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The Catamount Pump & Go in Sylva is now offering biodiesel from the Asheville-based Blue Ridge Biofuels for use in vehicles. Blue Ridge Biofuels uses recycled, used cooking oil from area restaurants to produce the sustainable, renewable biodiesel that meets…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Skating rink holding fundraisers for expansion

Smoky Mountain Sk8way outside Waynesville plans to add an additional 10,000 square feet to its existing facility, which will allow it to offer a much larger skating surface, a cafe, a climbing wall, a toddler area, mini-golf and a pro…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Within REACH store opens

REACH of Haywood County has opened the Within REACH Home Store doors down from their popular Within REACH resale store on Hazelwood Avenue in Sylva. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. It features previously owned furniture,…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Harmony House Foods to locate in Franklin

Harmony House Foods, a leading provider of dehydrated foods to backpackers, will open a new facility at the Macon County Business Development Center. Founded in 2005 in Eastern North Carolina, the company markets dehydrated meals primarily to outdoor adventurers with…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Duke funding not guaranteed forever

While the Pigeon River Trust Fund isn’t threatened in the short term, the lucrative water quality funding stream isn’t a sure bet forever. The annual payment of $290,000 ponied up by Progress Energy — and soon by Duke post merger…
A trust fund backed by Progress Energy that has funneled more than $2 million and counting to water quality projects in Haywood County since the mid-1990s is not in jeopardy following the merger of the utility with Duke Energy.
When Dr. Janine Keever hit the online shoe stores last month to hunt for the optimal pair of white knee-high platform boots, she wasn’t trying to spice up the look of her delivery room scrubs. Instead, the retro footgear would…
Exurbanites are invading Macon County, and the rest of Appalachia for that matter. Don’t be alarmed, they’re generally docile, but the ramifications of their settlement could mark, and to an extent already have marked, a permanent change in the region’s…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Indian health subject of lecture

A public lecture on Indian health by a leading international epidemiologist will be held at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 5 at Western Carolina University’s new Health and Human Sciences Building. Epidemiologist Richard Wilkinson will perform the lecture from England via a…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Bogey Fore Golf is Sept. 21

The Third Annual Bogey Fore Golf Tournament will tee off Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. at Maggie Valley Club. The tournament will benefit the Haywood Jackson Volunteer Center. The fee to enter is $160 for a two-man team. The Volunteer…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Fundraiser to benefit outpatient project

Angel Medical Center will hold a Radiothon Sept. 8th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to raise funds for an Outpatient Medicine Expansion project. Pledges can be placed in person or by phone at 828.349.8200 during the event. A goal…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Political corner

The Haywood County Democratic Party Headquarters, located at 286 Haywood Square in Waynesville, has expanded Saturday hours to 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Normal hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. 828.452.9607 or haywooddemocrats.org. ••• A post…
The high salaries collected by the five members of the Alcoholic Beverage and Control Commission for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have drawn criticism from some enrolled members. The ABC commission in Cherokee makes more than 10 times what…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Jackson hopes to brand county with flag

When it comes to Southerners, there are a few topics that get their blood pressure elevated — and one of those topics is flags. They represent everything from historical ties, bloodshed, peace, pride and Nascar. They’re flown everywhere from government…
The Waynesville Public Art Commission has put together a 150-recipe cookbook to benefit future public art pieces. The Taste of the Great Smoky Mountains Cookbook is $10 and is the culmination a month-long process of collecting recipes from area residents.…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Don’t fear the beard

Though Aaron Stone has always had a love of mayonnaise, lately the condiment has become a real nuisance in his life. “It just gets all stuck in my beard,” he said. “That and soups, it’s just becomes a real mess.”
Economic development and tourism leaders in Swain County are treating the Freestyle Kayaking World Cup two weeks away as a dry run for the far more highly anticipated World Freestyle Kayaking Championship coming in 2013. “This will start the ball…
With torrential rain and a fierce wind blowing through the Haywood County Fairgrounds last Thursday evening, the harsh weather conditions didn’t deter several local fire departments from their mission of the day — to claim victory during the “Battle of…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 14:01

Discussion on Appalachian folk magic at Sylva bookstore

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Byron Ballard will discuss her book, Staubs and Ditchwater, at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 31, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 14:01

Notable authors to read from novels in progress

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Two award-winning authors, Dawn Gilchrist-Young and Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, who are also English teachers at Swain County High School, will…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 14:00

Descendent tells haunting story of Bobby Dunbar

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Blue Ridge Books will host Margaret Dunbar Cutright, the co-author of A Case for Soloman: Bobby Dunbar and the Kidnapping…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:58

A book a day keeps the bad grades away

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It’s that time of year when yellow buses roll down country roads, when children disappear from the stores and streets…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:42

The unique habitat of mountain streams

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The creeks and streams of the Southern Highlands are one of the most exciting natural areas we have. Unlike most…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:41

Haywood youngsters get lesson on trash

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The Commission for a Clean County debuted its new project called KEEP IT CLEAN! at Riverbend Elementary School in Haywood…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:40

4-H Club comes center stage

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Youth with the 4-H Livestock Club in Haywood County will be front and center at the county fair this weekend…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:40

Serving it up farm fresh

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Chef Chris Dole will be creating dishes to sample using farm fresh, in-season foods from vendors at the Jackson County…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:39

Maggie Valley Moonlight Run set for Saturday

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Runners will kick up their heels down the main drag of Maggie Valley this Saturday evening in the annual night-time…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:37

Panthertown calling volunteers

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Volunteers are needed to lend a hand this Saturday, August 25, for the trails of Panthertown Valley, a popular and…
A nature discovery trail along Scott’s Creek in Dillsboro has been two years in the making and the Watershed Association…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:34

Kephart Days pays tribute to Smokies icon

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The life and contributions of Horace Kephart, an outdoor writer, folklorist and founder of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park,…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:33

Guided bird walk to be held in Sapphire

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A 2.5-mile bird walk around Fairfield Lake in Sapphire will be led by two expert birders with the Highlands Plateau…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:33

The life and times of song sparrows unveiled by professor

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A Western Carolina University professor studying social behavior of birds will present findings of his latest research at 7:30 p.m.…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:32

Telethon rallies funding support for Smokies

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Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park raised $192,157 last week during the annual “Friends Across the Mountains” telethon broadcast…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:31

It’s in the wind

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I was outside with Maddie (6) the other afternoon and there was a gentle breeze. “Daddy, doesn’t it smell like…
Frank King is on a mission to find the perfect meat. King, the owner of King Bio Natural Medicine, holistic…
As the small, all-terrain vehicle drew near, the buffalo snorted and then lowered its massive head. It shuffled its feet,…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:15

Tell Obama the numbers still need to add up

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To the Editor: I have always had a problem with numbers, I joke that numbers traumatized me at an early…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:12

Letter writer should follow her own advice

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To the Editor: A recent area letter writer cautioned us to dig for truth and find facts before we go…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:12

League forums are non-partisan events

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To the Editor: Recently, the Macon County League of Women Voters started a membership campaign and in our invitation, we…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:11

Davis supporters were not out of line

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To the Editor: A recent letter to the editor in another newspaper criticized Sen. Jim Davis’ supporters for wearing red…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:11

Elect those who support capitalism, free markets

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To the Editor: Here are some questions that need to be addressed to the people who are leading our country…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:10

Intelligent voters need to use their brains

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To the Editor:  I have been out of town so I am late in responding to my neighbor, Joanna Swanson’s…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:05

Hospital affiliation may be best chance for survival

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Count me among those who hope the MedWest affiliation between Haywood, Jackson and Swain hospitals survives. Otherwise, I fear none…
Haywood Community College has not only expanded its search for a new president, but is now on the hunt for an interim president as well. It’s the second bump in what was initially mapped out as a smooth transition following…
Former Bryson City Fire Chief Joey Hughes and his wife, Cylena, were arrested and indicted on embezzlement, fraud, and other charges last week for allegedly purloining money from the volunteer fire department’s fundraising arm. More than $200,000 was taken over…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 12:57

WCU takes over off-campus shuttle service

The university’s parking and transportation services office has assumed responsibility for running an off-campus shuttle service previously provided by Jackson County Transit. “Other than the look and color of the bus, not much will change for the students and other…
Greg Snyder was perturbed when he addressed the Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen in June. In March, Snyder had plunked down $4,625 to connect five new RV sites at Twinbrook Resorts to the town’s sewer system. Less than two weeks…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 12:52

Meet fellow Franklin entrepreneurs Aug. 23

The Macon County Economic Development Commission will host an entrepreneur networking night at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Appalachian Harvest in downtown Franklin. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at www.maconedc.com. The…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 12:51

Families sought to host international students

Ayusa, an international student exchange organization, is looking to match willing families with international high school students. The program is government-regulated and brings students from more than 60 countries. All types of families are eligible to host an international student.…
Longtime alderman and Maggie Valley resident and business owner Phil Aldridge resigned from the town board last week. Aldridge was a staple around town and owned Phil’s Grocery on Soco Road — the only grocery store in the valley for…