Zach Haney looks at obstacles as opportunities.
“I wasn’t even supposed to walk, but here I am,” he said.
Guitarist for the Joe Lasher Jr. band, Haney is a 21-year-old Canton native. Born with cerebral palsy, he’s turned whatever adversities he faced into a promising career in music.
A plan to turn the old state prison campus in Hazelwood into an epicenter for changing lives is moving forward fast.
Free parking has its drawbacks, at least for the Country Music and Dance Parlor in downtown Canton.
Becky Seymour can see the bright lights of Hollywood from Haywood County.
“Right now we’re in the major infancy stage, but we want to basically put Haywood on the map in the film and television world,” she said.
As video marketing manager for the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority, Seymour is leading a charge to tap the niche industry.
There’s a buzz going on at the Mahogany House in Waynesville.
Normally, one could attribute that to a woodturning tool, handheld blowtorch or whatever else an artist might need to turn one’s vision into a physical reality. But today, that buzz is hearty conversation about the upcoming exhibit at the Haywood County Arts Council up the road on Main Street.
Haywood’s elected leaders plan to invite their three General Assembly representatives to a March meeting in hopes of reviving a bill that would raise the tax on overnight lodging stays and using the additional money for capital projects to boost tourism.
Haywood County leaders have substantially lowered the asking price for the empty, run-down, old hospital — it’s now free.
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority will see unprecedented turnover on its board this month, with five of the 12 seats being filled by newcomers.
Editor’s note: Alice Aumen has been a major voice in Haywood’s tourism landscape for more than half a century — as a founder of Cataloochee Ski Area, operator of the third-generation family-run Cataloochee Ranch and a leader in the Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce.
On Sept. 12, Jeff Clontz walked out of Haywood County Jail a free man. It wasn’t his first time, though. Jail, release and failing to pay child support comprised a cycle he knew well, but this time was different. When Clontz left the jail, he left behind more than just physical bonds. His spiritual bonds were gone, too.