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If all goes according to plan, Jackson County could have a permanent homeless shelter up and running by April.  That “if,” though, is a big one. Jackson Neighbors in Need hopes to get commissioners’ approval to lease the old rescue…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 14:42

HCC rolls out rebranded products

Trying to create a small logo that encompasses everything Haywood Community College stands for is no easy task.  But with only three letters and a symbolic leaf, Aaron Mabry, marketing and communication director, thinks he and Lee White Media pulled…
Overbearing language in Haywood County’s emergency management protocols is being revised to make it more palatable to civil liberty watchdogs. The emergency plan spells out powers the county can evoke in a major crisis — be it a mundane blizzard…
The town of Franklin recently passed a Charitable Solicitations ordinance in order to have more control over groups who stand in the middle of the road asking for money. But it appears the ordinance has backfired. The group the town…
There’s been a new turn in the much-anticipated redevelopment of Ingles’ super market site in Waynesville: Chick-fil-A has joined the party. Ingles’ site development plans on file with the town of Waynesville have been updated recently to include a Chick-fil-A…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

‘Tar Heel Tour’ at WCU

There will be an interactive presentation to “tour” the state of North Carolina during “Tar Heel Tour: Our State, Our Time” from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in the A.K. Hinds University Center at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

SCC offers $3,000 in artist biz plan contest

Professional craft artists in Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties and the Qualla Boundary have a $3,000 incentive to create or update their business plans.
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

Learn the art of paper cutting at two events

Valentine’s Day paper arts class A book/paper arts workshop will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

Uptown Gallery re-opening in Franklin

The Macon County Art Association will host a “Grand Re-Opening” of their Uptown Gallery from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at 30 East Main Street in Franklin.
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

Valentine’s Day jazz at Classic Wineseller

A special Valentine’s Day dinner and live performance by jazz singer Jesse Earl Junior will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville.
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 15:30

Avalon brings the classics to Franklin

1950s pop sensation Frankie Avalon will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

This must be the place

Wait, what?! Ah, crap. By the time you read this, I’ll have turned 30. It’s a number that seemed as far away from reality as it was impossible to ever cross paths with. But, here it is, staring right at…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

Good for what ales you

A rising tide lifts all ships. It’s not only a motto for life, but also for the ever-evolving cultural ambiance in downtown Sylva. From mainstays City Lights Café, Heinzelmannchen Brewery, Lulu’s On Main and Guadalupe Café, to newcomers like Innovation…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 16:22

Cherokee knew how to handle the chill of winter

“Two or more Families join together in building a hot-house, about 30 feet Diameter, and 15 feet high, in form of a Cone, with Poles and thatched, without any air-hole, except a small door about 3 feet high and 18…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 16:14

New museum to celebrate Fontana Dam’s 70th

A community museum and learning center at Fontana Village along Fontana Lake will commemorate the 70th anniversary of power production at Fontana Dam, thanks to an alliance between Proctor Revival Organization, Fontana Village Resort, Graham Revitalization Economic Action Team and…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 16:13

More land conserved around Waterrock Knob

A 10-acre tract along the Blue Ridge Parkway and a new section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in Jackson County will likely become Blue Ridge Parkway land following its Dec. 18, 2014, purchase by the Conservation Trust for North Carolina.
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 16:12

Grant allows kids hiking trails to expand

Trail adventures for kids will expand in North Carolina over the coming years, thanks to a $921,000 grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.
A three-year stream-mapping project in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is now complete, revealing new information about the park’s water resources.  Using a combination of aircraft-mounted scanners and a Global Positioning System verification system, scientists determined that the park…
It’s shaping up to be an exciting year for water-lovers in Western North Carolina. After more than a decade of hydropower relicensing negotiations and years more of permitting and construction, Duke Energy is finishing a slate of river accesses that…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 16:02

Advice for becoming a body ‘gardener’

In French Women Don’t Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure, Mirielle Guiliano produced a No. 1 New York Times bestseller and became an international sensation, with her book translated into 37 languages.  Now Guiliano is back with another…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:51

This must be the place

It is the single greatest influence on my life. The people, music and culture that encompasses the Grateful Dead is the exact reason I find myself typing this right now. The sights and sounds associated with this melodic ocean liner…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:49

Hardin display in Macon

A new showcase of work by artist Clint Hardin will be on display for the month of February at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin.
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:48

Irish psych-mystery stages at HART

The winter theater season continues with the Tony nominated Broadway play “Shining City” that will run at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30-31 and at 3 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:47

Nicholson to bring bluegrass, Americana to WCU

Award-winning mandolinist Darren Nicholson of Balsam Range will perform with his solo band as part of the First Thursday concert series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:44

State of the Arts — Haywood

As the crowd found their seats and got settled, all eyes were on Marty Sohovich. “I really believe 2014 was one of our best years,” he said. “And we’re turning a corner.”
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:34

Facts and beliefs are different animals

To the Editor: Vic Drummond’s recent letter about “The Economic and Employment Costs of Not Expanding Medicaid in NC.” was just opinion and left-wing propaganda and not fact at all.   It seemed apparent that Drummond has not read the…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:34

U.S. youth need unifying experience

To the Editor: Historical injustices, real and perceived, create seeds of terrorism. Today’s policies create a fertile environment for the seeds of terrorism to flourish.  The first environmental factor is overpopulation. Where there is cultural pressure and/or lack of access…
By Bill Lea • Guest Columnist In the article about the bear dogs attacking a camper’s dogs (, Wallace Messer (a bear hunter whose dogs were not involved in the attack) begins by suggesting the blame for the attack should perhaps…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:29

Surely there is a solution for noise dispute

Here’s hoping No Name Sports Pub and the town of Sylva can work out their differences on noise so that both get what they need. As it stands now, the establishment has stopped booking live music because neighbors have complained…
Southwestern Community College students who earn an associate’s degree in criminal justice technology have a new transfer option thanks to SCC’s recent articulation agreement with Lees McRae College in Banner Elk.
The Commission for a Clean County (CCC) has announced the 2014 winners of its annual Community Pride Awards program. This program honors businesses, community groups, civic clubs, schools and individuals (both adults and children) for exceptional efforts in the categories…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:11

Broadband survey needs more rural responses

Haywood County leaders are still in the process of collecting data on broadband Internet service, but they need help from residents living in rural parts of the county.  Maggie Valley Mayor Ron DeSimone sits on the Haywood County Economic Development…
It’s been more than eight years since the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians made its first move toward creating a business to bring Internet to the Qualla Boundary, but the issue has proven a good bit more complicated than first…
The exploration of inadequacies at the Jackson County Justice Center has been years in the making, but it’s looking like — for now, at least — the solution will focus on ramping up security and leave the issue of space…
A pair of dueling petitions dealing with the question of noise at No Name Sports Pub will likely spar at the upcoming Sylva Town Board meeting Feb. 5.   Owner Gregg Fuller had approached the board earlier this month asking…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:04

Swain schools crack the code

“When will I ever use this in real life?” is often the question students have when faced with difficult subjects in math and science. Swain County educators have tried to answer that question by introducing STEM projects into every classroom.
Harold Faircloth was recently named Environmental Specialist of the Year in North Carolina after uncovering widespread lead contamination in private wells throughout Macon County. “I had been so busy with my duties and responsibilities in my position in addition to…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 14:59

Ghost Town not for sale

Ghost Town owner Alaska Presley was willing to sacrifice a piece of the theme park property to generate some cash for her Resurrection Mountain project, but a new opportunity has come along that will hopefully allow her to redevelop the…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 14:58

To snag a cyberstalker

For most Americans, the Internet has moved from novelty to normal, but translating that shift in norms into law has required some innovation of its own. Since California became the first state to pass a law specifically addressing cyberstalking in…
Editor's note: The cyberstalking allegations against Monroe Miller were dismissed by a judge following court testimony on March 24, 2015. Monroe Miller, a watchdog and critic of county government and member of the so-called “patriot faction” of the Haywood County Republican…
Monroe Miller is no stranger to the inbox. Hundreds of emails from Miller have peppered the email accounts of people in Haywood County over the past five years, targeting those he believes have misstepped. SEE ALSO:• GOP insider charged with…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 14:41

NC commissioners set legislative priorities

After wading through more than 300 legislative goals presented by more than 500 commissioners throughout the state, the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners has agreed on five top priorities to present to legislators during the 2015 General Assembly. Macon…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 14:38

Maggie Valley: ‘It’s been a good year’

Maggie Valley officials are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel after experiencing several tumultuous years. Town officials took time to revel in their 2014 accomplishments while setting goals for 2015 during a recent retreat. While…
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 15:49

The uncommon common goldeneye

The best way I know of to get a rare bird to fly the coop is to write about it. So by the time you see this article the two drake common goldeneyes that have been hanging out at Lake…
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 15:47

Hike the Dirty Dozen

Looking for a new way to explore the wilderness? Check out the Dirty Dozen Wilderness Hike Challenge.
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 15:46

The A.T. just got a little longer

The Appalachian Trail has a new official length. It increased by 3.9 miles from last year to 2,189.2 miles due to trail remeasurements and relocations. 
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 15:45

Venus flytrap poachers caught

Four men, ages 22 to 49, were arrested with 970 Venus flytraps in their possession earlier this month at the Holly Shelter Game Land in Pender County, earning the distinction of being the first to be charged with a felony…
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 15:44

Access on Lake Emory gets better

A new canoe portage around the Lake Emory dam is expected to open in Franklin sometime in late spring. 
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 15:43

Couple conserves private tract in Jackson

A new conservation agreement finalized by the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee will protect 104 acres in Cullowhee from development, preserving it for wildlife, small-scale agriculture and timber management. 
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 15:40

Smokies visitation tops 10 million

For the first time in more than a decade, Great Smoky Mountains National Park saw more than 10 million visitors during 2014.