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Despite rumors that cuts at Tuscola High School in Waynesville could reduce the number of advanced courses, academically gifted students will have just as many courses to chose from next school year. Tuscola will lose five teaching positions, which is…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:39

Sylva man gets seven years for 2008 murders

The last of six people accused of playing a role in the murders of two Swain County residents back in 2008 has been put away. Mark Goolsby of Sylva plead guilty to nine counts of accessory after the fact to…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:38

Learn how to sell, serve alcohol

The N.C. ABC Commission is holding a series of free Responsible Alcohol Seller/Server Program classes to educate businesses with alcohol permits and their employees about the responsible sales and service of alcoholic beverages. This is part of a region wide…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:36

Nursing scholarship available

The Judy Moore Memorial Scholarship Endowment Committee is accepting scholarship applications for 2012. The scholarship program for nurses was established in 1997 as a memorial to Judy Moore, a registered nurse who was killed in a car accident. At least…
Go online and vote for Waynesville as your favorite Main Street in the contest “Great Places in North Carolina.” A panel of experts chose six “People’s Choice” award finalists from the more than 40 nominations submitted by North Carolina residents.…
The use of weed killer to temporarily denude an ancient Indian mound in Franklin has some critics accusing the town of cultural insensitivity. Nikwasi Indian Mound, which is located within Franklin’s town limits and is tended to and maintained by…
A group of Jackson County doctors say they want out of the two-year-old partnership with the hospital in Haywood County and instead would like to look toward Mission Hospital in Asheville as a future partner. There have been murmurings for…
As Lake Junaluska weighs whether to become part of the town of Waynesville or form its own town, a public forum for residents to ask questions or share comments will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at Bethea…
The shell of a vacant four-story hotel sitting partially finished on Sylva’s main drag for three years is finally going somewhere. Developers from Greensboro bought the vacant hotel along N.C. 107 for $850,000 and are promising to pump an additional…
About two dozen people gathered outside the tribal council house broke into song with the words “Praise God, Praise God, Praise God,” after the final results of Cherokee alcohol vote were tabulated last week. The Cherokee Reservation will remain dry,…
A class action complaint aims to hold the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians responsible for money lost when the stock market crashed in 2008 and eroded the personal accounts of Cherokee youth held in trust by the tribe. All 14,000…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:57

Seniors, start training

Seniors around the county are gearing up for the 2012 Haywood County Senior Games from May 7-22. For just $10, seniors can participate in as many events as they choose in both athletic events such as shuffleboard, tennis and pickleball,…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:57

Prevent child abuse

For the month of April K.A.R.E in Haywood County, Kids Advocacy Resource Effort, will join thousands of communities throughout North Carolina and the nation in recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month with a pinwheel garden. The pinwheel is the new symbol…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:56

Walk in her shoes

The fourth-annual “Take A Walk In Her Shoes” sexual assault awareness event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, in front of the historic Haywood County Court House. The walk will be around the…
A movement to rein in the dominance of Mission Hospital in Western North Carolina’s healthcare landscape has hit a critical juncture. A legislative committee studying whether smaller hospitals are suffering from aggressive, monopoly-like tactics by Mission will unveil its recommendations…
Maggie Valley has emerged victorious in an ongoing tug-of-war with Jackson County over who can rightfully lay claim to tourists en route to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort. The N.C. Department of Transportation rejected a request from Jackson County leaders…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:51

Haywood Republicans must narrow their slate

Like a game of musical chairs, three Republican candidates for county commissioners are circling Haywood County and hoping they can secure one of the two places on the November election ballot. Only two of the Haywood County Board of Commissioners…
One thing is for certain. Whichever of two Democrats Jackson County voters pick in the May 8 primary will be bringing a lot of governmental experience to the table in their bid for a seat on the Board of Commissioners.…
Three of the five seats on the Macon County Board of Commissioners are up for election this year, and all have a primary race that needs deciding for either one party or the other. Democrats will be asked to narrow…
The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host Mindy Guillama-Ridriquez and Raul Rodriquez for a discussion of Cuban culture…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:04

Good Cooks series continues April 26

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The next installment of Cooperative Extension’s “Good Cooks Series” will be held at 5:30 p.m. on April 26 in the…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:04

Innovative map designer to speak at WCU

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Map designer Bruce Daniel will speak at 4 p.m., April 19, in the atrium of the John W. Bardo Fine…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:01

Students to perform new play at HART

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Students from Mountain Heritage High School in Burnsville will perform the play “Applaching” at 7:30 p.m., April 20, at the…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:00

Festival celebrates trout, Plott hounds

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Maggie Valley Festival Grounds will host a combination of the Great Smoky Mountain Trout & Heritage Festival and PlottFest this…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:59

Gaither Vocal Band to perform April 29

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Multi-Grammy and Dove award winning recording artist Bill Gaither will perform with his Gaither Vocal Band at 3:30 p.m., April…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:58

The Drifters and The Crystals to perform

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Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters and The Crystals will take the stage at The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:57

Quaternity trombone group to visit WCU

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The acclaimed trombone ensemble Quaternity will visit Western Carolina University for a day of master classes followed by a public…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:56

Live music at the Jackson library

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The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host live bluegrass and gospel music provided by local band Joshua’s Tree…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:55

‘That Mancini Magic’ to arrive at WCU April 29

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“That Mancini Magic,” the final installment of Western Carolina University’s 2011-12 Galaxy of Stars Series, will stage at 3 p.m.…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:53

Signature Winds to perform in Waynesville

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The Grace Church Episcopal in Waynesville will host a noon concert by Signature Winds on April 19. Signature Winds was formed…
Three Jackson County teachers — Jennifer Dall at Smokey Mountain Elementary, Kansas Heiskell at the HUB, and Gayle Woody at…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:50

Haywood’s Birding for the Arts benefit set for April 28

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The Haywood County Arts Council will host its annual “Birding for the Arts” event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:50

HCC to offer program on marketing for artists

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The Small Business Center of Haywood Community College will offer a free seminar, entitled “Marketing for the Craftsperson & Artist…Part…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:49

Spring Choral Concert to be presented April 19

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The voices of two Western Carolina University choirs – the University Chorus and the Concert Choir – will be featured…
Western Carolina University dance students matched with faculty and staff members will compete in a “Dancing with the Stars”-style event…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:47

Children’s weaving class at Sylva library

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The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host weaver Susan Leveille of The Oaks Gallery in Dillsboro for a children’s weaving…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:46

Celebrate Spring with Greening Up

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The 15th annual Greening Up the Mountains festival will take place April 28 on Main and Mill streets in historic…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:45

Liars Bench to present ‘Hangman’

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The Liars Bench will tell the story of the hanging of Jack Lambert and other murder/execution stories in “Hangman, hangman…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:44

Franklin High to hold auditions for student talent show

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Franklin High School will hold auditions at noon, April 21, in its fine arts center, for home school and private…
Finnegans Wake took James Joyce 17 years to write, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel consumed four years of Michelangelo’s…
The Cherokee Reservation will remain dry, keeping in place the historic ban on alcohol sales, following Thursday’s election on the issue. Enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians sent a strong message with about 60 percent voting “no”…
Editor’s note: This column first appeared in The Smoky Mountain News in April 2002. Have you ever looked at a…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:17

WCU community launches initiative to bring lily back

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The memories and lore surrounding a white flower with six petals — once so common in the Cullowhee valley that…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:16

Get your garden off to a good start

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A gardening basics 101 class for beginner gardeners or gardeners who are new to this region will take place from…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:14

Farmers markets open for season

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Farmers markets in both Jackson and Haywood counties have opened for the regular growing season. The Jackson County Farmers Market…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:12

Wild and Scenic Film Festival screening at WCU

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The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is coming from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Western Carolina University.…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:11

Boaters suit up for Nantahala Open

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The fun and free-spirited Nantahala Open will take place from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Nantahala…
The 28th annual Tuckasegee River Clean Up will be held on Saturday, April 21, and is looking for volunteers to…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:07

Kids can hook into a good time, and fishing opportunity

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A free youth fishing clinic will be held on Saturday, April 21, as part of the 23rd-annual Great Smoky Mountain…
The 28th annual Tuckasegee River Clean Up will be held on Saturday, April 21, and is looking for volunteers to…