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Macon County commissioners will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, to discuss regulations on earth moving proposed by the county’s planning board. A vote on the guidelines probably won’t take place then, County Manager Jack Horton…
Macon County will postpone a countywide reassessment of property values from 2013 until 2015. County Tax Assessor Richard Lightner recommended waiting because of lackluster sales: there simply hasn’t been enough property changing hands to provide a baseline for the going…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:40

Jackson County’s “other” bookstore

Here, by the side of U.S. 74 as you start up the Balsams after leaving Sylva, isn’t exactly the place you’d expect to stumble onto a bookstore with some 20,000 volumes of select, vintage books. A photography shop bookends one…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:39

Jiu Jitsu legend to offer seminar

A member of the world-famous fighting family, the Gracies of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will be offering a seminar in the fighting style that launched the MMA/UFC phenomena.   Royler Gracie, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and mixed martial arts world…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:38

Ronald Reagan dinner and dance

The late President Ronald Reagan was born 100 years ago this year, and Republicans in Swain, Graham and Jackson counties have decided to celebrate his life this Saturday, Oct. 22, beginning at 6 p.m. There will be a covered dish/pot…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:38

Learn good guard techniques

Girls on Guard will be offered from 9 a.m. until noon this Saturday, Oct. 22, on Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus. This presentation covers date rape scenarios and attacks perpetrated by acquaintances. Participants will learn tactics and techniques to defend…
There’s still no reprieve in sight for WRGC, Sylva’s radio station and a five-decade community mainstay for local weather, news and more. The station, broadcasting at 680 AM, went off the air at the end of August. Gary Ayers, a…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:34

Table is set for Sylva town election

This November, Sylva residents will elect three commissioners, deciding who will control the majority on that five-member board. All three incumbents are running for re-election, plus two challengers. In the next four years, it’s likely that Sylva’s chosen leaders will…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:32

Collective discontent bonds candidates

Three candidates running for the Maggie Valley town board with a similar message have buddied up in the campaign and chosen to run as a slate. They claim the current town leaders discourage new ideas and fail to bring residents…
Waning tourism in Maggie Valley and what to do about it is dominating the town’s election this fall. Four people are running for two seats on the town board, and there is also a contested race for mayor. A slate…
Crafting cornhusk dolls is a far cry from mass-producing blue surgical drapes, but one local non-profit made that leap in a matter of about four years. Today Haywood Vocational Opportunities LLC employs 365 people — more than a third of whom…
The medical community in Western North Carolina is embroiled in a debate over Mission Hospital — should its influence and reach be reined in or given the freedom it needs to serves as the region’s health care leader? A state…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:26

State auditor to speak at Democratic rally

The Haywood Democratic Party will hold its annual Fall Rally Saturday, Oct. 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with State Auditor Beth Wood serving as guest speaker. The event will take place at the Canton Armory, 71 Penland Street,…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:24

‘Occupy’ movement moves into Sylva

“Occupy Sylva” on Saturday looked and sounded a lot like a Democratic-party function, but with a twist. The message wasn’t necessarily about voting Democratic, though speakers, particularly political office holders, certainly worked that wish into speeches when their moments came…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:22

Do-over of room tax hike in Jackson

Jackson County commissioners likely erred two weeks ago when they voted to double the county’s tax on overnight lodging: they failed to hold a public hearing first. Commissioners were forced to rescind their vote, and will now hold a public…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:25

Fine Art Museum to showcase lithographs, Latin-American art

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The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University will host a reception for an exhibit from the collection of Rob…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:24

WCU, Green Energy Park offer blacksmithing classes

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Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing Education will offer adult (18 years and older) blacksmithing classes this fall and winter…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:24

Artists sought for garden art exhibit

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The Haywood County Arts Council is joining with the Haywood County Master Gardener Volunteer Association for an exhibit in April…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:23

Learn the papermaking process Oct. 25

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Hendersonville resident Stefanie Kompathoum will offer a workshop on how to make handmade paper at the Jackson County Public Library…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:23

Crowe presents his first childrens’ book

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The Jackson County Public Library will host a special evening storytime for children at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, in…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:22

Ready for a night of terror?

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Starting on Oct. 21, a spooky Haunted Trail will be set up at the Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee. The…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:21

Chinese acrobatic troupe to perform in Asheville

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The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China will perform at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium at 4 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:19

WCU brings fast-rising comic Bo Burnham to campus Oct. 26

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Comedian Bo Burnham will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:19

‘Arc’toberfest fundraiser scheduled

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The Arc of Haywood County’s third annual “Arc”toberfest will be held from 7-11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:17

Guild craft fair returns to WNC Oct. 20-23

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The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands has set the standard for fine craft shows across the country since its…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:16

Pumpkinfest serves up fall variety Oct. 22

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Historic Downtown Franklin is gearing up for the 15th Annual Pumpkinfest to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:14

Artists ready to paint the town during ColorFest

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The vibrant hues of autumn come to life Saturday, Oct. 22, at the third annual “ColorFest, Art of the Blue…
Western Carolina University will host a screening of the movie “The King’s Speech” followed by a discussion focusing on stuttering,…
The author of the newly released second edition of Stuttering Intervention: A Collaborative Journey to Fluency Freedom admits that his…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:47

Civil War crossing of Smokies was memorable feat

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The war in the Smokies proved to be … a curious conjunction of terrain, history, politics, and culture ... a…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:46

Fishers to converge on reservation for prizes

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Time to get those lines wet, via the Rumble in the Rhododendron in Cherokee coming up Oct. 21-23. The cost…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:45

Learn fly-fishing basics from an expert

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Fly fishermen are passing on their craft with a series of how-to classes in Sylva. Members of the Tuckaseigee Chapter…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:44

Introduce kids to fly-fishing in Pisgah

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 Kids ages 12 and older can take a free fly-fishing class Oct. 15 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education.…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:43

Fall color web site

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Want to find the best fall color? The U.S. Forest Service of North Carolina has posted a new leaf viewing…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:42

Goats prove usefulness to Catamounts

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An environmentally friendly weed-eradication strategy that has been gaining popularity across the nation made its way to Western Carolina University…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:42

Where’s the beef?

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Learn all about beef cattle in two upcoming workshops scheduled for Macon County. The first is designed to teach the…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:41

Franklin 5K coming to the greenway

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The Franklin Cross Country team will hold the Grayson Hall Memorial 5K race on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 9 a.m. at…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:40

Cataloochee scores new school director

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Cataloochee is welcoming new Ski and Snowboard School Director Mark Rozof, who was a member of the Cataloochee school last…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:40

Mega trail work party at Tsali this weekend

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Get out your work gloves and head over to Tsali Recreation Area this month (Oct. 15-16) to help work on…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:39

Taking flight with birds of prey

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The “Eagle Lady” will be doing a free program with her live birds of prey at the Great Smoky Mountains…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:38

‘Roosevelt’ headlining in Highlands, Cashiers

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A one-man show will portray the life of Theodore Roosevelt, the Conservation President, in two upcoming performances on Friday, Oct.…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:37

New Wildlife Commission website

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has launched a new, interactive website at that features reorganized content, streamlined navigation and…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:36

Leaf-lookers’ primer

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How did it get to be October already? Oh well, it’s here and the deep red sourwoods shinning from the…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:34

Mud, Cowbells, and Beer: The Cyclocross Passions

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For a good part of the past decade I have spent a lot of time riding and racing my bike.…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:28

Folklorist to tell true ghost stories

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Folklorist and author Randy Russell will tell true ghost stories and read from new young adult novel at 5:30 p.m.…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:27

Dodson to read at Blue Ridge Books

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Stan Dodson will read from his novel, Poor Memory, at 3 p.m. on Oct. 15 at Blue Ridge Books and…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:26

Lane to read from newest book of poems

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John Lane will be at City Lights at 7 p.m. on Oct. 13 to read from his news book, Abandoned…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:24

Norma Watkins to read from memoir

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Norma Watkins will read from her memoir, The Last Resort, at 7 p.m. on Oct. 14 at City Lights Bookstore…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:20

WCU’s Rash to receive state’s highest civilian honor

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Western Carolina University faculty member and writer Ron Rash is one of six North Carolinians chosen to receive the state’s…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:14

The past is not really past

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It is no secret that writers are influenced by authors whose work they admire. Though he would later turn his…