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Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:24

Let’s keep the AT as pristine as possible

To the Editor: In the winter of 1979, in the midst of studying for a degree at a large university, things weren’t going well. Academically I was OK, but emotionally, spiritually, I needed a break. One afternoon I returned to…
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:23

What a great day in Western North Carolina

From the very first few days I lived in the mountains — as an 18-year-old freshman at Appalachian State University — late-summer days have always gotten my blood pumping. The fresh, cool breezes that suggest the coming fall do battle…
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:15

Macon Aero Modelers Barbecue Fundraiser

The Macon Aero Modelers is holding its 5th annual BBQ Charity Fun Fly at 9 a.m. Sept. 21-22, at the club’s flying field on Tessentee Road in Otto. Each year the club, made up of radio-controlled airplane enthusiasts, hosts the…
MedWest-Haywood is asking the community to step up to the plate and do their best rendition of the ‘Pink Glove Dance’ on Monday, Sept. 16. The ‘Pink Glove Dance’ has become a national hit to raise awareness of breast cancer.…
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:10

Mountain Momma

I credit my older sister with teaching me many of life’s important lessons. Like not wearing white heels after Labor Day, or not mixing gold earrings with a silver necklace.
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:09

Crafts, contests and music at Railfest

The 12th annual Railfest will bring a taste of railroad food, memorabilia, storytelling, Appalachian music and dance, and special train excursions to downtown Bryson City Sept. 13-15.
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:07

Youth Art Festival coming to Dillsboro

The 6th annual Youth Arts Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro.
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:06

Wrestler brings musical talents to Maggie rally

Professional wrestler and country singer Mickie James will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14, at Thunder In The Smokies bike rally at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. 
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:04

This must be the place

He slinked by, turned and glanced at me. “Well, hey there, you must be Jack, eh?” I said to him.
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:00

Must-see in Cullowhee

From blockbuster Broadway musicals to the obscure art of throat singing to politically-charged documentaries on Iranian oppression, Western Carolina University is filling the stage and screen with an impressive line-up of shows, acts and film screenings over the coming year.…
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 14:42

The lost West in all its violent glory

I have always had a fondness for great, sprawling epics, especially if they chronicle the downfall of a family/dynasty that acquired great power and wealth only to destroy themselves through ruthless acts involving betrayal, greed and arrogance. Invariably, they build mansions, acquire…
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 14:41

Buckeyes still beguile nature lovers

A large yellow buckeye tree overhangs and supports the swinging gate that accesses our property. The tree has started to drop the unique fruiting structures for which it is named. Year around, it always has something interesting going on.
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 14:32

Blight-resistant chestnuts planted in Cashiers

Tree seedlings planted at McKinney Meadow in Cashiers this week may signal a new chapter for the American Chestnut in the area and its fight against blight. The chestnut seedlings planted at McKinney Meadow are part of a unique breeding…
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 14:32

Advanced tech courses offered to students

Haywood County high school students will have more educational opportunities in the areas of electronics and machining, thanks to a nearly $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Haywood Community College and Haywood County Schools will use the two-year, $193,000…
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 14:30

Farm tour introduces tourists to their food source

A Western North Carolina farm tour provides the perfect chance to see where food comes from and to get to know the farmers who grow it.
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 14:29

Parkway throws mountain party

A day full of activities at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center near Asheville promises mountain music, outdoor literature, local food, environmental education and a guided hike. Events run from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the…
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 14:27

Geothermal project extends crop’s life

Haywood Community College will soon build an experimental geothermal pre-cooling facility to extend the shelf life of produce and crops in Western North Carolina.
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 14:26

Chestnut trees highlight of hike

A walk along the Blue Ridge Parkway will take hikers on a journey to explore the mighty chestnut tree and its future in Western North Carolina.
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 14:24

Buy gear and help the park’s friends

Mast General Store is offering outdoor enthusiasts a way to get new gear while helping out the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Until Sept. 14, Patagonia footwear, apparel and gear purchased at Mast General Store in Waynesville will benefit the…
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 14:23

Get thee to an eatery

Sorry, I couldn’t help it – I saw Hamlet at Montford Park this past weekend.  But to be more specific, get thee to City Lights Café this Friday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m. for “Land of the Crooked Water.” The…
It is a common story — a species once eliminated returns to find not everyone welcomes it back with open arms. The return of wolves to northern Wisconsin, the reintroduction of beavers to the United Kingdom, and now the elk…
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 13:45

Business calendar

• Western Carolina University will host information sessions on a new part-time MBA program starting in January and held in Cherokee. Sessions will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Sept. 12 in the hotel ballroom at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino…
Highlands-Cashiers Hospital is expected to come under the umbrella of Mission Health in coming months. The Highlands-Cashiers Hospital is current a stand-alone, independent hospital, but has been engaged in talks with Mission for a year about entering an affiliation. Highlands-Cashiers…
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 13:41

Getting a handle on cutlery

Kristi Culpepper knows knives.  Browsing the wide selection of specialized hunting, hobby and kitchen cutlery at Old School Knife Works on U.S. 441 in Otto, Culpepper is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the tradition, history and modern…
Despite fears that the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center would meet its maker after losing its state funding, the center’s board of directors decided to persevere, albeit in a diminished capacity.
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 13:37

Changes on table for TDA grant funding

People seeking funds from the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority spend hours filling out grant applications, and all the tourism agency gets for the applicant’s trouble is paper skyscrapers.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians held tribal council elections last Thursday (Sept. 5). All 12 seats on tribal council were up election, with two seats representing each of the reservation’s six communities. All the sitting council members ran for…
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 13:35

Sewer credits: a commodity market in Cashiers

To relieve sewer gridlock in the Cashiers area, the Tuckasegee Water and Sewer Authority may change its rules to let developers swap, transfer and even sell unused sewer capacity.
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 13:34

New restrooms in store for Waynesville playground

The town of Waynesville will soon put in temporary restrooms next to the popular children’s playground on Marshall Street. They will be a step up from the status quo of two lone portable potties plunked down at the edge of…
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 13:34

Waynesville to invest in tennis courts

Waynesville plans to repair the six cracked and aging tennis courts in its recreation park, as long as the local tennis community chips in. The town board authorized the Waynesville Park and Recreation Department to spend about $50,000 to resurface…
Skateboarders from across Western North Carolina have streamed into Waynesville during the past week to try out the town’s newly opened $400,000 skate park.
Forest Hills residents and town leaders overwhelmingly opposed purchasing a 60-acre abandoned golf course in the middle of their community at a public hearing last week.
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 13:30

Clyde police chief suspended, but keeps job

Clyde Police Chief Gerard Ball won’t return to work until Oct. 5 after the Clyde Board of Aldermen decided to suspend him without pay. Following a three-hour discussion, the town board voted unanimously last Wednesday (Sept. 4) to suspend Ball…
A new traveling exhibit is using technology to teach people about traditional Cherokee culture.
Two Maggie Valley aldermen recently indicated that they have a laundry list of grievances against the town’s mayor, but there is one complaint that stands out among the rest.
As the Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen called its monthly meeting to order, it was the last item on the list that had town hall overflowing — a call for a hearing to consider the mayor’s alleged misconduct.
A proposal to charge youth sports clubs and outside groups rental fees to use school property is being studied by the Haywood County School Board.
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:46

Liverworts — a unique bridge in the plant world

Some years ago, when I first became interested in plant identification, I became curious about liverworts. They are one of the distinctive plant groups (like fungi, lichens, mushrooms, etc.) without advanced vascular systems.
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:41

A great dam run

The annual Dam Race at Fontana Dam — featuring a run over the top of the towering dam itself — was held last week, attracting runners from throughout the Southeast to race against the backdrop of mountain peaks and Fontana…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:40

Blue Ridge Breakaway a success

Olympic silver-medalist Lauren Tamayo from Asheville was among the 460 riders from 18 states who pedaled the scenic roadways, byways and Blue Ridge Parkway during Haywood County’s Blue Ridge Breakaway, Aug. 17. The event featured rides of varied distances, from…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:39

Record rainfall, is it climate change?

A program about climate change in Western North Carolina will explore how oldtimers and scientists alike view changing weather patterns in the mountains. The Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River will hold two meetings on the topics on Monday, Sept. 9.…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:39

New wildlife police boss in WNC

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Tim Sisk to the position of captain for the state’s western counties, covering a district that stretches from Madison to Cherokee counties. Sisk will manage enforcement operations for hunting, fishing and boating, and…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:38

Cherokee chief placed on wildlife resources board

Michel Hicks, Principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, has been appointed a commissioner on the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:37

Parkway reopens along damaged stretch

The Blue Ridge Parkway has reopened a closed section of the motor road — from Ox Creek Road in Asheville to Mount Mitchell State Park — using temporary bypass lanes.
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:35

Trail promises cemeteries and rapids

Friends of the Smokies will host a guided, 9-mile roundtrip hike, Tuesday, Sept. 17, along Noland Creek Trail. The hike runs along a rushing creek and through cemeteries and remnants of home sites in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:34

Paddlers ready to hit the Tuckasegee

The Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom, a family-friendly paddling competition on a calm section of the Tuckasegee River, is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14.
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:32

Owning the autumn sky

The loud, piercing keee-eeeeerrrr jerks your head up involuntarily to see the essence of wild freedom — a red-tailed hawk, wings outstretched banking slowly in the blue. It stops you, if only for a second or two, it stops you.
The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute is making use of citizen scientists from around the world to help sort and catalog its photo albums of the universe. Since the late 1800s, astronomers have been taking images of the night sky, using…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:41

A realistic, refreshing look at teaching

For most students, parents, and teachers, autumn rather than spring is the season of budding growth, new life, and hope.
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:29

Macon County Fair opens in Franklin

The 60th annual Macon County Fair will be Sept. 11-14 at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center in Franklin. Highlights of the event include opening ceremonies at 1 p.m. Sept. 11, cross-cut saw demonstration at 6 p.m. Sept. 12, barbecue supper…