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Dr. Allen Painter

Dr. Allan Panter

Dr. Allan Panter of Gainesville GA who practices at Medwest Harris in Jackson County went to Boston to watch his wife run the Boston Marathon. He ended up as a first responder when a bomb exploded near him at the finish line. Both Panter and his wife Theresa have been in demand from national media outlets, wanting to hear their stories of Monday’s bomb blast. In a phone press conference held this morning, Dr. Panter said, “I was just standing there without a scratch,” Panter said one victim he helped was a man who lost both legs beneath the knees. “He was pretty much as you would describe in shock,” he said. “He was mumbling words but not coherently.” His wife, Theresa Panter, was frantically trying to make sure her husband of 30 years was safe. She was directed along with other runners to a safe area but it took more than an hour before she reached her husband.

A Decrease In Tourism For The Smokies

Great SmokiesThe Great Smoky Mountains National Park has released tourism statistics. Total visitation for March of 2013 was down 23.8% as compared with March 2012. During March 2013 a total of 465,594 visitors came into the Park as compared with 611,326 in 2012, a decrease of 145,732 visitors. Visitation for January through March 2013 was 983,664 visitors which, is 250,334 less than in 2012, and 47.4% below the five year average. It has been the lowest visitation for January through March in over 5 years. The sharp decrease is likely due to the closure of a section Newfound Gap (Hwy 441) between Gatlinburg, TN and Cherokee, NC due to a January 16 landslide. The landslide cut off direct road access between the northern and southern sections of the park. The road work was completed on Monday, April 15 and is now open to all traffic.

Visitation for Entrances:
Gatlinburg:                 158,953
Townsend:                 90,299
Oconaluftee:              46,717
Outlying Areas:          169,625

Tax Scam

Better Business Bureau Western North Carolina President Norma Messer warns taxpayers to be extra cautious of a tax scam. “They may receive an email that appears to be from the IRS. The IRS never sends emails. The message claims there was a problem with your taxes and its impossible to refund your check to be mailed out unless you click that link and if you do, they access your computer and you never get any money.” The point of the scam is to retrieve private information such as bank statements and social security numbers to commit identity theft. If you think this has already happened to you, visit ncdoj.gov or call 877-5NO- SCAM

16th Annual Greening up the Mountains

Saturday, April 27 starting with the 5K run at 9 AM, festival hours 10 AM-5PM, held on Main and Mill Streets. Including children’s performances, heritage dancers, youth talent show, and three musical stages featuring local music acts: Freight Hoppers, Buchannon Boys, John Luke Carter, Positive Mental Attitude, Porch Forty, Noonday Sun, Secondhand String Band, Matt Williams, and Pearly Peach, just to name a few. Storytelling, face-painting, and an inflatable slide plus food vendors. WRGC will be broadcasting live all day long hosting competitions and giveaways. The festival is one of the largest local events, drawing 10,000 visitors annually to Jackson County.

Buyer Beware!

A gift card website claiming to sell certificates and represent local businesses may not be legitimate. Giftly.com is selling gift certificates to the who’s who of Jackson County; places like Bogarts and the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. Tim Hall, the owner of Bogarts in Sylva told WRGC, “A customer came to me with a gift certificate for $50 from giftly.com for Bogarts Restaurant and I had no idea what it was about, didn’t know anything about it.” The company is based out of San Francisco. The Better Business Bureau reports they have a rating of A- with two complaints resolved satisfactorily and they’ve only been listed with the BBB since 2010. As always, consumers are reminded that the best way to know you are getting a legitimate gift card to local businesses is by purchasing directly through the business itself.

Closings and Delays for Tuesday March 26th

  • Central Preschool in Canton: OPEN AT 9AM
  • Cherokee County Schools (NC): CLOSED/OPTIONAL WORK DAY
  • Cherokee Reservation School: CLOSED
  • Clay County Schools: CLOSED
  • Clyde First Baptist Church Preschool: CLOSED
  • Graham County Schools: TWO HOUR DELAY – NO BUSES ON ICY ROADS
  • Haywood Christian Academy: CLOSED
  • Haywood Comm. College (Day): OPEN AT 10AM
  • Haywood County Schools: CLOSED
  • Haywood Public Transit: TWO HOUR DELAY
  • Heritage Christian Academy: CLOSED
  • Jackson Co. Adult Day Care: CLOSED
  • Jackson Co. Meals on Wheels/Senior Cafe: CLOSED
  • Jackson Co. Schools – Smoky Mountain Dist.: CLOSED
  • Southwestern Child Dev. – Haywood Co.: OPEN AT 10AM
  • Southwestern Child Dev. – Jackson Co.: OPEN AT 9AM
  • Southwestern Child Dev. – Qualla Boundry: OPEN AT 9AM
  • Southwestern Community College (Day): CLOSED
  • Swain County Schools: CLOSED
  • Swain Public Transit: 3 HOUR DELAY – NO BUSES ON ICY ROADS
  • Tri-County Christian School: CLOSED
  • Tri-County Community College – Graham Co.: CLOSED
  • Tri-County Community College – Peachtree: CLOSED

Last Updated at 6:28 am Tuesday, March 26th

School Closings & Delays for March 21st, 2013

Jackson County Schools (Smoky Mtn.)-2 Hour Delay

Jackson County Schools (Blue Ridge)-Schedule B opening at 10:30

Haywood County Schools-3 Hour Delay

Haywood Christian Academy-2 Hour Delay

Graham County Schools-2 Hour Delay

Highlands School-2 Hour Delay

Tri-County Community College (Graham)-Opening at 10am

Tri-County Christian School-Opening at 10am

 

Closings & Delays for March 6th

Antioch Baptist Church – Waynesville: NO EVENING SERVICES
Blue Ridge Christian Church: NO EVENING SERVICES
Calvary Chapel – Waynesville: NO EVENING SERVICES
Calvary Road Baptist Church: Waynesville: NO EVENING SERVICES
Canton Freewill Baptist Church: NO EVENING SERVICES
Central UMC – Canton: ALL PM ACTIVITIES CANCELLED
Clyde Central UMC: NO EVENING SERVICES
Dellwood Baptist Church: NO EVENING SERVICES
East Sylva Baptist Church: NO EVENING SERVICES
First Baptist Church of Sylva: NO EVENING SERVICES
Grassy Branch Baptist Church: NO EVENING SERVICES
Haywood Comm. College (Day): DAY CLASSES CANCELED/CAMPUS CLOSED
Jackson Co. Transit: CLOSED
Jackson County Adult Day Care: CLOSED
Jackson County Health Department-Open except WIC and Dental clinics: CLOSED
Jackson County Meals on Wheels & Senior Cafe: CLOSED
Light House Church: NO EVENING SERVICES
Life Fellowship of Bryson City: NO EVENING SERVICES
Long’s Chapel UMC: ALL PM ACTIVITIES CANCELLED
Locust Field Baptist Church Wednesday Night Services: CANCELLED
Mountaincare Urology: CLOSED
New Hope Baptist Church: NO EVENING SERVICES
Ratcliffe Cove Baptist Church: NO SERVICES
Scotts Creek Baptist Church: NO EVENING SERVICES
Swain County Transit: CLOSED
Southwestern Community College (Night): CLOSED
Victory Baptist Church: Bryson City: NO EVENING SERVICES
Western Carolina University (Day): DAY CLASSES CANCELLED CHECK WEBSITE FOR DETAILS
Western Carolina University (Biltmore Park)-CLOSED
UNC-Asheville (Day): DAY CLASSES CANCELLED

 

Photos from WRGC’s coverage of the WCU’s Health and Human Services Building Dedication

WCU Bld. Dedication 2.28.13 WCU Bld. Dedication #3 2.28.13

Mindy McCready Dead at 37

 

Mindy McCready

Mindy McCready

Mindy McCready, the country singer who soared to the top of the charts with her debut album, “Ten Thousand Angels,” but struggled with substance abuse, served time in jail and fought a lengthy battle with her mother over custody of her son has died of what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. She was 37.Deputies from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of gun shots fired at McCready’s Heber Springs, Ark., home at around 3:30 p.m. today.

There they found McCready on the front porch. She was pronounced dead at the scene from what appeared to be a single self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

McCready’s boyfriend, David Wilson, died in January of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. McCready was ordered to enter rehab shortly after Wilson’s death, and her two children, Zander, 6, and 9-month-old Zayne were taken from her. She was released after one day to undergo outpatient care.

McCready scored a number-one Billboard country hit in 1996 with “Guys Do It All the Time,” but in recent years, the country crooner has received more media attention for her troubled personal life than her music.

Radio Shows 4th quarter growth nationwide

02/15/13 The Radio Advertising Bureau reported on Friday that radio advertising revenues grew by the largest amount in several years. Part of the growth was because of the expenditures for political advertising. But that was not the total reason. Radio stations are beginning to capture more of the “off the air” market through what is called non-traditional advertising.

Because radio stations are able to air news in an instant and many stations are all news, and others report news every half hour citizens are finding that radio keeps them informed without having to forgo the entertainment and music which is what happens when the listener has to lock in an all talk radio station. The same applies for the  twenty minute repetition cycle for the cable news channels.

Road Crews Prepare for Bad Weather

02/15/2013 An abrupt change in the weather forecast got road crews busy Friday afternoon.  While Saturday was predicted to be cold with blowing snow and temperatures stuck in the mid thirties,  there was no predicted accumulation of snow.  However late Friday the forecasters began noticing a change in the predicted conditions that caused concern that the snow could actually accumulate and other  weather conditions could cause the roads to become hazardous. So crews went to work dumping thousands of gallons of salt brine on the major traffic arteries. the brine had proven to be effective in delaying the accumulation of the snow on the roads so work crews can keep the snow pushed out of the way. WRGC will keep you posted on the weather conditions Saturday and Sunday.

Mustangs Win

The Smoky Mountain Mustang Boys take round one of the Western North Carolina Athletic Conference tournament. The game was played Friday night at Smoky Mountain High School. The Mustangs cruised to a 78 to 62 win  over East Henderson. The game was stopped for a moment in the fourth period to recognize on of the East Henderson players who scored his 1000th point. Brandon Dorn finished his career with 1003 points by sinking three free shots after the record tying shot.

The Mustangs will now move on to the second round of the tournament which will be played Tuesday Night at Tuscola, probably against Pisgah.  The game was originally scheduled for Smoky Mountain High School but the schools swapped the tournament schedule this year with the anticipation that the new gymnasium at Smoky Mountain High School will be completed by tournament time next season.

The tournament games are not being broadcast on WRGC.  Once the state playoff brackets are determined then WRGC will broadcast the games of that series. Should the Smoky Mountain Mustangs get upset in the conference tournament then the ranking for the state playoff tournament could be affected.  But short of a major upset the Mustangs should be one of the top seeds in the first round anyway and likely play a home game.

 

 

WRGC is giving away a trip to Orlando

The Spring Break Dream Vacation is March 30th through April 2nd.  The winner gets four nights and five days at the Summer Bay Resort.  This is a top of the line resort about fifteen minutes away from Disney World.  We are also giving away a total of $700.00 with the package.  You do have to take the trip to get the money,  this is not a take the money and run deal.

Register at the following sponsors; Hollifield Jewelers downtown, The Design Center across from Jackson Paper, Liberty Tax Service on the Asheville Highway, Tim’s Auto Parts on the Asheville Highway, Ray’s Florist and Greenhouse in the Dillsboro Court, and the Carpet Barn in the Thad Woods Business Center on the Haywood County Side of Balsam.

Good Luck

 

FREE Tickets to WCU Games

WRGC radio will have  tickets to the February 20th game between the Cats and the College of Charleston and the ESPN Bracket Buster Set for February 23rd at 2:00 p-m.

 

More weather trouble predicted for Tuesday Morning

It only takes a few drops of rain on a cold morning to create nightmares in the mountains.  Weather forecasters are predicting a weak system to move through the area overnight which could produce just enough little raindrops to crease massive headaches from schools and drivers.  The rain is expected to start about three a-m and last three of four hours before the temperature climbs back above freezing.  Stay tunes,  the Ray and Roy Radio Morning Show will have the latest on Tuesday Morning.

Winter weather puts a damper on dreams of an early Spring.

Winter weather in Western North Carolina has put a halt to the predictions of an early Spring.  Pucksatony Phil emerged from his home at Gobbler’s Knob in Pennsylvania to predict an early Spring yesterday. Following the recent stretch of winter weather in the mountains that has caused many accidents, power outages and  freezing temperatures it’s hard to imagine Spring is right around the corner. Haywood, Swain and Jackson County are under a Winter Weather Warning until 1p.m.  on Sunday afternoon and a Wind Advisory until Noon today.  With more snow accumulation expected through tout the day, citizens are encouraged to stay home and if travel is a must allow yourself extra time and take it slow.  Many area churches and business are closed today due to the inclement weather.

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All Jackson County Offices are closing at 4:00 today

The Seventh Grade Fundraiser featuring Hoss Howard  at Cullowhee Valley School scheduled for Friday night has been postponed

 

 

WCU Game Ticket giveaways coming Thursday and Friday

The WCU Women’s Basketball team has several home games this weekend and next week.  WRGC has numerous tickets to give away.  So be listening Thursday and Friday for your chance to win tickets to see the Lady Cats and Lindsey Simpson light up the scoreboard.

School Delay in Swain County

WRGC Radio has received notification that Swain County Schools will be on a two hour delay Thursday.  That might change if conditions change early Thursday.  WRGC will announce the weather closings when they are received.

Weather Alert

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect starting Thursday morning for elevations in excess of 3500 feet.  Those areas could receive up to eight inches of snow.  In the valleys a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for all day Thursday. Expect sleet and snow with accumulations from a trace up to four of five inches, depending on elevation nearer the 3500 foot mark. Thursday might be a good day to go to the Great Smokey’s National Park Website and look at what the weather is like at at the top of the world. WRGC will keep you posted throughout the day when conditions worsen. Listeners are invited to call in at 586-2221 and report the conditions that you can see from where you are.

You may have noticed the EAS beeps going off more times on Tuesday.  Because of the WRGC coverage area being so much greater that before the station is required to broadcast those alerts to the listeners in the counties adjoining Jackson. This was not the case before,  but is the case now with 540 A-M being 5000 watts and becoming a primary station for lots of individuals in the other counties.