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Wednesday, 23 May 2012 13:06

Some tips on coexisting with black bears

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There are steps you can take to lessen conflicts on avoiding conflicts with black bears emerging from hibernation. The N.C.…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 13:06

Guided hike to Andrews Bald in the Smokies

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A guided hike to see the wild rhododendrons of Andrews Bald in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 13:05

Hit the trail with Outward Bound race

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N.C. Outward Bound School will hold a 5K and 8K trail race on Saturday, June 9 at the N.C. Arboretum,…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 13:03

Take on the French Broad triathlon

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The French Broad Challenge Triathlon will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at Carrier Park in Asheville as…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 13:02

Soccer camps this summer in Waynesville

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The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department is offering two summer soccer camps, a British Soccer Camp and a TetraBrazil Soccer…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 13:01

Fishing day for kids

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A free kids fishing day will be held in various spots across the mountains on Saturday, June 2. The event…
Kids can explore nature, wildlife, the environment and science during week-long Discovery Camps held at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville…
More than 150 homes in North Carolina are now producing power from rooftop solar photovoltaic panels thanks to Progress Energy…
A wild edibles adventure will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at Cove Creek Gap…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 12:57

Time to go birding

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The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society chapter is leading birding outings throughout the summer, with the next one planned for May…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 12:56

Trail maintenance in wilderness areas

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Training for people new to trail work will be held from May 29 through June 1 through the Wilderness Skills…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 12:54

Volunteers needed to help in Panthertown

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A trail workday in Panthertown Valley will be held Saturday, May 26, and is open to anyone willing to lend…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 12:52

Aqua fitness class to be offered at WCU

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An aqua fitness class at Western Carolina University will be held from 12:10 to 12:55 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 12:50

A day in the life

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Up at 4 a.m. to try and catch up on a little correspondence before I hit the road for the…
• Black Perigord Truffles: Three years ago researchers brought in Filbert trees that had their roots inoculated with truffle spore.…
Testing canola varieties for biofuel. Growing truffles. Finding hemlocks and Fraser firs that can survive the scourge of the adelgid.…
City Lights Bookstore will host discussions and book signings for two novelists — Bob Plott and Harold Littleton — during the…
For those who don’t know, James Still (1906-2001) is one of the most beloved and influential of all Appalachian writers.…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:38

Redefining marriage is always defeated

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To the Editor: According to recent letters to the editor, Christians, or anyone else, should not be allowed to vote…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:36

Recognizing the enemies within

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By Martin Dyckman • Guest columnist In July of 1861, Major Sullivan Ballou of Rhode Island composed a letter to…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:33

Welfare state has destroyed California

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To the Editor: California is back in the news. Two Saturdays ago, Gov. Jerry Brown announced that the state’s budget deficit…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:32

A majority did not support Amendment One

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To the Editor: Three letters in the May 16-22 edition of the Smoky Mountain News reflect differing views about what…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:29

A festival for the unassuming goat

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Every small town needs a street festival, and what better excuse for one could there be than goats? This past…
“It’s like déjà vu all over again,” quipped the legendary Yogi Berra after watching Yankee greats Mickey Mantle and Roger…
Jackson County looks set to approve a budget that keeps the tax rate the second lowest in the state at 28 cents per $100 valuation. The proposed budget would see Jackson County add a human resources director, plus a one-time…
Regular coffee connoisseurs in Cherokee may have noticed a slight change in their popular downtown coffeehouse. The Sequoyah Fund, an economic development nonprofit that makes small business loans, is now running what was formerly Tribal Grounds under the name Cherokee…
When it comes to staying well fed, the Macon County commissioners are leading the pack. From finger food and pizzas to fortify them during regular meetings to huge sit-down dinner spreads with fellow boards in the county, commissioners in Macon…
Haywood County will help ease the burden faced by towns as they start trucking their trash all the way to the county’s far-flung landfill. County commissioners will allocate more than $100,000 to towns to help cover the added cost of…
MedWest-Haywood will discontinue in-home aide services in Haywood County, laying off 17 nursing assistants that visit housebound patients and aid them with routine personal, such as bathing. MedWest-Haywood serves about 200 patients with skilled home health care services in Haywood…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:15

Fun in Sun Summer Camp in Waynesville

The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer the “Fun in the Sun Summer Camp” for kids ages 5 to 12 beginning June 11 and ending on Aug. 7. The camp will take place Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:14

Celebrate EMS Week with open house

MedWest-Harris Emergency Medical Services will host an open house from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 23 to celebrate EMS Week. At the open house, community members can show support for local EMS personnel, get free glucose and blood…
Food coach Manon Fancher of Sylva will be at the Jackson County Public Library at 7 p.m. on May 31 to offer a free program on healthy eating for all ages and body types. Fancher will discuss different kinds of foods and…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:13

Bike ride to benefit Open Door Ministries

The third annual Open Door Benefit Bike Run will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 9. The fund-raiser, hosted by The Carolina Faith Riders, will raise awareness and money for The Open Door Ministries, a soup kitchen and thrift store…
Time is running out for Haywood County veterans to register to participate in the Memorial Day Parade. The Memorial Day Parade to honor veterans will be held at 11 a.m., May 28, in downtown Waynesville.  The parade will feature National…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:12

BizWorks to close two regional offices

The Mountain BizWorks office in Sylva, which serves would-be entrepreneurs and other small business owners in the state’s seven westernmost counties, will close June 30. Mountain BizWorks is also closing its Hendersonville field office on May 31. “This is a…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:11

Free sports physicals for Haywood youth

Student athletes can get free sports physicals Tuesday, May 29 at the MedWest Health & Fitness Center on the campus of MedWest-Haywood. More than 60 volunteers and 30 physicians and health care specialists will offer these free sports participation physicals…
A celebration honoring the sacrifice of those who made the WWII construction of Fontana Dam possible will be held as part of Appalachian History Weekend at Fontana Village Resort on June 1 and 2.   The program will include guided…
Jackson County commissioners butted heads with local activists at a meeting this week, refusing to lend their philosophical support to a movement over whether corporate power should be reined in. A local offshoot of the Occupy movement called on commissioners…
A request by Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe for eight additional deputies now that the sale of alcoholic beverages has been approve countywide isn’t gaining much traction among the men who hold the purse strings. “I’m going to have to…
Two weeks after the primary election, an official winner has finally been declared following a recount in an insanely tight race between two prominent Waynesville Democrats for the N.C. House of Representatives. Joe Sam Queen beat out Danny Davis by…
A feeling of déjà vu swept over the Haywood County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday as they reviewed more than $19,000 worth of changes to the Haywood Community College’s creative arts building project. These were not the first, or even…
It might be a day late, but it’s certainly not a dollar short. A $235,000 playground is coming to the daycare center at Haywood Community College, a long-awaited capstone on a project that was heralded as a model child development…
Two businesses — Copper Pot and Wooden Spoon, and Belle on Main Salon and Spa — came out winners during the Haywood Chamber of Commerce’s seventh annual Business Start-up Competition this year. Thirteen entrepreneurs contended for the $10,000 prize purse this…
Business owners needs to put aside their bickering and resentments for the good of Maggie Valley, Mayor Ron DeSimone emphasized last week. “This community has been divided for a long time,” DeSimone said at a Maggie Chamber of Commerce meeting…
In addition to the obvious benefits of tourism — jobs and revenue for the county — tourism dollars save Haywood County residents a few hundred dollars in taxes every year. Steve Morse, a mathematics professor at the University of Tennessee, presented…
The quest to bring live table games to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino faces a final political hurdle. Both the Governor and N.C. Senate have given live table games their blessing, with the N.C. House of Representatives now the lone hold-out. Harrah’s…
While arguments over the state budget are likely to dominate everything in Raleigh as the General Assembly convenes for the next six weeks, there are certain bills and aspects of the budget making their way through the chambers that are…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 18:53

Mountain Garden Club to hold yearly plant sale

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The Mountain Garden Club will host its annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to noon on May 26. The sale…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 18:52

New belly dance troupe to offer classes in Bryson City

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Belly dancing group Smoky Mountain Shimmy will teach its first “Introduction to Belly Dance” class from 10 a.m. to noon,…
The Chapter 2 Books in Cashiers will host a Memorial Day fund-raising event to benefit the Special Operations Adventure Race…