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Wednesday, 18 May 2011 19:33

McCoy bridge compromise muddies debate

A proposed compromise by Macon County commissioners on a historic bridge outside of Franklin isn’t sitting well with those who’ve fought for nearly a decade to save it. Last week, the county board voted unanimously to ask the N.C. Department…
In Haywood County, the tax rate would have to bump up three cents for the county to bring in the same amount of money as last year. Overall, the property values in the county were down following the recent revaluation,…
More than a few readers of this column collect books associated with the Smokies region. A friend who spends most of his waking hours either fishing the backcountry trout waters in the Smokies or plotting ways to do so brought…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:54

The Smokies’ biggest job

Alan Sumeriski, chief of facility management, was selected as Great Smoky Mountains National Park employee of the year for major accomplishments in improving park facilities. Sumeriski has led the park’s facility management workforce since 2007, which consists of about 160…
The Waynesville Kiwanis will host a “Spring Fling” at the Waynesville Recreation Center on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be tubing in Richland Creek, a dunking booth, kids’ dog show, a three point and…
Medwest Health and Fitness Center in Haywood County will be holding its last American Red Cross lifeguard training course beginning May 20.   This will be the final opportunity to obtain certification before the summer swimming season arrives. The course…
The third-annual Bicycle Rodeo is set to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in Clyde. Children ages 5 to 11 can ride their bicycles inside a closed course, designed to instill safe habits while biking,…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:52

Corridor K back for public comment

An open house and public hearing is set for Tuesday, May 17, on a segment of Cooridor K, a controversial highway through the far western counties that has been partially built but still has two missing segments. On the table…
A discussion about creating a science discovery center along the Tuckasegee River will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the Fairfield Inn and Suites across from Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. This brainstorming meeting is open…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:50

Leave Bambi alone

They might look abandoned and waiflike, but the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is urging folks to not approach, touch, feed or move them. Whitetails are a “hider” species, which means the female will hide her fawn in vegetation during the…
This past Saturday, May 7, was (I believe) the 12th-annual “Birding for the Arts” fundraiser for the Haywood County Arts Council. I can’t remember exactly how many Saturdays we’ve done it, but I do know it’s become one of my…
You’ve got to be just a little bit crazy, maybe, to do this trail race — crazy for an epic trail-running experience, that is. The Smoky Mountain Relay, taking place this Friday and Saturday (May 13-14), is more than 200…
There will be a free lecture on “running medicine” Tuesday, May 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30. p.m. at the Jackson County Recreation Center in Cullowhee. Topics include running gait and technique, barefoot running and minimalist shoes and running after…
Jackson County residents who love the public library are called to join Book Brigade Buddies and help move the last of the library books up the hill to the new facility. At 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, residents are…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:46

Book falls flat in telling of Hemingway

So ends Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, his memoir of his years as a young writer in Paris. This book contains the best of Hemingway: his prose style, crisp and clear as a glass of fine chardonnay; his reporter’s eye…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:42

TDA picks bad time to open visitor center

To the Editor: Regarding the monument to the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority, these two headlines are just too much to take on the same page of the April 27 eidtion of The Smoky Mountain News: • “Folkmoot Funding Gets…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:41

Don’t jump on the nuclear bandwagon

To the editor: With the recent rapid rise in gas prices, the hype about nuclear as an alternative source of energy has resumed — if it ever let up. Notwithstanding the Fukushima disaster and the consequent spread of dangerous radioactive…
To the editor: Oh yeah, then there are the children. How many bureaucrats does it take to educate a child? It must take more than seems to make sense. In Raleigh, we have 800 that are on the payroll of…
Some years ago, confined to an office through work obligations but dreaming of farming, I spent more time than I should have surfing the Internet in search of agriculture and back-to-the-land related sites. Amazingly, many of the same ones I…
For both teachers in the classroom and local administrators, this is shaping up to be the most challenging budget year in North Carolina history. At times like these, those of us who value a quality education system will be left…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:36

Veterans sought for Memorial Day parade

The Haywood County Veterans Office and the Haywood County Veterans Council are calling for veterans to participate in the Memorial Day Parade, scheduled for 1 p.m. on Monday May 30th, in Canton. The parade will feature several National Guard and…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:35

Constitutional workshop set for Franklin

A Citizen’s Constitutional Workshop will be held in Franklin Friday, May 20, at The Fun Factory on U.S. 441 South. Experts from the John Locke Foundation and N.C. History Project will be at the event, which lasts from 1 p.m.…
Duke Energy has received a new 30-year permit to operate its five hydroelectric dams in Jackson County, which could pave the way for new economic and recreational opportunities along the Tuckasegee River. Kayaking for several days a year on the…
A proposal to set up a special track for Western Carolina University’s crème de la crème — the honor students on campus — failed recently to win approval of a majority of the faculty’s leaders. The thumbs down by the…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:30

Bothwell to run in Democratic primary

Cecil Bothwell, who announced his congressional bid in March, will not run as an Independent but instead run in the 2012 Democratic primary. “I’ve heard from hundreds of people, from Western North Carolina to Washington, D.C., who believe the most…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:30

Donate food for Haywood kids

Donate food to the Manna Food Bank Summer Sack program from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 12 and help feed Haywood County children this summer. Collections, organized by Keller Williams, will be taken in Waynesville at K-Mart and…
Developers in Waynesville rejoice: your customers may now park in front of your buildings. Sometimes. In some places. The new rules, passed after nearly two years of deliberation, will allow limited parking in the front of businesses for high-traffic commercial…
Under the newly verdant trees shading the lawn of the historic Haywood County Courthouse, 29 people silently lined the sidewalk last Friday, sending the message that they were “struck speechless” by slashed state funding proposed by House Republicans. Their signs…
Americans love pad thai. This one fact, Nonglak Pafuang is sure of. After moving to the U.S. from Thailand five years ago, she’s learned that the varied cuisines of her homeland are popular stateside, but none more than pad thai,…
The pending merger of Angel Medical Center with Mission Health System could be sidelined, at least temporarily, by a state bill aimed at limiting Mission’s influence in the region. Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, said he introduced the bill to offer…
A state bill aimed at ensuring a balance of power between Mission Health System and smaller hospitals has placed lawmakers in the middle of a healthcare turf war. As Mission steps up efforts to acquire smaller hospitals and doctors’ practices…
The future of the Downtown Sylva Association remains unclear despite a move by town leaders to increase public funding for the group. The town board unanimously voted last week to increase funding from $12,000 to $15,000 a year, but that…
The July 7 primary is drawing closer in Cherokee, when the field for principal chief will narrow from five to two. Current Principal Chief Michell Hicks is making a play for his third four-year term. He’ll again be facing his…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:12

History comes alive at the Blackberry Jam

For a taste of fun and history, visit The Blackberry Jam from 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at the Macon County Fair Grounds. The Macon County Historical Society has lined up a variety of events to commemorate the 150th…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:12

Ballroom contest dances into Haywood

This year’s Dancing With the Mountain Stars event is set to kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20, at the Laurel Ridge Country Club to benefit REACH of Haywood County. Local celebrities will be paired with professional dancers…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:11

Gospel group takes the stage for charity

Southern Gospel group Archie Watkins & Smoky Mountain Reunion will play two shows at 6 and 8 p.m. on May 21 at the Colonial Theater in Canton. The concerts will benefit Arc of Haywood County, a non-profit organization dedicated to…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:10

Dillsboro seeks artists and entertainers

The Town of Dillsboro is seeking vendor applications for the upcoming Arts and Music festival, which will take place the second Saturday in June. Applications can be found at visitdillsboro.org. Entertainers and musicians are also needed to play on Saturday…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:09

Dance into fitness this summer

Have fun while staying active this summer through a ballroom dance class, held from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings, May 24 through June 28, at Western Carolina University. Students will learn several ballroom dance styles, including the waltz,…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:09

Free music workshop for kids in Macon

Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to a free ARTSaturday workshop from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, in the Macon County Public Library children’s wing. Activities include make-and-take percussion instruments, harmony and round singing,…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:08

Concert pianist performs in Waynesville

Pianist Thomas Uchtmann will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at the Performing Arts Center in Waynesville to benefit the Haywood County Arts Council. A reception will be held after the concert. Uchtmann will perform a…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:07

Writing program offers summer workshops

Local writers can hone their skills with summer workshops in poetry and prose at UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Programs. Classes are open to all interested writers but class size is limited. Poet Jeff Davis will lead Getting the Muse…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:06

Poet returns for reading

Former Cullowhee resident Marly Youmans, novelist, short-story writer and poet, will return to Sylva at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, to read from her new poetry collection, The Throne of Psyche, at City Lights bookstore. Youmans is a prolific…
Get started on Christmas gift-giving early by attending a Christmas napkin-making workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, at the Community Service Center in Sylva.  The workshop is hosted by the Jackson County Extension and Community Association…
“This song was written before the USDA got their hands on organic standards,” announces the booming voice from the stage. It’s a Friday night in late April and the attention of the crowd at Sylva’s Soul Infusion Bistro is centered…
The Jackson County Board of Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Michael L. Murray as the new Superintendent of Jackson County Schools.  The Board voted unanimously to offer the position to Dr. Murray who will begin work…
Have you ever seen a mountain lion here in the Smokies region? I haven’t. In fact, the only one I’ve ever viewed outside of a zoo was somewhere near Crystal River, Fla., back in the early 1990s. It bounded out…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:29

Landowners protect 13 acres in Haywood

A conservation agreement with landowners has preserved 13 acres in the Bethel community of Haywood County. The property is largely agricultural land, providing corn, hay and a critical calving unit for a larger cow-calf operation. The land will remain in…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:29

Lake Junaluska foot bridge under repair

Until May 23, walkers and runners at Lake Junaluska won’t be able to make their usual circuit. The Turbeville Footbridge, which spans the lake and completes the loop, will be closed for renovations. No foot traffic will be able to…
The  annual Ruby Ride & Run will be held Saturday, May 21, in Franklin. There will be a 5K and 10K run and three bike rides of varying lengths: 24 miles, 64 miles and 100 miles. Last  year, 75 bicyclists and…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:28

If you teach a child to fish …

Two free fishing clinics for ages 6 to 15 will be offered at the 21st Annual Great Smoky Mountain Trout Festival on Saturday, May 7, at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. The clinics are sponsored by the Haywood Community College…