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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…
An orientation session for high school students interested in taking classes at Haywood Community College will be held at 1 p.m. and again at 4 p.m. on Dec. 19 at the HCC auditorium. Dual-enrollment opportunities through the Career and College…
Macon County GOP leaders on Monday selected a Highlands landscaping company owner as their pick to fill a vacant slot on the county’s board of commissioners. James “Jimmy” Tate will replace Commissioner Brian McClellan who resigned after receiving his second…
Niche marketing and regional cooperation were the reoccurring topics of this year’s Smoky Mountain Host meeting held in Cherokee last week, an annual forum that brings together the major tourism players of the Smoky Mountain region. “Our greatest customers are…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 13:46

Rec Center offers new after-school program

An after-school program for sixth graders will be offered from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursday starting in January at the Waynesville Recreation Center. The first hour will be devoted to homework with assistance for students who need help.…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 13:44

Library opens collection for homeschoolers

The Haywood County Public Library has opened to the public a unique library collection to help meet the recreational and educational needs of children that are homeschooled. This special collection contains a variety of formats including fiction, biographies, history, language…
Running a small hotel in Western North Carolina isn’t the easiest way to make a living, particularly not in these penny-pinching times when prospective customers want a full range of amenities and a rock-bottom room price. “It is hard for…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 13:41

Cashiers TTA briefs county on marketing efforts

The Cashiers Travel and Tourism Authority briefed Jackson County commissioners on some of their marketing campaigns from the year, responding to calls that the agency was too insular. Mark Jones, a member of the Cashiers tourism board who is also…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 13:39

Do-over an option in Jackson tourism spat

It’s not too late for Jackson County leaders to go back to the drawing board on a state bill that consolidates the county’s two separate tourism agencies. Commissioners have found themselves in the hot seat over a bill that would…
Swain County High School’s football players and coaches on Monday were in a different sort of huddle than usual. Instead of planning the next play, they were picking out a design for their championship rings following Saturday’s 20-14 win over…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 13:37

Local woman opens music lessons studio

Deborah Horn, from Lake Junaluska, is now teaching music lessons out of her home studio. Horn has taught music lessons since she was seventeen and recently working in the public school system. She also performs with her flute, piano and…
Laurie Oxford’s department is getting smaller; some of her former co-worker’s offices sit empty. Oxford, an assistant Spanish professor at Western Carolina University, spoke at a public forum about university cuts Monday on how multi-level reductions have affected the Arts…
At Carolina Readiness Supply in Waynesville you can buy freeze-dried macaroni and cheese by the 20-ounce can and a solar oven in which to warm it. You can get a woven bracelet in a variety of fashionable colors that converts…
Emergency agencies throughout Haywood County expect to be clocking in quicker response times soon. Fire, police and EMS divisions within the county will begin using a new Computer-Aided Dispatch and Mobile Data Information System this week, aimed at improving efficiency…
Businesses skirting Haywood County’s room tax laws should pay up or they could soon find themselves slapped with a lawsuit. The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority plans to sue six accommodation owners who have repeatedly and openly neglected to pay…
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority board backed down from plans to cut grant funding for long-celebrated events such as Folkmoot USA, Downtown Waynesville street dances and Canton’s Labor Day Festival. The tourism board had been contemplating new grant guidelines…