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The Liars Bench will perform the third of the Balsam Chronicles series with the story of Osley Bird Saunooke, colorful…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:07

Listen to the music

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Whether it’s called pickin’, groovin’ or jammin’ — every summer, Western North Carolina blends its majestic mountain views with its heritage…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:37

Intricate flora sometimes defy description

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Through the years I have attempted to describe the flora of the Smokies region for newspaper, magazine and book readers.…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:35

Buy Haywood uses cooking to connect to local farmers

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Buy Haywood is connecting the community with local farmers and chefs in an effort to reintroduce people to the simple…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:34

Learn how to live peacefully with bears

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Learn how to coexist with black bears through a free Bear Education and Resources program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:33

Adult soccer kicks off in Haywood

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Registration will take place May 14-21 for adult summer soccer leagues through Haywood County Recreation and Parks. There will be…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:32

Workshop coming up on aquatic insects

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Learn about aquatic insect sampling starting at 9 a.m. May 16 at Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory in Macon County. You’ll learn…
Patrick McMillan, the host, co-creator, and writer of the popular and award-winning ETV nature program “Expeditions with Patrick McMillan,” is…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:30

Seniors trip to museum scheduled

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A trip for seniors to the Mountain Farm Museum with the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will be held from…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:29

Learn to take photos of spring wildflowers

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Learn how to take great photographs of spring wildflowers by participating in a guided photography hike on Tuesday, May 15.…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:28

Birding program, walk scheduled for May 12

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A bird walk and program led by N.C. Audobon’s Curtis Smalling and international birding enthusiast Romney Bathurst will be held…
James T. Costa, Western Carolina University professor and director of Highlands Biological Station, is the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:24

The Plott Hound focus of upcoming program

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Author Bob Plott will discuss Western North Carolina’s unique Plott Hound at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at the Bethea…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:23

Following a supermoon

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Last night (May 5) was the unveiling of this year’s supermoon. Astronomer Richard Nolle coined the term supermoon in 1979…
The North Carolina Arboretum will participate in National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 11, waiving the parking fee for…
David Burnette and his wife Diane do things the old way. “One thing just led to another,” David said of…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:09

Youmans returns to City Lights

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Former Cullowhee resident Marly Youmans will return to City Lights Bookstore at 6:30 p.m. on May 16 to read from…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:09

WCU professor’s book focuses on German cavalry

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David R. Dorondo, associate professor in Western Carolina University’s Department of History, is author of the newly published book Riders…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:08

WCU’s Leah Hampton wins 2012 Betts Fiction Prize

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Leah Hampton, an English instructor and associate director of the Writing and Learning Commons at Western Carolina University, is the…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:06

Dusting off a few worthwhile volumes

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Spring-cleaning remains a ritual in many households. We throw open windows, rid closets, shelves, and drawers of unwanted items —…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:49

A GOP perspective on leadership

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To the Editor: The recent letter authored by the new chairman of the Macon County Democratic Party seemed to be…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:48

Someone is having problems with memory

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“No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.” – Abraham Lincoln To the Editor: I am…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:47

Thanks for taking a strong stand

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To the Editor: I live in Albuquerque currently, but I grew up in North Carolina and spent summers at Lake…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:46

Romney will sacrifice all to blind ambition

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To the Editor: No president serves for more than eight years but his influence on the Supreme Court lasts far…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:45

Don’t tell me about hurt feelings

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To the Editor: Oh I am so distraught; and Chief Hicks is “appalled.” The Franklin maintenance crew has killed the…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:43

My other family just lost one of its own

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Here in the South, if you are of a certain age, you have two families at least. The first is…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:41

Tell legislators to keep a good thing going

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The specialty license plates that have provided millions of dollars for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue…
The race for N.C. House of Representatives between two well-known and prominent Waynesville Democrats, Danny Davis and Joe Sam Queen, came down to the wire Tuesday night. Queen emerged as the top vote getter by only 12 votes. But, Davis…
Mark Meadows and Hayden Rogers came out on top last night in a Congressional election that at the beginning of the day boasted a full slate of 11 candidates. The field of eight Republicans and three Democrats vying to represent…
Jackson voters approved alcohol sales in Tuesday’s election by a comfortable margin, making it only the third county in Western North Carolina to permit the sale of booze county wide. Most counties are dry, with alcohol sales only allowed inside…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:27

Greene wins Jackson commissioner seat

Jackson County has a new county commissioner. Vicki Greene, a longtime community planner and retired assistant director of the Southwestern Development Commission, clinched the Democratic nomination, which makes her a shoe-in for the Board of Commissioners as there is no…
As predicted, North Carolina voters ushered in a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions in Tuesday’s primary election, joining a flood of states to pass constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage in recent years. Missouri was the first in…
Cherokee Schools has launched a year-long process to develop a new strategic plan, a move prompted by issues raised in a recent accreditation review of the school system. As a sovereign entity, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians operates its…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:18

Sylva native hired as new town manager

Sylva has a new town manager. Paige Roberson, 25, was promoted last week by the town board to the top leadership position. Roberson has clearly impressed the town after stepping in to a part-time job as the director of the…
Waynesville Police Department is one of several law enforcement agencies hoping to see an expansion of the Western North Carolina crime lab in the next several years to speed up processing, trials and convictions of offenders. “Our evidence has to…
The same trolley that used to lead the New York Marathon and transport students at New York University from place to place has found a home in Waynesville. Starting this Saturday, the diesel trolley will traverse downtown Waynesville, Frog Level…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 20:55

Good Old Time Summer Camp for kids at WCU

Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center, Department of Art and Hunter Library are joining forces to offer the Good Old Time Summer Camp for children ages 9 through 13. Participants will attend the camp from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 20:55

Get help building your home

Haywood Habitat for Humanity is holding an open enrollment through this month for people interested in purchasing a home through the agency. Requirements for participants include being a resident of Haywood County and having an annual household income between $20,400…
There will be a barbecue fund-raiser for the Waynesville Skate Park from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, at the Waynesville Recreation Center. The cost is $5 per sack lunch, which will contain a sandwich, chips and…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 20:53

Fun Kids Day to benefit PAWS

P.A.W.S. Animal Shelter will celebrate children and animals of all ages with a day of fun and games at the second Annual “PAWSitively Fun Kids Day” festival starting at 10 a.m. on May 12 at Rivermont Park in downtown Bryson…
A political impasse over live dealers and table games at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino has been resolved, but the tribe still has some heavy lifting to go before it can close the deal. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians needs the…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 20:51

Home Expo planned in Waynesville

The Haywood Home Builders Association is having its 2012 Spring Home Expo May 11-12 at the Waynesville Armory. Those looking for a contractor, ways to update their home, or a way to update their landscaping should attend the Spring Expo.…
Randal Garrison will be the guest speaker at a meeting of the Western North Carolina Civil War Roundtable at 7 p.m. on May 14 at the Mountain Heritage Center Auditorium on the campus of Western Carolina University. His topic will…
Angel Medical Center will unveil new technology aimed at improving its treatment of stroke victims during a demonstration from 2-3 p.m. on May 15 in the hospital dining room. “The Telestroke Robot is cutting edge technology that will allow the…
John Bardo, the former chancellor for Western Carolina University, has gotten a job. He will take over as the new chancellor for Wichita State University in Kansas in July. Bardo retired last summer from Western Carolina University after 16 years…
The idea of a restaurant and a commons area where students could meet and eat sounds like a good one to Angie Stanley, a student in Southwestern Community College’s medical respiratory program. “That really would be nice,” the Sylva resident…
Evergreen Packaging has reached a partial settlement with environmental groups over pollution from the Canton paper mill in the Pigeon River. Environmental groups had challenged the mill’s pollution permit, claiming that the standards weren’t tight enough. There were two bones…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 20:45

Letter carriers food drive is May 12

The annual national Letter Carrier’s “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive is May 12, and postal customers are reminded to leave bagged food and other non-perishable items at their mail boxes. The drive is the largest one-day food-collection event in the…
The North Carolina Baptist Church Library Team will host a library workshop for Western North Carolina at First Baptist Church in Waynesville on May 19. This field training is aimed at greatly reducing the time and cost of training for…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 20:44

Former Miss America coming to Junaluska

The United Way of Haywood County and The Haywood Volunteer Center are hosting an evening with Jeanne Robertson at 7 p.m. on June 7 at Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska. Who is Jeanne Robertson? She is North Carolina’s own 6-foot,…