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Craig Madison, the president and CEO of the Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, will be the featured speaker at the annual meeting of Smoky Mountain Host in Cherokee Nov. 29. The meeting includes workshops for tourism businesses in developing…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:44

Input sought for new Waynesville manager

Everyone is invited to a “relaxed meeting” Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the Town Hall to have their voices heard on the qualities needed in the next town manager for Waynesville. Town Manager Lee Galloway will retire June 30.…
The fourth annual Lake Junaluska Peace Conference, “Poverty, Abundance, and Peace:  Seeking Economic Justice for All God’s Children” through Nov. 15 will delve into the systemic causes of poverty and economic disparity. Speakers include Sen. George McGovern (a former presidential…
A discussion regarding the fate of old restrooms at the Waynesville Recreation Park has prompted town officials to take another look at its recreation master plan. The recreation advisory committee will not just look at renovating the run-down and often…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:35

Bryson weighs regulations to protect character

Bryson City leaders will turn to residents to help solve their own disagreements over the severity of proposed appearance standards for new development downtown. Town leaders will host a public hearing on the ordinance, which would stipulate aesthetic standards such…
The Imperial Hotel in Canton has become entangled in a legal battle as a result of unpaid bills by a contractor. Haywood County Builders Supply has filed a civil suit and lien against the hotel, owned by outgoing Canton Mayor…
It’s anybody’s guess when the Imperial Hotel in Canton will open. The deadline for finishing renovations to the hotel, owned by outgoing Canton Mayor Pat Smathers, has continually been pushed back. The initial opening date in May turned into July,…
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma have officially banded together against “fabricated” tribes accused of stealing the Cherokee identity. “It’s something that’s important to all Cherokees — all federally-recognized Cherokees. Many times people are…
Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center has reached a critical crossroads on the eve of its 100-year mark. It’s headed toward financial insolvency, and the only thing that can save it now is a bold and aggressive makeover aimed at…
A failure by the Cashiers Chamber of Commerce and the Cashiers Travel and Tourism Authority to provide county leaders reports on how room-tax dollars are spent led this week to promises of prompt corrective action. Mark Jones, who serves in…
A work session this week on Jackson County’s room tax appears to mark the beginning of open warfare and the explosive end of a fragile truce that has existed on the board of commissioners since three newcomers were elected last…
A donut or cannoli will no longer be a hop, skip and a jump away for people in downtown Waynesville. Whitman’s Bakery closed its doors this month, ending a 66-year run as a beloved hometown bakery. Whitman’s was a mainstay…
Annie’s Naturally Bakery, the beloved coffee, bakery and gathering place in Sylva that helped launch a Main Street renaissance of sorts here when it opened more than a decade ago, will close Thursday. The closure comes as a surprise to…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 21:10

Police wrestle bear cub into custody

A baby bear went on a romp through downtown Waynesville last week before finally being cornered and captured by police officers on a preschool playground on Main Street. The bear was first spotted on the playground of the First United…
The Western Carolina University Concert Choir will team up with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and Asheville Symphony Chorus for a joint performance of “Resurrection Symphony” by Gustav Mahler on Sunday, Nov. 20. The performance will begin at 3 p.m. in…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 21:00

Singer Charley Pride coming to Harrah’s

Tickets go on sale Nov. 18 for a Jan. 14 concert by country music star Charley Pride at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center. Pride’s smooth baritone voice was featured on 39 number one hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 21:00

Penrod, Randle to perform in Franklin

Guy Penrod and Lynda Randle will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 19 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Penrod was a centerpiece and lead singer for Bill Gaither’s “Vocal Band” for 14 years and…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:59

Sunday Concert Series presents One Leg Up

One Leg Up will perform in concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20, in the Haywood County Library in Waynesville as part of the Haywood County Arts Council’s Sunday Concert Series. Based in Asheville, One Leg Up performs a…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:58

Broadway on parade at Tuscola

The Tuscola High School Chamber Choir and The Summit Choir will present a musical review of some of Broadway’s greatest hits at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Nov. 19 and again at 7 p.m. on Nov. 20. Amission is…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:57

Fundraiser planned for Community Table

A fundraising event for the Community Table soup kitchen in Sylva will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, at City Lights Café on Spring Street. The event will include a reception with a string trio and there…
Haywood County native Charlie Rhodarmer, director and manager of the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, will give a presentation on 18th century Cherokee history and culture at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, at Canton Branch Library. Rhodarmer’s talk will focus on…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:55

A firm grasp on history

Students from Oconaluftee Institute of Cultural Arts recently visited the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and got to put their hands on some of the oldest forms of Cherokee art. The students, under the direction of museum Education Director Barbara…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:54

Holiday workshop planned

The Jackson County Extension and Community Association Craft Club will hold a workshop for participants to make holiday potpourri and scented soap and beeswax candles which can be used for home use or gift-giving. The workshop will be held from…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:53

SCC presents Cherokee Baskets Show

Southwestern Community College’s Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts is hosting a Cherokee Baskets Show in its gallery on Tribal Bingo Road as part of November’s Native American Month . The show is a combination of work from the Qualla Arts…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:52

Holiday workshop for kids is Nov. 19

Elementary school-age children and their families are invited to Holiday ARTSaturday, the Macon County Arts Council’s free monthly crafts and music workshop, from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Nov. 19, in the historic Rickman General Store.   The Arts Council provides…
The Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86 will hold its fourth annual small works show titled, “It’s a Small, Small Work 2011,” Wednesday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Dec. 31. The show provides a unique opportunity to purchase original art at…
Individuals with an interest in the region’s past can now search two new online archives devoted to Cherokee culture and the evolution of travel in Western North Carolina. Both sites are maintained courtesy of Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library. “Travel…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 04:14

Brown wins by slim margin in Waynesville

All of Waynesville’s current leaders managed to hang on to their seats despite an impressive challenge mounted by a contender for mayor. Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown nearly lost his seat to Hugh Phillips, the general manager of Bi-Lo grocery store.…
Sylva voters on Tuesday night might have put the brakes on something of a voting trifecta by adding former commissioner Lynda Sossamon to the town board at the expense of incumbent Ray Lewis. Two other incumbent commissioners, Chris Matheson and…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 03:44

Winning trio promises change in Maggie Valley

A slate of three candidates pledging change and an end to good old boy politics swept into office in Maggie Valley in this week’s the town election. Longtime Mayor Roger McElroy, who has been on the town board for 30…
The Canton Town Board of Aldermen will now feature three old dogs and one new one. Patrick Willis, who ran unsuccessfully in the last election, won a seat on the board with 312 votes. “I am looking forward to working…
After months of campaigning, a write-in candidate won the Bryson City mayoral election — an interesting twist in a competition that had only one name on the ballot. Tom Sutton beat out Jeramy Shuler, the only candidate whose name was…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:31

News notes

Lake Junaluska is inviting Haywood County citizens to a public meeting to discuss its “vision” for its second century. The meeting will take place at 5 p.m. Nov. 10 in Gaines Auditorium at the Bethea Welcome Center on the Lake…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:31

Jackson to build new EMS center

Jackson County plans to buy land along U.S. 441 heading toward Franklin for a future emergency management center to house 911 operations and dispatch. The 7-acre tract is owned by Duke Energy. If the deal closes, it will cost $350,000.…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:29

Railroad wants money, county wants assurances

Jackson County is nowhere close to cementing a deal with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad — one that would offer financial incentives in exchange for basing a steam engine tourist train in Dillsboro. “It is far from a done deal,”…
Opponents to a proposed room tax increase in Jackson County are accusing county leaders of secretly earmarking the money for a grant to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. “If this is about raising funds to get the railroad to move…
Cashiers business owners led the charge against a proposed tax increase on overnight lodging in Jackson County during a public hearing this week. Several lodging owners complained that tourism is already down because of the economy. Asking tourists to pay…
Despite multiple red flags, Bryson City officials failed to provide proper oversight of the town’s volunteer fire department over the past decade, eventually leading to a State Bureau of Investigation probe of possible misappropriation by the fire chief. An investigation…
Finishing on time and on budget, the Haywood County Department of Social Services and several other government offices will move from their deteriorating, cramped homes to the renovated former Walmart by mid-January. The Walmart shell was purchased and renovated at…
A group of Cherokee business leaders will be a driving force in the campaign to permit alcohol sales on the reservation. Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will vote in April on whether to legalize alcohol sales on…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:19

Faculty want say in future reorganizations

Constant reshuffling of the organizational structure at Western Carolina University — at least three such applecart upsets in just six years — led to a recent faculty resolution seeking some order to the chaos. “This … is in response to…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:18

Jackson board to revisit U.S. 441 zoning plan

Rules in Jackson County controlling how development occurs along the five-mile stretch or so of U.S. 441 that leads into the Cherokee Indian Reservation are undergoing review. That concerns former Commissioner William Shelton, a resident and farmer who lives and…
Congressman Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, is leading a bipartisan call, asking the joint super committee to spare nothing in its cuts to the U.S. deficit. “It will be heard throughout the world that we can do something together,” Shuler said in…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:12

Franklin revs up for foray into motorcycle scene

Motorcycle rallies are all the rage these days in Western North Carolina, and Franklin tourism leaders are busy finalizing plans to take their first bite out of that tempting economic pie. “Rumble in the Smokies” is scheduled to take place…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:12

Youth have no time for the love of reading

Is reading — just for the pure, leisurely joy of it -— becoming the pastime of a bygone era? For many a modern adolescent, it is. Today’s teens are about as likely to bury their noses in a book as…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:11

Cooperative marketing essential to success

To the Editor: With reference to Quintin Ellison’s and Becky Johnson’s excellent reporting on the tourism marketing program for Jackson County in the Nov. 2 Smoky Mountain News, it was disturbing to read about the conflict between Cashiers and the…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:08

Smart phone volunteers lead us into the future

One of the drawbacks perks of my job is the amazing number of meetings I’m forced fortunate enough to attend. For instance, earlier today (a Sunday) I spent several hours in Franklin at a Tourism Development Authority retreat. The nice…
During the five years that I spent at Western Carolina University (1954-58 and 1965), I had the good fortune to attend classes under some extremely gifted but eccentric instructors. There were two Rhodes scholars that passed through the university like…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:25

Ginseng, ferns and an ancient dialect

“Sang” redux. Several weeks ago I wrote about ginseng. I have, in fact, been writing about ginseng for years. There seems to be a never-ending general interest in the plant. Its only rival would be ramps. Come spring, I will…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:24

Waterways director to give guest program

 A Live and Learn program featuring Eric Romaniszyn, executive director of the Haywood Waterways Authority, will be held at 2 p.m., Nov. 17, in Bethea Welcome Center at Lake Junaluska. Romaniszyn’s expertise is with benthic macroinvertebrates, but he has also…