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Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:37

Book signing for three mountain women

Barbara Woodall, Amy Ammons Garza and Doreyl Ammons Cain will sign books at City Lights Bookstore at 2 p.m. on March 31. The three women will share how they came to write/illustrate their books, and how they are connected. They…
Fifteen years ago, when I was the temporary teacher of Latin at Tuscola High School in Waynesville, I was discussing different uses for the dative case when one of my brighter sophomores — he entered the North Carolina School of…
Question: How does one come to the conclusion that the upcoming General Assembly short session will almost certainly be an extremely partisan, politically charged couple of months? Answer: When the political claws come out even in the most benign of…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:36

Affordable Care Act already helping families

To the Editor, For my entire working life, I have paid for medical insurance, first for myself and later for my family. Now, because of the Affordable Care Act, I no longer have to worry about my insurance company dropping…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:35

Hayden Rogers made right debate decision

To the Editor: In the Thursday, March 15, edition of The Asheville Citizen-Times, Jon Ostendorff takes issue with Hayden Rogers, who is a Demcorat running for the congressional seat vacated by  Heath Shuler. It appears that Mr. Rogers had made…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:34

Land use criticisms were off the mark

To the Editor: I have been a full time resident and small business owner in the Cashiers area since 1988 and value Cashiers as one of the best places to live in the world! I consider myself a moderate independent…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:34

Women treated unfairly in health care debate

To the Editor: We’ve all heard the remark “Follow The Money.” It’s more important than ever to look behind all those proposals made by the current crop of presidential candidates. Who is paying how much? Why? Whose pocket will those…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:30

My critics just can’t get enough of me

I’m sitting here writing this column in the company of Suki, a 13-year-old Golden Retriever mix. Suki is not actually my dog but has proven very good dog company for writing nonetheless. Dogs aren’t picky and demanding, you see. Unlike…
Haywood Community College leaders told a gathering of elected state leaders this week that students and the economy would suffer if funding cuts to the college continue. While college leaders were making their points about funding, state legislators participated in…
After successful programs in Cashiers, Glenville and Sapphire, the Literacy Council of Cashier expanded its Dolly Parton Imagination Library to Cullowhee. Children, from birth to age 5, can register to have a free age appropriate book mailed to them each…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:24

Waynesville welcomes new town manager

After nearly six months of searching nationwide, Waynesville found a new town manager close to home from the town of Black Mountain. Marcia “Marcy” Onieal recently inked a contract with town leaders to become Waynesville’s new town manager, the first…
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 00:00

Business news

New Bethel restaurant opens its doors  A new restaurant called Breaking Bread Café has opened on Pigeon Road in the Bethel community of Haywood County. Steven and Barbara Eaffaldano have operated a concession business at festivals and events from Knoxville…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:21

News in brief

Lake Junaluska will hold its second-annual Beautification Day Thursday, April 12. Members of the community are asked to join the Lake Junaluska staff and residents in an effort to add to the natural beauty of Lake Junaluska through the completion…
There’s no clear winner in a complex and multifarious new system for ranking roads projects when it comes to the ongoing debate over Sylva’s main commercial drag. In just-release road rankings, redesigning N.C. 107 out ranked the competing proposal to…
A Maggie Valley man wants to extract himself from the town limits, claiming the services he gets from the town don’t warrant the taxes he pays. He stands to save $2,450 a year in town property taxes if successful in…
Haywood County will again honor its men and women who have served in the military with a Memorial Day Parade at 11 a.m., May 28, on Main Street in downtown Waynesville. The parade will feature several National Guard and Reserve…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:16

Get help with business development

A workshop designed to help businesses develop and market their products and services is set for 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, at the Fryemont Inn in Bryson City. The North Carolina Division of Tourism and the…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:16

WCU event welcomes the community

Western Carolina University will throw open the doors to campus and invite residents in on Thursday, March 29. “Community on Campus” is designed to provide residents of Western North Carolina a chance to discover the range of entertainment, cultural, health…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:15

Belcher to take oath during WCU ceremony

David Belcher will be installed as chancellor of Western Carolina University during a traditional ceremony, capping a week of activities in late March designed to highlight and celebrate the accomplishments of the university’s students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners.…
Learn how to deal with debt in a free money-management class for women only being held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at City Lights Cafe in downtown Sylva. Mountain BizWorks is hosting the program, which is sponsored by OnTrack…
The political season is in full swing with a slew of campaign forums and meet-and-greets taking place. The biggest event will feature candidates running for U.S. Congress from 7 to 9 p.m. April 4 in Haywood Community College’s Charles Beall…
Gov. Bev Perdue and leaders from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have headed back to their respective sides of the negotiating tables to tweak the landmark agreement that would permit table games, real cards and live dealers at Harrah’s…
Western Carolina University’s faculty senate took on the hot button statewide political issue last week of Amendment One, the proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriages and civil unions. The faculty senate passed a resolution opposing the amendment, which…
The mental health agency Smoky Mountain Center will not be buying and moving into Waynesville’s former Department of Social Services office building after all, leaving Haywood County back at Square One trying to unload the large, dated, four-story brick complex…
For the first time perhaps in its 123-year history, faculty, staff and students at Western Carolina University are helping develop a priority list that will shape the coming year’s budget. “This has been a first pass at a new, and…
The $289,000 loan from Jackson County to the new owner of Sylva radio station WRGC has finally gotten the green light, meaning the popular local station could be back on the air early next week. “I think everything is in…
The fallout from Metrostat Communication’s going belly up keeps getting more complicated, with Jackson County commissioners learning this week that an Asheville company owns some of the defunct company’s fiber optic line. Metrostat, a high-speed Internet and phone service company…
A huge former antique mall in Macon County will soon become the largest private gambling operation outside of Cherokee when Jokers Wild, a sweepstakes parlor featuring 65 video machines, opens next month. And, there’s plenty of floor space left to…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:46

All hats on deck for Easter Hat Parade

The town of Dillsboro will host its 24th annual Easter Hat Parade on April 7. The parade, a Dillsboro tradition, begins at 2 p.m. and showcases a variety of interesting hats atop participants of all ages, including pets. Judges select…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:45

Creative Thought Center to host monthly sale

The Creative Thought Center is hosting its monthly Colossal Garage Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 31 on Pigeon Street in Waynesville. The sale is held indoors and offers a diverse range of items from clothing at…
Frank Brannon Jr., proprietor of SpeakEasy Press in Dillsboro, will demonstrate “How to Make and Print Photopolymer Plates” at 6:15 p.m. on April 3 at Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City. Anyone who is interested is invited…
Dancers and musicians in colorful traditional costumes from New Zealand, France, Belgium, Indonesia, Peru, Philippines, Serbia, Puerto Rico, Ukraine and Hawaii are expected to appear in more than 70 performances during this year’s 29th annual Folkmoot Festival. The two-week event…
Nearly 700 students from local elementary schools filled the seats of Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on March 15 for a performance aimed at educating and entertaining children. The show consisted of a reading…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:41

Asheville hosts third annual ActionFest

ActionFest returns to Asheville on April 12-15 to once again showcase the most exciting action films from around the globe and feature live stunt performances. The festival will also continue to pay tribute to Hollywood’s stunt men and women, fight choreographers, and…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:41

‘Oxymorons’ return to the HART Studio

The HART Studio Season will conclude with a return of the popular improvisational comedy troupe The Oxymorons at 7:30 p.m. on March 30 and 31. Tickets are $10 for all adults and $6 for students. The audience plays a major…
The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its May production of the musical “The Marvelous Wonderettes” at 6:30 p.m., April 1 and 2. The show has leading roles for four women, ranging in age from teens to 30,…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:38

Headwaters Brewery collects feedback

The newest brewery on the block is whittling down its homebrew recipes in the hopes of pinpointing its four flagship beers. Staff at Headwaters Brewing Company on Frazier Street in Waynesville served up 10 different recipes — everything from a…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:38

Quilt Trails project to dedicate new block

The Haywood County Arts Council’s Quilt Trails project will dedicate the “Grandmother’s Dream” quilt block at 11 a.m. on March 31 at the Dawson Family barn at 200 Feather Lane in Waynesville. The public is invited to attend. The Haywood…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:37

Taste of Chocolate tickets now on sale

Tickets for this year’s Taste of Chocolate Plus are now on sale at Fun Things Etc., Quilter’s Quarters, Blue Ridge Books and Maggie Valley Club. The event is now expanded to include non-chocolate bakers this year, and it’s not too…
Cherokee resident Darrin Bark will represent Southwestern Community College and the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts at the North Carolina Excellence in Community College Awards ceremony on April 19 in Raleigh. Bark graduated in December with his associate in fine…
Hearing The Bascom being called a world-class facility might seem a stretch until you pay a firsthand visit to the six building, six-acre campus in Highlands. Then, however, the words seem entirely appropriate and scaled to reality. The Bascom is…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:15

Learning and writing haiku

Lots of people write haikus or haiku-like verse. This past year we had several haiku-writing fests at our house. House rules during Lands Creek haiku fests are that each haiku must be of three lines with a 5-7-5 syllabic structure.…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:14

Stretch your way to running success

A workshop on “Dynamic Warm Ups for Every Runner” begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 31 at Jus’ Running on Merrimon Avenue in Asheville. Dynamic stretching can enhance performance, decrease risk of injury and takes little time before that big…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:14

Lake J gets handicapped-accessible boat dock

A new handicapped-accessible boat dock will be built at Lake Junaluska this spring thanks to the efforts of an avid Haywood County fisherman and the North Carolina Wildlife Commission. The dock will be located at Fulbright Park, a popular fishing…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:13

Annual orchid show at the N.C. Arboretum

The popular WNC Orchid Society’s Annual Show opens from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., March 31 and continues through April 1 at the N.C. Arboretum. Thousands of orchids fill the education center of the arboretum in this show, which is…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:13

Get the buzz on beekeeping workshop

A daylong beekeeping school will be held Saturday, April 14, at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service office west of Bryson City. Topics include beekeeping basics, like how to get started, as well as topics of interest to advanced beekeepers. There…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:12

Mushroom workshop scheduled in Cashiers

A shiitake and oyster mushroom cultivation workshop will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 30, at the Albert Carlton Community Library in Cashiers, sponsored by the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance. Christine Bredenkamp, a horticulturist with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service,…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:11

Feeding off of “The Hunger Games”

Tours of DuPont State Recreational Forest where The Hunger Games were filmed will be the site of upcoming tours by a commercial outfitter offering fans a taste of the action. The movie opens March 23. Both day trips and weekend…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:11

Cataloochee Valley Tours launches season

Cataloochee Valley Tours begins its second season of guided hikes and eco-tours next month in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cataloochee Valley is one of the most beautiful and remote parts of the Smokies, and the tours provide in-depth,…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:09

Sell extra produce via the farmers market

A kick-off meeting for vendors and others interested in participating this year in Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, at the N.C. Cooperative Extension office on Raccoon Road.   The market’s board…