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Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:57

Get all the dirt on growing grapes

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A viticulture conference focused on how to grow grapes in a sustainable manner in Western North Carolina will be held…
Wet those lines, anglers, and you could get your hooks into $10,000 in prize money during Shiver in the River…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:55

Arboretum celebrates trails and tales with two-day event

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“Books and Boots,” a two-day event celebrating the beauty and bounty of the natural world will be held at the…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:55

Franklin now has AT “ambassador”

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Mary Bennett has been chosen to serve as the volunteer ambassador for the designated Appalachian Trail Community of Franklin. Bennett…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:55

Camp in Maggie Valley helps troubled youth

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A grant from Healthy Haywood has helped launch an Outdoor Mission Camp for court-involved kids. Positive Community Connections is designed…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:53

Growers discover benefits of mob farming

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Farmers, want-to-be farmers and anyone willing to pitch in at local farms are forming “mobs” to help farmers. These mobs…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:53

Get involved with Tuckasegee watershed group

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The Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River will hold a public planning meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan.…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:52

Learn, talk about the Clean Water Act

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A discussion about the Clean Water Act, which environmentalists assert is under assault as industries attempt to rollback federal protections,…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:51

Northern Pintail

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Thanks to a head’s up from Tim Carstens last Sunday morning (1/15), I saw a drake northern pintail, Anas acuta,…
Two of Western North Carolina’s most storied conservation groups, both based in Macon County, merged this month into a single…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:46

Jane Austen decoded for men

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Of female writers who appeal the least to the young men in my seminars, Jane Austen surely holds first place.…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:44

Reading and journaling discussion with Robin Whitley

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Robin Whitley will be at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva at 7 p.m. on Jan. 21 to read from her…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:44

Bryson City library to show ‘Cars 2’

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The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City presents Pixar’s “Cars 2” at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 24. Owen Wilson once…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:43

‘100 Years of Broadway’ at WCU Jan. 27

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Broadway comes to Cullowhee for one night when composer and lyricist Neil Berg’s “100 Years of Broadway” hits the stage…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:42

WCU to perform ‘Dracula’ Jan. 24

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Western Carolina University’s original radio broadcast adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula” will be staged at the John W. Bardo…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:40

WCU announces workshops for men, workshops for women

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WCU to host workshops for men ... Western Carolina University will host three workshops titled “Experienced Men Begin Re-Examining Reality”…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:40

Bryson City library continues its community 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.,…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:39

Concert to feature Ian Moore and the music of Charlie Pole

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Fiddler Ian Moore will perform at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at 7 p.m. on Jan. 26. Moore, who…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:38

Music icon Diana Ross to perform at Harrah’s

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In a career spanning more than 40 years, Diana Ross has proven herself to be one of the most iconic…
The Liars Bench presents “Wild Mountain Music” at 7 p.m. on Jan. 19 at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center auditorium. Member…
Chocolate is not simply a tasty treat; for some, it is the main ingredient for creating masterpieces, and developing the…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:22

The time is ripe for garden planning

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January is a time for new beginnings; nowhere is that more true than in the garden. A difficult task for…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:20

A reminder of the inhumanity that is war

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It was pouring last Wednesday as I drove home, the cold rain  painting the winter landscape a dull grey. Standing…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:19

NCAE needs to work for schools, not Democrats

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In spite of Scott McLeod’s assertion that “it would be hard to argue otherwise” in his column (“Vote on NCAE…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:18

Locke Foundation critical of tactics

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To the Editor: It’s unclear where Justin Conley (“Vindictive measure should send message,” The Smoky Mountain News, Jan. 11 issue)…
A lawsuit filed last week claims $17 million has been hijacked from public coffers over the past two decades by a mental health nonprofit. A regional mental health agency filed the suit in hopes of recouping the lost money, as…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:16

News in brief

The Jackson County Republican Party will hold an open house at its new office in Sylva from 3 p.m. until 5: 30 p.m. Monday, Jan 23, located at Sunrise Park Drive This office is the second GOP office opened in…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:15

Bryson federal building will be ‘occupied’

Members of Move to Amend, a grassroots coalition, will be in front of the Federal Courthouse on Main Street in Bryson City, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 to mark the second anniversary of the Citizens United…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:15

Teach-in on corporate influence planned

Confused about what corporate personhood is, and why it even matters? A group of Haywood County residents will hold a teach-in from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 21, in the historic courthouse in downtown Waynesville. “We want to…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:14

Players sought for football teams

Alumni football is coming to Waynesville via Gridiron Alumni, which is planning several full-contact alumni football games.   Players are needed; the first 40 on each team get to play. The team that gets 30 people registered first gains home…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:14

Edwards sentenced for Cullowhee bank robbery

Brian Anthony Edwards, a junior a Western Carolina University, was convicted of robbery and sentenced to a maximum of 21 months in a North Carolina prison on Jan. 3. Edwards, a 21-year-old Hendersonville native, pleaded guilty to “common law robbery”…
While a proposed room-tax hike in Jackson County has been sidelined at least for now, the idea of merging the county’s two tourism entities has been tapped for further study. Jackson County commissioners plan to appoint a task force to…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:04

Maggie tightens up noise ordinance, again

Maggie Valley was thrust back into controversy over its noise ordinance last week, an ongoing debate that has pitted residents against bars hosting live bands outdoors. Only four months after the previous town board made changes to the noise ordinance,…
Jackson leaders will likely pushback a countywide property revaluation from next year to 2016 following a strong recommendation by their tax man. “Truthfully, if you want this thing done and you want it done right, we don’t have an adequate…
Jackson County leaders have decided that tradition is overrated. Six months after the new Jackson County library opened, commissioners have decided whose name to put on a plaque in the foyer — a spot that until now featured a cardboard…
The construction downturn has led Haywood County to lay off its steep slope engineer, a position created during the heyday of mountainside home building. The county can no longer justify having an engineer on its payroll to oversee steep slope…
Driven by a Republican-dominated commission, Macon County’s beleaguered planning board will undergo wholesale changes that likely include member term limits and a lessened, some might argue silenced, voice in writing development ordinances. But these steps, agreed to in concept by…
Cherokee is on a mission to remodel the look of its business district, in the hope that an infusion of native-themed architecture can give new life to its outdated commercial appearance. “We want it to be pleasing to the eye…
Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians might have the chance to decide whether they want alcohol in their individual communities this spring, but Tribal Council is still trying to decide if and how it would include the option…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 13:53

The road less traveled

The question ‘which way to Cherokee?’ continues bedeviling the state transportation department, which has been caught in a tug-of-war between Jackson County and Maggie Valley over who deserves a sign pointing the “right” way to Cherokee. Maggie Valley currently holds…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:37

Holing up is common for poisonous snakes in winter

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Where do the poisonous snakes go in winter? In the Smokies region we have two poisonous species: timber rattlesnakes and…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:37

WNC Alliance director appointed to MRC

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The executive director of the Western North Carolina Alliance has been appointed to the state’s influential Mountain Resources Commission (MRC).…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:36

Pittillo to speak at Franklin meeting

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Retired Western Carolina University professor and well-known regional fall color prognosticator Dan Pittillo will be the speaker at 2 p.m.…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:34

Grants available for renewable energy

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Mountain Valleys Resource Conservation and Development is accepting applications from Western North Carolina farmers interested in generating renewable energy on…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:34

Why pitch in? One trail volunteer shares her story

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Trail maintenance has an obvious benefit: it’s darn good exercise. But for Becky Smucker, a volunteer trail crew leader in…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:33

Friends of the Smokies receives $10K from REI

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Moving mountains is no easy task, but volunteers and trail crews hauling boulders, digging waterbars and otherwise rehabilitating trails in…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:32

NOC wins prestigious outdoor award

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The Nantahala Outdoor Center has been bestowed with the 2012 Outdoor Industry Association Outdoor Inspiration Award. It is the outdoor…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:31

Work continues on the French Broad River Paddle Trail

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A volunteer work day to work on campsites for the French Broad River Paddle Trail will take place from 10…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:31

Watershed plan subject of Jan. 12 meeting

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The Macon County League of Women Voters of Macon County will host a program on a newly completed study on…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:29

Whoopers and hoodeds

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Cranes are cool. These big beautiful graceful birds jolt the souls of non-birders and birders alike. At five feet tall,…