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Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:53

Sales keep pace with county’s new values

Property in Haywood County is selling 4 percent higher than the new values on the county’s tax books, refuting criticism that the county blanketly appraised property for more than it was worth. There have been 215 property sales in the…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:51

How right is the reval?

There’s only one way to tell how right — or wrong — Haywood County’s recent property revaluation is. Appraisers attempt to peg the price of house or lot, predicting what a buyer would pay should a ‘for sale’ sign go…
Haywood County commissioners continue to be dogged by outcries over new property values. Critics are openly deriding commissioners at every county meeting. They’ve circulated petitions, garnering hundreds of signatures from people who think the county has pegged their property values…
It doesn’t take long to survey North Carolina’s newest town; perhaps five minutes, tops. There’s the swanky Fontana Village Resort, the community’s sole employer. Just down the road are an ice cream shop, laundromat, post office and gasoline station. There’s…
By most accounts, calling Art Williams a hands-on developer would be a pretty fair description. For decades, Williams was in the business of subdivision building, first in Florida and then in Western North Carolina. In pretty much everything, his word…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:44

HAM radio holds on in a high tech world

The term HAM radio doesn’t usually conjure visions of a chic hi-tech world, but usually something closer to, as Al Sanders put it, “a bunch of old gray headed guys talking on the radio.” Sanders heads up a Haywood group…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:42

Building districts by the numbers

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This year, the math of moving districts will give virtually every western block a shift. Sen. Jim Davis’s, R-Franklin, Senate…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:40

Redistricting to grow mountain districts

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In legislatures around the nation, it’s that time of decade again — time to break out the old redistricting maps…
A press release from Duke Energy reports that almost 20,000 customers in the six western counties are without power as of 2 p.m. Thursday, June 16, and about 6,700 of those customers in Swain County may not have their electricity…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:26

Common ash tree deserves more attention

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“How many thousand-thousand of untold white ash trees are the respected companions of our doorways, kindliest trees in the clearing…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:24

Owl Prowl at the Highlands Nature Center

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Come learn about and see live owls Thursday evening, June 16, at The Highlands Biological Foundation’s Nature Center amphitheatre. The…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:24

Learn about Cherokee trails in Macon County

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A guided hike covering ancient Cherokee trails in Highlands will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday,…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:23

Guided hike set for Cataloochee Ranch

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A hike along the Devil’s Britches Trail will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21, at Cataloochee Ranch…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:22

Take a hike with naturalist Hendershot

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“WNC Nesters,” a field trip from Heintooga Road down to Kituwah, will be held at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:22

Help the Smokies, volunteer for Discover Life

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Discover Life in America (DLIA) is holding a number of events this summer for the public to experience the Great…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:20

Dining out to benefit the Little Tennessee

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The Little Tennessee Watershed Association will hold an all-day fundraiser June 23 at local restaurants. The money raised will benefit…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:19

Tour Jackson County farms, support local farmers

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A locally produced summer brunch will be provided by the Jackson County Farmers Market at 11 a.m. on June 26.…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:17

Haywood farmers market pulls out the stops this weekend

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The Haywood Historic Farmers Market will be even more festive and lively than usual this Saturday, June 18. Farmers and…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:15

Watershed stroll

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The first 2011 sojourn into the Town of Waynesville’s 8,000-plus acre watershed occurred last Saturday (June 11). The town has…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:12

Gorge gets a boost with new wave feature

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The Nantahala River will soon boast one of the preeminent freestyle paddling features in the country — a patented apparatus…
Catherine Carter, a WCU professor and poet, will read from and discuss her collection of poetry, Memory of Gills, at…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:11

Stories of local pioneers

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Author Hattie Caldwell Davis will read at the Haywood County Library in Waynesville at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 19,…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:10

Waynesville library offers new Southern book series

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Friends of the Haywood Library will offer a new series, Discovering the Literary South, the Louis D. Rubin Jr. Series,…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:09

Anti-hero investigator brings tension to thriller

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Jo Nesbo’s protagonist, Inspector Harry Hole, is a daunting piece of work. A chain-smoking manic depressive and an alcoholic, Harry’s…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:03

Playfest calls for actors

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Auditions for Playfest will get under way Wednesday, June 22, in Cashiers for actors who can play roles between ages…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:02

Comedy and drama combine in Educating Rita

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“Educating Rita,” an award-winning play, will be on stage June 15 through 19, and again from July 1 to 3,…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:01

Crafters showcase work

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A craft festival will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on June 18 at the Old Mill 1886…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:59

Community band continues season

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The Haywood Community Band will perform its second free concert at 6:30 p.m. on June 19, at the pavilion adjacent…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:59

Stecoah christens new café

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The Schoolhouse Café will be opening in the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center on June 15. The café is located…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:58

Sing along to old-time favorites in Franklin

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An old-time community songfest will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, at the Town Square in downtown…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:57

Enjoy a night out with weaving and wine

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A Ladies’ Night Out pairing weaving and wine will be held at Oaks Gallery in Dillsboro from 5:30 p.m. to…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:56

Youth choir to perform at major league game

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Voices in the Laurel, a regional youth choir, is set to perform on June 18 at Turner Field for the…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:54

Get a taste of chamber music this summer

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The Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival will host five concert showcases for five consecutive Sundays beginning June 19 and ending July…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:49

Array of quilts to decorate library

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The Airing of the Quilts exhibit will be held at the new Jackson County Library Complex from 10 a.m. until…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:48

Haywood’s summer reading program begins June 18

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The Haywood County Library’s reading program starts Saturday, June 18 with a party beginning at 1 p.m. at the Haywood…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:44

Jackson gets into summer reading

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The summer reading program at the Jackson County Public Library is getting started at 7 p.m. on June 20, with…
It all started with an offer, a bar — or restaurant, depending on who you talk to — and a…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:46

Reid Brown is nothing less than a saint

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To the Editor: My name is Brian Strum and I live in Clyde. Just prior to my move to Haywood County…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:46

Republicans run roughshod in Raleigh

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To the Editor: A new federal study confirms what many people have sensed — news coverage of state and local…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:45

Hahn’s criticism of story missed the mark

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To the Editor: Carrie Hahn’s June 8 letter to the editor criticizing The Smoky Mountain News and Reporter Quintin Ellison…
I have not put the time into my garden this year that I usually do. Between a lack of rain…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:42

Expecting little, what we get is even less

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Groucho Marx once said, “I wouldn’t want to be a member of any club that would have someone like me…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:37

WCU elects new student body president

Tony “T.J.” Eaves, a rising Western Carolina University senior from Hamlet, recently was elected 2011-12 WCU student body president. Eaves previously served as chief justice of WCU’s Student Government Association supreme court. Eaves is pursuing a degree in business administration…
MedWest Health System is now offering a nurse advice line. The MedWest Nurse Line, 1-855-MEDWEST (633-9378) is a call center based service that will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The call center is operated by…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:36

Mobile technology comes to SCC

Southwestern Community College is integrating some of its classes into the Web Technology program, which will allow students to develop applications for Android and Apple operating system devices. The classes will look at Android phones and tablets and Apple iPhones,…
Jackson County’s new public library in Sylva kicked off in grand style, with dozens of people on hand to celebrate the grand opening on Saturday. The library complex and the renovated courthouse cost $8 million, with the Friends of the…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:33

Free HIV testing offered in Haywood June 27

National HIV Testing Day is June 27. Free tests will be provided at the Haywood County Health Department all day from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. No appointments are necessary and walk-ins will be accepted. Incentives will be available to…
“Ideas that Changed the World” will be the focus of the second-annual Explorations in History Summer Institute, a five-day program for teachers that will be held in June at Western Carolina University. This year’s institute will assist teachers in investigating…
Haywood County’s first Friends of Agriculture breakfast will be held from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Friday, June 17, at the Haywood Agricultural Center at 589 Raccoon Road in Waynesville. This is an opportunity for farmers, chefs and other agriculture…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:31

Summer day camp still accepting students

The Regional Center for the Advancement of Children at Haywood Community College is still accepting children from the ages of 6 to 12 for its summer day camp. The camp runs through August 17. Hours are 7:30 a.m. until 5:30…