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Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:40

Celebrating a society built on open government

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We — this country, its leaders and all of us — are imperfect. We're human, and that means we get…
After more than a year of will they or won't they, Waynesville's ABC Board will soon decide whether to open a second liquor store in the Super Walmart complex. "Right now, we still don't have everything approved," said Earl Clark,…
When a person was found dead in a hotel room recently, six students in Haywood Community College's criminal justice association were put on the case. They studied fiber samples, scoured for finger prints and analyzed what was amiss in the…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:34

Macon planner makes move to town post

Macon County Planner Derek Roland will leave his post to become the Town of Franklin's planner. Current Franklin town Planner Mike Grubermann will retire this month. "Derek has been awesome," said Lewis Penland, chairman of the Macon County Planning Board.…
Lewis Penland doesn't attempt to deny he's a stubborn man, or soften the suggestion that he digs in the heels of his work boots ever deeper the more people try to push him around. "The only people I care about…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:29

Girl Scouts celebrate its 100th birthday

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont will join other Girl Scouts across the nation this week to celebrate Girl Scout Week and the group's 100th Anniversary. During the week, Girl Scouts of all ages celebrate by demonstrating leadership and commitment…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:27

Candidates to appear at meet and greet

Two Republicans running for state and federal office will be at Ryan's Steak House in Sylva on March 15 for a Meet the Candidates event. Jeff Hunt, a candidate for the 11th District GOP nomination to fill retiring U.S. Rep.…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:26

Congressional candidate holds public forum

Vance Patterson, a candidate for U.S. Congress, will hold a town hall meeting Thursday, March 15, from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Haywood County Library.
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:26

Open house scheduled for The Homestead

An open house for The Homestead inpatient hospice unit on the MedWest-Haywood campus will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 18. The Homestead is the only inpatient hospice unit west of Asheville and is open to patients…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:25

Information on first aid

Get up-to-date information on first aid at a 2 p.m. Thursday, March 15, Live and Learn session at Lake Junaluska. The program will feature David Roberts, supervisor for the Haywood County Rescue Squad, and Jason Hampton, crew chief for the…
For musicians, it's the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For football players, it's the Super Bowl championship rings. For Natalie Smith, having her signature coffee blends featured at The Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., is…
Sylva might not exactly be your classic college town — it's certainly not Chapel Hill or Boone. But efforts to bind this community with Western Carolina University have taken catamount-like bounds forward recently. The evidence? First, there's a "paint the…
A new strategic plan for Western Carolina University that will guide the institution's overall direction for the coming decade will be unveiled at a public forum next month. WCU Chancellor David Belcher appointed a 36-member committee last fall to develop…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:06

Corridor K debate going nowhere

Will it decimate mountain beauty or open the economic flood gates? Either way, the costly missing link of a four-lane highway through the remote southern mountains has hit a startling and potentially insurmountable roadblock. State and federal agencies are reluctant…
The mental health agency Smoky Mountain Center is considering moving its headquarters from Sylva to Waynesville, taking with it some 60 jobs and the prospect of dozens more as the agency expands during the coming two years. The prospect pleases…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:00

Swain murder trial gets under way

Tiffany Marion remained stoic as witnesses recounted their version of events and attempted to recall more than three-year-old conversations surrounding the 2008 murder of two Swain County residents. It wasn't until an audio recording of a police interview with her…
As indicated in recent Back Then columns, I've been of late walking some of the old trails along creeks in…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 14:43

See the elk, help a good cause

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WNC Nature Center's most-popular offsite excursion, to see the elk in Cataloochee Valley, is coming up from 2 p.m. until…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 14:42

Report: Blue Ridge Parkway adds up to jobs, money

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A new National Park Service report shows that more than 14.5 million visitors spent $299 million along the Blue Ridge…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 14:40

Roller derby debut upcoming in Bryson City

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The Smoky Mountain Roller Girls, an all female roller derby league, will hold its debut competition from 5 to 7…
Margaret Fry Carton of the Cashiers area has been elected president of the Friends of Panthertown, a nonprofit that protects,…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 14:36

Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a land ethic for our time

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A documentary on Aldo Leopold, the famous forester and environmentalist, will be screened at 6 p.m. March 15, at the…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 14:36

Cleanup leaders in Haywood recognized

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Winners of "Community Pride" awards through Haywood County's Commission for a Clean County will gather at noon, Feb. 15, at…
A two-day conference titled “Growing the Appalachian Food Economy: A Forum on Local Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture” will be…
Borrow seeds in the spring, grow your garden in summer, give them back in the fall. That’s the premise of…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 14:00

Trail trees subject of talk

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Don and Diane Wells will discuss their book, Mystery of the Trees, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, at City Lights…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:58

Taking a trip down dark, violent passages

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This novel contains an endorsement from the late William Gay that tweaked my interest. I immediately bought the book. Gay…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:50

Renowned potter to visit WCU in March

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Acclaimed potter Jeffrey Oestreich will demonstrate his work and give an illustrated artist’s talk Thursday, March 15, at Western Carolina…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:49

Public records workshop is March 15

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Western Carolina University’s Department of Communication will join Carolina Public Press in co-hosting “Full Disclosure,” a public records workshop, from…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:48

‘Fly a Kite’ workshop for kids is March 10

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Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to a free ARTSaturday workshop from 10 a.m. till noon on March…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:48

Biographer of dancer to speak at WCU

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Peggy Schwartz, an award-winning professor of dance and former director of the dance program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, will…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:47

Digital photography students present work

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Students who are enrolled in Haywood Community College’s Continuing Education Digital Photography class will exhibit their work from March 14…
The Broadway Musical “The Story of My Life” will play at the Haywood Arts Regional Theater on March 9, 10…
Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, a non-profit organization located in Jackson County, is offering three $500 scholarships for Appalachian Studies,…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:45

2012 Youth Concerto Competition auditions start May 19

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The North Carolina Symphony will hold the preliminary round of its annual Kathleen Price and Joseph M. Bryan Youth Concerto…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:43

Heritage Alive Mountain Youth Talent Contests upcoming

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The first Heritage Alive Mountain Youth Talent Contest of the year will be held April 28 at the Greening Up…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:43

WCU to present ‘Film Music of John Williams’

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Western Carolina University’s School of Music will present “The Film Music of John Williams” in honor of the composer’s 80th…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:42

Ian Moore and the Second-Hand String Band to perform

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Ian Moore and the Second-Hand String Band will perform at 7 p.m. on March 14 in the community room of the Jackson…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:42

Celtic concert to be held in Bryson City

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The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre in Bryson City will present its 4th annual Celtic Concert 7 p.m. on Friday, March…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:40

Artists sought for Mountain Heritage Day

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Arts and crafts vendors are being sought to participate in Mountain Heritage Day, Western Carolina University’s annual fall festival of…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:39

WCU to host ‘No Limits March’ on March 8

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Western Carolina University’s Department of Intercultural Affairs and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority are co-sponsoring a panel discussion and “No Limits…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:39

Long stitch bindings classes offered in Dillsboro

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Phyllis Jarvinen will be teaching a Long Stitch bookbinding workshop 5 to 9 p.m. on March 15 at Oaks Gallery…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:37

Blue Ridge Watermedia Society to exhibit at Gallery 86

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A show by the Blue Ridge Watermedia Society opened March 7 at Gallery 86 on N. Main Street in Waynesville.…
There is a refinement to Catherine Carter’s poetry, a sense that each poem is finished, polished and complete, worked exactly…
I unpacked my *euphonium recently — my first love was music; writing was a fallback position — and started fooling…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:26

Lottery funds are a boost for Haywood schools

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To the Editor: A headline on a Feb. 29 article in The Smoky Mountain News creates a misleading impression of…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:26

Brigman story needed a second opinion

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To the Editor: It is interesting that The Smoky Mountain News in its reporting on superintendent of Macon County Schools…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:25

Headline showed SMN’s political bias

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To the Editor: Somewhere during my school years I was taught about slanted journalism. One of the best examples of…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:24

Time to send Barack down the road

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To the Editor: Over the weekend we heard from our 44-year-old niece. She was fretting over her 401k. She is…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:23

The gorilla on the state’s back is getting heavy

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Government at all levels needs to spend money judiciously. It is, after all, our money. I’m not convinced either major…