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David Belcher, Western Carolina University’s 11th chancellor, warned a crowd of 200 on hand last week for the pomp and circumstance of his installment ceremony that the state of North Carolina must not dally in protecting its educational assets. Other…
Three Republican candidates are attempting to set themselves apart in the hope of winning the May primary and going head-to-head with N.C. Rep. Ray Rapp for his seat in the state House. After three uncontested elections, Rapp will now face…
Two well-known Waynesville Democrats running against each other for a shot at representing mountain people in Raleigh so far are playing fair and keeping the race clean. But their similar platforms, progressive rhetoric and measured campaigns mean voters deciding between…
A sushi restaurant in Waynesville lost a protracted legal battle last month after accusing a neighboring nail salon of driving away its diners. Saki Sushi claimed fumes from Tweety Nails hurt its bottom-line. Litigation dating back two years culminated in…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:30

Cutting campaign restores Parkway vistas

Visitors to Haywood County will have a fuller view of its mountain beauty this year after a locally funded project left some of the Blue Ridge Parkway vistas a bit barer. The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority and Maggie Valley…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 20:26

Right now, I’m taking a stand to make a start

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Firmly resolute in my desire to set aside more time for my writing I decided not to have a garden…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 20:26

Who is candidate Cecil Bothwell?

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To the Editor: We may criticize someone not attending our church or not believing what we believe. Many of us…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 20:24

Do not mess with our health insurance

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To the Editor: This is an open letter to Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin. Let me be perfectly clear. Obama Care…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 20:24

Armed citizens not always a good thing

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To the Editor: A recent letter by a firearms instructor made the assertion that no one at the shooting of…
The revelation was at first surprising and then disappointing. So I’ll take a stab here at shedding some light on…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 20:00

Roller derby auditions at the fairgrounds

The Thunder Road Rollergirls of Waynesville will hold its spring open recruitment from April 5-24. There are plenty of available positions on the team for anyone interested. The women are also working closely with Smoky Mountain Rollergirls in Bryson City…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:59

Skate park getting money boosts

The future Waynesville Skate Park has been awarded a grant in the amount of $1,260 from the North Carolina Community Foundation. The park also recently received a grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation in the amount of $5,000. The planned…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:58

Test drive a vehicle and help out a school

Andy Shaw Ford of Sylva will bring Ford Motor Company’s “Drive One 4UR School” Program to Jackson County from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. April 12 in the SCC Balsam Center parking lot. Proceeds will be shared evenly by Jackson…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:58

Women’s self defense class offered

A self-defense class for women will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11 at MedWest-Haywood Health and Fitness Center. The instructor will be Marshall Hale, a Tae Kwon Do instructor with Blue Dragon. Cost for the workshop is…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:58

Donate food to help feed the hungry

A food drive is under way in Maggie Valley, with a food drop-off container located in town hall for nonperishable items. The drive has the support of town aldermen and was started at the request of resident Don Massey. The…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:57

Help celebrate donate a book day

As a part of National Library Week from April 8-14, people are asked to donate new or gently used books to their local library branch. Books not added to the library’s collection will be given to the Friends of the…
The Small Business Center of Haywood Community College will offer a free seminar on business lending through the NC Rural Center Microenterprise program from 6-8 p.m. on April 10 on campus in the first floor of the student center. The…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:51

Writer/choreographer to present new play in Cherokee

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A read-through of the new play “A Cherokee Family Reunion” will take place from 4-6 p.m. on April 13 at…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:51

Cooking with ramps book published

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A cookbook, titled RAMPS: Cooking with the Best Kept Secret of the Appalachian Trail, features a collection of ramp recipes…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:50

Carden premieres ‘Mother Jones’

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Well-known Western North Carolinian Gary Carden will present the first showing of his new monologue “Mother Jones” at 6 p.m.,…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:50

Allan Wolf visits City Lights Bookstore

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Poet, author and educator, Allan Wolf will return to City Lights Bookstore at 7 p.m. on April 6 to discuss…
Award-winning author Scott Huler will lecture April 13 at Western Carolina University and the Jackson County Public Library in recognition…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:48

Joel Frahm to perform at WCU Jazz Festival

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Saxophonist Joel Frahm will perform at Western Carolina University’s annual Jazz Festival from April 14-15. The New York Times praised…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:45

Easter events

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All hats on deck for Easter Hat Parade The town of Dillsboro will host its 24th annual Easter Hat Parade…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:44

Saxophone quartet to perform April 16

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The award-winning Assembly Saxophone Quartet will present a free concert at 6 p.m., April 16, in the theater of A.K.…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:44

Ronnie Dunn to play Harrah’s

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Country legend Ronnie Dunn will perform at 9 p.m., April 27, at Harrah’s Casino and Hotel in Cherokee. Dunn is now…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:43

WCU series to close with film about Georgia crematorium

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The Southern Circuit film tour at Western Carolina University ends its 2011-12 season with a free screening of “Sahkanaga” at…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:41

Bridge Park concerts return

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The Concerts on the Creek summer music series returns for its fourth season in May featuring live bands each Friday…
Two artists were selected to paint various versions of the historic Bethel Presbyterian Church. Nick DePaolo, owner of Long Grove…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:40

WCU to celebrate youth artwork

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Western Carolina University will celebrate the artwork of local students with the 2012 Jackson County Youth Art Month exhibit from…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:38

Photo gallery opens in Waynesville

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The Lonebackpacker Gallery of World Photography, owned by artist Adam Malis, opened last week on Depot Street in Waynesville. The…
An artistic marriage of fine gardens and fine art is on display now at Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86,…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:58

Convicted by a jury of my peers

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Last year around this time I wrote about the honor of being nominated for Wild South’s Roosevelt-Ashe Society’s “Outstanding Journalist…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:52

Nomenclature has meaning when it comes to plants

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What’s in a name? Well, sometimes a lot, especially when you’re considering the names we assign plants. The striking little…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:51

Geologists to converge on the mountains

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Western Carolina University will host more than 700 professional geologists and geology students during the 61st annual meeting of the…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:51

Get ready to do some haggling

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Bartering Day is on tap for the old T.M. Rickman Store in Macon County’s historic Cowee Valley from 10 a.m.…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:50

AT Founder’s Bridge Festival coming to NOC

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A storied Appalachian Trail event is on tap April 6 and 7 at Nantahala Outdoor Center with the AT Founder’s…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:50

Bats in Smokies threatened by fungus

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Biologists in the Smokies have confirmed that two different kinds of bats found in a park cave have white-nose syndrome,…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:50

Smokies camping fee to take effect

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park plans to collect fees next year from backpackers despite the proposal receiving opposition from…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:48

Troops rally to fight off invasive species

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More than 300 Macon County students and others interested in the natural landscape will attend Invasive Species Awareness Day from…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:48

Hatchery-supported trout waters open

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Approximately 1,100 miles of hatchery-supported trout waters in 25 western counties will open at 7 a.m. on April 7. The…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:47

Cherokee Reservation trout season opens

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Hundreds of anglers will line the 30 miles of streams on the Cherokee Indian Reservation Saturday, March 31, with the…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:47

Garden forum April 3

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Experienced growers Ron and Kathy Arps will lead a panel discussion about home gardening at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:46

National park to restore views at overlooks

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The views in the Smokies might get a little easier to see after a contractor cuts back encroaching trees from…
Responding to missing or injured hikers this time of year is expected in Macon County, where the Appalachian Trail winds…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:41

Anatomy of a Smokies search

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Things weren’t looking good. After five days of searching and zero clues, a massive search for a missing man in…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:38

Motives of missing man remain a mystery

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It’s probably not the view sightseers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park were expecting last week when they pulled…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:37

Book signing for three mountain women

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Barbara Woodall, Amy Ammons Garza and Doreyl Ammons Cain will sign books at City Lights Bookstore at 2 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:31

Forgotten but not gone — emphasizing grammar

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Fifteen years ago, when I was the temporary teacher of Latin at Tuscola High School in Waynesville, I was discussing…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:37

Staring over the edge of the political divide

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Question: How does one come to the conclusion that the upcoming General Assembly short session will almost certainly be an…