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Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:19

Behind the ballad of Kidder Cole

Judge Felix E. Alley (1873-1957) was a native of Whiteside Cove, near Cashiers and Highlands. During most of his legal career as an attorney and superior court judge, he resided in Waynesville and served, on occasion, as the attorney for…
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:16

Spring celebration planned for Parkway

Live raptors, green building and spring flowers will all be part of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Greening of the Parkway special event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center.  In this combined…
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:11

Wildflower Whimsy kicks off in Highlands

The Wildflower Whimsy event, May 2-3, at the Highlands Biological Foundation, will feature guided garden tours, a live plant auction and reception — with live music — guided wildflower walks and a lecture. At 6 p.m. on Friday, Peter Loewer…
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:09

Farmers market kicks off in Waynesville

Another season is underway for Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market, which starts up again at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 26. The market will run every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon until mid-December at the parking lot of HART…
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:08

Rain barrels available in Haywood County

Rain barrels made from recycled food-grade containers are available for purchase at the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce and the Haywood County Cooperative Extension Office. They can also be ordered through the Haywood Waterways Association.  The barrels have bug screen…
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:07

A boon for bears

Bear management will get a boost in the Smokies with $4,000 in Appalachian Trail license plate sales to go toward repairing damaged cables in the cable-and-pulley systems installed at each backcountry campsite and shelter in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Volunteers are needed to help Haywood Waterways root the invasive plants out of Richland Creek’s banks at Vance Street Park in Waynesville. From 2 to 5 p.m. April 29, the group will remove Japanese knotweed, multiflora rose, oriental bittersweet, Chinese…
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:05

Skatepark closed for repairs

The Waynesville Skate Park will be closed from April 28 to May 2 for repairs. The park will reopen May 3.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:03

Smokies celebrate Junior Ranger Day

National Junior Ranger Day will spur festivities in Great Smoky Mountains National Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 26 at Oconaluftee, Sugarlands and Cades Cove visitor centers.
The woods are quiet on a cool Saturday morning in late March. There’s no wind swaying the still-bare trees or the rhododendrons clustered along streambeds. In this, one of the most remote trails of the Shining Rock Wilderness of Pisgah…
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:55

Curmudgeon offers words of wisdom

May is fast approaching, and with May comes the season of graduations. Daughters and sons, nephews and nieces, young people we’ve cherished for one reason or another: they’re about to embark on the next journey in their life, and we…
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:48

Pigs in a Poke

To the editor: The election season is here. Several candidates are promising to cut government costs or taxes, but they won’t say what services will be cut. These people either don’t know enough about the job they’re trying to get,…
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:47

Make your vote count this election

To the editor: Children are our future and as a former educator, I’ve been concerned about the cutbacks in spending for our schools. Teachers need to make a living wage and class size needs to be reduced so students can…
By Doug Wingeier • Columnist Good news! General Mills has recently announced that — in response to consumer pressure — it has removed GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) from its original Cheerios cereal. And Post has done the same with Grape Nuts.…
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:45

ABC merger agreed to by town and county

Jackson County and the town of Sylva agreed this month to merge the entities’ separate Alcoholic Beverage Control boards. The deal means that Jackson and Sylva will share in the overall profits generated throughout the county, including those generated at…
Nine months ago, a federal sex abuse case against Harland Squirrel, of Cherokee, ended in dismissal after the jury failed to reach a verdict. But the case hasn’t gone away. In May, Squirrel will face the charges again in tribal…
The bridge carrying eastbound Main Street traffic across the Little Tennessee River in Franklin will be close to 90 years old by the time its newly planned replacement is up and running at the end of 2017. The N.C. Department…
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:41

Jackson justice center squeezed for space

The verdict is in, and Jackson County Justice Center is a little too small. To be exact, it’s 35,807 square feet too small.  At least according to the results of a needs assessment by Heery International, the same company that…
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:36

The same, the change and ‘the machine’

Swain County’s clerk of court race is an early-season affair. With no challengers looming on November’s general election horizon, the contest will be decided in next month’s primary.  The Swain clerk’s contest is also a race that offers voters a…
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:36

Wearing it on their sleeves

When cyclists roll through Jackson County during the Tour de Cashiers May 3, some of them will be sporting new jerseys.  “This is the official bike jersey,” said Stephanie Edwards, executive director of the Cashiers Chamber of Commerce, Edwards showed…
The Jackson County Tourism Development Authority may be ready to start thinking about hiring an executive director. Board members of the still-new tourism organization are currently forming an exploratory committee to ponder the possibilities.
By Jake Flannick • Correspondent If wardrobes are a form of self-expression, then Gloria Stockton has a whimsical flair. She would say the opposite, of course. But the bright pink, polka dot smock, colorful high-top shoes and green-dyed hair in which…
A leadership upheaval within the Haywood County GOP is far from settled, but some members are calling for a reconciliation of opposing camps within the party. The internal power struggle in the local party should take a backseat to the…
The breakfast crowd in Bryson City’s Bojangles’ seems to know Dockie Brendle.  “Hello, Doc,” says a man at a nearby table. “How are you?”
Mountains and rivers shape the landscape of Western North Carolina, but when it comes to recreation programming, counties and municipalities tend to focus on facilities and league sports. Both the town of Waynesville and Jackson County, however, are working to…
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:00

Alice in Chains comes to Harrah’s

Grunge rockers Alice in Chains will perform at 9 p.m. Friday, May 2, at Harrah’s Cherokee.
As part of Western Carolina University’s yearlong observance of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the institution, a game designed especially for local children will be kicking off Saturday, April 26, during the annual Greening Up the Mountains festival…
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:00

This must be the place

Mary Harper was quite possibly the first real friend I made when I moved to Western North Carolina. With my apartment a few blocks away from the Water’n Hole Bar & Grill in Waynesville, I ventured down there at night…
A retreat for writers and artists will be held at Lake Logan Retreat Center May 18-23 by Cullowhee Mountain ARTS, an organization that hosts a gamut of workshops and retreats to connect artists with accomplished instructors in their field. The…
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:00

Sticking to the competition

Gregg Fuller can sum up barbeque. “It’s a southern tradition,” he confidently stated. Owner of No Name Sports Pub in Sylva, Fuller knows his barbeque. It’s something the establishment specializes in, and aims to perfect when pristine, raw pork rolls…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 17:28

Jackson sheriff's race: meet the candidates

The May 6 primary will narrow down the contenders for the Jackson County sheriff. The field of six Democrats and three Republicans will be whittled down to one candidate per party for the November ballot.   Glen Biller, D, 50…
Three of the five seats on the Haywood County board of commissioners are up for election this year. A field of five Democratic candidates — the three incumbents and two challengers —  will be narrowed down to three in the…
N.C. House of Representatives, seat 118 Is this my state rep? Yes, if you live in Madison and Yancey counties and part of Haywood — namely Canton, Clyde, Bethel, Cruso, Maggie Valley, Jonathan Creek and Crabtree areas. Is there a…
Meet the candidates, pick one Three seats are up for grabs on the Macon County Board of Commissioners this year, but only one has a primary contest: two Republicans vying for one seat in the Highlands district. Any Republican or…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 17:18

Snap shot of US House race in WNC

About the race: This used to be a toss-up district, but clever redrawing of voting boundaries by the Republican-led legislature in Raleigh two years ago tipped the scales to the right. The liberal stronghold of Asheville was carved out and…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 15:56

Growing season yields new farmers market

The Franklin area will be getting a new farmer’s market this year, held on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at the Macon County Heritage Center in Cowee, which was formerly the old Cowee School. In addition to agricultural products,…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 15:56

Disc golfers to descend on Cullowhee

Disc golfers will have a chance to show their stuff at the Inaugural Disc Golf Tournament at 5:30 p.m., Friday, April 25 at the Jackson County Recreation Center in Cullowhee. The doubles-format event is hosted by Jackson County Parks and…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 15:55

WNC home to most popular National Park

Western North Carolina can lay claim to two of 2013’s top three most visited places in the National Park System. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park kept first place among the 59 primary national parks. With 9.4 million visitors, it…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 15:55

History and watershed hike in the Smokies

A guided hike along Big Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be held at noon April 26 by the Haywood Waterways Association.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 15:53

Anonymous donation rocks the national park

An anonymous donor gifted $2.2 million to Great Smoky Mountains Association last week, one of the largest cash donations ever given to support Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The donation will be made in five installments between through 2018.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 15:51

Haywood agritourism guide available

From farmers markets to roadside stands to U Pick farms to plant nurseries to historic preservation sites, Haywood County’s agricultural heritage is showcased in Buy Haywood’s recently released 2014 Agritourism Guide.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 15:48

Graveyard Fields closing for upgrades

One the Blue Ridge Parkway’s most popular recreation areas will soon be closing for construction. The Graveyard Fields parking area and trailhead, at milepost 418.8, will close for approximately 11 weeks beginning April 22. 
As stand after stand of towering hemlocks falls to the appetite of an insect smaller than a grain of rice, foresters and wildlife managers alike are scrambling for an answer to the hemlock wooly adelgid. The invasive pest is still…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:47

Blood moon grand slam

Somewhere beyond the rain and clouds, in the wee hours yesterday morning (April 15), there was a striking blood moon accompanied by fiery mars during a total lunar eclipse. The Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles streamed the event live so…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:37

Bleak story has far-reaching implications

Russell Banks knows how to hook the reader’s interest. In the opening pages of Lost Memory of Skin, the book’s protagonist (known only as “The Kid”) enters the public library in Calusa (Miami) and asks the woman at the desk…
The Southern Fried Chicks Cage-Free Comedy Tour will hit is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. The Cage-Free Comedy Tour features Etta May, Sonya White, Karen Mills and…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:25

Easter events

Lake Junaluska offers Easter weekend activities, services The Easter weekend celebration at Lake Junaluska will be held April 19-20. On Saturday, April 19, activities begin with the Friends of the Lake 5K at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 5K Family…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:24

‘The Fantasticks’ hits the stage at WCU

“The Fantasticks,” the world’s longest-running musical, will bring a steampunk-styled allegory about deceit, disillusionment and devotion to the stage at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:22

Students place high at culinary competition

Southwestern Community College culinary students C.J. Reum and Scott Dolbee recently placed fourth at the Wake Tech Culinary Arts Showcase at the Raleigh Convention Center. 
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:22

Film to celebrate National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, and the occasion will be celebrated with a special film presentation at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Jane Campion’s literary biopic tells the true story of Fanny…