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Western Carolina University students are folding and selling paper cranes for $1 to support an earthquake relief fund at a table in the first-floor lobby of McKee Building. Visitors to the table can give $1 to write a message that…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:32

WCU police receive military surplus

Two portable light towers each bright enough to illuminate an area the size of a football field are the latest pieces of equipment Western Carolina University police received through the N.C. Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Support Services program. The program…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:31

Construction program offered for students

High school students interested in construction can participate in the Kimmel School Construction Training Program at Western Carolina University in July. Students will complete and earn certification in a 10 hour occupational safety and health administration course. Students will live…
Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new adoption center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26. The ribbon cutting will take place at 11:30 a.m. followed by snacks donated by The Patio Bistro.…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:29

Campus ministry hosts golf classic

The Wesley Foundation at Western Carolina University will host its inaugural Golf Classic at Lake Junaluska Golf Course April 16 at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $200 per team of four or $50 for individuals who will be assigned…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:26

Work on hospice center progresses

Construction on a new Homestead Inpatient Hospice Center adjacent to MedWest-Haywood hospital is progressing, with a new retaining wall, framework and roof trusses now in place. The inpatient center will serve hospice patients whose families need a break from caregiving…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:26

Senior spokeswoman hosts community forum

On March 31, Swain County citizens will have two opportunities to comment on the future of Swain County. The dialog, led by N.C. Senior Tar Heel Legislature delegate Janice Inabinett, will center on making Swain County a livable community. There…
In the sunny, windowed front room of the Swain County Chamber of Commerce, a group of people are gathered around a table littered with maps, the light from the windows filtering through more maps and photos and wishlists that have…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:24

Enjoy the lake? Help cleanup, please

A Lake Junaluska Beautification Day is scheduled for Tuesday, April 5, and volunteers are needed to help with the cleanup. Projects planned include clearing brush, power washing signs and buildings, and more. Lake Junaluska Beautification Day will kick-off with breakfast…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:24

Sylvan Hearth seeks like-minded worshipers

The Sylvan Hearth Pagan Temple offers its facilities to positive Pagan traditions including Hindu, Buddhist and Asatrue. The facility includes a stone circle, wood henge, gardens, and meetings and worship spaces. It offers use of their Web site for advertising…
Haywood County has received two grants totaling $133,650 from the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center that will help create 22 jobs over the next couple of years. A grant of $88,000 will help renovate a psychiatric wing at MedWest-Haywood…
Not to say they told you so, but the truth is … they did. Construction of a wider bridge to span the Tuckasegee River in Jackson County was abruptly postponed this month after Indian burials were discovered. This frankly seemed…
At the outset of the state budget crisis, Chancellor John Bardo and Western Carolina University’s Board of Trustees maintained the process of cutting $8.6 million would be transparent. Faculty and staff, they said, would see their opinions truly matter as…
The first cow ushered into the WNC Regional Livestock Center in Canton weighed 850 well-proportioned pounds. Despite being two-months pregnant, she danced lithely about the livestock arena, easily sidestepping the green, long plastic paddle a handler occasionally dabbed in her…
It’s a sunny, mid-March Friday, the air is barely warm enough to warrant open windows and loosened collars, and on this particular spring morning, John Queen is a pretty popular guy. His hip-holstered Blackberry stays quiet just for a few…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 18:53

Creativity workshop hosted by City Lights

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Asheville poet and photographer Tracey Schmidt will lead a creativity workshop from 2 to 3:30 p.m., followed by a reading…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 18:52

Auditions open for student talent show

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Open auditions will be held from 12 to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 2, at Franklin High School for home school…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 18:51

REV Band to perform at Fontana Village

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Western North Carolina performing artists The REV will take the stage of the Fontana Recreational Hall from 6 to 8…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 18:50

Create Ripples of Hope for a Safer Community

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Ripples of Hope, a local exhibition of work by those whose lives have been affected by domestic violence, sexual assault…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 18:49

Craft classes kick off at Green Energy Park

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Classes in glassblowing, metalsmithing, blacksmithing, chainmaille and knife-making are being offered this spring at the Jackson County Green Energy Park…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 18:48

Experimental art classes at Leapin’ Frog Gallery

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Local artist Silvia Cabrera Williams will teach mixed water-media classes from 1 to 3 p.m. every Thursday in April at…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 18:46

WCU students look to lend a hand in Pakistan

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Western Carolina University students working to raise $50,000 to build a school in Pakistan are hosting a fundraising dinner and…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 18:44

Filmmaker to discuss WWII state-side battle

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Maritime historian and documentary filmmaker Kevin Duffus willl on “War Zone: WWII off North Carolina’s Outer Banks” at 7 p.m.…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 18:39

Culinary competition heats up in Waynesville

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The annual Mélange of the Mountains, a culinary gala, is coming to the Gateway Club in Waynesville from 5:30 to…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 18:36

HCC breaks ground on new craft building

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Dominic Cruz is counting down the days to graduation in May, when he will put his skills both as a…
It’s not a bad job, really. There’s a nice house, more than 7,000-square-feet, that’s currently undergoing a nearly $300,000 facelift. You don’t have to pay for utilities, grounds keeping or for a housekeeper. Then there’s the salary, ranging from $236,979…
Where is the new library located? The new Jackson County Public Library Complex is located at 310 Keener Street in the renovated and expanded historic courthouse at the west end of Main Street in downtown Sylva. When will the new…
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 13:45

Bluegrass brothers

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By Christi Marsico • Staff Writer Born 16 minutes apart in the Bethel community of Haywood County, twin brothers Travis…
Western Carolina University’s College of Business recently secured a $1 million donation from BB&T — but not before discerning faculty fought to loosen the strings that came with the donation. Stipulations attached to the money — namely that business students…
It appears a piece of property in Nantahala had something to do with Macon County pulling out of a fight against Duke Energy over the utility’s hydroelectric dams. Macon County wants to renew a lease on the land — which…
As renovation of Haywood County’s historic courthouse drags on, the county continues to tack on tens of thousands of dollars in additional costs over and beyond the project budget. Last month, county commissioners approved an additional $45,000 in rent and…
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 13:45

Beyond the rules of fiction

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2666 by Roberto Bolano. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008. 898 pages Dear reader, it seems altogether fitting to begin the…
For 25 years, Superior Court Judge Marlene Hyatt has often worked as much as 12 hours a day, five days a week presiding over some of the toughest legal cases in North Carolina. Her job has taken her to every…
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 13:45

Who is Ayn Rand?

In 1957, a Russian immigrant burst onto the scene with a novel and philosophy that today remains one of the most influential, and controversial, works in American culture. The book was Atlas Shrugged, and the author was Ayn Rand. Born…
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 13:45

Superior Court Judge Hyatt to step down

Superior Court Judge J. Marlene Hyatt, whose district stretches across the western part of the state, will retire from her post March 1. “I am retiring as a senior resident Superior Court judge effective March 1, 2009,” Hyatt, 54, wrote…
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 14:03

A year of opportunity

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By Carl Iobst • Guest Columnist 2008 was an interesting year. Not the worst on record, but tough enough. 2009…
Back in the days when WCU was WCTC (Western Carolina Teachers’ College), I was one of a few kids that…
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 13:45

Here’s to a swift kick to the trash heap for 2008

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The new years toasts are over, and we’re a week into 2009. If hindsight is 20-20, then it’s time to…
The new lines of kayaks and canoes this year have one mission in common: to lure new converts. “Most of…
A visitor center that would showcase the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and a local heritage museum could one day occupy the Swain County historic courthouse on Everett Street if and when the senior center currently in the courthouse moves…
Duke Energy filed a lawsuit against Jackson County and county Planning Director Linda Cable on Monday (Jan. 5) for failing to issue permits necessary for the removal of the Dillsboro dam. Duke warned the county about a month ago that…
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 13:45

Striking an electronic chord

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By Chris Cooper Truth be told, I’m not exactly the biggest fan of — here’s the old fogey coming out…
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 13:45

A second Gilded Age is upon us

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By Bob Scott Steal a loaf of bread to feed your family and you go to jail. Steal $50 billion…
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 13:45

All in the design: NOC experts lend ideas on kayaks

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When the new line of 2009 kayaks hits the outfitters’ stores in coming weeks, the mark of paddling guru Wayner…
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 13:45

Therapists: Hard times test marriages

The national economic downturn is taking its toll on married couples dealing with financial stress, according to area marriage counselors. Dr. Helen Andrews of Waynesville said the poor economy seems to be the primary issue on her clients’ minds. Money…
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 13:52

The Naturalist's Corner: In the midnight hour

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Like ships that collide in the middle of the night, “midnight rules” and their undoing perpetuate and reinforce philosophical and…
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 13:51

Wolf lore

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In the beginning, the people say, the dog was put on the mountain and the wolf beside the fire. When…
A member of the Jackson County Smart Roads group told county commissioners on Monday (Jan. 5) that there needs to be more planning when it comes to the proposed N.C. 107 connector, a.k.a. Southern Loop. The proposed road would connect…
By Christi Marsico • Staff Writer David Bromberg, the well-known vocalist/guitarist/multi-instrumentalist, was headed home for a quiet evening with his…
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 13:45

Grow your plants from seeds

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By Jim Janke Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series on growing plants from seeds. Today we…