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The Waynesville Board of Aldermen has waived more than $140,000 in water and sewer fees in the hopes that a Polk County developer will construct a low-income affordable housing development on Hyatt Creek Road.
Maggie Valley has become the latest town in North Carolina to face the threat of a lawsuit regarding licensing fees charged to sweepstakes parlor owners.
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00

Haywood Community Band to honor Hall

The Haywood Community Band will honor founding director Bob Hall during a performance at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at the First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. Selections include Joplin’s “Ragtime Follies,” The Symphonic Beatles and Greensleeves: A Fantasia for…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00

Art After Dark returns to Waynesville

Art After Dark will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in downtown Waynesville. Stroll through working studios and galleries on Main Street and Depot Street. Festive Art After Dark flags denote participating galleries, such as Haywood County…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00

Ticket sales for WCU’s Madrigal Dinner

Tickets for the 2013 Madrigal Dinner at Western Carolina University will go on sale at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Grandroom of WCU’s A.K. Hinds University Center. …
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00

Mountain Momma

I’ll admit I’m not the fastest draw in the West when it comes to pop culture fads. I’ve yet to watch an episode of “Glee” — although I’ve concocted a vague idea of what it might be about from overheard…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00

Jackson crafters place at state fair

Quilter Susan Sheets (pictured) was one of many first place winners from Jackson County at the 2013 Mountain State Fair.
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00

WCU’s Frizzell wins service award

George Frizzell, head of special collections at Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library, is the 2013 recipient of the Thornton W. Mitchell Service Award for outstanding service to the archival profession in North Carolina.
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00

Brass Quintet hits WCU stage

The Western Carolina University School of Music will present a concert by the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the recital hall of the Coulter Building in Cullowhee.
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00

This must be the place

I sat there, under old copper piping and newly formed spider webs, wondering where the hell my story was. It was December 2006, and I was in the basement of the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Mass. A sit-down,…
October, of course, is the month for haunting, when lawns become littered with skeletons and witches fly in through branches of trees shedding their leaves. Store shelves are stocked with masks and makeup and an array of costumes, all designed…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 13:58

Taproom to donate sales to conservation

A Sylva conservation organization was featured at the Making a Difference Monday program Oct. 21 at the Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel Taproom in Brevard.  The Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards demonstrated cross-cut saw skills they use when building and maintaining trails…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 13:52

New brew benefits A.T. maintenance

A Bryson City brewery has chipped in $1,000 to support the Appalachian Trail Ridgerunner program, whose mission is to preserve and improve the hiking experience along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The recent donation…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 13:51

Area bicyclist to share her Olympic story

Olympic silver medalist and Asheville resident Lauren Tamayo will serve as guest speaker at the Haywood Chamber of Commerce Women in Business luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 5 at the Gateway Club in Waynesville. Tamayo is a veteran rider with…
Paddlers and swiftwater rescue experts from across the country will gather Oct. 25-27 in Jackson County for the 2013 American Canoe Association Swiftwater Rescue Conference, much of it on the Tuckaseegee River.
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 13:48

Land Trust to host Fall Celebration

The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (LTLT) will host its 14th annual fall celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Historic Cowee School near Franklin.
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 13:47

WCU wants native flower back

Forget roses. Susan Belcher is hoping for beds of Cullowhee lilies to blanket Western North Carolina in the coming years.  Belcher — the wife of WCU Chancellor John Belcher — is leading an effort by the Western Carolina University Alumni…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 13:44

Ellison to lecture on ‘spring greens’

Award winning naturalist and writer George Ellison will present a lecture titled “Edible, Utilitarian, and Religio-Medical Plants Used by the Cherokees” at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin.  
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 13:43

A climate for change

Last week we talked a little about how mountains can influence climate. Lenticular clouds are often created when warm air masses bump into mountains. Mountains can create rain shadows — point in case, Asheville, surrounded by temperate rain forests, is…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 13:42

Who protects the bear?

Every fall, folks flock to Rhodes Big View between Highlands and Cashiers to photograph the bear shadow that appears in the Chattooga River headwaters. Photographers set up their cameras and wait for the shadow to creep over the mountains. 
By Colby Dunn • SMN Correspondent What makes the stem of one pumpkin better than another for chunkin’? Why is one gourd so tiny, yet its neighbor so plump? What tints their hues from muted to mottled to blinding fluorescence? And…
I am convinced that author Daniel Woodrell is what is frequently referred to as “a writer’s writer.” In other words, although he may enjoy considerable popularity from the general public, it is other writers who speak with both envy and…
George Frizzell, head of special collections at Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library, is the 2013 recipient of the Thornton W. Mitchell Service Award for outstanding service to the archival profession in North Carolina. A native of Jackson County, Frizzell is…
Western Carolina University’s state-of-the-art Health and Human Sciences Building, which opened in fall 2012, has won two awards for its architectural design.
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Sylva candidates support helping downtown

The town of Sylva has struggled this year with balancing its budget and keeping businesses filling its downtown storefronts. Going into next year, those same problems will likely continue to challenge town leaders, and whoever is elected as mayor and…
Franklin’s mayoral candidates are offering voters distinctly different visions of leadership as they square off for the town’s top political position. Sissy Pattillo, who is completing her second term as a town alderman, used the word “collaboration” at least four…
An uptick in building permits in Jackson County has prompted the county to hire an additional office clerk to keep up with the load. A decline in building permits in the wake of the housing bust had led to a…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Court system in Jackson angling for more space

An expansion of Jackson County’s court facilities could be in the cards, pending a $30,000 analysis of what some in the legal system have dubbed a space shortage. The county has hired an architectural firm to study space needs of…
Developers of a large college student housing complex in Cullowhee got an OK from the Jackson County Planning Board to deviate from engineering rules on man-made slopes. 
Jackson County commissioners may start broadcasting their meetings, bringing to the masses the nitty gritty of local government — tax collection reports, committee appointments, budget shuffling of low-level line items, and the not-to-be missed community proclamations, like the one in…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Family, feuds and football

Heather Brookshire is behind enemy lines.  “Everybody has been giving me a hard time all day,” she chuckled. Taking orders and running around DuVall’s Restaurant in Waynesville last Friday morning, Brookshire is sporting a bright red and white shirt with…
Amy Leonhart and Louise Jones met 17 years ago at church. “The best match for me was going to be a church girl,” said Jones, a 60-year-old native of Tennessee. When she met Leonhart, “It’s kind of like everybody else,…
After navigating Haywood County through some of its toughest budget times, County Manager Marty Stamey will leave his position Jan. 1 after just three years overseeing county operations.
By Sarah Kucharski • Columnist The government shutdown went into effect on the first night I arrived in Yosemite National Park. There was no phone call at midnight, no note on the door in the morning. The birds still chirped,…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Let’s send Rep. Meadows home

To the Editor: On Tuesday, Oct. 15, I delivered to Rep. Meadows’ office in Hendersonville more than 32,000 signatures of people from all over the U. S. who were objecting to his role in trying to close down the government.…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Canton has had a lot of recent accomplishments

To the Editor: This is my first ever letter to the editor.  I feel I must respond to comments made in local papers by several candidates for Alderman for  the Town of Canton. One statement made was that there had…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Zeb sincere about helping Canton

To the Editor: Have you Canton folks taken a good look at the candidates for the four seats on the Canton Board of Aldermen? With the current board, in its entirety, choosing not to run for reelection, Canton is looking…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Let’s learn to live with black bears

To the Editor: As a better solution to the proposed “killing” of more black bears being advocated by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, I am a strong advocate for providing more educational opportunities to better equip communities and individuals…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Milsap to make an appearance in Franklin

Country superstar Ronnie Milsap will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Milsap is best known for his signature combination of R&B, bluegrass and country music.  $25/$30.  866.273.4615 or…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Woodcarving demonstration in Clyde

Artisan in the Mountains will host a woodcarving demonstration featuring the Pigeon River Woodcarvers Club from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at 99 Depot Street in Clyde.  The club has nine active members and meets every Saturday afternoon.…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

‘The Heiress’ comes to HART

Classic Broadway drama “The Heiress” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 1-2, and 3 p.m. Nov. 3, at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville. 
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Hear a rare performance of Shubert’s Octet

 The School of Music at Western Carolina University will present a performance of Franz Schubert’s Octet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Coulter Building in Cullowhee.
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Dillsboro festival celebrates pottery

The Western North Carolina Pottery Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in downtown Dillsboro.
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Leaf Lookers Gemboree returns to Franklin

The 24th annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 25-26 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin.
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

This must be the place

All I wanted to do was play soccer. In the summer of 1997, I was 12 years old and ready to enter seventh grade in upstate New York. Until that point, I had attended a small Catholic elementary school. Now,…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Trick or Treat in Western North Carolina

Bryson City • Haunted Halls of Havoc and Corn Maze will be from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 24-27 at Darnell Farms in Bryson City. Haunted house, hayrides and corn maze. $5 per person, with children under age 3 admitted…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Pumpkin Fest returns to Franklin

The 17th annual “Pumpkin Fest” will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in downtown Franklin. A wide array of events and activities in the spirit of Halloween —…
Assistant Town Manager Alison Melnikova is leaving Waynesville for a new job, meaning the town is on the search for her replacement.
Some of my happiest times here in the Blue Ridge have been those hours spent locating grassy balds, gorges, sinkholes, boulderfields, wind forests, beech gaps, cove hardwoods, bogs, and the like. I have discovered that the things you truly find…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:55

No Throwaways

The recycling group Macon Pride congratulated three local organizations who at lunch or dinner meetings bring and take home their own setups, thereby creating very little or no trash.