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Wednesday, 07 March 2012 14:42

Report: Blue Ridge Parkway adds up to jobs, money

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A new National Park Service report shows that more than 14.5 million visitors spent $299 million along the Blue Ridge…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 14:40

Roller derby debut upcoming in Bryson City

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The Smoky Mountain Roller Girls, an all female roller derby league, will hold its debut competition from 5 to 7…
Margaret Fry Carton of the Cashiers area has been elected president of the Friends of Panthertown, a nonprofit that protects,…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 14:36

Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a land ethic for our time

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A documentary on Aldo Leopold, the famous forester and environmentalist, will be screened at 6 p.m. March 15, at the…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 14:36

Cleanup leaders in Haywood recognized

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Winners of "Community Pride" awards through Haywood County's Commission for a Clean County will gather at noon, Feb. 15, at…
A two-day conference titled “Growing the Appalachian Food Economy: A Forum on Local Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture” will be…
Borrow seeds in the spring, grow your garden in summer, give them back in the fall. That’s the premise of…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 14:00

Trail trees subject of talk

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Don and Diane Wells will discuss their book, Mystery of the Trees, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, at City Lights…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:58

Taking a trip down dark, violent passages

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This novel contains an endorsement from the late William Gay that tweaked my interest. I immediately bought the book. Gay…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:50

Renowned potter to visit WCU in March

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Acclaimed potter Jeffrey Oestreich will demonstrate his work and give an illustrated artist’s talk Thursday, March 15, at Western Carolina…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:49

Public records workshop is March 15

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Western Carolina University’s Department of Communication will join Carolina Public Press in co-hosting “Full Disclosure,” a public records workshop, from…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:48

‘Fly a Kite’ workshop for kids is March 10

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Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to a free ARTSaturday workshop from 10 a.m. till noon on March…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:48

Biographer of dancer to speak at WCU

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Peggy Schwartz, an award-winning professor of dance and former director of the dance program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, will…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:47

Digital photography students present work

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Students who are enrolled in Haywood Community College’s Continuing Education Digital Photography class will exhibit their work from March 14…
The Broadway Musical “The Story of My Life” will play at the Haywood Arts Regional Theater on March 9, 10…
Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, a non-profit organization located in Jackson County, is offering three $500 scholarships for Appalachian Studies,…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:45

2012 Youth Concerto Competition auditions start May 19

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The North Carolina Symphony will hold the preliminary round of its annual Kathleen Price and Joseph M. Bryan Youth Concerto…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:43

Heritage Alive Mountain Youth Talent Contests upcoming

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The first Heritage Alive Mountain Youth Talent Contest of the year will be held April 28 at the Greening Up…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:43

WCU to present ‘Film Music of John Williams’

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Western Carolina University’s School of Music will present “The Film Music of John Williams” in honor of the composer’s 80th…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:42

Ian Moore and the Second-Hand String Band to perform

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Ian Moore and the Second-Hand String Band will perform at 7 p.m. on March 14 in the community room of the Jackson…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:42

Celtic concert to be held in Bryson City

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The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre in Bryson City will present its 4th annual Celtic Concert 7 p.m. on Friday, March…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:40

Artists sought for Mountain Heritage Day

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Arts and crafts vendors are being sought to participate in Mountain Heritage Day, Western Carolina University’s annual fall festival of…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:39

WCU to host ‘No Limits March’ on March 8

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Western Carolina University’s Department of Intercultural Affairs and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority are co-sponsoring a panel discussion and “No Limits…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:39

Long stitch bindings classes offered in Dillsboro

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Phyllis Jarvinen will be teaching a Long Stitch bookbinding workshop 5 to 9 p.m. on March 15 at Oaks Gallery…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:37

Blue Ridge Watermedia Society to exhibit at Gallery 86

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A show by the Blue Ridge Watermedia Society opened March 7 at Gallery 86 on N. Main Street in Waynesville.…
There is a refinement to Catherine Carter’s poetry, a sense that each poem is finished, polished and complete, worked exactly…
I unpacked my *euphonium recently — my first love was music; writing was a fallback position — and started fooling…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:26

Lottery funds are a boost for Haywood schools

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To the Editor: A headline on a Feb. 29 article in The Smoky Mountain News creates a misleading impression of…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:26

Brigman story needed a second opinion

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To the Editor: It is interesting that The Smoky Mountain News in its reporting on superintendent of Macon County Schools…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:25

Headline showed SMN’s political bias

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To the Editor: Somewhere during my school years I was taught about slanted journalism. One of the best examples of…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:24

Time to send Barack down the road

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To the Editor: Over the weekend we heard from our 44-year-old niece. She was fretting over her 401k. She is…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:23

The gorilla on the state’s back is getting heavy

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Government at all levels needs to spend money judiciously. It is, after all, our money. I’m not convinced either major…
To hear Franklin Alderman Bob Scott tell it, fellow town leaders and tourism experts haven’t begun to adequately plan for and consider what an influx of some 4,000 bikers could mean to a small town of 3,500 residents. Franklin will…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 21:54

Public records workshop at WCU

“Full Disclosure,” a public records workshop, will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in Room 144 of WCU’s Stillwell Building. The workshop will provide information on the existing laws and advice on drafting a request for…
The transportation department will hold a citizens’ informational workshop from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, about a proposed project to improve N.C. 107 from north of Old Cullowhee Road in East LaPorte to N.C. 281 in Tuckaseegee in…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 21:53

Sarge’s photo contest under way

Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation is accepting pet photographs for its Pet Photography Contest sponsored by Ellen Schattie, owner of Bocelli’s Italian Eatery in Waynesville. Entry forms are available on Sarge’s website at www.sargeandfriends.org and at the following locations: The Dog…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 21:52

Good Samaritan Clinic is subject of talk

Kristin Gruner, of the Good Samaritan Clinic, will speak to the Bethel Rural Community Organization at 7 p.m. at the community hall in Bethel. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. Gruner will be updating the community on the fundraising…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 21:51

Girl Scout volunteers needed

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont will host “Information Hours” for new volunteers at the Haywood County Library in Canton from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, March 12. This is also a time for current troop leaders, parents and…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 21:51

Spring Break camp at Waynesville Rec Center

The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer “Spring Break Camp” from April 16 - 20. This will take place at the Waynesville Recreation Center each day from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The camp will include games, movies, swim…
Haywood County Democrats will hold a rally to support public funding for pre-K education and to oppose privatizing it. The event will take place at noon on Friday, March 16 on the Historic Courthouse lawn in Waynesville. 828.452.9607 or haywooddemocrats.org.
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 21:50

Organizing for America to host kickoff event

Organizing for America volunteers are hosting the kickoff for the Haywood County campaign to reelect President Barack Obama at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at Sid’s on Main in Canton. Food and drink will be available for purchase. The…
Joe Cline, executive director of the Tuckaseigee Water and Sewer Authority, has suddenly voluntarily resigned without publicly specifying why. TWSA board Chairman Randall Turpin said Cline tendered his resignation during a closed session. Turpin is temporarily overseeing the agency until…
The Swain County Board of Elections has decided to continue running a satelite early voting site in Cherokee, but to the chagrin of some nixed for now the idea of an additional site in the rural Alarka community. The Swain…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 21:47

Room tax increase sails to passage in Swain

With little brouhaha or fanfare, the Swain County Board of Commissioners voted last week to nudge its room tax up 1 percent, less than two months after the idea was first floated publicly. “We felt like it would be a…
Derreck Kayongo, a former child refugee who now serves as the senior advocacy coordinator in the Southeast for the CARE International relief organization, will deliver the keynote address at Western Carolina University’s the 11th annual Gender Research Conference on Thursday,…
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 21:45

Local Post members to mark anniversary

The American Legion will observe its 93rd anniversary March 15-17, and Legionnaires of Jackson and Swain counties will celebrate that milestone at their regular 7 p.m. meeting at William E. Dillard Post 104, Sylva, on Monday, March 12. Founded in…
Margaret Wakefield is not a college student nor does she sport dreadlocks and Birkenstocks while chatting about how the world should focus more on peace and love. Wakefield has short dark hair, pink fingernails and silver heart-shaped earrings. Wearing a…
The Town of Sylva, in a quiet way, is busy setting a green example for its Western North Carolina neighbors. First the fire department, and now the new police department, incorporate green, environmentally friendly components. Sylva’s police soon will take…
Courtney Hall pawed through a cardboard box wedged in the corner of the utility closet at Panacea Coffee Shop bearing cut-out letters from a magazine pasted in an artistic rendition of the infamous words: “Lost and Found.” Inside was the…
Selling off a high-speed internet system of fiber optic lines in Sylva that belonged to the now-defunct Metrostat Communications is coming up short. The 10-year-old company provided Sylva high-speed Internet and phone service until going under late last year. Metrostat…