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To the Editor: I thought that the letter by Dr. Laci Jamison (www.smokymountainnews.com/component/k2/item/6931) in the May 2 edition was a wonderful expression of her dedication to her profession. Her patients will be fortunate to experience her care. William G. Sullivan…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:56

Privatizing marriage would settle issue

To the Editor: Statistics claim that the purpose of licensure laws is to protect people and produce quality results. They would say that through licensing, states can guarantee that whether you are educating your children, insuring your life, or getting…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:55

Amendment One sends wrong message

To the Editor: The passage of Amendment One by a majority of North Carolinians this week adds fuel to a fire burning in the bellies of civil rights activists nationwide who are working hard even today to ensure cases on…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:54

Shouldn’t tolerance go both ways

To the Editor: If you have listened to TV news or seen the national print media since Tuesday, May 8, you have heard  and read some of the most disgraceful, denigrating referrals to the state of North Carolina and North…
By Gwang S. Han • Guest Columnist Simply put, I question if there is a problem with the current system at Harris Regional Hospital and Haywood Regional Medical Center, supervised by Carolinas HealthCare in Charlotte.  Since retiring in 2007 after…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:52

‘Wild West’ chamber drive saddles up

The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce has launched its 2012 membership campaign, which will run through June 14. The campaign will reach out to over 1,000 businesses in the Haywood County area that are not yet benefiting from membership with…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:52

Hospice house now open in Haywood

MedWest Health System opened its new $3.4 million inpatient hospice unit in Haywood County, The Homestead, with an open house and dedication ceremony in March. The Homestead is a new six-bed facility that offers specialized end-of-life care to patients and…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:51

BizWorks offers merchandising course

Mountain BizWorks will host Merchandising WOW, a new merchandising course, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for three consecutive Wednesdays starting May 30.   Students will learn merchandising skills from an expert, discover what makes effective merchandising ignite sales, learn…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:50

SCC Employment lab to coach job seekers

Southwestern Community College is offering a free Employability Lab designed to help unemployed people obtain jobs. It will be held on the Jackson Campus from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.…
A wide variety of healthcare speakers are headlining the second annual Flourish Women’s Expo put on by MedWest Health System on Saturday, May 19, at Harrah’s Cherokee Events Center. The event is intended to support women’s mind, body and spirit,…
The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce will host their annual Business Start-Up Competition Luncheon to honor this year’s recipients of up to a $10,000 business grant from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 17. The Chamber Business and Community…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:47

WCU to expand DNA sequencing capabilities

Western Carolina University’s Forensic Science Program has acquired two state-of-the-art pieces of DNA sequencing instruments to help it establish a DNA sequencing core facility on campus. “We will be able to offer a multitude of DNA sequencing services to institutions…
Haywood is banding together with Transylvania, Buncombe, Henderson and Madison counties under a project titled GroWNC, designed to get the region thinking collectively about ways to develop the economy with a focus on sustainability. GroWNC is currently holding meetings in…
The next five years could include the construction of an adventure park, a canopy walk and another casino for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, according to a preliminary outline of its 2012 economic development plan. Every five years, the…
Recordings made some seven decades ago of nearly 60 men and women who lived in what became the Great Smoky Mountains National Park soon will be made publicly available online. In 1939, a young graduate student by the name of…
A 60-unit affordable housing complex has been proposed in Franklin, but will depend on securing competitive state tax credits for low-income housing to come to fruition. The project has been proposed by Fitch Development, a group out of Charlotte that…
Franklin leaders declined last week to offer a formal apology to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians for using weed killer on an ancient Indian mound. “I don’t think we did anything destructive,” said Franklin Alderman Sissy Pattillo. “And I…
A recount is likely in the race for N.C. House of Representatives between two well-known and prominent Waynesville Democrats, Danny Davis and Joe Sam Queen. The race came down to the wire on election night last week, with Queen emerging…
When none of the Republican candidates for Congress garnered 40 percent of the votes during the May 8 primary, the election got more complicated. Rather than narrowing the long list of candidates to two — one Republican and one Democrat…
Haywood County is looking to off-load a few of its now vacant office buildings and is searching for help to do it. The county has been playing musical chairs with several departments during the past year, consolidating county functions once…
The advent of alcohol in Cullowhee is fueling efforts to implement some kind of land-use plan to guide growth in the community around Western Carolina University. Some speculate that development could be fast and furious in Cullowhee in the wake…
Angela Laird Brenton, dean of the College of Professional Studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has been appointed provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Western Carolina University. She starts Aug. 1. The selection of Brenton,…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:30

Learn about end-of-life decision-making

A free community forum on planning and decision-making for end-of-life events is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20, in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church of Waynesville. The forum is sponsored by Hospice & Palliative Care Services of…
While Swain County fights to secure the rest of the $52 million cash settlement its owed by the federal government for the North Shore Road, the $12.8 million already in the bank is generating hundreds of thousands in interest every…
The National Park Service is refusing to let go of a $4 million payment Swain County is due as part of the cash settlement over the North Shore Road. The federal government is supposed to pay Swain County $4 million…
When Annie’s Naturally Bakery closed down last November, among those mourning the loss of the beloved coffee, bakery and gathering place in Sylva was Annie’s faithful Charles King. Without a new owner, the fate of the long-time Main Street institution…
The Jackson County farmers market had three or four vendors who regularly showed up each week to sell their homegrown goods in 2001. For the most part, the growers would sit around, chew the fat and trade produce. “It was…
The instructors of Stecoah Junior Appalachian Musicians will host a Spring Bluegrass Celebration at Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center on May 19. The JAM instructors formed the group “The Leftovers” and include Bill Pruett, Dwight Bradshaw, Karl Sutter, Bradley Adams,…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:44

Last weekend of ‘The Dixie Swim Club’

The Highland Cashiers Players will spend their last weekend as Sheree, Lexie, Dinah, Vernadette, and Jeri Neal of “The Dixie Swim Club.” The final performances are at 7:30 p.m. on May 17, 18, 19 and 2:30 p.m. on May 20…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:43

Green art and mud coming to The Bascom

New exhibits are heading to The Bascom art gallery in Highlands this month. Admission for these exhibitions is free. • Alex Matisse: Ometto: “In Italy, the word Ometto, meaning ‘little man’, is used to describe rock cairns that lead the…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:43

Foreigner to perform in Cherokee in June

Legendary rock band Foreigner will take the stage at Harrah’s Casino and Hotel at 9 p.m., June 8. With over 50 million sales to their name, and six multi-platinum albums between 1977 and 1987, Foreigner’s place as one of the…
The Jackson County Public Library will host a free two-part drawing class with Norma Hendrix at 7 p.m. on May 22 and 24. “Drawing can be both observational and therapeutic,” said Hendrix, who has been teaching art to all ages…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:41

OICA to offer summer art program

This summer, high school students and recent graduates can participate in a summer art program at Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts. The three-week program is designed for students who are interested in pursing a degree in art. “Students will be…
The City Lights Coffee with the Poet series continues at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 17, and will feature the poetry of Webster resident Dave Waldrop. He has written a poetry collection titled, Am I and co-authored a nonfiction book…
The Haywood Arts Regional Theater will perform “The Marvelous Wonderettes” at 7:30 p.m., May 25, 26, June 1, 2, 8 & 9 and at 3 p.m., May 27, June 3 and 10. The premise of the show is simple; it’s…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:39

Tail Wagging Tutors returns to Cashier

The summer Tail Wagging Tutors reading hours will return to the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, starting May 23. The reoccurring event takes place at 3:45 p.m. Wednesdays. Read to the library’s dog Pilar, a.k.a. Miss P. Reading to the dog…
The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will host a Blacklight Party for teens in sixth-12th grade from 3:30-5 p.m. on May 21. The event will include glow-in-the-dark carnival games, including bowling. Teens will learn about “Own the Night” summer events that meet…
The 18th Annual Swain County Heritage Festival will take place on Memorial Day weekend and feature local arts and crafts, food, kids’ games, music and a log-sawing contest. Bands and singing groups ranging from gospel to country and bluegrass will…
The SongSpinners and the First Ringers will perform at 3 p.m., May 20, at the Waynesville Public Library as part of the Haywood County Arts Council’s Sunday Concert Series. The free concert series is co-sponsored by the Friends of the…
The Liars Bench will perform the third of the Balsam Chronicles series with the story of Osley Bird Saunooke, colorful chief of the Cherokee, at 7 p.m., May 17, at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center. Supported in part by a grant…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:07

Listen to the music

Whether it’s called pickin’, groovin’ or jammin’ — every summer, Western North Carolina blends its majestic mountain views with its heritage music at various concerts and jam sessions. Although each is different, the concept of the events is simple. Musicians come…
Through the years I have attempted to describe the flora of the Smokies region for newspaper, magazine and book readers. I have learned that describing the “botanical architecture” of trees, flowers, fruits, etc., can be tricky business. Drafting a “sketch”…
Buy Haywood is connecting the community with local farmers and chefs in an effort to reintroduce people to the simple pleasure of preparing seasonal, local foods. The first cooking demonstration will be held on May 12 at the Whole Bloomin’…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:34

Learn how to live peacefully with bears

Learn how to coexist with black bears through a free Bear Education and Resources program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at the Macon County Community Center in Franklin. Bear Education And Resources (B.E.A.R.) Task Force is kicking off its…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:33

Adult soccer kicks off in Haywood

Registration will take place May 14-21 for adult summer soccer leagues through Haywood County Recreation and Parks. There will be two leagues, an open league and a women’s league. The open league will feature a maximum of 10 teams and…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:32

Workshop coming up on aquatic insects

Learn about aquatic insect sampling starting at 9 a.m. May 16 at Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory in Macon County. You’ll learn what aquatic insects are and why they are important, plus how to use insect data in conjunction with fish data…
Patrick McMillan, the host, co-creator, and writer of the popular and award-winning ETV nature program “Expeditions with Patrick McMillan,” is headlining an event celebrating the Highlands Botanical Garden’s 50th anniversary with a talk at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 12,…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:30

Seniors trip to museum scheduled

A trip for seniors to the Mountain Farm Museum with the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday, May 14. The cost is $7 per person for members of the Waynesville Recreation Center…
Learn how to take great photographs of spring wildflowers by participating in a guided photography hike on Tuesday, May 15. Professional nature photographer and teacher Don McGowan (Earthsong Photography) will lead this photography hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.…
A bird walk and program led by N.C. Audobon’s Curtis Smalling and international birding enthusiast Romney Bathurst will be held in Lonesome Valley in Cashiers May 12. The event is sponsored by the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society. Participants will look especially…