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Faculty and staff at Southwestern Community College will take part in a daylong session this week on how to identify and deal with troubled students. The program has been in the works since last fall, but the Arizona shootings have…
When Jackson County’s new commissioners announced they would oversee all hiring to determine whether positions should be filled or wiped off the books, the mandate had a fiscally prudent, vigilant-watchdogs-of-taxpayer-dollars sound. “I have to admit, this is causing somewhat of…
Supporters of Jackson County’s methane-powered Green Energy Park urged county leaders last week not to slash funding to the innovative project. “What is the Green Energy Park?” Aaron Shufelt, a glass artisan and intern at the park, asked rhetorically during…
Haywood County commissioners have cut five full-time jobs and frozen four open positions to stave off a projected budget shortfall for the current fiscal year. It marks the third straight year commissioners have cut county jobs to counter recession-driven budget…
Haywood County is seriously considering turning over operations of the county landfill to a private company in hopes of saving money. The proposal also includes selling space in the landfill, allowing other locales to ship their trash here for a…
The Department of Transportation isn’t sure how long it will take to investigate anonymous allegations of fraud among road maintenance contractors and DOT employees in Haywood County, according to a spokesperson for the agency. A second anonymous letter was distributed…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:08

Southern cuisine comes to Clyde

If you had to pick a concept to describe Mary Catherine Earnest, it would probably be local. The owner and co-founder of Haywood County’s Blue Rooster Southern Grill is a proud local girl, through and through, and she said that’s…
Runners who need a little inspiration to stay in shape this winter can now look toward a new half marathon to be held at Western Carolina University on Sunday, April 3. To help runners get ready — including those who…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:11

Nothing like old-time boardinghouses

Are there boardinghouses still operating here in the Smokies region? There are, of course, hotels, inns, bed-and-breakfasts, and motels galore. But I’m wondering about the true, old-fashioned boardinghouse, which flourished throughout the region until the middle of the 20th century.…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:10

Want more bike lanes? This survey is for you

If you like to bike, but don’t like how few bike lanes there are in your community, now’s the chance to tell the N.C. Department of Transportation to do a better job of accommodating cyclists. A 5- to 10-minute survey…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:09

Motorcycle maps make parkway sidetrips a breeze

A new series of maps designed for motorcycle riders chronicle the side trips and excursions along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The maps identify thousands of miles of classic motorcycle rides that lay beyond the parkway. The routes on the map…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:08

New mountain bike trails at Jackrabbit

After years of hard work by the mountain bike community, a new system of trails at Jackrabbit Recreation Area on Chatuge Lake near Hayesville is quickly becoming a top single-track destination. The 14-mile trail system skirts the edge of peninsulas…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:06

Plott Hound exhibit hits the road

Anyone who missed the historical exhibit on the Plott Hound at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center has through April to make a trip over to Headwaters Outfitters in Rosman to check it out. The only American hound not from…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:05

Agritourism no longer a newfangled venture

Farmers interesting in tapping the potential of agritourism can attend an all-day workshop on Thursday, Jan. 27, at Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley. Put on by the N.C. Cooperative Extension, “The Business Side of Agritourism” will explore the myriad ways…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:01

The Naturalist's Corner: Triple play

Crawl out of your igloo and take a look around. We had kind of assumed a “snow” mentality here at the Hendershot household. A little sledding, a little snow play, then back into the house for hot chocolate, snacks and…
A book co-authored by Western Carolina University professor Rob Young about the global threat to coastal communities posed by rising sea levels has proven so popular that its publisher is announcing a release in paperback. “We’re very pleased with how…
Kathryn Magendie, an author from Haywood County, will be at City Lights book store in Sylva to read from her new novel Sweetie at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22. Sweetie is a wild girl — rough, almost feral, yet…
Anyone who has driven state roads between Asheville and Winston-Salem has quite possibly seen those state historical markers commemorating the passage of Stoneman’s raiders in the spring of 1865. North Carolina has erected 19 of these markers — the largest…
Logging in national forests might take on a radically different look in coming years. The forest service might be moving away from the old-school timber sale, where stands of trees were auctioned to the highest bidder and then left to…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:45

Adoption center opens at Sarge’s

Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation will soon open its Animal Adoption Center. The new location will be 256 Industrial Park Drive at the Regional High Tech Center in Waynesville. The facility will include the main office and administrative area, an 1,800-square-foot…
The Macon County businessman and farmer who stirred up controversy recently by announcing plans to build a dirt-bike racetrack in a residential community said he’s still deciding whether to move forward with the plan. More than 100 people turned out…
Jackson County has pumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into the Green Energy Park since launching the innovative project about five years ago. Rent and usage fees offset a portion of the costs. Taxpayers, however, largely underwrite the venture, an…
There are many issues to discuss in the wake of the tragedy in Arizona that left six dead and 13 wounded. The ugliness of the political discourse in this nation is one. We took that subject up last week in…
Don’t expect business as usual when the state’s General Assembly convenes January 26: not with an epic power shift from left to right and a crippling $3.7 billion shortfall to contend with. Despite the staggering budget crisis, Republicans — who…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:33

Harrah’s third hotel tower now open

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel third hotel tower which has been under construction as part of its three-year, $633 million expansion is now open. The 532-room Creek Tower broke ground in July 2009 and was completed just before Christmas less…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:31

Get involved: volunteer

The Haywood County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for the following boards: • The Board of Equalization and Review — The purpose of this board is to hear appeals to the value placed on real property for the County’s…
Altrusa Club of Waynesville will host its 13th annual Soup and Cornbread Benefit Scholarship Fundraiser from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Jan. 25. The lunch or dinner will include homemade soup (vegetable or potato), fresh cornbread, a beverage and…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:30

HCC to offer business plan workshop

The Small Business Center of Haywood Community College will offer a free seminar entitled Business Plan Basics on Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 6-9 p.m. on campus in the Student Center, first floor. Participants of Business Plan Basics will be able…
Swain County has lost more than $17,000 a month from their coffers, and that financial gouge may become a lot bigger following a suit filed by Graham County last month. Graham and Swain county are at odds over property taxes…
Haywood County’s seniors are one step closer to having more affordable housing options. County commissioners last week agreed to sell the old hospital to Fitch Development Company for $1.275 million. They will then undertake the mammoth task of turning the…
Remodeling work to the old Wal-Mart building in Haywood County could begin within weeks after commissioners approved a contract to transform the space into county offices. The board heard from Scott Donald of Padgett & Freeman Architects, who are spearheading…
Haywood County selected a new manager at their Wednesday meeting, promoting current interim manager Marty Stamey. The board decided to make it official with Stamey, long-time assistant county manager, voting unanimously to give him the position permanently. Stamey took over…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:20

Save the Mark Watson Park trees

To the Editor: I recently received the very upsetting news that the parks and recreation office is managing a county project that may result in the cutting down of many very large trees in Mark Watson Park! I simply do…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:19

The first 19,000 days

By John Beckman • Guest Columnist I had a birthday recently, which seems to happen every year about this time, and I paused to contemplate what this occasion really meant in everyday life to me and to the world I…
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 19:18

A place where two worlds collide head-on

By Scott Muirhead • Guest ColumnistFrog Level is what remains of the golden age of the railroads, the age when bulk goods, travelers and mail were carried exclusively by train, when neither interstate highways nor 18-wheelers existed. Some might believe…
The Koresh Dance Company, renowned for its powerful stage presence and high-energy style, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at the Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. Koresh was founded in Philadelphia in 1991 by…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:08

Student poets and musicians perform in Haywood

The Haywood County Arts Council will unveil its 2011 schedule of performances and gallery shows at its annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 2011. There will be performances by students from the Poetry Out Loud program…
A program about African Americans in Jackson County will be held at the Jackson County library in Sylva at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 26. Learn about the contribution of local African Americans, such as Ida Jean Bryson, the first…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:07

Gallery 262 opens in Frog Level

Frog Level will soon find a new art gallery among its ranks when Gallery 262 opens Friday, Jan. 21. The gallery will feature artists from around the region, exhibiting in a variety of media, from watercolor and acrylic to mixed…
Haywood Arts Regional Theater has extended the run of “A Life in the Theatre” for a second weekend, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 21 and 22, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 23. The show was…
Ronnie McDowell, known for his Elvis-infused style of country music, will wow audiences with his smash hits and new creations at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Jan. 29. McDowell has charted more than 30 Top 40…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:02

Mountain dulcimer master comes to Franklin

A master dulcimer player will give a concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21, at Franklin High School Fine Arts Center. Michael Shull is a National Mountain Dulcimer Champion, a recording artist and teacher who is well-known across the…
The first Bascom Winter Barn Dance of the season will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, with music by 4118. Barn dances are held the last Saturday of the month January through March. In January, educators…
While ice carving may seem like a delicate enterprise — a patient art form executed with a well-aimed chisel and a gentle tap from a tack hammer — it’s anything but. When six ice carvers faced off at the Fire…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:53

Suggestions what, when to plant veggies

As I noted in this space a couple of weeks ago, this is the time of year to order seeds and plan your garden. If like me, you are snowbound, thinking about gardening makes for pleasant thoughts. So, what follows…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:52

When we prod the mountains, they fall

To the Editor: I have been reading letters in the Franklin Press from several angry people in recent days. I can no longer restrain myself from adding my two cents worth. In 1972 I had a letter in the newspaper…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:50

Words have a power we often forget

Just as I was sitting down to write my column on the controversy surrounding a new edition of Mark Twain’s classic novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which an Auburn University professor plans to publish with the intention of replacing…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:38

Coming across words to remember

Editor’s note: George Ellison is snowed in without an Internet connection. This column first appeared in The Smoky Mountain News in January 2003. Tuckaseigee, Oconaluftee, Heintooga, Wayah, Cullasaja, Hiwassee, Coweeta, Stecoah, Steestachee, Skeenah, Nantahala, Aquone, Katuwah, and on and on.…
A February program at the Cradle of Forestry will explore how frogs come out of their hiding places to find mates and lay eggs in woodland waters. The program — whimsically named “Frog Love in the Pink Beds”  in honor…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:37

Shooting range sidelined by opposition

The U.S. Forest Service has backed off a proposed shooting range in Clay County following public opposition. The forest service planned to build a new shooting range near Perry Creek in the Nantahala National Forest, but the site has been…