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Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:22

Pigeon River Fund awards grants

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Seven projects received $116,300 in grants from the Pigeon River Fund of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. Grant…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:22

Summer doldrums? Students can volunteer in the Smokies

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Students can join a park ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this summer in a hands-on work project.…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:21

Kids camp to explore heritage farming

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Kids will explore local agriculture in the 4-H Farm to Fork Day Camp in Haywood County held from 9 a.m.…
Western Carolina University has gotten more kudos for lowering energy use and costs and promoting utility savings.
The ninth-annual Mountain Wildlife Days will be held Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21, at Sapphire Valley Resort near…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:17

Famous NYC offspring

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New York City is big, bustling and in July – hot, but there are always entertaining and even educational ways…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:17

‘Around the World in 80 Birds’ coming to Highlands

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International birder and Highlands-Cashiers resident Romney Bathurst will present “Around the World in 80 Birds” at 7:30 p.m. July 23…
In 25 years of teaching kindergarten, Cathryn Sills of Franklin read a lot of books to her young students. In…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:08

Poet to read from new collection

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Local poet and artist Terry Michelsen will visit City Lights Bookstore in Sylva to read from her collection of poetry…
The Highlands Biological Station has released Highlands Botanical Garden: A Naturalist’s Guide, a guide to the garden, with maps, historical…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:07

Book launch for Carden’s play

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City Lights Bookstore and the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will celebrate of the release of the book edition…
The Friends of the Haywood County Library is hosting a discussion the last book in the Jane Austen “Let’s Talk…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:04

Frank’s characters confront moral uncertainties

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What would you do if your teenaged daughter was assaulted, beaten and shot almost to the point of death, and…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:03

Pottery workshops to spur children’s creativity

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Children ages 8 and older can get muddy and learn about pottery in two workshops from 9 a.m. to noon…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:02

Asheville Gallery searching for new member artists

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The Asheville Gallery of Art is accepting membership applications from area artists. Applications must be submitted by July 31. Interested…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:01

Artists in Residence program comes to the Smokies

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park is piloting an artist-in-residence program, which will provide artists with uninterrupted time to pursue their…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:01

Find Waldo in Sylva, win a prize

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Waldo is hiding in local downtown Sylva businesses. Can you find him? When you spot him collect a card from…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:00

StreetFest in Franklin held July 13

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The first StreetFest of 2012 will be held from 6-9 p.m. July 13 in historic downtown Franklin. Venture Local Franklin…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:59

Within REACH fashions to hit the catwalk at fundraiser

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REACH of Haywood will celebrate its resale store’s 10th anniversary with a fashion show and luncheon at noon July 16…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:57

Folkmoot begins July 18

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Dancers and musicians in colorful traditional costumes from the countries of New Zealand, France, Belgium, Indonesia, Peru, Philippines, Serbia, Puerto…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:56

Jackson art association hosts Sylva Art Stroll Friday

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The second Sylva Art Stroll, sponsored by the Jackson County Visual Arts Association (JCVAA), is scheduled for 5 p.m. July…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:55

Folkways come to life at Franklin festival

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The 9th annual Franklin Folk Festival celebrating Appalachian Heritage will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday,…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:54

The Boxcars to perform July 14 in Stecoah

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The eclectic band The Boxcars will take the stage at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. July…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:53

Gibson Brothers bring bluegrass to Franklin

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The Gibson Brothers, a traditional bluegrass band, will perform at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:52

Gold City to perform at Franklin arts center

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Gospel quartet Gold City will perform at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday,…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:51

A capella singers to perform in Sylva

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The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host a performance by Ubuntu Dillsboro, an a capella community chorus, at…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:50

Free music workshop for kids July 14

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The Macon County Arts Council is holding its free monthly ARTSaturday workshop for elementary school-aged children and their families from…
Visitors to Cherokee can witness the powerful, authentic culture of Comanche, Totonac, Seminole, Cree, Polynesian and Cherokee July 13-14 as…
For the first time in its 62-year history, the Mountainside Theater in Cherokee has added a new play to its…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:36

Loving guns and badges in Maggie Valley

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To the Editor: Maggie Valley must love the guns, badges and handcuffs. In fact, with Maggie Valley being only about…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:36

The party of tax-and-spend, really?

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To the Editor: It’s election trash talking time again, and one of the things that will come up will be…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:35

Rhyming a solution to our political woes

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To the Editor: As our government officials keep putting off a long-term solution to the debt ceiling problem, perhaps these…
The wonderful thing about keeping bees is there are always surprises. Just when you think you’ve learned what there is…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:23

Thanks for the memories, thanks for being there

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I loved Andy Griffith as much as it is possible to love someone you’ve actually never met. In some very…
Persuading Father Tien Duong to tell his story was a hard sell. It had all the right ingredients: a Catholic priest who grew up in the hardship of Communist Vietnam and who escaped to the U.S. in a dangerously crowded…
When Jason Cutler moved to Jackson County from Michigan eight months ago, he was shocked to discover he couldn’t buy beer or wine outside of Sylva’s town limits.
Swain County is considering hiring a firm to ferret out businesses that are evading property taxes on equipment — but it can’t wait too long to decide. Firms that go after businesses for taxes has become a brisk business, offering their…
Elections are upon us again. Although the primary has come and gone and the general election is still months away, voters are being asked to head to the polls July 17 to weigh in once more on some of May’s…
Counties in North Carolina are being forced to shoulder the burden of electronic voting machines alone after the General Assembly turned down federal aid that would have greatly offset the costs.
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:09

DOT work underway in Western North Carolina

The N.C. Department of Transportation has started work on three projects in Western North Carolina. In Haywood County, the DOT awarded a $1 million contract to resurface 12.7 miles of U.S. 276 from Forest Service Road 256 to Looking Glass…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:09

Jackson employees take wellness tests

MedWest-Harris and MedWest-Swain laboratory employees recently partnered for the first time with Jackson County Department of Public Health workers to conduct wellness tests for county employees. As part of the county’s open enrollment period for benefits, all Jackson County employees…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:08

Blood drive to be held at MedWest-Harris

MedWest-Harris in Sylva will hold an American Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12 to help with the decline in blood donations typically seen in summer months. The American Red Cross sees a drop…
The businesses in Haywood County are collecting non-perishable food donations through July 15 for Hunger Free Haywood, an initiative with MANNA Food Bank to cut down on hunger in the county. People wanting to donate should look for red barrels…
The Haywood County Public Library has acquired the Early Literacy Station, a computer loaded with 50 educational software titles for children ages 2-10. The Early Literacy Station offers children a safe, standalone computer not connected to the Internet that is…
The Cherokee Preservation Foundation has awarded 24 new grants totaling $1.8 million that support cultural preservation, economic development, job creation and environmental preservation. They include: • A grant to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian to celebrate the 250th anniversary…
Chandra Spaulding, an animal rights activist and vet’s assistant in Sylva, has jumped onboard a statewide campaign to crack down on puppy mills. Signs of her handiwork — literally — can be seen in the form of a billboard on…
Seventy-year old Ronnie Evans, a retired engineer with UNC-TV who lives in Franklin, seems an unlikely homicide investigator.
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel never had an entrance that made visitors stop and say wow — until now.
Ghost Town in the Sky opened last Wednesday — sort of. The once-popular amusement park in Maggie Valley opened its chairlift and a new zipline just in time for the July 4 holiday and is offering rides on both attractions.
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 12:35

Red Cross sponsoring blood drives in WNC

The American Red Cross will hold blood drives in the area as the agency has reached emergency levels after receiving 50,000 fewer donations than expected in last month.  All blood types are needed, but especially O positive, O negative, B…