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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.  …
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:58

Nantahala Brewing to host limited bottle release event

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Nantahala Brewing Company will hold a release party for the first of three limited bottle release Trail Magic Ale ales…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:57

Tuckaseegee Tavern hosts Winter Thaw Out concert

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The Dan River Drifters will play at Tuckaseegee Tavern Saturday, Feb. 18, in Bryson City. The Drifters combine traditional and…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:57

Frog Level Brewery to host live music concert

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Frog Level Brewing Company will hold the first performance in its Jazz Masters Series from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday,…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:56

Reading council to raise funds with friendly competition

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Western Mountains Reading Council’s Community Spelling and Trivia Bee will be held 7 p.m. on Feb. 28 in the fine…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:56

Regional book fair to be held at HCC Feb. 13-17

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Haywood Community College will hold a book fair Feb. 13-17 in the multi-purpose room of its Regional Center for the…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:55

OICA to offer book cloth class

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Students will explore ways to make their own book cloth from lightweight fabrics during a class starting Thursday, Feb. 23,…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:55

Groovy Movie Club to show ‘Moneyball’ Feb. 17

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The Groovy Movie Club will show the film “Moneyball” beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17. A mostly organic…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:54

Bryson City library to show ‘The Lion King’ Feb. 21

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The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will play “The Lion King” at 3:30 p.m., Feb. 21. The animated film…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:53

Voices of the Laurel choir reschedules Valentine’s benefit

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The Voices of the Laurel singers will relive the classic age of MGM movies, the magic of Disney and the…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:52

Art gets an A+ at Central Elementary

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The fourth- and fifth-grade students at Central Elementary School in Waynesville were recently treated to some time-travel art thanks to…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:51

Reception for Laboray exhibit Feb. 16 at WCU

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Work by Ron Laboray, assistant professor of painting and drawing in the School of Art and Design at Western Carolina…
The Haywood County Arts Council has opened a new show entitled, “It’s Elementary!” The show will run through March 3…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:49

Art by Brent Martin showcased in Macon

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The Fruit Jar Parables is now on display in the Macon County Public Library. Brent Martin lives in the Cowee…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:49

Quilting: An act of caring

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Haywood Community College’s Quilting Workshop day class just finished quilts that will benefit Mountain Projects’ Share the Warmth campaign as…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:48

The Bascom offers classes at a discount

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The Bascom, a visual arts center in Highlands, is offering early bird discounts on adult workshops and classes in ceramics,…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:47

Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration seeking vendors

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The Downtown Waynesville Association is seeking heritage-themed vendors for the second annual Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration, June 9, on Main Street.…
When it comes to fundraising, there are a lot of different methods employed to get attention and raise critical dollars…
Two seats are up for election on the Haywood County Board of Commissioners this year, and both Mark Swanger and Kevin Ensley are looking to retain their seats. Both incumbents seemed relatively unconcerned about this year’s election. “I’m optimistic,” Swanger…
Land planning, that perennial lightening-rod topic in Macon County, will likely shape if not outright dominate the upcoming campaign for three of the five county commissioner seats. Up for election in Macon this year are Republicans Kevin Corbin, Jimmy Tate…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:42

GOP absent in Jackson commission race

News that Jackson County Commissioner Joe Cowan won’t run for re-election this year has set the stage for a high-profile Democratic primary showdown between two well-known Democrats, Vicki Greene and former board Chairman Stacy Buchanan. Greene had let her intentions…
Outgoing Congressman Heath Shuler hopes to pass the torch to his own chief of staff, a like-minded, conservative Democrat who is rapidly being embraced by the party establishment as a replacement for Shuler on the ballot come November. Hayden Rogers,…
Republicans seeking the 11th District congressional seat are trying to find ways before May’s primary to stand out and attract voters amid a crowded field of nine candidates. Candidates began actively campaign toward the end of last year, traveling from…
Pity the poor visitors trying to find their ways to Cherokee if the N.C. Department of Transportation heeds requests of local leaders in Haywood and Jackson counties when it comes to directional signs. First, Jackson County wanted a “This way…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:32

Jackson tourism task force weighted

A group tasked with helping Jackson County leaders decide whether to merge two separate tourism entities or possibly hike the room tax is dominated by people who work in the lodging industry. Four out of the six members currently appointed…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:31

Has Maggie found its heroine?

Longtime Maggie Valley resident Alaska Presley has seen it all when it comes to Ghost Town in the Sky’s ups and downs. Presley, now 88, and her late husband Hugh met R.B. Coburn, founder of Ghost Town, more than 50…
Tears gathered in Alaska Presley’s eyes as she moved one step closer to attaining a Maggie Valley icon that has remained close to her heart but out of her possession for more than 50 years. Surrounded by supporters, former Ghost…
Steve Heatherly made sure there were plenty of Diet Cokes queued up in the office mini-fridge before work Monday morning — he would need at least a dozen, probably more, to get through the next 24 hours. Heatherly faced hundreds…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:24

Shared finances complicate MedWest partnership

Some within the Jackson County medical community are wondering whether their hospital has gotten a fair shake in the partnership forged with neighbor Haywood County under the MedWest umbrella two years ago. When the hospitals in Haywood, Jackson and Swain…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:24

Haywood schools score major grant

The Haywood County School District has landed a $1 million grant to fight childhood obesity by encouraging an active, healthy lifestyle through the Carol M. White P.E. program. Haywood County Schools was one of only 76 successful applications selected from…
A domestic violence and sexual assault agency serving victims of abuse in Jackson County abruptly shut its doors last week after more than three decades in operation. REACH of Jackson County has been plagued for two years by an on-going…
Tuesday, 07 February 2012 21:33

Chocolate Cook-off planned for Feb. 11

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The Friends of the Marianna Black Library will host the 5th Annual Chocolate Cook-Off between 2 and 4 p.m., Feb.…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:54

Geronimo’s brush with Western North Carolina

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The names Geronimo and Gen. George Cook are interwoven in the lore of northern Mexico, southeastern Arizona, western New Mexico…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:54

Blue Ridge Breakaway wins critical acclaim

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The Blue Ridge Breakaway was recently named the 2011 Ride of the Year by blogger Aaron West of StepClimbs.com. The…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:53

Women’s and girl’s sports day

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Women and girls can learn about a variety of activities that will inspire them to lead active, healthy lives at…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:53

Sixth-grader explores the science of water quality

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Waynesville Middle School student Jed Messer designed a project about water quality for the regional science fair. The project was…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:52

The Osborne Boundary Oak gets historic designation

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With several centuries under its belt, the Osborne Boundary Oak on N.C. 110 in Haywood County’s Bethel community has long…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:51

Order those fruit trees and berry bushes

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The Swain County Cooperative Extension is now taking orders for 3- to 4-foot tall apple, pear and peach trees, plus…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:51

Lace up your boots and hit the Walhalla Trail

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A hike on the Walhalla Trail at Cataloochee Ranch is set for Saturday, Feb. 11, a postponement of an earlier…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:50

Shiitake mushroom workshop in Swain

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Learn how to grow your own shiitake mushrooms through the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service and the Master Gardener Association from…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:50

Beekeeping class being held this month

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An introductory beekeeping class will be held this month in Haywood County from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday,…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:49

Grab the binoculars and get ready to count

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The Great Backyard Bird Count, an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:48

Punxsutawney Phil was right

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I think the shrewd rodent hedges his bet a bit. I mean if you think about it, the difference between…
Anyone can run or bike. And if any two people could testify to that, it’s Gerri Grady and Hugh Lambert.…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:41

Judith Toy to discuss finding forgiveness through Zen

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Judith Toy, ordained by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh as a core member of his order, will be at City…