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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.…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:19

Jackson craft festival has space available

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The second Annual Arts, Crafts & More Festival will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:18

Waynesville Art After Dark wraps up season

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The Waynesville Gallery Association will celebrate the holiday season during its final Art After Dark of 2011 from 6-9 p.m.…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:16

Students to compete in Poetry Out Loud competition

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The Haywood County School District will hold its district competition of the Poetry Out Loud (POL) National Recitation Contest at…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:09

Lights, cameras, jubilation!

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Communities in Western North Carolina are gathering to spread holiday cheer with plays, parades and art shows. Check out the…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 20:15

Chief Hicks won’t veto alcohol vote

Michell Hicks, chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, will allow a controversial vote to go forward next April on whether to legalize alcohol sales on the reservation. “At this point, I just feel strongly that it’s the people…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:15

Thanksgiving and lungwort bread

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I have perused Kephart’s Camping and Woodcraft many times, but somehow or other had consistently overlooked his entry on lungwort…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:15

Know the law before you hit the woods

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Don’t forget you must get written permission from landowners and leaseholders before hunting, fishing or trapping on privately owned, posted…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:14

Reindeer Dash to hit streets of Bryson

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Run off some of those holiday calories at the inaugural Reindeer Dash 5k and one-mile fun run starting at 9…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:14

Reflecting on the year’s accomplishments

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Haywood Waterways Authority’s annual banquet will be held Thursday, Dec. 8, from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Lambuth Inn, Lake Junaluska.…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:13

Haywood Waterways recognizes Haywood farmer Bill Holbrook

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The Haywood Waterways Association has spotlighted the farm efforts of Bill Holbrook, a farmer in the Bethel community. Holbrook, who…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:12

Farmers still offering local produce

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Just because winter is here doesn’t mean you have to skip on locally produced foods. Haywood’s Historic Farmers Indoor Winter…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:11

Climate change activist makes stop in WNC

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A leading national activist in climate change will visit Asheville as part of the Climate Reality Project at 7 p.m.…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:10

Support a good cause and celebrate the holidays

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A holiday celebration benefiting Friends of the Smokies will be held at the Classic Wineseller in Waynesville starting at 5:30…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:09

Help turn the wheels toward a regional bicycle plan

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A kick-off meeting for developing a regional bicycle plan for Haywood, Jackson, Swain, Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania counties will…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:09

Animal experts on hand for programs

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Learn about wildlife by tapping into Wild South, which offers a wide range of educational wildlife programs through school presentations…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:08

Help recognize outstanding wildlife-diversity contributors

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominations through Jan. 30 for the seventh annual Thomas L. Quay Award. The…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:07

Land protections see an increase

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Voluntary land protections have increased by 27 percent over the five-year period from 2005-2010. The first census of land trusts…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:06

New wells tapping more landfill gas in Jackson

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Four new landfill gas extraction wells are being drilled at the Green Energy Park in Jackson County, with the resulting…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:04

A new twist on backyard habitats

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There are butterfly gardens and wildlife-oriented gardens, so why not reptile and amphibian gardens, too? For people looking to make…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:01

Deja vue all over again

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Friends of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge just finished waving goodbye to the Navy, its fighters and their outlying landing…
Mark Rozof sat behind a beat-up white desk surrounded by skis, walkie-talkies, snow jackets and other sundry gear strewn about…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 14:58

Selections for your favorite bibliophile

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The rigors of holiday shopping are hard upon us, and bibliophiles, like everyone else, will turn their eyes toward bookshops,…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 14:57

‘Moonshiner’s Daughter’ book signing at WCU bookstore

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Mary J. Messer, author of the Appalachian memoir Moonshiner’s Daughter, will read from her book and answers questions from the…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 14:54

Holiday events

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• A Traditional Thanksgiving & Tree Trimming will be held from Thursday, Nov. 24, through Sunday, Nov. 27, at the…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 14:54

WCU Jazz Ensemble to perform Nov. 29

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The Western Carolina University Jazz Ensemble will present its annual fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29. Under the…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 14:53

Stillwell returns to SMHS for homecoming concert

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Popular Nashville recording artist Matt Stillwell returns home to the mountains of Western North Carolina on Saturday, Dec. 3, for…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 14:51

Museum to take Cherokee story to wider audience in 2012

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The Museum of the Cherokee Indian will take its story on the road in 2012, holding a series of new…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 14:50

Holiday craft show returns to Cullowhee

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A popular post-Thanksgiving arts and crafts tradition will once again fill Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Center for two days of…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 14:49

Barbara Bates Smith play to be performed at Jackson library

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The Jackson County Public Library will host a performance of “Deck the Halls with Southern Writers,” the new one-woman Christmas…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 14:49

Tickets available for Balsam Range/John Wiggins show

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There are still limited tickets available for $25 for the Balsam Range concert with John Wiggins at 7:30 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 14:48

Polar Express now boarding in Bryson

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In 1985, Chris Van Allsburg wrote The Polar Express, a story of a magical train ride on Christmas Eve. The…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 14:45

Roller derby divas

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Judy Lau is a mom and detective with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office; Miss Demeanor is a tough-looking roller derby…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 14:34

The mad, mad world of Scroto Baggins

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Newspaper people are a special breed. As a type, these are individuals who tend toward the eccentric and are decidedly…