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Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:39

GOP shouldn’t blame this on Democrats

To the Editor: The Republicans, including our own Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, who have repeatedly stated dislike for the federal government, have closed much of the U.S. government. What is particularly obnoxious about this is that they are blaming Democrats…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:38

Please explain what is so bad about Obamacare

To the Editor: I do so hope that Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, read the Oct. 2 issue of The Smoky Mountain News. The lead story details how much this government shutdown is damaging his own home district economically. I am…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:37

Rep. Meadows is proud of poster boy status

To the editor: In a Sept. 27 CNN article, Congressman Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, was identified as “the architect of the brink” and a member of the “suicide caucus.” Although he’s claiming that the CNN reporter was “sensationalizing” his role in…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:36

Meadows playing up to Tea Party

To the Editor: Regarding a recent op-ed piece by Doug Wingeier on Congressman Meadows, R-Cashiers, and his feigned interest in alleviating hunger in the U.S.: I also have noted a certain disingenuousness about Rep. Meadows in his latest series of…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:35

Shutdown particularly bad for our region

To the Editor: The federal government shutdown is probably the most counter-productive action that Congress could have taken during this recession. Not only will it cost money, but it is harming our economy in so many ways … not to…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:34

The system isn’t broken, it’s fixed

To the Editor: If we hadn’t figured it out by 2008, we should have at least gotten a clue. The congressional and White House phones and emails were jammed with unprecedented pleas from We the People. Not only were the…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:32

Jackson’s new tourism logo is lacking

To the Editor: Neither of the logos considered by the Jackson County TDA convey the proper message for tourism development. Both, per the logo display in a recent edition of The Smoky Mountain News, are lackluster, lack excitement (one being…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:30

‘We have met the enemy, and he is us’

To the Editor: Does John Boehner like what he’s seeing in the mirror these days? Maybe not, but the problem for the nation is that he is too fond of what he sees on his office door: “Speaker of the…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:30

Why is McCrory’s approval rating so high?

To the Editor: Governor Pat McCrory’s approval rating stands at 35 percent. Given the way he’s stuck it to the people of North Carolina, that seems high. Robert Michael Jones Sylva
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:28

Lawmakers in denial about plight of poor

By Dawn Gilchrist-Young Of the 120 or so 12th-graders I teach each year, about two-thirds have jobs outside of school. Of those two-thirds, there is a large number who work 30 to 40 hours a week. Their jobs range from…
The Haywood County Republican Party, siding with a two-time county commission candidate, has submitted a resolution to the county saying it should hire a professional appraisal firm to review all home values.
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:17

Case against alleged cross burner dismissed

The case against a Haywood County teenager charged with felony cross burning was dismissed two weeks ago.
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:15

Bryson wants to get rid of unsightly signs

For years Bryson City has battled gaudy signs, decrepit signs and too many signs, particularly along U.S. 19 coming into town. Until now, it’s never had a legal foot to stand on.
Where heavy-handed fines fail, the Jackson County Health Department is pushing a program to urge negligent drivers to put their child passengers in car seats.
Haywood County will pay more than it anticipated on state-mandated renovations to its jail annex. The county will pay $91,314 to the Monroe-based State Building Group for upgrades to the jail annex. Renovations include setting up a secure fence to…
Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties all reported an increase in lodging tax revenue last fiscal year, compared to the prior year, though in some cases the hike is due to tax increases rather than an increase in travelers.
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:07

Maggie boasts crowded field for town elections

Finances and the future of the festival grounds were front and center at a Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen candidate forum last week. About 30 spectators showed up to hear what the candidates for aldermen had to say. Each candidate…
After a week of paid suspension, Maggie Valley’s town manager and festival director are gone.
Talking to kids is hard enough when life is going fine, but when their parents are going through a divorce or maybe having substance abuse problems, children can clam up. It’s Janet Thatcher’s job to gain their trust.
Acclaimed gospel group The Inspirations will host the Singing in the Smokies fall color festival at 6 p.m. Oct. 17-18 and 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at Inspiration Park in Bryson City. On Thursday, performances include Martin, Squire & Ray Dean,…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 00:00

Smith, Sebens present works of Ron Rash Oct. 19

Actress Barbara Bates Smith and musician Jeff Sebens will showcase the works of author Ron Rash during “A Rash of Stories” at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Waynesville Public Library. The program of varied selections in an informal…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 00:00

The MET Opera live in HD in Highlands

“The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD” will be shown at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. MET opera stars serve as hosts for the HD series, conducting live interviews with cast, crew, and…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 00:00

Cat shelter auction in Sylva

Catman2 will host “The Cat’s Meow Auction” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. The largest no-kill, cats-only shelter and adoption center in Western North Carolina, Catman2 seeks donations from local businesses and…
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 19:46

Clay artist to give demonstrations, talks

Acclaimed clay artist and University of Georgia emeritus faculty member Ron Myers will give demonstrations and talks on the subject of ceramics Oct. 16-17 at Western Carolina University.
The Alash ensemble will hold a special performance featuring the ancient tradition of throat singing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.
Twenty-five top high school marching bands from six states will compete at Western Carolina University’s 13th annual Tournament of Champions invitational at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at E.J. Whitmire Stadium in Cullowhee.
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 19:42

Comedy comes to Bryson City stage

The comedic play “The Dixie Swim Club” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11-12, 18-19 and 21 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 13 and 20 at the Smoky Mountain Community Theatre in Bryson City.
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 00:00

This must be the place

I needed to make an escape. Last Tuesday morning, my cell phone vibrated incessantly on the nightstand. It was 8 a.m., and the sender was my news editor. My eyes creaked open like a rusted cellar door. The message informed…
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 19:37

Cutting through to your passion

Standing in his basement workshop, furniture maker Roy DuVerger looks around the cluttered, dusty space. It may look like chaos to some, but to him, it’s the sign of a busy man doing what he loves.
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 00:00

Church Street at 30

Richard Miller can’t believe the Church Street Art & Craft Show is 30 years old. “I don’t know how it got that old, and I didn’t get any older,” he chuckled. “I can’t figure that out.” Alongside artist Teresa Pennington,…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:45

Wolves have special place in regional lore

I’ve never seen a timber wolf, even though they no doubt once roamed — from time to time — across the little valley west of Bryson City where I reside. Elk have been reintroduced in the Smokies. Based upon the…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:36

Fishing regulations taking effect this week

Beginning Oct. 1, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will implement delayed harvest regulations on 33 trout waters in 18 counties in Western North Carolina.
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:35

Grants available for WNC farmers

With funding from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, WNC AgOptions will give $153,000 to farmers in the western part of the state next year. Farmers looking to expand and diversify their operations have until Dec. 13 to submit an…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:34

WCU probes forensic DNA sequencing

Research at Western Carolina University on DNA sequencing used in crime labs has gotten a $718,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice. Mark Wilson, director of the Forensic Science Program at WCU, has been evaluating new DNA sequencing instrumentation…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:33

Smokies finds its Taiwanese sister park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park has established its first sister park arrangement with Khao Yai National Park in Thailand. Smokies Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson and Khao Yai National Park Superintendent Krissada Homsud signed the arrangement today at a ceremony in…
The Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the recipient of the 2013 Exceptional Environmental Education Program award.
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:30

PARI space facility turns 50

This month, the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the dedication of NASA’s Rosman Satellite Tracking and Data Acquisition Facility. 
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:29

River rodeo makes waves in Dillsboro

The River Rescue Rodeo held on the Tuckasegee River in Dillsboro last weekend attracted a host of paddling teams to test their river rescue skills, including swift-water rescues, throw rope competitions and a knot-tying rodeo.
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:26

Two tons of trash hauled out of Haywood creek

More than 60 volunteers removed 3,740 pounds of trash from Richland Creek in Haywood County Saturday, Sept. 21, during this year’s Big Sweep stream clean up.
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:24

Repercussions of a government shutdown

Freedom may not ring Tuesday. At least not from the Liberty Bell. I know, I know, the bell doesn’t ring any more, but freedom surely emanates from it — at least if it’s open to the public and the way…
Most people who call up Google Earth are hunting a hard-to-find address or scoping out satellite images of their next vacation destination, but the ubiquitous online mapping tool is also proving useful in navigating years of bygone Cherokee civilization.
Jim Harrison is an American phenomenon. Not only has he written more than 30 books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction — the last category includes a fine cookbook, The Raw and the Cooked: Adventures of a Roving Gourmand, and a…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:06

Poetry slam at WCU to feature big-name poet

Slam poetry champion, teacher and coach Matthew Cuban will present a spoken-word workshop at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the Hunter Library at Western Carolina University followed by a reception and performances by Cuban and the WCU Truthwriters at…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:05

Sarge’s Furry Friends benefit in Waynesville

Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation’s 5th annual Furry Friends Benefit Bash will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville.  The evening will feature food and live music. A silent auction will include…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:04

Print studio opens in Dillsboro

The new printing/binding studios of SpeakEasy Press will hold an open house from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at Riverwood Studios in Dillsboro.
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:03

WNC band wins accolades for latest album

Haywood County’s own Balsam Range won album of the year for “Papertown” at the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Awards this past weekend in Raleigh.
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:01

‘Jammin’ at the Millpond’ returns

Jammin’ at the Millpond will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Haywood Community College in Clyde.
Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:59

Mountain Momma

As a kid, everything in my house stopped for the Olympics. From the opening to the closing ceremony, any semblance of normal life was put on hold, and we spent day upon day glued to the games — a big treat…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:58

Weaver honored withs N.C. Heritage Award

Weaver Susan Morgan Leveille, owner of the Oaks Gallery in Dillsboro, was named one of the recipients of the North Carolina Heritage Award.
Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:54

This must be the place

I like to get lost. Though my sense of direction is as strong as a dog’s sense of smell, I purposely wander into destinations unknown. If there’s two ways to a location, I’ll take the one I have yet to…