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Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:26

Bates tells cancer story

Grace Church in the Mountains will present Barbara Bates Smith in “The C Word: Her Own Cancer Story,” at 3 p.m. on Sept. 24. “The C Word” is the frank, humorous and poignant story of her own diagnosis while playing…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:25

Mark summer’s end with free concert, picnic

The Friends of Panthertown will host a picnic and concert from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, on the lawn of The Village Green in Cashiers. The picnic and jazz concert are free and will feature Maggie and…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:24

Grammy winner returns to Cataloochee Ranch

Grammy-award winner Laurie Lewis will give an after-dinner performance on Sunday evening, Sept. 25, at Cataloochee Ranch. The cost of the evening event, which includes dinner with beverage and dessert, is $40 per person, or $20 per person without dinner.…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:24

HART to hold auditions for ‘Ah Wilderness!’

The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its production of Eugene O’Neil’s comedy “Ah Wilderness!” at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, Sept. 25 and 26, in the Feichter Studio of the HART Theatre in Waynesville. The production…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:18

Sculpting demonstration

Painter-sculptor M.L. Carpenter will present a demonstration in sculpture on Monday, Sept. 26, for the Art League of Highlands at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. A social begins at 5 p.m. where participants will have a chance to meet the…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:17

Country Memories brings music to library

The musicians of Country Memories will play at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Jackson County Public Library in downtown Sylva. Country Memories is a sextet consisting of guitar, banjo, fiddle, and autoharp. The group, made up of…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:16

Art contest on what it means to be Native

Contemporary Native American Life is the theme of an art competition sponsored by Western Carolina University, Southwestern Community College and the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts in Cherokee. The contest is meant to encourage emerging artists as well as to…
A series of historic Haywood County photographs will be on display at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre (HART) gallery from Sept. 22 -Nov. 20.   The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, is called “Haywood County Works: …
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:10

Celebrate history at Mountain Heritage Day

The traditional folk ways of the Southern Appalachian Mountains will take center stage as Western Carolina University presents the 37th annual Mountain Heritage Day on Saturday, Sept. 24. The fall festival will feature a variety of arts and crafts, music,…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:51

CuRvE wants to build on WCU’s strengths

The article about the Western Carolina University Strategic Planning Commission caught the attention of the Cullowhee Revitalization Endeavor (CuRvE), a community organization whose mission is to “facilitate the beautification and revitalization of the downtown Cullowhee area extending along Old Cullowhee…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:51

Attacks on Tea Party inaccurate

To the Editor: The gangland-style, fist pounding threat to “take out the sons of b_____s shouted by union leader Jimmy Hoffa Jr.  is just the latest in a string of name-calling aimed at the Tea Party by Democrat leaders. Mind…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:50

Do we really want leaders like this?

To the Editor: At the Republican presidential debate on Sept. 12, the moderator posed a hypothetical question to Representative Ron Paul. “What do you tell a guy who is sick, goes into a coma and doesn’t have health insurance? Who…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:49

Bothwell supports health care for all

To the Editor: Last March, I realized everyone’s worst nightmare when a doctor diagnosed my 44-year-old husband, Ben, with a rectal tumor. Ben had no risk factors. We were stunned and heartbroken. Within two weeks of treatment, we had met…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:49

New Franklin Wal-Mart is a blight on landscape

To the Editor: Last week I had the great misfortune of seeing first-hand the results of wanton destruction of acres of formerly pristine Macon County woodlands all in the name of the Super Wal-Mart now under construction.  If this is…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:48

Is our region a threat or an opportunity?

To the Editor: It was exciting last week to read of Western Carolina University’s move to re-open its strategic planning process under its new chancellor. The university and the region certainly have an opportunity here. Beginning with an assessment of strengths, weaknesses,…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:48

Rep. Haire votes against same-sex ban

To the Editor: Recently my office received more than 125 written requests from Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties requesting that I oppose SB 514, the Defense of Marriage Bill. Because of this large number, it would not be feasible to reply…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:46

WCU’s future important for entire region

Once you hit the Haywood County line after heading west on Interstate 40 out of Asheville, Western Carolina University is the acknowledged cultural focal point for all the remaining seven counties in this southwestern corner of our great state. We…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:45

Clip your way to savings

Interested in saving money? The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department is offering a coupon class. Nicole Chouinard will teach the class, which will take place at the Old Armory Recreation Center at 44 Boundary St. in Waynesville. The classes will…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:45

I-40 lane closure forces detour through Canton

Work on a the exit 33 bridge in Canton on Interstate 40 will cause night lane closures next week from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, to Wednesday, Sept. 28 for westbound lanes. To follow the alternate…
A public hearing to discuss the White Oak Landfill’s future In Haywood County was little more than a formality this week, with only one person standing up to question the plan. Haywood County has been in talks with Tennessee company…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:43

Mountain BizWorks to close Sylva field office

You know economic times are tough when the business that helps other businesses thrive shuts its doors, too. The Mountain BizWorks office in Sylva, which serves would-be entrepreneurs and other small business owners in the state’s seven westernmost counties, will…
Organizers of the World Freestyle Kayaking Championship in 2013 have a short-term fix for getting telecommunication capabilities into the Nantahala Gorge, but have yet to find a long-term solution for business owners and residents there. BalsamWest FiberNet, a company jointly…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:40

Bark In the Park to be held in Cullowhee

The annual Bark in the Park will be held Sunday, Oct. 2, from 1-5 p.m. at the Jackson County Recreation Complex in Cullowhee. Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association and the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department are sponsoring this event…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:39

Help women in need by riding your bike

A motorcycle ride and concert to help benefit Haywood Regional Medical Center Foundation and the Power of Pink is set for Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Festival Grounds in Maggie Valley. The ride will depart from the Festival Grounds at…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:39

Protect your pets against rabies

If you have pets that need a rabies vaccination, mark your calendars for the week of Sept. 26-30. This has been a busy year for rabies in Haywood County. In June and July, four cases of rabies were reported in…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:38

Republican women hold inaugural meeting

A new tri-county Republican’s women’s organization will hold its first meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Iron Skillet Restaurant in Bryson City. Brunch will be at 10 a.m., and the meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m.…
For the second time this year, a Maggie Valley alderman is resigning from his seat, leaving it up to the rest of the board to pick a replacement. But in what appears to be an about-face from the process used…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:36

The greatest show in town?

Watching the sausage being made at local government meetings isn’t most people’s idea of high entertainment … or low entertainment, or entertainment of any kind of all, for that matter. Outside of the occasional spat between elected board members or,…
Getting a kidney dialysis center in Franklin grew more likely last week after a state committee agreed Macon County had demonstrated a tangible need for such a facility. With a county population older than that of many surrounding communities, an…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:35

Focusing on dementia

Developing empathy and understanding what it’s like for someone to have Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia prompted “the virtual dementia tour.” The tour is for family caregivers and others interested; the multi-sensory experience is free of charge, available…
A $250,000 gift from Mission Health System will provide financial assistance to students from Western North Carolina who want to study in health-related programs at Western Carolina University. Mission Health System will provide $50,000 annually over the next five years…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:34

Raise Your Hand against AIDS at fundraiser

Raise Your Hand 2011, a fundraiser for the Western North Carolina Aids Project, will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Doubletree Hotel in Biltmore. From 6 to 8 p.m., a silent and live auction will be…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:33

Public asked to weigh in on road projects

Care about what new roads should be built or which existing ones should be widened or redesigned? Or perhaps the bigger question when it comes to some of the region’s controversial roads, which ones should be nixed? Here’s your chance…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:31

Magistrate cuts cause consternation for cops

A state plan to eliminate a part-time magistrate in Highlands is being roundly condemned — and resisted — by Macon County law enforcement leaders and government officials. Slashing the positions in the name of savings has been likened to a…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:27

Same-sex marriage heads to the ballot

Next spring, voters in North Carolina will voice their opinions on gay marriage when a constitutional amendment banning the practice will appear on the spring primary ballot. The question isn’t whether gay marriage should be allowed; it’s already outlawed in…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:22

It should not be so in America

Editor’s note: North Carolina legislators have voted to place a proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage on the ballot in the May 2012 primary (see related story). The Smoky Mountain News asked Marilyn Jody, a professor emeritus at Western…
A 12-acre empty tract beside Super Wal-Mart in Waynesville has sold for $3.5 million, slated for a Michael’s craft store, Pet Smart and new location for Belk department store. Belk will move from beside Ingle’s grocery store to the, much…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:42

South Main makeover: Let the brainstorming begin

When new bikers show up for his weekly ride in Waynesville, Cecil Yount pulls out all the stops: a riveting trip through town to Super Wal-Mart and back. While lacking in scenery, Yount is sending a message to the cyclists…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:41

Waynesville Rec Center to close temporarily

The Waynesville Recreation Center will be closed for routine maintenance work through Sept. 18. The center will reopen on Sept. 19 at 5 a.m. The pool will be closed through Sept. 25. The lap pool will reopen Sept. 26 at…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:39

Prepare for flu season with vaccine

MedWest Haywood Home Care Services will offer flu shots at the Home Care building from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday on a first-come, first-served, walk-in basis. No appointment is necessary. The Home Care building is located directly…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:39

Waynesville calls for street adopters

The Town of Waynesville is asking residents and businesses to take part in the Adopt-A-Street program. Volunteers can choose a street in town and be responsible for picking up litter on that street. For their efforts, a street sign is…
Phil Drake acknowledges that he has two kinds of enterprises. There are those launched or purchased for strategic business reasons; others he owns to ensure family members in Macon County have places to work. Drake has a lot of family,…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:35

Diversity week at WCU

The 12th annual Diversity Week will take place at Western Carolina University Sept. 18-24. A series of events, designed to help the university become a more inclusive community, include a picnic, speakers and Mountain Heritage Day. An International Day of…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:34

Constitution Day this Saturday

Readings by local residents of the U.S. Constitution will take place Sept. 17 in Maggie Valley, Cashiers and Cherokee.   This is part of a nationwide effort to revitalize civic culture. The event in Cashiers begins at 11 a.m. at…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:34

Matthews to share 9/11 experience

The Rev. Dan Mathews will share his experience of being in New York during the 9/11 attacks 10 years ago during a Live and Learn event on at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. The program will be in the Reynolds…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:33

Truck turnarounds slated for U.S. 64

A workshop on a plan to build truck turn-around locations and information stations on U.S. 64 between Franklin and Highlands in Macon County will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Cullasaja Gorge Rescue…
Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel and Casino towers over the landscape in Cherokee, its three hotel towers only surpassed in height by the mountains providing its backdrop. The polished product it offers patrons — legal gambling in a refined setting with a…
A 36-member commission charged with developing a new strategic plan for Western Carolina University is on a tight timeline: Chancellor David Belcher wants the guiding document in the board of trustees’ hands next June. The commission, a mix of university…
Macon County commissioners decided last week to try to buy the old Cartoogechaye School, raze it and build two ball fields on the site. County Manager Jack Horton called a special board meeting last Friday after realizing the possibility of…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:17

Town manager forced out in Sylva

Sylva leaders this week demanded their town manager resign, just more than two years after she was hired. “This was not my decision,” Adrienne Isenhower, now Sylva’s former town manager, told The Smoky Mountain News on Tuesday. Isenhower resigned Monday…