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Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:29

Railroad wants money, county wants assurances

Jackson County is nowhere close to cementing a deal with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad — one that would offer financial incentives in exchange for basing a steam engine tourist train in Dillsboro. “It is far from a done deal,”…
Opponents to a proposed room tax increase in Jackson County are accusing county leaders of secretly earmarking the money for a grant to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. “If this is about raising funds to get the railroad to move…
Cashiers business owners led the charge against a proposed tax increase on overnight lodging in Jackson County during a public hearing this week. Several lodging owners complained that tourism is already down because of the economy. Asking tourists to pay…
Despite multiple red flags, Bryson City officials failed to provide proper oversight of the town’s volunteer fire department over the past decade, eventually leading to a State Bureau of Investigation probe of possible misappropriation by the fire chief. An investigation…
Finishing on time and on budget, the Haywood County Department of Social Services and several other government offices will move from their deteriorating, cramped homes to the renovated former Walmart by mid-January. The Walmart shell was purchased and renovated at…
A group of Cherokee business leaders will be a driving force in the campaign to permit alcohol sales on the reservation. Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will vote in April on whether to legalize alcohol sales on…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:19

Faculty want say in future reorganizations

Constant reshuffling of the organizational structure at Western Carolina University — at least three such applecart upsets in just six years — led to a recent faculty resolution seeking some order to the chaos. “This … is in response to…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:18

Jackson board to revisit U.S. 441 zoning plan

Rules in Jackson County controlling how development occurs along the five-mile stretch or so of U.S. 441 that leads into the Cherokee Indian Reservation are undergoing review. That concerns former Commissioner William Shelton, a resident and farmer who lives and…
Congressman Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, is leading a bipartisan call, asking the joint super committee to spare nothing in its cuts to the U.S. deficit. “It will be heard throughout the world that we can do something together,” Shuler said in…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:12

Franklin revs up for foray into motorcycle scene

Motorcycle rallies are all the rage these days in Western North Carolina, and Franklin tourism leaders are busy finalizing plans to take their first bite out of that tempting economic pie. “Rumble in the Smokies” is scheduled to take place…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:12

Youth have no time for the love of reading

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Is reading — just for the pure, leisurely joy of it -— becoming the pastime of a bygone era? For…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:11

Cooperative marketing essential to success

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To the Editor: With reference to Quintin Ellison’s and Becky Johnson’s excellent reporting on the tourism marketing program for Jackson…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:08

Smart phone volunteers lead us into the future

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One of the drawbacks perks of my job is the amazing number of meetings I’m forced fortunate enough to attend.…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:06

Professor George Herring could always flip the switch

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During the five years that I spent at Western Carolina University (1954-58 and 1965), I had the good fortune to…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:25

Ginseng, ferns and an ancient dialect

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“Sang” redux. Several weeks ago I wrote about ginseng. I have, in fact, been writing about ginseng for years. There…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:24

Waterways director to give guest program

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 A Live and Learn program featuring Eric Romaniszyn, executive director of the Haywood Waterways Authority, will be held at 2…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:24

Tour to highlight Cherokee connections to the land around WCU

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A walking tour and discussion focused on the natural and cultural resources of the Cullowhee Valley area is set for…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:23

Environmental writing contest now under way

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The Southern Environmental Law Center is accepting submissions for the annual Phillip D. Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing on…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:23

Talk to link Appalachian Trail sites with Civil War

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The author of Hiking through History, a hiker’s guide to Civil War and Underground Railroad sites along the present-day Appalachian…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:22

National Geographic does the AT

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A National Geographic film about the Appalachian Trail will be shown at the Carolina Asheville at 10:30 a.m. on Nov.…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:21

Grants for farm diversification, local agriculture groups

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Small farmers needing help might just find the financial boost they need through WNC Agricultural Options. The group this year…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:20

Program to showcase forest research

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The experimental national forest service site, Coweeta Hydrologic Lab, will be the subject of the next League of Women Voters…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:19

Bikers dig in to give Tsali trails a hand

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About 40 volunteers, some from as far away as Florida and Virginia, recently helped improve drainage on trails at Tsali…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:19

U.S. Wetlands losses are slowing

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A recent report assessing wetland habitats in the U.S. shows a slight decline from 2004-2009, according to the federal Fish…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:18

Nabbed ‘sang poachers to serve jail time

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Four Western North Carolina men have been sentenced in separate cases in Federal court for poaching ginseng from the Great…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:16

Foggy Tessentee

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Last Saturday afternoon was a gorgeous autumn afternoon across Western North Carolina. Last Saturday morning, however, when Bob Olthoff and…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:12

Making Haywood more bike friendly

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Haywood County is one step closer to getting a defined bike route traversing the county and improved cycling amenities. The…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:12

Haywood author, Nathan Tracy, to introduce new book

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Blue Ridge Books will host local author Nathan B. Tracy at 3 p.m. on Nov. 12 as he introduces his…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:11

David Joy to read from new book

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Cullowhee resident and staff writer for the Crossroads Chronicle David Joy will read from his new book, Growing Gills: A…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:09

A haunting look at Hemingway’s life with Pilar

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s death by suicide. He has remained, of course, an icon of…
Western Carolina University’s original radio broadcast adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel “Dracula” will be staged at the John W.…
Canton library to celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a program on Cherokee history and culture Haywood County native Charlie…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 17:26

Bob Plott to visit Liars Bench

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“Legendary Hunters and Hounds of the Great Smokies” will be the subject of the next Liars Bench at 7 p.m.…
The Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP) will show the award-winning film “Life Above All” at 7 p.m. on Nov.…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 17:24

Ron Rash to receive NC’s civilian award

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A group of distinguished North Carolinians — including WCU’s Ron Rash — will receive the North Carolina Award, the highest…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 17:23

Exhibit presents student experience as art

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Students in Western Carolina University’s Creative Life Living-Learning Community will present an exhibit titled “Transitions” in Gallery 130 at the…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 17:22

Fine Art Museum to host Family Fun Day, handmade item sale

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The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University will host a holiday sale of handmade items and a Fall Family…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 17:20

Glass artist to show work at Leapin’ Frog Gallery

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Glass artist Rebecca Hellman will show her works in jewelry and fused glass at Leapin’ Frog Gallery in Waynesville on…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 17:19

Dinner and silent auction to benefit KARE

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Haywood County’s Kids Advocacy Resource Effort will host its second annual Fall Festival of Trees fundraiser and live auction on…
The Jackson County Green Energy Park was featured on the Facebook page of the National Endowment for the Arts [NEA]…
Set in the Haywood Arts Regional Theater, the cast of “Ah, Wilderness!” spent a rainy evening preparing for its impending…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:10

Masks are mirrors looking back at us

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A mask is a mechanism employed to cover the face as a protective screen or disguise. For protection, they have…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:08

Fishermen land first place in national tourney

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Paul Bourcq of Franklin and Chris Lee of Bryson City won first place in the 26-team Rumble in the Rhododendron…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:08

NOC launches shop inside Grove Park

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Nantahala Outdoor Center opened the doors late last month on a retail and outdoor activity concept shop, NOC Asheville, inside…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:07

Hit the Jack Rabbit on guided mountain bike trip

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You can escape the confines of pavement for a fast-paced adventure along wooded trails and past lakes and mountains on…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:06

LTLT celebrates year of accomplishments

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The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee’s annual fall celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday,…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:05

Hiking series to explore national forests

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A series of hikes through next year will take hikers to each of the 41 areas identified as “Mountain Treasures”…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:05

Suffer crop losses? Farmers can get help

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Sign-up for 2010 crop-year losses begins Monday, Nov. 14, through your local USDA Farm Service Agency. “Producers across North Carolina…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:04

Farming history of WNC boiled down to 90 minutes

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The history of agriculture in these mountains will be explored at one of three upcoming programs by Curtis Wood, an…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:03

A picture's worth a thousand words

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The seventh-annual Autumn Juried Group Exhibit of the Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association has opened at the Biltmore Estate’s Deerpark Inn,…