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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:40

Beware the company you keep

To the Editor: Jackson County Commissioners, I want to congratulate you on the entertaining meeting on Jan. 29 and your resolution to support the “Move to Amend” proposed 28th amendment to the U. S. Constitution. Surely you know of at…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:40

In my world, estimates are different from facts

To the Editor: Ed Morris’s recent letter to this newspaper criticized a letter I had written to The Franklin Press regarding a front page article they published. That article used information from a report titled “The Economic and Employment Costs of…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:40

Use Lent to try a meat-free diet

To the Editor: This Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter, when many Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert before launching his ministry.  But meat-free Lent…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:39

Appreciate community support for 5K run

To the Editor: On behalf of Dryman’s Chapel United Methodist Church please allow me to express thanks and grateful appreciation for the community and sponsor support we received during our Love Is in the Air 5K Run/Walk to raise funds…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:39

Let’s re-think attitudes toward wood

To the Editor: Have you ever heard the expression “waiting for the other shoe to drop”? I thought of it as I was reading all the recent news and opinions about the U.S. Forest Service studies on wood harvesting in…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:39

Does Maggie Valley need 200-foot cross?

To the Editor: At first blush the idea of a 200-foot cross seemed kind of cool. It could make Maggie Valley famous for having the tallest cross.  But I’ve been mulling it around in my head because there’s just something…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:37

The sweet dreams of snow days

“Dad, do you think we’ll get out of school tomorrow?” My son, Jack, is standing in the doorway of our bedroom. Sunday night is bearing down again, and the weekend forecasts have been taunting him and his sister with the…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:34

For some, facts just don’t matter

“It is an Internet Age paradox: We have more information than ever before and yet, seem to know less. Indeed, in the Internet Age, it can be fairly said that nothing is ever truly, finally knowable, authoritative testimony always subject…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:10

N.C. Wildlife Federation wins $30K grant

A $30,000 grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation will help the N.C. Wildlife Federation further its mission of conserving and protecting wildlife and their habitats. 
Stepping into Kirk Wall’s custom-carpentered, immaculately decorated mountaintop home, I couldn’t help but wonder if I’d knocked on the wrong door. Hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, breakable horse figurines and pieces of pottery — not to mention, only trace amounts of…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 15:46

Larry Brown earns his spot in Southern pantheon

One of my bookshelves is reserved for books that I have not read, but that I am saving for some special event. What I want is the pleasure of reading without a deadline hanging over my head. I actually buy books…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 15:30

Guest travel bloggers needed

Haywood Tourism Development Authority is currently looking for volunteer guest travel bloggers to contribute articles to its Homegrown Blog on
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 15:27

Boojum to open Waynesville taproom

Boojum Brewing Company, Waynesville’s newest (and fourth) brewery, will officially open its downtown taproom at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at 50 North Main Street.
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 15:23

‘Robin Hood’ radio production

Presented as a live radio broadcast onstage, “Robin Hood – The Legacy” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 15:19

This must be the place

Face-to-face communication is a lost art. Besides the actual act of writing, my favorite part of being a journalist is conducting the interview. Everyday, I meet up with complete strangers and immerse myself in their lives. It is a surreal…
Just mere feet from a bustling South Main Street in Waynesville resides a cocoon of creativity.  With a steady stream of vehicles rushing by, one enters Jenny Bucker’s studio as if to step into a portal of a calmer ambiance.…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 14:59

Murphy casino project on track for summer

When the Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise board opted to get rid of the project manager position for its Murphy casino construction project last year, some skepticism ensued as to whether the project could still continue on time and within budget.
Cherokee is one step closer to having an Olympic-sized outdoor pool following Tribal Council’s unanimous vote this month to purchase property for the project. “We have an identified site with contract negotiations with those landowners,” said Jason Lambert, director of…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 14:57

Highlands lowering lake for major repairs

Lake Sequoyah in Highlands is currently being drained in preparation for completing about $3 million in repairs to the dam.
Maggie Valley is in limbo over a proposed mountaintop cross after learning last week the state won’t help sort out how high the cross could legally be under the North Carolina ridge law.
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 14:50

YMCA summer camp coming to Swain

YMCA of Western North Carolina is getting ready to break ground on Camp Watia, a summer camp in Swain County to serve children in the region.  Ken and Nancy Glass of Buncombe County purchased the pristine 900 acres near Fontana…
Western Carolina University will now be subject to Jackson County’s revised subdivision ordinance, the planning board decided last week. Technically, the university has been included under the regulations since the planning board revised them last year, but that implication of…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 14:48

WCU to end off-campus busing

Once the spring 2015 semester wraps up at Western Carolina University, off-campus students will no longer have the option of catching the bus to classes.  While enrollment at the university — and development around it — is increasing, ridership on…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 14:47

Haywood notifies clients of missing data report

Haywood County Health and Human Services Agency recently notified clients that an accounts receivable report went missing from a billing office several months ago.
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 14:46

Canton second guesses proposed Labor Day changes

Canton will continue researching recommended changes to the town’s Labor Day celebration despite several aldermen expressing reservations about changing the venue and recruiting a national headlining band for a Sunday night concert. After mulling over proposed changes presented at a…
The Haywood County School Board followed the recommendation of school cafeteria workers this month and voted to continue buying cleaning chemicals exclusively from a national company, despite promising a local supplier that he would have a chance to bid on…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 14:43

Nonprofit manufacturer expanding in Sylva

Webster Enterprises is settling into its newly leased building on Harold Street in Sylva following the town board’s unanimous vote to approve a conditional-use permit for the nonprofit.  “We were delighted about it,” said Gene Robinson, executive director of Webster…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 14:37

Blood donors show loyalty to Red Cross

The new contract Mission Health signed with The Blood Connection for blood products will affect the American Red Cross’ collections in Western North Carolina, but Red Cross employees and volunteers hope donors will remain loyal to their cause.
Loyal blood donors will no longer see the iconic red cross on the side of the blood mobile next time they give blood at one of Mission Health’s 17 facilities in Western North Carolina. Mission has signed a new contract…
More kids will get a critical early start in education thanks to an expansion of the pre kindergarten program offered on-site at public schools in Haywood County. Until now, the in-house pre kindergarten program run by the school system has…
Jack Ewing stepped over a pail of drywall mud, dodged electrical wires dangling from the ceiling and picked his way across construction debris littering the bare concrete floor of the gutted Terrace Hotel room.
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 16:10

Waynesville missing an opportunity

To the Editor: It’s true, you only get one chance to make a good one. Entering Waynesville from any direction does not make a good first impression.  Coming from the east on N.C. 19/23 you only have to be about…
To the Editor: It took newly elected Sen. Thom Tillis , R-N.C., merely a month in Washington to make himself North Carolina’s reigning national embarrassment, succeeding Rep. Mark “Shutdown” Meadows, R-Cashiers, and John “Casanova” Edwards. People elsewhere are asking how…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 16:07

Too much of a good thing can be dangerous

I wish those planning to open a new charter school in Haywood County the best. Their intentions are completely honorable. But I also believe that the proliferation of school choice in the U.S. is not a long-term positive for the…
Lana Quinn of Waynesville has lost friends, been called crazy and was turned away from a pediatrician’s office because of her decision to not vaccinate her three sons. Waynesville resident Janet Presson’s son was diagnosed with autism at 2 years…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:50

The butternut is a country boy’s tree

“A countryman’s tree is the Butternut, known to the farm boy but not his city cousin. One who takes thoughtful walks in the woods may come to know and admire it for the grand old early American it is.” —…
Haywood Community College just became the only two-year community college in North Carolina to offer a forest management technology program accredited by the Society of American Foresters, a national organization for professional foresters.
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:28

Polar Plunge lands cash for waterway education

Lake Junaluska was only 39 degrees on Jan. 31, but 120 people still braved the cold to participate in Haywood Waterways Association’s Third Annual Polar Plunge.
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:27

Smokies invites you to meet new superintendent

Two open houses this month will offer the chance to meet and greet the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent, Cassius Cash, who had his first day at work this Monday (Feb. 9).
Pushing through 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 of biking and 26.2 of running, it was all Jennifer Jacobson could do to keep moving toward the finish line of Ironman Louisville in Kentucky last summer. But she did make it, earning…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:10

Guys, don’t fear Valentine’s Day, embrace it

Note to readers: this is one of the few times I have written a column addressed to one sex — or gender, if you prefer that term. This one is for the guys facing the next holiday. It’s Valentine’s Day,…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 14:59

Outhouse Race returns to Sapphire Valley

The annual Outhouse Race will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Sapphire Valley Ski Area.
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 14:56

Heart to rock Harrah’s

Renowned classic rock act Heart will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Harrah’s Cherokee.
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 14:54

This must be the place

What are you thinking about? Staring out the window, the question asked shook me out of a trance. My gaze drifted to the femme fatale who just got out of my bed, putting her clothes back on and heading into…
Transvestite. Transsexual. Transylvania. Three words that immediately conjure images of extravagant parties, mad scientists, death, rock-n-roll, Meatloaf, aliens, sing-a-longs, freedom and sexual liberation. What “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” did, and continues to do, for society can never be overstated.…
Jackson County commissioners will spend $100,000 on a storage room at the Cashiers library for the Friends of the Cashiers Library to house used book donations.
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 14:47

Haywood to offer some teachers signing bonuses

Haywood County Schools will be offering signing bonuses for teachers in hard-to-get fields starting next school year.
When Jackson County’s subdivision ordinance was revised last year, it included some changes that would apply to development at Western Carolina University. Namely, all WCU projects with more than 60 bedrooms — including dorms — would have to comply with…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 14:45

Cullowhee land-use plan on the move

A land-use plan to guide growth in Cullowhee will take a detour past the planning board en route to Jackson County commissioners this spring. There was some uncertainty over what trajectory the land-use plan would take once the Cullowhee planning…
Maggie Valley leaders could land in the middle of a controversy in coming months about whether the owner of Ghost Town in the Sky amusement park should be allowed to build a giant cross on the ridgeline above Maggie Valley.
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