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Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:32

Presnell holds onto state seat

Rep. Michele Presnell , R-Yancey, retained her seat for the N.C House, narrowly defeating fellow Yancey resident Dean Hicks in the 118th District, which includes part of Haywood County and all of Madison and Yancey.
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:32

Queen shuts down Clampitt, again

After winning re-election in the N.C. House District 119 race, Rep. Joe Sam Queen sounded more glum than one might expect.  “It’s a mixed night for me,” Queen said.
N.C. Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, pulled out a sizeable win over Democratic challenger Jane Hipps. Davis has represented the mountains in Raleigh for four years, an historic era of newfound Republican control.
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 21:44

Benefit concert aids WNC veterans

It’s been two years since Bruce Yarrington and his Knights of Columbus buddies started volunteering at the Veterans Restoration Quarters in Asheville. Twice a month the crew makes the trip from Waynesville to cook for the veterans at the center.
The folks spearheading the effort to expand broadband access in Haywood County are thinking big. Gigabyte big.  “Our goal is to make Haywood County a gigabyte community,” said Ron DeSimone.
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

WCU adopts sophomore residency requirement

It’s official. Starting with the 2016-17 academic year, sophomores attending Western Carolina University will be required to live on campus. “We have a philosophy of students learning better by growing into their responsibilities. First-year students need that residence hall experience,”…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

Signs of a new cell tower rush on the horizon

After a several-year lull in new cell towers being built in the mountains, a new wave of tower construction could be on the horizon as cell companies race to accommodate the surge in digital data moving on wireless networks.
The newly minted Haywood County Economic Development Commission has hit the ground running in its first three months following a structural revamp that placed it under the umbrella of the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce.    “We are giving the…
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 00:00

Business notes

• A workshop on social media for artists will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3. in Cherokee. It is offered through the Sequoyah Fund, a nonprofit that provides small business support and advice. sequoyahfund.wufoo.com/…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

HCC awarded forestry grant

Haywood Community College was recently awarded a Tennessee Valley Authority Ag & Forestry Fund Grant through the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The grant, Improving Technological Innovation of Forest Management Students, will fund $13,800 of hardware and software…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

Iranian-born journalist to speak Nov. 20 at WCU

A native of Iran who is a former Rotary Peace Fellow and past editor of publications now banned or shut down by the Iranian government will present the keynote address for International Education Week at Western Carolina University on Thursday,…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

Dockie Brendle bridge now official

A dedication ceremony last week, held by the N.C. Department of Transportation, officially named a bridge at the intersection of U.S. 74 and Alarka Road in Swain County to honor Dock T. “Dockie” Brendle, a Swain County native who earned…
When Katie Messer first presented her plan to improve water quality and generally spruce up a little-used park in Waynesville, she was just trying to pass a class. The report was intended as her capstone project for the low-impact development…
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 21:30

Franklin residents debate Nikwasi

Of the shoppers polled while coming and going from the Bi-Lo parking lot in Franklin on a recent Thursday, none had to be told what Nikwasi Mound was, and nearly all were aware that the town of Franklin and the…
Construction along N.C. 209 — locally called Crabtree Road — near its exchange with U.S. 74 will cause the state road to close for three consecutive weekends between Old Clyde Road and Carley Road as a new sewer line is…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

Copper hammering workshop in Sylva

A copper hammering workshop with William Rogers will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

Art After Dark returns to Waynesville

Art After Dark continues from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in downtown Waynesville. Enjoy a stroll through working studios and galleries on Main Street and Depot Street. Festive Art After Dark flags denote participating galleries.
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

Museum receives N.C. Arts Council grant

The Museum of the Cherokee Indian has received a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council for $56,905 for the year beginning July 1, 2014 through June 2015. The Arts Council has designated the museum a State Arts Resource organization…
The 2014-15 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Concert and Jam Series will get underway with a performance by the Boys from Tuckasegee at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University The group includes…
To celebrate Native American Heritage Month, there will be two special events Nov. 8-9 at The Museum of the Cherokee Indian. 
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

This must be the place

Dave Mason has seen it all. As co-founder/guitarist for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group Traffic, Mason, alongside band mate Steve Winwood, found himself at the forefront of the music industry in the 1960s. With iconic hits like “Dear…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

‘42nd Street’ to hit WCU stage

The musical production of “42nd Street” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13-15 and at 3 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Bardo Arts Center at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

In search of the perfect word

The beauty of literature is its solely unique power of transportation. That beauty lies in the meticulous arrangement of words, phrases and sentences on a simple black and white page, where upon decoding the message you conjure endless colors, scents and…
Friday, 31 October 2014 19:44

Davis vs. Hipps debate video

On Oct. 30, Sen. Jim Davis and challenger Jane Hipps squared off in a debate at Southwestern Community College. It was the Senate 50 candidates’ third and final debate prior to the Nov. election. 
Friday, 31 October 2014 19:43

Winter weather causes Parkway closures

The first winter weather closures of the season will be in effect on the Blue Ridge Parkway this weekend. 
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

YMCA camp coming to Swain County

Swain County will soon be home to a YMCA camp.  The camp — called YMCA Camp Watia — will be on land located near the Almond Boat and RV Park. “Probably 5 miles from the highway,” said Swain County Manager…
A small section of the Blue Ridge Parkway,  between Milepost 420 (near Black Balsam Road) and Milepost 423 (at Hwy. 215), will be closed from Nov. 3 through May 2015. 
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 16:10

Celebrating the ever-popular essay

This week it’s time to break out the champagne, pop that cork, and raise a flute of bubbly to the essay. Once the property of magazines and newspapers, the essay is now the vehicle of choice for thousands of online…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:52

Culinary weekend returns to Highlands

The 8th annual Highlands Culinary Weekend will be Nov. 6-9 at participating restaurants and businesses. The four-day destination event, created by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center, is one of the highlights of the fall season, which combines…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:50

Daughtry to rock Harrah’s

Acclaimed rock act Daughtry will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Harrah’s Cherokee.
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:46

WNC Halloween: where to go, what to do

Bethel • The Cold Mountain Corn Maze. Open 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $8 for ages 4 and older, ages 3 and younger free.
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:46

Davis to spin yarns at HART

Renowned storyteller Donald Davis will be performing “Our Stories Take Us Home” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:45

Opera, ballet on the Highlands big screen

The Live in HD Series will continue with “Carmen and The Legend of Love” at the ML Performing Arts Center in Highlands.
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:44

Professor, actor to receive state award

The North Carolina Literary and Historical Association will present Broadway star Terrence Mann, Western Carolina University’s Phillips Distinguished Professor of Musical Theatre, with the Hardee-Rives Award for the Dramatic Arts on Friday, Nov. 7. The annual award honors notable contributions…
The Beautiful Offerings Tour featuring Big Daddy Weave, with special guests Chris August, Dara Maclean and Group 1 Crew will perform an evening of contemporary Christian music at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:40

This must be the place

It never ceases to amaze me the incredible people, places and things I cross paths with here in Western North Carolina. From craft artisans to world-class musicians, stealthy moonshiners to stoic veterans, backwoods folks and cosmopolitan socialites — they’re all…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:38

Reach for the Skyway

They say the easiest way to hide something is to place it right in front of someone. Well, what would you say if I told you one of the most beautiful roads in America is right in your backyard, and…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:34

You have permission to vote Democrat

To the Editor: Recently I have heard folks say things like, “My daddy” or “Momma” would “roll over in their grave if I don’t vote for all the Republicans like we always have, but I’m sure not happy with some…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:34

Best choice for school board is Goode

To the Editor: Don’t we all desire what’s best for our kids? The best schools. The best teachers. The best extracurricular options. The best friends. But how often do we consider an even broader picture — like the best school…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:33

Thanks for coverage of candidates

To the Editor: I would like to applaud The Smoky Mountain News for the articles on the Haywood County Commission candidates. It was fair and impartial and all six candidates had a chance to qualify their answers. Naturally, those who…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:32

We should fear the puppet politicians

To the Editor: In the campaign financial reports from 2012, Rep. Michelle Presnell, R-Yancey, spent $107,039 with $3,611 from individuals and Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, spent $920,258 with $62,666 from individuals. (Contrast Joe Sam Queen spending $128,871 with $88,632 from…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:31

Goode is fresh choice for school board

To the Editor: Eleven years ago, I came home from work to find my wife — Wende Goode — holding our newborn son Tristin on our sofa. Tears poured from her eyes as she explained she could not go back…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:31

Keep all school staff in mind when voting

To the Editor: Most of the talk regarding education has been about teacher pay, which is critical such that we can continue to recruit and maintain highly qualified teachers. Certainly, North Carolina teachers deserve better pay; it is also important…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:31

Tillis clear over incumbent Sen. Hagan

To the Editor: The Senate race in North Carolina is the most important election in our state this year. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., has been and will continue to be a rubber stamp senator for President Obama and Sen. Harry…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:30

Choose science over a salesman’s snake oil

To the Editor: I’m really impressed with Tom Hill, candidate for District 11 of the U.S. Congress, hoping to unseat the incumbent, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers. I have seen both of these candidates speak. Rep. Meadows is a slick public speaker…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:30

This is what GOP legislature did for us

To the Editor: Are you better off now than you were, say, a year ago? For most of us that depends on whether the bank account is larger and we have more money in our wallets. In North Carolina, that…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:29

Hunter Murphy best option for Appeals Court

To the Editor: I would like to take this opportunity to recommend Mr. Hunter Murphy for election to the North Carolina Court of Appeals. I have known Mr. Murphy and his family since they moved to Waynesville in 1995. I…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:29

A letter to Gov. McCrory and the Legislature

To the Editor: The actions taken in the last few years under Republican leadership have awakened a sleeping giant of economic development. Not only have you opened the door for industry and jobs to discover North Carolina, but you have…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:28

Vote for Hill, send Meadows home

To the Editor: I truly believe Tom Hill will stand up for us, the common person. If you haven’t seen many television ads for him, or seen too many signs, it is because he has not accepted money from corporations or…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:26

Time for new county commissioners

To the Editor:  What have the incumbent county commissioners brought to Haywood County? I am a 55-year resident of Haywood County. The current Haywood County Board of Commissioners has given us a massive debt of well over $69 million, with…