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Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:43

Book event includes Asian food tasting

An author reading, book signing, and Vietnamese food tasting with Deanna Klingel, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, in the meeting room of the Macon County Library in Franklin. Klingel’s book is Bread Upon the Water, based…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:42

Novelist to discuss local struggles

Author Wayne Caldwell will discuss his novel Cataloochee at 6 p.m. on Aug. 9 in the Haywood County Public Library auditorium in Waynesville. Caldwell’s talk is titled “The Genesis of a Novel,” and he will talk about how he attempted…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:40

Crisp prose and humor keep novel moving

In her latest novel, Starting From Happy (ISBN 978-1-4391-02185, $24), Patricia Marx, author of Him Her Him Again The End of Him and a staff writer for the New Yorker, gives the reader an off-beat comedic look at relationships, work,…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:28

Democrats never met a tax they didn’t like

To the Editor: Both political parties say with a straight face that the other party is to blame for the “fiscal cliff” that we will face come Jan. 1, 2013. The truth is that neither party was willing to compromise…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:27

GOP is party of those who want to work

To the Editor: In answer to the statement made two weeks ago by Lisa Weeks as to why working people would ever vote Republican, I would suggest this: simply, to keep on working. The Republican approach to government is that…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:25

Debt burden will crush main street if unsolved

In his 1961 inaugural address, John F. Kennedy famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” Today the challenge posed by Kennedy might read: “Ask not what you…
When Lori and I moved to Waynesville with our then 2-year-old daughter Megan, we made a conscious choice to build a life in a small town. Our belief was that the pace of life in such a place would be…
By Shannan Mashburn • Intern Democrat Hayden Rogers has commanded the lead in the money race for the congressional election to take over U.S. Congressman Heath Shuler’s seat in Washington next year. Neither Rogers nor his Republican opponent Mark Meadows…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:11

Jackson to assess potential for ABC profits

Jackson County commissioners in the coming months will weigh whether to open a liquor store in Cashiers, outside Cherokee — or both — but the road to a decision will take a lot of number crunching. Namely, Jackson County must…
The community is invited to attend a memorial butterfly release ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 9 at Angel Medical Center. The ceremony will feature music, inspirational readings and a time of prayer, followed by the release of live butterflies by…
The Town of Waynesville had a discharge of untreated wastewater from a sanitary sewer line located along N.C. 209, Crabtree Road adjacent to Richland Creek and the County fairgrounds. The spill amount is estimated at 9,000 gallons. The sanitary sewer…
A protest was held this week in front of the Haywood County historic courthouse by Confederate supporters who say their flag is being discriminated against.
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:06

Mothers unite to pray for schools

By Peggy Manning • Correspondent Every Friday morning, a small group of mothers meet in Bryson City to pray for students, teachers and school administrators. Called Moms in Prayer, the sessions last about an hour and focus on issues participants…
The view from Roger Plemens office is hard to beat. Bay windows serve up a bird’s eye view of the Nantahala mountain range, a vantage point that must have been a factor when Macon Bank chose this hilltop for its…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

Volunteers needed for Haywood County Fair

Adult volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Aug. 21 to help youth register for the Haywood County Fair. If you are available to help, volunteers are asked to sign-up for three-hour shifts from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 1-3…
Republican and unaffiliated voters are invited to the grand opening of a new Republican Party office at 4 p.m. Aug. 9 at 58 D Sunrise Park, a retail complex located opposite the intersection of Highway 107 and the Asheville Highway…
Mission Health, Angel Medical Center, and the American Red Cross will offer a free Citizen CPR, hands only, class at 9 and 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18. During the 30-minute class, participants learn how to check for consciousness, call…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

We salute you, Balsam Range

The Haywood County Board of Commissioners declared Aug. 10 as the official “Balsam Range Day” to celebrate the upcoming release of the bluegrass band’s newest record as well as its contributions to the county. “Congratulations. Very well deserved,” County Commissioner…
The advent of live dealers and table games at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino is widely predicted to bring sweeping economic benefits to the region — benefits that are so far-reaching even the tiny landing strip known as the Jackson County Airport…
Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and some Franklin townspeople would like to see the Nikwasi Indian Mound back under Cherokee ownership.
The Westcare Board of Directors met for more than four hours Tuesday, Aug. 7, to discuss the future of MedWest-Harris and MedWest-Swain hospitals. The board did not take an official vote on whether to pull out of the MedWest partnership…
By Paul Clark • Contributor Implementation of a new state law that increases the amount of land that can be clear-cut in front of highway billboards will get final tweaking and a public audience this month. The N.C. Department of…
Local residents will have an opportunity to learn how to develop a website in “The One-Day Website,” a class that will be offered from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Aug. 17, by Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing Education. The…
The principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will met with the owner of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad this week to discuss the possibility of expanding the scenic tourist railway to Cherokee. Chief Michell Hicks publicly broached…
Barbara Wells donned her fanciest scrubs last week — a cute flowered bandana and matching green top — for the grand opening of a new outpatient surgery center on the campus of MedWest-Haywood. Whether it’s a mammogram, cataract surgery, hip…
An earth-moving project that has left a large, visible hillside on Russ Avenue in Waynesville denuded, gouged and barren could continue into the indefinite future despite pressure from the state environmental agency monitoring the site to bring it to a…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

Community band offers free concert in Maggie

The Haywood Community Band will present its fourth free concert of the Maggie Valley Concert Series at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19, at the pavilion adjacent to Maggie Valley Town Hall. The band will take the audience on a…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

Folklorist Lee Knight to perform Aug. 14

Musician and folklorist Lee Knight will perform in the community room of the Jackson County Public Library Complex in Sylva at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14. Knight is a native of the Adirondack Mountains and a long-time resident of…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

Haywood, flaunt your talent in September

The Haywood Arts Regional Theater is once again presenting a chance for area talent to take home the gold with the Second Annual “Haywood’s Got Talent” event in September. HART is offering a $1,000 top prize for the winner and…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

Charlie Daniels to play in Franklin

The Charlie Daniels Band, a Grammy-winning group that requires little introduction, will perform live at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17.
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

Auditions for ‘Christmas Carol’ at SMCT

The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre is holding auditions for its December production, “A Christmas Carol,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 16-17. This play is based on the classic book by Charles Dickens. The story tells about the…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

‘Lost in Yonkers' takes the stage at HART

Haywood Arts Regional Theater will present Neil Simon’s play “Lost in Yonkers” which premiered at the Richard Rogers Theater in February 1991 and won the Pulitzer Prize and Tony award. The play will show at 7:30 pm. on Aug. 17-18…
Forty-seven students played and sang their way through the week as Voices in the Laurel Children’s Choir recently completed its third annual summer music camp.
Western Carolina University will host two bands and screen the horror film “Cabin in the Woods” on Saturday, Aug. 18, as part of the university’s annual outdoor Valley Ballyhoo event.
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

An evening of music with Liz and AJ Nance

The Marianna Black Library will present an evening of acoustic music with local singer/songwriter team Liz and AJ Nance at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9. Weather permitting, this program will be presented on the front porch of the library; otherwise, it…
The Summer Concert series at Fontana Village Resort will feature The Elderly Brothers from 8-11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, in the Events Hall at Fontana Village Resort. The Elderly Brothers play classics from the 50s, 60s and 70s. There will…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

Kellie Pickler to perform Aug. 18

Kellie Pickler, a small-town North Carolina native who competed on NBC’s American Idol, will perform at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18.
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

Put on dancing shoes for Sylva event

The next Second Sunday Contra Dance will be from 2:30-5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12, in the community room on the second floor of the old courthouse in the Jackson County Library Complex in Sylva. Jennie Wakefield will call the…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

Civil War and chaplains topic of lecture

“Answering the Call: Religion and Chaplains during the Civil War” will be the topic of a lecture by Ronald Vinson at 1 p.m. on Aug. 18 at the Macon County Public Library. Vinson is a graduate of Georgia Tech and…
The Kiwanis Club of Waynesville is reviving the very popular Spelling Bee fundraising event that was run, for many years, by the Haywood County Literacy Council. The event is scheduled for Nov. 2 at the First Methodist Church in Waynesville.…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

All things wood featured at Folk Art Center

The Folk Art Center will host its annual celebration of woodcrafts at Wood Day from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Aug.11 at The Folk Art Center’s auditorium. Demonstrations include carving, wood-turning, broom-making, and furniture design and construction. Southern Highland Craft Guild…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

Macon library to host family art workshop

Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to a free “Back To School” ARTSaturday workshop from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Aug. 11, in the children’s area of the Macon County Public Library. Make-and-take projects include personalized book…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

Stroll the Sylva art scene Aug. 10

Jackson County Visual Arts Association (JVCAA) is sponsoring the Sylva Art Stroll in historic downtown Sylva starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10.
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

Learn from metal artist at Shelton House talk

Metal artist Grace Cathey of Haywood County will display her work and talk about her artistic journey from 7 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 24 in the barn behind the Shelton House in Waynesville.
By Peggy Manning • Correspondent Two Western North Carolina preachers were chosen for an episode of the new Picked Off television series, pitting their talents against other “pickers” searching for items they hope will bring the best price. The Revs.…
Wednesday, 26 September 2007 00:00

Peering into the deep blue

Bluebird skies are wonderful for lots of things. For example, along U.S. Hwy. 64 west of Franklin the other day the clear blue created the perfect backdrop for the dazzling display of blue and yellow produced by the masses of…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The problem with trying to interview a ventriloquist is that he — in this case Jeff Dunham — represents not just himself but multiple other personalities — in this case five — and in…
Wednesday, 26 September 2007 00:00

What I don’t know about parenting

The central paradox of parenting is that by the time you have it figured out, it’s over. Now that I have written that sentence, I immediately see two flaws in it, regardless of how wise it sounds. First, parenting is…
Franklin will soon have a new slate of comprehensive guidelines regulating development and promoting smart growth principles. An overhaul of the town’s development ordinances has been four years in the making. The town board intends to pass the new regulations…
Wednesday, 26 September 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

Ugly Truths Has the entertainment industry really crumbled to such a sorry point that rather than attempting to make the best music they possibly can, the current “superstars” are more interested in making bets on whose outrageously hyped, fancily packaged…