Reader letters June 4

Jun 03, 2014

Mountaineer roots not traced deep enough

To the editor:

Who are you kidding? Really, going back to your roots?

When the West Haywood Panthers were formed in 1989, the Waynesville Mountaineers were still around.

Then the Mountaineers was under Moose Lodge. After the Panthers came along, the Mountaineers lasted only a year. Then the Moose did away with the Mountaineers.

The West Haywood Panthers were not under the Moose. It was formed by four men.

After a couple of years, the “West” was dropped by us and Asheville. That way we would not be at the bottom of the conference list to get play-off games and other events. The colors were gray and black.

In 2005, the name was changed from Haywood Panthers to Haywood Mountaineers. Then the colors were changed to gold, black and white. That is what it is today.

So if you want to go back to the roots, then you will have to go back to the West Haywood Panthers colors gray and black, not the Moose Mountaineers.

Please get your facts straight.

A former member of all

Maxine Steppleton


Thanks MedWest

To the editor:

A big thank you to the MedWest staff for providing free physicals last week to Haywood County’s student athletes. To ease the long wait, MedWest generously provided parents with healthy snacks, drinks and chair massages.  We appreciate the effort and realize it was a long day for the staff, too.

Melanie Threlkeld McConnell