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.
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WLOS: Phone outages possible
From WLOS: Frontier Communications is going to be working on the Fiber Optic line serving the Reems Creek Valley tonight from Midnight to 6am.
The Mountaineer: Canton water outages repaired
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.
The Mountaineer: Haywood Co. residents could see increase in homeowner’s insurance
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.
Black Mountain News: News hunting rules proposed
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.
The Mountaineer: Division of Water Resources advises Canton residents to boil water
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.
HDR: Activist to speak at Lenoir-Rhyne Jan. 20
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.
The Mountaineer: Polar Plunge set for Feb. 1
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).
WLOS: Wildlife officials looking for elk in Maggie Valley
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.
Owner of Boone motel involved in poison gas deaths facing felony charges
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.
Black Mountain News: Local man files lawsuit against Norfolk Southern
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.
McDowell News: Analysis shows voter registration changes
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.
WCU: Baseball fundraiser set for Jan. 18
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.
The Mountaineer: Report shows NC had lowest gas prices in 2013 in years
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.
WLOS: New ART bus schedule begins
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.
Black Mountain News: NC unemployment services to merge with other states
From Black Mountain News: Unemployed residents of South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia, will have a single shared unemployment benefits system.
WCU: Business leaders to share perspectives as part of MBA program
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.
The Mountaineer: After 60 years of service, Canton town attorney retires
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.
TDB: Wolverine Radio comes to an end
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.
Black Mountain News: Chimney Rock Park to close after cracks appear
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.
The Mountaineer: Haywood County Sheriff’s Office warns about Publisher’s Clearinghouse scam
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.