Thu04172014

     Subscribe  |  Contact  |  Advertise  |  RSS Feed Other Publications

Jackson Paper Manufacturing hosted more than 45 local elementary students and their families at the company’s Christmas for Kids party on Dec. 11. The guests were joined at the gathering by the children of employees of Jackson Paper. Staff at…
Wednesday, 15 December 2010 20:14

Lomo owners sell to Atlanta entrepreneur

The inside of Waynesville’s 44 Church Street does not, today, bustle with life, warmth and the scintillating scent of food wafting through the air, as it once did. The former home of the storied Lomo Grill is cold and empty;…
A draft agreement between Western Carolina University and the Village of Forest Hills calls for a referendum on mixed drinks, beer and wine if the tiny incorporated community agrees to help create a new “Town Center” for its large neighbor.…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 21:09

Images etched in memory for a lifetime

I am fascinated by those images from the natural world that remain with us for a lifetime — almost as vivid as when first exposed — while most simply fade away. I have sometimes tried to capture in prose or…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 21:08

Popular Maggie Moonlight Race returns in 2011

The Maggie Valley Moonlight Race will return in 2011, once again enticing runners from near and far to lace up their sneakers in the dark. “After a two-year absence, Glory Hound Events is proud to bring back this fixture of…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 21:07

35th annual “Festival of Christmas Past”

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will hold the 35th annual Festival of Christmas Past celebration from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.   The event, sponsored in cooperation with Great Smoky Mountains…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 21:07

Support your local farms this winter

Harvests of sweet corn, tomatoes, and other produce wrapped up weeks ago, but Haywood County farmers still have plenty to offer this holiday season — everything from Christmas trees and wreaths to smoked trout and other meats. “Many shoppers connected…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 21:05

The Naturalist's Corner: Goose dilemma

A spin around Lake Junaluska the other day (12/2) turned up another unusual winter visitor plus highlighted the foibles and frustrations sometimes associated with birding. I had finished a quick check of the new wetlands and was headed back to…
Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley is off to another strong start to its season. “We’ve been open since Nov. 6,” said Cataloochee General Manager Chris Bates. “We have a base of anywhere between 18 to 80 inches. And the…
The Cataloochee Ski Patrol began in 1961 as a group of friends who enjoyed skiing at the new Cataloochee Ski Hill, the first ski area to open south of Pennsylvania. As Cataloochee Ski Area grew and became more popular, it’s…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:58

A bunch of possibilities for your book lover

To buy affordable holiday gifts for men past the age of 30 can be difficult. When confronted with men who have slogged into their 40s, the task becomes formidable indeed. Givers can always wrap up some gifts that certain men…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:51

Let’s be honest about Kephart

To the Editor: I was surprised to find my views somewhat misstated in Quintin Ellison’s column, “Kephart, Transplants and the Debate over Legitimacy” (http://www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/2789-kephart-transplants-and-the-debate-over-legitimacy) in the Nov. 24 edition. After thinking about it over the weekend, I decided to comment…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:50

Take time to contact DOT about N.C.107

To the Editor: The North Carolina Department of Transportation is proposing high-impact road modifications for N.C. 107 and is planning to build a new $132 million highway through our county. Thursday, Dec. 9, is the last day to submit comments,…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:49

Guilty as charged, and free at last

I have a confession to make. Underneath my tough, no-nonsense newspaperwoman exterior, I’m an individual who is ridden with guilt. I can go inside myself at any given moment and touch on a multitude of reasons to justify feeling guilty.…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:47

Remembering Terry … and not too fondly

When I was in the fourth grade, some dirtbag stole my hat. But it wasn’t any old dirtbag, and it wasn’t any old hat. The dirtbag was a kid named Terry, a garden variety bully with no manners, questionable hygiene,…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:39

Road crews ready for winter

Eight inches. 10 inches. 12 inches. Wintry mix. Ice. Snow. If the winter of 2009-2010 was characterized by anything, it was that word: snow. In Western North Carolina, a record winter blasted citizens across the region with barrages of snow…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:39

Selzer honored by NC library association

Mary Selzer received the “Library Friend of the Year” award at the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association meeting in Chapel Hill on Dec. 2. Karen Wallace, director of the Fontana Regional Library, nominated Selzer for this award. “Mary Otto…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:38

Macon’s natural spaces focus of luncheon

The Macon County League of Women Voters will sponsor a program on the Natural Areas Inventory of Macon County at 12:15 p.m. on Dec. 9. The North Carolina Natural Heritage Program (NCNHP) works to identify and protect the best examples…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:38

How to do business with the government

Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center and the Greater Haywood Chamber of Commerce have partnered to offer a free seminar on “Doing Business with the Government” from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Dec. 16. It will be held on…
Haywood Community College faculty and staff members collected a total of $2,924.00 for United Way to be used for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. The funds were raised through the college’s annual campaign. This year’s campaign was led by instructors…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:37

Cold weather help comes to local pets

Haywood Animal Welfare Association delivers 1,600 pounds of pet food per week to the local pantries and assists some cat colony caretakers with cat food.   The pet food distributed through the pantries advertizes HAWA’s low-cost spay/neuter program.  This year…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:36

Initiation fee waived at HRMC fitness center

Haywood Regional Health and Fitness Center is waiving the usual initiation fee on six-month memberships as a holiday gift to the community. The special is valid through Jan. 7. Since Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center opened in 1998, it…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:36

Canton mill case moves forward

A recent decision by a North Caroline administrative law judge has denied Evergreen Packaging’s attempt to dismiss the case filed by Cocke County, Tenn., and seven Tennessee and North Carolina based groups against the wastewater permit for its Canton pulp…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:33

Swanger takes Haywood chairman’s seat

Haywood County Commissioner Mark Swanger has found himself in a comfortable old seat after taking over the chairmanship at the board’s Monday meeting. It was the first meeting of the newly-elected board, though it bears only one new face —…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:32

WCU’s fall commencement set for Dec. 18

Western Carolina University will honor its fall graduating class, and recognize a group of graduates who received their degrees after this year’s summer school sessions, as the university holds fall commencement at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. The ceremony at…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:32

There’s new management in town

Jackson County’s new board of commissioners took their seats for the first time Monday night, but only after the old board bid farewell to a standing ovation from a packed house. The formerly all-Democrat board went through a shake-up in…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:30

Westmoreland: Debnam said he wanted ‘change’

To hear Kenneth Westmoreland tell it, the decision to leave his job as Jackson County manager wasn’t exactly “his decision” as portrayed after the fact by new commission Chairman Jack Debnam. Did Debnam tell a lie, on this his first…
I would like to speak still in support of reinstating Al Slagle to the planning board and against appointing anyone, ever to the planning board or any other board, who is actively opposed to the missions and procedures of that…
First off, I would like to thank Chairman Beale and the commissioners for meeting with us jointly tonight. And thank the planning board members, the comprehensive plan subcommittee members, and the safe slope development workgroup members for attending. And thank…
Macon County commissioners almost couldn’t hold a meeting Monday night because they couldn’t agree on a new chairman. With newly elected state Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, absent because of a mandatory meeting in Raleigh, the board split 2-2 over whether…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:16

GOP shift spells trouble for planning advocates

Commissioners’ appointment of a man to the Macon County Planning Board who has openly opposed that very concept has sparked outrage and an outpouring of support for the board’s beleaguered members. The showdown for now is in Macon County, a…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:15

Stecoah to host indoor craft show

The annual Christmas in the Mountains Art and Craft Show will be held Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Stechoah Valley Center. There will be as many as 20 individual craft vendors in addition to the…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:15

Rickman Store plans holiday events Dec. 11

There will be a special holiday celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Rickman Store in Macon County. Potters from the Heritage Arts Program of Southwestern Community College will be at the Store for a…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:14

Voices in the Laurel plans Christmas concert

Singers from the internationally acclaimed children’s choir Voices in the Laurel will perform a special Christmas concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12, at Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Lake Junaluska.  This year’s concert will be entitled “The…
By Joe Hooten • Contributing writer If your family is like mine, we have unspoken rules regarding the amount and duration of holiday music played in our house. The rule is simple: the music comes out the day after Thanksgiving…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:11

Great gifts at HCC holiday sale

The Professional Crafts students at Haywood Community College will be selling their exceptional wares at the Holiday Sale Thursday, Dec. 9, and Friday, Dec. 10. Located in the Student Center Auditorium, the sale will feature handmade jewelry, woodwork, pottery and…
Martin DeWitt, founding director and curator of the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University, has announced his retirement. “I think the timing is right for changes,” said DeWitt, whose career spans more than 30 years in museum administration. He…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 19:39

Westmoreland's retirement announced

Jackson County Manager Kenneth Westmoreland will retire effective Jan. 1, incoming Jackson County board chairman Jack Debnam has told The Smoky Mountain News. With accumulated leave, his last day in the office will be Dec. 7. “It was his decision,”…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:37

The tendency to follow greed off a cliff

To the Editor: Various citizens have made comments about the rich versus the poor based on their ideological thinking, but here are some startling facts: • 20 percent of Americans own 93 percent of its assets.   • 1 percent…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:37

In defense of the Tea Party

To the Editor: I am a member of the Tea Party-The 9-12 group.  I am an American mom and grandparent. Prayer is an important part of my life. I pray before meetings. There are clergymen in our organization who lead in prayer. I…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:36

Writers can’t write whatever they want

To the Editor: In last week’s (Nov 24-30) Smoky Mountain News opinion piece by Quintin Ellison, she writes … ”I maintain I’ve got a perfect right to portray whomever I want to, whenever I want to, how I want to, in…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:36

Macon needs steep slope ordinances

To the Editor: Anyone who was living in this area at the time of the tragic Peeks Creek disaster off U.S. 64 between Franklin and Highlands would be well aware of the need for an ordinance giving teeth to construction requirements on the many steep…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:33

More effort need to combat underage drinking

By Patti Tiberi • Guest Columnist “Alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among America’s youth. A higher percentage of young people between the ages of 12 and 20 use alcohol than use tobacco or illicit drugs. The…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:31

Shuler is making the most of his opportunities

I don’t particularly remember U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, from our days growing up in Swain County. He is younger than I am by a few years, more my brother’s contemporary than mine. His father delivered our mail. I don’t…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:30

The creek outside my window

I write this from my “office” (a spare room) at home. Looking out the window, I can see the creek that passes through our place. As a general rule, I spend more time watching the creek flow by my window…
Library lovers and history buffs from all over have a singular opportunity this year to combine giving Christmas presents to family and friends and giving to their community. The Jackson County Library capital campaign is still under way, and co-chair…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:29

Bookstore program to help children in need

City Lights Bookstore has started the 12th year of its annual Holiday Giving Tree, a program designed to put books in the hands of local children during the holiday season. Each year since 1998 the store has worked with local…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:27

Lehane’s latest as good as it gets

For over a decade, Dennis Lehane’s name has been synonymous with skillfully crafted crime novels. Both Mystic River and Shutter’s Island were made into blockbuster movies and Coronado contains some of the best short stories in American fiction. However, Lahane’s greatest…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:27

Birding trail workshop set for Dec. 9

A “Birder Friendly Community Workshop” will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the Balsam Mountain Inn. The workshop, sponsored by the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, will provide training for businesses and communities to help…
The Jackson County Farmers Market will remain open throughout the winter months. The market vendors will hold a Holiday Bazaar to kick off the winter season from 9 a.m. until noon on Dec. 4 in the parish hall of St.…