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Longtime alderman and Maggie Valley resident and business owner Phil Aldridge resigned from the town board last week. Aldridge was a staple around town and owned Phil’s Grocery on Soco Road — the only grocery store in the valley for…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 12:48

Sylva welcomes new town board member

Barbara Hamilton participated in her first Sylva Town Board meeting last week after being newly appointed to fill the vacated seat of Stacy Knotts, who resigned to move with her husband to South Carolina. Hamilton was one of three candidates…
The mayor of Sylva, Maurice Moody, was first to receive a violation notice for an allegedly illegal sweepstakes establishment in one of his rental properties along U.S. Highway 441. And Jackson County Commission Chairman Jack Debman may be next.
Ingles has unveiled plans to build a new gas station on Russ Avenue, Waynesville’s most heavily trafficked commercial corridor. It marks a slight change to previous plans, which called for a gas station along the entrance road leading to Ingles…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 12:43

Ingles chain to make big splash in Waynesville

Waynesville will be home to the largest Ingles grocery store in Western North Carolina following major renovations and expansion at its Russ Avenue location. Shoppers will have a larger beer and wine selection, expanded deli and prepared food counter and…
Winners of Cherokee Preservation Foundation’s 10th anniversary photo contest will be announced at a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 23 at Qualla Arts & Crafts. Residents living on the Qualla Boundary and the seven western counties have…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 12:40

Political corner

Mike Clampitt, a candidate running for the state House, is hosting “Mornings with Mike” from 7-8 a.m. every Tuesday at 58D Sunrise Park Dr. in Sylva through Oct. 30. The event features Clampitt, but other Republican candidates running for office…
It’s been more than three months since voters in Jackson County approved a countywide alcohol initiative. Yet, except for a few telltale signs, a look around Cullowhee on the doorstep of Western Carolina University wouldn’t lead anyone to believe that…
Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher gave an opening address to kick off the fall semester last week and called on members of the university community to help realize the vision articulated by the 2020 Vision: Focusing Our Future…
North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue and other dignitaries gathered at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel Tuesday to officially mark the introduction of live table games at the casino.
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 12:35

Canton bridge work finished ahead of schedule

Traffic headaches caused by bridge work in downtown Canton for the past nine months are now over. Detour signs were taken down Monday, marking the end of the $3.5 million project to replace the 1920s-era Park Street bridge over the…
About 20 Southern heritage supporters lined a bench of Haywood County’s historic courtroom in Waynesville Monday, a show of force county commissioners were likely prepared for as they took on the perpetually controversial issue of Confederate flags: are they a…
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and former lead singer of The Temptations, Dennis Edwards, will take the stage at…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

An evening of music with Ron and Julia Thompson

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As part of a Summer Music Series, the Bryson City library will present acoustic country music by Ron and Julia…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

Ceramicist to show at Green Energy Park

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The Jackson County Green Energy Park will host a reception at its art gallery from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 23 for…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

Patton String Band to entertain in Macon

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The Macon County Public Library will host the Patton String Band at 7 p.m. Aug. 30. Come and enjoy old…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

Labor Day LakeAlooza party at Fontana Village

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Fontana Village Resort will host the third annual LakeAlooza celebration Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Local residents and visiting guests are invited…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

Art raffle to benefit nonprofit arts program

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Cullowhee Mountain ARTS is raffling off 24 original art works ranging from painting and printmaking to mixed media and ceramics.…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

Back a cat to help support Catman2

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Hard economic times have taken a toll on animal rescue groups, and Catman2 is no exception. Harold Sims, commonly known…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

Clogging classes starting in Bryson City

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Beginner clogging classes will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the N.C. Cooperative Extension at 60 Almond School…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

Metal artist featured in lecture

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Noted artist Grace Cathey will share the story about her chosen craft genre – metal sculpture – with her presentation…
The Overlook Theatre Company in Franklin will present “The Civil War, an American Musical,” at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 23-25…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

‘Fox on the Fairway’ opens this week

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The comedy “Fox on the Fairway” opens the Highlands Cashiers Players at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Performing Arts…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

WCU screens series of free documentaries

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Western Carolina University will offer a series of films on topics from local food to the life of a forgotten…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

Lee Knight to present free educational music program

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Folk singer/storyteller Lee Knight will bring his unique sounds to the stage of the Village Commons in Cashiers at 7…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

Ellison to lead reading at Rickman Store

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Writer and naturalist George Ellison will read from his new collection of poems, Permanent Camp, at the Rickman Store at…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

Tablescapes luncheon at Grace Church

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Grace Church in the Mountains in Waynesville will be having its annual “Tablescapes” luncheon starting at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 25. The…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

Audition for Haywood’s Got Talent

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The Haywood Arts Regional Theater is once again presenting a chance for area talent to show take home the gold…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

Labor Day celebrations

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Canton Labor Day Festival The town of Canton will kick off its annual Labor Day Festival on Aug. 31. The…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

2012 Haywood County Fair

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It’s that time of year again. The Haywood County Fair will be taking place from Wednesday, Aug. 22, to Sunday,…
When Doug Trantham was a kid, he wanted to impress his father. “I was 10-years-old when my dad made a…
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 00:00

Beach Boys coming to Canton

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By Chris Cooper The ocean’s a powerful thing. Source of life, nice to look at ... all that stuff. How…
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 00:00

Nature inspired art

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By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education specialist Lee Sherrill dips out a cup full of…
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 00:00

Duke just hasn’t offered much to the region

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The phrase “do the right thing,” the name of an early Spike Lee movie, has become a part of the…
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 00:00

Swain appoints members to re-configured TDA

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer The restructuring of the Swain County TDA is well under way with a host of new board members appointed at the county commissioners’ Aug. 14 meeting. The selection of the new TDA differed from…
After visiting the Town of Waynesville’s recreation center, Michelle Green left marveling at the range and quality of activities the facility provides Haywood County residents. Swimming, racquetball, basketball courts, an indoor walking track and more — there’s simply not a…
Balsam Mountain Preserve has failed so far in its promise to make things right following a dam break that unleashed a wave of sediment into more than eight miles of mountain streams, according to state and federal environmental agencies. Balsam…
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 00:00

A telling tale

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“Gambling on a Ghost Bird” in the current issue of the journal Science (www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/5840/888/F1 - there’s a $10 fee) regarding…
Balsam Mountain Preserve is off the hook on one front: it didn’t need a permit from the state dam safety office before constructing a dam at its golf course.
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 00:00

Muddy math plays into sediment calculations

Calculating the volume of mud that washed downstream with the collapse of a large earth dam at Balsam Mountain Preserve has emerged as a source of contention between the developer and state and federal agencies. The packed earth dam —…
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 00:00

Remarkable red cedar

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I sometimes have occasion to drive Interstate 81 up the Great Valley of Tennessee and Virginia to Washington, D.C. As…
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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 In the Heart of the Sea: the Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, by Nathaniel Philbrick If you want an adventure-tragedy…
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 00:00

It’s always somebody’s fault, isn’t it

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We are a nation of blamers. When something goes wrong, or something tragic happens we, as Americans, are quick to…
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 00:00

Duke tries to get out of dredging behind dam

Duke Power does not want to dredge backlogged sediment from behind the Dillsboro dam before tearing it down despite both state and federal agencies insisting otherwise. Duke filed an appeal this week protesting a decision by the Federal Regulatory Energy…
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 00:00

New TDA make-up leaves questions unanswered

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer New legislation to restructure the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority calls for a drastic overhaul of the organization while leaving much open to interpretation. The overhaul was prompted by controversy over the TDA’s budget,…
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 00:00

Canton bridge project to cause delays

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Construction is slated to begin immediately on a structurally deficient bridge in downtown Canton, a project the Department of Transportation says will take months and force them to re-route a major thoroughfare. The bridge…
After years of debate over stray animals in Macon County — namely the lack of anywhere to take them — county leaders decided last week that it’s time to build a county animal shelter. Along with the shelter will come…
Haywood County has emerged as the high bidder for 22-acre tract of land in Jonathan Creek that will become a recreation park. The county’s bid of $1,114,029.15 was not upset. For the last two months the county and a private…
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 00:00

Put your money on Saratoga Fleshpot

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Murdering Americans by Ruth Dudley Edwards. Poisoned Pen Press, 2007. 236 pages. Skewering the politically correct codes of our colleges…
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 00:00

TDA changes ramrodded by county manager

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By Scot Warf As past chairman of the Swain County Tourism Development Authority (TDA), I feel compelled to share with…