old-fashioned lessons for living

Google books on parenting, and you will find thousands — tens of thousands — of titles. There are books on parenting boys, books on parenting girls, books on parenting toddlers, adolescents, and teens, books on parenting the chubby and the…
To the Editor: This is an open letter to Rep Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers. Rep. Meadows, your actions have already denied food for children in my community. They are already going hungry because the Women Infants and Children’s program is no…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:16

More Medicaid lies from McCrory

To the Editor: In my business, I deal with many people who are at the bottom of the economic ladder. For them, one car breakdown or one illness can mean financial disaster. Often it means the loss of a job,…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:15

McCrory’s efforts paying off for state

To the Editor: In most of the Western Carolina newspapers’ letters to the editor section, we can count on one main topic — Gov. Pat McCrory and the Republicans are bad for North Carolina! But did you notice that last…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:15

Meadows, Maniscalco did not attend forum

To the Editor: I attended the Maggie Valley aldermen candidate forum and read with interest your coverage of this event. First, I would like to commend the Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring a well-moderated forum for the community…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:13

Citizens should not tolerate shutdown

To the Editor: My name is David Monteith and I oppose the government shutdown. We Americans have given enough. When our federal government, including the president, House and Senate members, can not agree and dictate to us the U.S. citizen…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:12

Give chance a piece, or something like that

By John Beckman • Guest Columnist There’s a lot to be said for making careful plans in our lives, crafting a logical, well thought out path to get us from point A to point B without getting too lost in between.…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:06

Breaking Bread Café opens in Haywood

A new artisan café and restaurant has opened to fanfare in Bethel, only a short drive from downtown Waynesville and Canton. Rather than using meats from a deli, Breaking Bread Café cooks their own ham, turkey and roast beef to…
Tyler McKinnish, a Haywood County student on his way to being a doctor, credits Haywood Early College with giving him a good start on the road to higher education. McKinnish only graduated from high school in 2010, but is already…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:06

SCC kicks off scholarship fundraiser

Southwestern Community College Foundation has launched a “Student Success Campaign” that aims to raise more than $1 million for scholarships by fall 2014. “Last year, 225 students filled out applications and were deserving of financial assistance,” said SCC President Don…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:05

Radiography program a family affair for Maneys

When Brittany Maney was 14, her fall from a Hayesville Middle School cheerleading pyramid caused a lot of pain, fear and a rushed trip to the hospital in Murphy. That medical emergency had a far more positive outcome, though. A…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:03

Cherokee-led firm gets going on new casino

After just a year in business, a Cherokee-based construction management company has landed the biggest trout in town — the $110 million Cherokee County casino construction project.
How would you spend $800 million? Residents and opinion leaders from the seven westernmost counties and the Qualla Boundary have just completed a series of input sessions design to gather broad-based feedback to help answer just that question.
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:01

Child rescued from Whittier hotel dies

A four-year-old child found injured and abused in Qualla Motel in Whittier last week has died. Deputies arrived at the Qualla Motel just after 7 a.m. Oct. 11 after first responders and EMS arrived on scene and noted the injuries…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:00

Pedestrian fatality involves Cherokee officer

A Cherokee Indian Police Department officer hit two pedestrians, killing one, while on patrol Wednesday night. The incident occurred on the U.S. 441 bypass at about 8:40 p.m. While on patrol, Officer Cody McKinney turned on a vehicle with only…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:00

Swain County marching band heading to D.C.

Swain High School’s Marching Maroon Devils have officially been accepted to march in the National Independence Day Parade on July 4, 2014 in Washington D.C Marching bands that attend must be nominated and go through an application process once the…
The N.C. Department of Revenue is holding money belonging to Swain County captive, according to county officials.
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 12:51

Candidates all want more business in Canton

While infrastructure and economic development tops each candidate’s agenda, a far more consequential matter could await those who fill the four open seats on the Canton Board of Aldermen — who will Canton’s next town manager be?
All Nicole Smith could do last week was try to keep the doors open. Either the shutdown of the federal government would end, or North Carolina officials would tell her they don’t have the million of dollars necessary to cover…
Giant blow-up gorillas, bouquets of balloons, plastic banners strung from awnings or poles and billowing fabric figures piped full of air — these previously banned forms of attention-grabbing signage could soon be gracing Waynesville’s businesses under a proposed slate of…
Schools are bracing for a precipitous drop in student test scores coming down the pike next month — the result of a new, more rigorous curriculum and testing standards implemented statewide last year.
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

Rising star redefines country music

Kacey Musgraves makes me feel like a teenager. Shouts of joy escape my lungs when I find out she’s performing nearby. All my friends grow weary over my constant babbling about her. If there were a life-size poster available, I’d…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

This must be the place

Help. That’s what was texted to me a couple weeks ago. It was my co-worker at the newspaper, stuck in mud somewhere in the backwoods of Maggie Valley. Normally, I would finally get to sleep in on a Saturday morning,…
The Lake Junaluska Singers’ “Songs by the Lakeshore” concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 18-19 in Stuart Auditorium.  Song selections include “Battle of Jericho,” “It is Well,” “On Broadway,” “Old Man River,” “Empty Chairs, Empty Tables,” and…
Tickets are currently on sale for upcoming performances by comedian Ron White, funk group Kool & The Gang and rock band ZZ Top at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center.
The inaugural Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit will be Oct. 25-27 in downtown Asheville. 
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

Jackson County Arts Council names grant winners

The Jackson County Arts Council announced its 2013-14 grant recipients.
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

SMCPA taps former intern for top job

The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts announced its new general manager, Paul Garner.  
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

Waynesville celebrates apple harvest

The 25th annual Haywood Apple Harvest Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in downtown Waynesville. The festival features arts, crafts, live music, dance groups, food vendors and children’s activities. Key events include the Southern…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

Mountain Momma

We’re in the Halloween homestretch, but I’d wager at least half of you are still riding the costume rollercoaster, days away from closing in on what your kid wants to be. Back in the days before Amazon.com — when we…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

WCU community to celebrate Homecoming

Homecoming Weekend will be Oct. 24-27 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. This year’s theme is “Whee Are Catamounts!” Public activities will begin with the “Last Lecture” by Professor Burton Ogle at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 24, in the recital hall…
Thursday, 10 October 2013 18:02

Mountain Momma

I always end up with too many pumpkins by Halloween, a trajectory I am headed down once again despite telling myself to abort mission.
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 03:06

The secret ministry of frost

It’s early October as I write this column. The first frost hasn’t, as yet, arrived. But it won’t be long coming.
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:59

AT film tour coming to Franklin

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy will show the film “Appalachian Impressions,” Friday, Oct. 18, at Drake Educational Center in Franklin. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments, followed by the film, trail information, a meet-and-greet with hikers, expert speakers and…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:58

Wildlife investigation nabs Internet violators

An ongoing, multi-state investigation to disrupt illegal animal trafficking online has netted 62 arrests. Dubbed “Operation Wild Web,” the investigation involves the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and law enforcement in Arkansas and Florida, as well as federal agents. The effort…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:56

WCU students run to Boone to raise funds

In the lead-up to the football game between rivals Western Carolina University and Appalachian State University, a group of students and faculty from WCU will run from Cullowhee to Boone to raise money for research and scholarships.
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:55

Bonsai experts coming to NC Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville will host the Carolina Bonsai Expo, Oct. 12-13.
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:54

Macon man to discuss record-setting summit

The oldest man to hike to the top of Mount Whitney in a day will give a talk about his training and his journey at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Macon County Library.
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:52

MST photography contest deadline nears

Public submissions are being accepted for a statewide outdoor photography contest.
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:49

Lighting up the mountains

I was at the Allens Creek soccer fields Saturday morning watching Maddie play when my eyes were drawn to the mountains across the way. Red splashes like watercolor brush strokes climbing a mottled green canvas were shinning from the forests.…
From wedding planners to elk tour guides to non-profit organizations, the closing of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park hasn’t only disrupted the livelihood of federal workers. The park is home to a wide variety of outside enterprises working independently…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:40

A warts and all biography of a WNC original

I first encountered Robert Henry’s name some 30 years ago in Lyman Draper’s account of the Battle of Kings Mountain (Oct. 7, 1780). Robert (who was either 13 or 14 years old at the time) had been wounded when a British…