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Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:04

Where do the candidates shake out?

Three challengers in the Waynesville town election have staked out clear positions against the town’s commercial development standards. They say they would institute a review of the town’s ordinances if elected and want to loosen the standards. Current town leaders…
Did Waynesville run off a Cracker Barrel? What about Chick-fil-A? Challengers running in next week’s town election say Waynesville’s appearance standards for new commercial business are deterring development. A political action committee calling itself the Waynesville-Haywood Concerned Citizens are publicizing…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:57

Planning regs in Macon keep center stage

Macon County commissioners decided last week that they needed more time to study whether to implement construction guidelines recommended by the county’s planning board. During a workshop on the issue, commissioners heard a stern warning from a licensed engineer and…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:53

Let the battles begin in Cherokee

Cherokee tribal members could vote this April on whether to allow alcoholic beverage sales on the reservation, one month before a similar referendum will be held on legalizing sales countywide in neighboring Jackson County. Cherokee’s referendum is contingent on Principal…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:32

HCC to offer digital photography certificate

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Haywood Community College will offer a new community education certificate in Media Arts: Photography. The course begins Nov. 11 and…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:31

Cinema festival debuts in Asheville Nov. 3-6

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A new film festival that will be held from Thursday through Sunday (Nov. 3-6) in Asheville will feature 39 films…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:30

Jam series to begin with concert by Blue Eyed Girl

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The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series for 2011-12 will get under way at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:29

Voices in the Laurel concert celebrates patriotism

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Voices in the Laurel will perform at 3 p.m. on Nov. 6 at the First United Methodist Church in Waynesville.…
Western Carolina University’s Division of Educational Outreach will sponsor the seventh annual Dulcimer Winter Weekend beginning Thursday, Jan. 5, and…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:25

Colonial Theatre concert to benefit Meals on Wheels

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Bluegrass group Balsam Range will feature award-winning Nashville musician and songwriter John Wiggins in the first show of its Winter…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:24

‘Day of Mindfulness’ to be held Nov. 5

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St. David’s Episcopal Church in Cullowhee will host a “Day of Mindfulness: Practices to Support a Global Spirituality and Ethic”…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:24

Madrigal Dinner tickets on sale in November

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Tickets for the 2011 Madrigal Dinner at Western Carolina University went on sale Tuesday, Nov. 1. The event will be…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:23

Community Table hosts Fall Festival, BBQ dinner

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The Community Table’s fourth annual Fall Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12,…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:22

‘Nance Dude’ stages Nov. 4 at the Rickman Store

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A performance of Gary Carden’s play “Nance Dude” at the Rickman Store in Macon County will serve as a fundraiser…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:22

Jackson library offers daytime music

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The Jackson County Public Library will host a daytime music program on the first Friday of every month from 11…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:21

HART closes season with ‘Wilderness!’

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Haywood Arts Regional Theater will close the 2011 season with Eugene O’Neill’s comedy “Ah, Wilderness!” on its main stage. The…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:18

‘Sweeney Todd’ to hit WCU stage Nov. 10-13

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“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” a story of revenge and greed and how they can crush the…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:16

Get a head start on handmade holiday shopping

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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, 02 November 2011 18:16

It’s by Nature to host artist Susan Ling Nov. 4

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It’s by Nature will host well known Cullowhee painter, Susan Ling this Friday, Nov. 4, during Sylva’s After Dark. Ling…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:15

Waynesville Art After Dark is November 4

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The Waynesville Gallery Association will hold its monthly Art After Dark from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4. Art After…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:13

Wilderness-themed art on display in Sylva

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A collection of Catherine Stinson Yellowroot’s paintings titled “Return to the Wild” will be on display during the month of…
Though perhaps it’s not exactly the moveable feast Ernest Hemingway discovered in the cafés of Paris, the ambiance of The…
In a town that has long thrived on competitive, and sometimes markedly heated, political contests, the prospect of an incumbents-only race this November in Franklin seems ghastly. Even to several of the shoo-in incumbents themselves. “Maybe they’re afraid they might…
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 20:54

MedWest volunteer classes coming up

Palliative Care and Hospice Services of MedWest Health System will hold a series of training classes for new volunteers Oct. 31 through Nov. 3 in Sylva. The 12-hour series will acquaint volunteers with the Hospice philosophy and program. Sessions run…
The exquisite, fleeting beauty of autumn is with us now. Cold nights signal changes to come. Soon there will be…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:30

Smart bear kicks off ‘Bear Smart’ program

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To the Editor: Just prior to the opening of the “Bear Smart” program, on Tuesday night at the Sapphire Valley…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:29

Despite problems, we need less government

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To the Editor: In the Oct. 19 Smoky Mountain News, a photo and story feature covered the Oct. 15 Occupy…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:29

Candidates should promote unity

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To the Editor: In the election article for Maggie Valley, I read three candidates — the  mayoral candidate Ron DeSimone…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:27

We need to know who is pulling the strings

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To the Editor: In reply to Shirley Slaughter’s letter of Oct. 19 in The Smoky Mountain News (www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/5374), I don’t…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:25

Tricks, not literature, impress 6-year-olds

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By all accounts, my wife’s trip to Riverbend Elementary School to talk to Mrs. Gidcumb’s first-grade class about her career…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:22

Vicki Lane to present latest novel

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Vicki Lane returns to City Lights to read from her newest novel, Under The Skin, at 2 p.m. on Saturday,…
Author George Ellison will be conducting a book signing at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in Great Smoky Mountains National Park…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:21

Local writer wins award for family history book

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Hattie Best Polk of Lake Junaluska won the prestigious Robert Bruce Cooke Family History Book of the Year Award for…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:18

One a day helps her deal with the grief

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In recent years, a few individuals have taken on large reading projects and then written books of their own about…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:06

Casual, unplanned — and heavenly

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You don’t have to live in a cabin to get cabin fever. You can come down with a bad case…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:06

Human-animal interactions subject of book discussion

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The Jackson County Public Library will host WCU Psychology Professor Hal Herzog for a talk about his book, Some We…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:05

Job corps gives Smokies’ trails a hand

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Students and staff of the Oconaluftee Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center helped with a trail restoration project on the popular…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:04

Explore “Road to Nowhere” on guided hike

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There’s no costumed ghouls or pre-recorded shrieks on the Friends of the Smokies’ November hike, but you will trek along…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:04

NOC opens The North Face Summit Shop in Gatlinburg

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Nantahala Outdoor Center has opened a retail concept shop from The North Face located inside NOC’s outfitters and retail store…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:03

Paddling club sets first outing

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The first Smoky Mountain Paddling Club outing will be Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. on Bear Lake in Jackson County,…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:03

Kick up your heels for the Power of Pink

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The fifth-annual Power of Pink race will be held Oct. 29 at MedWest Health and Fitness Center on the campus…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:02

Watershed group aids Cherokee basketmakers

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As clay is to the potter and stone is to the sculptor, river cane is the vital raw material to…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:01

Learn about stream and forest health

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Regional water quality experts will give a state of local forests and streams report in a public forum held by…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:00

Park partners garner national recognition

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The leaders of the two primary Great Smoky Mountains National Park partners were recently presented with the Department of Interior…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 12:59

Wild for now, but keep your eye on the ball

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Ten years later and one hurdle leapt — there will be more. Last week the 10th U.S. Circuit court of…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 12:58

Looking for your best trail shots

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is looking for great photos of people enjoying the Appalachian Trail in 2011. The conservancy is…
More than a decade ago, under former Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida became the first state to approve a “Choose Life”…
Dr. Jessica Ange of Sylva enjoys sporting on the back of her Subaru Outback the colorful black and green Great…
The Haywood County Tourism Board was hoping for a 15 percent increase in occupancy tax collection this August, but what it saw was a 20 percent decline. “The August numbers aren’t good,” said Lynn Collins, director of the tourism agency.…
Although work has barely begun, the replacement of Park Street Bridge in Canton has already hit a delay. The project was previously slated for completion on Nov. 5, 2012, but the date has been pushed back to Dec. 1. The…