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The trash keeps piling up, and if Macon County doesn’t do something soon, its landfill could be overflowing. By conservative estimates, the section of the Macon County dump now in use will be full in less than five years. Each…
Cruso native Nathan Poston wants to open a tattoo parlor in Canton — the first in that town since at least the 1980s — but first must convince town fathers to change the law.
People rent hotel rooms because they need a place to shower and lay their weary heads. But, people check into bed and breakfasts because they want a place that feels like home.
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:56

Lt. Gov. candidate to visit Haywood

Dan Forest, Republican candidate for Lt. Governor, will be at a meet and greet at noon Oct. 29 at Shoney’s on Paragon Parkway in Waynesville. The event is open to the public. Forest is on a tour of more than…
To raise money for its New Generations Birthing Center, Smoky Mountain OB/GYN Associates will host the first “Bootiful Babies Benefit” from 2-7:30 p.m. outside their Sylva office at 64 Eastgate Drive. There will be a wide selection of activities for…
Barefoot Ridge in Clyde was recognized as one of the best affordable housing communities in North Carolina. Barefoot Ridge is an 43-home community in Clyde that provided new housing for flood victims in the wake of two tropical storms that…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:55

‘Twilight’ saga actor to speak in Cherokee

Chaske Spencer, who plays Sam Uley, the leader of the Wolfpack in the “Twilight” saga, will speak at from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Chief Joyce Dugan Cultural Arts Center. Spencer is a member of the Lakota Sioux tribe…
His name is James C. Jacobs. His friends call him J.C., “but not like Penney,” he insists. For more than 55 years, Jacobs has owned a department store in downtown Franklin, its racks and shelves lined with standard housewares and…
When Rob Kelly climbed behind the wheel of a bus two Saturdays ago for a relatively routine assignment shuttling paddlers up and down the Nantahala River, little did he know he would soon be face to face with death and…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 12:09

All’s fair in love and politics

Western North Carolina found itself in an unflattering national media spotlight a year ago when a reporter from The New Yorker picked the state Senate race between Jim Davis and John Snow to illustrate a masterful takeover of national politics…
John Snow dreads his daily trip to the post office these days. It’s just two blocks from his home outside Murphy, but the whole way there he wonders what will be waiting for him this time. Once inside, he heads…
A grand goal of bringing sidewalks to the main commercial drag in Sylva has elicited protests from one business owner who claims he’s the victim of costly and unrealistic goals of creating a walkable community along a five-lane highway.
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

HCC students register voters

A Haywood Community College political science class got a good dose of the mechanics of voting by running a voter registration booth on campus. “These students did this on their own time,” said Greg McLamb, HCC Lead History instructor. “Voting…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Organizations in Haywood hosting support group

The MedWest Health System Chaplaincy Service, Haywood Community Connections and Mountain Projects are hosting a free Caregivers Unite support group meeting from 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Senior Resource Center of Haywood County in Waynesville. The Caregivers…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Manufacturing leads Haywood out of recession

For the second year in a row, area research economist Tom Tveidt delivered his state of Haywood County’s economy address — a rare look at the county’s individual resources and statistics. Typically, economic data is collected for the region as…
After about 18 months of construction, the $1.5 million Swain County Regional Business Education and Training Center is officially open for business, or education, or training for that matter. “This facility will wear many hats,” said Swain County Commissioner Donnie…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Golden LEAF offering funding for Swain

The Golden LEAF Foundation and Swain County are hosting a community forum at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Room at the Business Training Center at 45 East Ridge Road in Bryson City. The purpose of the forum is to discuss…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Early voting numbers continue to rise

Absentee voters have been licking their stamps for weeks, and beginning last Thursday, early voters started arriving at polling places across Western North Carolina.
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

News in brief

The newly formed Haywood Area Wholistic Integrative Practitioners group (known as HAWIP) is hosting a silent auction and reception 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Where Angels Gather, a holistic retail store and education center on 124 Miller St. in Waynesville.…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Business owners lobby for train at every turn

Since the headquarters of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad moved from Dillsboro to Bryson City in 2008, the little picturesque tourist village in Jackson County has been waiting for its gravy train to return.
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Tribal employee charged with embezzlement

An Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians employee was recently charged with embezzlement during a 15-year period. Amanda Leigh Smoker, 33, was arrested on Oct. 9 by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office after being charged with one count of embezzlement from…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Where Jackson commissioner candidates stand

Whether a grassroots movement to spark planning in Cullowhee dies or moves forward will rests with the next Jackson County board of commissioners. A group of Cullowhee residents have called for development guidelines. Without standards, Cullowhee is vulnerable to unattractive…
This November could prove to be the do or die month for the planning effort in Cullowhee when Jackson County commissioners decide whether to give the thumbs up or down on the next pivotal step in Cullowhee’s journey to become…
The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Women in Business and the Young Professionals of Haywood have launched the “Partners in Leadership” mentoring program.  “Partners in Leadership” is designed to prepare Haywood County Young Professional Women (YPW) to become future business…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:57

Net zero home built in Haywood County

A “net zero home” constructed in Haywood County will have an open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 3 and 10. Located in Beaverdam Valley, the structure strikes an elusive balance between work and play. It produces…
A compact fluorescent light bulb uses about 75 percent less energy than the old-fashioned kind and lasts up to 10 times longer. They may cost more upfront, but a net savings of $25 during the life of each bulb has…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:52

More news briefs

Microchip your pet to ensure safety Haywood Spay/Neuter is holding a pet microchip clinic 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 in Waynesville.  Many dogs and cats end up in shelters because they lack proper identification to be returned to…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:51

WCU to hold open house

Western Carolina University will welcome prospective students and their families and friends to campus when the university holds its second open house starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Admission, the open house gives…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:50

Donate a turkey dinner for those in need

Maggie Valley Area Lodging Association is once again donating turkey dinners to Haywood County residents this year, which will be distributed at the Haywood County Department of Social Services in Clyde starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20.   “We…
Maggie Valley is trying to figure out what exactly it wants to be. Maggie once reigned supreme in the mountain tourist trade, witnessed by the row of restaurants, bars, hotels and gift shops that line the valley’s main drag.
Chaske Spencer, more widely known as werewolf Sam Uley from the “Twilight” saga series, drew on his Native American roots during an appearance in Cherokee last week, hoping to transcend his star appeal to bring home a broader message.
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:46

Fairground auction seeking donations

Second annual benefit auction for the Haywood County Fairgrounds will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 at the fairgrounds. Donated items for the auction will be accepted beginning at 1 p.m., with the auction scheduled to begin at 6…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:45

Motorcycle toy run, to roll through Haywood

21st annual Haywood County Motorcycle Parade and Toy Run will take place at noon Saturday, Nov. 10, starting at Canton’s Town Hall. This year’s route will take riders up N.C. 110 to Bethel and then turns toward Waynesville on U.S.…
Swain County voters are being asked this election whether they want a quarter-cent sales tax increase to help pay for school construction. The quarter-cent sales tax would bring in roughly $250,000 a year and would pay for a $2 million…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:40

Volunteers needed in Franklin

Kids Against Hunger will host a 30,000-meal packing event starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at First Christian Church of Franklin on Bellview Park Road. Volunteers will package food for hungry families. The items include a nutritious mixture of…
Macon County is poised to begin major renovations to its pool at Veterans Memorial Recreation Park, including extensive upgrades to the locker rooms and the addition of water play features in the kiddy pool. The $600,000 project will consist of…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:37

Cashiers and sweepstakes parlors don’t mix

The upscale tourism and second-home community of Cashiers hopes to ban sweepstakes parlors, making it one of the first in the region to outright prohibit the pseudo video-gambling businesses that have cropped up in staggering numbers over the past year.…
A festering disagreement over how to overhaul Jackson County’s tourism agency is coming to an end, but some lodging owners who have resisted the changes aren’t happy about it.
In a debate that focused on everything from Iran and health care to equal pay for women and earmarks, Congressional candidates Republican Mark Meadows and Democrat Hayden Rogers pushed back from the similarities that people draw between the two conservatives.
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:17

The final days

Both considered conservatives within their own political parties, Republican Mark Meadows and Democrat Hayden Rogers have more in common than just a handful of political similarities. Both are Christian, came out of humble beginnings to find success, married their high…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:17

NCDOT to work on tunnel drainage

North Carolina Department of Transportation will perform work on two tunnels in the Pigeon River Gorge on Interstate 40 in Haywood County starting next week.  From Monday, Oct. 29 until Friday, Nov. 2, work will be performed on the tunnel…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:15

School back in session on Saturday

To make up for school being cancelled on Tuesday, Oct. 30, Haywood County schools will have class from 8 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Nov. 3 if weather is permitting. According to Bill Nolte, associate superintendent, the school district misses about…
Haywood Community College employees earlier this month presented the board of trustees with a list of concerns about the college’s protracted search for a new president. The community college began looking for a president after retiring president Rose Johnson announced…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 06:05

More briefs

Future of Cowee School discussed at luncheon Stacy Guffey will talk about the Macon County Heritage Center planned for Cowee School during the monthly Lunch with the League at noon on Nov. 8 in the Tartan Hall of the First…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 06:01

Sylva Pediatrics picks Mission to partner with

Three longtime doctors with Sylva Pediatrics will soon come under the wing of Mission Hospital in Asheville. The physicians will keep practicing out of their same offices in Sylva and Bryson City, and keep serving the same local patients they…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 05:59

Challenges lie ahead for new MedWest CEO

A new CEO who will take over MedWest-Haywood in December will face the parallel challenges of improving the hospital’s bottom line and capturing patients who travel to Asheville for health care.
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 05:57

MedWest-Haywood new CEO started as a nurse

Janie Sinacore-Jaberg will become the new CEO of MedWest-Haywood in December. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer of a 320-bed system in Muskogee, Okla. She has served as the COO and CEO of several hospitals in Georgia, South Carolina…
Republican Mark Meadows won the 11th U.S. Congressional seat with more than 57 percent of the votes Tuesday. “We’re obviously humbled by the confidence that everybody has placed in us,” Meadows said.
Western North Carolina voters favored Gov. Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama despite the president’s narrow victory nationally.
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 05:48

Davis beats Snow by a wide margin

Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, pulled out a surprisingly strong win over his Democratic challenger John Snow in what was supposed to be razor thin race.
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 05:46

Queen slips by Clampitt in House race

Waynesville Democrat Joe Sam Queen beat out Republican candidate Mike Clampitt by a commanding margin to take an open seat in the N.C. House.
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 05:43

Ray Rapp out of N.C. House

N.C. Rep. Ray Rapp, D-Mars Hill, was defeated after serving a decade in Raleigh. It was one of the most surprising election results of the night, given Rapp’s popularity, accomplishments and likeability during his long tenure.
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 05:17

Sales tax for schools goes down in Swain

Swain County voters shot down a quarter-cent sales tax increase that would have funded school construction by a 3-to-1 margin.  The optional sales tax increase would have brought in roughly $250,000 a year and would have paid for a $2…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 05:16

Macon voters replace Democratic commissioner

The Republican stronghold of Macon County chose to elect conservative Paul Higdon over Democrat incumbent Bobby Kuppers to the board of county commissioners. 
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 05:14

Jackson to keep its current mix on board

The Jackson County Commissioner race was decided by a large margin, granting incumbent Mark Jones another term in office. He defeated Republican candidate Marty Jones handily, despite the county overall narrowly going for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. 
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 05:06

Haywood County commissioners to remain unchanged

Commissioners Mark Swanger and Kevin Ensley — a Democrat and Republican respectively — won reelection to the Haywood County Board of Commissioners Tuesday. 
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 22:03

WNC voters step to the plate

Temperatures dropped on Election Day, with high elevation snowflakes and low-lying raindrops greeting voters around Western North Carolina, making for low voter turnout trailing that of 2008. With troves of citizens opting for early voting — more than half those…
The tribal council for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians recently approved a $28 million upgrade for the sewage treatment plant, which will double the capacity and accommodate demand fueled in part by growth of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino.
Eight new monitoring wells will be drilled an old landfill in Haywood County, the latest step in an ongoing effort to track and measure groundwater contamination emanating from the now-closed landfill.
Orthopedic physical therapist Todd Watson will speak at a free Dine and Learn seminar that addresses the links between physical therapy and back pain from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the MedWest Rehabilitation Service office on the MedWest-Harris campus…
The Waynesville Recreation Center recently had a new design placed on the basketball courts. This was the first time the lines had to be removed so the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department decided to go with a new layout. The…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Girl Scouts offer affordable and fun activities

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) has opportunities for volunteers who are committed to helping girls develop courage, confidence and character. Volunteers are the heart and soul of Girl Scouting – whether you have an hour, a day, a…
A $12,000 tractor stolen in Macon County and sold as scrap in Georgia for a fraction of the price; rusting automobiles yanked from lawns in the middle of night; copper wiring stripped from construction sites — rising scrap metal prices…
When Kevin Seagel slipped into Swain County’s courthouse during a mock exercise brandishing a pretend weapon, it only took emergency responders one minute to find him, but by then, he had already killed several people.
Swain County may heighten security measures at the courthouse and administration building to stop guns and weapons from being carried into the lobby.
In an effort to extinguish delinquent vehicle taxes, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law that will combine vehicle property tax and car registration into one bill. When it goes into effect, drivers can’t get their tags renewed until…
A committee of Waynesville residents is putting the community in the term “community policing.”
Two years ago, Gregg Fuller tried to fill a void in Sylva’s nightlife scene when he opened the No Name Sports Pub, featuring drinks, food and live bands three to four nights a week. But soon, the increasingly boisterous crowds…
Despite pleas for leniency, the owner of a Sylva auto dealership faces a $500 fine for failing to build a sidewalk in front of his car lot. Russ Cagle, owner of Concept Automotive, initially agreed to build the sidewalk last…
Western Carolina University is seeking applicants for the next class of its University Participant Program, which offers a two-year, on-campus living and learning experience for college-age persons with intellectual disabilities. The goal of the UP Program is to facilitate the…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Join November Ladies Night Out

Macon County Public Health and Angel Medical Center are hosting a Ladies Night Out talk Nov. 13 The topic will be Diabetes Awareness, and the guest speaker will be Jennifer Trippe, a registered dietician with Macon County Public Health. She…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

WCU eyes long-term infrastructure needs

Plans made in the coming months could set the tone for the following decade or two of construction, renovation and development on Western Carolina University’s campus. Faculty, staff, administrators and students at the school have been working since September to…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:24

Meadows touts rise as self-made businessman

Looking at Mark Meadows today, it is difficult to imagine him as a self-described “fat nerd” wandering the high school halls in Tampa Bay, Fla. The Republican candidate for the 11th U.S. Congressional District has come a long way during…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:21

Rogers keeps his roots close on campaign trail

Hayden Rogers grew up hunting, fishing and playing the chasing game ‘Fox and the Hound’ in Robbinsville. Touting himself as the all-around Western North Carolinian, Rogers reminisced about his childhood in rural Graham County, just a short jaunt from his…
More than 50 years after Cherokee veteran Charles George died in the Korean War, military medals belonging to the private first class were finally welcomed home Monday — and along with them, the two young boys responsible for their return.
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Weight-loss program tries to change lifestyles

In its first year, popular weight-loss competition is bucking the trend of mounting obesity in the United States, especially the South, and giving participants a reason to slim down. But with the holiday gorge-fest on the horizon, participants in the…
Bryson City town leaders have given a verbal OK to the idea of building a new library — but the when, where and how are all still unknown. “The library is an essential service for the community,” said Chester Bartlett,…
As the Swain County high school football team marches towards another state championship, amid the fanatic cheers of the hometown fans who live to see the hard-hitting Maroon Devil boys take the field, there is another story unfolding.
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Parrying continues over Cowee School

Now that the children are gone, and art projects sit abandoned next to overturned desks and emptied cupboards, community members have a vision to bring life back into the old Cowee school outside of Franklin. But the community’s path to…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

News in brief

Animal rescue to host two holiday events Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation will sponsor its Home for the Holidays event Nov. 21 through Dec. 31 to enable people to adopt dogs and cats from the Haywood County Animal Services at a…
A Thursday meeting with Maggie Valley business owners and area leaders will serve as the first test to see if the valley can successfully come together for the town’s common good.
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Rural precincts needed as easy voting option

During early voting this year, some voters in Haywood County found themselves waiting up to an hour to cast their ballot. But when Election Day rolled around, many walked right into their precinct without delay.
Nowadays, coffee and wireless Internet go hand-in-hand; you can’t really have one without the other. It is an expected amenity at coffee shops and bakeries. With the purchase of a coffee, tea or cinnamon bun, the customer is permitted to…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Fire destroys HCC sawmill, closes campus

The remnants of Haywood Community College’s old sawmill were still smoldering Tuesday after a fire the night before destroyed most of the building.
Covering everything from bugs’ butts and food for animals to animal tongues and eyes, EarlyLight Books has found a special section of the book world to occupy — science books for toddlers.
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 14:59

Former FBI agent shares exploits with students

Traveling around the world, taking down bad guys and helping exonerate the wrongly accused, Steve Moore’s life sounds glamorous — and he will agree that he has loved every minute.
It’s a dreaded intersection for anyone who frequents downtown Waynesville behind the wheel. You slowly edge the nose of your car forward, inching past the stop sign and bit-by-bit into the oncoming lanes, straining forward in your seat in hopes…
“Take me out to the ballgame,” is how the old song goes. But the question for Macon County residents in coming years may be “which one?”, as county commissioners lay plans to purchase an expanse of land that would be…
Waynesville seafood restaurant Maggie’s Galley will soon be forced to move from its longtime location at the intersection of Howell Mill Road and Russ Avenue to make way for a road-widening project.
Sequoyah National Golf Course, a signature course built and operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, is slowly being weaned from tribal subsidies that have helped prop up its operations since it opened several years ago. This month, tribal…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 14:49

Flying club trying to takeoff again

The Smoky Mountain Flying Club is trying to get some wind under its wings again with a campaign to attract new members and buy a sporty plane, or two, for its pilots to use collectively. Instead of the small planes…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 14:47

Off-color graffiti hits Swain recreation area

A riverside park in Swain County was plastered with graffiti two weeks ago, with several cans of spray paint unleashed on the public outdoor recreation area. Nothing went un-tagged, even the trees were spray-painted at the Old N.C. 288 park,…
When Monica Manrique was four months pregnant with her first child, her feet got so swollen with fluid she took to wearing slippers because her bulging ankles wouldn’t fit into regular shoes.
Down by six touchdowns to the University of Alabama at halftime, Western Carolina University head coach Mark Speir never gave up on his team. “When you’re getting into an ugly ball game like that, our players didn’t quit playing; they…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 14:36

Creating a cohesive vision for WNC’s future

Six months after meeting with Haywood County residents to discuss ways to improve the community, a group called GroWNC is returning to the county to present various scenarios for the region’s future growth.
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 14:35

Funeral home buys old Mountaineer press building

Wells Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Waynesville has purchased a large building downtown that once housed The Mountaineer Publishing Company’s printing press. The old press building is located on Wall Street directly behind The Mountaineer’s newspaper office and adjacent…
The Haywood County Board of Commissioners seem poised to adopt a policy that would severely limit the display of Confederate flags on county property.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 21:01

Candler man arrested in Walmart stalking case

Ryan Scot Davis, 48, was charged with taking indecent liberties with a child following an incident at the Waynesville Walmart on Saturday, Nov. 24.
Congressman Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, who is stepping down this year after spending six years in D.C., announced his next career move this week: directing the lobbying arm of Duke Energy in Washington. As senior vice president of federal affairs with…