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Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:02

Tips, help on coping with depression

Ladies Night Out is holding a special follow-up program in Macon County to a March event on overcoming depression and reducing stress.   This program will provide participants with tips and exercises to deal with depression and stress. This special…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:01

Maintenance work to boost economy

Canton’s Evergreen Packaging mill’s is due for major maintenance this spring, bringing more than 1,000 contractors to the area to upgrade the mill. The work is scheduled for the week of May 2, bringing people, and spending, to the Canton…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:01

Golf tournament to feed the hungry

The Pasquale’s Charity Golf Tournament is coming to the Waynesville Golf Resort on Sunday, April 17, to benefit Friends of Meals on Wheels in Haywood County. Registration is at 11 a.m. at Pasquale’s, and tee times start at 12:08 p.m.…
This isn’t the easiest time to be a real estate agent in Jackson and Macon counties, not with the crippled housing market and a customer base that is, in most cases, hard pressed to find the dollars to buy new…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 18:54

New values based on hyperlocal formula

Haywood County’s property revaluation was a massive undertaking: appraisers had to lay eyes on 50,000 properties, from condos to fast-food joints to farms, and judge whether they had gone up or down in value over the past five year. Hundreds…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 18:52

What new property values mean for your taxes

Property owners in Haywood County faced a Catch 22 when their new property values arrived in the mail last week. If your value went up, it’s nice to know the lackluster real estate market didn’t undermine your home’s worth. The…
When Mollie Weaver put her house on the market two weeks ago, she was bracing for the worst. She’d been here before, for two years in fact, when her house languished on the market from 2007 to 2009. “Of course…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 18:47

Jail escapee found in Myrtle Beach

After sprinting out the front door a few weeks ago, an escaped Haywood County inmate is back behind bars. Frank Evans, who gave sheriff’s deputies the slip last month, was captured Myrtle Beach, S.C. and is now in state prison…
The Macon County Special Olympics Games will be held Friday, April 8, at the Macon Middle School track.   Opening ceremonies start at 10 a.m., with words from state and local dignitaries. The Macon County Sheriff’s Office, along with officers…
Waynesville officials have finally signed an agreement with the Junaluska Sanitary District that marries the two entities for 10 more years of water service. The contract had been in talks for several months and formalizes the relationship between the town…
At least three internal reorganizations in just five years have spurred a growing number of faculty members at Western Carolina University to call for changes to what they describe as top-down, heavy-handed decision making. Anger and frustration with the university’s…
Monday, 04 April 2011 16:40

WCU chancellor pick expected Friday

A new chancellor for Western Carolina University will be announced this Friday during the N.C. Board of Governor’s meeting in Chapel Hill, with live streaming of the event to be viewed on campus in Cullowhee. The announcement by UNC system…
At least three internal reorganizations in just five years have spurred a growing number of faculty members at Western Carolina University to call for changes to what they describe as top-down, heavy-handed decision making. Anger and frustration with the university’s…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:46

A blemish by any other name

Systems of mature trees and shrubs are covered with blemishes that signal age: cankers, seams, burls, butt scars, sterile conks, and protrusions in the form of bracket fungi. Cankers are diseases in which lesions caused by a wide range of…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:45

National Park offers fieldtrips for students

Take advantage of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a classroom through the Spring Parks as Classrooms program, running through May 27. The fieldtrips are offered to schools or other groups of at least 15 students. The ranger-led outdoor-education…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:44

Sign up for Lake Logan camps under way

Registration is under way for the Rivercourse Coldwater Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp at Lake Logan Center in Haywood County the week of June 19 - 24. The program is designed to teach the ethics of coldwater conservation to…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:44

Foundation allocates money for 2011 projects

The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation has given $500,000 in funding for projects and programs on the parkway. The projects for 2011 include: • Continued funding of the Parks As Classrooms initiative for next school year: Parks as Classrooms is the…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:43

Learn about benefits of land conservation

Haywood County landowners can learn about conserving their land Monday, April 4, at the Haywood Agricultural Center in Waynesville. The workshop will review how conservation agreements work and why they are beneficial to landowners of rural lands. A conservation easement…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:41

The Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Awards

Through some kind of mix up in the mail, I received a nomination from Wild South’s Roosevelt-Ashe Society for “Outstanding Journalist in Conservation” and an invitation to their 2011 “Green Tie Gala” held last Friday night (March 25) in Asheville.…
Thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail — those hearty souls who attempt the entire 2,170-mile trek from Georgia to Maine from start to finish — will soon be arriving in droves in Western North Carolina. To finish the trail before the…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:37

Poet captures WNC culture in new book

Jackson County resident Thomas Crowe will read from and sign copies of his new collection of poems, Crack Light, at 7 p.m. on April 1 at Grateful Steps Publishing at 159 S. Lexington Ave. (behind and one block over from…
Jennifer Pharr Davis will discuss her book, Becoming Odyssa: Epic Adventures on the Appalachian Trail, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. After graduating from college with a classics degree, Jennifer wasn’t sure what…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:31

Biography recounts the life of a quiet hero

In “Twelfth Night,” Shakespeare wrote: “Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Louis Zamperini certainly was not born great. When he was little more than a toddler, his…
Friends of mine in the Jackson County farming community have launched a joint CSA, which is short for Community Sustained Agriculture, under the name Living Earth Farm Shares CSA. Ron and Cathy Arps, Stephen Beltram and Becca Nestler, Laird and…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:26

The attack of the killer jumping worms

It wiggles nicely on a hook at the end of a fishing line. It also has such a large appetite for decaying vegetation that it can eat its body weight every day, so it’s great for composting. It’s no wonder…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:25

The real costs of energy consumption

To the Editor: Humans need to know that our lives have meaning. Our searches for meaning are labeled religion and philosophy. Often, unforeseen tragedies such as the recent Japan earthquake and tsunami check our progress in these disciplines. Our emotions…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:25

Still no jobs from new GOP leaders

To the Editor: Where are the jobs? The new Republican majority in the North Carolina state legislature promised just that if elected. As of now there have been more than 420 bills introduced, and not a single job created or…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:24

GOP takes hypocrisy to a new low

To the Editor: Hypocrisy is defined as the “condition of a person pretending to be something he is not, especially in the area of morals or religion; a false presentation of belief or feeling.” Mike Huckabee recently described an unmarried…
By Linda Seested-Stanford • Guest columnist In last week’s Smoky Mountain News, coverage of the reorganization of Western Carolina University’s College of Education and Allied Professions (“WCU budget cuts, reorganization trigger controversy,” March 23, Smoky Mountain News, www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/3562) left readers…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:22

Restaurants raise money for AIDS Project

More than 100 restaurants will participate in the Western North Carolina AIDS Project’s annual Dining Out for Life benefit Thursday, April 28. Restaurants in Arden, Black Mountain, Brevard, Flat Rock Hendersonville, Maggie Valley, Saluda, Waynesville, Weaverville and Woodfin will donate…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:22

Judo club moves to rec center

The Waynesville Kodokan Judo Club has moved its classes to the Waynesville Recreation Center. Classes are from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and are offered for adults and children as young as four. Judo club members…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:21

Women’s group to host luncheon

The first 2011 luncheon and business meeting of the Mountain High Republican Women’s Club will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 5, at The Oak Street Cafe, (formerly Cafe of the Arts) on Main Street in Highlands. The…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:21

WCU residence to see improvements

Renovations are set to begin on Harrill Hall, a residence at Western Carolina University, including energy efficiency improvements that would qualify the building for nationally recognized Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. WCU’s board of trustees approved funding…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:20

Bridal show planned in Franklin April 9

A free bridal show is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 9, at the Whistle Stop Mall in Franklin. The event will feature more than 40 vendors from across the region, covering all aspects of the wedding…
A heavy load sky air crane helicopter, one of the world’s largest commercially available helicopters, lifted 15,000 pounds of air conditioning equipment into place at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel this week. The RTU-6 Semco rooftop air handler was installed…
The director of Swain County Department of Social Services has been put on leave with pay following a nearly clean sweep of the DSS board. A newly constituted DSS board placed Director Tammy Cagle on “nondisciplinary investigative status to investigate…
The fight between Swain and Graham counties is growing ever deeper in a dispute marked by lawsuits, counter suits and pleas to the General Assembly over who is entitled to a greater share of payments off the Fontana Dam. The…
A group wanting to build a Hospice house in Macon County to serve the terminally ill in the westernmost counties says it will continue those efforts despite a recent thumb’s down from the state. The N.C. Department of Health and…
For the first time in five decades, the giant cross on Mount Lyn Lowry has fallen dark. The cross has been a nighttime landmark shining over the Balsam Mountains between Waynesville and Sylva since 1965. The cross went dark early…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:13

Landing a hydrogen fuel cell a coup for SCC

Faculty and staff at the Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University in northern California have built a hydrogen fuel cell power box for Southwestern Community Center. Ron Poor received grant funds through the Appalachian Regional Commission to purchase…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:11

Cullowhee could be home to new river park

A group working to beautify and solidify the concept of community in Cullowhee wants to build a riverfront park, tying in to state Department of Transportation plans to replace a bridge over the Tuckasegee River on Old Cullowhee Road in…
Less than a year after opening a new visitor center in downtown Waynesville, the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce learned last week that its funding for the site is on the chopping block by the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority.…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:08

Sylva town board faces vacancy, again

Sylva Commissioner Danny Allen announced he will resign from the town board, but has yet to say when, leaving the rest of the town board in limbo on how — and even whether — it will fill his position. Allen…
In the quagmire that is politics in Maggie Valley, the most recent appointee to the town’s board of aldermen says it’s her lack of agenda that makes her the ideal candidate — and possibly a rarity in a town defined…
A liberal Asheville city council member announced this week he’d run as an Independent in 2012 against U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, potentially eroding Shuler’s Democratic base and making for a tough re-election bid for the three-term congressman. A former…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:57

Boys choir stops off in Franklin

The All-American Boys Chorus will perform at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, at Franklin’s Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Featuring boys ages 8 to 15 from more than 30 cities in Southern California, the chorus is one…
A community old-time music JAMboree is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, at the Fines Creek School in Clyde to raise funds for the Haywood County Arts Council’s Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) afterschool program. A barbecue…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:56

Singing celebration in Bryson City

Join One Step Closer as it celebrates one year of the gospel music ministry at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 at the Bryson City Church of God. The singing and reunion will feature special guests the Barker Family and…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:55

Pisgah chorus features country show

Chorus students at Pisgah High School are gearing up for the annual country show called “Where the Green Grass Grows.” The show will feature group and solo acts from the elite show choir Orion and spring semester chorus classes. A…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:54

4-H hosts talent contests

The annual Heritage Alive Mountain Youth Talent Contest is coming to downtown Sylva on Saturday, April 23, as part of the Greening Up the Mountains Festival. Young artists ages 5 to 18 can showcase their talents in music, dance and…