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Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:33

Friends of the Smokies receives $10K from REI

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Moving mountains is no easy task, but volunteers and trail crews hauling boulders, digging waterbars and otherwise rehabilitating trails in…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:32

NOC wins prestigious outdoor award

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The Nantahala Outdoor Center has been bestowed with the 2012 Outdoor Industry Association Outdoor Inspiration Award. It is the outdoor…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:31

Work continues on the French Broad River Paddle Trail

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A volunteer work day to work on campsites for the French Broad River Paddle Trail will take place from 10…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:31

Watershed plan subject of Jan. 12 meeting

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The Macon County League of Women Voters of Macon County will host a program on a newly completed study on…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:29

Whoopers and hoodeds

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Cranes are cool. These big beautiful graceful birds jolt the souls of non-birders and birders alike. At five feet tall,…
More than 5 million people hit the trails in the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests last year — a number…
Next time you hike a trail, pause a minute and give silent thanks to the legion of trail volunteers who…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:13

Readings, signings at City Lights

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Suzanne Raether will read from and sign her novel, Judaculla, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan.  13, at City Lights…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:13

Plott to read from‘Colorful Characters of the Smokies’

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Bob Plott will discuss his newest book, Colorful Characters of the Great Smoky Mountains, at 3 p.m. on Jan. 14…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:12

Blanton to tell stories at Jackson Library, Jan. 17

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The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host Sylva resident Curtis Blanton for an evening of storytelling and tall…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:10

Intrigue, violence and opium in Oslo

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The Leopard marks the eighth crime novel featuring the chain-smoking alcoholic Inspector Harry Hole of the Oslo Police Department, an…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:08

Events commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday

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Prayer breakfast and activities to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Three events celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:07

Anime club announces movies

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Anime, or Japanese animation, returns to its regular schedule at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City with two shows…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:06

Learn basket-weaving in Macon

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The Arts Council of Macon County will sponsor a one-day basket-weaving class from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21,…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:05

Fariello photography on display at art institute

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The Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts will feature an exhibition of photographs by author Anna Fariello during the month of…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:05

Art and craft classes planned at Stecoah

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Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center is offering several classes this winter.  Interested participants can register online at stecoahvalleycenter.com or call…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:04

Feichter Studio starts winter season with ‘Oxymorons’

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Each winter the theater scene in Waynesville takes off with the opening of the Feichter Studio at Haywood Arts Regional…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:01

WCU to host retrospective by late painter Pat Passlof

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The work of late painter Pat Passlof will be the focus of a joint exhibition of the Fine Art Museum…
Catch the Spirit of Appalachia will hold a series of creative writing workshops on the second Saturday of each month…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:00

ARTSaturday planned for children in Macon

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Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to the Macon County Art Council’s free ARTSaturday workshop from 10 a.m.…
Anne Lough, a nationally known traditional musician with 35 years experience who is also a shape-note singer, will lead the…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:59

Music faculty talent on display Jan. 17

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The Western Carolina University School of Music will present a “Faculty Showcase” concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:58

Arts council lines up blues musician and storyteller

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The Haywood County Arts Council will host blues musician Sleepy Ralow on Jan. 15 and storyteller Lloyd Arneach on Feb.…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:57

My40 to air ‘Liars Bench’ television segment Jan. 15

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A segment of the Jackson County variety show “Liars Bench” will be shown on WMYA My40 at 2 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:56

Turning new life into wood

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Allen Davis’ office is cluttered with planks and blocks of wood in various sizes and a handful of circular saws…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:36

Unexpected pleasures from a trip across the state

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Sometimes what we expect to happen doesn’t: On vacation this week, I stopped in Raleigh and viewed the “Rembrandt in…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:36

Bothwell would be better than Shuler

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To the Editor: Cecil Bothwell is running for U.S. Congress in Western Northern Carolina. He is looking to unseat the…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:35

Whole tax system needs an overhaul

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To the Editor: We have been hearing much about taxing the rich more in order to help our debt problem,…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:35

Vindictive measure should send message

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To the Editor: My grandmother always told me that, “nothing good happens after midnight.” I never quite grasped why until…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:32

Vote on NCAE dues like a slap in the face to teachers

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When the state House voted to override Gov. Beverly Perdue’s veto and stop letting teachers use payroll deductions to pay…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:27

Waynesville welcomes a new bakery

Waynesville is getting its Main Street bakery back, but not just any bakery. City Bakery, a well-known café and bakery with two locations in downtown Asheville and a successful wholesale product line, will move in to the space formerly occupied…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:26

Imperial Hotel restaurant opens

Sid’s on Main opened for business last Friday in Canton. The restaurant is housed within the Imperial Hotel, which has been slowly renovated by former Canton mayor Pat Smathers. The new locale has remained “steadily busy” since it opened, said…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:26

Maggie Valley Chamber hires executive director

Teresa Smith completed her first day as the full-time executive director of the Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce Monday. Smith previously filled in as a volunteer director for four years when the chamber suspended the job of a paid director…
Calling and talking on cell phones while driving is likely to continue, at least for now, in North Carolina. But the debate still rages since the National Transportation Safety Board recently recommended a national ban on all cell phone use,…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:21

Swain ponders room tax increase

Swain County’s Tourism Development Authority will appeal to county officials for a 1 percent increase in the room tax rate. The tax on overnight lodging currently stands at 3 percent. The proposed increase would bring in at least an additional…
Swain County has now been targeted as part of a regional effort to drum up financial support for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad’s steam engine dreams. Dillsboro officials are leading the charge, already courting Jackson County to make loans or…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:17

Film series features ‘Women, War & Peace’

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sylva is hosting a four-week film discussion program on the recent PBS series, “Women, War & Peace,” from 6-8 p.m. on consecutive Wednesdays beginning Jan. 18. Film viewings will be followed by a directed discussion.…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:16

GOP candidate Dan Forest to appear in Macon

Republican Lt. Gov. candidate Dan Forest will be the guest speaker at a Macon County Republican Party “Meet & Greet” at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 14 at the Boiler Room in Franklin.   Republican congressional candidates (11th Congressional District) as…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:16

North Carolina wins federal award for education

North Carolina will receive a $69.9 million grant award from the federal Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge fund to support early childhood education throughout the state.   “This award is outstanding news for our children, families and educators…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:15

MedWest to offer smoking cessation classes

MedWest Health System is offering smoking cessation classes starting this month at three of its hospital campuses. During the seven-week Freedom From Smoking program, participants will learn in small group settings how to overcome tobacco addiction. Classes will be held…
Two well-known Democrat senators from the mountains who lost in 2010 and hoped to reclaim their seats this year faced a conundrum. Joe Sam Queen of Waynesville and John Snow of Murphy both wanted to run for the Senate again,…
Republicans aren’t the only ones who will have a reason to head to the polls in the May primary. While Republican voters sort out who their presidential nominee will be, Democrats have a race of their own to narrow down,…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:10

A bold fix for South Main Street

Maybe it’s pie in the sky, but the right ingredients could transform South Main Street into a thriving commercial district. A consultant with LaQuatra Bonci has mapped out a new look for the corridor. The plan banks on new-found aesthetic…
South Main Street is a mess. That’s the message from a consultant hired by the town of Waynesville to develop a revitalization plan for the struggling artery. The consultant spent six months studying South Main and developing a master street…
Jackson County commissioners plan this week to discuss the upcoming property revaluation, though it remains unclear whether they will postpone the process as some residents are requesting. In a revaluation, every home, lot and tract of land is assigned a…
Haywood County has offered a helping hand as towns grapple with how to cover the extra cost of hauling resident’s trash to the White Oak Landfill. Starting in July, towns will have to drive trash out to the White Oak…
Haywood Community College has hit a nearly $227,000 roadblock during the construction of it new creative arts building. The $10.2 million building — a controversial project to begin with — will tap into contingency funds for the project to pay for previously…
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 02:57

Live well with diabetes

Learn how to better manage diabetes at a two-day workshop at Angel Medical Center. The event will be held Tuesday, Jan. 17, and Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the third floor videoconference room from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information on…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:55

The playful raven is a Smoky Mountain favorite

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Along with plants like red spruce, Fraser fir, yellow birch, mountain maple, mountain ash, Canada Mayflower, witch-hobble, and bluebead lily,…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:54

Garden seed ordering set for this month

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The fourth-annual Group Seed Order will take place at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Jackson Street in Sylva on Saturday,…