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Thursday, 26 January 2012 01:19

Tug-of-war over Cherokee sign takes a new turn

Maggie Valley has been rallying allies in its fight to save a small but perhaps precious sliver of its struggling tourism trade: pass-thru business from travelers en route to Cherokee. A highway sign currently proclaims Maggie Valley as the proper…
A student club at Western Carolina University is defending its decision to pair a drag show featuring “kings” and “queens” from across the state with a get-out-the-vote drive aimed at defeating a proposed state constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 01:16

Free self-defense class for women

A free self-defense and personal-safety seminar for women is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 at Basulto Academy of Defense in Waynesville. Armando Basulto, who has over 30 years experience in teaching martial arts and self-defense,…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 01:16

Help neighbors during disasters

American Red Cross Disaster Relief Training will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in Waynesville for those interested in becoming part of the Disaster Action Team serving Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties. This course will…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 01:15

Sylva woman regional Teacher of the Year

Edith Callahan, a health science teacher at Smoky Mountain High School in Sylva, was recently named Teacher of the Year for Western North Carolina. Callahan will be considered for North Carolina Teacher of the Year, along with seven other regional…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 01:15

Exploring the ethical issues and aging

Learn about the ethical issues faced when loved ones age at a Feb. 6, 1 p.m. workshop at Haywood Community Connections. Dr. Lisa Verges will discuss the fine art of gracefully navigating difficult issues with relatives who are getting older,…
For most boys, Superman and Batman were their heroes; for Bob Plott, his ancestors were super men. As he grew up in Haywood County, Plott would spend hours listening to his elders tell stories about the old-timers and life in…
A compromise has emerged in a fight over the historic McCoy truss bridge, one that would keep the old bridge in place for foot traffic while building a newer, bigger bridge alongside it for vehicles. But Macon residents who have…
A mentally ill man got a $22,500 settlement in a lawsuit against a Bryson City police officer who hit him multiple times with a baton and sprayed him with pepper spray. The settlement came more than three years after the…
Earl Bradley watches from the parking lot of his auto repair shop as a tractor trailer struggles for 15 minutes to align itself with Premier Chemicals’ loading dock across the street in Waynesville. Bradley has videotaped the trucks for months,…
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 21:40

Marianna Black Library hosts anime club

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Anime returns to its regular schedule of two shows a month starting this Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Bryson City…
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 21:40

Railroad features Charlie Brown-themed ride Feb. 11

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The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will run a PEANUTS™ Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown Excursion and Valentine Sweetheart Train at…
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 21:39

Movie night comes to the Sylva library

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The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will have a movie night at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 2. The library…
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 21:38

The Poetry Revival to come to WCU

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The Arts and Cultural Events Series at Western Carolina University will host The Poetry Revival, a spoken-word theater experience, at…
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 21:38

Rathskellar to offer wine tasting

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Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub will host a Select Red Wine Tasting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 8. Jeremy Sims…
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 21:37

HART presents five plays in one night

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The Haywood Arts Regional Theater will feature five short plays by Sylva playwright Gary Carden on Jan. 27 thru 29.…
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 21:36

Photography workshops to be offered at WCU

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Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing Education will be offering workshops on digital camera basics and processing digital images in…
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 21:36

Library offers free paper collage class with Stewart-Payne

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Local crafter James Stewart-Payne will offer a free one-hour paper collage class for adults at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7 at…
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 21:36

Jackson library presents daytime music program each Friday

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The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host a daytime music program on the first Friday of every month…
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 21:35

Share the Warmth concert is Feb. 12

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Haywood Community College and Champion Credit Union are once again joining forces to help people in Haywood County with heating…
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 21:34

SCC to offer personal enrichment classes

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Southwestern Community College will offer four arts classes beginning Feb. 4. • “Instant piano for hopelessly busy people” is open…
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 21:33

Animal shelter organizing painted cat sale and art auction

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Cherokee has bears; another town has painted pigs. Harold Sims, who runs the Catman2 shelter, wants cats. Sims has found…
The Haywood County Public Library will hold its second annual Lego Extravaganza Contest on Jan. 28 at the Haywood County…
It took just moments for this roomful of 60 people with their varying musical backgrounds and abilities to unite in…
A concept among biologists is that of “keystone species:” plants or animals with a pervasive influence on community composition and…
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)…