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Western Carolina University students will kick off the Cullowhee Voter Initiative, a nonpartisan effort to improve voter education and participation in Jackson County, with a voter registration drive and student debate on campus Thursday, Feb. 23. A second event, a…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:35

Chefs will tee up their best for the Masters

Like most great tales, it began like any other day. Sous Chef Alex Tinsley, 24, was working his usual day in The Gateway Club’s kitchen — chopping veggies, toasting buns, helping to ensure that any food that left the kitchen…
If you can’t beat ‘em, then you can at least benefit from ‘em. Waynesville officials are considering joining the growing ranks of towns that impose fees on businesses that operate sweepstakes machines, a recent reincarnation of the previously outlawed video…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:32

Eichenbaum bows out of GOP congressional race

The crowded Republican field vying for Heath Shuler’s former seat in Congress thinned out by one this week. Dan Eichenbaum, an eye doctor from Murphy, rode onto the political scene in Western North Carolina in 2010 with the Tea Party…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:21

Silents Out Loud takes a bizarre, mischievous turn

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The Moolah Temple Men’s Auxiliary will accompany a screening of the 1920 silent movie classic, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari,…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:20

WCU alumna cast for ‘Amazing Race’

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Rachel Reilly, a 2007 graduate of Western Carolina University, has been named as part of the cast for “The Amazing…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:19

Daddy-Daughter dance planned in Sylva

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The downtown association and First United Methodist Church in Sylva are sponsoring a Father-Daughter semi-formal dance from 6:30 until 8:30…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:19

56th Annual Pancake Day is Feb. 28

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The 56th Annual Pancake Day will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 28 at First United…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:18

Woodworking demo at Sylva public library

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Woodworker Chris Behre of Tuckasegee will demonstrate how to make Shaker boxes at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, at…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:17

The Bascom to hold kid-friendly activities

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The Bascom in Highlands is hosting several upcoming classes for children • Creation Station is open to children ages 5 to…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:16

Shelburn to demonstrate watercolor techniques

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Contemporary artist and instructor Billie W. Shelburn will demonstrate creative watercolor techniques for Art League of the Smokies at 6:15…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:15

Sylva library sponsors contest to name sculpture

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The Jackson County Public Library is sponsoring a statue-naming contest for a marble sculpture recently donated to its youth service…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:14

Catch the second ‘Liars Bench’ benefit performance Feb. 23

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The second of two benefit performances of “The Liars Bench” Southern Appalachian variety show will be held at 7 p.m.…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:13

WNC Cheese Trail up for discussion

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An exploratory meeting has been set up to examine the possibility of forming the Western North Carolina Cheese Trail. The…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:12

Asheville Symphony Guild offering music camp scholarships

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The Asheville Symphony Guild will offer full and partial scholarships for students who play musical instruments in middle and high…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:12

‘Pillowman’ to premiere in the HART Studio

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The HART Studio in Waynesville will continue its season with “The Pillowman” by Martin McDonagh, opening Feb. 24 in the…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:11

Jam series to feature concert by New Southern Ramblers

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The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will ends its 2011-12 season…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:10

Contemporary art lecture March 5 at WCU

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Independent cultural critic and author Eleanor Heartney will lead a presentation on contemporary art at 5 p.m. Monday, March 5,…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:10

Haywood Rec plans Hawaiian getaway

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Haywood County Recreation and Parks is now taking reservations for a 10-day, Hawaiian Cruise trip Nov. 1-10. Per-person rates are…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:09

Challenge under way for airing of the quilts

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Organizers are gearing up for this year’s Airing of the Quilts Challenge on May 12 in Franklin. Quilters must create…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:08

The quilt that keeps on giving

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Haywood Community College Day Quilting Workshop student Rikki Williams (pictured) won the Confetti Quilt that she helped construct in her…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:05

Reading James Joyce proves an odyssey for this group

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Reading Finnegans Wake on the best of days and in the easiest sections can challenge the most erudite of readers.…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:05

One of the Smokies’ finest poets

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Olive Tilford Dargan is fairly well known in literary circles as the author of  From My Highest Hill (1941), a…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:05

A new trail winds its way to WCU

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Construction of nearly five miles of multiuse trail for walkers, hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers on Western Carolina University’s…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:04

Race — or crawl — in the upcoming Assault on Black Rock

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The second-annual Assault on Black Rock trail race in Jackson County will take place beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, March…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:04

Dillsboro growers’ fair seeking vendors

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Vegetable and flower growers wanting to participate in The Full Spectrum Farms — Growers’ Fair in March can submit vendor…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:03

Help root out unwanted plants along the AT

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Help root out those unwanted invasives in the forests by volunteering from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3,…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:03

Master gardeners take spring plant orders

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Orders for fruit and vegetable plants are being taken now through the Haywood County Master Gardener Association, with a March…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:02

Documentary looks at our use of plastics

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The Western North Carolina Alliance is hosting a screening of the award-winning environmental documentary “Bag It” at UNC-Asheville’s Highsmith Center…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:01

Applications due for fishing youth camp

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Registration is under way for a summer fishing camp for ages 13 to 15 at Lake Logan near Canton, an…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:01

Fly-fishing course offered for women only

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer a special fly-fishing weekend for women through the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program on…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:00

Warm weather at this year’s Icycle Bike Race

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Promoters and competitors agreed this year’s Icycle Mountain Bike Racing Classic at Fontana Village Resort was one of the most…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:59

Fly-fishing team lands line-up of top coaches

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The N.C. Fly Fishing Team, who count the region’s best fishermen among their ranks, has now hooked one of the…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:58

Tunnel repairs close Blue Ridge Parkway

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The Blue Ridge Parkway will be closed between Soco Gap in Maggie Valley to the end of the Parkway in…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:58

LTLT seeks steward to buy conserved farm

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The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee recently purchased a historic 130-acre farm in northern Macon County and is looking…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:54

Zee wolves must go, by Kuteeng Satire

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The Naturalist’s Corner dispatched its chief investigative reporter, Kuteeng Satire, to the land of Dudley Doright to bring you the…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:51

The queen of local beekeepers

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As the weather cooled this past weekend, Kathy Taylor’s bees were nowhere in sight; sheltering themselves within their manmade, wooden…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:51

Valerie Nieman to read from new novel

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Valerie Nieman will visit City Lights Bookstore at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, to read from and discuss her third…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:49

How an enduring writer created himself

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There are many reasons to love the writing of Ray Bradbury. His early short stories — science fiction “lite,” tales…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:43

Safer, smarter and nostalgic about a more reckless past

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In the 1960s and 70s, everybody smoked, everybody but my mother, who didn’t smoke, drink, or do anything that Ann…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:43

Alzheimer’s letter draws needed attention

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To the Editor: My heartfelt gratitude to John Corkran of Black Mountain for his letter (Asheville Citizen-Times, Feb. 6) titled…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:42

LTLT strives to be non-partisan, helpful

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To the Editor: A letter appearing in The Smoky Mountain News two weeks ago incorrectly characterized the mission, work, and…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:42

Cherokee bear zoos need to be shut down

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To the Editor: How many times do the roadside zoos in Cherokee have to be cited for violations of federal…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:41

Planning board needs to be controlled

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To the Editor: One of the most memorable days of my life was Jan. 19, 2001. Macon County had tried…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:40

Can Macon County make a decision?

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To the Editor: At times when difficult decisions are being considered, leaders may seek the counsel of community-minded, experienced individuals…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:37

Earning the right to indulge myself

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I was recently among a group of friends who were discussing habits — what they are and why we have…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:34

Shuler’s ‘no’ ends successful run in politics

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No. It’s the biggest word in politics, often setting off a firestorm when delivered at a crucial moment. Gov. Beverly…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:59

Clarinetist to give free performance Feb. 21

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Clarinetist and faculty member Shannon Thompson will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the recital hall of the…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:59

Marianna Black to host community music jam

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The next community music jam at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m.,…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:58

Contra dancing held in Waynesville

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The next Fourth Sunday Contra Dance will be on Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Gateway Club in downtown Waynesville.  …