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Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:27

Folkmoot 4.01K Race set for July 14

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The Folkmoot 4.01K race through downtown Waynesville will be held at 8 a.m. on July 14. This year, organizers decided…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:25

Check your vital signs

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The Mountain Resources Commission, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Environmental Modeling and…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:17

National forest balds in jeopardy due to funding cuts

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By Danny Bernstein • Contributor            Many hikers are amazed by the balds that dot the Southern Appalachian landscape along the…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:53

A page turner with a WNC connection

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In Frank B. Robinson’s Thirty Days Hath September (ISBN 978-1-4701-6725-7), a man with a murky past, Alex Madrid, finds temporary…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:52

Ann Hite to speak in Sylva

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Novelist Ann Hite, author of the acclaimed debut novel Ghost on Black Mountain will speak at 7 p.m. June 28…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:51

Coffee with the Poet

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John Quinnett will be featured at City Lights Bookstore’s Coffee with the Poet series at 10:30 a.m. June 21. John…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:49

Hearing all the buzz about sourwood

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This is a special time of the year for beekeepers in Western North Carolina. It is the time they prepare…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:48

Women make decisions for themselves

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To the Editor: This is intended for all men: political office-holders, the religious of all faiths, and just plain “guys.” I…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:47

Voter ID laws should have bipartisan support

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To the Editor: Election reform is needed in North Carolina. Nearly eight out of 10 North Carolina voters support Voter…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:46

Romney’s plan will benefit wealthy

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To the Editor: Mitt Romney is saying his experience in the private sector means he can do a better job…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:41

No good reason for such a colorful plate debate

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State senators from the mountain region — and we’re especially talking about those representing the southwest, Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin,…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:10

Highlands roadwork troubles some merchants

Repaving of the steep, windy, two-lane road from Franklin to Highlands has many merchants worried about whether this heavily tourism-dependant town will find itself choked off financially.
Leah Hughes, associate editor at “Our State” magazine, will be the guest speaker at 9:30 a.m. on July 9 in the Bethea Welcome Center at Lake Junaluska. This will be a meeting of the Junaluska Women’s Club, and in keeping…
A Summer Worship Series is under way at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. Three worship services are being held as part of the series: a service of Word and Table at 8:30 a.m. in Memorial Chapel, a Praise…
The Fund for Haywood County has awarded $50,000 in grants to area nonprofit organizations that provide critical services for economically disadvantaged people. The grants include: • $25,000 to Aspire, Youth and Family for a structured afterschool program, serving 80 youth…
Haywood Community College has unveiled a new electric vehicle charging station, the only one west of Asheville. The station was made possible from a grant provided by Advanced Energy Corporation and was manufactured by Eaton located in Arden. The station…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:05

Grant to help prevent elder abuse

The 30th Judicial District Domestic Violence-Sexual Assault Alliance, Inc. has recently been awarded a $25,000 Janirve Legacy Fund Grant from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina to further its work on elder abuse and victims with disabilities in the…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:04

Meet the Telestroke Robot

Angel Medical Center in Franklin introduced the Telestroke Robot as their newest team member. The robot literally rolled in to action to demonstrate its capabilities to a crowded room. With the robot it is possible for stroke victims to be…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:03

New dog park opens in Franklin

Franklin has a new dog park on the town’s greenway adjacent to Big Bear Park. The park is fenced and has two benches for dog owners to rest on while their pooches play. Friends of the Greenway, which oversaw the…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:02

New health initiative under way in WNC

Hospitals and health departments across Western North Carolina have partnered to develop WNC Healthy Impact, a regional initiative designed to improve community health across a 16-county area. The partnership is currently gathering information to understand each county’s community health status.…
Supporters of Smart Start traveled recently to Raleigh to encourage the N.C. General Assembly to restore its funding. The group included parents, business leaders, faith community leaders and board members. They met with Western North Carolina’s legislative delegation. Last year,…
A public records request for Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe’s emails doesn’t tell much of a story — that’s because most of them are missing. In violation of state law, Ashe deleted all but a few messages from his email…
Business, civic and government leaders from all over Haywood County gathered last week to officially kick off Hunger Free Haywood, a countywide effort to address hunger. All the collections will stay in Haywood County and be distributed by county food…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:54

Cullowhee bridge could demolish business

Chris Pressley, a third-generation owner of the 65-year-old Cullowhee Automotive Service, has been on edge since learning about plans for a new bridge in the Cullowhee community.
On the heels of a vote that now allows alcoholic beverages to be sold countywide, Jackson County is considering opening two new ABC stores: one in Cashiers and the other along the highway leading to Cherokee in the Qualla community.…
As a third generation steeplejack, Tony Stratton is used to a view from the top. As one of a handful of people in the nation still specializing in repairing church steeples the old-fashioned way, Stratton travels the country rappelling from…
Western Carolina University’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new strategic plan — the 2020 Vision — at its meeting two weeks ago. The plan is designed to give the university a clear set of goals for the next decade.…
An effort to save those colorful specialty license plates has stalled in the N.C. Senate, which seems reluctant to take a bill up that would spare the popular plates. Supporters of the specialty plates have rallied to save them from…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:45

Barking dogs on short leash in Jackson

Faced by a rising tide of complaints about barking dogs, Jackson County commissioners indicated this week that they would consider passing an ordinance that would muzzle the offenders. “I’ve had negative experiences with barking dogs,” said Commissioner Doug Cody. “I…
Swain County is permanently etching its history in stone. In the next couple of months, the first of about 60 black marble panels will be installed along the wall outside the county government building and courthouse in downtown Bryson City.…
Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce will be forced to close its visitor center after its major source of funding has suddenly dried up. For at least two decades, the Maggie Chamber has relied on a cut of tourism tax dollars…
The Internet and smartphones are turning brick-and-mortar visitor centers into an antiquated resource for travelers and are part of the reason why the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority plans close two of its four visitor centers in the next year.
After inching its way back from recession-driven declines during the past year, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel is back in the catbird seat. You could even call it a Royal Flush. The advent of live dealers and table games coincides…
Business owners in Cherokee are making their own preparations for the influx of new visitors as a result of live gaming, hoping to draw them away from the casino and into their stores, restaurants or other businesses.
After nearly a decade of negotiations and broken promises, the state finally approved an agreement that allows table games with live dealers at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. The Eastern Band has worked since the early 2000s to get the state’s John…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:04

Street dances return to Waynesville

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The popular Mountain Street Dances held in downtown Waynesville on select Fridays throughout the summer kick at 6:30 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:04

Children’s Film Festival held at Ruby Cinema

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A Children’s Film Festival for Macon County children will be held at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday morning through…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:02

Haywood fairgrounds to hold truck pull

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The Haywood County Truck Pull will be held at 11 a.m. June 23. Entries will begin at 9 a.m. at…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:01

Art reception to benefit Haywood Waterways

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There will be an art reception benefitting Haywood Waterways Association at the Village Green Café in Waynesville from 5:30 to…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:00

Cashiers Mountain Music Festival

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The Cashers Mountain Music Festival is being held June 30 and July 1 at the Village Green and Commons in…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:59

Logan Murrell to perform at Fontana Village Resort

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Logan Murrell will be performing from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. June 22 and 29 at the Wildwood Grill at…
“Broadway and More” with Glory Crampton will be at 8 p.m. June 23 at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. Crampton…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:58

Steampunk technique taught June 28

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A Steampunk Jewelry & Creations Workshop will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. June 28 at the Macon County…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:57

Learn cooking with soy in Sylva

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A “Cooking With Soy” class will be offered at 1 p.m. June 25 in the Conference Room of the Community…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:56

Library to host traveling Lincoln exhibit

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The Waynesville library will unveil the traveling exhibit “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday,…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:55

World Music Concert in Franklin

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Franklin and Dillsboro Ubuntu Choirs will perform a concert of music from around the world and here at home at…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:54

Final Noon Concert ‘Flute Flourish’

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The Grace Noon Concerts season finale will feature flutists Sarah Cifani and Kathy Alley at noon on Thursday, July 21,…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:53

Author Vicki Lane to speak in Jackson

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Novelist Vicki Lane will hold a book talk with a question and answer session at 7 p.m. June 26 at…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:52

Peter Pan to fly high in Franklin

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The Overlook Theatre Company will present “Peter Pan: The High-Flying Musical Adventure” at 7:30 p.m. June 21-23 and at 2:30…
The Galaxy of Stars Series at Western Carolina University will open its eighth season this fall with a lineup featuring…