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MedWest-Haywood will hold an open house from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, at the newly constructed MedWest Urgent Care Center in Canton. The community can get a preview of the new facility during the open house. MedWest Urgent Care…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:48

Selling Haywood a collective effort

Departing from the normal talks of budget cuts and tightening belts, Haywood County commissioners asked a group of tourism and town leaders how the county could pitch in to help bring visitors or new second-home owners to the county. The…
The Community Table, Sylva’s nonprofit soup kitchen for the needy, is within weeks of moving its digs from its cramped existing facility to the town’s now-vacant senior center. The county built a new senior center, freeing up space in the…
The Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen’s split decision to de-annex someone who didn’t want to be in the town limits anymore — or pay town taxes any more — seems to have brought a trickle of other unsatisfied residents making…
After two years of lawsuits and two mediations, Swain and Graham counties have finally agreed on where to draw the county line signifying their portions of the Fontana Dam. Fontana Dam straddles the two counties. How much of the dam…
The Lowe’s interchange in Haywood County will finally get re-structured but not for a couple more years. N.C. Department of Transportation plans to start reconstructing the exit onto N.C. 209 and leading to Paragon Parkway and Hospital Drive in summer…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:41

Cullowhee community holds second meeting

Residents and business owners of Cullowhee and Jackson County are invited to attend a community meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, at the Cullowhee Valley School library. This is a follow-up to the March 13 meeting when community…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:39

Tuckasegee bridge to be replaced

A $3.4-million contract to replace the T. Walter Middleton Bridge on N.C. 107 over the Tuckasegee River in Jackson County has been awarded to a Whittier company. Owle Construction Co. will build a new bridge that will be widened from…
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is taking matters into its own hands in the tug-of-war over the best route to Cherokee. A tribe-purchased billboard on Interstate 40, heading west of Asheville, will soon tout two possible routes to Cherokee.…
When Dr. Bob Adams walked into a hospital-wide meeting of Jackson County doctors in early January, he believed he had finally mustered the critical mass to demand action, action that so far had been elusive despite a year of working…
When the Med-West venture was coined two years ago, the premise was an easy sell. Together the hospitals would be stronger than going it alone. Both Harris and Haywood hospitals had witnessed a troubling loss of patients to Mission —…
The iconic black bear, the parkway’s winding scenic road and the Appalachian Trail’s solitary hiker have gotten a reprieve. A bill will be introduced next month to allow a version of the full-color specialty plates. They’d been facing a death…
Large, walk-in beer coolers are ready and waiting to be stocked at Dwight and Jamie Winchester’s Catamount Travel Center, a gas station directly across the street from the entrance to the Cherokee Indian Reservation on U.S. 441. They’ve been there…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:57

Voices in the Laurel plans spring concert

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Children’s choir, Voices in the Laurel, will perform in its 16th annual spring concert at 2:30 p.m., May 6, at…
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 20:57

Talent show to benefit arts in Macon schools

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Macon County youth will take the stage in Showcase of Talent 2012, a non-competitive talent show for third- to 12th-graders,…
Two Western Carolina University student disc jockeys committed to offering “smashing good fun” on their morning radio show have been…
The library in Sylva will host a free energy healing workshop with Laura Elliott at 7 p.m. on May 1.…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:53

Shelton House opening for 2012 season

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The Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts at historic Shelton House will open on May 1 for the 2012 season. In…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:52

New gallery at GEP to showcase ‘Art + Energy’

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A new ‘Art + Energy’ gallery will have its grand opening from 5-7 p.m., April 26, at the Jackson County…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:52

Winners announced for SCC Student Art Show

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The winning art pieces from the 2012 Southwestern Community College Student Art Show will be exhibited at the Oconaluftee Institute…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:50

Lyle Lovett set to perform at Harrah’s Casino

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Singer/songwriter Lyle Lovett will take the stage at 7:30 p.m., May 5, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel. Lovett is…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:50

HART presents a collection of antique quilts

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The Haywood Arts Regional Theater will exhibit a collection of antique quilts during the production of “Look Homeward Angel,” scheduled…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:49

Near-death experiences subject of May 3 talk

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The Macon County Public Library will host a talk by local author Dennis Murphy at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:48

HART opens its season with ‘Look Homeward Angel’

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The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will open its 2012 season on April 27 with “Look Homeward Angel,” a Pulitzer Prize…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:47

NC Symphony to perform in WNC

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The North Carolina Symphony will perform its “Beethoven and Beyond” at Cherokee Central Schools and Haywood Community College. The symphony…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:46

Orchestra to feature student performances

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The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra will play the final concert of its season at 7:30 p.m. on April 28 in…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:46

Community chorus to host spring concert

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The Haywood-Junaluska Community Chorus’ spring concert will be held at 4 p.m., April 29, at The First United Methodist Church…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:45

Students to present ‘Rhythm and Rhymes’

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Western Carolina University’s Catamount Singers and Electric Soul instrumental group will present its spring showcase “Rhythm and Rhymes” at 7:30…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:44

Folkmoot USA to host a Hawaiian Luau

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Folkmoot USA will host a luau from 5 to 8 p.m., May 11, at the Haywood Regional Arts Theater in…
Most things in life start out small — acorns grow into oak trees, babies are reared into adulthood, small patches of…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:53

Cherokee masks come in many guises

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A mask is a mechanism employed to cover the face as a protective screen or disguise. For protection, they have…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:52

Rally to protest Smokies backcountry camping fee

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A backcountry fee rally will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 21, at the Sugarlands Visitor Center…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:51

Spring wildflower and bird pilgrimage

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The 40th annual Spring Wildflower and Bird Pilgrimage will be held April 27-29, with registration at 6:30 p.m., April 27,…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:50

5k race set for Sylva Greening Up

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The Greening up the Mountains 5k Run & Walk will be held in downtown Sylva at 9 a.m. on Saturday,…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:49

HCC to hold Earth Day celebration

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Haywood Community College’s fifth-annual Earth Day Celebration will focus on renewable energies, clean transportation and getting in touch with your…
Christine Kelly of Asheville, a wildlife diversity biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, has been awarded the 2011 Recovery…
There’s now a local outlet to authenticate and check the purity of botanical ingredients via the U.S. Botanical Safety Laboratory…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:47

Enjoy a night under the stars in the Smokies

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Attend a stargazing event at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, at one of Haywood County’s clearest views of the…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:46

Learn about the Smokies’ best hikes

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Discover the very best trails out of the 800 miles of them in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:45

Hit the trail for wildflower hike in Highlands

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A guided spring wildflower hike will be held on the historic Kelsey Trail in Highlands on Friday, April 10, as…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:43

Hone your outdoor photography skills

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An outdoor photography workshop that includes field shoots and classroom critique sessions will be during the month of May in…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:42

Birds of Prey come to life

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A special program on Birds of Prey including live birds will be held on at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 26,…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:40

Haywood farmers produce coming soon to a school near you

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A $22,200 grant will fund a Farm to School program at five Haywood County Schools designed to address concerns about…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:38

Pisgah, Nantahala National forests get a new boss

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A new forest supervisor, Kristin Bail, has been selected to head the national forests in North Carolina. Bail brings a…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:32

The “New” Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

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The 62nd Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be April 25 – 28. I…
As Tommy Yon carried his kayak up the side of a waterfall in Tennessee, he tried not to over-think the…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:28

Light-hearted take on life’s last lingering years

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I remember, I remember The house where I was born, The little window where the sun Came peeping in at…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:48

Call them statesmen, not “republicrats”

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To the Editor: There has been too much name-calling in the media lately criticizing the way in which some of…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:47

Dilapidated mobile homes should be illegal

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To the Editor: Old Cullowhee Road in Cullowhee is a beautiful route for viewing land, homes, water and sky. Lately…
To the Editor: One of the more interesting races in the May 8 Democratic primary is the race for U.S.…