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By Steve Heatherly At the April 16 Jackson County Commissioners’ meeting, a physician stated his concerns about the future of MedWest-Harris and MedWest-Swain. While some of the observations are correct, we disagree with the assertion that MedWest-Harris and MedWest-Swain have…
The former chief executive officer and general manager of the Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands was recently convicted on federal charges of masterminding kickbacks and of illegally billing his company for an addition to his own home. Mario…
The litany of Republicans from Western North Carolina running for Congress haven’t taken any cues from their counterparts on the presidential stage, where the once robust field of candidates has slowly been picked off until there was just one man…
MedWest-Haywood will hold an open house from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, at the newly constructed MedWest Urgent Care Center in Canton. The community can get a preview of the new facility during the open house. MedWest Urgent Care…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:48

Selling Haywood a collective effort

Departing from the normal talks of budget cuts and tightening belts, Haywood County commissioners asked a group of tourism and town leaders how the county could pitch in to help bring visitors or new second-home owners to the county. The…
The Community Table, Sylva’s nonprofit soup kitchen for the needy, is within weeks of moving its digs from its cramped existing facility to the town’s now-vacant senior center. The county built a new senior center, freeing up space in the…
The Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen’s split decision to de-annex someone who didn’t want to be in the town limits anymore — or pay town taxes any more — seems to have brought a trickle of other unsatisfied residents making…
After two years of lawsuits and two mediations, Swain and Graham counties have finally agreed on where to draw the county line signifying their portions of the Fontana Dam. Fontana Dam straddles the two counties. How much of the dam…
The Lowe’s interchange in Haywood County will finally get re-structured but not for a couple more years. N.C. Department of Transportation plans to start reconstructing the exit onto N.C. 209 and leading to Paragon Parkway and Hospital Drive in summer…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:41

Cullowhee community holds second meeting

Residents and business owners of Cullowhee and Jackson County are invited to attend a community meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, at the Cullowhee Valley School library. This is a follow-up to the March 13 meeting when community…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:39

Tuckasegee bridge to be replaced

A $3.4-million contract to replace the T. Walter Middleton Bridge on N.C. 107 over the Tuckasegee River in Jackson County has been awarded to a Whittier company. Owle Construction Co. will build a new bridge that will be widened from…
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is taking matters into its own hands in the tug-of-war over the best route to Cherokee. A tribe-purchased billboard on Interstate 40, heading west of Asheville, will soon tout two possible routes to Cherokee.…
When Dr. Bob Adams walked into a hospital-wide meeting of Jackson County doctors in early January, he believed he had finally mustered the critical mass to demand action, action that so far had been elusive despite a year of working…
When the Med-West venture was coined two years ago, the premise was an easy sell. Together the hospitals would be stronger than going it alone. Both Harris and Haywood hospitals had witnessed a troubling loss of patients to Mission —…
The iconic black bear, the parkway’s winding scenic road and the Appalachian Trail’s solitary hiker have gotten a reprieve. A bill will be introduced next month to allow a version of the full-color specialty plates. They’d been facing a death…
Large, walk-in beer coolers are ready and waiting to be stocked at Dwight and Jamie Winchester’s Catamount Travel Center, a gas station directly across the street from the entrance to the Cherokee Indian Reservation on U.S. 441. They’ve been there…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:57

Voices in the Laurel plans spring concert

Children’s choir, Voices in the Laurel, will perform in its 16th annual spring concert at 2:30 p.m., May 6, at Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Voices in the Laurel is a Haywood County-based non-profit choir for…
Macon County youth will take the stage in Showcase of Talent 2012, a non-competitive talent show for third- to 12th-graders, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. The annual event is held in the Franklin High School Fine Arts Center…
Two Western Carolina University student disc jockeys committed to offering “smashing good fun” on their morning radio show have been recognized by an international media association. Fern Lulham and David Rose have been co-hosts of “Fern and David in the…
The library in Sylva will host a free energy healing workshop with Laura Elliott at 7 p.m. on May 1. Elliott is an artist, a healing touch therapist and an expressive art facilitator in Sylva. Healing Touch is a holistic…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:53

Shelton House opening for 2012 season

The Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts at historic Shelton House will open on May 1 for the 2012 season. In addition to Tuesday through Saturday tours conducted by Curator Jackie Stephens, the museum will offer a series of special events…
A new ‘Art + Energy’ gallery will have its grand opening from 5-7 p.m., April 26, at the Jackson County Green Energy Park. The gallery will feature of blown glass, forge-hammered metals, and wood-fired kiln ceramics by local artists, including…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:52

Winners announced for SCC Student Art Show

The winning art pieces from the 2012 Southwestern Community College Student Art Show will be exhibited at the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts until April 30 and at SCC for the remainder of the year. Best of Show went to…
Singer/songwriter Lyle Lovett will take the stage at 7:30 p.m., May 5, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel. Lovett is one of the most distinctive and original singer/songwriters to emerge during the ‘80s. He combines a talent for incisive, witty…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:50

HART presents a collection of antique quilts

The Haywood Arts Regional Theater will exhibit a collection of antique quilts during the production of “Look Homeward Angel,” scheduled from April 27-May 6. The quilts will be hung on April 16 and may be viewed while purchasing or picking…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:49

Near-death experiences subject of May 3 talk

The Macon County Public Library will host a talk by local author Dennis Murphy at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 3. The subject will be “Near-Death Experiences: Evidence of Heaven or Last Gasps of Dying Brains.” Following the talk and…
The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will open its 2012 season on April 27 with “Look Homeward Angel,” a Pulitzer Prize winning drama based on Thomas Wolfe’s novel. HART will perform the play at 7:30 p.m., April 27-28 and May 3-5.…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:47

NC Symphony to perform in WNC

The North Carolina Symphony will perform its “Beethoven and Beyond” at Cherokee Central Schools and Haywood Community College. The symphony will perform select work by Beethoven, Mozart, Wagner and Liszt. The concert in Cherokee will be at 7:30 p.m. in…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:46

Orchestra to feature student performances

The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra will play the final concert of its season at 7:30 p.m. on April 28 in the Coulter Building Recital Hall on the WCU campus. The soloists will be the students who won the 22nd annual…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:46

Community chorus to host spring concert

The Haywood-Junaluska Community Chorus’ spring concert will be held at 4 p.m., April 29, at The First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. The 70-voice choir will present familiar works by Beethoven, Faure, Gounod, Haydn, Mozart and Pergolesi. The chorus will…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:45

Students to present ‘Rhythm and Rhymes’

Western Carolina University’s Catamount Singers and Electric Soul instrumental group will present its spring showcase “Rhythm and Rhymes” at 7:30 p.m., April 26, in WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Admission is free for the program, which…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:44

Folkmoot USA to host a Hawaiian Luau

Folkmoot USA will host a luau from 5 to 8 p.m., May 11, at the Haywood Regional Arts Theater in Waynesville. Enjoy a spread of Hawaiian food, hula demonstration and a raffle. Tickets are $25 and include a chance at…
Most things in life start out small — acorns grow into oak trees, babies are reared into adulthood, small patches of green spread until they eventually cover the mountains each spring. The latter is the focus of Jackson County’s annual festival…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:53

Cherokee masks come in many guises

A mask is a mechanism employed to cover the face as a protective screen or disguise. For protection, they have been utilized for centuries by medieval horsemen, welders, fencers, hockey goalies, and so on. Their most intriguing uses, however, have…
A backcountry fee rally will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 21, at the Sugarlands Visitor Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to heighten awareness and provide information about the proposed backcountry fee that will…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:51

Spring wildflower and bird pilgrimage

The 40th annual Spring Wildflower and Bird Pilgrimage will be held April 27-29, with registration at 6:30 p.m., April 27, in the lobby of UNC Asheville’s Robinson Hall. There will be 14 events, including talks and guided tours, focused on…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:50

5k race set for Sylva Greening Up

The Greening up the Mountains 5k Run & Walk will be held in downtown Sylva at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, in conjunction with the annual street festival of the same name. The race is organized by the Jackson…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:49

HCC to hold Earth Day celebration

Haywood Community College’s fifth-annual Earth Day Celebration will focus on renewable energies, clean transportation and getting in touch with your surroundings and will run from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. April 24. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 12:30…
Christine Kelly of Asheville, a wildlife diversity biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, has been awarded the 2011 Recovery Champion Award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The award, which was given to nine individuals across the country,…
There’s now a local outlet to authenticate and check the purity of botanical ingredients via the U.S. Botanical Safety Laboratory through the N.C. Arboretum and Bent Creek Institute. A nonprofit quality testing services network, the laboratory will begin offering routine…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:47

Enjoy a night under the stars in the Smokies

Attend a stargazing event at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, at one of Haywood County’s clearest views of the sky  — Purchase Knob, home to the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Astronomy…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:46

Learn about the Smokies’ best hikes

Discover the very best trails out of the 800 miles of them in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from Friends of the Smokes and a panel of experienced hikers at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at REI in Asheville.…
A guided spring wildflower hike will be held on the historic Kelsey Trail in Highlands on Friday, April 10, as part of the Eco Tour series hosted by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. Botanist Gary Wein and herpetologist Kyle Pursel will…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:43

Hone your outdoor photography skills

An outdoor photography workshop that includes field shoots and classroom critique sessions will be during the month of May in the Haywood County area. The outdoor photography program includes four field shoots held on Wednesdays, departing from the Old Armory…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:42

Birds of Prey come to life

A special program on Birds of Prey including live birds will be held on at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center at the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Michael Skinner, Executive Director of…
A $22,200 grant will fund a Farm to School program at five Haywood County Schools designed to address concerns about nutrition and health and the disappearance of small farms. The money comes from funding from The Community Foundation and its…
A new forest supervisor, Kristin Bail, has been selected to head the national forests in North Carolina. Bail brings a wealth of experience gleaned from more than 27 years of federal service with the Bureau of Land Management and the…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:32

The “New” Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

The 62nd Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be April 25 – 28. I was curious if this unseasonably warm, early spring was going to have any impact on the pilgrimage so I talked…
As Tommy Yon carried his kayak up the side of a waterfall in Tennessee, he tried not to over-think the 100-foot drop that awaited him. “I didn’t want to hesitate and psych myself out,” said Yon, who lives along the…
I remember, I remember The house where I was born, The little window where the sun Came peeping in at morn; He never came a wink too soon Nor brought too long a day; But now, I often wish the…