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Rumors of an impending closing to the contrary, The Coffee Shop in Sylva is not shutting down, owner Phyllis Gibson said this week. “We’ve heard it, too,” Gibson said. “I had a woman customer come in this morning and say…
It’s 8 a.m. and the everyday regulars — Sylva’s working class Janes and Joes — are stopping by Cope’s Superette on Mill Street for packs of cigarettes, morning newspapers, soft drinks, candy and other breakfast necessities you grab when on…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 21:08

Free throw contest this month in Waynesville

The annual Elks National "Hoop Shoot" Free Throw Contest will take place at the Waynesville Recreation Center on Friday, Dec. 16. Registration will begin at 5 p.m. and the event will start at 6 p.m. The event is for boys…
The Jackson County-Webster Historical Society commemorated Pearl Harbor’s anniversary on Dec. 7 at its first public meeting in the renovated, historic courthouse in Sylva. “We are commemorating here an event that fundamentally transformed the history of the United States and…
When bulldozers began demolishing trees on a hillside overlooking Waynesville’s main commercial thoroughfare this summer, Byron Hickox was bombarded by a flood of inquiries from suddenly civic-minded citizens. The highly visible slope along Russ Avenue was denuded in a matter…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 20:58

WCU prepares for graduation ceremonies

Western Carolina University will honor its fall graduating class and recognize a group of graduates who received their degrees after this year’s summer school sessions, as the university holds fall commencement at 2 p.m., Dec. 17. The ceremony at the…
Bryson City Fire Department failed its state mandated insurance inspection last week for failing to respond to false alarms. The department would often be en route to a call when firefighters heard from 9-1-1 dispatchers that it was actually a…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 20:50

Waynesville artist to teach painting class

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Waynesville artist and teacher Nick DePaolo will help people create an oil painting with his follow-along technique. The two-hour class…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 20:49

Skaggs Family to release album, perform Dec. 17

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The Skaggs Family will perform songs from its new, 10-song holiday album, A Skaggs Family Christmas Volume Two, at the…
The Overlook Theatre Company will present Disney’s “Aladdin” at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin on…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 20:48

Community caroling and holiday crafts in Macon

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The Macon County Public Library is hosting an old-time carol-along at 5 p.m. on Dec. 20. The song list will…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 20:47

Brewery to put on Nanta Claus Christmas benefit

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The Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City is hosting its first Nanta Claus party and benefit Dec. 17. The event…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 20:47

Replay of parades to run on Haywood TV station

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WNC Television will air the Christmas Parade Special, a compilation of this year’s Waynesville and Canton parades, beginning Dec. 19.…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 20:46

Brasstown Ringers present ‘Christmas Bells’ concert

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The Brasstown Ringers will perform their 2011 concert program “Christmas Bells” at 6 p.m., Dec. 16, at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 20:46

Holiday community music jam planned for Dec. 15

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The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will hold its next community music jam 6 to 7:30 p.m., Dec. 15,…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 20:45

Free family flicks in Macon throughout December

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The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City is showing family-oriented Christmas movies each Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in December. The…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 20:44

Teen library supporters to meet at the Marianna Black Library

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The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will have a teen Friends of the Library meeting at 3:30 p.m. on Dec 15.…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 20:44

National Park hosts holiday homecoming

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host a Holiday Homecoming at the new Oconaluftee Visitor Center Dec. 17. Park staff…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 20:44

Church groups offer a double helping of holiday events

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Rockwood United Methodist Church in Canton will host two holiday programs Dec. 18. The Chancel Choir will present “One Small…
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 20:43

WCU Catamount statue receives a cozy holiday sweater

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The Catamount statue at the main entrance of Western Carolina University is now sporting a red and green holiday sweater…
With a Billie Holiday-style microphone, an Apple computer camera and her two bandmates on either side, Maggie Tobias transforms from…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:45

Going back to explain ‘back of beyond’

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Most of us at one time or another hanker for a place where we can get away from it all…
Assault on Black Rock trail race is a go next year in Jackson County, so mark your calendar for Saturday,…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:43

Details, training announced for WCU’s Valley of the Lilies

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The scenic Cullowhee Valley will serve as the backdrop again when runners from throughout the region gather at Western Carolina…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:43

Friends of the Smokies board member named

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Award-winning businessperson Meridith Elliot Powell has been selected to join the Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Board…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:42

“Green Drinks” and bear information on tap at Rathskellar

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Learn all about bears and bear behavior at a monthly “Green Drinks” social at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:41

Teachers flock to Highlands for climate change workshop

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Twenty-two high school science teachers from across North Carolina recently visited the Highlands Biological Station for a weekend retreat focusing…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:41

Oh, dear – disease hits N.C. deer

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Deer hunters may encounter sick or diseased deer afflicted with hemorrhagic disease this hunting season, according to the N.C. Wildlife…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:40

Unique book collection displayed in Sylva

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A collection of handmade books created by Kathrine Cays, artist-in-residence at The Rickman Store in the Cowee community of Macon…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:39

Wildflower award winners announced

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Regional efforts to make highways more beautiful added up to statewide recognition recently when the N.C. Department of Transportation announced…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:36

The good fight

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As too often happens, in this whirlwind life, I lost my roundtoit. I received an email from the Western North…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:32

Gear guide 2011

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The Smoky Mountain News has teamed up with outfitters for yet another installment of our annual Outdoor Gear Gift Guide.…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:32

‘Moonshiner’s Daughter’ at Penland & Sons, Marshall

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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…
Friends of the Haywood Public Library will present Barbara Bates Smith will appear in the one-woman play Christmas play “Deck…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:30

WCU students to share works

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Creative writing students from Western Carolina University will read original works at 6 p.m. on Dec. 13 at City Lights…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:28

When it comes to books, here is what women want

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“What do women want?” During the month of December, Sigmund Freud’s famous question haunts the minds of many men. Unlike…
I normally veer from airing my opinion as a columnist in the editorial pages on issues that I cover as…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:14

People too gullible about Occupy movement

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To the Editor: After reading Carol Larivee’s letter noting the differences between the Tea Party and the Occupy movement, it…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:14

Tea Party faithful are decent Americans

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To the Editor: In the Nov. 23-29 issue of The Smoky Mountain News, Carole Larivee wrote a letter comparing the…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:06

Remember that it’s Democrats raising taxes

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To the Editor: So the Democrat North Carolina state senators have waived off the chance to cap the automatic 4…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:02

Backhanded compliments all a part of turning 50

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When I turned 50 last week, I did not feel any older and certainly no wiser, but I did realize…
An expected rubberstamp by the Jackson County Board of Commissioners to build a new auditorium and gym at Smoky Mountain High School took a brief — but wild while the ride lasted — turn this week. Commissioners have already expressed…
Jackson County’s subdivision ordinance is destined for more tweaking by the planning board. The planning board spent several months revising the county’s four-year-old subdivision ordinance before sending the recommended changes along to county commissioners for approval this week. Commissioners promptly…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 13:55

Radio station wants loan from Jackson County

Prospective buyers of an AM radio station in Sylva could land a $289,000 loan from the Jackson County economic development fund in exchange for creating 11 jobs. Jackson County commissioners already approved $179,000 of the loan and are poised to…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 13:55

Haywood Chamber holds holiday networking event

The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce will host a Holiday Open House from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 14 at the chamber office in Waynesville. New, current and potential new members are encouraged to attend to network with other…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 13:54

New Republican group formed

A new Republican women’s group in Western North Carolina also has a new name, “Smoky Mountain Republican Women.”   The group has been meeting for two months and will be a new club affiliated with the N.C. Federation of Republican…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 13:53

Ceremony to celebrate veterans

A candlelight service to honor soldiers and veterans who have served in the Iraq war from Swain County will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 on the square in front of the historic courthouse. The service coincides with…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 13:51

Shuler to face challenger in Democratic primary

Despite his limited name recognition and his significantly smaller war chest, Cecil Bothwell is confident he can outrun U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler during next May’s primary race for the 11th Congressional District’s Democratic nomination. “I would not be doing it…
A heavy-lifting helicopter flexed its muscle in Cherokee Wednesday in the ongoing expansion and construction at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel. The Sikorsky helicopter — one of the largest helicopters commercially available — performed 17 lifts to the roof. The…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 13:50

Discover how to give back at Dec. 8 meeting

Learn about programs and services in Macon County to help the less fortunate at the monthly League of Women Voters in Franklin at noon on Dec. 8. Gwen Taylor, public information officer for Macon County Department of Social Services, will…