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Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:13

Star-packed week at 98th Cherokee Indian Fair

Enjoy family friendly fun with this year’s Cherokee Indian Fair which runs from Oct. 5-9 at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds in Cherokee. Expect top-notch nightly entertainment, fireworks, a carnival midway full of rides and games, craft vendors, food vendors…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:13

Dye workshop focuses on all-natural methods

A one-day natural dye workshop with instructor Cassie Dickson will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro. Students will learn the processes for using native plant…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:12

Jackson craftsmanship showcased Oct. 24

Celebrate national American Craft Week with the “Hand + Craft: A Jackson County Celebration” exhibit, which runs until Oct. 24. Opening night will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1, at Gallery One in Sylva. More than…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:10

Stroll downtown for Sylva After Dark

For a pleasant evening of art, music, food, shopping and more, check out downtown Sylva from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, for the next Sylva After Dark. This event takes place the first Friday of each month from…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:08

Kick off fall with Art After Dark

Enjoy a stroll through working studios and galleries on Waynesville’s Main Street, Depot Street and in Historic Frog Level during Art After Dark  from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1. Art After Dark takes place the first Friday…
This weekend, doors to one private studio after another in Haywood County will be flung wide open to everyone curious enough to venture in. During the two-day Haywood Open Studios Tours, visitors get an intimate glimpse into the studios and…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 20:39

Sediment at Lake J part of larger problem

To the Editor: Sediment in our streams is our biggest water quality threat. Everyone takes notice when more than $150,000 of our tax dollars are spent (the other $150,000 comes from the Assembly) to dig out Lake Junaluska, but every…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 20:37

Jackson’s financial position has slipped

To the Editor: Last week, Mr. Ron Robinson of Jackson County quoted a statistic in support of re-electing our county commissioners; our property tax rate is one of the lowest at 28 cents per $100 of valuation (“Incumbents are best…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 20:32

Barnyard wisdom arrives, but at its own speed

I am learning to move at the speed each task demands. This is a lesson the barnyard teaches. It is a good lesson for me to remember out of the barnyard, too. The animals — seven goats, two sheep, 30…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 20:25

Obama’s stumbles open door for conservatives

By Kirkwood Callahan • Guest Columnist Two years ago, America’s newest political superstar, Barack Obama, walked across campaign stages to thunderous applause. Today he is the object of derision from fellow Democrats fighting for their political lives. “When you are…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 20:23

Wheels Through Time celebrates reopening

The Wheels Through Time Museum had a grand reopening in Maggie Valley after resuming five-day per week operations earlier this summer. Heralded as the “Smithsonian of Motorcycles,” the museum is regarded as one of the world’s premier destinations for motorcycle…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 20:21

MedWest chain aims for efficiency

MedWest’s three hospitals are undergoing major innovations in food service, housekeeping, plant operations and maintenance, and clinical engineering areas that will be complete by the end of the year. MedWest is working with Compass Group, a leader in healthcare support…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 20:15

Franklin businesses gear up for StreetFest

StreetFest 2010 will get underway at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15, in Franklin, when Mayor Joe Collins cuts a ribbon spanning Main Street to celebrate the opening of four new businesses. The ribbon cutting will be followed by an…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 20:14

New spine center unveiled in Macon

The grand opening of Mission Outpatient Spine Center at Angel Medical Center in Franklin brings close to home spine care for residents of Macon and adjoining counties. The center will be staffed by three board certified surgeons from Carolina Spine…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 20:09

Estate-planning seminar set for Lake Junaluska

An estate-planning seminar will be held Tuesday, Sept. 28 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Bethea Welcome Center at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. It is sponsored by the Lake Junaluska Office of Development and the Foundation, and is free…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 20:07

WCU homecoming to be held Oct. 8-10

Western Carolina University will celebrate “The Power of Purple” during Homecoming festivities Oct. 8-10. The annual Alumni Scholarship Homecoming Golf Tournament will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at Sequoyah National Golf Club in Whittier. Then on campus, the…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 20:05

Health Department to begin flu vaccines

Flu vaccine is plentiful this year, and the N.C. Division of Public Health and federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging everyone older than six months of age to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Haywood County The…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 20:04

Public debates paving, widening Needmore Road

More than 100 people attended last week’s public hearing on a state Department of Transportation proposal to pave and widen a 3.3-mile section of road that cuts through the Needmore Game Lands and parallels the Little Tennessee River. The crowd…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 19:57

Documents reveal DOT tug of war over Needmore Road

State and federal environmental agencies for more than a decade have questioned the need to make substantial improvements to Needmore Road. They’ve also repeatedly raised concerns about the possibility of serious environmental damage and worries about public reaction, documents on…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 19:56

Railroad crossing workshop scheduled

The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a citizens’ informational workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 5, on closure of a railroad crossing where the highway and railroad meet in Sylva. The informational meeting will begin at 5 p.m. and end at…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 19:55

Jackson forum on environmental issues

A candidates’ forum on environmental issues will be held Thursday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Jackson County Recreation Complex in Cullowhee. All of the candidates for the Jackson County Commission, North Carolina Senate 50th District, North Carolina House…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 19:54

Golf tournament set for Saturday

A golf tournament will be held Saturday, Oct. 2 at Mill Creek Golf Course in Franklin. Tee-off is 10 a.m. The Mountain Trace Nursing & Rehabilitation Center’s tournament will benefit the resident council fund at Mountain Trace. The $60 entry…
Controversy over closing down the Haywood County trash transfer station has resurfaced now that commissioners have put the idea back on the front burner. County commissioners postponed a decision earlier this year on whether to shut down the transfer station…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 19:50

A simpler solution

The recession bought Haywood County a little extra life in the landfill, thanks to less construction waste and commercial trash. A pit that everyone thought would be full by now still has more than a year left. But some of…
Haywood County commissioners are deciding whether to sell off space in the county’s landfill, allowing trucks from elsewhere to dump their garbage here for a fee. There’s only 30 to 40 years of life left in the landfill. Selling space…
Moody Funeral Home in Sylva has been accused of hiding its assets and income to avoid paying bills in violation of a court order, according to the latest filing in an ongoing lawsuit. Moody Funeral Home was sued in 2007…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 19:43

Whittier board in hot water with state treasurer

The chairman of a board overseeing the water needs of just more than 100 residents in the Whittier community said people there will keep receiving the service, and that state concerns about the group’s operations are being addressed. Whittier Sanitary…
With North Carolina suffering from some of the worst unemployment rates in the country, the U.S. Treasury Department is dedicating $159 million to help laid off workers in the state avoid foreclosure. Another $121 million is likely on the way,…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 19:36

Forest Hills in holding pattern on WCU annexation

A timetable is still being hammered out on when Forest Hills leaders will receive a formal proposal from Western Carolina University on annexing land for a commercial development. WCU wants to develop 35 acres of its main campus into a…
Monday, 27 September 2010 13:56

Maggie may mandate mountain motif

The days of building as you like in Maggie Valley may be numbered, with design standards in the works to guide the town’s commercial district toward a mountain theme. Maggie Valley’s planning board has released a draft version of standards…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 20:01

Mica — from art to technology

“Oh, what is that shiny stuff in the rocks?” someone will ask during any sort of outing. And invariably, someone in the group will reply, “Oh, that’s just mica.” I think to myself, “How could anything so pretty be ‘just…
The Boy Scouts of America will celebrate 100 years of scouting this weekend with a camporee at Camp Daniel Boone at the base of the Shining Rock Wilderness in Haywood County. Scouts will get a flavor for pioneering, rifle shooting,…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:59

Elk excursion to include ranger talk

A field trip to view the elk rut season in Cataloochee Valley will be held by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust on Tuesday, Sept. 28, as part of the eco tour series. There will be a special talk by Park Ranger…
Monarch butterflies are migrating through the mountains on their way to Mexico for the winter, and volunteers are needed to help catch, tag and release them. A Monarch day will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct.…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:56

Take a tour of off-the-grid farm living

A tour of an off-the-grid, sustainable farm and homestead in Macon County will be held on Saturday, Oct. 2. Lara and Paul Chew are master improvisers. They’ve invented and built systems to bring water, heat and coolness, light and earth-friendly simplicity into…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:56

Help harvest a garden for a good cause

The Haywood County Meals on Wheels Community Garden is seeking volunteers to help harvest potatoes at the Johnson Farm Road location in Canton during one of two sessions, at either 9 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23. The…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:55

NOC festival to cap off summer outdoor season

Nantahala Outdoor Center’s famous end-of-season Guest Appreciation Festival is this weekend starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, and running through Sunday. The annual event celebrates active outdoor lifestyles. The major highlight is a giant outdoor flea market for…
The Outdoorsman Triathlon is coming to the Little Tennessee River in Swain County this weekend, Sept. 25 and 26. The nation’s oldest continuous triathlon started in 1976, when outdoorsman Payson Kennedy, the founder of the Nantahala Outdoor Center, and Olympic…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:53

A rare romp in the watershed

A guided hike in the Waynesville watershed preserve, an 8,600-acre tract typically off-limits to the public, will be offered at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9. The preserve reaches from Allens Creek up to the Blue Ridge Parkway, a massive…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:51

Center to engage girls in science

SciGirls, a science program for girls ages 9 to 14, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute starting in September.   “SciGirls is a groundbreaking new attempt…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:48

The Naturalist's Corner

Panther Top fire tower My family spent a wonderful sunny Sunday afternoon this week in the Tusquitee Ranger District of the Nantahala National Forest just west of Murphy. Our first stop was the Panther Top Lookout tower on Forest Service Road…
As the recession worsens, more and more animals need help, and fewer and fewer funding sources are available to animal rescue non-profits. “This is the worst year we’ve seen. I think that’s true for everybody in this business,” said Karen…
The twenty-ninth Banned Books Week Sept. 25 through Oct. 2 celebrates not only the freedom to choose what to read but also the freedom to select from a full array of possibilities. This year’s theme is “Think for Yourself and…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:37

Southern stories don’t disappoint

The publication of New Stories from the South 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of this prestigious series. Obviously, the folks down at Algonquin Books in Chapel Hill know how to put together an appealing anthology. In the introduction to this…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:36

Excuses, excuses – don’t give me that

I remember my outrage bubbling up as she spoke. “Mrs. Langley,” my fellow first-grade classmate and yellow-bellied, snitch-of-a-former friend said to our teacher. “Tink had her eyes open during the prayer.” A few words of explanation are necessary. My nickname…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:33

Miller is choice in 11th District

To the Editor: If you are unfamiliar with Jeff Miller, the Republican candidate for the 11th Congressional District, or if you are confused as to whom to vote for this November, then I suggest that you log onto Jeff Miller’s…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:32

Don’t muzzle public input in Haywood

To the Editor: As citizens of Haywood County, we would like to call your attention to some proposals that the Haywood County commissioners have put forth which we find potentially dangerous.  1. The proposal to limit speaking time in front…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:31

Incumbents are best for commissioner seats

To the Editor: The race is on now that Labor Day has come and gone. For a while we will hear good points about the candidates and what wonderful character they have. They will then take off the gloves and…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:29

Democrats are the problem solvers

To the Editor: I am a proud Democrat. An intelligent, articulate Democrat became President and he brought back America’s honor throughout the world. During these historically difficult times the President succeeds in spite of constant pressure from an opposition party…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:28

Why we need a public forum in Jackson County

To the Editor: Why did the Jackson County Home Builders Association organize the upcoming Jackson County Town Hall Forum at 6 p.m. on Sept. 28 in the Cashiers Community Center? It is quite simple: we have some questions that we…