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Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:15

Thirty years later, partying like it’s 1979

James looks at me, briefly averts his eyes, then looks at me again, this time with a purpose and a certain intensity, as if I am an algebra problem he’s about to solve. There is a flicker of recognition, a…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:15

Health department offering flu vaccines

The Haywood County Health Department is offering flu vaccines on a walk-in basis, with no appointment necessary, to persons 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.…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:14

Learn how to get business financing Nov. 4

Find out what it takes to produce a bankable loan proposal in a free class at Southwestern Community College on Thursday, Nov. 4. Small Business Loans: Fundamentals & Options will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. in the…
How do you feel about the death penalty? Two upcoming events at Western Carolina University by the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice will explore the public’s opinions about this controversial issue. The first event is a presentation titled “Issues…
If you’ve got a young reader who has difficulty reading to parents or teachers, the Haywood County Public Library may have a new approach to consider – reading to a friendly, non-judgemental canine. Puppy Tales, a program designed to encourage…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:12

Conservation group names new director

Michelle Wilson Price has been named the new executive director of the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance. Price grew up in the Glenville area and graduated from Blue Ridge School and has worked in the Plateau Region with the Upper Cullasaja Watershed…
One of three board members overseeing the Whittier Sanitary District resigned this month, saying he could not “in good faith” continue to serve with a group not in compliance with state law. “In addition, refusing to file the necessary Internal…
A 4,000-square-foot, $800,000 expansion that includes a major renovation at the Franklin Health and Fitness Center will be finished in about eight weeks. “We’re wrapping it up,” said Rodney Morris, the facility’s general manager. Additions include a new aerobics room,…
In the clear chill of a mid-October midnight, all is quiet, but in Clyde, a hunt is on. Within the walls of the county’s oldest house, the Cold Mountain Paranormal Society is holding an investigation — in laymen’s terms, they…
In the “Oh, oops” category this week we have the town of Sylva, which, after extensive review, work and dispute ordered police officers this summer to begin ticketing business owners and their employees who take up precious parking spaces on…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:02

Parking, pedestrians and crosswalks, oh my

Fix a problem, create a new one. That’s how the cookie has crumbled lately in Sylva. When the town board ordered business owners and their employees to keep their cars out of coveted parking spaces on Main and Mill streets…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:02

Haywood deeds office gets e-filing

The Haywood County Register of Deeds Office took a big step toward going paperless with the debut of a new technology that electronically records land record documents submitted by attorneys, real estate agents and title companies. The process, known as…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:01

Republicans look to control state Senate

State Senate races here in the mountains could determine whether a historic shift occurs in North Carolina’s overall political landscape. Many experts are predicting that voters in North Carolina might punish Democrats and incumbents for the shaky economy. Republicans have…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:00

Campaign to target literacy

The Region A Partnership for Children  will kick off its annual fundraising campaign this month with a new emphasis on gaining community support for early literacy and early reading preparation.  Local contributions to this year’s Smart Start fundraising campaign will…
Haywood County Recreation & Parks Department is now accepting registration for the Kids Recreation Basketball League. Intended for ages 5-15, the recreation basketball league guarantees that each child will get the opportunity to play at least half of every game.…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 19:59

Early voting data doesn’t favor any party

Older voters are hitting the early polls in force this election year, according to data gathered by Western Carolina University professor Chris Cooper. In the 11th Congressional District, people choosing the early vote are “overwhelmingly white” — a whopping 96…
The race for the state’s 47th Senate District is a case study in the political battle of freshness versus experience that characterizes this mid-term election across the country. The race in the 47th pits 60-year-old Democrat Joe Sam Queen, a…
Sen. John Snow, a Democrat from Cherokee County, first won N.C. Senate District 50 by beating longtime incumbent Sen. Bob Carpenter, a Republican from Macon County, by fewer than 300 votes in 2004. Snow took over a district made up…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 19:56

Health services, info available through SCC

Cholesterol, glucose and vision screening, sonography ultrasound demonstrations, body fat checks, flexibility assessments, door prizes and a wide variety of demonstrations and display tables will highlight Southwestern Community College’s Health Fair Wednesday, Nov. 3. Sponsored by SCC medical assisting and…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 19:55

HVO opening brings new jobs to Haywood County

With the snip of a ribbon last Friday, Haywood County gained a new manufacturing facility and the promise of 75 new jobs thanks to Haywood Vocational Opportunities, who christened their new Westwood facility. The 117,000-square-foot space was once home to…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 19:54

Public comment period closed on Needmore

For being just 3.3 miles in length, the improve-or-don’t-improve Needmore Road debate has generated reams of comment. Try 772 signatures on a petition supporting some type of paving or resurfacing. And at least 66 written comments sent in to the…
Haywood Builders Supply has recently been certified by the Smartwood Program of the Rainforest Alliance for the “Forest Stewardship Council” (FSC) as a duly licensed “Chain-of-Custody provider of FSC wood products. Haywood Builders Supply is one of a small number…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 19:18

Should employees play on Web at work?

A workshop regarding the legalities and liabilities of employee use of social networking websites will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, in Room 143 of the Cordelia Camp Building on the campus of Western Carolina…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 19:17

HCC’s Myers wins recognition

Haywood Community College’s Sherri Myers was recently honored by the North Carolina Council of Officers for Resource Development with its Harriette McKinnon Crump Award.   The award is given annually to recognize the potential of members who are pursuing education…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 19:14

Consultant to share networking savvy

Andrew Sanderbeck will speak briefly on “Identifying your Inner Circle of Support for Your Business and Career” at the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Issues and Eggs at 8 a.m. on Nov. 1 at the Gateway Club in Waynesville.…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 19:13

Skating rink to open in Waynesville

The Smoky Mountain Sk8way, located next to the Waynesville Cycle Center on the Great Smoky Expressway, is scheduled to open in November. The skating rink and family entertainment center will offer public skating, birthday parties, a video arcade, ticket redemption…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 19:11

Casino Royale Night to benefit HRMC

Everyone will be a winner at an evening of gaming, dining and dancing hosted by the Haywood Regional Medical Center Foundation, Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Maggie Valley Club. Casino Royale Night is a fundraising evening to help the foundation…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 19:09

HRMC gets involved with Quilt Trails project

Haywood Regional Medical Center Hospice and Palliative Care has submitted a quilt square to be included on the Haywood County Arts Council’s Quilt Trails project. The Haywood County Arts Council has joined other existing quilt trails in Ashe, Avery, Madison,…
Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, for the annual Madrigal Christmas Dinners at Western Carolina University. Tickets for the 2010 Madrigal Christmas Dinners at Western Carolina University will go on sale at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov.…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 19:07

Halloween roundup

• Downtown Trick or Treat in Bryson City. Oct. 29. All of downtown is tricked out in Halloween finery to welcome the crowds for the evening as they scurry from business to business trick or treating. 800.867.9246, 488.3681. • Trick…
“The Little Foxes” will conclude Haywood Arts Regional Theater’s 2010 season and will be one of the theatre’s most elaborate productions.   “The Little Foxes” tells the tale of an aristocratic Southern family struggling for wealth and power among one…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 19:04

Mark and Clark return to Maggie Oct. 30

The Original Twin Piano Twins Mark and Clark return to the Eanglenest Entertainment in Maggie Valley for 7:30 p.m. show on Oct 30. Mark and Clark Seymour have been playing the piano since they were 4 years old. At first, the…
The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Session Series for 2010-11 will get under way at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center on Thursday, Nov. 4, with a concert by traditional music ensemble Dehlia Low and a jam session in…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 19:03

The Isaacs to perform in Franklin Nov. 6

The Isaacs, an award-winning family group from Tennessee, will perform at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 6. The Isaacs began singing 30 years ago and are based out of LaFollette,…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 19:02

Classic rides on display in Cherokee Nov. 5-7

The “Cruise the Smokies” Rod Run car show will be held Nov. 5-7 at the Acquoni Event Center in Cherokee. The event features hundreds of classic and customized pre-1972 cars and trucks. All cars, either for show or sale, will…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 18:58

WNC Pottery Festival is Nov. 6

The sixth annual Western North Carolina Pottery Festival is set for Saturday, Nov. 6, in Dillsboro. This juried festival showcases more than 40 master potters demonstrating a variety of techniques. The WNC Pottery Festival was established in 2005 by Travis Berning and Joe…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 18:43

Thursdays at the gallery

By Kristen Davis • Contributing Writer If a painter were to illustrate a Thursday morning at the Uptown Gallery in Franklin, she might depict this scene: a silver-haired woman painting a watercolor landscape chatting with a young man who has…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:34

Region’s kaolin history is nearly forgotten

One of the more interesting stories concerning this region is that of the kaolin mining industry. It began more than 200 years ago in Macon County when Thomas Griffith, a representative of the noted English pottery firm headed by Josiah…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:33

DOT calls for outlandish litter

The Most Unusual Litter Contest is currently open to all who participate in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s fall Litter Sweep or a similar litter cleanup event. All entry forms are due by Oct. 31. The contest is sponsored by…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:32

Deep Creek cleanup planned

A Deep Creek litter cleanup will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23, in conjunction with Make A Difference Day. Volunteers should meet at the Swain County Recreation Park on West Deep Creek Road at 9…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:25

Dangerous trash pulled from the river

Volunteers with the Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River removed old car parts, iron pipes and other trash from Savannah Creek at the confluence with the Tuckasegee River this month. Upstream, two old bridge beams were pulled out of the…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:24

HCC Woodsmen take home prize

The Haywood Community College Woodsmen’s Team took first in the 2010 John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet and Forest Festival Day recently held at the Cradle of Forestry. The team competed against Montgomery Community College, North Carolina State University, Penn…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:23

Suli Marsh to undergo invasive plant purge

Approximately 20 volunteers and staff will converge at Suli Marsh on the Little Tennessee River Greenway from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23, to eradicate exotic invasive plants smothering and crowding out native plants in natural areas.  …
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:22

Panthertown to hold workday

The Friends of Panthertown will hold its monthly Trail Work Day on Oct. 23. Volunteers should meet at the Salt Rock parking area at 9:30 a.m. Tools will be provided and no experience is necessary. The trail group will hike…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:22

Jordan named new top ranger

Clayton Jordan is the new Chief Ranger for Resource and Visitor Protection at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. “I am honored and excited for the opportunity to join the team at the Smokies,” said newly appointed Chief Ranger Jordan.…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:21

GSMNP’s 10th superintendent dies

Former Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Merrill D. (Dave) Beal, 84, died on Sept. 21, at his home in Eugene, Ore. Beal’s final National Park Service (NPS) assignment was as Smokies superintendent from December 1978 to 1983. He also…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:20

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 20:19

Aster-risk*

Blue, white, lavender and purple corymbs, racemes and panicles will glow from shadowy woods and blaze from sunny meadows from now until the first hard, killing frost. Asters comprise a large beautiful complex and challenging group of wildflowers to pin…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:18

Ancient footpaths of a lost era

Editor’s note: In April 2009, the non-profit organization Wild South was notified by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians that it and partner organizations Mountain Stewards and the Southeastern Anthropological Institute had been awarded a…
Authors Michael Beadle and Peter Yurko will discuss and sign copies of their new pictorial history book, Waynesville, from noon to 2 p.m. on Oct. 22 at Cackleberry Mountain Gift Shop. This is Beadle’s second Images of America book and…