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Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:06

Ellis is worthy of judgeship

To the Editor: Some of us may be confused about the many judicial contests. However, the name of one candidate is important to remember — Steve Ellis is running for the Davis seat in the 30th Judicial District, which comprises Cherokee,…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:06

Very disturbing trends beset this country

To the Editor: Here are some disturbing trends. The top 20 percent of the wealthiest individuals own 93 percent of America’s private wealth. The top 1 percent own 43 percent of the money. The bottom 40 percent own less than…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:05

Ron Robinson must just know it all

To the Editor: Who is Ron Robinson? He must be someone who has powers beyond those of the mortals he wants to “educate.” He has never been to a meet the candidate’s event, forum, or any other event where he could really…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:04

Spending your money where it helps the most

I was sorry to hear that Spring Street Café in Sylva had closed. Emily Elders opened the restaurant about a year ago. It was downstairs from City Lights bookstore, a happy marriage of good books and fine dining. Eat and…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:02

Sometimes public comment just muddies the water

When Haywood county commissioners decided a few weeks ago to adopt new rules guiding public comment at their meetings, some cried foul. I wondered what took them so long. The Smoky Mountain News and most of our brethren in the…
Bryson City’s Marianna Black Library could be getting a facelift, and library leaders are looking to patrons for a grasp on exactly how to do that. In eight public input sessions held last week, Swain County Librarian Jeff Delfield and…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 19:58

Women in Business address wide-ranging issues

Women in Haywood County looking to improve their business savvy can find support and inspiration from the Greater Haywood Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business seminar series, designed to educate local women and connect them to one another. The program,…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 19:57

Wal-Mart renovation to be scaled back

The renovation of Haywood County’s former Wal-Mart will be delayed as architects revise the project to match its budget. Scott Donald of Padgett and Freeman Architects, who are planning the renovations for the now-county-owned building, told Haywood County commissioners at…
Hunters showed up en masse at a Haywood commissioners meeting to express their concerns about proposed changes to the ordinances stipulating how their dogs had to be tethered. While the revised ordinances do not include a prohibition on chaining or…
Haywood Regional Medical Center, Harris Regional Hospital and Swain County Hospital have taken the next step in the affiliation that joined the three hospitals under the MedWest umbrella. The hospitals will now be known as MedWest-Haywood, MedWest-Harris and MedWest-Swain. MedWest…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 19:51

Learn how to profit from your hobby Oct. 26

The Small Business Center of Haywood Community College will offer a free seminar entitled “Turning your Hobby into a Business” on Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 6-8 p.m. It will be held on campus in the Student Center Building, first floor.…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 19:51

Swain sheriff receives federal grant

The Swain County Sheriff’s Office has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice under the 2010 COPS Hiring Program. The grant, in the amount of $125,811.00, will cover one officer position for a three-year period. The grant will…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 19:50

Group schedules pet registration

Haywood Animal Welfare Association is holding a Microchip Clinic, Saturday, Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Vance Street Park behind Bi-Lo in Waynesville.  For the cost of $15 the pet will be registered for life with HomeAgain.…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 19:49

Registration under way for kids’ basketball

Haywood County Recreation & Parks Department is now accepting registration for the 2010-11 Kids Recreation Basketball League. Designed for ages 5-15, the recreation basketball league guarantees that each child will get the opportunity to play at least half of every…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 19:48

Coat donations sought for Swain’s needy

The second annual “Coats 4 Folks” program in Swain County will continue through Oct. 31, and winter clothes can be dropped off at collection boxes in all county buildings. Organizers are collecting gently used coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, gloves, scarves, etc.,…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 19:47

Program on addiction scheduled at Junaluska

The Live and Learn program “The Genetics of Addiction” will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21, in the Gains Auditorium of the Welcome Center at Lake Junaluska.  The program is designed to aid in understanding addiction. Experts…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 19:43

Haywood Heroes 5K to make first annual debut

The Haywood Heroes 5K Road Race and 1-mile Fun Run honoring emergency service personnel who gave their lives in the line of duty will be held Saturday, Nov. 6, in Canton. The race is sponsored by the Canton Lions Club…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 19:42

Sylva ‘back street’ eyed for facelift

Neglect has its advantages. At least it does if you are talking about preservation. On back street in Sylva — the proper name is Mill Street, but few use that term — many of the buildings still bear the names…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 19:37

Budget issues top Macon commission race

On this, the seven candidates for the Macon County Board of Commissioners agree: the problems of a dour economy, and the subsequent need to watch every dollar spent and encourage any economic growth possible, is the No. 1 responsibility facing…
Is Mary Rock paranoid, trying to garner a sympathy vote? Or is her opponent for sheriff, incumbent Jimmy Ashe, really targeting her by destroying campaign signs? Over the past week or so, three signs — the large ones, which cost…
Sam Greenwood has been around the governmental block a few times. He twice served as Macon County’s manager, and after retiring he promptly returned to the ranks of bureaucracy again, this time as the town of Franklin’s manager. So it…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 19:35

Flu shots offered

The Haywood County Health Department is offering flu vaccines on a walk-in basis, with no appointment necessary, to people ages 19 and older. The walk-in vaccines are available from 9 a.m. to Noon Monday-Thursday and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.…
Jackson County commissioners passed a slate of sweeping development regulations in 2007 designed to rein in what they saw as runaway development. Commissioners touted the regulations as protecting not only the environment and but also the quality of life from…
Ambivalence toward development, and who should pace and manage growth in a manner that preserves the natural beauty of the mountains, has surfaced as the central debate in the race for Jackson County’s Board of Commissioners. Three seats are open…
Candidates in this year’s race for District Court judge fielded questions about the job they’re seeking to fill at a judge’s forum Oct. 14 hosted jointly by The Smoky Mountain News and the Western Carolina University Public Policy Institute. In…
A Halloween event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Best Buy store in Waynesville to benefit Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation. Pets dressed in Halloween costumes can have their photos taken with their…
Complimentary demonstrations on how to build a gingerbread house will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 1, in Grand Ballroom C at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. The…
Storyteller and writer Gary Carden’s Liars Bench programs will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23 at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva and again at 6 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the Waynesville Library. Appearing this month are: Steve…
Rhonda Vincent and Gene Watson will perform Oct. 29 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. They will perform their No. 1 single, “Staying Together,” and other duets, as well as both artists performing full shows…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 18:56

The rightfully named ‘King of Slow Soul’

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Percy Sledge will bring his distinctive voice and style to Eaglenest Entertainment in Maggie Valley at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23. Sledge will forever be associated with “When a Man Loves a…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 18:55

Country artists come to Guadalupes Oct. 22

Guadalupes in Sylva will be hosting a “Country Music Get Down!” on Friday, Oct. 22, featuring the Dan River Drifters of  Jackson County and Jacob Jones of Nashville. This fall celebration will be sponsored by the Nantahala Brewing Company. The…
The Arc of Haywood County is holding its second annual “Arc”toberfest from 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29, at The Gateway Club in Waynesville from Tickets are available for $50 per person and include heavy hors d’oeuvres and…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 18:53

Night of gospel music is Oct. 23 in Franklin

Gospel group, Blue Ridge, will host a unique night of music beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 at The Smoky Mountain Center of the Performing Arts in Franklin. Blue Ridge will perform all their songs including the hits “One…
Pale glimmers of subdued lighting casting shadowy silhouettes against a backdrop of muffled voices will transform the historic Shelton House from a gallery where artifacts, crafts and valuable artistic pieces are displayed in an eerie setting where ghostly tales are…
The changing face of Appalachia is the subject of an upcoming photography exhibit at the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University. “Seeing Rural Appalachia,” large-format photographs by Mike Smith, will run Sunday, Oct. 24, through Friday, Dec. 17. The…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 18:49

FPAC marks five years with Oct. 22 gala

Western Carolina University will mark five years of art and entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22, at the Fine and Performing Arts Center with a gala featuring art, music and a theatrical revue of songs by George…
A concert and free symposium to raise awareness of the intersection of environmental, health and indigenous issues related to mountain destruction will be held Thursday and Friday, Oct. 21-22, in the theater of the A.K. Hinds University Center at Western…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 18:47

Waynesville Public Art Commission seeks members

Are you artsy or interested in art? Want to engage the community and enrich public spaces through original art that celebrates Waynesville’s unique historic, cultural, natural and human resources? Then join the Waynesville Public Art Commission, because that is exactly…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 18:45

ColorFest returns to Sylva Oct. 23

ColorFest, Art of the Blue Ridge, will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Oct. 23 in downtown Sylva. The annual event will host some of the most accomplished artists in Western North Carolina. ColorFest is produced by…
By Brittney Burns • SMN Intern Sylva native Matt Stillwell spent the last week of September as the opening act for country recording artist Luke Bryan’s 2010 Farm Tour. In fact, the 35-year-old Stillwell has spent the past year touring…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 21:02

Mountain Farm Museum comes to life

“An Evening on the Farm” will be held at the Mountain Farm Museum on Thursday, Oct. 14, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Old-timey demonstrations at the restored Appalachian farmstead will include hearth cooking and broom making. The Davis/Queen farmhouse will…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 21:01

Stimulus money funds exotic plant eradication

A team of a dozen people will spend the next three years scouring the Cheoah River corridor in Graham County annihilating invasive plant species that are threatening the forest ecosystem. The work will cost $366,000 and is being funded with…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 21:00

Workshop for environmental activists

A three-day workshop called “Inspiring Ourselves to Save the Planet: Courage in the Face of Melting Glaciers” will be held Oct. 21-24 led by Janisse Ray, environmental activist and author, at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center in Highlands. Both…
A poetry reading accompanied by local wines and foods will be held as a fundraiser for the Little Tennessee Watershed Association at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, in Macon County. Environmental activist Janisse Ray will read from her recently released…
Author Bob Plott, an expert on the cultural heritage of the Smokies, will share stories of life during the past centuries at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. Plott, also an accomplished wood-carver and…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:58

Birds of prey on display in the Smokies

Naturalist Doris Mager, also known as the Eagle Lady, will introduce the public to some of her favorite birds of prey during a program at the Mountain Farm Museum from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Oct. 13, in the…
A new exhibit on the early natural history explorer William Bartram is on display at the Macon County library. The exhibit, “The 1775 Journey of William Bartram to Western North Carolina,” traces Bartram’s life and his keen observation of not…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:57

Grants encourage new ways of farming

Mountain farmers are encouraged to tap into two different grants to expand and diversify what they grow, as well as create better in-roads into the marketplace. Funding for both comes from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund, helping farmers in regions…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:54

Conservation makes strides in the mountains

Blue Ridge Forever, a coalition of nine land trusts in the mountains, will exceed its five-year goal of protecting 50,000 acres in Western North Carolina. The land trusts expect to surpass the target by as much as 8,000 acres by…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:53

Reunion brings back memories of Fontana town

The children of workers who constructed the Fontana Dam in the 1940s are holding their annual reunion this week, returning to the place they were raised to reminisce of about life growing up in Fontana Village, a town built from…