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Wednesday, 03 November 2010 23:34

Veterans Day events

Jackson County honors veterans Southwestern Community College will honor veterans of all wars for their patriotism and willingness to serve during a Veterans Day observance at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11, in the Balsam Center Auditorium on the Jackson…
While Haywood County’s bid for privatizing the White Oak Landfill is still being considered, the site has now drawn the eye and ire of residents on its borders who fear contamination of their wells by its contents. The citizens, led…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:53

Witch-hazel’s name — A botanical mystery

The unusually dry, warm days this month have resulted in a delayed color season as well as an abundance of fall wildflowers. During recent field trips conducted for the North Carolina Arboretum along the Blue Ridge Parkway and for the…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:52

Brock gets break to study climate problems

Warren Wilson College chemistry professor John Brock was recently awarded a grant by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to fund a sabbatical leave to study the human health impacts of climate  change in Appalachia and the southeastern…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:51

Camping in Cataloochee will require forethought

Cataloochee Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will re-open next year under a new advance reservation system. When the campground opens March 11, campers will be required to have made advance reservations through Recreation.gov. Historically, the popular but…
The U.S. Forest Service has begun using a series of new approaches to save hemlock forests under attack from the woolly adelgid. The new approaches include aerial application of an adelgid-killing fungus, use of the chemical dinotefuran in high-priority areas…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:49

Ancient road signs

Having followed Indians trails and routes for decades, I have learned that some fascinating cultural road markers and signpost elements were and still are to be found along the old travel ways. Two of the most interesting are trail marker…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:48

Farmers Market gives thanks to customers

Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market will host a customer appreciation event during the last day of its regular season on Saturday, Oct. 30, in the parking lot of the Haywood Arts Regional Theater at 250 Pigeon St. in Waynesville. Several vendors,…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:48

Blue Ridge Parkway documentary airs

A new documentary about the Blue Ridge Parkway will air at 10 p.m. on Nov. 4 on UNC-TV. Documentary filmmaker Bruce Bowers and Bowers Media Group, Inc. produced the documentary, which is called, “The Blue Ridge Parkway: A Long and…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:47

Extension offers beef quality certification

The Cooperative Extension Service in Swain County will hold a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification program for beef cattle producers in Western North Carolina from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the Extension Center.  BQA is a voluntary…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:46

October nights

The clear night skies last week provided the perfect backdrop for this year’s Hunter’s Moon. The Hunter’s Moon is the first full moon after the Harvest Moon, which is the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox. This year’s harvest moon…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:45

The 1776 campaign against the Cherokee

By Lamar Marshall • Contributing Writer It was a crisp, cold day with snow on the ground when I pulled my old 4-Runner to the shoulder of U.S. 441 near the north side of the gap at the top of…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:45

Secret Life of Bees to be discussed

Sally Salyards will lead a discussion of The Secret Life of Bees at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 in the Jackson County library as part of the library discussion group Bookends.   The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:44

City Lights book group meet and greet

Are you in a book group? Do you want to be in one? Is your book group looking for good suggestions of books that bring out lively discussion? Come to City Lights in Sylva from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:43

Taking readers to a warm and colorful place

As cooler weather plucks leaves from the trees, stripping the branches bare as a freshly-barbered poodle, as that wonderful green grass of summer now takes on a sheen of frost at dawn, as fall in the mountains deepens into the…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:22

Evil cat proves you get what you pay for

Every column should have a point, and here’s mine, right in the first paragraph (this to save you from having to read through to the end if you are in a hurry, or if you are a dog person and…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:22

Groups need to work together for wildlife

To the Editor: In my conversations with responsible hunters, wildlife advocates, employees of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and organizations who value wild lives and wild places, it is generally agreed there is a need to build bridges and work together in addressing a host of issues…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:21

We need independent political leaders

To the Editor: If ever there was a need for common sense and independent thinking among our nation’s leaders, that time is now. One can hardly blame voters for being angry with both political parties (indeed, annoyed at just about…
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…