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Micheal Rivers of Whittier will be at the Jackson County Public Library at 7 p.m. on April 17 to read from his newest paranormal novel, The Black Witch. The Black Witch is an adventure tale of a ghost ship and…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:47

Homegrown poet spreads her wings

Rose McLarney grew up in rural Western North Carolina, where she continues to live on an old mountain farm. Daughter to a somewhat legendary biologist who founded the international conservation organization ANAI, she is a female reflection (a generation or…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:41

Trayvon Martin just went too far

To the Editor: Norman Hoffman has his facts wrong about the Trayvon Martin shooting.   Based on my experience, and what I read in the news, here is my opinion on what happened. Zimmerman had a legal right to be…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:41

Jackson should join Franklin on this one

To the Editor: I write to urge the Jackson County commissioners to follow the lead of the Franklin Town Board and place on their agenda for May 7 the Resolution to Amend [the Constitution] presented to them on April 2nd.…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:40

Franklin leaders say corporations not people

To the Editor: Kudos to the Franklin Board of Aldermen for unanimously passing a resolution calling on the North Carolina General Assembly to petition Congress that the U.S. Constitution be amended to firmly establish that human beings, not corporations, are…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:39

Marty Jones does not deserve criticism

To the Editor: In a recent letter to the editor John Edwards attacks District 4 County Commissioner Candidate Marty Jones. Edwards’ criticism was very predictable and fails to mention a very insightful and refreshing idea from a recent interview with…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:39

Let me explain how FreedomWorks works

To the Editor: My, that was quite a headline on Margery Abel’s letter appearing in the March 28 edition of the Franklin Press. “Buying local elections – this is how FreedomWorks.”  The headline is as fallacious as the story that…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:38

Cherokee voters should say no to alcohol

To the Editor: Ruin your life. Paralyze your mind. Impair your higher thinking. Make poor judgements imbalanced by intoxication due to alcohol. Should you vote “no” to legalization of liquor on the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians land on April…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:36

The heart of America is just right of center

To the Editor: The President’s budget will “never” balance, or reduce spending, or reduce our borrowing. So, no one — not even one Democrat or Republican — voted for President Obama’s budget. The vote was 414 to 0. No compromise.…
I heard a distinctive gobble gobble gobble one recent evening through the open windows and French doors of the cabin I call home. Down below the cabin is a large field. Peering through the trees that intervene I could just…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:21

Perk up New coffee shop opens in Waynesville

Coffee lovers and addicts have a new place in Waynesville to get their fix. Main Street Perks opened on Main Street about three weeks ago, filling a large, vacant hole in the downtown façade with goodies, caffeine, a wall of…
With its obvious Cuban influences — the combination of guava and cream cheese, or even mango and cream cheese  — Mindy’s Bakery in Sylva is clearly not your typical mountain bakery. But that’s not all that sets this small bakery…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:18

All things bridal focus of workshops

A morning of free bridal workshops featuring local wedding merchants will be held at 9:45 a.m., April 21, at Twin Maples Farmhouse in Waynesville.   Brides will hear from experts and wedding professionals through a series of short workshops on…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:17

Fight AIDS by eating out

Help battle the AIDS disease April 26 by dining out at one of 108 restaurants in Western North Carolina. This fundraiser will support the Western North Carolina AIDS Project. Participating restaurants in the Haywood/Jackson area are, in Waynesville: Chef’s Table,…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:16

Dog parks taking shape in Franklin and Sylva

Two communities can see the finish line on respective dog parks: Franklin and Sylva. The Friends of the Greenway in Macon County are making progress on the construction of a dog park to be located beside the Big Bear Playground…
A draft strategic plan for Western Carolina University will be the subject of a public forum at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center. The Western Carolina University’s 2020 Commission, a 36-member committee leading…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:15

Fundraiser set for Debbie Ginn in Jackson

The First United Methodist Church of Sylva will hold an Alzheimer’s disease awareness event from 1-7 p.m., April 21, in honor of Debbie Ginn, a longtime former organist at the Church. Debbie is in the last stages of early-onset Alzheimer’s…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:14

Macon commission candidates forum

The public can find out where candidates for county commissioner stand on various issues at noon on Thursday, April 12, at a League of Women Voters forum. Three seats are available on the commission. All six primary candidates plan to…
Mike Clampitt, Republican candidate for the 119th House District, will hold a “Meet and Greet” from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Herren House in Waynesville. This is an informal gathering and serves as an opportunity for voters to…
If you believe in polls then North Carolina voters are likely to pass a constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriages. But, opponents to such an amendment haven’t given up the fight yet and in fact cite other polls showing exact…
Cherokee Preservation Foundation has awarded 24 new grants totaling $1.8 million that support cultural preservation, economic development, job creation and environmental preservation.   They include: • A grant to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian to celebrate the 250th anniversary…
A task force studying whether Jackson County should revamp its approach to luring tourists began laying the groundwork last week to merge its two separate tourism agencies into one. In coming months, the task force will wrestle with the best…
The creative arts building at Haywood Community College has hit a few more snags on its way to completion — much to the chagrin of county commissioners. The college will once again tap into its contingency fund to correct miscalculations resulting…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:06

Lose some weight, have some fun

The second kick-off in Macon County for Lighten Up for Life will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Franklin High School Gymnasium. The LU4L program is a free weight loss challenge that is entirely web-based. The program…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:05

MedWest to benefit from golf tournament

A golf tournament will be held starting at 9 a.m. on May 12 at Smoky Mountain Country Club in Whittier to support hospital chaplaincy programs and spiritual care. The tournament is sponsored by MedWest Health System and is a four-man…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:04

Alumni football game coming up in May

The famed Pisgah-Tuscola rivalry will renew itself six months sooner than usual as alumni from both schools take to the field again in support of the Canton Lions Club at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Pisgah Memorial Stadium. Tickets…
The new owner of Ghost Town in the Sky tied up the final loose ends related to her purchase of the bankrupt amusement park last week. Alaska Presley officially took title to the rides and buildings on the grounds of…
Two months after the domestic violence agency REACH of Jackson County abruptly shut its doors in February, services to domestic violence victims continue to be handled by nonprofits in neighboring counties. Jackson County commissioners would like to see a local…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 12:58

Macon schools seek more funding

Facing a dire state budget outlook and a loss of one-time federal stimulus dollars, Macon County School’s leaders came hat in hand this week asking county commissioners for money. The school system wants a budget increase of more $1.15 million…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 12:56

What comes next?

Finding a new leader to replace the outgoing MedWest-Haywood President Mike Poore could take months and will be handled by Carolinas HealthCare Network rather than the local hospital board. Carolinas HealthCare System, a Charlotte-based network of 34 hospitals that MedWest-Haywood…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 12:54

Poore resigns as MedWest Haywood leader

The president of MedWest-Haywood hospital suddenly stepped down this week after three-and-a-half years on the job. Mike Poore’s tenure at the helm of MedWest-Haywood was marked by an aggressive strategy to restore a crisis of community confidence, rebuild plummeting finances…
The race for a congressman to represent the mountains in Washington is crowded with candidates, making the political waters murky for the everyday voter. In an attempt to differentiate the 11 candidates — eight Republicans and three Democrats — more…
Opinions among members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians remain mixed leading up to a vote that could lift a historic ban on alcohol sales on the reservation or continue the longtime moratorium. In the days leading up to…
The old Strand movie theater in downtown Waynesville is finally getting a new lease on life after two false starts in the past decade to revive the shuttered Main Street icon. The building was bought in foreclosure last year by…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:48

Lambert hanging subject of Liars Bench

On April 19th, the next installment of the Appalachian variety show The Liars Bench will focus on the hanging of Jack Lambert in Bryson City on July 9, 1884. The hanging made The New York Times after many became suspicious…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:47

Green Energy Park offering art classes

Public art classes in both glassblowing and metalworking are being offered at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro this spring. April 14-15: • Glass Landscape Paperweight, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in 30-minute slots. Cost is $25. • Introduction to…
The Overlook Theatre Company will present “How Sweet It Is,” a musical dessert theater, at 7 p.m. on April 21 and April 26 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $20. The show will include a…
The Small Business Center of Haywood Community College will offer a free seminar entitled “Marketing for the Craftsperson & Artist,” from 6-9 p.m. on April 17 in the Student Center, first floor. The hands-on seminar will aid the craftsperson or…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:45

Sylva pavilion site of next contra dance

The Second Sunday Contra Dance will take place from 2:30-5 p.m. on April 15. The dance will be held at the Bridge Park Pavilion on Railroad Avenue in Sylva and will be followed by a potluck dinner at 5:30. Bring…
Jeff Foxworthy will take the stage at 7:30 p.m., April 14, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts as part of a benefit for Compassion International, a Christian-based organization that advocates for children in more than 26 countries.…
The youth choir, Voices in the Laurel, will hold its second annual Great Car and Truck Give Away from now until May 26. The ticket price is $100 per ticket with a maximum of 1,000 available tickets. The selected winner…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:42

Stecoah arts center to host ramp festival

The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center will host a festival celebrating ramps from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 28. Craft vendors will cover the Stecoah grounds, and from 1-3 p.m., visitors will have the opportunity to learn traditional Cherokee…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:42

Stecoah arts center to host ramp festival

The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center will host a festival celebrating ramps from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 28. Craft vendors will cover the Stecoah grounds, and from 1-3 p.m., visitors will have the opportunity to learn traditional Cherokee…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:41

Harrah’s to host free reality TV event

The reality show “Auction Kings” will be at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino on April 28. Auction Kings is one of Discovery Channel’s favorite reality shows and showcases one of the country’s most storied auction houses, Gallery 63, and its owner Paul…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:40

Festival celebrates Plott hounds, trout

Maggie Valley Festival Grounds will host a combination of the Great Smoky Mountain Trout & Heritage Festival and PlottFest this year from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 21. The festival will showcase the Plott hound, trout fishing, food, local…
Lady and the Old Timers will perform from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., April 19, at the Macon County Library in Franklin. The band plays at the Macon County Library in Franklin every first and third Thursday. The Lady and…
The nine undergraduate percussion students who make up the Western Carolina University Percussion Ensemble will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m., April 17, in the recital hall of WCU’s Coulter Building. The group will perform under the direction of…
The Smoky Mountain Brass Band, an authentic British style brass band, will perform at 6 p.m., April 22, at Hazelwood Baptist Church in Waynesville. The 30-member band and conductor John Entzi will perform a wide variety of musical styles, from…
The next show in the Songwriters-in-the-Round series is scheduled for April 14 and will features Shawn Camp, Shannon Whitworth and Phillip Lammonds. Tickets are $45 each and include a delicious buffet dinner. Visit The Balsam Inn’s website for more information about…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:36

Chorus to host spring concert

The Western Carolina Chorus will perform its spring concert at 4 p.m., April 15, in the Coulter Recital Hall at Western Carolina University. The eclectic program, directed by Robert Holquist, includes works by Pergolesi, Faure, Telemann, Vaughan Williams, Rollo Dilworth…