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Most of the business being done at Perry’s Water Garden these days is selling plants through the wholesale market. But if you are interested in aquatic plants even the tiniest bit whatsoever, it’s well worth a trip over the Cowee…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:54

Roads all about money, power and ethics

To the Editor: The patronage politics of roads, money, power, and ethics in North Carolina is a strange creature. Individual North Carolina Department of Transportation board members may not receive direct compensation (nor anyone related to them to the first…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:53

Safety is primary concern for SCC

To the Editor: It is with astonishment that I have been following the flurry of recent articles in the newspapers detailing Jackson County commissioner chair Jack Debnam’s one-man crusade against building an access road on the Southwestern Community College campus.…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:52

GOP-led legislature did some good work

To the Editor, We North Carolinians are very fortunate people. Our Republican majority state legislature had the courage to make the necessary cuts in the state budget to close a $2.5 billion deficit. By reducing spending by more than $1…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:51

What does Harvard know about milk, anyway?

You’ve probably seen the ads. Some famous face sports a white “milk mustache” and encourages you to drink more milk. Everyone from Shaquille O’Neal to Taylor Swift to Martha Stewart. Celebrity endorsements might be enough to convince some people to…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:50

Swain DSS director fired, lodges appeal

Tammy Cagle, once the leader of the Swain County Department of Social Services, has been given the ax by the department’s board of directors. Cagle, however, is fighting the decision. She’s appealed to the board, who handed down the decision…
When Sam Greenwood retired as Macon County’s manager and almost immediately accepted the same position for the town of Franklin in March of 2008, he made sure everyone clearly understood that his time there was limited. Greenwood wanted to help…
When construction on the lofty Clarion Inn started in 2008, the town of Sylva thought it was finally going to get a recognizable name-brand hotel to help attract visitors and commerce. Three years later, and the Clarion Inn is instead…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:42

Sylva police packed in like sardines

Just stepping inside the Sylva Police Department gives a person an immediate understanding of why Chief Davis Woodard is pushing so hard for a new building. The department’s 14 officers, with one more being hired soon, and its three auxiliary…
For the second time in as many months, strong winds ripped part of the roof off the school library, known as the media center, at Smoky Mountain High School in Jackson County. Repairs are estimated at more than $700,000, Associate…
Easing congestion on N.C. 107 and general economic development issues look to shape the context of Sylva’s upcoming municipal elections. Three commissioner positions are open. Two landed in their seats via appointments instead of election by voters: Harold Hensley and…
Seventy-six years ago, Harry Martin decided he wanted to become a lawyer. He was 15, and knew little to nothing about the law. Or about being a lawyer, for that matter. If your mental math is swift, you’ll know that…
Public health officials have reported that a child in Macon County has contracted LaCrosse Viral Encephalitis, a potentially serious illness carried and transmitted by mosquitoes. While other mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus are found across the state, LaCrosse…
Haywood Habitat for Humanity is holding an open enrollment through July for prospective new-home partner families. Applicants interested in purchasing a Habitat house must meet the following criteria: resident of Haywood County, income of $20,400 to $30,120 and a good…
A program exploring the history of Lake Juanluska and its influence on Haywood County will be held at 9:30 a.m. on July 11 at the Bethea Welcome Center. The Junaluska Woman’s Club will host the talk by Ernestine Upchurch called…
The Jackson Paper Manufacturing Company has awarded a $500 scholarship to Candace Erin Ridley, a Smoky Mountain High School graduate whose father works at Jackson Paper. This fall, Ridley will enter Southwestern Community College, where she is enrolled in the…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:33

Patient appreciation party for Smoky OB/GYN

Smoky Mountain OB/GYN will hold a patient appreciation day from 1 until 4 p.m. Saturday, July 9. All past, present and future patients are encouraged to attend. There will be a magician, face painting, watermelon, a cakewalk, balloons and refreshments.…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:33

Jackson to sell items from old library

The Jackson County Public Library will hold a “yard sale” on Saturday, July 9, from 8 a.m. until noon inside the old library. Items in the sale include free-standing bookshelves, chairs, tables, desks, filing cabinets and some miscellaneous items from…
Cackleberry Mountain’s yearly charitable campaign has returned, and through it, you can purchase a raffle ticket for $3 to benefit The Good Samaritan Clinic of Haywood County, a nonprofit medical clinic serving adults in Haywood County. The clinic provides life-changing…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:31

MedWest foundation names new director

Steve Brown, the former head of the Haywood County Schools Foundation, has been named the director of foundations for three hospitals under MedWest Health System in Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties. Brown said he is excited about the opportunity to…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:31

Dowling appointed to HCC trustees

Patsy Dowling, the executive director of Mountain Projects, has been appointed to serve on the Haywood Community College Board of Trustees. Dowling was appointed to the HCC board last week by Haywood County commissioners. She is one of 12 college…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:30

College, schools in Haywood collaborate

Haywood Community College and Haywood County Schools have signed an agreement between the schools that will give high school students credit at HCC for certain courses. More than 35 courses are included in the agreement, which will be recognized by…
Two years after its last major shakeup, the entire Canton town board is up for election again, though this time, many aldermen are intent on keeping their seats. In the last election, three new members swept into power from a…
Rarely is there a lull in political turmoil in Maggie Valley, and this summer is no exception. With election filing only a few days away, Mayor Roger McElroy’s seat will again be up for grabs, as will the spots of…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:28

Waynesville alderwoman won’t run again

In Waynesville, it’s time again for a town board election, marking the end of four-year terms for both the mayor and all four aldermen. The election will be particularly critical with the impending retirement of longtime Town Manager Lee Galloway…
Republican lawmakers have pulled the plug on the state’s landslide mapping unit, terminating a controversial project to assess which slopes in the mountains are landslide prone. A team of five state geologists working on the maps are being laid-off this…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:23

City Lights hosts summer events

On the second Mondays of the month, City Lights Bookstore in Sylva hosts the Sylva Monday Mingle with free appetizers, free massage and free tastings in the café from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The third Mondays of the month are…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:22

Call on your creativity at family workshops

There will be four different Family Clay Day workshops on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning July 8 at Southwestern Community College’s Swain Center. In the July 8 workshop, participants will create Dr. Seuss Houses. On July 15,…
The Art League of the Smokies will meet at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, at the Swain County Center for the Arts. A DVD with Tom Lynch titled “Secrets of Painting on Watercolor Canvas” will be shown to exhibit…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:21

An evening of folklore with Lee Knight

As part of a summer series of music, Lee Knight will visit the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City for an evening of traditional music and storytelling at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 30.   Raised in the Adirondack Mountains…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:20

Mountain artisans display their crafts

Mountain Artisans Arts and Crafts Show will be at Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 2 and 3. William H. Roy from Macon County will be at the show to unveil his Uncle Sam…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:19

Music fest to fund animal rescue

The 3rd Annual Steve Whiddon Music Fest will be at 6 p.m. on July 8 at the Grandview Lodge. The proceeds from this event will benefit the four animal non-profit agencies in Haywood County, Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation, Save the…
Galleries in Sylva and Waynesville will stay open late this Friday, July 1, for evening art walks held the first Friday of the month. This month in Sylva, the Hallway Gallery will feature fresh paintings of blooming rhododendrons representing late…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:18

Author shines light on his family history

Robert L. Shook will be signing his novel A Journey in Courage from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Monday, July 4, at Books Unlimited in Franklin. Based on the true story of Shook’s ancestors, the book captures the incredible…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:17

Cradle of Forestry kicks off summer series

Laura Boosinger will begin the 2011 Songcatchers Music series at the Cradle of Forestry at 6 p.m. on July 3. Also performing will be the local old-time music trio Galloway, Gordon and Hudson. Boosinger’s music focuses on the interpretation of…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:16

Wine Seller hosts singer-songwriter

Jaime Lauren Webb, a singer-songwriter, will be performing from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, July 1, at the Wine Seller in downtown Waynesville. She will be performing with her banjo, ukulele, harmonica, and harp. Jarred Teague will also be…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:16

New library gets boost with books

The Friends of the Library Used Book Store in Jackson County received a large donation of books that includes some historical fiction books and many non-fiction history books. The books deal with U.S. history, military history, the Civil War and…
Local author Barbara Dumas Ballew will be available to sign copies of her novel, George’s Creek to Georgia, July 1 and 2, at the Smoky Mountain Firecracker Fest in Franklin. George’s Creek to Georgia is a journey through four generations…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:11

Feelin' like the Fourth

There is no shortage of festivals and special events planned for the extended July 4 weekend. Mountain communities are going all out to make sure that locals and visitors alike will have plenty to do. So whether your idea of…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:15

Blundering upon a Smokies icon

I’ve always been interested in the processes by which we discover things. Being a naturalist, I’m most interested in the processes by which entities like birds, plants, special places, etc., are located. I’m a firm believer that preparation generally pays…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:13

Bryson City heats up with Firecracker 5K

The annual Firecracker 5K sponsored by the Bryson City Rotary Club is set for Monday, July 4, in conjunction with downtown festivities scheduled for later that day. The race will begin at 8 a.m. with registration starting at 6:45 a.m.…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:13

Appalachians stories of conservation

Stories of Appalachian conservation by a native son and award-winning storyteller Gary Carden will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 30, in Highlands. The program is hosted by the Highlands Biological Foundation as part of the “Think About Thursdays”…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:13

Children’s trout program

A raising trout class will be held Saturday, June 25, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for ages 4 to 7. The event will cover the ins and outs of the Bobby N. Setzer trout hatchery operations, plus kids can…
On Friday, July 1, a Women’s Introduction to Fly Fishing class will be presented from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., covering equipment, knots, casting techniques and aquatic entomology.  Equipment and materials provided. The program is free and open to ages…
The Canary Coalition will hold its annual membership meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30, in Sylva. All members of the public interested in grassroots action to further this cause are invited. There will be a general discussion…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:11

Bear activity increases in national forest

The U.S. Forest Service is warning hikers and campers that there has been an increase in black bear encounters in the vicinity of Graveyard Fields on the Pisgah Ranger District. There have also been reports of increased bear activity around North Mills River and Wash…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:10

Learn to identify hunters of the sky

“Hunters of the Sky,” a program featuring live birds of prey, will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, at the Village Commons at the Crossroads in Cashiers. The program, by Michael Skinner of Balsam Mountain Trust, is…
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominees for its annual Lawrence G. Diedrick Small Game Award, given to an individual and an organization whose actions significantly and positively impact North Carolina’s small game populations, including Northern bobwhite, ruffed grouse,…
Fifth graders at Clyde Elementary school worked with Haywood Waterways Association to stencil storm drains in their school campus parking lot this month. The drains now provide the message that the water that flows into them goes straight into the…
The Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River will hold its annual summer meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 27, at Monteith Farmstead Park in Dillsboro. Anyone interested in water quality is welcome. The meeting will include an overview of…