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MedWest-Haywood recently opened a psychiatric evaluation area in the hospital’s emergency department to reduce the time patients may spend waiting in examination rooms prior to being transferred to mental health facilities. Generous grant funding from The Evergreen Foundation, the Rural…
Western Carolina University will receive a $642,960, five-year investment award from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to continue operation of the EDA University Center for Rapid Product Realization, which works to accelerate job creation and retention among existing businesses and…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:25

HCC to open Student Business Center

Haywood Community College will partner with The Center for New and Expanding Business to open the HCC Student Business Center, which will provide rising or recent graduates with the opportunity to start a business in a supportive, rent-free environment. The…
By Peggy Manning • Correspondent North Carolina is in the process of “paving” the electric vehicle highway and Western North Carolina is well on its way to being an important spoke in that wheel. Haywood Community College has the only…
Maggie Valley town leaders plan to relax the town’s strict limits on video sweepstakes machines despite the town planning board’s recommendation to maintain the status quo.
Business in Dillsboro has continued to slow during the past few years, to the point that even the cash cow of video sweepstakes parlors pulled out after a brief run. A couple of businesses have closed this year, including the…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:19

New MedWest center hosts open house

MedWest-Haywood is hosting an open house Thursday, Aug. 2 to celebrate the opening of its new Outpatient Care Center, which is helping better serve healthcare needs in Haywood County by housing multiple services and being conveniently located on the MedWest-Haywood…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:18

REACH fundraiser at Highlands home

REACH of Macon County will stage a fundraiser July 29 at the home of prominent Highlands and Houston interior designer Tony Raffa and his partner Scott Allbee. REACH provides counseling, shelter, and life-skills training for victims of domestic and sexual…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:18

Popular Grace Church Fair is July 28

The Annual Grace Church Parish Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 28 at the church grounds at 394 N. Haywood Street in Waynesville. Highlights of the fair include the ever-popular flea market as well…
By Peggy Manning • Correspondent Dave and Judy Russell pride themselves on being among the first in line at the annual book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Library in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:14

Waynesville reclaims its gateway glory

A dedication ceremony for Waynesville’s latest art installation will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 27.
Some of the top Democratic women office holders in the state will appear at a rally in Sylva at the historic courthouse on Saturday, Aug. 11. State Democratic women coming to the event include Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, State…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:13

Rug yanked out from Franklin ABC store move

Franklin’s plans to buy a new ABC storefront were dashed this week after the town was denied a bank loan. The town makes ample profits on its liquor store, with more than enough to cover the monthly mortgage payments of…
The Haywood County Board of Commissioners and Haywood Community College continue to butt heads about the school’s new creative arts building, a year after the controversial project was approved.
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:06

Annual school supply drive is Aug. 4

Haywood County’s annual School Supply Drive will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Walmart on Aug. 4. Donations of school supplies brought to Walmart that day will be distributed to needy students throughout Haywood County. Needed supplies include single…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:06

Free backpacks, fun offered at Vineival

The 6th-annual Vineival will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, at the Vine of the Mountains Church building in Frog Level next to the Armory. Sponsored by Vine of the Mountains, the event features a wide variety…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:05

Reappointments made to SCC board

Two longtime Board of Trustee members at Southwestern Community College, Conrad Burrell and Paul Holt, were recently reappointed to their posts. Burrell has served on SCC’s board for 16 years, eight of those as chairman. He lives in Sylva. He…
To some, it might seem like luck. But Waynesville’s rise as one of the state’s preeminent small towns has been anything but. The quality-of-life magnetism Waynesville has become known for during the past two decades is instead largely owed to…
Despite rumors to the contrary, Sylva’s bars are not abandoning the town for the student-laden pastures of Cullowhee. Area residents have heard whispers that the Bone Shack and O’Malley’s Pub and Grill — two bars that count college students among…
Fallout from the real estate bubble in Western North Carolina has landed Macon Bank on the watch list of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, a federal banking oversight arm. Macon Bank has been operating under the scrutiny of the FDIC…
As the Haywood County Arts Council celebrates 30 years of work, it’s a good time to reflect on how effective organizations evolve as times change and re-invent themselves in order to remain relevant. Few nonprofit, grassroots community organizations in Western…
Too often debates about immigration veer way off course, inhabiting some netherland of hysteria that is so far from reality it borders on the ridiculous. In the past couple of weeks we in North Carolina have witnessed just such a…
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Winging it

It’s that time of year again when passing fronts will mean passing visitors at Lake Junaluska. Waterfowl were riding the cold winds that kicked up on Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Local author pens best hikes with dogs

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Dogs are popular hiking companions on the trails of Western North Carolina. Now, Fido and his adventurous owner will have some help exploring with the recently published Best Hikes with Dogs, a guide by…
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

The winter song of the great horned owl

As cool dark nights descend upon us to signal the onset of winter, the great horned owls have commenced their annual “singing” along the dark ridges above our home. These great birds don’t sing, of course, in the manner of…
By Michael Beadle So many of us have what Waynesville librarian Kathy Olsen calls “thing stories.”
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Christmas Past

By Kathleen Lamont I loved Christmastime when I was growing up. I came from a blue-collar family where my father worked as a mechanic for the Los Angeles City School District. He repaired small engines in the grounds maintenance department.…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer When Wilbur Davis looked out his storefront in downtown Canton recently and saw three young moms pushing babies in strollers, he paused to watch. It’s not that women with babies are a particularly unusual…
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer At speeds faster than 50 mph, drivers zoom down U.S. 441 into Cherokee’s business district, passing mostly billboards, a couple of gas stations and a few small businesses. The two-mile stretch of roadway is…
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Haywood water quality a mixed bag

Haywood County consistently has some of the best water quality in North Carolina, according to stream samples collected by volunteers in an ongoing water quality monitoring project orchestrated by Haywood Waterways Association.
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Haywood County Arts Council celebrates 30

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer When Paula McElroy is asked about the art scene in Haywood County when she moved here in 1966, she chuckles.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer It’s almost as though one can hear the creaking sighs of the old, hand-hammered barn boards in Craig Forrest’s paintings. His brush strokes evoke the weathered wood with its gentle warps, many knotholes, and…
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Christmas past is what we’re aiming for

As you know, the Christmas season these days begins about 20 minutes after the last of the trick or treaters have collected their candy, and lasts until the last college bowl game is over, which used to be on New…
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Vandals strike Macon greenway

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Vandals have been wreaking havoc at Macon County Recreation Park and the Little Tennessee River Greenway by burning picnic tables, destroying park benches, and breaking into concession stands, according to county recreation leaders.
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Jackson may put an end to Wal-Mart dog mart

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Jackson County residents will have the opportunity to voice their concerns about the county’s revisions to its animal control ordinance at a public hearing on Dec. 17.
A group of eco-conscious citizens and Ingles grocery store in Bryson City teamed up last month to encourage shoppers to use their own canvas bags when shopping, cutting down on wasteful plastic bags.
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

Before The Devil Knows Your Dead I’m a little surprised that this gem of a movie is not getting more attention, but I was able to catch it last week at the Fine Arts theater in Asheville, and it is…
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Sounds like Christmas ...

By Chris Cooper There are folks that get into full holiday mode, displaying their favorite snowman and fir tree embroidered sweater with aplomb while decorating the house with enough twinkling Christmas lights to make it visible from Venus.
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Reading for the holidays

Books are the ideal gift for the Yuletide season. Think of the many advantages in giving a book to a friend or loved one for Christmas. Books provide hours of pleasure. They don’t add inches to the waistline. Books travel…
A foundation started by a deceased Cherokee County native has provided a large boost to Sylva’s Bridge Park Project.
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 00:00

Canary Coalition aims for the airwaves

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer A Sylva-based environmental organization may be sending its message out over the airwaves. For 60 days the Federal Communications Commission opened a window to allow organizations across the county to submit an application for…
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 00:00

Taylor makes it official: He’s not running

After months of keeping his fellow Western North Carolina Republicans guessing, former U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor (R-NC) has decided not to run for the seat he lost to Democratic rookie Heath Shuler in the 2006 elections. Taylor made the announcement…
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 00:00

Macon County explores TDA options

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Macon County business leaders are devising a plan to ensure that the county’s lodging tax will promote tourism and travel throughout the county.
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 00:00

It’s Grammy season ... do you care?

We’re rapidly approaching that part of the year referred to endearingly as “Grammy Season.” This is the time when we all gather round our televisions, going through post-Christmas/New Year’s holiday withdrawal, ready for another up close and personal reminder that,…
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

Into Great Silence The Carthusian monks of Grande Chartreuse, regarded as one of the most austere monasteries in the world, considered German director Philip Groning’s request to film their lives for nearly 16 years before granting permission. The result of…
By David Rice • Guest Columnist The results of a survey of nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide indicate Haywood Regional Medical Center provides better care in several procedures than most hospitals. The hospital received 25 five-star ratings in addition to being…
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer In the 10 years since the opening of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino in November 1997, a remarkable transformation has occurred among the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The casino has brought a surge of unprecedented…
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 00:00

A look at the dark side of the season

The Christmas Curmudgeon is available at: Barnes &Noble.com, the Western Carolina Internet Café in Dillsboro, or directly from the author at James Cox, P. O. Box 272, Whittier, NC, 28789. Send check ($14.95 plus postage) and your name and address.…
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 00:00

Canton gains ground as mill’s dominance recedes

Things are changing in Canton. That in itself is somewhat newsworthy.
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 00:00

WCU forges ongoing relationship with Canton

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer With a new town board, a new town manager, and a growing influx of young Asheville commuters looking for affordable housing, the town of Canton is setting itself up for some major changes —…