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Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:32

A new collection of mountain writers

Many of us have attended a Methodist or Baptist “dinner on the grounds.” At these events, once popular across the South but now fading somewhat, church families gathered after the Sunday service for fellowship and a feast of pot-luck dishes:…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:29

Jackson commissioners responsive to veterans

To the Editor: In a few days, Jackson County voters will be choosing the leadership of the county for the next four years. As a U.S. Army veteran (1961-64, Ft. Bragg and West Germany), I commend the current board of…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:29

Jackson challengers don’t have good ideas

To the Editor: Over the course of the past year or so our Jackson County commissioner have been faced with a number of difficult decisions including salary raises for county employees, the Dillsboro dam and new mountain ordinances while keeping…
I’ve been thinking recently about what makes Sylva so cool. In my view, it has only been in the last 10 years or so that Sylva has hit the bull’s eye. Previously, it was no more cool, than, say, Robbinsville,…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:27

Celebrate Halloween with dodgeball tournament

Sign-up for teams is now under way for Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center’s Night of Fright Dodgeball Tournament, to be held from 6 to 9 p.m, Oct. 28. Teams for the tournament may consist of four to seven participants,…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:26

Franklin Chamber to hold e-mail seminar

The Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a seminar entitled “The Power of Email Marketing” from 3-5 p.m. on Oct. 20 at Center for New Mountain Business located at 673 Siler Road in Franklin. The 1.5 hour seminar is…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:26

Groves said goodbye, but comes back again

Cecil Groves, former president of Southwestern Community College, is the new CEO of BalsamWest FiberNet. Groves, who had moved to Texas to be near family, replaces David Hubbs, who announced he was leaving to pursue personal
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:25

Sylva stays in-house for new police chief

Davis Woodard, a veteran law enforcement officer in Jackson County, has been selected as Sylva’s new police chief.
A new state bill aims to encourage children to put down the sugary juices and frolic on the playground outside.
Canton may be looking toward a new era of revitalization, thanks to a grant from the North Carolina Rural Center. The town was awarded $25,000 earlier this fall for the Step Up Canton program, which will formulate strategies for economic…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:20

Swain sheriff receives federal grant

The Swain County Sheriff’s Office has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice under the 2010 COPS Hiring Program. The grant, in the amount of $125,811.00, will cover one officer position for a three-year period. The grant will…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:19

New Choices moves to REACH thrift store

The job training and life skills program, sponsored by REACH of Jackson County, has moved from its original location at the Client Service Center to Mariposa Boutique, the REACH thrift shop on Skyland Drive in Sylva. New Choices is a…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:19

Golf tournament to benefit REACH

A golf tournament will be held Monday, Oct. 18, at Highlands Falls Country Club in Highlands. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The “Playing for a Purpose” tournament will benefit REACH of Macon County, a nonprofit agency serving victims of family…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:18

Haywood Hospice volunteer training

Training for hospice is scheduled for the end of this month at Lake Junaluska First Baptist Church. Haywood Regional Medical Center Hospice & Palliative Care will hold the volunteer training series on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 25, 26,…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:18

Candidates forum held in Franklin

A forum for Macon County Commissioner candidates will be hosted by the League of Women Voters of Macon County at 12:15 p.m. on Oct. 14 at Tartan Hall, First Presbyterian Church of Franklin. Incumbents Ronnie Beale (D) and Bob Simpson…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:16

As American as apple pie

On a chilly Wednesday night in early October, the small parking lot of the North Hominy Community Center in Haywood County is packed out.
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:15

Big lot mandate hampers housing growth in Sylva

Residential density is coming under scrutiny in Sylva after town leaders learned they require larger lots than most similar-sized towns.
Dodie Allen might be an unlikely hero for those business owners and downtown employees in Sylva who believe a new parking ordinance impairs their ability to make a living.
A partnership between Western Carolina University and a Brazilian-based company could eventually result in up to 300 new jobs for the region — if Vale Soluções em Energia, as hoped, agrees to build its yet-to-be-designed turbines here.
A national search for a new Western Carolina University chancellor will start immediately following longtime leader John Bardo’s announcement this week he would leave the institution’s top post and join the faculty.
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:06

WCU chancellor to retire

John Bardo, chancellor of Western North Carolina since 1995, announced this week he would step down. It’s been an extraordinarily long tenure for a university chancellor, and Bardo simply said it is time for a change at the top.
A radio tower that caused an outcry in Franklin because of its height — 471 feet — and its location — on the outskirts of town, in a residential area — won’t be built there after all. Instead, following a…
The “buzz bus” soon will be ferrying students from bars in Sylva back to the Western Carolina University campus.
A First Amendment battle is not what Western Carolina University senior Justin Caudell expected when he returned to campus this fall. But Caudell, who is editor-in-chief of the school’s student newspaper, the Western Carolinian, found himself on the other side…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 19:58

WCU student paper accused of plagiarism

Though The Sylva Herald and the Western Carolinian are still at odds about whether plagiarism occurred this summer, The Smoky Mountain News conducted its own investigation into the claims that led university officials to open the inquiry that temporarily closed…
A conference at Lake Janaluska Dec. 2-4 will be, “Embracing Christ’s Multi-Ethnic Body: Breaking Down Barriers and Building Bridges.” This represents Lake Junaluska’s second multicultural conference. During this event, people will experience life-changing times of listening and learning as participants…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 19:52

Few takers step up to run Haywood’s landfill

Selling space in the Haywood County landfill might not be the windfall some county leaders were hoping for.
The latest filing in a lawsuit over the massive landslide in Maggie Valley last winter claims the collapse of the mountainside was triggered by a broken waterline at Ghost Town in the Sky amusement park. Until now, accusations centered on…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 19:32

Welcome fall during Fall Colors Festival

The famous Inspirations Gospel group will welcome fall at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin on Oct. 15-16. The Fall Colors Festival will feature The Family and Friends Tour, The McKameys, and The Inspirations on Friday,…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 19:32

Brass quintet presents free concert Oct. 26

The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet will perform a free concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the campus of Western Carolina University. Pieces include Contrapunctus IX by J.S. Bach, “Laudes” by…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 19:31

Daylong marching band contest Oct. 16 at WCU

Approximately 3,500 students from 23 high schools will compete for top marching band honors during a daylong competition Saturday, Oct. 16, at Western Carolina University. The 10th annual Tournament of Champions, a showcase for elite high school marching bands, will…
The Fourth Annual Mountain Music Jamboree at Eaglenest Entertainment in Maggie Valley is Oct. 15-16 and will feature several well-known performers. Featured entertainers include: Bill Yates and Friends “A Tribute to the Country Gentlemen” is the result of the love…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 19:30

Macon’s Gemboree planned for Oct. 15-17

The 21st Annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree will be held Oct. 15-17 at the Macon County Community Building just south of Franklin off U.S. 441. Gem and mineral dealers from across the country will be on hand displaying and selling fine…
The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre’s fall production will be “Twelve Angry Jurors – The Encore.” The play was performed in July, but now it is back by popular demand. A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 19:29

Beadle to speak on Haywood history Oct. 17

Haywood County writer Michael Beadle will give a program on Haywood County history at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17, at the Haywood County Public Library in Waynesville. The program includes a slide show of rare photographs from Haywood County’s…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 19:28

Classic trucks roll into Cherokee Oct. 15

The 5th Annual Big Rigs and Antique Trucks Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 15 and 16 at the Acquoni Expo Center in Cherokee. The event is sponsored by the Western NC Truck Chapter…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 19:27

Haywood Apple Harvest Festival returns Oct. 16

The 22nd annual Haywood County Apple Harvest Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16, in downtown Waynesville. The annual festival, which celebrates the beauty of the harvest season in Haywood County, features handmade arts…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 19:26

It’s chili season

Bryson City The 20th annual Bryson City Chili Cook-off will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad Depot. The contest includes awards for both professional and amateurs and a people’s choice…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 19:25

Smythe sets up shop in downtown Sylva

Artist James Smythe has opened a new upstairs art studio in the Downtowner Building at 563 West Main Street in downtown Sylva. Smythe has created a salon style hallway gallery to display and sell paintings. For the past 40 years…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 19:25

Learn art mold making at Green Energy Park

The Green Energy Park in Jackson County will hold a two-part mold making workshop Oct. 18 and Oct. 22. Experienced artists may skip the mold making workshop and bring their own molds on the day of the pour. • Mold…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 19:23

Gallery 86 to host national juried pastel show

The Haywood County Arts Council will host the Appalachian Pastel Society’s second National Juried Exhibition beginning Wednesday, Oct. 20, through Saturday, Nov.13. Grand prize for Best of Show is $1,000. Many other prizes will be awarded including pastel sets, other…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 19:21

Two Cherokee artists featured in OICA Gallery

The Gallery at Southwestern Community College’s Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts will feature two Cherokee artists in October as part of a new series of shows. Horizons: Dean Reed & Henrietta Lambert opened on Oct. 1 and will run through…
By Leon Grodski de Barrera • Guest writer There are a lot of ways to spin Christopher Columbus’ accomplishments or his misdeeds, depending on which version of history you go by. Some call him a hero, some a murderer, many…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:37

Dialect of the southern highlands

I’m no expert on regional linguistics, but through the years I have delighted in the dialect English still spoken here in the Smokies region. One sometimes hears or reads that it dates back to the Elizabethan era; that is, to…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:36

Wildlife-friendly subdivisions encouraged

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the North Carolina Wildlife Federation and the North Carolina chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, has unveiled a green-growth initiative that encourages wildlife-friendly practices for new and existing residential developments. The…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:36

Rabies vaccine kibbles to be scattered by air

Raccoons across WNC may stumble upon unexpected tasty treats this week: fish-flavored morsels containing an oral rabies vaccine. More than 700,000 baits will be scattered over the mountains of North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia by fixed-wing aircraft this week, and…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:35

Paddling put-in on Nantahala gets makeover

A put-in on the Nantahala River that had seen better days has gotten a stunning new makeover. The put-in at Ferebee Memorial Park on the Nantahala River, along U.S. 19 in the Nantahala Gorge, now features rock retaining walls along…
Bicyclists, ghosts and goblins will be on the road for the Tour de Franklin “Halloween Hunard” charity bicycle ride on Sunday, Oct. 31. The race starts at 9 a.m. from Smoky Mountain Bicycles in Franklin, which sponsors the annual autumn…
Parks and rec departments around WNC are jointly hosting a unique disc golf tournament for the first time ever on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23 and 24. The disc golf course at the Waynesville Rec Park along Richland Creek is…
An outdoor author who embarked on a modern day pilgrimage to follow in the footsteps of William Bartram, a naturalist and explorer in the region more than two centuries ago, will talk about his journey during a special program at…