From Western Carolina University: An exhibit of work by Edward J. Bisese titled “Good Thoughts Better” will open at the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University with an artist talk and reception on Thursday, Jan. 16.
From WLOS: Frontier Communications is going to be working on the Fiber Optic line serving the Reems Creek Valley tonight from Midnight to 6am.
From The Mountaineer: The cold weather put a strain on the water system in Canton last week, causing concerns as many residents were left with no water or little water pressure for several days.
From The Mountaineer: The North Carolina Rate Bureau, a nongovernment group that represents about 700 carriers in the state, has requested an average rate increase statewide of 25.3 percent for policies that cover homes.
From Black Mountain News: Hunters in the Western North Carolina mountains will soon be able to hunt bear with the aid of unprocessed food bait, hunt deer with bows and arrows on Sundays on private land and fish new catch-and-release trout waters if changes being proposed by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are approved.
From The Mountaineer: The water consumers of the Town of Canton, in Haywood County, are experiencing periods of low pressure and outages in the distribution system due to frozen and broken water lines.
From Hickory Daily Record: Lenoir-Rhyne University will honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the annual Martin Luther King Celebration at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20.
From The Mountaineer: Haywood Waterways will be hosting the second annual Polar Plunge Benefit for Kids in the Creek and youth education from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Lake Junaluska Assembly beach (next to the pool).
From WLOS: Wildlife experts are looking for an elk that has a baby car seat or swing stuck on its antlers. Residents spotted it Tuesday night along Black Camp Gap Road near Maggie Valley in Haywood County.
From The Associated Press via WRAL: A North Carolina prosecutor says the president of the company that owns a Boone motel where three guests were killed by poison gas that seeped into their room faces felony charges.
From Black Mountain News: A Norfolk Southern Railway worker claims in a federal lawsuit that the company unfairly retaliated against him for reporting safety defects in trains that he inspected. Charles T. Lee also maintains that he received death threats from co-workers and that a noose was hung on his workplace locker.
From McDowell News: A new analysis of North Carolina voter registrations shows what has changed for the state’s electorate and all 100 counties, including McDowell, since 2008. These changes will likely influence campaign strategies for future elections.
From Western Carolina University: The fourth annual Celebration of Catamount Baseball Fundraiser Banquet will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, in the Grandroom of Western Carolina University’s A.K. Hinds University Center.
From The Mountaineer: Gas prices for the year in North Carolina averaged $3.43, down 13 cents from the 2012 average of $3.56 — the highest ever — and down four cents from the 2011 average of $3.47.
From WLOS: Notices detailing the schedule changes can be found at www.ridetheart.com, at the ART Station at 49 Coxe Ave. and on all buses.
From Black Mountain News: Unemployed residents of South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia, will have a single shared unemployment benefits system.
From Western Carolina University: Ten leaders from across Western North Carolina and beyond will share their personal perspectives on leadership with students in a Western Carolina University master’s degree program course in business administration this spring.
From The Mountaineer: For nearly 60 years, Walter Clark has offered his sage advice as the Town of Canton’s top legal advisor and holds the distinction as the longest running town attorney in the state. At 90 years old, though, Clark has decided it’s time to retire.
From Tryon Daily Bulletin: WJFJ radio in Polk County has gone quiet, but owner John Owen hopes a buyer will emerge soon to keep the tradition alive.
From Black Mountain News: Torrential rains in early May caused the road failure, about a quarter mile from the entrance, said Matt Popowski, public relations manager for Chimney Rock Management.
From The Mountaineer: The scenario goes something like this: Victims are called and told they won money, a new car or another prize through Publisher’s Clearinghouse or similar sweepstakes. The victims are instructed to send either cash or pre-paid debit cards from CVS or WalMart to a specific address, often an address in New York.