Sun08282016

     Subscribe  |  Contact  |  Advertise  |  RSS Feed Other Publications

Patty Atkinson took a short break from helping the constant flow of customers at a local family pharmacy in the heart of Hazelwood to talk about the evolution of the community around her — from a bustling blue collar factory…
She is every Main Street merchants’ dream. With a penchant for the eclectic and a passion for supporting independent businesses, Carolyn Phinizy worked downtown Waynesville’s shopping district during the post-Thanksgiving spending days like it was her civic duty, not calling…
Before the gravy had turned cold and the Thanksgiving Day turkey had been packed away in Tupperware, shoppers were already lining up at the Walmart in Waynesville for one of the earliest Black Friday door busters ever — Thursday night.
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 00:00

News in brief

WCU to offer courses at Harrah’s Western Carolina University is taking its masters in business degree on the road to Cherokee, offering MBA coursework at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino for part-time students over a three-year period starting in spring 2014.  WCU…
Try scaring up a parking space, hunting down an empty bench or pushing a double-stroller along the crowded sidewalks on peak days, and the popularity of downtown Waynesville’s quaint, tree-lined shopping district is obvious. But for merchants, getting those browsers…
A $2.5 million expansion at Pisgah High School in Canton will relieve chronic overcrowding and a classroom shortage that forces some teachers to spend their days as “floaters.”
Haywood County is making plans to bring recycling operations back in-house — a move that would eventually mean dollar signs for the county.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:00

Early education no substitute for old-fashioned parenting

Written by
To the Editor: Doctor Raymond Turpin’s opinion of Michele Presnell, Mike Clampitt and Jim Davis seems based on the premise…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:00

Tourism overhaul was the right thing to do

Written by
To the Editor: Democracy is working in Jackson County! This week’s passage of the Tourism Development Authority (TDA) Resolution is…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:00

When the cat’s away, the boys will play

Written by
We had been dreading it all week, and now, as we stood there on a brisk Friday morning waiting on…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:00

Robbinsville native creates art scholarship

Written by
Students from the far western counties of North Carolina majoring in music, fine arts or industrial arts at Western Carolina…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:00

Scotch-Irish exhibit seeks donations

Written by
North Carolina Arts Council has provided initial funding for the research and development of the Scotch-Irish exhibit at the Stecoah…
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 00:00

Holiday music

Written by
Choir to perform Christmas story in Canton Dec. 23 The choir of Rockwood United Methodist Church will present a cantata…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:00

Voices in the Laurel events

Written by
Songs from ‘Polar Express’ to be performed Dec. 8 Voices in the Laurel will perform a special Christmas concert featuring…
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 00:00

Upcoming Christmas events

Written by
Waynesville Christmas parade to be televised WNC Television will broadcast the Waynesville Christmas Parade held on Monday, Dec. 3, several…
The Canton Annual Christmas Tour of Homes will take place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:00

NC glass exhibit showcased at WCU

Written by
The North Carolina glass community will hold an exhibit from Oct. 28 to Feb. 1, at the Western Carolina University…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:00

Balsam Range, friends kick off concert series

Written by
Nationally acclaimed Western North Carolina bluegrass group Balsam Range will be kicking off their winter concert series at 7:30 p.m.…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:00

Mountain Faith to host bluegrass Christmas concert

Written by
A free Christmas Concert with award-winning bluegrass and gospel band Mountain Faith will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec.…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:00

An Appalachian Christmas comes to Lake Junaluska

Written by
An annual Appalachian Christmas Celebration will run from Dec. 6-9 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:00

Lights & Luminaries to bring holiday glow to Dillsboro

Written by
Dillsboro Festival of Lights & Luminaries will be held on Dec. 7 and 8 and Dec. 14 and 15. The…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:00

Quality over quantity in Appalachia

Written by
Downtown Franklin is all sunshine, but it’s the calm before the storm. Drifting through an array of stores and restaurants…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:56

Upcoming music

Written by
WCU partners with Asheville Symphony  Western Carolina University’s School of Music has initiated a new artist-in-residence program this semester, formalizing…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:54

WCU, Warren Wilson ensembles to perform

Written by
WCU, Warren Wilson ensembles to perform Western Carolina University’s Low Tech Ensemble will perform a gamelan degung from Western Java…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:53

Craft fair to be held in Clyde

Written by
A “Show & Sale” craft fair will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the MedWest…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:44

Upcoming holiday events

Written by
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:44

'Hard Candy Christmas' celebrates 25 years

Written by
The “Hard Candy Christmas” Craft Art and Show will celebrate 25 years as a “Mountain Christmas Tradition” in Western North…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:41

Orchestra presents holiday concert

Written by
The Blue Ridge Orchestra will present this year’s annual family holiday concert twice, at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 at…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:40

WCU to host Madrigal Dinners

Written by
The annual Madrigal Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Grandroom…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:39

Aztec group performs for students 

Written by
Swain County Schools celebrated Native American heritage on Nov. 8-9 by having Aztec dancers perform for students at the Swain…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:33

Christmas parades roll into WNC

Written by
Snowflakes sprinkle the high peaks, while a stiff breeze cascades into the valleys. Elaborate decorations are being put up in…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:18

Byer’s book brings us a sense of place

Written by
Kathryn Stripling Byer lives in Cullowhee. Poet Laureate Emeritas of North Carolina for a number of years, she was this…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:09

Internet businesses do benefit community

Written by
To the Editor: In a recent column, writer Jeff Minick implored holiday shoppers to consider shopping locally and using the…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:08

Cowee School project part of a larger plan

Written by
To the Editor: I’ve been a fan of The Smoky Mountain News for 12 years since you very ably reported…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:07

Any act of appreciation is worthwhile

Written by
To the Editor: After reading your piece this week, “Speaking too loudly sometimes belittles the message,” my reaction was “let’s…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:04

The right to a job does not exist

Written by
By Ken Jacobine • Guest Columnist The idea of the United States of America was born during the Age of…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:03

Cullowhee presents a great opportunity

Written by
We have many vibrant, attractive commercial districts in the mountains, some very small and some large and sprawling. I’m talking…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 14:59

Former FBI agent shares exploits with students

Traveling around the world, taking down bad guys and helping exonerate the wrongly accused, Steve Moore’s life sounds glamorous — and he will agree that he has loved every minute.
It’s a dreaded intersection for anyone who frequents downtown Waynesville behind the wheel. You slowly edge the nose of your car forward, inching past the stop sign and bit-by-bit into the oncoming lanes, straining forward in your seat in hopes…
“Take me out to the ballgame,” is how the old song goes. But the question for Macon County residents in coming years may be “which one?”, as county commissioners lay plans to purchase an expanse of land that would be…
Waynesville seafood restaurant Maggie’s Galley will soon be forced to move from its longtime location at the intersection of Howell Mill Road and Russ Avenue to make way for a road-widening project.
Sequoyah National Golf Course, a signature course built and operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, is slowly being weaned from tribal subsidies that have helped prop up its operations since it opened several years ago. This month, tribal…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 14:49

Flying club trying to takeoff again

The Smoky Mountain Flying Club is trying to get some wind under its wings again with a campaign to attract new members and buy a sporty plane, or two, for its pilots to use collectively. Instead of the small planes…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 14:47

Off-color graffiti hits Swain recreation area

A riverside park in Swain County was plastered with graffiti two weeks ago, with several cans of spray paint unleashed on the public outdoor recreation area. Nothing went un-tagged, even the trees were spray-painted at the Old N.C. 288 park,…
When Monica Manrique was four months pregnant with her first child, her feet got so swollen with fluid she took to wearing slippers because her bulging ankles wouldn’t fit into regular shoes.
Down by six touchdowns to the University of Alabama at halftime, Western Carolina University head coach Mark Speir never gave up on his team. “When you’re getting into an ugly ball game like that, our players didn’t quit playing; they…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 14:36

Creating a cohesive vision for WNC’s future

Six months after meeting with Haywood County residents to discuss ways to improve the community, a group called GroWNC is returning to the county to present various scenarios for the region’s future growth.
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 14:35

Funeral home buys old Mountaineer press building

Wells Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Waynesville has purchased a large building downtown that once housed The Mountaineer Publishing Company’s printing press. The old press building is located on Wall Street directly behind The Mountaineer’s newspaper office and adjacent…
The Haywood County Board of Commissioners seem poised to adopt a policy that would severely limit the display of Confederate flags on county property.
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 13:53

Feast your eyes on wild turkey facts

Written by
The domestic, farm-raised turkey most Americans eat on Thanksgiving Day is nothing like the wild turkey feasted on by the…