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Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:09

Jackson employees take wellness tests

MedWest-Harris and MedWest-Swain laboratory employees recently partnered for the first time with Jackson County Department of Public Health workers to conduct wellness tests for county employees. As part of the county’s open enrollment period for benefits, all Jackson County employees…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:08

Blood drive to be held at MedWest-Harris

MedWest-Harris in Sylva will hold an American Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12 to help with the decline in blood donations typically seen in summer months. The American Red Cross sees a drop…
The businesses in Haywood County are collecting non-perishable food donations through July 15 for Hunger Free Haywood, an initiative with MANNA Food Bank to cut down on hunger in the county. People wanting to donate should look for red barrels…
The Haywood County Public Library has acquired the Early Literacy Station, a computer loaded with 50 educational software titles for children ages 2-10. The Early Literacy Station offers children a safe, standalone computer not connected to the Internet that is…
The Cherokee Preservation Foundation has awarded 24 new grants totaling $1.8 million that support cultural preservation, economic development, job creation and environmental preservation. They include: • A grant to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian to celebrate the 250th anniversary…
Chandra Spaulding, an animal rights activist and vet’s assistant in Sylva, has jumped onboard a statewide campaign to crack down on puppy mills. Signs of her handiwork — literally — can be seen in the form of a billboard on…
Seventy-year old Ronnie Evans, a retired engineer with UNC-TV who lives in Franklin, seems an unlikely homicide investigator.
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel never had an entrance that made visitors stop and say wow — until now.
Ghost Town in the Sky opened last Wednesday — sort of. The once-popular amusement park in Maggie Valley opened its chairlift and a new zipline just in time for the July 4 holiday and is offering rides on both attractions.
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 12:35

Red Cross sponsoring blood drives in WNC

The American Red Cross will hold blood drives in the area as the agency has reached emergency levels after receiving 50,000 fewer donations than expected in last month.  All blood types are needed, but especially O positive, O negative, B…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 12:34

Dental clinic to be held at WCU

A free dental clinic will be held July 13-14 at the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University. The N.C. Missions of Mercy clinic is for adults earning less than twice the federal poverty level, providing free dental care ranging from…
Gianna Carson stood behind the bakery register helping two young women decide which of her treats they wanted to taste. On the wall overhead hang black and white photos of her children, niece and nephew posing with one of her…
A Haywood County Tourism Development Authority board member has resigned from her seat after disagreeing with the rest of the board’s decision to close a couple of its visitors centers.
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 12:29

Tribe goes solar at visitors centers

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has installed a series of metal trees baring solar panels on the branches near the three visitors areas on the Qualla Boundary. The artistic solar arrays fasioned in the form of a tree were…
Maggie Valley’s planning board voted by a narrow margin last week to keep strict regulations on video sweepstakes machines in place even if it means giving up money the town could reap by taxing the machines.
Cherokee Preservation Foundation is sponsoring a community photo contest in connection with its 10th anniversary celebration. The contest is open to people who live on the Qualla Boundary or in Haywood, Swain, Graham, Jackson, Cherokee, Macon and Clay counties. Photos…
Franklin could face a state penalty for spraying weed killer on an ancient Cherokee mound site because the town workers who did it weren’t properly licensed to use the herbicide. The state could fine the town as much as $2,000,…
The Franklin Board of Aldermen censured Mayor Joe Collins this week for making a personal apology to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians after the town sprayed Nikwasi Indian Mound with weed killer.
A one-of-a-kind database that encompasses virtually every aspect of life in Western North Carolina, from ecology to economics, is now available to decision makers, business leaders and the public.  The Mountain Resources Commission, a group formed in 2009 to study…
Western North Carolina for now has dodged concerns that it was getting short shrift in a legal settlement intended to compensate the region for air pollution blowing in from dirty coal plants operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority in neighboring…
Longtime Waynesville Town Manager Lee Galloway was awarded The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the most prestigious honors conveyed by the governor, in recognition of his years of service in the state.
After four major landslides, one death, several destroyed and damaged homes, washed out roads, and a $50,000 clean-up bill, steep slope construction rules are coming to Maggie Valley.
Waste, favoritism and possible fraud and corruption by state highway workers in Haywood County enriched a local contractor and cost state taxpayers, according to a sweeping investigation released late last week by the N.C. State Auditor’s Office.
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 12:08

ABC store plan draws criticism in Franklin

A split decision by Franklin aldermen to build a new $1.25 million ABC store at the site of a Super Walmart at the edge of town drew criticism and pleas this week that the plan be reconsidered. “We cannot afford…
Waynesville’s ABC Board has not yet officially decided to build a second liquor store near the new Super Walmart, but the project will get a green light if the price is right, according to the board’s chair. The board is…
Ron Rash and his latest novel The Cove will be featured in the season premiere of “North Carolina Bookwatch” on UNC-TV. The program, hosted by D.G. Martin, will be broadcast at 9:30 p.m. July 6 with a repeat showing at…
Friends of the Haywood County Library’s “Let’s Talk About It” series will continue with The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara from 4-5:45 p.m. July 18 at the Waynesville branch auditorium. Shaara drew inspiration from his own life experiences for the…
Author Marshall Frank will give a talk at the public library in Sylva at 7 p.m. on July 12 based on his books and experiences as a police officer. Frank’s most recent book, a thriller entitled The Upside to Murder,…
Michael O’Brien’s The Father’s Tale (Ignatius Press, ISBN 978-0-89870-815-8) has more strikes against it than Babe Ruth on a bad afternoon. Here is a doorstop of a novel, weighing in at nearly three pounds, more than one thousand pages long.…
If you fall from a ledge rock-climbing, break a leg backpacking in the wilderness or twist your shoulder paddling a remote river, hope like hell that Robin Pope will happen by.
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Kudos, Gov. Perdue

News outlets began reporting Sunday night (July 1) that North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed Senate Bill 820, which would have allowed energy companies to use a process known as hydraulic fracturing, a.k.a. fracking, to drill for natural gas in…
A hummingbird program by Cathyrn and John Sill will be held July 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kern Youth Center at Lake Junaluska by the Great Smoky Mountains Audubon Society. Cathryn Sill is the author of the “About” series…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Fly fishing guide to share secret spots

The Plateau Fly Fishing Club will hold a casting clinic at 6:15 p.m. and a meeting at 7 p.m. July 10 at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers library.   The speaker will be Alex Bell, owner of AB’s Fly Fishing Guide Service…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Mapping ancient Cherokee mounds

Cherokee mounds will be the focus of a 7 p.m., July 12, presentation at the Highlands Biological Station. Ben Steere, from the Coweeta Long Term Ecological Research Program at the University of Georgia, will give a talk titled “The Western…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Stargazing comes to a telescope near you

An evening of stargazing using optical or radio telescopes will be held at 7 p.m. July 13 at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute. The event is part of the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute’s monthly evening at PARI series. It will…
Nantahala Outdoor Center has opened a new Nantahala Zip Line Adventure Park that features a traditional zip line and aerial obstacle course.
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Hay Day rolls into Haywood July 12

The Mountain Research Station will hold its annual Hay Day on July 12, featuring demonstrations of the latest hay equipment and educational sessions for growers. Two hours of pesticide credits are available as well as three hours of continuing education…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

LTLT to share vision and work

Learn the latest about the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee, including an update on land conservation initiatives, at noon on Thursday, July 12, at Tartan Hall in Franklin. The League of Women Voters of Macon County is sponsoring the…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Guided hike explores Purchase Knob

Meet with a park ranger and enjoy mountain views while lunching on top of Hemphill Bald July 19. Hiking enthusiast and author Danny Bernstein will lead the hike from Purchase Knob to Hemphill Bald as part if Friends or the…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Land Trust hosts Yellow Creek Falls hike

The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee will host a nature study and leisurely hike to Yellow Creek Falls and nearby stretches of the creek in Robbinsville July 13. Philip Moore, the Land Trust’s program director for Clay, Cherokee and…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Hike the Smokies with a naturalist

A guided hike on the three-and-a-half mile round-trip Thomas Divide Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be held July 7. Great Smoky Mountains Association is sponsoring the hike, which will be led by naturalist Liz Domingue. Thomas…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Audubon Society to host birding tours, talk

The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society is offering birders a chance to stroll around the grounds of a private home on Mirror Lake in Highlands on July 7. Also on tap will be a talk by Douglass Pratt, a curator with…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Winged creatures of the night unveiled

The Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah Forest just outside of Brevard will host a night for nature enthusiasts of all ages to learn more about night-flying animals during the Winged Creatures of the Night Program from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.…
The Bascom’s 2012 Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival, which includes a garden tour and flower show, will take place July 13-14.
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Farm tour and garden walk in Jackson

The Jackson County Farmers Market is sponsoring the sixth annual Farm Tour and Garden Walk from 1 to 5 p.m. July 14 and 15.
For me, those plants found here in the Smokies region that have verified practical human uses are, in the long run, of more interest than those with often overblown reputations for sacred or medicinal uses. For instance, the history of…
We were nearing the end of our European summer vacation with three other families from Western North Carolina when we pulled into Interlaken, Switzerland on a Saturday evening. As I looked around at the neat mountain chalets on the outskirts…
I slept downstairs on a futon last night, trying to escape some of the intense heat that, chimney-like, turned the upstairs of the cabin I live in into a furnace. Even so I lay in bed sweating and dozing fitfully.…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

A story everyone should read, learn from

To the Editor: We, the undersigned, are a group of Haywood County citizens that meets regularly for a respectful dialogue around race issues. This group first fellowships together over a meal and then enters into a structured conversation aimed at…
To the Editor: In Western North Carolina we are extremely lucky to live, work and play in a place of incredible natural beauty. I am proud that I worked professionally for many years to safeguard the health of both our…