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Wednesday, 16 November 2011 14:20

The 500-pound gorilla

I don’t remember exactly what I was doing when he came into the room. It was cool, so I had the small electric heater on and I had some coffee and a snack. I was doing some Internet research, so…
When Phil Watford traded in his paddle for a tool belt, giving up his far-cooler job as a kayak instructor for more lucrative construction work, he thought his days of reporting to duty on the water were over. But this…
City Lights Bookstore will celebrate the release of the new edition of Horace Kephart’s classic, Camping and Woodcraft, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19. Included in the new edition are over 40 historic photographs taken by Kephart and George…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 14:10

A hunt for a murderer and some peace

I am a major Dan Simmons fan, but I had some reservations about signing on for this multi-layered, post-apocalyptic novel about life in the USA following The Day It All Hit the Fan. To tell you the truth, reading Flashback…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:59

Words bring us together and open pathways

Editor’s note: Dawn Gilchrist-Young teaches English at Swain County High School and was the 2011 winner of the Norman Mailer Writing Award for High School Teachers for her short story “The Tender Branch.” The winner receives a monetary award and…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:54

To dream the impossible garden dream

As I have written previously, in my dreams I am a tidy gardener. One of those saints who uses a tool and trots dutifully into the garage, cleans said tool in a bucket of sand and oil, and hangs up…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:53

Reducing stray cat population is goal

To the Editor: “Population shrinking and growing older,” a headline from a recent newspaper article, is exactly Haywood Animal Welfare Association’s spay/neuter, trap-neuter-return (TNR) program’s goal for free-roaming cat colonies in Haywood County. Through generous donations and a grant from…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:53

Newspaper policy bad for Bryson City

To the Editor: I found it curious that The Smoky Mountain Times in Bryson City had not run any articles or any biographical information about the candidates running for mayor of our fine town of Bryson City. And to me and…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:50

Awful timing for Duke’s rate hike request

I don’t know Duke Energy CEO James Rogers and don’t have anything against him. But it’s not very hard not to imagine he and the giant utility he runs as the symbolic poster children for much of the discontent brewing…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:48

Christian bookstore celebrates 10 years

Dalton’s Christian Bookstore in Waynesville is putting 10 candles on its birthday cake this year. A decade ago, Waynesville had a small Christian bookstore, The Magnificat, owned by Susie Sorrells. Upon hearing about plans to open Dalton’s Christian Bookstore in…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:47

New business opens in Haywood County

A new business, Mountain View Appliance, opened its doors Oct. 3. The owners, Mark Atkinson and Elva Woody, said they are excited about what the business has done since they opened and strive to have the lowest service call rates…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:46

Students get “REAL” with entrepreneurship

Throughout the month of October, second through fifth grade students at the Roots in Education After School Homework House got “REAL” with entrepreneurship. Certified NC REAL instructor and Haywood County Chamber Marketing & Communications Manager, Katy McLean Gould, brought topics…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:46

WCU students seeking book donations

Those calling Reynolds Hall home on the Western Carolina University campus are shy of meeting a book-drive goal for Smokey Mountain Elementary School.   The goal is to have 1,000 books by Nov. 17 for delivery to children on Nov.…
Craig Madison, the president and CEO of the Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, will be the featured speaker at the annual meeting of Smoky Mountain Host in Cherokee Nov. 29. The meeting includes workshops for tourism businesses in developing…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:44

Input sought for new Waynesville manager

Everyone is invited to a “relaxed meeting” Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the Town Hall to have their voices heard on the qualities needed in the next town manager for Waynesville. Town Manager Lee Galloway will retire June 30.…
The fourth annual Lake Junaluska Peace Conference, “Poverty, Abundance, and Peace:  Seeking Economic Justice for All God’s Children” through Nov. 15 will delve into the systemic causes of poverty and economic disparity. Speakers include Sen. George McGovern (a former presidential…
A discussion regarding the fate of old restrooms at the Waynesville Recreation Park has prompted town officials to take another look at its recreation master plan. The recreation advisory committee will not just look at renovating the run-down and often…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:35

Bryson weighs regulations to protect character

Bryson City leaders will turn to residents to help solve their own disagreements over the severity of proposed appearance standards for new development downtown. Town leaders will host a public hearing on the ordinance, which would stipulate aesthetic standards such…
The Imperial Hotel in Canton has become entangled in a legal battle as a result of unpaid bills by a contractor. Haywood County Builders Supply has filed a civil suit and lien against the hotel, owned by outgoing Canton Mayor…
It’s anybody’s guess when the Imperial Hotel in Canton will open. The deadline for finishing renovations to the hotel, owned by outgoing Canton Mayor Pat Smathers, has continually been pushed back. The initial opening date in May turned into July,…
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma have officially banded together against “fabricated” tribes accused of stealing the Cherokee identity. “It’s something that’s important to all Cherokees — all federally-recognized Cherokees. Many times people are…
Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center has reached a critical crossroads on the eve of its 100-year mark. It’s headed toward financial insolvency, and the only thing that can save it now is a bold and aggressive makeover aimed at…
A failure by the Cashiers Chamber of Commerce and the Cashiers Travel and Tourism Authority to provide county leaders reports on how room-tax dollars are spent led this week to promises of prompt corrective action. Mark Jones, who serves in…
A work session this week on Jackson County’s room tax appears to mark the beginning of open warfare and the explosive end of a fragile truce that has existed on the board of commissioners since three newcomers were elected last…
A donut or cannoli will no longer be a hop, skip and a jump away for people in downtown Waynesville. Whitman’s Bakery closed its doors this month, ending a 66-year run as a beloved hometown bakery. Whitman’s was a mainstay…
Annie’s Naturally Bakery, the beloved coffee, bakery and gathering place in Sylva that helped launch a Main Street renaissance of sorts here when it opened more than a decade ago, will close Thursday. The closure comes as a surprise to…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 21:10

Police wrestle bear cub into custody

A baby bear went on a romp through downtown Waynesville last week before finally being cornered and captured by police officers on a preschool playground on Main Street. The bear was first spotted on the playground of the First United…
The Western Carolina University Concert Choir will team up with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and Asheville Symphony Chorus for a joint performance of “Resurrection Symphony” by Gustav Mahler on Sunday, Nov. 20. The performance will begin at 3 p.m. in…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 21:00

Singer Charley Pride coming to Harrah’s

Tickets go on sale Nov. 18 for a Jan. 14 concert by country music star Charley Pride at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center. Pride’s smooth baritone voice was featured on 39 number one hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 21:00

Penrod, Randle to perform in Franklin

Guy Penrod and Lynda Randle will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 19 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Penrod was a centerpiece and lead singer for Bill Gaither’s “Vocal Band” for 14 years and…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:59

Sunday Concert Series presents One Leg Up

One Leg Up will perform in concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20, in the Haywood County Library in Waynesville as part of the Haywood County Arts Council’s Sunday Concert Series. Based in Asheville, One Leg Up performs a…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:58

Broadway on parade at Tuscola

The Tuscola High School Chamber Choir and The Summit Choir will present a musical review of some of Broadway’s greatest hits at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Nov. 19 and again at 7 p.m. on Nov. 20. Amission is…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:57

Fundraiser planned for Community Table

A fundraising event for the Community Table soup kitchen in Sylva will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, at City Lights Café on Spring Street. The event will include a reception with a string trio and there…
Haywood County native Charlie Rhodarmer, director and manager of the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, will give a presentation on 18th century Cherokee history and culture at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, at Canton Branch Library. Rhodarmer’s talk will focus on…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:55

A firm grasp on history

Students from Oconaluftee Institute of Cultural Arts recently visited the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and got to put their hands on some of the oldest forms of Cherokee art. The students, under the direction of museum Education Director Barbara…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:54

Holiday workshop planned

The Jackson County Extension and Community Association Craft Club will hold a workshop for participants to make holiday potpourri and scented soap and beeswax candles which can be used for home use or gift-giving. The workshop will be held from…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:53

SCC presents Cherokee Baskets Show

Southwestern Community College’s Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts is hosting a Cherokee Baskets Show in its gallery on Tribal Bingo Road as part of November’s Native American Month . The show is a combination of work from the Qualla Arts…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:52

Holiday workshop for kids is Nov. 19

Elementary school-age children and their families are invited to Holiday ARTSaturday, the Macon County Arts Council’s free monthly crafts and music workshop, from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Nov. 19, in the historic Rickman General Store.   The Arts Council provides…
The Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86 will hold its fourth annual small works show titled, “It’s a Small, Small Work 2011,” Wednesday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Dec. 31. The show provides a unique opportunity to purchase original art at…
Individuals with an interest in the region’s past can now search two new online archives devoted to Cherokee culture and the evolution of travel in Western North Carolina. Both sites are maintained courtesy of Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library. “Travel…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 04:14

Brown wins by slim margin in Waynesville

All of Waynesville’s current leaders managed to hang on to their seats despite an impressive challenge mounted by a contender for mayor. Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown nearly lost his seat to Hugh Phillips, the general manager of Bi-Lo grocery store.…
Sylva voters on Tuesday night might have put the brakes on something of a voting trifecta by adding former commissioner Lynda Sossamon to the town board at the expense of incumbent Ray Lewis. Two other incumbent commissioners, Chris Matheson and…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 03:44

Winning trio promises change in Maggie Valley

A slate of three candidates pledging change and an end to good old boy politics swept into office in Maggie Valley in this week’s the town election. Longtime Mayor Roger McElroy, who has been on the town board for 30…
The Canton Town Board of Aldermen will now feature three old dogs and one new one. Patrick Willis, who ran unsuccessfully in the last election, won a seat on the board with 312 votes. “I am looking forward to working…
After months of campaigning, a write-in candidate won the Bryson City mayoral election — an interesting twist in a competition that had only one name on the ballot. Tom Sutton beat out Jeramy Shuler, the only candidate whose name was…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:31

News notes

Lake Junaluska is inviting Haywood County citizens to a public meeting to discuss its “vision” for its second century. The meeting will take place at 5 p.m. Nov. 10 in Gaines Auditorium at the Bethea Welcome Center on the Lake…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:31

Jackson to build new EMS center

Jackson County plans to buy land along U.S. 441 heading toward Franklin for a future emergency management center to house 911 operations and dispatch. The 7-acre tract is owned by Duke Energy. If the deal closes, it will cost $350,000.…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:29

Railroad wants money, county wants assurances

Jackson County is nowhere close to cementing a deal with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad — one that would offer financial incentives in exchange for basing a steam engine tourist train in Dillsboro. “It is far from a done deal,”…
Opponents to a proposed room tax increase in Jackson County are accusing county leaders of secretly earmarking the money for a grant to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. “If this is about raising funds to get the railroad to move…
Cashiers business owners led the charge against a proposed tax increase on overnight lodging in Jackson County during a public hearing this week. Several lodging owners complained that tourism is already down because of the economy. Asking tourists to pay…