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Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:33

Harrah’s third hotel tower now open

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel third hotel tower which has been under construction as part of its three-year, $633 million expansion is now open. The 532-room Creek Tower broke ground in July 2009 and was completed just before Christmas less…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:31

Get involved: volunteer

The Haywood County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for the following boards: • The Board of Equalization and Review — The purpose of this board is to hear appeals to the value placed on real property for the County’s…
Altrusa Club of Waynesville will host its 13th annual Soup and Cornbread Benefit Scholarship Fundraiser from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Jan. 25. The lunch or dinner will include homemade soup (vegetable or potato), fresh cornbread, a beverage and…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:30

HCC to offer business plan workshop

The Small Business Center of Haywood Community College will offer a free seminar entitled Business Plan Basics on Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 6-9 p.m. on campus in the Student Center, first floor. Participants of Business Plan Basics will be able…
Swain County has lost more than $17,000 a month from their coffers, and that financial gouge may become a lot bigger following a suit filed by Graham County last month. Graham and Swain county are at odds over property taxes…
Haywood County’s seniors are one step closer to having more affordable housing options. County commissioners last week agreed to sell the old hospital to Fitch Development Company for $1.275 million. They will then undertake the mammoth task of turning the…
Remodeling work to the old Wal-Mart building in Haywood County could begin within weeks after commissioners approved a contract to transform the space into county offices. The board heard from Scott Donald of Padgett & Freeman Architects, who are spearheading…
Haywood County selected a new manager at their Wednesday meeting, promoting current interim manager Marty Stamey. The board decided to make it official with Stamey, long-time assistant county manager, voting unanimously to give him the position permanently. Stamey took over…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:20

Save the Mark Watson Park trees

To the Editor: I recently received the very upsetting news that the parks and recreation office is managing a county project that may result in the cutting down of many very large trees in Mark Watson Park! I simply do…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:19

The first 19,000 days

By John Beckman • Guest Columnist I had a birthday recently, which seems to happen every year about this time, and I paused to contemplate what this occasion really meant in everyday life to me and to the world I…
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 19:18

A place where two worlds collide head-on

By Scott Muirhead • Guest ColumnistFrog Level is what remains of the golden age of the railroads, the age when bulk goods, travelers and mail were carried exclusively by train, when neither interstate highways nor 18-wheelers existed. Some might believe…
The Koresh Dance Company, renowned for its powerful stage presence and high-energy style, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at the Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. Koresh was founded in Philadelphia in 1991 by…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:08

Student poets and musicians perform in Haywood

The Haywood County Arts Council will unveil its 2011 schedule of performances and gallery shows at its annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 2011. There will be performances by students from the Poetry Out Loud program…
A program about African Americans in Jackson County will be held at the Jackson County library in Sylva at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 26. Learn about the contribution of local African Americans, such as Ida Jean Bryson, the first…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:07

Gallery 262 opens in Frog Level

Frog Level will soon find a new art gallery among its ranks when Gallery 262 opens Friday, Jan. 21. The gallery will feature artists from around the region, exhibiting in a variety of media, from watercolor and acrylic to mixed…
Haywood Arts Regional Theater has extended the run of “A Life in the Theatre” for a second weekend, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 21 and 22, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 23. The show was…
Ronnie McDowell, known for his Elvis-infused style of country music, will wow audiences with his smash hits and new creations at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Jan. 29. McDowell has charted more than 30 Top 40…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:02

Mountain dulcimer master comes to Franklin

A master dulcimer player will give a concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21, at Franklin High School Fine Arts Center. Michael Shull is a National Mountain Dulcimer Champion, a recording artist and teacher who is well-known across the…
The first Bascom Winter Barn Dance of the season will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, with music by 4118. Barn dances are held the last Saturday of the month January through March. In January, educators…
While ice carving may seem like a delicate enterprise — a patient art form executed with a well-aimed chisel and a gentle tap from a tack hammer — it’s anything but. When six ice carvers faced off at the Fire…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:53

Suggestions what, when to plant veggies

As I noted in this space a couple of weeks ago, this is the time of year to order seeds and plan your garden. If like me, you are snowbound, thinking about gardening makes for pleasant thoughts. So, what follows…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:52

When we prod the mountains, they fall

To the Editor: I have been reading letters in the Franklin Press from several angry people in recent days. I can no longer restrain myself from adding my two cents worth. In 1972 I had a letter in the newspaper…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:50

Words have a power we often forget

Just as I was sitting down to write my column on the controversy surrounding a new edition of Mark Twain’s classic novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which an Auburn University professor plans to publish with the intention of replacing…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:38

Coming across words to remember

Editor’s note: George Ellison is snowed in without an Internet connection. This column first appeared in The Smoky Mountain News in January 2003. Tuckaseigee, Oconaluftee, Heintooga, Wayah, Cullasaja, Hiwassee, Coweeta, Stecoah, Steestachee, Skeenah, Nantahala, Aquone, Katuwah, and on and on.…
A February program at the Cradle of Forestry will explore how frogs come out of their hiding places to find mates and lay eggs in woodland waters. The program — whimsically named “Frog Love in the Pink Beds”  in honor…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:37

Shooting range sidelined by opposition

The U.S. Forest Service has backed off a proposed shooting range in Clay County following public opposition. The forest service planned to build a new shooting range near Perry Creek in the Nantahala National Forest, but the site has been…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:36

Downhill racing season heats up at Cataloochee

The ski racing season kicked off at Cataloochee Ski Area last week. More than 200 skiers and snowboarders from middle schools and high schools across the region competed for the best downhill times during the inaugural week of racing. You…
An after-school ski and snowboard program for middle school students will be held Thursday afternoons starting Jan. 27 and running for five weeks. The program, offered by Waynesville Parks and Recreation, includes transportation, rental equipment, a lift ticket and a…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:34

Study shows growth in recycling jobs

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources released a study this week showing strong growth in recycling jobs in the state despite the effects of the recent recession.   The research, conducted by DENR’s Division of Environmental Assistance and…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:32

Haywood Waterways honors water guardians

Tom Anspach wrestled 1,020 pounds of trash out of the Pigeon River around the Canton Recreation Park over the past year nearly single-handedly. The magnanimous effort landed Anspach the title of volunteer of the year by Haywood Waterways Association. Anspach…
If there was any lingering doubt that the apocalypse was, indeed, scheduled for 2012, it has been erased. The totally unprecedented death of thousands of birds, tens of thousand (or more) fish and tens of thousands of crabs has been…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:26

WildSouth facilitates wildlife meeting

The non-profit grassroots conservation organization WildSouth sponsored a meeting last week to discuss complaints and questions from the public regarding poaching, trespassing and other wildlife-related issues. The meeting, held in the Harrell Center at Lake Junaluska on Jan. 7, attracted…
Victoria Casey McDonald, a local writer and historian, will present a program about African-Americans in Jackson County at the Jackson County Public Library at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 26. One of the featured individuals will be Ida Jean Bryson,…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:22

This is quality Southern writing

How many times have you heard the lament, “They don’t write southern novels the way they used to”? This statement is usually followed by a catalog of classics like To Kill a Mockingbird along with a few reverent references to…
The Rev. Jamie Washington, social justice educator and president of a Baltimore-based multicultural organizational development firm, will be the keynote speaker for Western Carolina University’s annual celebration in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Founder of…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 21:38

Winter Thursdays at Blue Ridge Books

It’s easy to get cabin fever during mountain winters, so consider making Thursday evening the night to venture to Blue Ridge Books and News. You can buy a great cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate, have some dessert, and…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 21:38

Learn how to two-step at Diamond K

The Diamond K Dance Ranch in Maggie Valley will hold a Two-Step Workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan.15. The cost for the workshop is $40 per couple. Everyone must have a partner. To register call Joe…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 21:37

Audition for ‘Unto These Hills’

The famed Cherokee outdoor drama “Unto These Hills” will hold auditions from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Cherokee Historical Association Business Office located at 564 Tsali Blvd. in Cherokee. Anyone interested in acting, singing and…
The Haywood County Arts Council is proud to present Master Cherokee storyteller and historian Lloyd Arneach will perform at the Haywood County Arts Council’s Sunday Concert Series at 3 p.m. on Jan. 16 at the Haywood County Library in Waynesville.…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 21:23

Falling in love with the art of paper cutting

A single piece of paper can bring all sorts of different things to our lives: the excitement of a love letter or the heartbreak of a Dear John, the frustration of a speeding ticket or the accolades of a diploma,…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 21:22

Free radon testing kits available in Jackson

January is Radon Education Month and the Jackson County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension is offering free testing kits for homeowners to assess the level of radon in their homes. Homeowners may pick up free kits at the Cooperative Extension…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 21:19

Mountain BizWorks offers planning course­

Mountain BizWorks will offer Foundations, an eight-week business planning course, starting Jan. 24 at its offices in Sylva. During the course, students study how to craft a solid business plan: developing a mission statement, estimating start-up and overhead costs, setting…
The Haywood County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the First Methodist Church in Waynesville. Following the business meeting, member Steve Torda will present a program entitled, “With old time remedies the…
By definition, the lottery is a gamble. There’s no guarantee of winning, no assurance that you’ll look back on your ticket purchase without regret. Sure, it can pay out big sometimes, but you could just as easily come up empty.…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 21:13

GOP may loosen rules on lottery proceeds

With the GOP takeover of the state General Assembly, lottery money and how schools use what they’re given will come under new scrutiny. “I wouldn’t have voted for a lottery, but it is the law now and it needs to…
Tired of being indoors this winter? Take your mind off winters chill and warm up with the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Fire & Ice Winterfest from 3-7:30 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Waynesville Inn Golf Resort. Whether…
U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, is getting the word out: from now on, he’ll be carrying a gun when meeting with constituents. Just a short time ago such an announcement from a member of Congress probably would have been considered…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 21:09

New York City? No wonder they left us out

A spokeswoman with the state Department of Transportation said they didn’t intentionally leave out the state’s westernmost counties on an official logo created by consultants paid $434,590.46 by taxpayers. That amount, in the interest of accuracy, was a lump sum…
An anonymous letter alleging corruption — including bribery, embezzlement, overbilling and theft of state materials — among contractors hired to do roadside maintenance for the N.C. Department of Transportation in Haywood County has been widely circulated in recent weeks. County…
Fund for Haywood County has released $28,335 in recent grants to local nonprofit organizations supporting important community initiatives. The grants include: • Habitat for Humanity — $25,000 to support start-up costs for a ReStore to sell usable donated building materials…