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Wednesday, 07 March 2012 21:52

Good Samaritan Clinic is subject of talk

Kristin Gruner, of the Good Samaritan Clinic, will speak to the Bethel Rural Community Organization at 7 p.m. at the community hall in Bethel. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. Gruner will be updating the community on the fundraising…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 21:51

Girl Scout volunteers needed

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont will host “Information Hours” for new volunteers at the Haywood County Library in Canton from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, March 12. This is also a time for current troop leaders, parents and…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 21:51

Spring Break camp at Waynesville Rec Center

The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer “Spring Break Camp” from April 16 - 20. This will take place at the Waynesville Recreation Center each day from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The camp will include games, movies, swim…
Haywood County Democrats will hold a rally to support public funding for pre-K education and to oppose privatizing it. The event will take place at noon on Friday, March 16 on the Historic Courthouse lawn in Waynesville. 828.452.9607 or haywooddemocrats.org.
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 21:50

Organizing for America to host kickoff event

Organizing for America volunteers are hosting the kickoff for the Haywood County campaign to reelect President Barack Obama at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at Sid’s on Main in Canton. Food and drink will be available for purchase. The…
Joe Cline, executive director of the Tuckaseigee Water and Sewer Authority, has suddenly voluntarily resigned without publicly specifying why. TWSA board Chairman Randall Turpin said Cline tendered his resignation during a closed session. Turpin is temporarily overseeing the agency until…
The Swain County Board of Elections has decided to continue running a satelite early voting site in Cherokee, but to the chagrin of some nixed for now the idea of an additional site in the rural Alarka community. The Swain…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 21:47

Room tax increase sails to passage in Swain

With little brouhaha or fanfare, the Swain County Board of Commissioners voted last week to nudge its room tax up 1 percent, less than two months after the idea was first floated publicly. “We felt like it would be a…
Derreck Kayongo, a former child refugee who now serves as the senior advocacy coordinator in the Southeast for the CARE International relief organization, will deliver the keynote address at Western Carolina University’s the 11th annual Gender Research Conference on Thursday,…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 21:45

Local Post members to mark anniversary

The American Legion will observe its 93rd anniversary March 15-17, and Legionnaires of Jackson and Swain counties will celebrate that milestone at their regular 7 p.m. meeting at William E. Dillard Post 104, Sylva, on Monday, March 12. Founded in…
Margaret Wakefield is not a college student nor does she sport dreadlocks and Birkenstocks while chatting about how the world should focus more on peace and love. Wakefield has short dark hair, pink fingernails and silver heart-shaped earrings. Wearing a…
The Town of Sylva, in a quiet way, is busy setting a green example for its Western North Carolina neighbors. First the fire department, and now the new police department, incorporate green, environmentally friendly components. Sylva’s police soon will take…
Courtney Hall pawed through a cardboard box wedged in the corner of the utility closet at Panacea Coffee Shop bearing cut-out letters from a magazine pasted in an artistic rendition of the infamous words: “Lost and Found.” Inside was the…
Selling off a high-speed internet system of fiber optic lines in Sylva that belonged to the now-defunct Metrostat Communications is coming up short. The 10-year-old company provided Sylva high-speed Internet and phone service until going under late last year. Metrostat…
Jackson County, two failed attempts to the contrary, looks poised to once again hold hands with the county’s four towns when it comes to crafting a new economic development strategy. How this will actually look and play out isn’t yet…
When it comes to the election season, 2012 has turned into a bellwether year for North Carolina, and Republicans are clammoring to claim state and federal seats currently held by Democrats. Even the popular N.C. House Democrat Ray Rapp, who…
Sunburst Trout Farms in Haywood County plans to add jobs and expand its operations thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The farm received a nearly $300,000 Value Added Producers Grant from the USDA to help expand…
Driving down Maggie Valley’s main drag, it’s hard not to notice the gauntlet of signs offering cheers of support for Ghost Town in the Sky’s new owner Alaska Presley. Business owners on both sides of U.S. 19 have rearranged the…
After more than a year of will they or won't they, Waynesville's ABC Board will soon decide whether to open a second liquor store in the Super Walmart complex. "Right now, we still don't have everything approved," said Earl Clark,…
When a person was found dead in a hotel room recently, six students in Haywood Community College's criminal justice association were put on the case. They studied fiber samples, scoured for finger prints and analyzed what was amiss in the…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:34

Macon planner makes move to town post

Macon County Planner Derek Roland will leave his post to become the Town of Franklin's planner. Current Franklin town Planner Mike Grubermann will retire this month. "Derek has been awesome," said Lewis Penland, chairman of the Macon County Planning Board.…
Lewis Penland doesn't attempt to deny he's a stubborn man, or soften the suggestion that he digs in the heels of his work boots ever deeper the more people try to push him around. "The only people I care about…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:29

Girl Scouts celebrate its 100th birthday

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont will join other Girl Scouts across the nation this week to celebrate Girl Scout Week and the group's 100th Anniversary. During the week, Girl Scouts of all ages celebrate by demonstrating leadership and commitment…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:27

Candidates to appear at meet and greet

Two Republicans running for state and federal office will be at Ryan's Steak House in Sylva on March 15 for a Meet the Candidates event. Jeff Hunt, a candidate for the 11th District GOP nomination to fill retiring U.S. Rep.…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:26

Congressional candidate holds public forum

Vance Patterson, a candidate for U.S. Congress, will hold a town hall meeting Thursday, March 15, from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Haywood County Library.
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:26

Open house scheduled for The Homestead

An open house for The Homestead inpatient hospice unit on the MedWest-Haywood campus will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 18. The Homestead is the only inpatient hospice unit west of Asheville and is open to patients…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:25

Information on first aid

Get up-to-date information on first aid at a 2 p.m. Thursday, March 15, Live and Learn session at Lake Junaluska. The program will feature David Roberts, supervisor for the Haywood County Rescue Squad, and Jason Hampton, crew chief for the…
For musicians, it's the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For football players, it's the Super Bowl championship rings. For Natalie Smith, having her signature coffee blends featured at The Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., is…
Sylva might not exactly be your classic college town — it's certainly not Chapel Hill or Boone. But efforts to bind this community with Western Carolina University have taken catamount-like bounds forward recently. The evidence? First, there's a "paint the…
A new strategic plan for Western Carolina University that will guide the institution's overall direction for the coming decade will be unveiled at a public forum next month. WCU Chancellor David Belcher appointed a 36-member committee last fall to develop…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:06

Corridor K debate going nowhere

Will it decimate mountain beauty or open the economic flood gates? Either way, the costly missing link of a four-lane highway through the remote southern mountains has hit a startling and potentially insurmountable roadblock. State and federal agencies are reluctant…
The mental health agency Smoky Mountain Center is considering moving its headquarters from Sylva to Waynesville, taking with it some 60 jobs and the prospect of dozens more as the agency expands during the coming two years. The prospect pleases…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:00

Swain murder trial gets under way

Tiffany Marion remained stoic as witnesses recounted their version of events and attempted to recall more than three-year-old conversations surrounding the 2008 murder of two Swain County residents. It wasn't until an audio recording of a police interview with her…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:57

Maintenance work scheduled at dog parks

The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will reseed both dog parks located in the recreation park in Waynesville. However, each of the two parks will be seeded at different times so there will always be a dog park available. Dog…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:57

Historical and Genealogical Society meeting

The Haywood County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet on in March 30 in the dining hall of the First Baptist Church on Haywood Street in Waynesville. Dinner will start at 6 p.m. followed by a program presented by Curtis…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:57

Haywood job fair coming

Job seekers can participate in an event from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 29, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Haywood Community College’s Student Services building lobby and auditorium. Those participating will be given extra professional preparation…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:56

Bridges to be replaced

Bridges in Jackson, Macon, Swain and Cherokee counties will be replaced under a $2.8 million contract with a Georgia company. Work could begin as early as April 2 and is scheduled for completion by Nov. 1, 2014. The contract includes…
Southwestern Community College will hold a job fair from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, on the Jackson Campus in the Balsam Building auditorium. More than 50 employers will be represented at the free event. Those attending the…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:53

Open-space in Jackson attracts attention

Jackson County’s planning board will continue weighing proposed changes to open-space regulations for a few more weeks before passing them on to commissioners for their thumbs up or thumbs down. Jackson County is one of the few mountain counties with…
Ghost Town in the Sky owner Alaska Presley has recruited singer and longtime friend Stella Parton to help her draw tourists to Maggie Valley. Presley spoke to the town’s Board of Aldermen last week about the idea of hosting at…
Prospects that Rover might one day find himself banned from attending events and festivals in traditionally pooch-friendly Sylva has left some dog owners here feeling like they are on the end of an increasingly short leash. Town commissioners recently considered…
When a two-day partying and gambling binge left five Atlantans broke and out of drugs, a mission to replenish their stash and an off-kilter moral compass triggered a deadly and chaotic sequence of events — one that culminated in a…
To hear Diane Wiggins tell it, her little brother Scott Wiggins and little sister Christie Jones were spoiled, got away with everything and always caused trouble. “It’s like they were always into something. I never got away with anything. You…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:39

Woman convicted in Swain County murders

The three-week trial of Tiffany Marion for her role in the 2008 murders of two Swain County men ended with a guilty verdict this week, despite Marion’s claims of being a bystander along for the ride. Marion, 28 of Decatur,…
If numbers truly tell the tale, then there are a lot of people living in Cullowhee who care a great deal about the future of that community. More than 100 of them turned out last week for a meeting at…
The driver for growth at Western Carolina University and the Cullowhee could come via the Millennial Campus, but what to do with the 344-acre tract across the highway, and how to do it, remains elusive. When the university bought the…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:32

Retired WCU chancellor still on the payroll

During the past four years Western Carolina University has been hit with $30 million in cumulative budget cuts, a university lobotomy of sorts that has resulted in larger class sizes, consolidation of some academic programs and restructurings of certain departments.…
John Bardo, former chancellor of Western Carolina University, is being paid $280,000 this year to retool for a return to the classroom and to conduct academic research. Bardo wrote that his research concerns the relationships between higher education, the economy…
In the coming months Lake Junaluska residents will weigh in on whether to become part of the town of Waynesville. For Waynesville, the move could mean a million or more dollars in additional property taxes each year and the benefits…
Haywood Community College leaders told a gathering of elected state leaders this week that students and the economy would suffer if funding cuts to the college continue. While college leaders were making their points about funding, state legislators participated in…
After successful programs in Cashiers, Glenville and Sapphire, the Literacy Council of Cashier expanded its Dolly Parton Imagination Library to Cullowhee. Children, from birth to age 5, can register to have a free age appropriate book mailed to them each…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:24

Waynesville welcomes new town manager

After nearly six months of searching nationwide, Waynesville found a new town manager close to home from the town of Black Mountain. Marcia “Marcy” Onieal recently inked a contract with town leaders to become Waynesville’s new town manager, the first…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:21

News in brief

Lake Junaluska will hold its second-annual Beautification Day Thursday, April 12. Members of the community are asked to join the Lake Junaluska staff and residents in an effort to add to the natural beauty of Lake Junaluska through the completion…
There’s no clear winner in a complex and multifarious new system for ranking roads projects when it comes to the ongoing debate over Sylva’s main commercial drag. In just-release road rankings, redesigning N.C. 107 out ranked the competing proposal to…
A Maggie Valley man wants to extract himself from the town limits, claiming the services he gets from the town don’t warrant the taxes he pays. He stands to save $2,450 a year in town property taxes if successful in…
Haywood County will again honor its men and women who have served in the military with a Memorial Day Parade at 11 a.m., May 28, on Main Street in downtown Waynesville. The parade will feature several National Guard and Reserve…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:16

Get help with business development

A workshop designed to help businesses develop and market their products and services is set for 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, at the Fryemont Inn in Bryson City. The North Carolina Division of Tourism and the…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:16

WCU event welcomes the community

Western Carolina University will throw open the doors to campus and invite residents in on Thursday, March 29. “Community on Campus” is designed to provide residents of Western North Carolina a chance to discover the range of entertainment, cultural, health…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:15

Belcher to take oath during WCU ceremony

David Belcher will be installed as chancellor of Western Carolina University during a traditional ceremony, capping a week of activities in late March designed to highlight and celebrate the accomplishments of the university’s students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners.…
The political season is in full swing with a slew of campaign forums and meet-and-greets taking place. The biggest event will feature candidates running for U.S. Congress from 7 to 9 p.m. April 4 in Haywood Community College’s Charles Beall…
Gov. Bev Perdue and leaders from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have headed back to their respective sides of the negotiating tables to tweak the landmark agreement that would permit table games, real cards and live dealers at Harrah’s…
Western Carolina University’s faculty senate took on the hot button statewide political issue last week of Amendment One, the proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriages and civil unions. The faculty senate passed a resolution opposing the amendment, which…
The mental health agency Smoky Mountain Center will not be buying and moving into Waynesville’s former Department of Social Services office building after all, leaving Haywood County back at Square One trying to unload the large, dated, four-story brick complex…
For the first time perhaps in its 123-year history, faculty, staff and students at Western Carolina University are helping develop a priority list that will shape the coming year’s budget. “This has been a first pass at a new, and…
The $289,000 loan from Jackson County to the new owner of Sylva radio station WRGC has finally gotten the green light, meaning the popular local station could be back on the air early next week. “I think everything is in…
The fallout from Metrostat Communication’s going belly up keeps getting more complicated, with Jackson County commissioners learning this week that an Asheville company owns some of the defunct company’s fiber optic line. Metrostat, a high-speed Internet and phone service company…
A huge former antique mall in Macon County will soon become the largest private gambling operation outside of Cherokee when Jokers Wild, a sweepstakes parlor featuring 65 video machines, opens next month. And, there’s plenty of floor space left to…
With its obvious Cuban influences — the combination of guava and cream cheese, or even mango and cream cheese  — Mindy’s Bakery in Sylva is clearly not your typical mountain bakery. But that’s not all that sets this small bakery…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:49

NOC forges ahead with new ownership team

A group of new owners has taken the reins of Nantahala Outdoor Center, a generational milestone for the outfitter that has grown from a small fleet of rafts in the early 1970s to a diversified multi-million operation under the leadership…
The state is forcing Jackson County’s hand when it comes to forming a single entity to oversee how tourism tax dollars are spent. Jackson County has two tourism agencies — one representing the Cashiers area and one for Jackson County…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:46

Cherokee closing in on historic alcohol vote

In one week, enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will choose to either lift a historic ban on alcohol or maintain its dry status in a vote that has traditionally sparked fervor on both sides. On April…
Historically, ballot measures on alcohol sales in Western North Carolina have been bitterly fought affairs, with pro and con forces battling it out publicly via billboards, church pulpits and through newspaper and radio advertising. But, that’s not been the case…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:44

Motorcycle rumble stirs up furor in Franklin

Franklin’s planned motorcycle rally hit a major roadblock this week when town leaders balked at shutting down a portion of Main Street for up to four days at the height of the tourist season. The rally had been lauded by…
Haywood County commissioners this week gave their blessing to a $10 million line of credit for the MedWest-Haywood hospital, ending a delicate dance in the finer points of contract law that has spanned the past three months. The loan was…
Getting books from the doctor will soon be a routine part of regular pediatric checkups. Haywood Pediatrics recently joined the Reach Out and Read program, in which primary care providers advising parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:42

Host a foreign exchange student

Families interested in hosting a foreign exchange student can be matched with students from more than 60 countries through the company Ayusa. All high school foreign exchange students are fully insured, bring their own spending money and are proficient in…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:42

TRAC session aim at helping businesses

The North Carolina Division of Tourism and the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership will host two TRAC Sessions in Western North Carolina. Sessions will be held from 2 – 5:30 p.m. on April 18 in Bryson City at the…
David Belcher, Western Carolina University’s 11th chancellor, warned a crowd of 200 on hand last week for the pomp and circumstance of his installment ceremony that the state of North Carolina must not dally in protecting its educational assets. Other…
A sushi restaurant in Waynesville lost a protracted legal battle last month after accusing a neighboring nail salon of driving away its diners. Saki Sushi claimed fumes from Tweety Nails hurt its bottom-line. Litigation dating back two years culminated in…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:30

Cutting campaign restores Parkway vistas

Visitors to Haywood County will have a fuller view of its mountain beauty this year after a locally funded project left some of the Blue Ridge Parkway vistas a bit barer. The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority and Maggie Valley…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 20:00

Roller derby auditions at the fairgrounds

The Thunder Road Rollergirls of Waynesville will hold its spring open recruitment from April 5-24. There are plenty of available positions on the team for anyone interested. The women are also working closely with Smoky Mountain Rollergirls in Bryson City…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:59

Skate park getting money boosts

The future Waynesville Skate Park has been awarded a grant in the amount of $1,260 from the North Carolina Community Foundation. The park also recently received a grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation in the amount of $5,000. The planned…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:58

Test drive a vehicle and help out a school

Andy Shaw Ford of Sylva will bring Ford Motor Company’s “Drive One 4UR School” Program to Jackson County from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. April 12 in the SCC Balsam Center parking lot. Proceeds will be shared evenly by Jackson…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:58

Women’s self defense class offered

A self-defense class for women will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11 at MedWest-Haywood Health and Fitness Center. The instructor will be Marshall Hale, a Tae Kwon Do instructor with Blue Dragon. Cost for the workshop is…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:58

Donate food to help feed the hungry

A food drive is under way in Maggie Valley, with a food drop-off container located in town hall for nonperishable items. The drive has the support of town aldermen and was started at the request of resident Don Massey. The…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:57

Help celebrate donate a book day

As a part of National Library Week from April 8-14, people are asked to donate new or gently used books to their local library branch. Books not added to the library’s collection will be given to the Friends of the…
The Small Business Center of Haywood Community College will offer a free seminar on business lending through the NC Rural Center Microenterprise program from 6-8 p.m. on April 10 on campus in the first floor of the student center. The…
The Cherokee Reservation will remain dry, keeping in place the historic ban on alcohol sales, following Thursday’s election on the issue. Enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians sent a strong message with about 60 percent voting “no”…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:21

Perk up New coffee shop opens in Waynesville

Coffee lovers and addicts have a new place in Waynesville to get their fix. Main Street Perks opened on Main Street about three weeks ago, filling a large, vacant hole in the downtown façade with goodies, caffeine, a wall of…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:18

All things bridal focus of workshops

A morning of free bridal workshops featuring local wedding merchants will be held at 9:45 a.m., April 21, at Twin Maples Farmhouse in Waynesville.   Brides will hear from experts and wedding professionals through a series of short workshops on…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:17

Fight AIDS by eating out

Help battle the AIDS disease April 26 by dining out at one of 108 restaurants in Western North Carolina. This fundraiser will support the Western North Carolina AIDS Project. Participating restaurants in the Haywood/Jackson area are, in Waynesville: Chef’s Table,…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:16

Dog parks taking shape in Franklin and Sylva

Two communities can see the finish line on respective dog parks: Franklin and Sylva. The Friends of the Greenway in Macon County are making progress on the construction of a dog park to be located beside the Big Bear Playground…
A draft strategic plan for Western Carolina University will be the subject of a public forum at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center. The Western Carolina University’s 2020 Commission, a 36-member committee leading…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:15

Fundraiser set for Debbie Ginn in Jackson

The First United Methodist Church of Sylva will hold an Alzheimer’s disease awareness event from 1-7 p.m., April 21, in honor of Debbie Ginn, a longtime former organist at the Church. Debbie is in the last stages of early-onset Alzheimer’s…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:14

Macon commission candidates forum

The public can find out where candidates for county commissioner stand on various issues at noon on Thursday, April 12, at a League of Women Voters forum. Three seats are available on the commission. All six primary candidates plan to…
Mike Clampitt, Republican candidate for the 119th House District, will hold a “Meet and Greet” from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Herren House in Waynesville. This is an informal gathering and serves as an opportunity for voters to…
Cherokee Preservation Foundation has awarded 24 new grants totaling $1.8 million that support cultural preservation, economic development, job creation and environmental preservation.   They include: • A grant to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian to celebrate the 250th anniversary…
A task force studying whether Jackson County should revamp its approach to luring tourists began laying the groundwork last week to merge its two separate tourism agencies into one. In coming months, the task force will wrestle with the best…
The creative arts building at Haywood Community College has hit a few more snags on its way to completion — much to the chagrin of county commissioners. The college will once again tap into its contingency fund to correct miscalculations resulting…