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When I was a teenager, I became addicted to a late-night horror movie host named Bestoink Dooley. Based in Atlanta, Bistoink came on at midnight, and I can still see his stark-white face and his silly grin, complete with bloody…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:08

Don’t cut Postal Service jobs prematurely

Editor’s note: Rep. Health Shuler wrote this letter to U.S. Postmaster Pat Donahoe to express his concern for potential job cuts at the Postal Service. I write to express my concern for and opposition to plans being discussed by the…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:08

Cashiers Leaf Festival was huge success

To the Editor On behalf of the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association we would like to thank everyone who contributed to the 2011 Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival. The Festival, held on Oct.7-9 once again brought thousands of visitors and tourists…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:07

Let Duke know rate hike request is too much

To the Editor: Duke Energy has applied to the N.C. Utilities Commission for yet another rate increase in an attempt to force ratepayers to finance the cost over-runs of their ongoing construction on the new, un-needed coal-burning power plant at…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:06

SMN needs to practice balanced journalism

To the Editor: I was born and raised in Cashiers and have always disliked the phrase “country come to town.” Unfortunately that is the exact phrase that came to mind as I read Scott McLeod’s column “Pope is pulling the…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:00

The killer is among us, and she is Tuppence

When I moved to Sylva from Bryson City, two dogs stayed and three cats came with me. These are Edgar — I’ve written winningly about him before — and two calicos, Agatha and Tuppence. That’s a lot of cats. But…
The Occupy Wall Street movement is leaderless, somewhat vague and lacking vision. Still, people are joining in growing numbers around the world in spite of the fact that the movement is flawed in so many very fundamental ways. And I…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:54

Sunburst Trout opens Waynesville location

Sunburst Trout Farm has opened a retail location in downtown Waynesville, offering a convenient spot to pick up local trout products without driving out to the farm itself. “This has been an idea we have had for many years, but…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:54

WCU ranked among best for business

The Princeton Review has named Western Carolina University’s College of Business one of the top business schools in the country. The annual ranking received high marks for its master’s degree in business administration and finance and management preparation. “These accolades…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:53

MedWest focuses on fall prevention

Programs at the Osteoporosis Center at MedWest-Haywood already promote the prevention, detection and treatment of osteoporosis, but the doctors at the center want to do more. They want to identify people who are at risk for falling, which can lead…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:53

Nominate volunteers for citizenship award

Duke Energy and the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce is looking for nominees for its Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award, which honors volunteers. Nominees should be individuals or groups who make a difference in their community or workplace by…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:50

Barking dogs spark pleas for ordinance change

Residents in a Cashiers subdivision weary of incessant dog barking called on county commissioners this week to help them find some peace and quiet. “For the past six years, our community has had to deal with a kennel of dogs…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:49

Jackson nixes consumption of booze at library

Jackson County commissioners won’t allow alcohol to be served during private functions at the newly renovated historic courthouse and library. Library supporters have been marketing the venue as an ideal spot for receptions, weddings and other functions as a way…
Suitcase in hand, freshman Jared Conrad was ready to move into his box and prepare for the night to come. The day was plagued with off and on rain — a concern for Conrad and other Tuscola High School students who…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:47

Mark your calendars, Catamounts!

Western Carolina University is holding its “Forever a Catamount”-themed homecoming Oct. 21 thru 23. FRIDAY • The annual Alumni Scholarship Homecoming Golf Tournament at 11 a.m. at Sequoyah National Golf Club in Whittier. It costs $85 per person. • Professor…
The Town of Waynesville might join the 60 percent of local governments in North Carolina that have adopted a formal business incentive policy. Mayor Gavin Brown introduced the notion of a policy at last week’s town board meeting. He suggested…
The Waynesville town board has hired a search firm to help with its hunt for a new town manager. The board hired Developmental Associates LLC to coordinate the search, which will cost between $15,000 and $20,000. Town Manager Lee Galloway…
The Haywood County plans to renovate the formers Bargains building on Russ Avenue near K-Mart to house Haywood County Board of Elections, an adult day care program, a wellness center, additional office space and warehouse storage space. The county commissioners…
Macon County commissioners will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, to discuss regulations on earth moving proposed by the county’s planning board. A vote on the guidelines probably won’t take place then, County Manager Jack Horton…
Macon County will postpone a countywide reassessment of property values from 2013 until 2015. County Tax Assessor Richard Lightner recommended waiting because of lackluster sales: there simply hasn’t been enough property changing hands to provide a baseline for the going…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:40

Jackson County’s “other” bookstore

Here, by the side of U.S. 74 as you start up the Balsams after leaving Sylva, isn’t exactly the place you’d expect to stumble onto a bookstore with some 20,000 volumes of select, vintage books. A photography shop bookends one…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:39

Jiu Jitsu legend to offer seminar

A member of the world-famous fighting family, the Gracies of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will be offering a seminar in the fighting style that launched the MMA/UFC phenomena.   Royler Gracie, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and mixed martial arts world…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:38

Ronald Reagan dinner and dance

The late President Ronald Reagan was born 100 years ago this year, and Republicans in Swain, Graham and Jackson counties have decided to celebrate his life this Saturday, Oct. 22, beginning at 6 p.m. There will be a covered dish/pot…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:38

Learn good guard techniques

Girls on Guard will be offered from 9 a.m. until noon this Saturday, Oct. 22, on Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus. This presentation covers date rape scenarios and attacks perpetrated by acquaintances. Participants will learn tactics and techniques to defend…
There’s still no reprieve in sight for WRGC, Sylva’s radio station and a five-decade community mainstay for local weather, news and more. The station, broadcasting at 680 AM, went off the air at the end of August. Gary Ayers, a…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:34

Table is set for Sylva town election

This November, Sylva residents will elect three commissioners, deciding who will control the majority on that five-member board. All three incumbents are running for re-election, plus two challengers. In the next four years, it’s likely that Sylva’s chosen leaders will…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:32

Collective discontent bonds candidates

Three candidates running for the Maggie Valley town board with a similar message have buddied up in the campaign and chosen to run as a slate. They claim the current town leaders discourage new ideas and fail to bring residents…
Waning tourism in Maggie Valley and what to do about it is dominating the town’s election this fall. Four people are running for two seats on the town board, and there is also a contested race for mayor. A slate…
Crafting cornhusk dolls is a far cry from mass-producing blue surgical drapes, but one local non-profit made that leap in a matter of about four years. Today Haywood Vocational Opportunities LLC employs 365 people — more than a third of whom…
The medical community in Western North Carolina is embroiled in a debate over Mission Hospital — should its influence and reach be reined in or given the freedom it needs to serves as the region’s health care leader? A state…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:26

State auditor to speak at Democratic rally

The Haywood Democratic Party will hold its annual Fall Rally Saturday, Oct. 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with State Auditor Beth Wood serving as guest speaker. The event will take place at the Canton Armory, 71 Penland Street,…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:24

‘Occupy’ movement moves into Sylva

“Occupy Sylva” on Saturday looked and sounded a lot like a Democratic-party function, but with a twist. The message wasn’t necessarily about voting Democratic, though speakers, particularly political office holders, certainly worked that wish into speeches when their moments came…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:22

Do-over of room tax hike in Jackson

Jackson County commissioners likely erred two weeks ago when they voted to double the county’s tax on overnight lodging: they failed to hold a public hearing first. Commissioners were forced to rescind their vote, and will now hold a public…
The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University will host a reception for an exhibit from the collection of Rob and Leigh Anne Young from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. An interview with art collector Rob Young will…
Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing Education will offer adult (18 years and older) blacksmithing classes this fall and winter in cooperation with the Jackson County Green Energy Park. • “Introduction to Coal Forging,” 2:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, and…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:24

Artists sought for garden art exhibit

The Haywood County Arts Council is joining with the Haywood County Master Gardener Volunteer Association for an exhibit in April 2012 to feature various mediums of art representing gardens to be featured on the Master Gardener Volunteer Association’s June 2012…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:23

Learn the papermaking process Oct. 25

Hendersonville resident Stefanie Kompathoum will offer a workshop on how to make handmade paper at the Jackson County Public Library Complex at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25. The program will take place in the building’s Atrium, just inside the…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:23

Crowe presents his first childrens’ book

The Jackson County Public Library will host a special evening storytime for children at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Storytime Room. The event will feature Thomas Rain Crowe reading from his new book for children, entitled The Wake Up…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:22

Ready for a night of terror?

Starting on Oct. 21, a spooky Haunted Trail will be set up at the Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee. The last night of the Haunted Trail is Halloween, Oct. 31. Tickets are $10 a person and children 12 and under…
The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China will perform at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium at 4 p.m. on Oct 23. Direct from Beijing, this company of 35 performers is known for its stunning displays of the best in…
Comedian Bo Burnham will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. Burnham rose to fame in 2006 — while still in high school — after posting…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:19

‘Arc’toberfest fundraiser scheduled

The Arc of Haywood County’s third annual “Arc”toberfest will be held from 7-11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Gateway Club in Waynesville. The $50 per person ticket includes music, dancing and heavy hors d’oeuvres. The event provides The…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:17

Guild craft fair returns to WNC Oct. 20-23

The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands has set the standard for fine craft shows across the country since its first year in 1948. The tradition continues this year on Oct 20-23 in Asheville. More than 200 craftspeople fill two…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:16

Pumpkinfest serves up fall variety Oct. 22

Historic Downtown Franklin is gearing up for the 15th Annual Pumpkinfest to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22. During this event you can take part in some traditional and some very non-traditional fall festivities.…
The vibrant hues of autumn come to life Saturday, Oct. 22, at the third annual “ColorFest, Art of the Blue Ridge” showcase. ColorFest transforms downtown Sylva into a Paris-like setting with artists painting at easels along Main Street surrounded by…
Western Carolina University will host a screening of the movie “The King’s Speech” followed by a discussion focusing on stuttering, including treatment, self-help groups and other resources for people who stutter and their families, on Sunday, Oct. 23. The Department…
The author of the newly released second edition of Stuttering Intervention: A Collaborative Journey to Fluency Freedom admits that his tome is a textbook for students in communication sciences and disorders and a reference work for speech-language pathologists. But to…
The war in the Smokies proved to be … a curious conjunction of terrain, history, politics, and culture ... a tragic division of loyalties … a brutal partisan conflict where men left homes and wives and children and trekked north…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:46

Fishers to converge on reservation for prizes

Time to get those lines wet, via the Rumble in the Rhododendron in Cherokee coming up Oct. 21-23. The cost is $225 per fly-fishing team. “Fips Mouche” rules for two-person teams apply. Additionally, there will be a separate casting competition.…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:45

Learn fly-fishing basics from an expert

Fly fishermen are passing on their craft with a series of how-to classes in Sylva. Members of the Tuckaseigee Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold basic fly fishing courses from 6 to 8 p.m. the first and second Thursdays of…