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Wednesday, 29 October 2014 14:15

Waynesville Soda Jerks win national award

The Waynesville Soda Jerks, an independent artisan beverage company, recently won first place at the National Association of Community Colleges Entrepreneurship conference in Phoenix. 
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 14:13

All OK after bomb threat clears Tuscola

Things are back on track at Tuscola High School after some threatening graffiti found in a boys bathroom last week caused school officials to send students home a few minutes early. 
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 14:13

Election Day countdown

Early voting turnout is outpacing the last statewide, non-presidential election year of 2010. And in the seven western counties, early voting is happening at one of the highest rates in the state. Early voting turn out per capita for the…
Domestic violence in Haywood County — and its effect on children — could take a hit as the Thirtieth Judicial District Domestic Violence-Sexual Assault Alliance starts using the $1 million it won through a competitive federal grant. Only $10 million…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 14:05

Cullowhee proposals in for a tweaking

They weren’t thrilled about it, but members of the Cullowhee community did show an appetite for possible development standards during a recent second public input session focusing on the proposed regulations. “This is not a pretty plan, there are parts…
When Jackson County commissioners halted the controversial rewrite of the steep slope development rules earlier this year, critics were both pleased and skeptical. Pleased that a rollback of the county’s steep slope rules wouldn’t be pushed to the finish line…
Controlling mountainside development is a universal issue grappled with across Western North Carolina. But Jackson County’s residents have wrestled more passionately, more vocally, more extensively and more heatedly over mountainside development than almost any other county in the region.
Canton exists against the backdrop of the paper mill. Both literally and figuratively.  For generations, the paper mill — currently run by Evergreen Packaging — has helped to define the community of Canton. Its billowing factory by the railroad tracks…
Hanging out at the confluence of crossroads that embraces downtown Canton, two young skateboarders while away a lazy afternoon. They’re leaping stairs against the backdrop of a mural depicting the town’s glory days — a ball team from the 1950s,…
The Town of Webster invites the public to attend its Oct. 27 Community Stroll to help identify ways to improves the community's health, walkability and social interactions. Starting time is 6 p.m. for this one-hour interactive walk starting at the Southwestern Child Development Center…
By Bob Hall As an independent watchdog group, Democracy North Carolina receives all kinds of reports on our hotline at 888-OUR-VOTE. We encourage voters to review the candidates at and call the hotline if you have any problems as you…
Thursday, 23 October 2014 18:17

Early voting has begun

Registered voters who can't wait until Election Day to vote now have the opportunity to vote in person across North Carolina.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 18:11

Cullowhee community meeting tonight

Tonight will be the last of two public input meetings concerning the proposed Cullowhee Planning Area  development standards. Tonight’s meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Hospitality Room of the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University. 
Thursday, 23 October 2014 15:27

Dockie Brendle’s bridge dedication

Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient Dockie Brendle will have a bridge officially named in honor of him this month. The NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata will be in attendance next week as the department recognizes Brendall’s bridge, located off U.S.…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 15:23

Ancient hunters had some mammoth prey

Names of places throughout the Blue Ridge country pay tribute to the familiar wildlife of the region: Bear Wallow Stand Ridge, Beaverdam Creek, Buck Knob, Fox Gap, Wild Boar Creek, Coon Branch, Wildcat Cliffs, Possum Hollow, Polecat Ridge, Raven Rocks,…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 15:21

Celebrate Halloween and fall at NOC

Nantahala Outdoor Center’s annual NOCtoberfest event will celebrate leaf season in the Smokies from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at NOC.  The event features contests, pumpkin painting, live music and prizes for all ages — as well…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 15:17

Comment open for boater access trails

An environmental analysis released by the U.S. Forest Service is proposing five boater access trails in national forests in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia, and the plans are open for comment through Oct. 29.  The proposal is linked to…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 15:16

Photographer presents Blue Ridge vistas guide

Photographer and author Tim Barnwell will present his new book, Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. In the book, Barnwell identifies the mountain peaks visible from each overlook, marking the…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 15:15

Rangers rescue family of six

When George and Heather Ferrell, of Louisiana, began to hike up Mount LeConte Oct. 18 with their four children, they didn’t expect to become the subject of a search and rescue. The family, whose children are aged 4, 5, 10,…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 15:14

Kayak Lake Junaluska

A kayaking program from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Oct. 23 at Lake Junaluska will give paddlers of all skill levels a chance to practice their strokes.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 15:13

Plowing demos at Darnell Farms

The annual Fall Plow Day at Darnell Farms in Bryson City Saturday, Oct. 25, will feature a full day of plowing demonstrations with teams of horses and mules as well as music, contests and food and crafts for sale.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 15:12

Park plans prescribed burn in Cataloochee

Prescribed burns will light up the Canadian Top Knob, Mathews Branch and Noland Mountain areas adjacent to Cataloochee Valley in Great Smoky Mountains National Park later this week or early next week. Exact dates are dependent on weather. 
Ken Czarnomski has always loved sketching and writing, but as a department chair for the sustainability and construction management programs at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, his projects consisted mainly of razor-straight lines and technical engineering language. There wasn’t a lot…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 15:01

Being manipulated by a book not all bad

Gone Girl is currently the most popular novel in America and it has been around since 2012; it is also now a major motion picture starring Ben Affleck. Gillian Flynn’s  “thriller” (and it is definitely that!) is a favorite topic…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:54

Cowee Pottery School receives RTCAR grant

The Cowee Pottery School at the Macon Heritage Center in Franklin has announced the nonprofit’s receipt of a grant from the Revitalization of Traditional Cherokee Artisan Resources (RTCAR).   Funded by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, the RTCAR initiative is committed…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:54

PumpkinFest rolls into Franklin

The 18th annual PumpkinFest will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Saturday, Oct. 25, in downtown Franklin. During this event you can take part in some traditional and some very non-traditional fall festivities. Bring your pumpkin or purchase…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:53

Music, craft beer converge at Hiker Jam

The inaugural Hiker Jam will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at The Village Green in Cashiers. Two music stages featuring Porch 40, The Corbitt Brothers, Hurricane Creek, Mangus Colorado, SmokeRise, and many more. Over…
The outdoor drama “The Legend of Tommy Hodges” will hit the stage at 6:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. Oct. 24-25 at the Cradle of Forestry. 
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:51

Contemporary photo exhibit at WCU

More than 600 photographs will be featured in a two-part exhibition titled “David Raymond’s Other People’s Pictures” and “Eric Oglander: Craigslist Mirrors” that will run Oct. 30-Jan. 9 in the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:49

Pottery festival fires up in Dillsboro

The 10th annual WNC Pottery Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, in downtown Dillsboro. 
The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce will host a fireworks benefit with Soldier’s Heart and the 96.5 House Band from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Bridge Park in Sylva.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:37

Cashiers Library welcomes banjo champ

Two-time banjo champion Mary Z. Cox will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Albert Carlton – Cashiers Community Library
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:33

This must be the place

It’s not only a time capsule, but also a window into the future. With guitars in-hand, The DuPont Brothers are two men, two voices that become a singular melodic force. The Vermont-based siblings are quite possibly the finest acoustic duo…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:29

Carolina chills

As the leaves change and the air becomes crisp, the mountains of Western North Carolina transform into a landscape of mystery and mischief. In the spirit of ghouls, ghosts and everything creepy and crawling, communities around Southern Appalachia will celebrate…
To the Editor: What kind of country is ours? That’s more than an idle question to a foreign-born gentleman who is studying with my help for his citizenship test. The textbook he was issued calls the United States a “democratic…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:09

Obama wasting energy on climate change talk

To the Editor: Speaking at the U.N. Climate Change Summit last month, our esteemed president made the following statement. Climate change is an issue “that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other.” Being a flat-earther,…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:08

EMS crew provided fantastic service

To the Editor: When someone you love has a sudden onset of an acute illness, there are numerous fears to deal with. On Friday, Oct. 10, my husband required transport to Mission Hospital. There is no need to recount the…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:07

Vote for change, get GOP out of Raleigh

To the Editor: Overall quality of life in North Carolina has drastically deteriorated during the past four years due to Republican driven legislative policies. Our public education system is struggling to meet the needs of our children in overcrowded classrooms,…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:06

Haywood incumbents should be reelected

To the Editor: How fortunate we are in Haywood County to have three county commissioners running for reelection, commissioners who through the years have demonstrated such firm and forward-looking commitment to our county — Kirk Kirkpatrick, Mike Sorrells, and Bill…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:04

Jim Moore is best choice for DA

To the Editor: I am writing to you on behalf of my good friend and mentor, Jim Moore. He is running for district attorney here in the 30th District and I would like to tell you why I believe that…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:04

Letter writer had it wrong about GOP

To the Editor: The letter on Oct. 15 from my friend in Franklin titled, “Why doesn’t the GOP protect our property rights?” is a bit ludicrous in that the GOP has stood over the years for the right of citizens…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:03

Let’s send GOP leaders home this election

To the Editor: The Republican Party in North Carolina has repeated, time after time, that the public schools were broken. Since they have taken over the Legislature they have tried to make this come true. They have not succeeded. Franklin…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:02

Rep. Mark Meadows needs to go

To the Editor: I am no Paul Revere, but like him I am providing warning that we are threatened. The real and present danger is disguised as our congressman. It is imperative that our present congressman, Republican Rep. Mark Meadows,…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:02

Elect Republicans, keep state moving forward

To the Editor: Beam me up Scotty if you have heard of any big oil or gas companies prowling the western part of North Carolina trying to get people signed up to allow drilling for oil or gas on their…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:01

Jane Hipps is the right choice for Senate

To the Editor: From many perspectives, North Carolina is in big trouble. Rather than governing to provide the best direction for all citizens, as our legislators are charged, some of our elected officials appear to be pursuing personal agendas aimed…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:01

Cullowhee planning will take away rights

To the Editor: On Tuesday night, Oct. 7, I along with many property owners attended the presentation of the “Cullowhee Plan” for restricting our property use.  There were concerns voiced and questions asked. The main point that emerged was that,…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:00

Sen. Davis votes against will of people

To the Editor: “Tis a puzzlement.” How can any elected representative currently in office perpetually insist on being proud while consistently voting against the needs and wishes of the people represented? Who can be proud of a vote to contaminate the…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:00

No, Mr. Clampitt, fracking is an issue

To the Editor: Suppose we turn history upside down, we might have heard the following from famous and infamous people: Noah: “It’s not going to rain.” French King Louis XVI: “They’ll never get the guillotine to work.” George Armstrong Custer:…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:59

District attorney hopeful needs an answer

To the Editor: Two weekends ago I went to the district attorney debate in Canton at the Colonial Theater. The debate was between Democrat incumbent assistant district attorney Jim Moore and Republican challenger assistant district attorney Ashley Welch.  At the…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:59

Everyone reads the local free papers

To the Editor: I was just thumbing back through recent issues of SMN and read your piece about supporting local newspapers. It reminded me of a conversation I had earlier this year as a group of us planned getting the…