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Wednesday, 07 December 2011 21:18

T’was the night before Christmas in Downtown Waynesville

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Take a trip to downtown Waynesville for its “A Night Before Christmas” celebration from 6-9 p.m. on Dec. 10. “This…
The Jackson County’s Green Energy Park will hold its holiday open house on Dec. 11, inviting the public to visit…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 21:15

Local singer/songwriter gives concert for a cause Dec. 21

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Local songwriter Mackenzie Leigh Wilson, fresh off of performances at the Curb Café and the Hard Rock Café in Nashville,…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 21:14

Spring pottery classes planned at SCC

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Southwestern Community College’s Heritage Arts Program is pleased to announce clay classes for spring 2012. Students taking these classes have…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 21:12

Annie Moses Band to present Christmas show

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The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin has added another show to its holiday lineup. The Annie…
Brian Kane used to teach someone else’s curriculum in someone else’s department at some other college. Unsatisfied with his situation,…
Tuesday, 29 November 2011 19:25

Mountain Heritage Center jams continue

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The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series will continue at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center on Thursday, Dec.…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:40

Feeling sprightlier on an early winter day

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Sometimes I find myself walking without having made a conscious decision to do so. My body seems to feel the…
Hikers taking the trek across Grandfather Mountain’s ridgeline can now enjoy five new ladders on the Grandfather Trail. The new…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:39

An astronomical look at the Star of Bethlehem

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Get a different view of the Star of Bethlehem Friday, Dec. 9, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Pisgah Astronomical…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:38

Historic photos now online

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More than 1,800 high-resolution images of U.S. Forest Service history in the region are now available online for public viewing.…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:37

Enjoy special tour of state trout hatchery

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host a free, guided tour of its Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery in…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:36

Pigeon and Cheoah welcome back long-lost fish and mussels

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Encouraged by the success of experimental stockings during the last three years, biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:35

Commission for a Clean County seeks award nominees

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The Commission For a Clean County in Haywood County wants to recognize those individuals and organizations that made an outstanding…
Land-of-Sky Regional Council has released “Stimulus Stories of Western North Carolina,” a video highlighting the success of the WNC Forest…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:34

Smokies extends elk an invitation to stay

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Ten years after the first elk touched down in Cataloochee Valley, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has made the…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:33

Live in Haywood? Think local when buying

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Haywood County farmers are offering a variety of products this holiday season, including standards such as Christmas trees and wreaths,…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:33

Farmers invited to visit with Ag commissioner

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Steve Troxler, the state’s agriculture commissioner, will be the speaker for the Haywood County’s Friends of Agriculture Breakfast from 7-8…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:32

Lend an eye in national Audubon count

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The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society will participate in the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count on Friday, Dec. 16.…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:30

B-Friday

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That’s bird-Friday of course. And bird-Friday got off to a pretty chilly start. It was 26 degrees Fahrenheit when I…
Permaculture has become something of a catchword in farming and homesteading circles, a grand concept — but one usually unfulfilled…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:26

‘First Creation’ available Dec. 3

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The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust’s acclaimed coffee table book, First Creation, will be available at Shakespeare & Co. bookstore in Cashiers…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:12

Disturbing crime novel covers some dark ground

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Deer hunters call it “field dressing.” The dead deer is suspended head down from a sturdy tree limb and the…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:10

Serving up a heaping helping of internal turmoil

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I helped raise three turkeys this year. They were named Thanksgiving, Christmas and Extras. These turkeys were intended as the…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:10

Poppies beneficial to VFW projects

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To the Editor: On behalf of Veterans Of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5202 in Waynesville, I would like to thank…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:09

With rights come responsibilities

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To the Editor: I believe I can answer the question used as a headline for Quintin Ellison’s story in the…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:08

Why the deficit supercommittee failed

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To the Editor: The deficit reduction supercommittee failed for two reasons. A deficit results when expenditures exceed revenues. The Republicans…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:02

Could we bring Shangri-La back to the mountains?

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One fall when I was 9 years old, just about the time WWII ended, the Jackson County Elementary School was…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 20:58

Fired up over Devil’s championship run

If you want to talk high school football in Swain County there’s plenty of options. But one of the most enjoyable is to head to Smith’s Dry Goods on Everett Street, a Bryson City mainstay since the mid 1970s, and…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 20:58

Maggie Park to get facelift

The Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen approved the construction drawings for a pavilion and restrooms to be located at Parham Park. Among the other amenities, walking trails and a handicap assessable deck have been installed to provide residents and visitors…
The Educational Talent Search program at Western Carolina University recently was awarded a five-year, $1.7 million grant to serve 780 students at five Western North Carolina high schools. With funding from the U.S. Department of Education, WCU Educational Talent Search…
The Town of Maggie Valley approved a five-year contract for five events to be held at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds beginning in 2012. The confirmed dates are May 25-27 for the Slammin’ & Jammin’ Car & Truck Show and…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 20:55

WCU hosts ‘Cuts Hurt’ forum Dec. 5

A discussion titled “The Western Carolina University Cuts Hurt Education Forum: Collaborating Toward the Success of North Carolina Education” will be held on campus Monday, Dec. 5. The event, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 20:52

Well-known festivals may lose TDA funding

More than two dozen popular festivals in Haywood County are at risk of losing funding from the county’s tourism agency, hampering the ability of organizers to advertise and promote their events. Grant funding for festivals, typically ranging from $2,000 to…
Sylva might hear its local AM radio station WRGC back on the air — but the company involved wants a loan of $289,000 from Jackson County’s economic development fund to make it happen. Roy Burnette, the CEO of the hopefully…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 20:34

GOP set to pick McClellan substitute

The 36-member executive committee of the Macon County Republican Party will meet next week to nominate a replacement for county Commissioner Brian McClellan. McClellan announced that he would resign as a commissioner following his second driving-while-impaired charge in two-and-a-half years.…
Joe Bock, an Indiana resident passing through this area on his way to Florida, was on a bit of a mission one recent day in Cherokee. Bock wanted to enjoy a beer with his lunch. That desire remained unfulfilled, however…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 20:31

Cherokee vote on alcohol sales a go next April

Businesses in Cherokee are gearing up for a campaign aimed at convincing members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to vote ‘yes’ on a measure that could end the nearly reservation-wide moratorium on the sale of alcohol. Michell Hicks,…
After years of lobbying and months of hard negotiating, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians sealed a deal with Gov. Beverly Perdue this week to bring table games, real cards and live dealers to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort. “It…
When Brooks Robinson left his manager’s job at Domino’s Pizza to be a dealer in the fledgling casino market of Tunica, Miss., he wasted little time finding that first rung in his climb up the corporate ladder. “I had never…
Metrostat Communications, the company that pioneered the advent of high-speed Internet in Sylva, will close Dec. 30. “We’ve been through the screaming, the upset, and we’re at the point we know this is the best decision we can make,” said…
At least eight Republicans have lined up to spar with incumbent Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler for Western North Carolina’s 11th U.S. Congressional seat, but they have to knock their fellow party members out of the competition first. The controlling political…
For those who help the economically disadvantaged, the holiday season raises plenty of questions: how many people need help; will they receive enough donations; and how will they ensure every child in Western North Carolina has a present under the…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:26

Come jam at Marianna Black Dec. 1

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The next community music jam at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m.…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:24

Phil Roy brings ‘Hope’ Dec. 1

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A guitarist who has written songs for Widespread Panic and Ray Charles will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1,…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:23

Angela-Faye Martin to play Dec. 6

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Macon County singer/songwriter Angela-Faye Martin will perform at the Jackson County Public Library Complex in downtown Sylva on at 7…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:23

‘New Appalachia’ focus of program

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A special evening program featuring poets, musicians, songwriters and historians will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 in…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:21

Student artists host annual craft sale

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Haywood Studio’s annual Holiday Craft Sale will be held Thursday and Friday, Dec. 1-2. The sale will be held in…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:20

Craft Guild members plan December sale

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The Southern Highland Craft Guild’s holiday sale at the Folk Art Center will be held Dec. 3 and Dec. 10.…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:19

Wind ensemble to perform at WCU Dec. 6

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The Western Carolina University Wind Ensemble will present its final concert of the fall semester at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec.…