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Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:42

SCC gets input on future of Swain campus

What should the future of Southwestern Community College look like in Swain County five to 10 years from now?
Its future has been envisioned as an agricultural center, a recreation facility, a Cherokee cultural site, a farming co-op and an empty field. Now there’s a new twist in the plot toward settling the future of a defunct county-owned factory…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:36

Where art meets architecture

Sam Olbekson has never met a duality he couldn’t reconcile. As the lead architect for the $110 million Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel opening near Murphy next week, Olbekson’s design will make a lasting impression of the region on…
Spirits were high last week as Lumpy Lambert made his morning lap around the floor of the new casino. The count down was on, with just a week to go until the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians would open its new…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:29

Savannah community could get its first park

If the details work out, Jackson County’s Savannah community could soon have a park to call its own. 
Waynesville leaders have granted a free pass on many of its aesthetic development standards to pave the way for a large warehouse facility being built by Giles Chemical, the Waynesville-based company that is the largest North American manufacturer of Epsom…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:20

Waynesville rolls out the red carpet for riders

It’s all hands on deck this weekend as Waynesville prepares to welcome more than 1,100 cyclists and their families to town for the start of the Cycle N.C. Mountains to Coast Ride.  Waynesville was fortunate enough to be selected as…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:16

Haywood wants a share of cycling tourists

Since the first wheels starting turning in 2010’s inaugural Blue Ridge Breakaway bike ride, cycling has been picking up speed in Haywood County. And as more cyclists have flocked to the annual cruise of Haywood’s scenic byways, the county’s reputation…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:07

Signs pinpoint greenway opportunities in Haywood

The results of a plan to install signs demystifying Haywood’s disjointed collection of greenway paths will be unveiled at a gathering 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Canton Recreation Park, upstream from the baseball field.  The project,…
A family-friendly event celebrating fishing, hunting and wildlife conservation will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Transylvania County.  In observance of National Hunting and Fishing Day, the event…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:04

LTLT named river champion

The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee was named the Tennessee River Champion of the year by the Tennessee Valley Authority. “The work LTLT does embodies all the components of this award — partnership, restoration, education and innovation,” said Evan…
A documentary telling the story of Dr. Carl Schenck, the German forester who managed the Biltmore Estate’s forests and helped lay the foundation of the nation’s first environmental movement, will premier at a screening event 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27,…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:02

Conservation award nominations open

Nominations are open to recognize the people and businesses most instrumental in promoting conservation this year for MountainTrue’s annual awards.  The organization — formed from a merger of the Western North Carolina Alliance, Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance and the Environmental Conservation…
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway are always free to enter, but fourth grade students have an opportunity to enjoy all national parks at no charge over the coming year thanks to the White House’s Every…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 13:56

Water quality monitors wanted

People wanting to get wet while volunteering to keep an eye on water quality in local streams have a chance to get trained through the one-day Stream Monitoring Information Exchange program, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 13:55

Symposium to explore mountain plant lore

The annual symposium “Rooted in the Mountains: Valuing our Common Ground” at Western Carolina University will be held on Thursday, Sept. 24, and Friday, Sept. 25, this year themed “Plants for Food and Medicine.”
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 13:53

Smokies rangers battle graffiti

With the fall season coming, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is gearing up to guard against graffiti — lasting marks that not only detract from the park’s natural beauty but can permanently damage irreplaceable resources.
Monday, 21 September 2015 14:41

Search continues for missing hiker

The search for an overdue Tennessee hiker in the Shining Rock wilderness area continues for a second day after Sunday’s search yielded no sightings.
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 17:45

End of the bloody tetrad

All the lunar-phobes out there, as well as many of the astronomically challenged – like me, will be praying for clear skies for the night and pre dawn hours on Sept. 27-28. The total eclipse of September’s Harvest Moon (so…
A half-hour into the morning, Carol Larson has the gleaning operation smoothly underway at Skipper Russell’s farm in Bethel. A trio of tarps, topped with cardboard boxes neatly arranged in rows, sits on the grassy buffer between field and road.…
Clad in his signature overalls, Joe Smiley leaned on his rake, taking in the tranquil late-summer scene: pie-pans strung among the corn stalks twisted in the breeze, daisies dipped ever so slightly under the weight of a welcome bee, a…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 17:28

Make hiking a family affair

From Georgia to Maine, outings celebrating Family Hiking Day will provide opportunities to explore the Appalachian Trail the weekend of Saturday, Sept. 26.  • A 4.4-mile hike starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, along the Max Patch Loop in Haywood…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 17:26

Fall ranger programs start up in the Smokies

It’s once more fall in the Smokies, and that means a reboot of ranger programs to reflect the season. The new schedule will start up Sunday, Sept. 20.  Daily A demonstration of the historic Mingus Mill in action will be…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 17:25

Experience the elk rut

An excursion to witness the peak of the elk rut in Cataloochee Valley will set out Wednesday, Sept. 23, part of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust’s Eco Tours series.
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 17:20

Wild poses

This great horned owl is among the stunning wildlife photography of Ed and Cindy Boos on display this month at the Macon County Library in Franklin.
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 17:18

NOC closes out season with gear crazy GAF

A weekend featuring games, music, rafting, bike competitions and plenty more will comprise Nantahala Outdoor Center’s annual Guest Appreciation Festival Sept. 25-27.
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 17:13

Essays highlight breadth of Styron’s knowledge

Some 30 years ago or so, William Styron — the acclaimed author of novels like The Confessions of Nat Turner and Sophie’s Choice — visited the University of Virginia, the setting for some of his first novel, Lie Down In…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:44

Roller derby slides into Bryson

The Smoky Mountain Rollergirls will take on the Middle Georgia Derby Demons on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Swain County Rec Park in Bryson City. This double header will also feature the SMRG junior team, the Lil' Nemesisters. Doors open…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:43

Asheville Symphony, WCU team up

Western Carolina University student musicians will join members of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra for a performance of orchestral masterworks at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, at the John W. Bardo Arts Center in Cullowhee. The event is part of a…
The 41st annual Mountain Heritage Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. The event will be preceded by a 5K foot race at 8 a.m.
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:39

Galaxy of Stars opens with tribute to Groucho

Award-winning actor and director Frank Ferrante will perform his acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:37

Highlands gala welcomes Three Tenors and a Diva

The Three Tenors and a Diva Gala will be held at 5 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Highlands Performing Arts Center.
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:36

Disco for a soulful cause

The inaugural Mountain Disco Music Festival will be held from 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Soul Infusion in Sylva.
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:34

This must be the place

I just wanted to break 18 minutes. Taking a seat in Ms. Trudeau’s second period social studies class, all I had on my mind was the impending cross-country race that afternoon. I was in 11th grade, captain of the high school…
Standing behind the counter of High Country Tire, Summer McMahan is a long way from the bright lights of New York City. Outside the shop and convenience store, cars zip and zoom by nonstop down U.S. 441, either coming from…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:21

Community needs supporters to step up

To the Editor: This past weekend I had the privilege of working beside my fellow students and colleagues in an effort to clean Richland Creek in Waynesville. I came into this project with expectations of environmental stewardship towards my local…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:20

When faith and government collide

To the Editor: In Rowan County, Kentucky, Kim Davis has been ordered to jail for contempt of court.  Her confinement is based on the fact that on more than one occasion she refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:06

Canton can rebrand itself, but it won’t be easy

With the right leadership, it can happen. If the national and regional economy continues chugging along for another few years without a stumble, it can happen. I’m talking about a rejuvenation of the small east Haywood County town of Canton,…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 14:55

HCC students collaborate to commemorate 50 years

It isn’t often students in the creative arts program and the high-tech machinery program get to collaborate on a project, but Haywood Community College’s 50th anniversary has brought them together to create one-of-a-kind commemorative pieces. SEE ALSO:• 50 years forward:…
What better way to celebrate 50 years of education at Haywood Community College than to invite the community for a firsthand look at what the school has to offer?
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 14:50

HCC graduates find success

Not every success story starts with a four-year degree from an elite university, and there are many Haywood Community College graduates to prove it.
As Haywood Community College leaders look to the future, it’s import to reflect on how far the institution has come in its first 50 years. 
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 14:45

HCC President Parker looks forward 50 years

What is the significance of HCC’s 50th anniversary? The 50th anniversary celebration gives us an opportunity to reflect upon those who preceded us and had the vision and wherewithal to create the North Carolina Community College System and specifically Haywood…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 14:38

McMahan convicted in vehicle death

Christopher Harold McMahan was recently convicted of felony death by vehicle and felony serious injury by vehicle in Macon County Superior Court. McMahan will spend more than two years in prison. The crimes were committed on July 31, 2012, as…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 14:37

Stecoah man found guilty of sexual offense

Michael Lee White, 38, of the Stecoah community, was recently found guilty by a jury in Robbinsville of sexual offense on a child.   He was sentenced by Superior Court Judge J. Thomas Davis to no less than 300 months…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 14:35

Swain to dissolve outdated ordinances

Swain County commissioners will hold two public hearings at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, before deciding whether to dissolve ordinances regulating meat markets and campgrounds.
Some residents of the Yellow Mountain area near Lake Glenville are hoping Jackson County commissioners will step in to address the impacts of a shooting range that’s sprung up in the sparsely populated mountain neighborhood.
Hazy ownership of a de facto three-acre park in Waynesville has been resolved, allowing the town to remove a group of partiers who had more or less occupied a corner of the property as squatters.
Duke Energy has roped Waynesville in for another year even though the town hoped to quit buying its wholesale power from the energy giant by year’s end.
The final public hearing in the two-year-old saga of revisions to Jackson County’s steep slope ordinance was all set to take place Sept. 22, but last week county commissioners decided to cancel the hearing and reschedule for a later date.