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Greenpeace activists, in what promises to be a long, high-profile campaign against Duke Energy for perceived environmental wrongs, launched the first salvo last week by unfurling a banner 400 feet above the ground on a Progress Energy smoke stack reading…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:43

Greenhouse space available in Waynesville

If you are short on greenhouse space but want to grow your own plants, consider using the Old Armory Recreation Center Greenhouse in Waynesville. The greenhouse opens next month. Trays can be rented for $5 each, with a maximum of…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:41

Counting at Kituwah

This year was the 15th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, a citizen-science project created by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society. The count took place between Feb. 17 and Feb. 20. For the past seven or eight years…
Things have gotten slightly darker at Western Carolina University. The Cullowhee-based college is battling Boone’s Appalachian State University in the “Battle of the Plug.” A play on their football competition, Battle of the Old Mountain Jug, this battle pits the…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:27

Pileated woodpeckers a mainstay in the mountains

The tapping of pileateds ... means attachment to a nest site and attachment of the members of a pair to each other . . . When one pair of pileateds is especially excited about meeting its mate, it bends its…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:26

The secret life of Quintin Ellison

In a time-wasting exercise, I was giving thought recently about my earliest memory, which is of getting my knee stuck in the balusters of a porch in my family’s house in Columbia, S.C. We lived there briefly while my father…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:25

Taxpayers deserve easier access to voting

To the Editor: My name is John Herrin and I am a registered voter in Swain County, and I wrote this letter to the Swain County Board of Elections. I have served in the past as a board member on…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:24

Swain needs to keep one-stop voting site

To the Editor: Ms. Sallie Smith Bradley will celebrate her 98th birthday on Saturday, March 3, at her residence in the Big Cove community of Cherokee. Congratulations Ms. Bradley. The gift I would like to give to Sallie Smith Bradley…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:20

My go-to source for a shot of inspiration

Do you have a muse? At different times in my life that role has been filled by different entities. As a teen, I had a very close friend whose quiet yet intense lust for a unique life was a source…
Jackson County has been down this road before, but that isn’t stopping leaders from taking another look at forming a local economic development commission. Or, to be more precise, reconstituting the county’s current Economic Development Commission. “Because technically, there is…
It will be several more weeks at best before Sylva AM radio station WRGC gets back on the air, pending approval from the Federal Communications Commission to grant the station a license. Word that the station would resume broadcasting around…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:13

County election roundup

Here’s who has filed lately for the upcoming local election. Filing continues through Feb. 29. Haywood County: Another Republican has put his foot into the county commissioner race. Tracy Kevin Coward, of Waynesville, will run against two incumbents during this…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:12

Tourism forum to focus on regional partnerships

Hoteliers, innkeepers, outfitters and other tourism-related businesses can attend the Tourism Partnership Forum, a free event that will be held at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center on from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 7. The registration deadline is March 1.…
Delinquent payers of the tourism room tax in Haywood County will soon have the tax collector knocking on their door. County commissioners approved a resolution that will allow the tax collector to recover money from hotel and motel owners not…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:11

Applications available for scholarships

Haywood County Farm Bureau awards four scholarships each year — two for $1,000 and two for $500. The $1000 scholarships are given to students attending a four-year college and studying agriculture. The $500 scholarships will go to students attending a…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:10

Youth SURGE into Missions this summer

Ministries with Young People at Lake Junaluska is preparing for its summer programming, SURGE into Missions. During the SURGE into Missions program, youth will meet and work with persons in need within the surrounding communities, as well as get to…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:55

Skate park dream revived with pledge from town

Waynesville leaders have committed to foot the bill for the long-held dream of a skateboard park — and it will receive help from an unexpected place. After years of pinning their hopes on grants and private fundraising that only partially…
Macon County’s planning board lived to plan another day. Proposed retroactive term limits, which some considered punitive because they seemed to mainly target the most experienced, pro-planning of the board’s members, were rejected by commissioners. Planning Board Chairman Lewis Penland…
Not long ago Kristina and Bruce Oliver invited a local couple they’d met in nearby Franklin to come play cards with them at their newly constructed house in Diamond Falls Estates. The phone rang about the time the visitors were…
Hopes of turning the abandoned Haywood County social services building into low-income senior apartments have been dashed, leaving the county in a quandary over who else might want the building and what other uses it could have. The county recently…
Canton’s elected leaders could find their two-year terms of office doubling if voters support a proposed change to give the mayor and board of aldermen four years in office. The town board will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m.…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:43

Findings paint dire picture of REACH’s finances

An audit of REACH of Jackson County’s finances received by the nonprofit’s board last month show the money situation had become even more dicey than was previously made public. The agency, which worked with victims of domestic violence and sexual…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:41

County holds up approval of MedWest collateral

A $10 million line of County credit intended to bridge short-term cash flow problems at MedWest-Haywood hospital has hit a snag. A loan taken out by the hospital offers up the hospital building as collateral but legally it needs approval…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:40

Peer-to-peer recovery education program

A 10-week free educational class will be held next month in Franklin on recovery and wellness for anyone experiencing a mental disorder.   The peer-to-peer program is led by mentors (peers) who themselves are in recovery from mental illness and…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:40

Macon Republicans to host candidate forum

The Macon County Republican Party will hold a forum for candidates running for the 11th Congressional District seat on March 3. The event will start at 4 p.m. with finger foods and a meet and greet at the Community Building…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:39

Learn about foster care

Those interested in being a foster parent can learn what it takes from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. the fourth Sunday of each month at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. Read popular novels, memoirs and biographies that explore the world…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:39

Clergy offered slate of resources

Community Resource Connections of Haywood Community Connections is sponsoring a third session of “Building Bridges in Haywood County.” This program will help local clergy have a better understanding of resources available to those in need. This session will focus on…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:38

National speaker to talk about school bullying

Jim Williams, a nationally renowned speaker from Nashville, is coming to Swain County Feb. 27 to speak to parents, teachers and students about bully prevention. He is scheduled speak to parents at the Swain County Fine Arts Center from 6…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:37

Sponsor a painted cat

Harold Sims, aka The Catman, is looking for sponsors, artists and other people participate in a painted cat project. Similar to the brightly colored bears in Cherokee, Sims hopes to feature the life-size cats in shops around Western North Carolina.…
Western Carolina University students will kick off the Cullowhee Voter Initiative, a nonpartisan effort to improve voter education and participation in Jackson County, with a voter registration drive and student debate on campus Thursday, Feb. 23. A second event, a…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:35

Chefs will tee up their best for the Masters

Like most great tales, it began like any other day. Sous Chef Alex Tinsley, 24, was working his usual day in The Gateway Club’s kitchen — chopping veggies, toasting buns, helping to ensure that any food that left the kitchen…
If you can’t beat ‘em, then you can at least benefit from ‘em. Waynesville officials are considering joining the growing ranks of towns that impose fees on businesses that operate sweepstakes machines, a recent reincarnation of the previously outlawed video…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:32

Eichenbaum bows out of GOP congressional race

The crowded Republican field vying for Heath Shuler’s former seat in Congress thinned out by one this week. Dan Eichenbaum, an eye doctor from Murphy, rode onto the political scene in Western North Carolina in 2010 with the Tea Party…
The Moolah Temple Men’s Auxiliary will accompany a screening of the 1920 silent movie classic, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, with a strange, sweet soundtrack music during Sylva’s Silents Out Loud on Feb. 25 and 27. The first performance will…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:20

WCU alumna cast for ‘Amazing Race’

Rachel Reilly, a 2007 graduate of Western Carolina University, has been named as part of the cast for “The Amazing Race.” Reilly, who graduated with a degree in chemistry, got her reality television start on the set of “Big Brother”…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:19

Daddy-Daughter dance planned in Sylva

The downtown association and First United Methodist Church in Sylva are sponsoring a Father-Daughter semi-formal dance from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m., Feb. 24, at the church’s Christian Life Center. Fathers and daughters of all ages can enjoy a night out…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:19

56th Annual Pancake Day is Feb. 28

The 56th Annual Pancake Day will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 28 at First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12. “This has been a…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:18

Woodworking demo at Sylva public library

Woodworker Chris Behre of Tuckasegee will demonstrate how to make Shaker boxes at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, at the atrium of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Behre will discuss the necessary tools and techniques as well…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:17

The Bascom to hold kid-friendly activities

The Bascom in Highlands is hosting several upcoming classes for children • Creation Station is open to children ages 5 to 9 and will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 25. This month’s project theme is flying objects. The…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:16

Shelburn to demonstrate watercolor techniques

Contemporary artist and instructor Billie W. Shelburn will demonstrate creative watercolor techniques for Art League of the Smokies at 6:15 p.m. on March 1 at Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City. Anyone can attend the event free…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:15

Sylva library sponsors contest to name sculpture

The Jackson County Public Library is sponsoring a statue-naming contest for a marble sculpture recently donated to its youth service department by artist Jim Knapp of Balsam. Children are encouraged to examine and touch the artwork, which depicts a child reading, and…
The second of two benefit performances of “The Liars Bench” Southern Appalachian variety show will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23 at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center. “The Liars Bench” was founded by Sylva writer and storyteller Gary Carden…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:13

WNC Cheese Trail up for discussion

An exploratory meeting has been set up to examine the possibility of forming the Western North Carolina Cheese Trail. The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 29 in the commerce boardroom located on the second floor of…
The Asheville Symphony Guild will offer full and partial scholarships for students who play musical instruments in middle and high school in Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Graham, Haywood, Swain and Yancey counties to attend the Mars Hill College Summer Music Camp…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:12

‘Pillowman’ to premiere in the HART Studio

The HART Studio in Waynesville will continue its season with “The Pillowman” by Martin McDonagh, opening Feb. 24 in the Feichter Studio Theatre. The Tony award-winning play tells the story of a man imprisoned and being interrogated for the content…
The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will ends its 2011-12 season Thursday, March 1, with a concert featuring the veteran Appalachian string band the New Southern Ramblers. The group’s 7 p.m.…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:10

Contemporary art lecture March 5 at WCU

Independent cultural critic and author Eleanor Heartney will lead a presentation on contemporary art at 5 p.m. Monday, March 5, in Room 130 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. The event is…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:10

Haywood Rec plans Hawaiian getaway

Haywood County Recreation and Parks is now taking reservations for a 10-day, Hawaiian Cruise trip Nov. 1-10. Per-person rates are based on double occupancy and include round-trip airfare from Asheville. Costs are $3,405 for an inside cabin, $3,695 for an…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:09

Challenge under way for airing of the quilts

Organizers are gearing up for this year’s Airing of the Quilts Challenge on May 12 in Franklin. Quilters must create a wall hanging incorporating one or more of the Macon County Quilt Trail blocks somewhere in the design. The competition…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:08

The quilt that keeps on giving

Haywood Community College Day Quilting Workshop student Rikki Williams (pictured) won the Confetti Quilt that she helped construct in her class. Students made the quilt to be given away at the recent Share the Warmth Concert. Williams is sending the…