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Jackson County, two failed attempts to the contrary, looks poised to once again hold hands with the county’s four towns when it comes to crafting a new economic development strategy. How this will actually look and play out isn’t yet…
When it comes to the election season, 2012 has turned into a bellwether year for North Carolina, and Republicans are clammoring to claim state and federal seats currently held by Democrats. Even the popular N.C. House Democrat Ray Rapp, who…
Sunburst Trout Farms in Haywood County plans to add jobs and expand its operations thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The farm received a nearly $300,000 Value Added Producers Grant from the USDA to help expand…
Driving down Maggie Valley’s main drag, it’s hard not to notice the gauntlet of signs offering cheers of support for Ghost Town in the Sky’s new owner Alaska Presley. Business owners on both sides of U.S. 19 have rearranged the…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:28

Different tribes treated captives differently

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I conduct workshops on Southeastern Indian history and culture at the John C. Campbell Folk School for two full weeks…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:27

A different martial arts style comes to Sylva

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Aikido, a form of martial arts that means “the Way of Spirit Harmony,” will be offered in Sylva from 7:30…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:27

Eat wings on the run in Finger Lickin’ race

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Runners will have a chance to mix running and chicken-wing-eating as a Western Carolina University student organization, the Western Athletic…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:26

WCU’s Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon

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Runners still have time to register for Western Carolina University’s Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon and 5-K at early…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:25

Re-discovering Cherokee Trails focus of program

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The historic Cherokee trails in Jackson County and the surrounding areas will be highlighted during program held at 7 p.m.,…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:25

Farmers get new community kitchen

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Thanks to an $8,000 grant from WNC Agricultural Options, the Jackson County Farmers Market in Sylva will open a community…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:24

Learn to grow your own mushrooms

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The Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance will hold a workshop on shiitake and oyster mushroom cultivation at 2 p.m., March 24, at…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:24

Learn how to take care of your fruit tree

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The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service will hold free fruit tree workshops that will cover the basic needs of apple, pear…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:23

Bass fishermen set sights on Fontana Lake

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A bass tournament hosted by Fontana Village Resort will be held on Fontana Lake March 17 and March 18. With…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:22

Spring equinox on stage at planetarium presentation

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A special StarLab Planetarium presentation will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, March 9, at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:22

Land Trust gets “heroes” thumbs-up

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The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust was awarded an honorable mention in “eco-preservation” category of Southern Living magazine’s “Heroes of the New…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:21

What light over yonder horizon shines?

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Due to a lack of foresight and copious amounts of poor planning, I found myself last Sunday evening (Feb. 26)…
Chris Graves had just parked a school van in a field, and his wildlife students were filing out for some…
Asheville resident, Trey Carland will read from and discuss his book A Seeker’s Guide to Inner Peace at 2 p.m.…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:18

Local author publishes new children’s book

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Jane Grahl, a Waynesville resident, has published a new book, Just One Won’t Hurt, about the demands of high school…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:17

Bob Plott returns to City Lights

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Bob Plott will revisit City Lights to present his newest book Colorful Characters of the Great Smoky Mountains at 7…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:15

A newfound power in 20 minutes a day

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Twenty minutes a day. In early January, writing in my book column for this paper, I made a New Year’s…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:15

Gospel quartet to perform at Smoky Mountain Center

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The King’s Messengers, a Southern Gospel music quartet who will soon celebrate 48 years singing, will perform at 7:30 p.m.…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:14

Three country greats to perform March 9

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Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw and Joe Diffie — all platinum-certified country music recording artists — will come together for a…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:13

Vienna Boys Choir to perform at WCU

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The Vienna Boys Choir, one of the most celebrated choirs of all time, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:12

Music and storytelling with Lee Knight

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City Lights Bookstore will host an evening of music and storytelling with local performer Lee Knight at 7 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:12

Bladesmithing symposium March 8-11

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Haywood Community College’s Continuing Education Department will hold a Great Smoky Mountain Bladesmithing Symposium “Spring Hammer In” on campus from…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:11

WCU to offer stained glass course

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Western Carolina University will offer a course on creating stained glass from 6-9 p.m. Thursdays from March 8 through April…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:11

‘Cook smart, eat smart’ series to begin in Sylva

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Cook Smart, Eat Smart Cooking School is hosting a four-part class on preparing simple, healthy and delicious food during March…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:10

Bethel organization seeks local artists

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Bethel Rural Community Organization’s Historic Preservation Committee will be entertaining bids from Haywood County artists who are interested in painting…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:10

Sylva group schedules its next contra dance

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The next contra dancing event in Sylva will be from 2:30 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 11. The dance…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:09

Moe on display

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The Macon County Library will display paintings, drawings, furniture and photographs by Justin Moe in its meeting room throughout the…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:08

Cherokee Language Program collaborates with local publisher

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The Cherokee Language Program at Western Carolina University is collaborating with EarlyLight Books of Waynesville to publish a bilingual and…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:08

Stress management workshop offered

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Author and inspirational speaker Kim May will lead a workshop from 1 to 4 p.m., March 3, at The Creative…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:07

HART to hold auditions for ‘Look Homeward’

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The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its spring production of the Thomas Wolfe classic “Look Homeward Angel”…
Tuscola High School’s show choir will put on a country western performance, titled “Thirty Years and Counting,” to celebrate its…
There’s a meeting this week to determine the future of “The Liar’s Bench.” This is a two-year-old throwback of sorts…
Gary Carden didn’t realize he had an audience. He was coaching Lara Chew through a rehearsal of “Mother Jones,” a…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:00

Critics off mark in planning board attacks

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To the Editor: Back in the 1990s, I was privileged to serve several years on the Macon County Planning Board,…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:59

Lest we forget: Whitney was a criminal

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Pardon my insensitivity. Whitney Houston was a great singing talent, indeed. That was a gift of nature. She was also…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:59

We should provide health care to all

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To the Editor: As of 2010, 50 million people in the U.S. had no health insurance (no doubt more now).…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:58

Justice delayed is justice denied

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To the Editor: For centuries, the citizens of our state have extolled the virtues of a fair and judicious court…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:58

Ordinance revisions deserve public scrutiny

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To the Editor: The Jackson County Planning Department is methodically revising sections of the subdivision ordinance. In the fall, the…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:57

Racial Justice Act should remain intact

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To the Editor: It is painful and, frankly, disgusting to witness North Carolina’s prosecutors and their allies in the General…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:47

When it’s all about the writing, I’m all in

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Even after laboring for some two decades at various news publications I can’t say that I ever particularly considered myself…
A performance and program on the role of foster parents titled “Ellen Foster and Friends: A Look at Foster Care,” will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in the auditorium of the Haywood County Public Library in Waynesville.…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:46

Economic efforts in Macon focus of luncheon

Tommy Jenkins, who oversees economic development efforts in Macon County, will give a talk on economic development plans and projects at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, at the League of Women Voters in Franklin. Jenkins will speak about efforts…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:45

School of Nursing to host education fair

Prospective nursing students can find out about prospective career opportunities at an education fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, in the Haynes Center on the Enka campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. The event is sponsored…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:45

Chinquapin development likely to get green light

An older development in Cashiers operating under a new name is likely to get Jackson County go-ahead for putting in, over time, 200 house lots on 2,000 acres. A public hearing is set for March 5. The Chinquapin development near…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:44

Swain County’s tourism website goes mobile

Swain County tourists can now get information via the mobile site m.GreatSmokies.com using their smartphones. “In 2011, 10 percent of our website visitors were using some sort of mobile device,” said Karen Wilmot, chamber director. “And that was a 300…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:44

Free guide available from Jackson County

A comprehensive 36-page guide for Jackson County visitors is now available. The guide provides details on hiking, waterfalls, fly fishing, rafting and other leisure activities. There’s also information about hotels, inns, cabin rentals, shopping and dining in Jackson County’s popular…