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Dianne Lee is one of the lucky ones — an experienced and talented stained-glass artist, she has a ready-made job to replace at least some of the income she earns at the N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching in…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:00

Democrats gearing up for election 2012

The race for the state’s 50th Senate District, a seat currently held by Sen. Jim Davis, R-Macon County, is shaping up as a potentially epic political battle next year in Western North Carolina. The only question for Democrats is whether…
Sen. Jim Davis, R-Macon County, doesn’t mince words: he knows perfectly well that his budding state political career is being jeopardized by his own party’s redistricting proposals. “But it follows the state constitution, and I’m in favor of that,” Davis…
For the last six years, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area has been waiting for signs. Twenty-two signs, to be exact, marking heritage sites in the region deemed of interest to visitors and residents. The signs were one the original…
Franklin, long a popular byway for motorcyclists heading to Highlands, or via N.C. 28 to the Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap in Graham County, wants to capture some of those pass-through dollars. Next year in August, Franklin’s Tourism…
MANNA FoodBank will close its Franklin distribution center by October, putting three part-time employees out of work as the agency moves to streamline its system and cut overall operating costs. Cindy Threlkeld, executive director of the Asheville-based nonprofit, blamed rising…
Swain County social workers in charge of protecting children are paid less and handle more cases than those elsewhere in the state and region, factors that likely contribute to a higher-than-average turnover. Swain’s Department of Social Services has been plagued…
The former head of Swain County’s Department of Social Services won’t be getting her job back, members of the county’s DSS board decided in a called meeting on Monday. The board had dismissed Cagle following a hearing last month, but…
The specter of a constitution has again risen in Cherokee, making its way to committee for the first time in 15 years. Tribal council last week voted to create a constitutional task force, the second step in a long process…
The contest to fill Waynesville’s town board has drawn a wide crowd this year, a mixture of incumbents, political newcomers and a couple of election veterans. Seven candidates will vie for four seats in the November election. The town board…
Tuesday, 12 July 2011 19:42

Highlands Playhouse showhouse opens

Come tour the Ogilvie Home, a multi-million dollar home with spectacular mountain vistas, in Highlands from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday to Sunday, July 15 to 17. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and include a…
A new $9.3 million surgery center in Haywood County is being financed with equity put up by 20 doctors in the community who invested capital in exchange for a real estate interest in the project. The hospital will lease the…
Patients seeking simple, routine procedures from mammograms to cataracts will no longer have to ride the elevators and trek up the halls of the hospital in Haywood County. Construction of a new $9.3 million outpatient center has been launched on…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 13:32

WCU upgrades webcam

Western Carolina University recently unveiled a new webcam designed to provide visitors with a look at the newly redesigned central campus. The new camera replaces an old unit that was located behind a glass window, which meant the image often…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 13:31

Keep young athletes healthy

Carolina West Sports Medicine will hold a free seminar on youth-sports related topics at 6 p.m. July 21 at the Swain County High School Center for the Arts. Topics to be covered are: concussions, heat and hydration, lightning preparedness, basic…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 13:31

Avoid sports injuries

A physician with Carolina West Sports Medicine will discuss how to avoid sports injuries during the monthly pediatric wellness lecture series event at Harris Medical Park in Sylva from 6 to 7 p.m. on July 18. Dr. Judson Garbarino will…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 13:30

Bryson City animal shelter wins $1,000

PAWS Animal Shelter in Bryson City has won a $1,000 prize for getting the most votes in a second round of voting in The Animal Rescue Site’s $300,000 Challenge. Sixty-seven shelters and rescue groups received grants in the second round…
Angel Medical Center will hold a series of health screenings in Macon County as part of a Live Smart event on Thursday, July 14, from 8 a.m. to noon. The health screenings will be from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 13:29

Who’s running in town races so far

Candidates who want to run in town elections have until at 12 p.m. on Friday, July 15, to sign up, except in Franklin and Highlands where filing won’t begin until July 25. As of press time Tuesday, here’s who had…
The race for the title of principal chief has tightened in Cherokee, where Chief Michell Hicks found himself in second place in last week’s primary election. Challenger Patrick Lambert, who fought Hicks for the seat four years ago, won the…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 13:23

Lake Junaluska balances heritage, progress

Trevor Hudson has never liked the hymn “I Have Decided To Follow Jesus.” The world behind me, the cross before me, he says, doesn’t make much sense. Isn’t Christianity about loving the world, not turning your back on them? Come…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 13:18

Dog walk raises cash for Sarge’s

This year’s Downtown Waynesville Dog Walk will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, with sign-up at 9 a.m. The Dog Walk is hosted by Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation and the Youth for Sarge group will lead the dog walk…
A state teacher-training center based in Cullowhee has slashed half its workforce in the fallout of a nearly 50-percent budget cut by the General Assembly. The N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching went from a state-funded budget of $6.1…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 13:17

Find a place in hospice volunteering

Haywood Regional Medical Center Hospice and Palliative Care will hold a volunteer training series from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on July 25, 26, 27 and 28 at Balsam Mountain Inn. This 12-hour program will help volunteers find their niche…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 13:16

Maggie Valley seeking contractor for park

Maggie Valley is now taking bids for improvements at Parham Park. Licensed grading contractors are welcome to submit construction bids for the project. The work will include grading, construction of a parking lot, and a walking trail. Bids must be…
Farmers seeking assistance for crops damaged in 2009 have until Friday, July 29, to apply for help under the Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE). SURE provides crop disaster assistance to eligible Swain and Jackson County producers on farms that lost…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 13:15

WCU sees leadership change

Linda Seestedt-Stanford, who has been serving as Western Carolina University’s interim provost since last summer, is returning to her previous position as dean of the College of Health and Human Science to help the college make the transition into its…
Middle and high school students can experience various digital media through Southwestern Community College with a week-long series July 18-21 in Cashiers. Students will learn about digital photography and videography, audio capture and editing, and web media, and develop several…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 13:14

Macon buys downtown Franklin building

Macon County’s first move after buying a canary-colored bright yellow building in downtown Franklin will be to paint it, probably an inoffensive brown, Commissioner Kevin Corbin said. The building, appraised in value for more than $700,000 was purchased for about…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 13:13

DSA in search of new director

The town of Sylva plans to start advertising soon for an in-house director for the Downtown Sylva Association. Julie Sylvester, the current director of the promotional group that runs Sylva’s Main Street program, does not plan to apply. “I’m going…
When it comes to noise, Commissioner Harold Hensley of the Sylva town board is clearly prepared to make a bit of it himself if necessary to get others to turn the volume down. “The complaint I’ve got is when you…
In North Carolina, it’s illegal to hit a prison inmate. You can’t hit a child in a day care center. Military officers can’t hit their subordinates. In workplaces, nursing homes, hospitals and elsewhere, hitting is forbidden. It is even illegal…
A proposal by Duke Energy to hike electricity rates by 17 percent isn’t sitting well with many of the company’s customers in this region, who question why the power giant should be seeking any increase — much less such a…
New Congressional districts crafted by state GOP leaders that appear to position the party for political domination in North Carolina for the next decade drew sharp criticism late last week during a state hearing in Cullowhee. Asheville and parts of…
When walking a trail in the Smokies (or Nantahalas or Great Balsams or wherever) here in the southern Blue Ridge, I sometimes pause to observe the landscapes and flora and imagine that I’m in the mountains of northern Japan or…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:56

Well-known Asheville hiker joins AT board

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy recently announced that Asheville resident Lenny Bernstein, plus two other North Carolinians, have been elected to the group’s board of directors. Bernstein, an active member and past president of the Carolina Mountain Club, is an Appalachian Trail…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:55

See the Little T on guided canoe trip

A guided float down the Little Tennessee River will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 21, as part of the Highlands Biological Foundation’s “Think About Thursdays” summer event series. Jenny Sanders of the Little Tennessee Watershed…
After 21 years of monitoring the health of the Little Tennessee Watershed, the group most responsible for that work will release a “State of the Streams” report. The unveiling of this report by the Little Tennessee Watershed Association will take…
Want to give your daughter a taste of what it means to be an archaeologist? Girls ages nine through 14 can participate in an upcoming SciGirls program called “Digging Archaeology: Techniques for Finding and Preserving the Past” at The Pisgah…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:51

MedWest Triathlon winners

Jason Mehler of Asheville crossed the finish line as the overall winner during the MedWest Triathlon held Saturday, July 9, at the Haywood Regional Medical Center Health and Fitness Center. Nicole Crane of Asheville was the overall female winner as…
Explore Balsam Mountain Preserve with two hikes this month, including to Jackson County’s most iconic and distinctive mountaintops. The 4,400-acre private eco-development between Waynesville and Sylva has 3,500 acres in conservation and a team of staff naturalists, who occasionally offer…
There are opportunities abound for amateur photographers in the region, from the very youngest to those more advanced in years. Here’s a quick roundup of what’s going on: • Monday, July 18: An outdoor photography for beginners’ class will be…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:48

WCU gets grant for multi-use trail

Western Carolina University has won a $5,000 grant from a bicycle parts manufacturer to support construction of a multi-use, community trail system on campus. Motion Makers Bicycle Shop in Sylva helped WCU land the grant from Specialized Bicycle Components based…
Before you go gallivanting about hunting or fishing on private property, be aware that a new law passed by the N.C. General Assembly requires hunters and anglers to carry written permission from a landowner or leaseholder when on posted property.…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:47

Boating safety course offered at HCC

Learn to float your boat safely at a July 18-19 boating safety course at Haywood Community College. The program is through the college’s Natural Resources Division and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. They will take place from 6 p.m.…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:45

More owl pellets

I mentioned in last week’s Naturalist’s Corner that I found the decision by U.S. Fish & Wildlife to kill barred owls in an effort to save spotted owls intriguing on many levels. I will use this week’s and next week’s…
It’s a busy day at the farmers market, and William Shelton is red-faced and sweaty as he hands out boxes of vegetables to his regular weekly customers. One of his four sons — his namesake, Wil — is manning the…
The novel A Virtuous Woman by Kaye Gibbons is the next book up for discussion in the series Discovering the Literary South from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on July 14 at the Waynesville Library. The book is available free of charge at…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:41

Former Senator to read from thriller

Bob Graham, former U.S. senator and former Florida governor will be in Sylva next week to promote his first novel, Keys to the Kingdom. Graham will present the new book, a political thriller, at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 21,…
Cherokee cookbook author and Native American food expert Johnnie Sue Myers will be at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, signing her new book, The Gathering Place: Traditional Cherokee Dishes, Wild Game Recipes &…