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An artistic marriage of fine gardens and fine art is on display now at Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86, with “Gardens, Mountains and Streams: An Artist’s View of the Haywood County Garden Tour” showing through April 28. This intertwining…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:58

Convicted by a jury of my peers

Last year around this time I wrote about the honor of being nominated for Wild South’s Roosevelt-Ashe Society’s “Outstanding Journalist in Conservation” for 2010. I did not win but I did not expect to. I remember thinking and writing upon…
What’s in a name? Well, sometimes a lot, especially when you’re considering the names we assign plants. The striking little early wildflower of deciduous woodlands with its yellow reflexed petals, long red stamens, and lush brown dappled green leaves goes…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:51

Geologists to converge on the mountains

Western Carolina University will host more than 700 professional geologists and geology students during the 61st annual meeting of the Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America, which will be held Saturday, March 31, through Monday, April 2, in…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:51

Get ready to do some haggling

Bartering Day is on tap for the old T.M. Rickman Store in Macon County’s historic Cowee Valley from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Sunday, March 31. This event is being held to honor the 87th anniversary of this store and…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:50

AT Founder’s Bridge Festival coming to NOC

A storied Appalachian Trail event is on tap April 6 and 7 at Nantahala Outdoor Center with the AT Founder’s Bridge Festival. Day hikers, long distance warriors and outdoor enthusiasts alike are welcome to share their passion with like-minded folks,…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:50

Bats in Smokies threatened by fungus

Biologists in the Smokies have confirmed that two different kinds of bats found in a park cave have white-nose syndrome, a life-threatening fungus. White-nose syndrome has been responsible for the deaths of millions of bats in Eastern North America. It…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:50

Smokies camping fee to take effect

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park plans to collect fees next year from backpackers despite the proposal receiving opposition from backcountry users and locals who enjoyed camping in the Smokies without the hassle of a fee system. The money collected…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:48

Troops rally to fight off invasive species

More than 300 Macon County students and others interested in the natural landscape will attend Invasive Species Awareness Day from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday, April 2, on the Little Tennessee River Greenway in Franklin. Learn about how exotic…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:48

Hatchery-supported trout waters open

Approximately 1,100 miles of hatchery-supported trout waters in 25 western counties will open at 7 a.m. on April 7. The season will run until March 1 of next year. When fishing on hatchery-supported trout waters, anglers can harvest a maximum…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:47

Cherokee Reservation trout season opens

Hundreds of anglers will line the 30 miles of streams on the Cherokee Indian Reservation Saturday, March 31, with the opening of trout season here. Also scheduled is an opening day fishing tournament. The opening day tournament cost $5. Hundreds…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:47

Garden forum April 3

Experienced growers Ron and Kathy Arps will lead a panel discussion about home gardening at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in the community room of the Jackson County Library in Sylva. The Arps three-quarter-acre garden just outside of Sylva is totally…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:46

National park to restore views at overlooks

The views in the Smokies might get a little easier to see after a contractor cuts back encroaching trees from 34 of the most-popular roadside vistas along the main roads of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Park officials say…
Responding to missing or injured hikers this time of year is expected in Macon County, where the Appalachian Trail winds through the mountains and the Nantahala National Forest makes up another substantial portion. “Some years, at the peak (of thru-hiking)…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:41

Anatomy of a Smokies search

Things weren’t looking good. After five days of searching and zero clues, a massive search for a missing man in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park was at a critical juncture. “Let’s try to make another hard push for this…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:38

Motives of missing man remain a mystery

It’s probably not the view sightseers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park were expecting last week when they pulled into the park’s most popular overlook at Newfound Gap, a 5,000-foot mountain pass traversed by the main road through the…
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…
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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…