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Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:05

Student housing would benefit Forest Hills

To the Editor: In response to the article written by Quintin Ellison published Oct. 5 regarding the developer request to the mayor and council of Forest Hills village to allow a premier student housing complex, I offer the following viewpoint and…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:05

Cutting food aid right now is deplorable

To the Editor: An elderly widow on a fixed-income already cannot afford a healthy diet and her medications, and now she wonders how she will afford to heat her home this winter. She relies on the food assistance The Community…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:03

Waynesville town board needs Mary Ann Enloe

To the Editor: One of America’s greatest statesmen, Thomas Paine, wrote a book called Common Sense. Unfortunately, this trait is not too prevalent in our government nowadays. However, Mary Ann Enloe, a candidate for Waynesville alderman, possesses it in great…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:02

General Assembly puts burden on locals

To the Editor: It has become evident that the principle guideline being used by Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, and the Republican-led General Assembly in governing North Caroline is to cut state expenditures by placing the burden for traditional state services…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:59

Pope is pulling the strings in state politics

The news media in this country is abuzz with talk about North Carolina. Unfortunately, it’s not flattering. What they’re saying is that we are being controlled by an oligarchy of sorts that begins and ends with multimillionaire Art Pope, the…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:56

Business news

Grant helps outfit new Haywood hospice center With help from two Appalachian Regional Commission grants, Haywood Regional Medical Center plans to expand its existing facilities and add 24 jobs. The medical center will use two federal grants, totaling $146,592, to…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:56

Connie Haire retires from SCC

Connie Haire, vice president for the Macon Campus Southwestern Community College, has retired after serving 25 years at the college. Under her leadership, enrollment at the $6 million Macon campus grew 87 percent in four years and a second building…
Efforts are well under way in both Sylva and Franklin to build dog parks, places where folks’ canine companions can run off-leash in safely fenced, assigned areas. If the two communities do build dog parks, they’ll be joining their neighbors…
Ray Bradley Jr. is the talkative type. He’s not shy airing his opinions, whether the discussion is about Cherokee tribal politics or, as is the case now, what legalizing alcohol sales throughout Jackson County could mean along the highway leading…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:30

MaconSense heading Macon league program

A luncheon program at noon Thursday, Oct. 13, at Tartan Hall, located in the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin, will give people an opportunity to learn about the new organization, MaconSense. The group’s initial campaign is for safe slope development…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:29

Get help on maintaining a successful business

The Jackson County Public Library will host a free business seminar on how to create and maintain successful businesses in this current difficult economic climate. The program is aimed at owners and employees of businesses of all sizes and types,…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:29

Federal settlement claims-filing help

Help filing claims in the $760 million Keepseagle Native American Farmer and Rancher Settlement is set for Oct. 18-20, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express on Painttown Road in Cherokee. This help is being offered…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:28

Rape suspects still at large in Macon County

Two recent rapes in Macon County involving assailants unknown to the victims, both cases still unsolved, have left many women here on edge. In early August, a woman living on Rose Creek Cove Road in the Cowee community was raped…
It took five days for the U.S. Forest Service to alert the public about a roadside rape in the Wayah Bald area of the Nantahala National Forest late last month. The rape happened on Sunday Sept. 25. The forest service…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:25

Free vouchers available to spay and neuter cats

Haywood Animal Welfare Association Spay/Neuter is offering 100 free vouchers for surgery, rabies vaccination and parasite treatment for cats. Vouchers are available to Haywood County residents at 145 Wall Street Thursday Oct. 13 and Oct. 20, and Monday, Oct. 17.…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:24

Recognize those volunteer efforts

Know a volunteer who deserves recognition? The Haywood/Jackson Volunteer Center is now taking nominations for the North Carolina’s Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service. The Haywood Jackson Volunteer Center will select nominated volunteers in a host of categories to receive the…
With a paper mill that constantly bellows smoke, Canton will not likely be the next Western North Carolina tourism destination. But, a local development group StepUp Canton does think the old mill town could become a quaint hometown for young…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:21

Get an early jump on college in Jackson

Jackson County Early College High School is recruiting for the 2012-2013 school year. Information sessions are scheduled at 6 p.m. at Southwestern Community College Sylva’s campus, in the lobby of the Early College building. The dates are: Monday, Oct. 24;…
Myron L. Coulter, chancellor of Western Carolina University from 1984 until 1994, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the age of 82 after a long battle with cancer. Coulter, known to friends and colleagues by his nickname of “Barney,” guided WCU…
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority is looking for ways to help the Blue Ridge Parkway trim its chronic overgrowth troubles. The parkway doesn’t have the money or resources to regularly trim trees that encroach upon its many overlooks, a…
As early as next week, the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority will launch the latest addition to its “See yourself in the Smokies” campaign — a mobile website and a personalized QR code. Currently, when people visit the county’s tourism website…
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority may outsource its search for vacation home renters who are evading the county’s 4 percent tax on overnight lodging. Lynn Collins, director of the tourism agency, plans to meet with Virginia-based software company VRCompliance…
The Altrusa Club of Waynesville is collecting one-serving pop-top canned goods for the Haywood County Meals on Wheels program, to coincide with Altrusa’s “Make A Difference Day” on Saturday, Oct. 22.   Canned goods can be dropped off until Friday,…
Public art can be a tricky business for a town, given the wide range of public tastes. For years, Waynesville boasted rotating pieces of public art downtown. But it was labor intensive to find artists willing to lend pieces for…
It doesn’t take much of an artist’s eye to appreciate the newest piece of public art planned for the streets of downtown Waynesville. By this time next year, a replica of a historic arch — boasting Waynesville as the “Eastern…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:13

Call to Arms!

Western North Carolina boasts several clubs for Civil War enthusiasts, from scholarly programs to reliving the experience. • Western North Carolina Civil War Roundtable: The discussion group meets the second Monday of each month to discuss Civil War history and…
Next to Hunter Library at Western Carolina University is a Baptist church with a 190-year-old graveyard. George Frizzell, head of the library’s special collections, helped survey that graveyard 17 years ago. So when Frizzell spotted a postscript to a letter…
Buffs, enthusiasts, aficionados, nuts: call them what you will, but remember the saying about strength in numbers. American’s fascination with the Civil War history is alive and kicking in the Appalachian mountains, where a group of 75 Civil War fans…
Jule Morrow isn’t a rebel; Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” isn’t his personal mantra. He doesn’t relive the Civil War, hoping to change the outcome. “What I honor is the courage,” said Morrow, a Civil War re-enactor whose regiment, the…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:55

Perdue gives leaders pep talk to nurture ideas

A town doesn’t have to be big to have big ideas, according to North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue. “What is it you have that you can capitalize on? That you can put together and sell,” Perdue said. Last Thursday’s small…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:54

Revisit the Ingalls family with SMCT play

Smoky Mountain Community Theatre in Bryson City will stage “Little House: By The Shores of Silver Lake” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14-16 and Oct. 21-24. The play is based on the book by Laura Ingalls Wilder and shows the struggles…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:53

Fariello to speak as part of Craft Week

Anna Fariello, associate research professor at Hunter Library at Western Carolina University, will speak about the identity of American craft as part of American Craft Week in October. Fariello will speak on the collective identity of craft at 4 p.m.…
Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will host a free Halloween-flavored performance of “The Liars Bench” Southern Appalachian variety show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. “The Liars Bench” was founded by Sylva writer and storyteller Gary Carden in June…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:51

Stecoah welcomes Harvest Festival

Mountain traditions come alive at the annual Harvest Festival on Oct. 14-16 at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center on the grounds of the historic Stecoah School. The three-day event begins with a Friday evening campfire and storytelling. Saturday begins…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:50

North Hominy celebrates all things apple

The North Hominy Apple Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the North Hominy Community Center on Newfound Road just outside of Canton. The festival kicks off with a country breakfast buffet at 7 a.m. and is $7…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:49

Big wheels roll into Cherokee Oct. 14-16

Big rigs and antique trucks rumble into Cherokee Oct. 14-16 for the sixth Annual Big Rigs and Antique Trucks Show, where truck enthusiasts of all types gather to show off their custom and original truck restorations, trade stories and ideas, compete…
The Marianna Black Library will host an evening of original Southern Gospel music written by the author of the new book Inspirational Lyrics. Join Sharon Wyatt in the library auditorium at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, as she talks…
On Saturday, Oct. 15, Blind Faith Productions will present Phil Keaggy, a multi-Dove Award winner, Grammy nominee and world-renowned guitar virtuoso in a fundraising concert for the Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center. This concert will take place at Franklin Covenant…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:47

An ‘Out of This World’ concert in Maggie

The Haywood Community Band will present its final free concert of the Maggie Valley Concert Series at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 at the pavilion adjacent to the Maggie Valley Town Hall. The theme for this concert will be, “Out…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:45

Lake Junaluska Singers to perform Oct. 14-15

The Lake Junaluska Singers will present two concerts at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and 15 at historic Stuart Auditorium. The Singers will perform Shaker tunes, music from Appalachia, and more. Directed by Melodie Galloway, the Lake Junaluska Singers serve as…
Tickets go on sale 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, for a Nov. 10 concert at Western Carolina University’s Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center by country music breakout stars Justin Moore and Thompson Square. The two hot country acts originally…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:44

Experience world harmonies with Ubuntu

Ubuntu, a group of people who meet to sing world music a cappella, will perform at 7 p.m. on Oct. 18 at City Lights in Sylva. Ubuntu seldom performs as that is not the purpose of the group. The group’s…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:43

Drum circle planned in downtown Franklin

A drumming circle for all ages will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, on the Macon County Courthouse plaza on Main Street in downtown Franklin.   Mary Eileen Ferrick is the circle leader. People may bring drums…
The decade-old Songwriters in the Round series at the Balsam Mountain Inn continues Thursday, Oct. 13, with crowd favorites Thom Bresh, Lisa Carver and Ladd Smith performing. The $45 ticket price includes dinner — shrimp and grits, prime rib and…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:42

Highlands hosts Fall Colors Art Show

The Fall Colors Art Show will be held this week at the Highlands Recreation Center in Highlands. The popular juried show features national, regional and local artists. The show is from noon to 6 p.m. on Oct. 14 and from…
The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City is hosting its Third Annual “Life in Swain” amateur photography contest. The past two years have been a huge success with more than 50 photographers submitting more than 100 photos.  All photographs must…
The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University — with funding from the Jackson County Arts Council — is hosting a free children’s arts series this fall during the Jackson County Farmers Market. “Homegrown FAM: Family Art at the Market”…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:39

Leaf Lookers Gemboree opens Oct. 14

Looking for great fall color? Well, gem and mineral dealers from across the country will be in Macon County Oct. 14-16 for the 22nd annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree at the Macon County Community Building just off U.S. 441 south of…
About 3,000 students from high school marching bands in four states will compete for top honors during the 11th annual Tournament of Champions competition Saturday, Oct. 15, at Western Carolina University. “We are excited and looking forward to hosting one…
The 23rd annual Haywood County Apple Harvest Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, in historic downtown Waynesville. The annual festival, which celebrates the harvest season, features handmade arts and crafts, locally grown apples and…