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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,…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:53

Calling volunteers for trail work at Gorges Park

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Volunteers are needed at Gorges State Park in Sapphire to help build and maintain trails, with work parties scheduled weekly…
Volunteer organizations have donated labor and money to improve cooking and sleeping quarters for campers, while also reducing potential problems…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:50

DVD of national fly-fishing competition available for sale

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Learn topnotch, competitive-level fly-fishing techniques via a filmed fly-fishing competition that took place last year here in Western North Carolina.…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:50

Night hunting now legal for wild hogs

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission now allows hunting of feral swine and wild hogs at night — but hunters need…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:48

WCU students help children with autism

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A local fly-fishing guide and recreational therapy students at Western Carolina University teamed up recently to provide a fly-fishing outing…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:48

AT Bald Trail permanently protected

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The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy transferred 35 acres to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service to protect…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:46

Rain for wind

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This year’s ninth annual Balsam Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was held Friday Dec. 30. As I was driving home from…
Living in the mountains of Western North Carolina, it is hard to imagine never seeing snow — but Elizabeth Comberg…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:42

Submission being accepted for fiction prize

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The North Carolina Writers’ Network is now accepting submissions for its 2012 Doris Betts Fiction Prize. The competition is named…
The Mountain Writers of North Carolina will meet at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan.10, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:40

Planning a year of purposeful reading

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The New Year’s resolution typically leads a short and tragic life. Its father is misdeeds, its mother remorse. Once born,…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:32

Same youth event, new year at Bryson City library

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The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will host several youth events in the coming weeks. The library will resume…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:31

Bryson City library puts on music jam

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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.,…
The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will play the live-action adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s children’s book, “Mr.…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:30

Chippendales performers dance onto Harrah’s stage

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Tickets for two Chippendales shows at Harrah’s Casino will go on sale Jan. 6. The shirtless, bowtie-wearing performers will be…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:29

Sylva begins a new year of Contra dancing

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The next Second Sunday Contra Dance will be on Jan. 8. on the second floor of the old courthouse in…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:28

Educator named Maestro of Early Childhood Music Education

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Kindermusik International, a publisher of music and movement programs, has named Lori Richards a Maestro Producer for 2011-12. Richards is…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:27

B.B. King to perform in Asheville

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B.B. King will make a pit stop at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville on Jan.14. All tickets must be…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:26

The Moody Blues to perform in March at Harrah’s Casino

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The Moody Blues will perform at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel on March 31 as part of their 32-city U.S.…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:25

Eve Haslam and Satin Steel Jazz come to Café 50

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Eve Haslam and Satin Steel Jazz will perform at Cafe 50 restaurant on Main Street in Waynesville at 7 p.m.,…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:20

A small farm in photos

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Photographer Rachael Bliss will showcase photos at Rosetta’s on Broadway in Asheville. The photos tell the story of a small…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:19

Groovy Movie Club to feature ‘Buck’

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The Groovy Movie Club will host its first screening of the new year at 7 p.m. on Jan. 6. The…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:18

Voices in the Laurel holding auditions

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Voices in the Laurel auditions for the 2012 winter season continue at the First Baptist Church, 100 S. Main St.,…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:17

Macon potter cuts ribbon on new studio

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Hank Shuler has opened a new clay studio in Oak Grove. Having retired from Southwestern Community College two years ago,…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:15

The story behind the storyteller

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Lloyd Arneach likes to make people cry. “That means they understand the stories I am telling,” said Arneach, a 68-year-old…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:10

Warm weather brings unseasonable activity

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Cutting collards this past weekend, I was surprised to find colonies of purplish-colored aphids under many of the leaves. That…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:09

Court ruling promises sleazy campaign season

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To the Editor: Are you sickened by the millions of dollars spent to elect politicians at a time when too…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:08

Medwest affiliation will benefit patients

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By Kate Queen • Guest Columnist At the beginning of December, Mountain Medical Associates, an established, multi-specialty internal medicine practice…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:05

A good time to get back to the beginning

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I’ve put my keyboard-soft finger on what is probably the most common flaw of the human species: the unnerving tendency…
Town residents in Haywood County will almost certainly see the cost of their garbage service go up this year when the county shuts down its central trash dump. Starting in July, towns will have to haul their residents’ trash all…
With the advent of new leadership for commissioners, Macon County’s planning board could undergo a metamorphosis into what’s being dubbed a truer “advisory” role. In recent years, the planning board has been a magnet of negativity for factions on both…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 02:59

‘OccupyWNC’ a low-key, but intense affair

A loosely affiliated group of 30 some people have been quietly meeting, more or less each week, in Jackson County on the heels of an Occupy Sylva event held last October. This confederacy of the self-dubbed “99 percent” has morphed…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 02:58

Fighters rally to raise money for a good cause

A benefit to assist Western North Carolina resident Donna Smith, recently diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, is set for Jan. 14 at the Bird Town Recreation Center in Cherokee beginning at 7 p.m. The Palaestra Combat Sports Club, a mixed…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 02:58

New emergency services director in Macon

David Key, longtime assistant director of Macon County Emergency Services, will take over as the agency’s director. Key has held the position on an interim basis since mid-August. He has been with emergency services in that county for more than…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 02:57

DSS services continue during relocation

Haywood County residents needing aid from social services will continue to receive it as the department shifts physical locations. Employees will relocate to new offices on Friday, Jan. 6, and Monday, Jan. 9. The new building is the newly renovated,…
When Merrily Teasley returned for her second first day at the Balsam Mountain Inn in early September, a familiar couple was sitting on the entry room couch — a St. Louis duo who had visited the inn those years when she…
More than $2 million in mostly federal dollars will pay for repaving the runway at the Macon County Airport, likely boosting a surge of business-class jets now landing there since an extension of the runway was added last year. The…
New owners of the high-end Balsam Mountain Preserve development aren’t daunted by the choppy waters of Western North Carolina’s real estate landscape. Despite the still tepid demand for pricey second homes in the mountains, they say they have charted a…
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority will hold two mandatory workshops this month for any organization or event organizer applying for a tourism grant. The meetings will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 10 and at 2 p.m. on…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 02:46

Bryson land-use standards up for public review

Critics of Bryson City’s land use regulations will get another opportunity to sandblast the ordinance. The town of Bryson City is inviting the public to a working meeting with the town planning board to discuss their concerns and issues with…