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MedWest leaders are struggling to hold a fledgling joint hospital venture together in the wake of recent physician turmoil, but there’s likely no easy fix for the identity crisis faced by Jackson County’s medical community. Fearing the sanctity of Harris…
When a team of moving men showed up in the surgery suite of MedWest-Harris two years ago and rolled a specialized spinal surgery table out the door, down the hallway and into a truck, acting on orders to haul the…
Tee Coker and his company recently learned firsthand something they probably already suspected about creating brands and taglines for towns. Forget about pleasing everyone: it can be an insurmountable challenge to please anyone at all when it comes to developing…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 19:12

Swain County property values looking up

Tim Cain has a bird’s eye view of Swain County’s real estate market, and from where he sits, the news looks good. Cain was hired to oversee the countywide appraisal of every home, lot and tract of land in Swain…
Canton and Waynesville’s paths have diverged when it comes to the most cost efficient way to haul trash to White Oak Landfill. Both towns will face higher costs to dump residents’ trash starting this summer when the county closes a…
When the maintenance director for Haywood County Schools received news that a transformer at Pisgah High School stopped working last Thursday, it seemed apropos given the grim portrait of the schools’ budget he and other education officials would paint for…
Haywood Community College officials have requested an additional $380,000 in county funding this year — all of which would help pay for renovations and new construction on campus. Similarly to Haywood County Schools, the college has been strapped by recession-drive…
A public workshop on a proposed truck turn-around and information station on U.S. 64 in Franklin will be held from 4-7 p.m. at the Franklin Town Hall boardroom. The turn-around and station would be located between U.S. 23/441 in Franklin…
A sports physical clinic for school athletic programs will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the Macon County Public Health Center. The clinics are open to rising seventh grade to 12th grade students who plan to participate…
A retracing of the northern route of the Trail of Tears will be held May 18-26 in a collaboration of the Eastern Band and the United Keetoowah Band and Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee…
The state has not recommended any changes be made to how Mission hospital does business under its Certificate of Public Advantage, or anti-trust regulations that govern this regional healthcare leader. The regulations date to Mission’s merger with St. Joseph’s 15…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 19:04

Library to show Alvin and the Chipmunks

The library in Bryson City will show Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel at 3:30 p.m., May 8. The movies are a free weekly program. Popcorn will be served in the library auditorium starting at 3:20 p.m. The library will…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 19:04

Community music jam planned in Swain

The next community music jam at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will be from 6-7 p.m., May 3, in the library auditorium or, weather permitting, on the library’s front lawn. The community jams offer a chance for musicians…
Nine-time Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Natalie Cole will take the stage at 9 p.m., May 25, at Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel and Casino. Cole rocketed to stardom in 1975 with her debut album “Inseparable,” earning her a #1 single, “This…
Women of Waynesville will host a Mom’s Music Festival this Sunday afternoon. The festival will take place from noon to 6 p.m. in the backyard of the Herren House, located at 94 East St. in Waynesville. Moms and children under…
The Stecoah Artisans Guild will host an exposition and fund-raising dinner at 5 p.m. on May 8 at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center. The event will showcase local handcrafts and how people can show financial support that can translate…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 19:00

Macon to hold Airing of the Quilts

Macon County will celebrate its quilting heritage with Airing of the Quilts on May 12. Centered in downtown Franklin, Airing of the Quilts will feature hundreds of quilts along with an antique quilt show, quilt appraisals, quilting related merchandise, live…
Four Haywood Community College students and one faculty member will represent the college at the 2012 NC Community Colleges Art Exhibition. Christopher Cagle, a crafts fiber student; Nathaniel Chambers, a crafts wood student; Kira Farrington, a business administration student; Lillian…
A reception will be held the evening of May 4 to mark the opening of a new photography exhibit at Gallery 86 in Waynesville. “Through the Lens: WNC Photographers” includes work by four Western North Carolina photographers — Anna Fariello, Lori…
The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its July production of the hit Broadway musical “La Cage Aux Folles” at 6:30 p.m., May 7 and 8 at the HART Theater in Waynesville. The production is being directed by…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 18:58

Headwaters to host benefit for The Strand

Headwaters Brewery will host “Lend a Hand for The Strand” starting at 4 p.m., May 6. The event is to held raise money for the renovation of the historic theater. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door…
The Bascom visual arts center in the Highlands will hold its largest annual fund-raiser, Collective Spirits, May 17-19. On Friday evening, there will be a mountain casual walk-around Wine Tasting & Market from 5-7 p.m. The Sensational Sounds of Motown…
The Waynesville Gallery Association will host its first Art After Dark of the year from 6-9 p.m., May 4. The event will also feature a new Saturday Stroll from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 5. The Art After Dark…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 18:37

A gathering of artists

Two new art galleries are opening in Bryson City this May only about a street’s width away from each other. Blue Mountain Studios and Studio 19 both are gathering artists from various mediums to work in a studio setting and…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:39

Black locust a favorite for its strength

All of the spring flowering plants are early this year by as much as two to three weeks. Black locust is no exception. Their beautiful creamy-white pea-shaped flowers form dependent clusters so fragrant that the air is heavy with scent…
A day of events to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 12, at the Cradle of Forestry. Activities for the day include: • 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Family birding walks offer beginning and intermediate birders…
Children and their families can help the Great Smoky Mountains National Park celebrate National Junior Ranger Day from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28. There will be a variety of free, hands-on activities at Oconaluftee Visitor Center, located…
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is currently searching for volunteers to help maintain the Appalachian Trail through the Smokies Wilderness Elite Appalachian Trail Crew program. No previous trail experience is required — just a desire to work hard, live in the…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:35

Birding opportunities abound in Highlands

Weekly Saturday bird walks will be held by the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society starting in May. The first Saturday of every month will be geared to beginners, with guidance on the use of binoculars and field guides and an introduction…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:34

Learn to bird by ear

Two birding events in the region, sponsored by the Great Smoky Mountains Audubon Society, are on the horizon. The first is birdwatching for beginners from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 28, at the Balsam Mountain Inn. Larry Thompson…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:32

Cashiers bike race just around the corner

The Tour de Cashiers, one of the region’s most well-known bike races, will take place beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, starting at the Village Green in Cashiers. There are three races, a 25 mile, 62 mile and…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:28

Ruby Ride and Run to roll into Franklin

The Ruby Ride and Run will take place in Franklin on May 12, offering various distance options to both bikers and runners. The rides and the runs start and end at Franklin High School. A 5k and 10k run begin…
The popular annual Ducks on the Tuck, with little yellow rubber ducks racing down the Tuckasegee River, will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 29. The ducks will be dropped into Scotts Creek at the train depot bridge…
Haywood Community College has been recognized for its cutting-edge work in promoting environmental sustainability by the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. “Haywood Community College has a robust history, dating back to 2006, of demonstrating sustainable technologies in the…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:24

Lace up those running shoes for a good cause

A Mothers Day Celebration 5K walk and run in Cherokee that also functions as a dialysis patient fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 12, at Acquoni Expo Center, or the old Cherokee High School. Registration starts at 11 a.m.,…
Threatening weather forecasts likely kept many who registered for last Saturday’s (April 21) 5th Annual Spring Hike in Waynesville’s Watershed at home. But we caught a break — cloudy and overcast but the rain held off till around 11:30 a.m.…
The recent acquisition of 720 acres of land in the Plott Balsams has helped set the table for the first major park to be created along the Blue Ridge Parkway in six decades. The land, owned by former Congressman Charles…
City Lights Bookstore will celebrate the launch of Harvey K. Littleton’s A Life in Glass with Western Carolina University’s ceramics instructor Joan Byrd at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 27. Byrd was a member of Littleton’s first glassblowing class at…
Merritt Moseley, a professor at University of Carolina-Asheville, will lead a series of discussions surrounding the works of beloved author Jane Austen at the Waynesville library. A novelist whose reputation has never declined, critic Brooke Allen called Austen “a woman…
Thomas Thibeault will be at City Lights Bookstore to read from his historical thriller, Balto’s Nose, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. Glenn Carnehan, a WWII veteran, spent the war tracking down treasures looted by the Nazis and in…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:13

Library looks for teen feedback

The Teen Advisory Group will meet at 3:30 p.m. on April 30 at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Teens are invited to come share their ideas about materials of interest to them, including what sort of programming they’d like to see…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:11

The tales of two Joyces

In The Guys in the Gang and Other Stories (ISBN 978-1-4697-7768-9, $20.95), James T. Joyce and James T. Joyce — that doubling-up is not a misprint — have shared, perhaps inadvertently, the secrets to a fulfilling life. Like a fine…
This being a Sunday, the day on which I generally take care of household chores that have gone unheeded during the hurly-burly and rushed pace of the workweek, I was dusting the combination living room and kitchen in the cabin…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:02

Sweepstakes cafeterias good for tourism

To the Editor: I agree with the opinion expressed by several of those interviewed for a recent article that the increase in gambling cafes is good for business and is a welcomed option for increasing city revenues. Each person who…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:01

Does Bothwell realize Shuler is not running?

To The Editor: I find Cecil Bothwell’s preoccupation with Heath Shuler odd and slightly disturbing. Although Shuler announced months ago that he would not be running for re-election, Bothwell has continued to attack him online and in public forums across…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:00

Hanging chads and voter suppression

To the Editor: Do you remember “hanging-chads? Those were the tiny little punch-out holes on Florida ballots that gave George Bush the presidency in 2001 and made Florida the land of bad elections. As a direct result of that fiasco, Congress…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:59

Let me tell you why I’m a Democrat

To the Editor: I want to share with you three times in my life that made me appreciate how important our Democratic vision is to the people of this state and this country. First, it is clear to me the…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:58

Working at C.J. Harris is an honor

To the Editor: In 1993, I knew I wanted to be a registered nurse (RN) and my health occupations teacher, Mrs. Hess, encouraged me to go to C.J. Harris Hospital and become a junior volunteer. That is where my story…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:57

Those staying believe in this hospital

To the Editor: To us, this is more than just a hospital because it is part of our community, and it’s where our friends, relatives and neighbors work and so many people’s livelihoods depend on the hospital being here. We…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:57

It is time to look ahead, not behind

To the Editor: The Physician Leadership Council, the governing body of the employed physicians of MedWest Health System, is saddened to see the recent media coverage surrounding MedWest-Harris. We understand the concerns that have been voiced by several doctors, as…