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Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:48

Funding cuts will help us all

To the Editor: As soon as the federal budget was delivered to Congress, members like Nancy Pelosi and Bernie Sanders trotted out the age-old whine that conservatives want to harm women and children. The fact is that without deep spending…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:47

Budgets and politics clashing across the land

Politics and state budgets aren’t usually that interesting, but this year that’s not the case. Ideologies are clashing as lawmakers struggle to find a way through this recession, and we will all be affected by the outcome. North Carolina and…
Great Smoky Mountains Railway this week promised to return to Dillsboro in a big way, on this condition: Jackson County must come up with $817,176. “We need to explore how we can work together and get that train here, and…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:30

Ingles continues growth trend

Ingles got a green light last week from Waynesville’s town board to bulk out their Russ Avenue location, complete with gas station and convenience store, adding another expansion to the chain’s growing empire of new and revamped stores. The store…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:28

Residents weigh in on new Ingles

When Ingles pushes out of its old shell, it’s new home will bring new options to customers, like a stir-fry station, improved produce section and expanded wine and café offerings. For many local residents, however, the store’s current incarnation is…
A halfway house to help women who have been released from jail after serving time for minor offenses or other “life challenges” is opening in Sylva. The transitional housing, called Clean Slate, will serve women from Jackson, Haywood, Swain and…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:24

Much ado about everything in Maggie

In Maggie Valley’s Town Hall, the cooperative spirit has been in short supply of late, with disputes flaring at nearly every turn. A chill fell over the Board of Aldermen when former member Colin Edwards took his leave last month,…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:24

Mental health education class gets going

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Family-to-Family Education Program offers new spring classes for caregivers of individuals living with mental illness. Family-to-Family is a free, 12-week course led by John and Suzanne Gernandt, who are experienced in caring for a loved…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:23

Sylva Rotary Club hosts weekday pancake breakfast

A pancake breakfast will be held from 7:30 to 10 a.m. on Friday, March 4, at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Sylva, hosted by The Rotary Club of Sylva. On offer will be hot and cold beverages, all-you-can-eat…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:22

Jackson puts property revaluations off until 2015

Jackson County has decided to postpone its revaluation of property values from next year until 2015. A resolution to that effect is being prepared for adoption during the March meeting. Tax Assessor Bobby McMahan this week recommended the delay, citing…
In the farthest reaches of the Cherokee Indian  Reservation, work is being done to ensure that when crime happens, the police can be there. While most portions of the reservation are central to Cherokee itself, within easy reach of police…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:14

Bigger building, higher costs, no money

Jackson County commissioners are faced with a dilemma over the new Sylva library slated to open in May: either pony up more money for staff or the library will be forced to cut hours. The new library is four times…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:14

Train to help victims of domestic violence

Reach of Haywood needs volunteers for the nonprofit’s helpline. Helpline volunteers can assist from home — or away from home — if they have a cell phone. Other opportunities for volunteering are available, including helping at the REACH office on…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:13

Health Department offering free vaccines

Free flu vaccines are available at the Haywood County Health Department while supplies last. The flu vaccine is recommended for anyone over six months old and it is especially important for people at high risk of complications, including pregnant women,…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:13

Seats open on MedWest Haywood board

Four seats on the MedWest-Haywood hospital governing board will open up in April, with a deadline to apply of Feb. 28. Applications can be accessed on the county’s web page at www.haywoodnc.net or at the county administrative building. Completed applications…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:12

Construction begins on U.S. 441

Delays are expected on Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441) through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park beginning March 1, due to road rehabilitation.    In addition to repaving the road, thousands of feet of stone masonry retaining walls and several…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:10

Plows miss part of I-40

Motorists beware: a no man’s land at exit 37 on Interstate 40 may not be plowed and salted in bad weather with the same regularity as the rest of the highway. The stretch in question lies near the Haywood-Buncombe county…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 19:57

Community band calls for members

A new community band called Mountain Winds is forming in Jackson County, led by Bob Buckner, outgoing director of athletic bands at Western Carolina University and Jon Henson, assistant director of the school’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band. Musicians…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 19:56

Children of Zion give free performance

Jackson County’s Children of Zion Singers will be perform a free concert at 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 27, at First Baptist Church of Clyde. The show is part of the Sunday’s On Main concert series. The Children of Zion have…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 19:56

Benefit concert to be held at HCC

The Share the Warmth benefit concert featuring Balsam Range and Hominy Valley Boys is coming to Haywood Community College from 2 to 5 p.m. on Feb. 27. The event is sponsored by HCC and Champion Credit Union and all donations…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 19:54

Kenny Rogers stops off in Franklin

Legendary country star Kenny Rogers will make his way to The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing arts at 7:30 p.m. on March 5, for performances of some of his greatest hits. Rogers will entertain audiences with favorites from his…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 19:54

Local troupe makes HART appearance

The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre continues its Studio Theater season with The Oxymorons, an improvisational comedy troupe made up of many HART veterans.   The group has been in existence for a number of years and has become quite well…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 19:51

Marianna Black Library to host Anime Club

The anime club returns to Marianna Black Library 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26. Bryson City has an anime group of its own, and for fans, this is a chance to watch anime on a big screen…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 19:51

Art class offered just for kids

A free children’s art class is being offered on March 5 at the Uptown Gallery in Franklin.   Students must be at least 8 years old and preregistration is required. 828.369.0356.
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 19:51

Seuss characters come to life in Franklin

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss is coming to the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin at 7:30 p.m. on March 1 and 3, in a production by The Overlook Theater Company the Macon County Public Library.   Celebrate…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 19:50

Bikers in boxers breeze through Waynesville

A motorcycle ride aimed at raising funds for the heating bills of the elderly is coming to Waynesville at 12 p.m. on Feb. 26 in the ICMC Clubhouse. Attire is boxer shorts (over briefs) vest, gloves and boots. Women can…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 19:50

Seuss’ birthday celebrated in style

The Overlook Theatre Company will host a Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party on at 6 p.m. on March 2 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. The event is sponsored by Party Zone and will include games, stories, visits…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 19:49

Dillsboro weaver shares her craft

Adults and children can learn the joys of handweaving from classes offered by Susan Morgan Leveille, professional weaver and teacher for more than 35 years. Day and evening classes for students of all levels are being held at her Dillsboro…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 19:43

Small town alive with music

It’s unsurprising that in the mountain town of Sylva, the music scene is a pretty vibrant place to be. With a long and strong heritage of Appalachian music, it’s only natural that a community would grow up around that scene.…
The State Bureau of Investigation raided Swain County Department of Social Services Tuesday, hauling off computers and records in an investigation allegedly tied to the death of Aubrey Littlejohn, a 15-month-old baby who died Jan. 10. Littlejohn was brought to…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 21:02

Tragedy and the Ghost Dance’s demise

(Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series regarding the Cherokee Ghost Dance.) A recent column focused on a so-called Ghost Dance movement that took place among the Cherokees in 1811-13. That, of course, was almost 80 years…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 21:02

Wildlife Club to host community potluck

The Wildlife Club at Haywood Community College will hold a fundraiser at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25. The dinner/potluck will be at the Haywood County Fairgrounds off N.C. 209. A $10 donation is requested; $5 if you bring a potluck…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 21:01

Erosion-control training for earth movers

Two soil erosion-control trainings are available to contractors in Western North Carolina in early March. One is classroom-based and free, the other is in the field and has an admission fee. A Mountain Soil Erosion Control training will be held…
Order forms for edible bushes and other plants are now available from the Haywood County Master Gardener Association. Plants available include: red, black and golden raspberries, blackberries, asparagus, blueberries, strawberries and various shrubs. Money raised by the plant sale goes…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:58

Help restore the Cherokees’ rivercane

Volunteers are needed to help transplant rivercane from near Western Carolina University to a site near Cherokee as part of a rivercane restoration project. Rivercane is a mainstay of Cherokee culture, and traditionally has been used in making baskets, blowguns…
There’s a new handicapped-accessible fishing pier in Western North Carolina, located at the Charles D. Owen Park in Buncombe County. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently partnered with the Buncombe County Parks, Greenyard and Recreation Department to construct the pier.…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:56

NOC donates gear to wounded veterans

Nantahala Outdoor Center is donating nearly $5,000 worth of paddling equipment for the recovery of injured military veterans. The donation will benefit the Johnson City, Tenn., chapter of Team River Runner, a nonprofit organization established to help military personnel wounded…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:55

The Naturalist's Corner: Time to shift gears

Environmentalism across the U.S. and around the world was spawned from the sludge of greed, industrialization and indifference. Some of the earliest environmental writings in the world date back at least to the 10th century and the Arab Agricultural Revolution.…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:55

Get friendly with stream life with WATR

“Saving our Streams” movie night and classroom bug exploration is set for Feb. 24 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at the Grove Church outside of Bryson City sponsored by the Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River. The event will feature hands-on lessons…
This little slice of Western North Carolina just landed the big one when it comes to competitive fly-fishing. The 2011 U.S. National Fly Fishing Championship will be held this spring from May 19 to 22 in Cherokee. In addition to…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:49

WCU to host literacy conference

Educators from throughout the region are invited to attend a one-day conference focusing on literacy hosted by Western Carolina University’s College of Education and Allied Professions. The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25,…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:44

A novel that sparkles with quality writing

In Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand (ISBN 978-1-4000-6893-7, 2010, $25), first-time novelist Helen Simonson has created a superb portrait of life and love in a contemporary English village. Edgecombe St. Mary is the name of the village, and by the end…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:43

Tea Party got worse than it deserved

To the Editor: The tragedy in Arizona resulting in loss of life and injury to so many people was horrible. For one deranged person to have caused such pain is beyond belief. What made the event even worse, if possible,…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:43

If they’ve forgotten, shame on us

To the Editor: I’m not sure if I’m angry, embarrassed, disappointed, or a combination thereof because of an event that was held here in Franklin, Saturday, Jan. 22. The American Legion Post 108 held a Constitutional Speech competition for high…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:42

Train decision good news for Dillsboro

To the Editor: I read with interest your article, “A New Day for Dillsboro” (Smoky Mountain News, Feb. 9). As a resident of Jackson County and a former business owner in town, it has been unfortunate to watch what has…
By Scott Muirhead • Guest Columnist Politics aside, what could possibly be more absurd than plastic flowers? (OK, there are hundreds of things, I know, but we’re on a tight schedule here. Besides, polyethylene gladioli are long overdue for a…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:37

Just look around, and cultural pursuits abound

After high school, I moved downstate to attend music school. I lived for a number of years in Greensboro and then Winston-Salem. While a resident of these two cities I fully enjoyed the wide range of cultural perks urban life…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:37

Sharpen your marketing skills, increase sales

A seminar on how to use marketing to increase sales will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Bethea Welcome Center at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. More seminars are scheduled for Feb. 24,…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:36

MedWest to honor outstanding athletes

MedWest Health System will recognize outstanding athletes from Haywood, Graham, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties and the Cherokee Indian Reservation through the Game On! spot in local newspapers. The Game On! spot will acknowledge individuals who have exemplified outstanding performance,…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:36

Shuler appointed to budget committee

U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, has been appointed to serve on the House Committee on the Budget. “Our nation’s exploding debt has become the single greatest threat to America’s economic future,” Shuler said. “The Budget Committee in the 112th Congress…