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Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:44

Forum to discuss alternative energy

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The Franklin Open Forum will discuss “Is alternative energy a viable alternative?” at 7 p.m. on June 6 at the…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:44

Mast General Store to hold Land Trust Day

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Mast General Store and the Appalachians Highlands Conservancy will celebrate Land Trust Day on June 2 by encouraging customers to…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:43

View the transit of Venus in Cashiers

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View the transit of Venus from 5:30 p.m. until sunset Tuesday, June 5, behind the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library. The…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:41

Lily here and lily there

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I was in the Grandfather District of the Pisgah National Forest the other morning preparing to go to one of…
Richard Baird, a plant pathologist from Mississippi State University, was hard at work one day last week examining mushrooms in…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:30

Rash, Frazier featured at author lecture series

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Ron Rash, Charles Frazier and Wayne Caldwell will be among a group of southern writers to speak at the Summer…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:29

Great Smokies Writing Program comes to Waynesville

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UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program is offering “A Feast of Memories,” a course in Waynesville that will help local…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:28

Finding the right word

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In his Foreword to Robert Hartwell Fiske’s The Best Words (ISBN 978-193333882-8, $14.94), Richard Lederer reminds us of Mark Twain’s…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:27

International Festival Day moved to July 21

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Folkmoot USA has changed the date of its popular International Festival Day celebration to July 21. The event will take…
Since it is the 150th anniversary of Civil War, the Waynesville library has decided to make the momentous war the…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:26

Carden’s new play to premiere in Greensboro

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The world premiere of Outlander, a play written by Gary Carden of Sylva and Horace Frank Lee of Bryson City,…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:25

Summer reading programs focus on dreaming big

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Registration has begun for the “Dream Big – Read” summer reading program at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:24

Book arts workshops at City Lights

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Jackson County Visual Arts Association will present two workshops on book arts from 9 a.m. to noon on June 2…
The Jackson County Arts Association will hold an artist reception as part of  “Sylva After Dark” from 6 p.m. to…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:21

Gourd Art Festival in Cherokee

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The 10th annual Gourd Artists Gathering and Art Festival will be held at the fairgrounds in Cherokee from 1 to…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:21

Leapin’ Frog Gallery to hold collage workshop

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The Leapin’ Frog Gallery in Waynesville will host a workshop on mixed media abstract collages from 11 a.m. to 2…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:20

WWII display to stop in Franklin

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A World War II exhibit from the Museum of Military Memorabilia in Naples, Fla., will travel to Franklin in June.…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:19

Motorcycle ride comes to Maggie Valley

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“Thunder On the Parkway,” a new motorcycle ride from Gainesville, Ga., to Maggie Valley, will take place from June 8-10.…
Haywood County Arts Council’s will host an artist reception for its new exhibit, “Celebrating Appalachia,” from 6-9 p.m., June 1,…
The Cherokee Voices Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 9 at the Museum of…
Catch the Spirit of Appalachia awarded the Elmer and Irene Hooper Civic Leadership Scholarship to Autumn Skye Baird. The scholarship…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:13

Take time to traverse the quilt trail

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The Haywood County Quilt Trails project is bringing tourists to Haywood County with the colorful display of traditional quilting patterns.…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:12

Midtown Men to perform in Franklin June 2

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The Midtown Men will take the stage at The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m., June…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:11

Two comedy acts to perform at Smoky Mountain Center

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The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will welcome two comedy acts to its stage at 7:30 p.m., May…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:10

Free concert by Smoky Mountain Brass Band

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Smoky Mountain Brass Band will perform a free concert at 2 p.m., June 2, on the lawn of the historic…
By Paul Clark • Contributing Writer A village that attracts residents because of its spectacular beauty has attracted a film…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:02

Jones made wrong vote at last Jackson meeting

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To the Editor: At the most recent Jackson County commissioner meeting at the Balsam-Willets-Ochre Hill Volunteer Fire Department, Commissioner Mark…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:02

Left changes it’s tune when it loses

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To the Editor: According to recent letters to the editor, Christians, or anyone else, should not be allowed to vote…
Some time back I wrote that at a future date I’d print seed-starting dates for the remainder of the growing…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 12:57

Misunderstanding should not nix resolution

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To the Editor: Sometimes misunderstandings can get completely out of hand. Such was the case at the last meeting of…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 12:57

North Shore Road money should not be held up

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To the Editor: I commend Becky Johnson and The Smoky Mountain News for providing the facts to its readers regarding…
I’ll admit that I have never been much of a cat person. It’s because I am a little selfish, I…
You’d be hard pressed to name a state-run entity more closely aligned with the region it serves than the Mountain…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 12:52

Still no settlement money for Swain

Swain County’s uphill battle to get the federal government to make good on its promise of a $52 million cash settlement may have just gotten tougher. The federal government is supposed to pay Swain County $4 million a year over…
A seminar intended to help small businesses in Canton develop the town’s potential will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 4, at the Colonial Theater Annex in Canton. “Developing Canton Businesses:  Where Are We Now?” will…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 12:51

Organizing for America chapter to launch

Haywood Organizing for America, the local campaign to re-elect President Barack Obama and other Democrats, will hold its first monthly county team meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 31, in Waynesville. People will have the chance to meet other volunteers…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 12:50

Input needed about regional bike plan

Community meetings seking input on a regional bike plan will be held in Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties. • Haywood County from 5-7 p.m., May 31, at Waynesville Recreation Center. • Swain County from 5-7 p.m., June 12, at Southwestern…
A motorcycle rally initially planned to take over the streets of downtown Franklin in August has been given the boot, albeit a gentle one, and now will instead have to set up camp in a large field on the outskirts…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 12:48

Welfare fraud on the rise with recession

Swain County’s Department of Social Services has started cracking down on welfare fraud after seeing a rise in violations. “We have found that welfare fraud is on the rise,” reported Melissa Adams, a fraud caseworker, who spoke to the Swain…
Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville will host a chess tournament starting at 10 a.m., June 21. The Smoky Mountain Chess Club will conduct the tournament, which will start with practice games, registration and lunch from 10 a.m. to noon. Those…
A group of four-legged students possessing powerful senses of smell visited the Western Carolina University campus recently as 66 dog handlers from across the eastern United States brought their canine partners to Cullowhee to take training in human remains detection.…
When it comes to sweepstakes cafes Macon County has hit a jackpot of sorts, with at least 11 of the electronic gambling joints clustered along U.S. 441 between the Georgia state line and Franklin. The operations appear for all intents…
Two decrepit trailers hauled in and dumped down on an empty lot in the middle of Cullowhee’s old business district are creating a furor in that community. “It’s the slums of Cullowhee,” Cindy Jarman said between serving customers at the…
A grand and engaging vision for Western Carolina University’s Millennial campus as a place where academics, research, private industry and college life intersect has stalled almost since its inception seven years ago, but there might finally be signs of movement.…
A clean-cut looking Perry Matthews walked into the food pantry with a smile on his face. He wore a crisp, light blue, long sleeve button-up and tan slacks. His long, dark hair was pulled into a neat ponytail. It is…
Counties in Western North Carolina have seen dramatic increases in the number of people who need food assistance — either from the government in the form of welfare or from local food pantries. The number of people on food stamps in…
The Frog Level Brewing Company will host a Dogs and Suds event to raise money for Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation from 5-8 p.m. on June 14 at its storefront on Commerce Street in Wayensville. Tickets are $20 in advance and…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 12:38

Summer conference to dispel stereotypes

Lake Junaluska will host the Native American Tribal Social Justice Issues Conference June 29- July 1. Richard Twiss, a member of the Rosebud Lakota/Sioux Reservation in South Dakota will headline the event. Twiss is the author of “One Church Many…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 12:37

Cherokee language course to be offered

A one-day intensive course in the Cherokee language will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, in Room 143 of the Cordelia Camp Building at Western Carolina University. Two fluent speakers of Cherokee, Tom Belt,…
When the microphone opened up to the crowd, Laura Stout felt compelled to say her piece. She raised her hand, got up from her front-row chair and walked to the podium where a dozen or more Cherokee people had spoken…