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Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:19

Create Eden, drop animal products

To the Editor: TV host Glenn Beck and other stalwarts of the Christian right have attacked the recent blockbuster “Noah”as being “pro-animal” and unfaithful to the Bible. Well, yes and no. The film is pro-animal and faithful to the Bible,…
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:19

Rep. Presnell will get my vote again

To the Editor: We must speak out against this proposed room tax increase. The county leaders may want it, but the citizens of this county do not want another tax increase. Our tax-and-spend county commissioners and their band of socialists…
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:19

Has Rep. Presnell lost her memory?

To the Editor:  In a recent article about the sad state of North Carolina teacher salaries, Rep. Michele Presnell was quoted as follows: “We cannot help education until we get a handle on Medicaid. Obamacare has thrown all these additional…
To the Editor: I find it noteworthy that in the March 26 column on Rep. Michele Presnell’s opposition to the proposed 50 percent increase in the room tax there is no clear indication that the writer had attempted to go…
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:16

Support fair trade but beware free trade

By Doug Wingeier • Columnist For some years now I have been promoting fair trade products as a means of helping organic farmers and cooperatives in the Third World get just prices and living wages, improve living standards, educate their children,…
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 12:43

Canton selects new town manager

Canton Mayor Mike Ray was happy to see it come to an end. Finally, a decision has been made. “We’ve gone through 80 applications and have worked hard to make a decision for our city, our employees and our residents,”…
Plenty of green is popping up in Bryson City, but it’s not all due to the growing season. Green wayfinding signs now scattered throughout town point to landmarks ranging from the Road to Nowhere to the Swain County Courthouse. It’s…
The Waynesville skate park became an instant rock star after its debut last fall, gaining repute as a wildly popular concrete playground for all things on wheels gliding, sliding and flying over the ramps and rails all hours of the…
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 00:00

A new paradigm

For decades, mountain tourism strategists have concocted catchy ways to state the obvious: come visit us because we are in the mountains. It was so predictable. And there were only so many ways you could say it.
Lynn Collins has honed the art of eavesdropping. It began innocently enough, unavoidable even, since nothing but a cubicle separates her from the foot traffic of downtown Waynesville.  SEE ALSO: A new paradigm But her accidental eavesdropping soon became intentional. From…
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 00:00

Stemming the sequester squeeze

The federal sequester came back to haunt Macon County last month when commissioners voted to spend $13,000 to keep the county’s housing assistance program up and running. Commissioners had given Macon Program for Progress $12,000 at the beginning of the…
When Franklin town leaders meet in April, they will be digesting a number of alternative plans for revamping the downtown gazebo, the beloved but dated focal point of the town square on Main Street. The designs and ideas for a…
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 00:00

Many moving parts to hospital sale

The sale of the hospitals in Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties to Duke LifePoint has entered the final stages but is still several weeks, and possibly even a few months away.
Evergreen Packaging paper mill in Canton is embarking on a $50 million natural gas conversion of its coal-fired boilers to comply with new federal air pollution limits.
After a full day of brainstorming, the Waynesville Board of Aldermen had thrown a lot of meat onto the table. Ideas, concerns and potential opportunities were written down on giant pieces of paper and tacked up on the walls, canvassing…
Western Carolina University is expected to get the go-ahead this month to place development of the Millennial Campus under the control of WCU’s endowment fund.  University officials believe the endowment fund would serve as a better vehicle to foster the…
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 00:00

Occupancy tax supporters hold out hope

A tourism tax increase in Haywood County has virtually no hope of advancing in the N.C. General Assembly this year, but some of its supporters seem reluctant to fold. Town and county leaders have implored state legislators to green light…
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 14:43

Another storyteller to add to the list

For years I’ve been enjoying and sometimes writing about a group of old-time Western North Carolina storytellers I think of collectively as “The Mountain Humorists.” These weren’t professional storytellers in the sense that they made formal appearances for pay or…
Great Smoky Mountains Association earned two first-place awards and four honorable mentions last month for its work in media and partnership.  The park’s quarterly newspaper, Smokies Guide, garnered first from the Association of Partners for Public Lands in the informational…
Anglers will have a chance to compete for $20,000 in tagged fish March 28-30 at the Cast Into Spring Tournament, hosted by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
 Duke’s profits off the hydroelectric power dam on the Pigeon River in Haywood County have funded another round of environmental water quality projects in Haywood, Buncombe and Madison counties. The annual fund was created in 1996 thanks to the Clean Water…
Ideas are being solicited for riparian habitat enhancement projects in Jackson, Swain and Macon counties as part of Duke Energy’s requirement to carry out conservation projects in exchange for harnessing the region’s rivers with hydroelectric dams.
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 14:35

Free hiker breakfast in Franklin

Appalachian Trail hikers can get a free breakfast in Franklin through April 11. First Baptist Church in Franklin has offered this four-week period of “trail magic” for eight years, last year feeding 595 hikers from 44 states and seven countries.
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 14:32

Celebrate the Appalachian Trail season

Whether you’re roughing it on the AT or just looking for a fun way to spend your Saturday, several upcoming AT festivals in Western North Carolina are sure to fit the bill. These events celebrate hikers, hiking and all things…
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 14:29

The AT experience won’t be left behind

It’s been nearly eight years since Amy “Willow” Allen passed through Western North Carolina as a tired-and-hungry AT through-hiker. But her journey didn’t end at the summit of Mount Katahdin.  “It isn’t something you leave behind,” she said. “Once you…
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 14:17

Mann, ‘Les Miserables’ to stage at WCU

Directed by Broadway star Terrence Mann, the Tony-Award-winning musical “Les Miserables” will be performed at 7:30 p.m., April 3-5 and at 3 p.m., April 6 in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.
The Haywood County Arts Council has renamed their outdoor summer festival. Previously known as International Festival Day, the name has been changed to ArtFest.  ArtFest will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 19. Though the name…
In 2011 a large Hollywood film descended upon North Carolina. It was a secret and it went by the name of “Artemis.” The film was actually “The Hunger Games.”  As soon as word got out, fans and media starting flocking…
Artists transform everyday objects into works of art in the exhibit “Out of the Ordinary,” which runs April 5 through June 15 at The Bascom in Highlands.
An exhibit celebrating the work of photographer Hugh Morton will open with a reception and talk March 27 at the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University. 
Budding artists from across Jackson County were recently recognized during the annual Youth Art Month exhibit hosted by Western Carolina University’s School of Art and Design. The exhibit is part of a nationwide recognition of visual arts programs and the…
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 14:08

Balsam Range, The Boxcars to play Franklin

Acclaimed bluegrass acts Balsam Range and The Boxcars will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Tickets are $10 and $15. Balsam Range won the Album of the Year…
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 14:07

WCU jam series continues with Crooked Pine

The 2013-14 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series continues with Crooked Pine at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 14:05

This must be the place

I went out too fast. I always go out too fast.
Established and emerging authors of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction will discuss and read from their works at Western Carolina University during the 12th annual Spring Literary Festival from Monday, March 31 to Friday, April 4, in Cullowhee. All events are…
A writer looking at a blank page is a like a painter staring at a fresh canvas, a sculptor facing a block of clay or a woodworker holding a chunk of wood. The desire to grab words from thin air…
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 13:48

You often get the results that you plan for

To the Editor: Here is what I think about Jackson County’s revised steep slope ordinance: self-serving, self-serving and self-serving. But here’s the real question: what does one think the results will be when you elect or appoint builders, developers and…
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 13:48

What’s up with all the litter in Haywood?

To the Editor: Just an observation that I am sure others have made also, but what about all the trash along the roadside all over our beautiful Haywood County? People what is going on? What happened to all the volunteer…
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 13:47

Election laws target the wrong groups

To the Editor: I attended a political club meeting last night. I purchased tickets for a fundraiser — a dinner — to be held in a few weeks. I was asked to please provide user names, addresses and phone numbers…
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 13:47

The enduring myth of welfare cheats

To the Editor: Welfare cheats. It seems that every conservative has a favorite story about how someone on public assistance is cheating the system. Food stamp cards used for fancy food, having babies to get more money, living off unemployment,…
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 13:45

To shoot or not to shoot?

To the Editor: Every two or three years I read in the newspaper that a homeowner shot an intruder. Typically, the homeowner hears a noise during the night, gets his gun and flashlight and goes downstairs with his wife hanging…
Some teacher a long time ago explained to my class of intro to political science undergrads the difference between a statesman and a representative. The statesman, once elected, votes his conscience and does not necessarily bend with the whims of…
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 13:39

Macon ballfield complex to break ground soon

Macon County commissioners unanimously approved the first round of bids to begin construction of a $3.8 million sports complex in Franklin. The county will pay CTech, a Franklin-based engineering company, $49,750 for site plans, geotechnical engineering and construction oversight. Commissioners…
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 13:39

Lake Junaluska Peace Conference

The Lake Junaluska Peace Conference, taking place March 27-30, will feature six leadership speakers from across the globe. The speakers will talk about the role faith communities have in combating disease, violence and poverty — often the causes of poor…
The advent of three large student apartment complexes around Western Carolina University in the past few years has prompted concern in Cullowhee over increased traffic.
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 13:37

Gambling halls raided

Two video gambling halls were raided in Haywood County last week following an undercover investigation by law enforcement agencies.
Stagnating pay for North Carolina teachers is prompting some local school leaders to dig a little deeper for salary bonuses at the county level.
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 13:32

On with the show

Though the process has been long, Steven Lloyd is beginning to see the fruits of his labor. “I sometimes feel like I’ve pushed a big boulder up a hill and it’ll fall backwards,” he said. “But, the momentum is still…
The Macon County Sheriff race will be short and sweet. Incumbent Sheriff Robbie Holland, a Republican, only faces one challenger, Bryan Carpenter, also a Republican. Because the two candidates are in the same party, the primary election will decide the…
Swain County Sheriff Curtis Cochran will have an easy primary season, with no Republicans challenging his bid for a third term in office. But four Democratic challengers are fighting it out during the primary. Here’s a look at those candidates: