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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…
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…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 04:51

Cochran retains sheriff’s seat

In Swain County, incumbent Republican Sheriff Curtis Cochran successfully fended off challenger John Ensley. Cochran has faced several controversies in the preceding four-year term, his first in law enforcement. He has weathered well-publicized rows with county commissioners, including a discrimination…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 04:50

Democrats retain power on Swain board

Swain County will spend the next four years with an all-Democrat board of commissioners after all the incumbents running for office held onto their seats and Donnie Dixon and Robert White scooped up the two open spots. Neither current chairman…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 04:49

Queen ousted in GOP takeover of state Senate

Incumbent Joe Sam Queen (D-Waynesville) lost his state Senate seat to fresh-faced Republican challenger Ralph Hise, making Hise the youngest North Carolina senator and adding another member to the now-Republican majority in that chamber. This is just the latest in…
A hard-hitting campaign, coupled with a surging Republican tide helped Jim Davis claim the state’s 50th District Senate seat on Tuesday. Davis, a Macon County resident, beat incumbent state Sen. John Snow, a Cherokee County Democrat. If unofficial election night…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 04:11

Suttles keeps Haywood sheriff’s job

Haywood County’s Bobby Suttles won his first election for the sheriff’s seat he has held since 2008, beating Republican challenger Bill Wilke by only 7 percent. Suttles won 20 of the 29 precincts, with Wilke taking most of the county’s…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 04:10

Democrats buck trend in Haywood

Democrats claimed victory in all three open commissioner seats in Haywood County, with incumbents Kirk Kirkpatrick and Bill Upton keeping their spots on the board. Newcomer Michael Sorrells took the chair left vacant by Skeeter Curtis, who did not seek…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 04:09

Shuler keeps House seat

Despite an overwhelming Republican landslide in the 2010 congressional election, Rep. Heath Shuler (D-Waynesville) beat back challenger Jeff Miller of Hendersonville in the 11th District to win this third term in Congress. Shuler, however, who had much more money than…
One new face — Republican Ron Haven — will be on the Macon County Board of Commissioners if unofficial voting results from Tuesday night hold. Incumbent Bob Simpson, a Democrat, lost his seat as 53 percent of Macon County voters…
Macon County Sheriff Robert “Robby” Holland, a Republican, has won another term in office — his third — by beating back challenger George Lynch, a Democrat. Holland and Lynch ran relatively mud-free campaigns that focused on their respective strengths as…
A monumental judge’s election to fill three 30th District Court seats in Western North Carolina has ended after a clean, tightly-contested election. When the dust settled three new judges were seated — Donna Forga, Kristina Earwood and Roy Wijewickrama. Forga’s…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 04:03

Ashe handily returns as Jackson County sheriff

Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe won his third term in office Tuesday, easily beating back a challenge from political newcomer Mary Rock. Ashe, 51, a Democrat, has been in law enforcement for 29 years. He started in 1981 as a…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 04:02

Allen holds her own against incumbent Haire

State Rep. Phil Haire (D-Jackson) fought off a surprisingly strong challenge from fellow Jackson County resident Dodie Allen to retain his hold on the 119th State House District. Rep. Haire, 74, is a Sylva attorney who has served in the…
Jackson County voters upended the board of commissioners Tuesday, calling an abrupt end to progressive land-development regulations that had set this county apart from all others in far Western North Carolina. The dismantling of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 03:59

Dead man gets a ‘My Vote Counted’ sticker

From the we-really-couldn’t-make-this-stuff-up file, election workers in Jackson County didn’t bat an eye when a woman this election cycle brought her dead husband along to vote. Lisa Lovedahl-Lehman, director of the Jackson County Board of Elections, said the sadly mistaken…
The Haywood County Tourism Board was hoping for a 15 percent increase in occupancy tax collection this August, but what it saw was a 20 percent decline. “The August numbers aren’t good,” said Lynn Collins, director of the tourism agency.…
Although work has barely begun, the replacement of Park Street Bridge in Canton has already hit a delay. The project was previously slated for completion on Nov. 5, 2012, but the date has been pushed back to Dec. 1. The…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 12:41

Craft brewery hops into Frog Level

Just beyond the large glass doors and computer paper “Coming Soon” signs, Clark Williams is filling kegs with his flagship brews. “Getting open is the challenge right now,” Williams said, who is anxious to see people socializing at Frog Level…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 12:40

Free Alzheimer’s screenings

In recognition of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month, Western Carolina University will offer free confidential memory screenings on Nov. 15 at the Haywood County Office Building on Elmwood Way in Waynesville. The purpose of the 15-minute memory screenings is to…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 12:40

Walk for a good cause

An HIV/AIDS Awareness Walk will be held Saturday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. in Asheville. Walkers will gather at The Grove House Complex at 11 Grove Street, and then move uptown to rally at Pack Square. The mission of the…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 12:39

Cherokee Youth Center will be built in Graham

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will build a youth center facility on approximately 20 acres of national forest land near Robbinsville. The youth center, affiliated with the Boys and Girls Club of America, will offer a variety of programs…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 12:39

Pigeon River truss bridge gets replacement

The state’s oldest metal truss bridge will be replaced with a new, $1.7-million bridge built beside the old one. The truss bridge, which was constructed in 1891, is located over the Pigeon River on Chambers Farm Lane near the intersection…
Less than two weeks after the Bryson City Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to fire Fire Chief Joey Hughes, state officials searched his home as part of an ongoing investigation into whether he misdirected funds. Investigators with the North Carolina…
When Walmart of Franklin moves from U.S. 441 to its new location next spring, at least two — perhaps three — of the other businesses in Holly Springs Plaza will move right along with the retail giant. That’s not a…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:54

Mission Hospital monopoly debated

More than 300 people packed a public hearing last week to debate whether Mission Hospital in Asheville is an overbearing monopoly and is unfairly squeezing out smaller hospitals in the region. Doctors, hospital leaders and patients from across Western North…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:54

Walk for a good cause in Asheville Nov. 5

An HIV/AIDS Awareness Walk will be held Saturday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. in Asheville. Walkers will gather at The Grove House Complex at 11 Grove Street, and then move uptown to rally at Pack Square. County Commissioner David Gantt,…
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 20:54

MedWest volunteer classes coming up

Palliative Care and Hospice Services of MedWest Health System will hold a series of training classes for new volunteers Oct. 31 through Nov. 3 in Sylva. The 12-hour series will acquaint volunteers with the Hospice philosophy and program. Sessions run…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:53

Cherokee Youth Center will be built in Graham

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will build a youth center facility on approximately 20 acres of national forest land near Robbinsville. The youth center, affiliated with the Boys and Girls Club of America, will offer a variety of programs…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:53

Carolina Readiness Supply thanks customers

Carolina Readiness Supply will have a Customer Appreciation Day at their new location, 72 Montgomery Street in Waynesville, just below the Main Street Sun Trust Bank on Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.   There will be book…
Inspired by a Global Poverty Project presentation on campus, the president of Western Carolina University’s Student Government Association and the wife of Chancellor David O. Belcher will eat on just $1.50 per day for five days. To help raise awareness…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:51

WCU chancellor cans athletics director

Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher this week fired C. Joseph “Chip” Smith, the director of intercollegiate athletics. Belcher announced that Fredrick Q. Cantler, WCU’s longtime senior associate athletic director for internal operations, has agreed to come out of…
Design work on a proposed gym and fine arts center will move forward at Smoky Mountain High School in Sylva, with commissioners this week giving the school board an unofficial thumbs up. Additionally, upgrading the men’s dressing room at Blue…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:50

Sylva explores historic district designation

There’s a move afoot in Sylva to designate some of the downtown area as a national historic district. A study, expected to take about six months to complete, will help determine whether and which parts of town have enough historic…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:49

HCC president to leave legacy of sustainability

When Rose Johnson took over at Haywood Community College five years ago, she was clearly a woman on a mission to transform both the campus and curriculum into a model of sustainability. It wasn’t always obvious at the time, but…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:48

Cherokee Indian Hospital CEO to speak Nov. 2

Casey Cooper, chief executive officer for Cherokee Indian Hospital, will deliver Western Carolina University’s annual public lecture on Indian health at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2. Cooper will address the topic “The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians: Issues in Health”…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:48

Foster care, adoption awareness event set

Homeward Bound, a foster care/adoption awareness event coordinated by the Haywood County Department of Social Services and Western North Carolina foster care agencies, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, at Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church.…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:47

Help a kid, give a coat

The final day to donate “Coats for Kids” through the Cullowhee United Methodist Church and Cullowhee Valley Elementary School is Monday, Oct. 31. Donations of good-condition used or new warm clothing, hats, gloves, shoes and coats can be dropped off…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:29

2011 Peace Conference addresses poverty

Registration is still open for the fourth annual Lake Junaluska Peace Conference, “Poverty, Abundance, and Peace:  Seeking Economic Justice for All God’s Children,” on Nov. 13-15. Speakers for this year’s conference include Sen. George McGovern; David Beckmann, executive director of…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:14

Speakers urge state to deny rate hike request

Economic times are simply too hard, and Duke Energy is being too greedy for the state utilities commission to allow the company to hike its rates, many of the speakers taking advantage of a public hearing in Franklin said last…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:14

Surgeons support women’s right to choose

Newly released statistics compiled by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show more than 79,000 breast reconstruction procedures were performed in 2008, a 39 percent increase compared to 2007. Yet according to a recent report, almost 70 percent of women…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:13

WCU to hold Native American Heritage Expo

The third annual Native American Heritage Expo will be held at Western Carolina University beginning Nov. 7. All events held throughout the week are free and open to the public. The Native American Heritage Expo will explore the rich and…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:13

AARP thanks veterans for service

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Driver Safety Program is offering a free, four-hour classroom course to all veterans and their spouses, regardless of age, from Nov. 1 through Nov. 30. It will update participants’ knowledge of roads, traffic…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:12

Catamount Legacy Walk fundraiser begins

With about half of the bricks for the first section of the Western Carolina University Catamount Legacy Walk commissioned, facilitators are expanding publicity efforts in hopes of having the first section installed before spring commencement. A fundraiser for a student…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:12

Grant money available

Tourism groups and projects that want to apply for a 1 percent funding grant from the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority have until 5 p.m., Nov. 7, to the town subcommittees in Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Clyde and Canton.
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:11

Foster home recruitment rally to be held

The Haywood County Department of Social Services is hosting an informational recruitment rally Nov. 5 from 1-4 p.m. Haywood County Department of Social Services is collaborating with other foster home agencies to hold the event, which aims to teach to…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:11

Hall named Macon finance director

Lori Hall has been selected as the new Finance Director for Macon County. Hall replaces Evelyn Southard, a long time county finance director who retired at the end of October. Hall began Oct. 31. Hall was selected from among two-dozen…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:10

MedWest offering ‘Hope for the Holidays’

A community event to help people deal with feelings of grief and loss during the upcoming holidays will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. and from 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 8 at First Baptist Church of Waynesville. Palliative Care and Hospice Services…
Cashiers could soon lose autonomy over its tourism marketing efforts if a plan to merge two separate tourism entities in Jackson County goes through. While Cashiers tourism leaders are fighting to save this independent marketing arm, those in favor of…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:04

Where do the candidates shake out?

Three challengers in the Waynesville town election have staked out clear positions against the town’s commercial development standards. They say they would institute a review of the town’s ordinances if elected and want to loosen the standards. Current town leaders…
Did Waynesville run off a Cracker Barrel? What about Chick-fil-A? Challengers running in next week’s town election say Waynesville’s appearance standards for new commercial business are deterring development. A political action committee calling itself the Waynesville-Haywood Concerned Citizens are publicizing…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:57

Planning regs in Macon keep center stage

Macon County commissioners decided last week that they needed more time to study whether to implement construction guidelines recommended by the county’s planning board. During a workshop on the issue, commissioners heard a stern warning from a licensed engineer and…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:53

Let the battles begin in Cherokee

Cherokee tribal members could vote this April on whether to allow alcoholic beverage sales on the reservation, one month before a similar referendum will be held on legalizing sales countywide in neighboring Jackson County. Cherokee’s referendum is contingent on Principal…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:31

News notes

Lake Junaluska is inviting Haywood County citizens to a public meeting to discuss its “vision” for its second century. The meeting will take place at 5 p.m. Nov. 10 in Gaines Auditorium at the Bethea Welcome Center on the Lake…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:31

Jackson to build new EMS center

Jackson County plans to buy land along U.S. 441 heading toward Franklin for a future emergency management center to house 911 operations and dispatch. The 7-acre tract is owned by Duke Energy. If the deal closes, it will cost $350,000.…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:29

Railroad wants money, county wants assurances

Jackson County is nowhere close to cementing a deal with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad — one that would offer financial incentives in exchange for basing a steam engine tourist train in Dillsboro. “It is far from a done deal,”…
Opponents to a proposed room tax increase in Jackson County are accusing county leaders of secretly earmarking the money for a grant to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. “If this is about raising funds to get the railroad to move…
Cashiers business owners led the charge against a proposed tax increase on overnight lodging in Jackson County during a public hearing this week. Several lodging owners complained that tourism is already down because of the economy. Asking tourists to pay…
Despite multiple red flags, Bryson City officials failed to provide proper oversight of the town’s volunteer fire department over the past decade, eventually leading to a State Bureau of Investigation probe of possible misappropriation by the fire chief. An investigation…
Finishing on time and on budget, the Haywood County Department of Social Services and several other government offices will move from their deteriorating, cramped homes to the renovated former Walmart by mid-January. The Walmart shell was purchased and renovated at…
A group of Cherokee business leaders will be a driving force in the campaign to permit alcohol sales on the reservation. Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will vote in April on whether to legalize alcohol sales on…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:19

Faculty want say in future reorganizations

Constant reshuffling of the organizational structure at Western Carolina University — at least three such applecart upsets in just six years — led to a recent faculty resolution seeking some order to the chaos. “This … is in response to…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:18

Jackson board to revisit U.S. 441 zoning plan

Rules in Jackson County controlling how development occurs along the five-mile stretch or so of U.S. 441 that leads into the Cherokee Indian Reservation are undergoing review. That concerns former Commissioner William Shelton, a resident and farmer who lives and…
Congressman Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, is leading a bipartisan call, asking the joint super committee to spare nothing in its cuts to the U.S. deficit. “It will be heard throughout the world that we can do something together,” Shuler said in…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:12

Franklin revs up for foray into motorcycle scene

Motorcycle rallies are all the rage these days in Western North Carolina, and Franklin tourism leaders are busy finalizing plans to take their first bite out of that tempting economic pie. “Rumble in the Smokies” is scheduled to take place…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:48

Christian bookstore celebrates 10 years

Dalton’s Christian Bookstore in Waynesville is putting 10 candles on its birthday cake this year. A decade ago, Waynesville had a small Christian bookstore, The Magnificat, owned by Susie Sorrells. Upon hearing about plans to open Dalton’s Christian Bookstore in…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:47

New business opens in Haywood County

A new business, Mountain View Appliance, opened its doors Oct. 3. The owners, Mark Atkinson and Elva Woody, said they are excited about what the business has done since they opened and strive to have the lowest service call rates…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:46

Students get “REAL” with entrepreneurship

Throughout the month of October, second through fifth grade students at the Roots in Education After School Homework House got “REAL” with entrepreneurship. Certified NC REAL instructor and Haywood County Chamber Marketing & Communications Manager, Katy McLean Gould, brought topics…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:46

WCU students seeking book donations

Those calling Reynolds Hall home on the Western Carolina University campus are shy of meeting a book-drive goal for Smokey Mountain Elementary School.   The goal is to have 1,000 books by Nov. 17 for delivery to children on Nov.…
Craig Madison, the president and CEO of the Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, will be the featured speaker at the annual meeting of Smoky Mountain Host in Cherokee Nov. 29. The meeting includes workshops for tourism businesses in developing…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:44

Input sought for new Waynesville manager

Everyone is invited to a “relaxed meeting” Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the Town Hall to have their voices heard on the qualities needed in the next town manager for Waynesville. Town Manager Lee Galloway will retire June 30.…
The fourth annual Lake Junaluska Peace Conference, “Poverty, Abundance, and Peace:  Seeking Economic Justice for All God’s Children” through Nov. 15 will delve into the systemic causes of poverty and economic disparity. Speakers include Sen. George McGovern (a former presidential…
A discussion regarding the fate of old restrooms at the Waynesville Recreation Park has prompted town officials to take another look at its recreation master plan. The recreation advisory committee will not just look at renovating the run-down and often…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:35

Bryson weighs regulations to protect character

Bryson City leaders will turn to residents to help solve their own disagreements over the severity of proposed appearance standards for new development downtown. Town leaders will host a public hearing on the ordinance, which would stipulate aesthetic standards such…
The Imperial Hotel in Canton has become entangled in a legal battle as a result of unpaid bills by a contractor. Haywood County Builders Supply has filed a civil suit and lien against the hotel, owned by outgoing Canton Mayor…
It’s anybody’s guess when the Imperial Hotel in Canton will open. The deadline for finishing renovations to the hotel, owned by outgoing Canton Mayor Pat Smathers, has continually been pushed back. The initial opening date in May turned into July,…
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma have officially banded together against “fabricated” tribes accused of stealing the Cherokee identity. “It’s something that’s important to all Cherokees — all federally-recognized Cherokees. Many times people are…
Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center has reached a critical crossroads on the eve of its 100-year mark. It’s headed toward financial insolvency, and the only thing that can save it now is a bold and aggressive makeover aimed at…
A failure by the Cashiers Chamber of Commerce and the Cashiers Travel and Tourism Authority to provide county leaders reports on how room-tax dollars are spent led this week to promises of prompt corrective action. Mark Jones, who serves in…
A work session this week on Jackson County’s room tax appears to mark the beginning of open warfare and the explosive end of a fragile truce that has existed on the board of commissioners since three newcomers were elected last…