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Haywood Community College has been recognized for its cutting-edge work in promoting environmental sustainability by the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. “Haywood Community College has a robust history, dating back to 2006, of demonstrating sustainable technologies in the…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:24

Lace up those running shoes for a good cause

A Mothers Day Celebration 5K walk and run in Cherokee that also functions as a dialysis patient fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 12, at Acquoni Expo Center, or the old Cherokee High School. Registration starts at 11 a.m.,…
Threatening weather forecasts likely kept many who registered for last Saturday’s (April 21) 5th Annual Spring Hike in Waynesville’s Watershed at home. But we caught a break — cloudy and overcast but the rain held off till around 11:30 a.m.…
The recent acquisition of 720 acres of land in the Plott Balsams has helped set the table for the first major park to be created along the Blue Ridge Parkway in six decades. The land, owned by former Congressman Charles…
City Lights Bookstore will celebrate the launch of Harvey K. Littleton’s A Life in Glass with Western Carolina University’s ceramics instructor Joan Byrd at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 27. Byrd was a member of Littleton’s first glassblowing class at…
Merritt Moseley, a professor at University of Carolina-Asheville, will lead a series of discussions surrounding the works of beloved author Jane Austen at the Waynesville library. A novelist whose reputation has never declined, critic Brooke Allen called Austen “a woman…
Thomas Thibeault will be at City Lights Bookstore to read from his historical thriller, Balto’s Nose, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. Glenn Carnehan, a WWII veteran, spent the war tracking down treasures looted by the Nazis and in…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:13

Library looks for teen feedback

The Teen Advisory Group will meet at 3:30 p.m. on April 30 at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Teens are invited to come share their ideas about materials of interest to them, including what sort of programming they’d like to see…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:11

The tales of two Joyces

In The Guys in the Gang and Other Stories (ISBN 978-1-4697-7768-9, $20.95), James T. Joyce and James T. Joyce — that doubling-up is not a misprint — have shared, perhaps inadvertently, the secrets to a fulfilling life. Like a fine…
This being a Sunday, the day on which I generally take care of household chores that have gone unheeded during the hurly-burly and rushed pace of the workweek, I was dusting the combination living room and kitchen in the cabin…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:02

Sweepstakes cafeterias good for tourism

To the Editor: I agree with the opinion expressed by several of those interviewed for a recent article that the increase in gambling cafes is good for business and is a welcomed option for increasing city revenues. Each person who…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:01

Does Bothwell realize Shuler is not running?

To The Editor: I find Cecil Bothwell’s preoccupation with Heath Shuler odd and slightly disturbing. Although Shuler announced months ago that he would not be running for re-election, Bothwell has continued to attack him online and in public forums across…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:00

Hanging chads and voter suppression

To the Editor: Do you remember “hanging-chads? Those were the tiny little punch-out holes on Florida ballots that gave George Bush the presidency in 2001 and made Florida the land of bad elections. As a direct result of that fiasco, Congress…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:59

Let me tell you why I’m a Democrat

To the Editor: I want to share with you three times in my life that made me appreciate how important our Democratic vision is to the people of this state and this country. First, it is clear to me the…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:58

Working at C.J. Harris is an honor

To the Editor: In 1993, I knew I wanted to be a registered nurse (RN) and my health occupations teacher, Mrs. Hess, encouraged me to go to C.J. Harris Hospital and become a junior volunteer. That is where my story…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:57

Those staying believe in this hospital

To the Editor: To us, this is more than just a hospital because it is part of our community, and it’s where our friends, relatives and neighbors work and so many people’s livelihoods depend on the hospital being here. We…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:57

It is time to look ahead, not behind

To the Editor: The Physician Leadership Council, the governing body of the employed physicians of MedWest Health System, is saddened to see the recent media coverage surrounding MedWest-Harris. We understand the concerns that have been voiced by several doctors, as…
By Steve Heatherly At the April 16 Jackson County Commissioners’ meeting, a physician stated his concerns about the future of MedWest-Harris and MedWest-Swain. While some of the observations are correct, we disagree with the assertion that MedWest-Harris and MedWest-Swain have…
The former chief executive officer and general manager of the Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands was recently convicted on federal charges of masterminding kickbacks and of illegally billing his company for an addition to his own home. Mario…
The litany of Republicans from Western North Carolina running for Congress haven’t taken any cues from their counterparts on the presidential stage, where the once robust field of candidates has slowly been picked off until there was just one man…
MedWest-Haywood will hold an open house from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, at the newly constructed MedWest Urgent Care Center in Canton. The community can get a preview of the new facility during the open house. MedWest Urgent Care…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:48

Selling Haywood a collective effort

Departing from the normal talks of budget cuts and tightening belts, Haywood County commissioners asked a group of tourism and town leaders how the county could pitch in to help bring visitors or new second-home owners to the county. The…
The Community Table, Sylva’s nonprofit soup kitchen for the needy, is within weeks of moving its digs from its cramped existing facility to the town’s now-vacant senior center. The county built a new senior center, freeing up space in the…
The Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen’s split decision to de-annex someone who didn’t want to be in the town limits anymore — or pay town taxes any more — seems to have brought a trickle of other unsatisfied residents making…
After two years of lawsuits and two mediations, Swain and Graham counties have finally agreed on where to draw the county line signifying their portions of the Fontana Dam. Fontana Dam straddles the two counties. How much of the dam…
The Lowe’s interchange in Haywood County will finally get re-structured but not for a couple more years. N.C. Department of Transportation plans to start reconstructing the exit onto N.C. 209 and leading to Paragon Parkway and Hospital Drive in summer…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:41

Cullowhee community holds second meeting

Residents and business owners of Cullowhee and Jackson County are invited to attend a community meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, at the Cullowhee Valley School library. This is a follow-up to the March 13 meeting when community…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:39

Tuckasegee bridge to be replaced

A $3.4-million contract to replace the T. Walter Middleton Bridge on N.C. 107 over the Tuckasegee River in Jackson County has been awarded to a Whittier company. Owle Construction Co. will build a new bridge that will be widened from…
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is taking matters into its own hands in the tug-of-war over the best route to Cherokee. A tribe-purchased billboard on Interstate 40, heading west of Asheville, will soon tout two possible routes to Cherokee.…
When Dr. Bob Adams walked into a hospital-wide meeting of Jackson County doctors in early January, he believed he had finally mustered the critical mass to demand action, action that so far had been elusive despite a year of working…
When the Med-West venture was coined two years ago, the premise was an easy sell. Together the hospitals would be stronger than going it alone. Both Harris and Haywood hospitals had witnessed a troubling loss of patients to Mission —…
The iconic black bear, the parkway’s winding scenic road and the Appalachian Trail’s solitary hiker have gotten a reprieve. A bill will be introduced next month to allow a version of the full-color specialty plates. They’d been facing a death…
Large, walk-in beer coolers are ready and waiting to be stocked at Dwight and Jamie Winchester’s Catamount Travel Center, a gas station directly across the street from the entrance to the Cherokee Indian Reservation on U.S. 441. They’ve been there…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:57

Voices in the Laurel plans spring concert

Children’s choir, Voices in the Laurel, will perform in its 16th annual spring concert at 2:30 p.m., May 6, at Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Voices in the Laurel is a Haywood County-based non-profit choir for…
Macon County youth will take the stage in Showcase of Talent 2012, a non-competitive talent show for third- to 12th-graders, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. The annual event is held in the Franklin High School Fine Arts Center…
Two Western Carolina University student disc jockeys committed to offering “smashing good fun” on their morning radio show have been recognized by an international media association. Fern Lulham and David Rose have been co-hosts of “Fern and David in the…
The library in Sylva will host a free energy healing workshop with Laura Elliott at 7 p.m. on May 1. Elliott is an artist, a healing touch therapist and an expressive art facilitator in Sylva. Healing Touch is a holistic…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:53

Shelton House opening for 2012 season

The Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts at historic Shelton House will open on May 1 for the 2012 season. In addition to Tuesday through Saturday tours conducted by Curator Jackie Stephens, the museum will offer a series of special events…
A new ‘Art + Energy’ gallery will have its grand opening from 5-7 p.m., April 26, at the Jackson County Green Energy Park. The gallery will feature of blown glass, forge-hammered metals, and wood-fired kiln ceramics by local artists, including…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:52

Winners announced for SCC Student Art Show

The winning art pieces from the 2012 Southwestern Community College Student Art Show will be exhibited at the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts until April 30 and at SCC for the remainder of the year. Best of Show went to…
Singer/songwriter Lyle Lovett will take the stage at 7:30 p.m., May 5, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel. Lovett is one of the most distinctive and original singer/songwriters to emerge during the ‘80s. He combines a talent for incisive, witty…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:50

HART presents a collection of antique quilts

The Haywood Arts Regional Theater will exhibit a collection of antique quilts during the production of “Look Homeward Angel,” scheduled from April 27-May 6. The quilts will be hung on April 16 and may be viewed while purchasing or picking…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:49

Near-death experiences subject of May 3 talk

The Macon County Public Library will host a talk by local author Dennis Murphy at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 3. The subject will be “Near-Death Experiences: Evidence of Heaven or Last Gasps of Dying Brains.” Following the talk and…
The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will open its 2012 season on April 27 with “Look Homeward Angel,” a Pulitzer Prize winning drama based on Thomas Wolfe’s novel. HART will perform the play at 7:30 p.m., April 27-28 and May 3-5.…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:47

NC Symphony to perform in WNC

The North Carolina Symphony will perform its “Beethoven and Beyond” at Cherokee Central Schools and Haywood Community College. The symphony will perform select work by Beethoven, Mozart, Wagner and Liszt. The concert in Cherokee will be at 7:30 p.m. in…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:46

Orchestra to feature student performances

The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra will play the final concert of its season at 7:30 p.m. on April 28 in the Coulter Building Recital Hall on the WCU campus. The soloists will be the students who won the 22nd annual…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:46

Community chorus to host spring concert

The Haywood-Junaluska Community Chorus’ spring concert will be held at 4 p.m., April 29, at The First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. The 70-voice choir will present familiar works by Beethoven, Faure, Gounod, Haydn, Mozart and Pergolesi. The chorus will…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:45

Students to present ‘Rhythm and Rhymes’

Western Carolina University’s Catamount Singers and Electric Soul instrumental group will present its spring showcase “Rhythm and Rhymes” at 7:30 p.m., April 26, in WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Admission is free for the program, which…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:44

Folkmoot USA to host a Hawaiian Luau

Folkmoot USA will host a luau from 5 to 8 p.m., May 11, at the Haywood Regional Arts Theater in Waynesville. Enjoy a spread of Hawaiian food, hula demonstration and a raffle. Tickets are $25 and include a chance at…
Most things in life start out small — acorns grow into oak trees, babies are reared into adulthood, small patches of green spread until they eventually cover the mountains each spring. The latter is the focus of Jackson County’s annual festival…