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Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:07

HART to hold auditions for ‘Look Homeward’

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The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its spring production of the Thomas Wolfe classic “Look Homeward Angel”…
Tuscola High School’s show choir will put on a country western performance, titled “Thirty Years and Counting,” to celebrate its…
There’s a meeting this week to determine the future of “The Liar’s Bench.” This is a two-year-old throwback of sorts…
Gary Carden didn’t realize he had an audience. He was coaching Lara Chew through a rehearsal of “Mother Jones,” a…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:00

Critics off mark in planning board attacks

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To the Editor: Back in the 1990s, I was privileged to serve several years on the Macon County Planning Board,…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:59

Lest we forget: Whitney was a criminal

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Pardon my insensitivity. Whitney Houston was a great singing talent, indeed. That was a gift of nature. She was also…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:59

We should provide health care to all

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To the Editor: As of 2010, 50 million people in the U.S. had no health insurance (no doubt more now).…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:58

Justice delayed is justice denied

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To the Editor: For centuries, the citizens of our state have extolled the virtues of a fair and judicious court…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:58

Ordinance revisions deserve public scrutiny

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To the Editor: The Jackson County Planning Department is methodically revising sections of the subdivision ordinance. In the fall, the…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:57

Racial Justice Act should remain intact

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To the Editor: It is painful and, frankly, disgusting to witness North Carolina’s prosecutors and their allies in the General…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:47

When it’s all about the writing, I’m all in

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Even after laboring for some two decades at various news publications I can’t say that I ever particularly considered myself…
A performance and program on the role of foster parents titled “Ellen Foster and Friends: A Look at Foster Care,” will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in the auditorium of the Haywood County Public Library in Waynesville.…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:46

Economic efforts in Macon focus of luncheon

Tommy Jenkins, who oversees economic development efforts in Macon County, will give a talk on economic development plans and projects at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, at the League of Women Voters in Franklin. Jenkins will speak about efforts…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:45

School of Nursing to host education fair

Prospective nursing students can find out about prospective career opportunities at an education fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, in the Haynes Center on the Enka campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. The event is sponsored…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:45

Chinquapin development likely to get green light

An older development in Cashiers operating under a new name is likely to get Jackson County go-ahead for putting in, over time, 200 house lots on 2,000 acres. A public hearing is set for March 5. The Chinquapin development near…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:44

Swain County’s tourism website goes mobile

Swain County tourists can now get information via the mobile site m.GreatSmokies.com using their smartphones. “In 2011, 10 percent of our website visitors were using some sort of mobile device,” said Karen Wilmot, chamber director. “And that was a 300…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:44

Free guide available from Jackson County

A comprehensive 36-page guide for Jackson County visitors is now available. The guide provides details on hiking, waterfalls, fly fishing, rafting and other leisure activities. There’s also information about hotels, inns, cabin rentals, shopping and dining in Jackson County’s popular…
Sharron Donnahoe of Waynesville has been named a Main Street Champion through the N.C. Main Street Annual Awards program. Donnahoe was nominated by Downtown Waynesville Association for her contributions to the downtown revitalization process. Donnahoe was elected to the board…
Nearly 40 U.S. Forest Service and North Carolina Forest Service firefighters battled a 750-acre wildfire in the Tusquitee Ranger District of the Nantahala National Forest this week. The fire started Sunday and had spread 60 acres by Monday. Its large…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:42

Cullowhee community hosts town growth meeting

A community meeting to explore “What will Cullowhee look like in 10 years?” will be held at the Cullowhee Valley School library at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13. Cullowhee is the fastest growing and largest township in Jackson County.…
In-depth volunteer training for hospice and palliative care will be held this month at Lake Junaluska First Baptist Church on March 19-22. This twelve-hour program will orient volunteers to the hospice philosophy and program and hospice volunteering. The essence of…
More than a year has lapsed since 15-month-old Aubrey Kina Marie Littlejohn died on the floor of an unheated single-wide trailer in Cherokee one frigid January night, but it could be several more months before the state conducts a child…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:40

NRA safety sessions aimed at students

The National Rifle Association will offer a seminar called “Refuse To Be A Victim” several times in coming weeks in Waynesville, focused on crime prevention and personal safety strategies for college bound students, such as mental awareness, preparation and avoidance…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:40

Speaker to address gun control March 5 at WCU

Gun control takes center stage at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 5, in the A.K. Hinds University Center Grandroom on the campus of Western Carolina University.   Scholar Gary Kleck will review research in the field of gun control in his…
Waynesville leaders are looking for a way to keep guns out of town parks and recreation centers despite changes in the state’s conceal carry law that allow guns in more places than before. A new state law stipulating where concealed…
A review of rules in Jackson County that guide development along the roughly five-mile stretch of U.S. 441 leading into the Cherokee Indian Reservation is steaming along but possible changes can’t come fast enough for some business owners and residents.…
The battle of the Joneses is about to commence in Jackson County. County Commissioner Mark Jones will appear on the ballot alongside challenger Marty Jones in November. Mark Jones is a Democrat, Marty Jones a Republican. The Joneses will fight…
The ball is already rolling on repairs to the rides at the once-popular Ghost Town in the Sky amusement park in Maggie Valley, but a summer opening could hinge on the park passing muster with state inspectors. New owner Alaska…
Complaints from business owners and customers have Maggie Valley leaders asking if its police presence in the small tourist-oriented town is a bit overbearing. Cruising along Soco Road — the single stripe along which Maggie Valley businesses have sprouted up —…
The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce will offer Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning, a four-week business course, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from March 20 through April 12. This four-week course will enable entrepreneurs to…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:34

Physical education program grant implemented

The Haywood County School District was the recipient of a Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant worth up to nearly $1 million. Haywood County Schools was one of only 76 successful applications selected from a pool of 585…
Maggie Valley’s town board has decided not to play favorites when it comes to the growing number of motorcycle rallies revving up to claim a piece of the two-wheeled action at the town festival grounds. Maggie Valley will be home…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:31

Lottery money hardly a win for schools

Keeping a roof over the head of Haywood County’s nearly 8,000 students is getting harder every year as the school system grapples with funding cuts at both the state and county level. With 16 schools, it’s wise to stay on…
Schools got only a brief and passing mention by Haywood County commissioners during a brainstorming session last week on priorities for the coming year. Education came up near the end of a free-wheeling 90-minute discussion, with only two to three…
State Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, violated state ethics rules this month by using his government email address for personal, but political, purposes. Specifically, Davis used his General Assembly email account to send out a campaign announcement saying he would run…
Macon County Schools Superintendent Dan Brigman once again has landed squarely in the crosshairs of a group devoted to protecting that legally mandated chasm between state and church. Brigman sent a December email to his employees that included the line:…
RBC Bank is looking to offload the building that once housed O’Malley’s On Main Pub and Grill in Waynesville from its list of assets. A ‘for-sale’ sign has been posted in the window of the vacant building following a bank…
Swain County commissioners will have to decide in coming weeks whether to pony up $3,000 to $5,000 for an early voting site in Cherokee this election. The Swain County Board of Elections doesn't have the money in its budget this…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:51

National award-winner and teacher to read at City Lights

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Dawn Gilchrist-Young, a Jackson County resident and teacher at Swain County High School for the past 14 years, will discuss…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:51

Sylva local C.B. Cole introduces her new novel

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C.B. Cole will be at City Lights Bookstore to read from and sign her new book, Winter, at 7 p.m.…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:50

Book tells the story of a young boy’s journey

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Fifteen-year-old Charlie Thompson is always hungry. Luckily, he is blessed with a high metabolism rate, so the excessive amounts of…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:49

Explore history with a guided hike in the Smokies

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Join Friends of the Smokies for a guided hike along Kephart Prong Trail, followed by a visit to the Oconaluftee…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:48

The bear is back

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The iconic bear specialty license plate that raises dollars for Friends of the Smokies is being sold again, with an…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:48

Smokies volunteers needed at Oconaluftee and Clingmans Dome

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting for a variety of volunteer opportunities at Oconaluftee and Clingmans Dome for…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:47

Monitoring to root out erosion sources in Haywood

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A $500 grant was awarded to Haywood Waterways Association by the Haywood County Community Foundation to expand Haywood Waterways’ sediment…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:45

Program to discuss mercury fall-out

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A program on mercury pollution in mountain waters will be held by the Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River at…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:45

Mountain fly-fishing team lands line-up of top notch coaches

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The N.C. Fly Fishing Team, who count the region’s best fishermen among their ranks, has now hooked one of the…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:44

HCC Wildlife Club to host wild game dinner

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The sixth-annual Wild Game Dinner is set for 6 p.m. on Friday, March 2, at the Haywood County Fairgrounds.  …
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:43

Environmental group wants to duke it out with energy company

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Greenpeace activists, in what promises to be a long, high-profile campaign against Duke Energy for perceived environmental wrongs, launched the…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:43

Greenhouse space available in Waynesville

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If you are short on greenhouse space but want to grow your own plants, consider using the Old Armory Recreation…