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Swain County might have to raise taxes or make budget cuts to keep its cash reserves from falling into unhealthy territory. Swain County’s cash reserves are hovering around $1.6 million, barely above the state-recommended minimum. Independent auditor Eric Bowman recently…
Just after the New Year, property owners in Swain County will find out just how well — or how poorly — their property weathered the real estate downturn. Swain County is wrapping up a countywide property revaluation, where every home,…
Despite having three Macon County commissioner seats on the ballot this fall, only one has any competition. In the conservative leaning county, two sitting Republican commissioners will stroll back on the board after no Democratic candidates stepped up to run…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:21

Haywood gets offer for vacant office building

A nonprofit in Waynesville has made an offer to buy a vacant building from Haywood County. LIFESPAN, which offers programs and services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has offered $145,000 for a small building next door…
Homeowners on Henry Dingus Way in Maggie Valley who don’t like their street name have struck out in their quest to get it changed. The Campbell Woods Property Owner’s Association have been trying since spring to change the name of…
The ordinance was discussed and drafted; Jackson County’s legal counsel had reviewed it; and it had the stamp of approval from the county manager. Once it got passed, the county would be able to corral and rein in protestors.
After several stumbling blocks, disbanded boards and departed directors, proponents of a Jackson County economic development program hope to soon be back on course.
Sitting in their bakery-café last week, Ann Cooper and Kim Buchanan were constantly intervening to expound on the other’s comments or completing each other’s thoughts.
Duck Duck Goose is hold a consignment sale from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 18-20 and Oct. 22, just off Russ Avenue on Walnut Street in Waynesville. The sale will include children’s clothing and other kids’ items, all being…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:13

Free baby gear during SIDS awareness month

MedWest-Haywood and the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation (NCHSF) will partner to distribute onesies, nightlights and parent checklists to new parents during October, in conjunction with National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month. The front side of the onesies…
The Sylva library will host a class on building a website at 5:45 p.m. Oct. 22 and another course on how to sell items on Craigslist.com at 5:45 p.m. Oct. 24 The classes are the first of a new series…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:12

Kids Against Hunger needs volunteers

Kids Against Hunger in Franklin is looking for people to help package meals at 8 a.m. Nov. 3 at the First Christian Church of Franklin. Kids Against Hunger packages nutritious meals for starving and malnourished children and families. The meals…
Sylva Rotary Club will host its twice-annual pancake breakfast from 7:30-10 a.m. on Oct. 26 at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Sylva. Proceeds will go to the local Neighbors in Need organization and the international Polio Plus program.…
Paul Loeb, a writer who has spent more than 30 years researching citizen responsibility and empowerment, will deliver a lecture at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center at Western Carolina University. The event is…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:11

Students register voters

A Haywood Community College political science class got a good dose of the mechanics of voting by running a voter registration booth on campus. “These students did this on their own time,” said Greg McLamb, HCC Lead History instructor. “Voting…
Nearly 200 people came out for a candidate forum in Jackson County Monday (Oct. 15) to listen to a slate of candidates spar over local, state, federal — and sometimes existential — issues facing Western North Carolinians today.
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:07

Meditation class looks to resolve conflict

Sylva and Western Carolina University will raise awareness of conflict mediation as an alternative to litigation and to settle personal disputes on Oct. 23-24. On Oct. 23, a panel of lawyers and certified mediators from Mountain Mediation Services will discuss…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:07

Meadows, Rogers to debate at WCU Oct. 23

Western Carolina University’s Department of Political Science and Public Affairs and the Public Policy Institute will host a debate between the two candidates for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District. The debate will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 and will…
Republican Mark Meadows has out fund-raised his competitor 2-to-1 this quarter, but the two candidates for the U.S. Congress are almost neck and neck in the overall money race. Not counting candidate contributions to their own campaigns, Meadows and Democrat…
The trash keeps piling up, and if Macon County doesn’t do something soon, its landfill could be overflowing. By conservative estimates, the section of the Macon County dump now in use will be full in less than five years. Each…
Cruso native Nathan Poston wants to open a tattoo parlor in Canton — the first in that town since at least the 1980s — but first must convince town fathers to change the law.
People rent hotel rooms because they need a place to shower and lay their weary heads. But, people check into bed and breakfasts because they want a place that feels like home.
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:56

Lt. Gov. candidate to visit Haywood

Dan Forest, Republican candidate for Lt. Governor, will be at a meet and greet at noon Oct. 29 at Shoney’s on Paragon Parkway in Waynesville. The event is open to the public. Forest is on a tour of more than…
To raise money for its New Generations Birthing Center, Smoky Mountain OB/GYN Associates will host the first “Bootiful Babies Benefit” from 2-7:30 p.m. outside their Sylva office at 64 Eastgate Drive. There will be a wide selection of activities for…
Barefoot Ridge in Clyde was recognized as one of the best affordable housing communities in North Carolina. Barefoot Ridge is an 43-home community in Clyde that provided new housing for flood victims in the wake of two tropical storms that…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:55

‘Twilight’ saga actor to speak in Cherokee

Chaske Spencer, who plays Sam Uley, the leader of the Wolfpack in the “Twilight” saga, will speak at from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Chief Joyce Dugan Cultural Arts Center. Spencer is a member of the Lakota Sioux tribe…
His name is James C. Jacobs. His friends call him J.C., “but not like Penney,” he insists. For more than 55 years, Jacobs has owned a department store in downtown Franklin, its racks and shelves lined with standard housewares and…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:29

Film series to screen adult documentary

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Western Carolina University Sociology Club’s “A New Lens Film Series” will continue at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 with a screening…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:29

Author to read memoir

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Judy Goldman will read from and discuss her new memoir, Losing My Sister, at 1 p.m. Oct. 20 at City…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:28

Coalition launches craft recycling campaign

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Clean Slate Coalition has launched a fundraising campaign called “Sew Crafty” that will create a funding stream to help women…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:27

Talk to discuss art after atomic bomb

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Elin O’Hara Slavick, distinguished Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will give a public…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:26

Russian nutcracker hits Harrah’s

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Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker will be performed at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 24 at Harrah’s Cherokee Event…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:26

Introduction to Cherokee language

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A one-day “Introduction to Cherokee Language” class will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 in Western…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:25

Cherokee craft traditions to be featured, demonstrated

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Cherokee basket artist Betty Maney and Western Carolina University crafts scholar Anna Fariello will host a program entitled “From the…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:24

Come out to the barn dance

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REACH of Haywood County will be putting on a “barn dance” at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at a new barn…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:23

Bryson City Chili Cook-off is Oct. 20

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The Bryson City Chamber Chili Cook-off will take place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Great Smoky…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:22

Liars Bench presents scary stories

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The Liars Bench will present “Appalachian Spook Tales” at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:20

Movie briefs

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Christie mystery to be screened Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19-22 at the Smoky…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:19

Jubilee to showcase speakers, gospel music

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Western North Carolina Encouragement Jubilee will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 through Oct. 24 in the Beall Auditorium…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:18

Beer and pottery auction to support nonprofit

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The Community Table in Sylva has two fundraising events coming up. The Community Table is a nonprofit organization dedicated to…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:18

Library to host community jam

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The next community music jam at the Marianna Black Library will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in downtown Bryson…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:17

Children’s costume ball to be held in Sylva

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A costume character ball will be held during family night at 6 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Jackson County Public…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:17

Writers/artists wanted for publication

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Submissions are now being taken for the 2012-13 edition of “Milestone,” the biennial art and literary review published by Southwestern…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:16

Fall art and craft festival hits Franklin

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The Smoky Mountain Fall Art and Craft Festival will celebrate 20 years on Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-27 at the…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:15

Mountain heritage at harvest festival

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A harvest festival will take place Oct.19-21 at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center on the grounds of the Stecoah…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:14

North Hominy Apple Festival is Oct. 20

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The North Hominy Apple Festival will take place from 7 a.m. until closing Oct. 20 at the North Hominy Community…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:12

Waynesville to host Apple Harvest Festival

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The Haywood County Apple Harvest Festival will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20 in downtown Waynesville. The…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:05

Children of the corn

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Sliding into the parking lot of the Cold Mountain Corn Maze, the smell of campfire and old, fallen leaves fills…
To the Editor: A letter was recently circulated regarding the euthanizing of a black bear in the Mountain Aire community…
When Rob Kelly climbed behind the wheel of a bus two Saturdays ago for a relatively routine assignment shuttling paddlers up and down the Nantahala River, little did he know he would soon be face to face with death and…