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Sylva: National Register Adds 17 North Carolina Historic Places

The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources is pleased to announce that 17 individual properties and districts across the state have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The properties below were reviewed by the North Carolina National Register Advisory Committee and were subsequently approved by the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Officer and forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register.

“Architecture is among North Carolina’s rich cultural treasures,” Governor Pat McCrory said. “These selections are North Carolina’s adaptations of classic American styles of architecture ranging from a plantation house to a downtown auto dealership. I’m pleased these sites have merited selection to the National Register so they can be preserved, enjoyed and studied by future generations.”

“The National Register is a vital tool in the preservation of North Carolina’s historic resources,” said Susan Kluttz, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. “North Carolina is a leader in the nation’s historic preservation movement. When all of the buildings in historic districts classified as contributing to the districts’ significance are counted, it is estimated that North Carolina has approximately 73,300 National Register properties.”

The listing of a property in the National Register places no obligation or restriction on a private owner using private resources to maintain or alter the property. Over the years, various federal and state incentives have been introduced to assist private preservation initiatives, including tax credits for the rehabilitation of National Register properties. As of Jan. 1, 2014, 3,000 rehabilitation projects with total estimated expenditures of $1.7 billion have been completed.

Downtown Sylva Historic District, Sylva, Jackson County, listed 9/03/14

Located in the county seat of Jackson County, the Downtown Sylva Historic District covers approximately 13 acres and includes 44 contributing buildings and structures primarily along Main, Mill, Landis, and Jackson streets. The period of significance begins in 1900, with the construction of the Sylva Pharmacy at 596-600 West Main Street, and extends to 1964, when the Modernist United States Post Office building was completed. The Downtown Sylva Historic District is locally significant in the areas of architecture and commerce.

Stocking The Trout Waters

NC Trout Waters

NC Trout Waters

Four Swain County waterways will be stocked with trout for the hatchery-supported season that opens 7 a.m. Saturday, April 5. Through July, a total of 5,440 brook trout will be stocked in Swain, 6,990 rainbow trout and 4,270 brown trout for a total of 16,700. Waterways stocked include: Alarka Creek, Nantahala River, and Deep Creek.The season will run through Feb. 28. Many of these waters are stocked monthly, although some heavily fished waters are stocked more frequently. Commission personnel will stock nearly 907,000 trout, with 96 percent of the stocked fish averaging 10 inches in length and the other fish exceeding 14 inches. Stocked trout are produced primarily in two mountain region fish hatcheries operated by the commission. For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org or call the Division of Inland Fisheries, 919-707-0220.

Stolen Puppy Recovered

Fish & More Pet Store

Fish & More Pet Store

Police have recovered a puppy that was stolen from a Sylva pet store safe and sound. They also picked up two juveniles in the case. The owner says they are still considering whether they will file charges in the case. Surveillance video at Fish and More Pet Store shows one of the juveniles putting the all black pomeranian/chihuahua puppy in her purse and then walking out of the store. One of the co-owners says the theft happened at the close of business Monday. The puppy would have cost $250. Sylva Police are investigating.

National Historic Register Designation

Downtown Sylva

Downtown Sylva

Sylva town leaders are seeking the a seal for National Historic Register designation for downtown Sylva. Town leaders say it would help attract tourists and aid in getting grants. Sylva town Manager Paige Roberson says the designation would not restrict property rights: She says designation would act as a promotional tool for Sylva. Distinctive brown signs would highlight the National Historic Register areas. Sylva will hold a public hearing in May; the town manager said she wants to counter possible fears about restrictions well before that meeting is held.

Gov. McCrory Concludes Sylva/Dillsboro Visit

Governor McCrory Hosts the Roundtable Discussion

Governor McCrory Hosts the Roundtable Discussion

Gorvernor Pat McCrory visited Sylva, North Carolina today, and met with business leaders at local industries as well as had a discussion with regional leaders and citizens. The Governor’s visit began with a tour of Jackson Paper Company where he spoke with both executives and mill workers to get a better understanding on how the company has coped during the recent economic decline. Following the visit at Jackson Paper, the Governor hosted a round table discussion forum at the Jarrett House in Dillsboro. Nearly 40 invited guests were on hand to hear the governor speak and ask him questions. Governor McCrory began the roundtable event with the following opening statement, “You know, what I want to do is first of all, I am here to have conversation with you. I’m not here to give a speech and we’ve got business leaders in here, we’ve got republicans, democrats, and independents here in this room and I want to welcome all of you. This is about governing and this is about leading now.” He went on to say, “For the people of Jackson County and Sylva, I’ve said it in 2008, this is one of my two favorite towns in North Carolina.” “I love the Main Street here.” During the 45 minute roundtable discussion the Governor touched on questions across a wide range of topics, including taxes, spending, state hiring practices, health care for the mentally ill and the tourism industry. When asked about criticism he has received regarding the states education budget, the Governor replied, “I want to also let you know, despite what you read, K through 12 spending is the largest this budget has ever been in North Carolina history.” WRGC’s had the opportunity to sit down with the Governor and ask how hi tour of the Jackson Paper Company went and why he chose to visit. “One is, I went to that company back in 08′ when I was running for governor and I wanted to see what’s changed since 08′ and what some of their challenges are. I want to get feedback from the industries that are making things. We’ve got to continue to be a state where we make and build, innovate and grow things. As Governor I am focusing on the agricultural industry, the manufacturing industry, and travel & tourism. We kind of take those industries for granted, and those industries margin a profit.” “I went there to listen, and not just to the head of the company, I went to listen to the employees. I met with their employees that work on the line and just trying to make it through the day.” At the conclusion of his stay, WRGC asked the Governor what he had learned about the needs of our area during his visit. “There are some very basic things that we can look at to make a positive difference. For example: Signage on state roads, that’s not too complicated. A lot of times its the small details that people are looking for. You just need to listen.”

Lease Signed Ending Issue Over 617 Main Street

After much debate on whether or not a church would be able to move into a ground level building at 617 Main Street in Sylva a decision was recently made. The Fathers House of Prayer had planned to relocate to the location but were stalled by a Sylva town ordinance that restricts churches in Sylva’s downtown district to stand alone buildings or on the upper floors of other buildings. The Town Planning Board denied The Fathers House of Prayer’s request for a change in zoning that would have effectively allowed the church to occupy 617 Main Street. Instead, the area will open as the new Jay & G’s Mountain Side Grill which will be a family style restraunt focusing on steak and seafood. Bob Frady, the owner of the building recently established a long term lease agreement with James McNorrill Jr. McNorrill plans on opening a new restaurant, Jay & G’s Mountain Side Grill, on August 1st of this year.

Sylva Mayor Maurice Moody Announces Retirement

 

Sylva Mayor Maurice Moody

Sylva Mayor Maurice Moody

Sylva’s mayor has announced that he will not be running for a second term. Mayor Maurice Moody has decided that after 4 years as mayor and 12 years as a commissioner he will be retiring from politics. When asked what led to this decision, Mayor Moody had this to say: “My wife had an influence, she was ready for me to retire from politics. I want to be able to spend more time with grandchildren and maybe a little more time on horseback, it just felt like a good time to go ahead and retire”. Later when asked the question “Of your combined 16 years of service to the city, what do you think is your biggest accomplishment?”. Mayor Moody responded with: “Well, I think the accomplishments go to the entire board, not one individual whether it be a commissioner or the mayor. We have had several accomplishments in the passing of our ordinances when I first got on the board that I think was significant, that was really the first time we had some comprehensive ordinances. The renovation of the swimming pool was significant. Main street renovation was significant, it was actually started in the term before I was elected and we carried it through. The Bridge Park was a major accomplishment. Again, all of these were really a community effort not just one individual or not only the Board. I think there are a lot of citizens that deserve a lot of credit with all of those”. Although Mayor Moody announced his plans for retirement in June, he will still be serving in office for several more months. Filing to run in the upcoming mayoral elections begins on July 5th, elections will be held in November, and the new mayor will take office the first Thursday in December, until then the mayor says he is glad to serve the city he loves.

WCU and Town of Sylva to Host ASP’s Day of Service

Western Carolina University’s Academic Success Program is partnering with the Town of Sylva to host its annual Day of Service, on Saturday, July 20, 2013 in the Bridge Park in downtown Sylva. ASP students will participate in day-long service projects throughout Jackson County, while a festival to raise funds and awareness for local nonprofits and service organizations will be held in the Bridge Park. Aiding in this effort as a community sponsor is Wal-Mart of Sylva. Wal-Mart will act as a collection site from July 5-20, providing shoppers with a Wish List of items for the Community Table, and collecting community donations. In addition to shoppers’ donations, Wal-Mart of Sylva is awarding grants to the Community Table, Jackson Neighbors in Need, and Communities in Schools. With generous contributions from Wal-Mart of Sylva and Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, ASP students will be able to donate all proceeds from the event to benefit the three organizations, in addition to donations from Wal-Mart, funds raised by Harrah’s, and those collected by local businesses. All proceeds and donations will benefit the Community Table, Jackson Neighbors in Need, and Communities in Schools of the Great Smoky Mountains. The ASP Day of Service Festival will take place in the Bridge Park from 9am-1pm, with music, food, carnival games, arts and crafts, inflatables, and a variety of booths with information on local nonprofits and their efforts. The Farmers’ Market will be held in its usual location next to the park. Meanwhile, ASP students will be volunteering throughout Jackson County, working with Appalachian Homestead Farm and Preserve, Catman2, the Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River, Pathways Thrift Store, Full Spectrum Farms, and several other volunteer projects. To close out the day, a free concert and evening celebration will be held in the Bridge Park from 5pm-9pm. The Day of Service aims to foster the growing relationship between WCU and the community, provide an engaged learning experience for ASP students, and to support vital community service organizations in Jackson County. For more information on ASP or the Day of Service, contact Glenda Hensley, at ghensley@email.wcu.edu or by phone, at 828-227-2786.