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Business owners looking for help getting started with social media marketing can attend the free seminar “Business Owner’s Guide to Facebook & Twitter: Starting from Scratch to Online Success,” from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24. Led by…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 19:49

Play softball for a cause

“Summer Slam,” a co-ed softball tournament sponsored by Swain/Qualla SAFE, Inc. and Medwest Swain, will be Saturday, May 28. Deadline to get your team registered is at 8 p.m. Monday, May 23. The tournament will be held at John Crowe…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 19:48

Cashiers rec center would cost $5 million

Jackson County commissioners may tap the county’s robust savings to build a $5 million recreation center in Cashiers. The rec center has been years in the making, with the previous board of commissioners chipping away at site preparation, planning and…
Waynesville employees will likely see a 3 percent raise in their paycheck next year, if budget suggestions proffered by the town manager are approved by aldermen. The proposed budget for 2011-12, released last week, calls for an across-the-board, cost-of-living pay…
Macon County’s proposed budget manages to keep taxes at 27.9 cents per $100 valuation — the second-lowest rate in the state — yet give employees a 3 percent cost-of-living raise. “They have worked hard to do their job without complaint…
Go into any store and you run into the term “green.” Bags of chips, detergents, new cars and fluorescent-light bulbs — all are bedizened in alleged greenness. But what, exactly, does green mean? And who should get to declare themselves…
What do Harrill Residence Hall at Western Carolina University, the Cherokee Central School System, the new Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the Smokies and the firehouse in Sylva have in common? Each of these projects help make a whole: they are…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 19:33

McCoy bridge compromise muddies debate

A proposed compromise by Macon County commissioners on a historic bridge outside of Franklin isn’t sitting well with those who’ve fought for nearly a decade to save it. Last week, the county board voted unanimously to ask the N.C. Department…
In Haywood County, the tax rate would have to bump up three cents for the county to bring in the same amount of money as last year. Overall, the property values in the county were down following the recent revaluation,…
More than a few readers of this column collect books associated with the Smokies region. A friend who spends most…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:54

The Smokies’ biggest job

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Alan Sumeriski, chief of facility management, was selected as Great Smoky Mountains National Park employee of the year for major…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:53

Spring Fling for kids coming to Waynesville

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The Waynesville Kiwanis will host a “Spring Fling” at the Waynesville Recreation Center on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m.…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:53

Lifeguard training at Haywood fitness center

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Medwest Health and Fitness Center in Haywood County will be holding its last American Red Cross lifeguard training course beginning…
The third-annual Bicycle Rodeo is set to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in Clyde.…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:52

Corridor K back for public comment

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An open house and public hearing is set for Tuesday, May 17, on a segment of Cooridor K, a controversial…
A discussion about creating a science discovery center along the Tuckasegee River will be held from 5 p.m. to 7…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:50

Leave Bambi alone

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They might look abandoned and waiflike, but the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is urging folks to not approach, touch, feed…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:49

Event makes for good company, good birding

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This past Saturday, May 7, was (I believe) the 12th-annual “Birding for the Arts” fundraiser for the Haywood County Arts…
You’ve got to be just a little bit crazy, maybe, to do this trail race — crazy for an epic…
There will be a free lecture on “running medicine” Tuesday, May 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30. p.m. at the…
Jackson County residents who love the public library are called to join Book Brigade Buddies and help move the last…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:46

Book falls flat in telling of Hemingway

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So ends Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, his memoir of his years as a young writer in Paris. This book…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:42

TDA picks bad time to open visitor center

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To the Editor: Regarding the monument to the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority, these two headlines are just too much…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:41

Don’t jump on the nuclear bandwagon

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To the editor: With the recent rapid rise in gas prices, the hype about nuclear as an alternative source of…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:41

Waste in education lies with many bureaucrats

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To the editor: Oh yeah, then there are the children. How many bureaucrats does it take to educate a child?…
Some years ago, confined to an office through work obligations but dreaming of farming, I spent more time than I…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:36

Classrooms, like the rest of us, forced to make do

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For both teachers in the classroom and local administrators, this is shaping up to be the most challenging budget year…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:36

Veterans sought for Memorial Day parade

The Haywood County Veterans Office and the Haywood County Veterans Council are calling for veterans to participate in the Memorial Day Parade, scheduled for 1 p.m. on Monday May 30th, in Canton. The parade will feature several National Guard and…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:35

Constitutional workshop set for Franklin

A Citizen’s Constitutional Workshop will be held in Franklin Friday, May 20, at The Fun Factory on U.S. 441 South. Experts from the John Locke Foundation and N.C. History Project will be at the event, which lasts from 1 p.m.…
Duke Energy has received a new 30-year permit to operate its five hydroelectric dams in Jackson County, which could pave the way for new economic and recreational opportunities along the Tuckasegee River. Kayaking for several days a year on the…
A proposal to set up a special track for Western Carolina University’s crème de la crème — the honor students on campus — failed recently to win approval of a majority of the faculty’s leaders. The thumbs down by the…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:30

Bothwell to run in Democratic primary

Cecil Bothwell, who announced his congressional bid in March, will not run as an Independent but instead run in the 2012 Democratic primary. “I’ve heard from hundreds of people, from Western North Carolina to Washington, D.C., who believe the most…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:30

Donate food for Haywood kids

Donate food to the Manna Food Bank Summer Sack program from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 12 and help feed Haywood County children this summer. Collections, organized by Keller Williams, will be taken in Waynesville at K-Mart and…
Developers in Waynesville rejoice: your customers may now park in front of your buildings. Sometimes. In some places. The new rules, passed after nearly two years of deliberation, will allow limited parking in the front of businesses for high-traffic commercial…
Under the newly verdant trees shading the lawn of the historic Haywood County Courthouse, 29 people silently lined the sidewalk last Friday, sending the message that they were “struck speechless” by slashed state funding proposed by House Republicans. Their signs…
Americans love pad thai. This one fact, Nonglak Pafuang is sure of. After moving to the U.S. from Thailand five years ago, she’s learned that the varied cuisines of her homeland are popular stateside, but none more than pad thai,…
The pending merger of Angel Medical Center with Mission Health System could be sidelined, at least temporarily, by a state bill aimed at limiting Mission’s influence in the region. Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, said he introduced the bill to offer…
A state bill aimed at ensuring a balance of power between Mission Health System and smaller hospitals has placed lawmakers in the middle of a healthcare turf war. As Mission steps up efforts to acquire smaller hospitals and doctors’ practices…
The future of the Downtown Sylva Association remains unclear despite a move by town leaders to increase public funding for the group. The town board unanimously voted last week to increase funding from $12,000 to $15,000 a year, but that…
The July 7 primary is drawing closer in Cherokee, when the field for principal chief will narrow from five to two. Current Principal Chief Michell Hicks is making a play for his third four-year term. He’ll again be facing his…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:12

History comes alive at the Blackberry Jam

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For a taste of fun and history, visit The Blackberry Jam from 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at the…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:12

Ballroom contest dances into Haywood

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This year’s Dancing With the Mountain Stars event is set to kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20,…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:11

Gospel group takes the stage for charity

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Southern Gospel group Archie Watkins & Smoky Mountain Reunion will play two shows at 6 and 8 p.m. on May…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:10

Dillsboro seeks artists and entertainers

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The Town of Dillsboro is seeking vendor applications for the upcoming Arts and Music festival, which will take place the…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:09

Dance into fitness this summer

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Have fun while staying active this summer through a ballroom dance class, held from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:09

Free music workshop for kids in Macon

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Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to a free ARTSaturday workshop from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:08

Concert pianist performs in Waynesville

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Pianist Thomas Uchtmann will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at the Performing Arts Center in…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:07

Writing program offers summer workshops

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Local writers can hone their skills with summer workshops in poetry and prose at UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Programs.…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:06

Poet returns for reading

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Former Cullowhee resident Marly Youmans, novelist, short-story writer and poet, will return to Sylva at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:06

Catch the Christmas spirit early this year

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Get started on Christmas gift-giving early by attending a Christmas napkin-making workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, May…