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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:49

Giving new farmers a boost

By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern Demand for locally grown food is soaring in Western North Carolina, but recruiting — and retaining — the farmers to grow the goods has been a challenge. That’s a problem a trio of farm-centric groups…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:45

Ten years of soaking up great books

About two months ago, I began culling books from my shelves. I live in an apartment with several thousand books, most on shelves, some stacked in closets, some thrust under beds or packed in a storage space in boxes. This…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:36

Cherokee festival showcases gourd crafts

Gourd artists from around the world will again be ‘gathering’ at the 13th annual Gourd Artists Gathering and Art Festival May 29-31 in Cherokee.
The second traditional Appalachian talent showcase, the Heritage Alive! Mountain Youth Talent Contest, was held at the Bluegrass Festival May 16 at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville.
Bluegrass superstars Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, and Dailey & Vincent will headline the Cherokee Bluegrass Festival June 4-6 at the Happy Holiday RV Village and Campground.
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:29

Crowe Brothers play Grand Ole Opry

American bluegrass master Jesse McReynolds welcomed Haywood County’s own The Crowe Brothers to the Grand Ole Opry stage in Nashville on May 16. 
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:25

June art classes at Cowee, Penland

Cowee Pottery School June classes A nonprofit located in the Macon County Heritage Center in Franklin, the Cowee Pottery School has announced the June schedule of events. • Daytime pottery wheel classes for beginners will be taught by Doug Hubbs…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:23

This must be the place

Part One: The Ride It had been eight years to the day. Putting the car into park, I emerged from the vehicle. Standing on the campus of Quinnipiac University, it had been eight years since I walked across the stage to…
Cruising through downtown Franklin, one begins to wonder where exactly is the Lazy Hiker Brewing Company. You’ve been told it’s on Main Street, but where? And just as you begin to debate when to turn around and try again, your…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:17

Challenge those who would censor you

To the Editor: Referring to a recent letter to the editor, the writer suggested that anything or any opinion that disagreed with his/her own was a lie and that folks should avoid watching Fox News. I can’t help but wonder…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:17

Last Shot weekend was a great success

To the Editor: Our Last Shot Fired May weekend, titled “The Battle of Waynesville and the Surrender of the Western NC Army” was a great success. The Shelton House wishes to thank all who turned out and all involved. We…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:16

Drug testing good students won’t help

To the Editor: I read with dismay that the Jackson County school system was planning to waste more money on drug testing students. Not only is this a waste of money, it detracts from efforts that could actually provide benefits…
It is just a beautiful day, this Memorial Day. I am able to get a little work done in the morning, and then sneak off to the fitness center for a quick workout and a run around Lake Junaluska while…
I don’t know if it reaches the magnitude of a moral dilemma, but I feel for the Frog Level merchants who appeared before the Waynesville town board recently. They came seeking help in dealing with the patrons of The Open…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:04

District judge receives HCC alum award

District Court Judge Donna Forga received Haywood Community College’s Outstanding Alumni Award for 2015.
Jackson County residents will avoid a tax hike for one more year, if commissioners choose to adopt the proposed budget for 2015-16.
Macon County property taxes will be going up next year as the value of property values has decreased by almost $2 billion.
If traffic seemed a bit slow through downtown Sylva on Friday (May 22), it probably had something to do with Gov. Pat McCrory’s afternoon stroll along Main Street that day.
Of all the constructions on Western Carolina University’s campus, the distinctly non-glamorous Natural Sciences Building might have seemed like an odd place to host a visit from Gov. Pat McCrory. In the classroom where McCrory sat with a panel of…
If you’re going to do something, do it right. That is Barry and Helene Tetrault’s motto, and that is exactly what they’ve done with their Bryson City business the Filling Station Deli & Sub Shop.
The Oasis Shriners will be taking over Maggie Valley next weekend as they hold their Spring Ceremonial at the festival grounds.
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 14:43

A new bistro opens in Dillsboro

By Katie Reeder • SMN intern A taste of Greece arrived in Dillsboro last week with the opening of Coach’s.
Mark Jones has never voted for a tax increase before, but the Jackson County Commissioner joined the rest of the board in favor of instituting a fire tax for the Cashiers and Highlands areas of the county last week.
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 14:40

Cullowhee planning standards passed

It’s official: Cullowhee now has zoning standards.
Jackson County Commissioners were upset to discover last week that no one’s been enforcing the county’s mountain and hillside development ordinance for more than two years.
Two short years ago, Fay Grant was living on the other side of the country, a professional music editor for film and television shows in Los Angeles’ bustling entertainment scene. It was a different world altogether from the sleepier mountain…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 14:21

Taking the good with the bad

Commissioner Kirk Kirkpatrick remembers many Haywood County budget hearings in which the public was absent from the process, but that was not the case this year.
A friend of mine who is a veteran backcountry explorer in the Smokies sent a recent email to me and others in which he noted that various lodges and hotels associated with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park “would make…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:17

Raptor presentation coming to Highlands

One of the Southeast’s premier raptor presentations, “Wings to Soar,” will bring birds of prey to the old gym of the Highlands School in what is described as an entertaining and informative program at 7 p.m. on May 26.
The fascinating and complex world of carnivorous plants is the subject of the newest exhibit at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville.
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:15

Soil Exhibit in Bryson City

The Swain Soil and Water Conservation District is in the process of creating a mobile, walk-through exhibit focusing on soil resources. Soil resources are often not presented to the same caliber as other natural resources, and are frequently overlooked or…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:14

Important tracts preserved by SAHC

Two tracts of land with headwater streams have been placed in conservation easements with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. The Icy Cliff Knob easement is for 265 acres in the Little Sandy Mush Community of Madison County. It protects forestland…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:13

Rain barrels for sale by HWA

Haywood Waterways Association and Haywood Cooperative Extension Service have 55-gallon rain barrels for sale.
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:11

WCU researchers making their mark

Scientific work by professors and students at Western Carolina University is earning recognition and winning research money. The Cullowhee campus, already recognized for its outdoor opportunities, is making an impact on several environmental fronts. Here are three recent examples of…
Some 30 years ago, I saw a disturbing film entitled “Koyaanisqatsi.” The title comes from a Hopi word meaning “unbalanced life.” Essentially, this film (which has no dialogue) consisted of disturbing images of our planet: abandoned cities, vistas of barren earth…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:02

Madam, you are indeed a thief

To the Editor: My family and I were enjoying a meal at a local buffet restaurant (on Mothers Day 10 at approximately 3:30 p.m. The restaurant was moderately crowded. We were seated about 15 feet from the cash register area. At…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:02

Thanks to Waynesville town employees

To the Editor: The Waynesville Public Art Commission would specifically like to thank Waynesville town employees Dave Foster, Daryl Hannah, Jonathan Yates and Bill Litty and all of the men who worked with Daryl Hannah when they were installing each…
To the Editor: Fast Track legislation that was prepared in secret by some 600 lobbyists of the largest transnational corporations will give permission for the passage of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). This legislation, often referred to as the North…
By Jason Love • Guest Columnist I am writing on behalf of the Western North Carolina Public Lands Council, an advisory group appointed by the governor whose mission is to promote the protection, conservation, and sustainability of Western North Carolina’s natural…
The rioting in Baltimore has settled down and we haven’t heard much out of Ferguson, Missouri, recently. The uproar and incessant debate over what is happening in our inner cities — racism, poverty, violence, drugs, police brutality — has, for…
Swain County schools are requesting an additional $250,000 from the county commissioners to cover some much-needed building maintenance projects at all four schools.
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:35

Planning board gets new member

The Jackson County Planning Board will have a new face at the table with the appointment of Bonnie Claxton, a Sylva attorney with Legal Aid for North Carolina who previously worked with Coward, Hicks & Siler.  “She wants to do…
Jackson County planning and code enforcement staff will be pouring through two years’ worth of building permits and retroactively inspecting certain projects after learning no one has been enforcing the county’s Mountain and Hillside Development ordinance for more than two…
Event promoters may soon be able to advertise by hanging a banner across Main Street in Franklin. The Franklin board of alderman approved a special banner policy at its May board meeting after being asked by merchants in March to…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:26

WNC Hospice House gets closer to goal

The Hospice House Foundation of WNC is in the midst of a major fundraising campaign to construct and operate a six-bed hospice house in Franklin.
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:25

Jackson pursuing staff attorney hire

Commissioners in Jackson County are moving forward with a plan to scrap their policy of contracting legal services with a private attorney in favor of hiring a full-time staff attorney. At a recent work session, they gave County Manager Chuck…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:24

Waynesville bans smoking on sidewalks

Smoking will soon be banned on sidewalks in Waynesville. Town aldermen voted unanimously last week to ban smoking on all town property — including parks, ball fields, greenways, public parking lots and the grounds of town buildings.
Calvin Mann can’t make it far across the campus of Haywood Pathways Center without bumping into a friend.
Participation at the Haywood Pathways Center in Waynesville has been holding pretty steady ever since it opened in late 2014, with about 25 people living on campus, 80 percent of them male.
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:18

The soul of a soup kitchen

Spend a few hours on the streets in Frog Level, and the heartwarming stories flow like water.