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By Leon Grodski de Barrera • Guest writer There are a lot of ways to spin Christopher Columbus’ accomplishments or…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:42

Nurturing a creative thread

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It’s an overcast day, hints of early fall in the air, and Neal Howard is in her yard in Cullowhee.…
The traditional folkways of the Southern Appalachian Mountains will once again take center stage as the Western Carolina University community…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 18:54

Immersed in art

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Spiral Creek stands as a contrast to the everyday. Away from jarring news reports and routine responsibilities, the Bryson City…
Mountain music, dancing and tradition will be on display on the shores of beautiful Lake Junaluska as the Smoky Mountain…
Attendees of the 2nd Annual Mountain Music Jamboree will not only enjoy delicious BBQ and traditional mountain music — they…
On International Festival Day, Main Street in Waynesville will transform into a world bazaar where more than one hundred artists,…
Aaron Plantenberg was relaxing by a lake in northern Wisconsin when his vacation was abruptly cut short by a phone…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 16:42

Tuscola brings Broadway to Haywood

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The performance of “Tuscola Loves Broadway, 50 Years of Celebration!” will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 and 2:30…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 16:41

Baker, Boggs bring country, TV premier to Waynesville

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Country singers Kaitlyn Baker and Reagan Boggs will host a viewing party for the Baker/Boggs episode of “Song of the…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:21

Jicha art exhibit opening

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The Jackson County Arts Council will be hosting an art exhibit opening for Jon Jicha from 7 to 8 p.m.…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:18

TerKeurst to bring message of faith to Franklin

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Acclaimed faith speaker Lysa TerKeurst will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the Smoky Mountain Center…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:16

Whitters to perform at The Strand

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Pop/space country singer-songwriter Hailey Whitters will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at The Strand at 38 Main in…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:13

‘David Holt’s State of Music’ at WCU

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“David Holt’s State of Music — Live” will take to the stage from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22,…
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:40

Lake Junaluska Peace Conference begins Nov. 12

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World Music artist, composer and peace activist Yuval Ron will appear in concert with his international ensemble of musicians at…
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:39

WCU ‘haunted walking tours’

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Halloween might be over, but the scariness continues at Western Carolina University with a series of “haunted walking tours” on…
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:37

Mountain Faith to play WCU

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Jackson County-based bluegrass/gospel act Mountain Faith will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in the John W. Bardo Fine…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 14:52

Jamison to discuss mountain dance, new book

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Warren Wilson College professor Phil Jamison will present his new book Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 14:50

Tracy Morgan to play Harrah’s

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Legendary Saturday Night Live actor and comedian Tracy Morgan will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday Feb. 13, at Harrah’s Cherokee.
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:59

Haywood Art Studio Tour to showcase local artists

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The Haywood Art Studio Tour will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 23-24.
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:58

Spookmoot at Folkmoot

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A celebration of all things Halloween will be held Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 at the Folkmoot Friendship Center in…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:57

WCU Homecoming

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“Purple on the Prowl!” will be the theme as the Western Carolina University community comes together to celebrate Homecoming 2015…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:56

Ready for ‘Designer Bag Bingo’?

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Michael Kors, Coach, Dooney & Bourke, Nine West, Anne Klein, The Sak and Fossil will be featured during “Designer Bag…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:55

‘Family Fun Night’ to feature Darren Nicholson Band

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Bluegrass/Americana act The Darren Nicholson Band will perform during the “Family Fun Night” fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 30, at the…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:53

Gibson Brothers at Cataloochee Ranch

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Acclaimed bluegrass act The Gibson Brothers will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Cataloochee Guest Ranch in Maggie…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 14:30

PumpkinFest rolls into Franklin

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The 19th Annual PumpkinFest will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in downtown Franklin.
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 14:29

Hunter Hayes to play WCU

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Country star Hunter Hayes will begin his “21 Tour” at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Ramsey Regional Activity…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 14:28

WCU Friends welcome Steep Canyon Rangers

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Grammy Award-winning bluegrass supergroup Steep Canyon Rangers will perform at a membership concert for the Western Carolina University Friends of…
I was told “good luck.” In August 2012, as one of my first assignments for The Smoky Mountain News, I…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:53

GIMP, lightroom seminars

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The Sylva Photo Club will host seminars covering “GIMP” and “Lightroom” at the Cullowhee Methodist Church on the Western Carolina…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:52

Lake J Singers present fall concert

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The Lake Junaluska Singers will perform their fall concert 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, and at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct.…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:51

Inspirations are ‘Singing in the Smokies’

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Acclaimed gospel group The Inspirations will host the ‘Singing in the Smokies’ fall color festival at 11 a.m. Oct. 15-17…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:51

ColorFest rescheduled for Oct. 17 in Dillsboro

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The annual ColorFest: Dillsboro Fine Arts & Crafts Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct.…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:50

Local food showcase in Canton

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A Little Taste of Local will offer samples from locally owned restaurants and markets on Oct. 13 at Champion Credit…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:49

‘Beards for Boobs’ in Cherokee

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A regional breast cancer charity truck show, “Beards for Boobs,” will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct.…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:49

‘Believe The Impossible’ this Halloween at Harrah’s

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The Masters of Illusion “Believe The Impossible” professional magic Halloween showcase will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17,…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:48

Highlands presents senior comedy

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The production of “Over the River and Through the Woods” will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22-24 and…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:47

Gemboree in Franklin

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The 26th Annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 16-17 and 11 a.m.…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:45

Church Street Art & Craft Show returns

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The 32nd annual Church Street Art & Craft Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct.…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:15

New hospital building to open in Cherokee

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The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will celebrate the completion of the new $80 million, 150,000-square-foot Cherokee Indian Hospital building…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:12

Recycling business starts up in Haywood

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A new company that sorts and resells recyclable materials announced its plans this week to locate in Haywood County, adding…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:10

Agencies join forces to address elk concerns

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Elk and humans are still trying to figure out how to cohabitate in Western North Carolina since the herd was…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:08

Lawsuit filed against former tribal leadership

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The day after Cherokee’s new chief and vice chief took their oaths of office, a lawsuit naming nearly all the…
Haywood County Commission Chairman Mark Swanger publicly announced this week that he plans to retire from elected office next year…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:00

Jackson passes climate change resolution

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The Jackson County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution last week that’s likely the first of its kind for the far…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 14:58

Franklin makes way for indoor gun range

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Franklin residents may soon have a closer and safer place to practice their shooting skills now that indoor gun ranges…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:48

Taste of Sylva returns

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Featuring local food, music and children’s activities, the sixth annual Taste of Sylva culinary tour will run from 1 to…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:31

WNC recipients of Folklore awards

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Numerous Western North Carolina residents and organizations received awards by the North Carolina Folklore Society, which will be celebrated at…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:30

Quilt show celebrates 25 years

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The High Country Quilters 25th annual show “High Country Lilies” will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct.…