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State legislators have once again tinkered with school calendars, reining in when early school districts — even those prone to excessive snow days — can start back in August. State law mandates that school can’t start back sooner than the…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:46

Speaker to discuss the history of cameras

Haywood County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at the First Methodist Church on Haywood Street in Waynesville. There will be a short business meeting, followed by a program presented by Roland Osbourne. Osbourne will…
An etiquette dinner for children will be held at the Lambeth Inn at Lake Junaluska at 6 p.m. Sept. 24. The event is sponsored by the local 4-H club. Youth participants will learn to use proper table manners and utensils…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:45

Sylva woman goes on Jeopardy

Deb Teitelbaum of Sylva, a former public school teacher and longtime show fan, will appear as a contestant on “Jeopardy!” during the program’s upcoming broadcast at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 on WLOS-TV. Her advice for other constestants: “It’s all about…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:44

Catch 22 for Macon Middle intersection

Macon County leaders are at odds with the N.C. Department of Transportation over the placement, or lack thereof, of a stoplight at an intersection near Macon Middle School. For two years, Macon County Sheriff’s Office deputies have been stationed at…
It’s a long wait for residents of Nantahala in Macon County when they dial the Sheriff’s Office. Deputy response time to the small community of Nantahala from the sheriff’s office in Franklin can take up to 30 minutes, which is…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:42

Walk to remember Trail of Tears

The Trail of Tears Memorial Walk will take place 9:30 a.m. Oct. 6 beginning at the Cherokee Historical Association building and ending at the Oconaluftee Indian Village. Registration forms are available at the main office of the Cherokee Historical Association.…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:41

MemoryCare satellite clinic opening

Dr. Lisa Verges, a geriatric psychiatrist and head of the new MemoryCare satellite clinic, will host a grand opening reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Haywood County Senior Resource Center on Elmwood Way in Waynesville. MemoryCare is a…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:41

WCU to host ‘Take Back the Night’ march

A sexual assault survivor who founded a national organization centered on shattering the silence of sexual violence will be the featured speaker at Western Carolina University’s annual “Take Back the Night” event on Sept. 26. Angela Rose, executive director of…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:40

Donate warm clothes for kids

“Coats for Kids” is hosting a coat drive in Jackson County through the end of September. Cullowhee United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church of Sylva, Walmart in Sylva and Pathways Thrift Store are accepting good-condition used, as well as new,…
Although the candidates running for U.S. Congress remained cordial on the surface, neither passed up the opportunity to get in jabs here and there during a Macon County League of Women Voters forum last week.
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:37

Grant funds citizenship classes at SCC

North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges awarded Southwestern Community College a grant of $29,000 for an English Literacy and Civics Education project. To become American and work successfully, adults must be able to read, write, speak and listen to…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:37

Old Town Bank building on South Main

Old Town Bank will mark its new headquarters with a groundbreaking ceremony at 11 a.m. Sept. 24 in Waynesville across from Super Walmart on South Main St. The event is free and open to the public. It will mark the…
Jackson County commissioners will appoint a task force soon to study whether — and if so where — the county should open its own liquor stores. When voters overwhelmingly approved a countywide alcohol measure in May, it opened the door for…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:35

New building crowns SCC campus in Sylva

Southwestern Community College officially dedicated a new $8.8 million building on its main campus in Sylva last week. The building was built with a majority of state money but also a large contribution by Jackson County.
The redrawing of flood maps for North Carolina has made one of Jackson County’s million-dollar properties a tough sell. The Jackson County Industrial Park, which was formerly the Drexel furniture factory in Whittier, sits along the Tuckasegee River. But starting…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:32

How about a misdemeanor with that code violation?

Jackson County officials are mulling over several ways to improve compliance with the county’s ordinances, especially those which are enforced by the Planning Department. County Attorney Jay Coward said currently the county’s legal language is inconsistent in its book of…
The fate of state-subsidized preschool for at-risk, low-income 4-year-olds rests in the hands of the next General Assembly. The state currently does not provide enough funding to serve the estimated 67,000 children who meet the definition of at-risk. This year,…
Armed with a stack of folded construction paper, Charlotte Rogers ushered a four-year-old child to sit down at a pint-sized writing desk, take up a pencil and scratch out the words “I love you” in crooked letters on the inside.
If you want to protest, you have to protest by the rules — that’s the message the Jackson County commissioners are poised to send to unruly social dissidents. For the first time in Jackson County, the commissioners may pass an…
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 00:00

The Naturalist's Corner: Ethanol

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Editor’s note: This is another in a series of columns by Don Hendershot about alternative energy Ethanol Ethanol is grain…
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 00:00

LWCF has been a great resource for this country

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When most of us here in Western North Carolina go for a hike on the Appalachian Trail, hunt or fish…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Haywood County commissioners are currently ensnarled in bidding wars for two separate properties that will cost them more than $1.2 million. Commissioners have been trying to obtain a 22-acre tract of land near Jonathan…
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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The Tour de France Each July for the past decade or so, I’ve been riveted by this race, especially the…
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 00:00

Lottery could help solve state’s teacher shortage

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Since North Carolina is having such a hard time finding enough teachers, one place education leaders might look for help…
By Michael Beadle Several years ago, Haywood Arts Regional Theatre’s executive director Steve Lloyd confided in fellow actors that he’d…
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 00:00

A man’s got to work and fish

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This past Sunday afternoon I decided to go for a walk along the Tuckasegee River west of Bryson City. If…
Jackson County is in the final countdown to approving what appear to be the toughest development regulations in the state of North Carolina.
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 00:00

Keeping the wheels spinning

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By Michael Beadle Local cyclists can rest assured that one of the region’s longest-running bicycle shops will be around for…
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 00:00

Foy, Brown vying for mayor of Waynesville

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer The big race to watch in this year’s Waynesville town elections is between Alderman Gavin A. Brown and incumbent Mayor Henry Foy, with Foy vying to keep his office while Brown attempts to unseat…
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 00:00

Tomatoes really can save the world

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I am a firm believer that the world would be a much better place if everyone just grew tomatoes. This…
By Chris Cooper Through the last few “Play For Peace” extravaganzas I’ve been lucky enough to meet and perform with…
By Linda Watson • Guest Columnist Recently, a member of my family was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease at…
Last week was more than the season for fireworks and cookouts. As second-home owners descended on the mountains to kick back in their vacation abodes, it also marked the high point for homeowners association annual meetings, timed to coincide with…
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 00:00

Macon considers floodplain moratorium

A countywide moratorium on floodplain and watershed development in Macon gained some momentum following the town of Franklin’s decision to formally express concern over a proposed RV community.
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Entire half hours dedicated to finding a parking space. Cars backing into each other. Employees and customers with nowhere to park. The parking situation in Bryson City is reaching crisis levels, and local business…
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 00:00

Summertime and the reading’s hazy

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On the Road by Jack Kerouac. Penguin Classics. 310 pages Summertime, and the living is easy ... For most of…
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 00:00

A smashing residency in Asheville

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By Joe Hooten As I was barreling down Interstate 40, racing to make it to Asheville in time to see…
Instead of the stick, Macon County might try carrots as this fast-growing area tries to control its booming construction industry.
Wednesday, 18 July 2007 00:00

Road supporters not giving up

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Canceling the public hearing on the North Shore Road couldn’t shake the unwavering determination of almost 125 people who packed a Swain County courtroom Monday night to share their thoughts and opinions on the…
Wednesday, 18 July 2007 00:00

The thrill of new discoveries

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I’ve had the opportunity to spend a lot of time recently up on the Blue Ridge Parkway conducting natural history…
One of the top concerns over the removal of the Dillsboro dam is the unleashing of sediment backed up behind the dam. Estimates peg accumulated sediment behind the dam at more than 100,000 cubic yards. Duke Power initially was not…
One of the most prominent defense lawyers in the region is trading in a long and lucrative career defending the accused to become a prosecutor with the district attorney’s office. Reid Brown, a defense lawyer based in Waynesville, has built…
Jackson County is on the verge of passing the toughest development regulations in the state this week, potentially making it a target for lawsuits. There is an organized coalition of developers and Realtors in Jackson County, namely in the Cashiers…
Wednesday, 18 July 2007 00:00

Author’s bias shows through

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What’s Liberal About The Liberal Arts? Classroom Politics and “Bias” in Higher Education by Michael Berube. W. W. Norton, 2006.…
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has known it needed a new visitors center on the North Carolina side of…
Wednesday, 18 July 2007 00:00

The truth about the ‘Three R’s’ of conservatism

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By Arthur Hancock • Guest Columnist With 70 percent of Americans now disapproving of the way George W. Bush is…
By Michael Beadle More acid rain and invasive insect pests. Fewer trout in mountain streams. More “code red” days with…
A break-in at the Cherokee election office a few days after the primary last month did not compromise the results of the election, according to officials.
Wednesday, 18 July 2007 00:00

Dam removal process faces stiff opposition

The proposed removal of the Dillsboro dam on the Tuckasegee River is up for review by state water quality officers, who could make or break Duke Power’s controversial plans to tear down the dam. The state must grant Duke Power…