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Haywood County is on the hook for $700,000 after an arbitration panel found the county wrongfully fired the contractor overseeing renovations to the historic courthouse four years ago. The contractor sued the county for $2.3 million after being fired from…
The Tye Blanton Foundation will host its seventh blood drive for the American Red Cross on Sunday, Aug. 28.   The drive will be held at Canton’s Central United Methodist Church at 36 Church St., across from the Lamp Factory.…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:21

Golf tournament to benefit veterans

The 9/11 Armed Forces Golf Classic will be held on Sept. 10 and 11 at Sequoyah National Golf Club in Cherokee. The tournament is hosted by the Steve Youngdeer Post 143 of the American Legion. A free golf clinic will…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:20

Improve your online skills with workshops

Two one-day Internet courses will be offered from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Agust 25 and 26 by Western Carolina University’s Division of Educational Outreach. “Using Google Docs,” is set for Thursday, August 25, and is designed to familiarize…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:19

Jackson County alcohol vote likely in May

Jackson County commissioners are leaning toward the May primary for putting alcohol on the ballot rather than waiting until the general election next November. County Attorney Jay Coward briefed Jackson County commissioners this week on the nuts and bolts of…
Weary of criminals languishing in the system before finally facing their day in court, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians hopes to forge a new partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s office, getting their own prosecutor into federal court. Tribal council…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:16

Macon steep-slope supporters pushing back

A new group has formed to counteract a recent landslide of opposition to steep-slope regulations in Macon County. “We realized that there are a lot of people out there who don’t go to these meetings — and I count myself…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:13

Macon to drop back and punt on slope rules

“Finishing the conversation” has become something of a catchphrase lately in Macon County. It’s a really diplomatic way of saying that while the planning board should keep plugging away at construction guidelines, there’s no guarantee the building regulations they develop…
First Macon County, and then Jackson, built big, beautiful, new libraries over the past five years. Now, it seems, Swain County residents — who are part of the same three-county Fontana Library System — believes it’s their turn to take…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:12

SBI won’t investigate Haywood jail death

The state will not investigate the death of Jessica Martin, who died last week after collapsing in a holding cell at the Haywood County Justice Center. “The State Bureau of Investigation is not planning to open an investigation at this…
The state might have pulled the plug on a long-range project to map landslide prone areas in the mountains, but Haywood County hopes to take matters into its own hands. Shortly after Republican lawmakers axed the state’s landslide mapping unit…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:06

A look in the rearview at N.C. 107

With its fast-food restaurants, box stores, gas stations and occasional backups of traffic, there’s not much that can be described as quaint about N.C. 107 in Sylva. Except, perhaps, for Bryson’s Farm Supply, where Randy Hooper and wife, Debbie, sell…
Nearly every town has one — a five-lane road lined with fast-food stores, gas stations and grocery stores — and most sport a few. But those, it turns out, may have been a bit of a mistake. The N.C. Department…
There’s a novel solution afoot for traffic woes on Sylva’s commercial thoroughfare: widen the road so much it obliterates most of the businesses. “You certainly wouldn’t have a traffic problem on 107 if you took out 80 businesses,” said Sarah…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:02

Waynesville primed for makeover of South Main

Waynesville has one chance to get South Main Street right, or live with the consequences for decades to come. And the town isn’t taking any chances. The N.C. Department of Transportation had barely gotten started on a feasibility study for…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 12:59

A tale of two streets

Waynesville and Sylva are at a crossroads, ones that will irrevocably shape the character of their communities. Both towns are clamoring for a makeover of their commercial avenues — South Main Street in Waynesville and N.C. 107 in Sylva —…
There’s a new term coined by the federal government for places with low income and little access to quality food. It’s called a food desert. And Maggie Valley is sitting right on the edge of one. The town doesn’t really…
There are a lot of things associated with the words “high school football.” Three-a-days. Pep rallies. Weight rooms. The quarterback sneak. Summer reading club isn’t usually one of them. Coach Sam Pattillo, however, would beg to differ. He is the…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:03

Late summer is an awesome time to botanize

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Spring is the appointed time for the various wildflower pilgrimages and outings that attract thousands of visitors to the mountains…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:02

Haywood Fair to host farm fresh dinner and mini-market

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The Haywood County Fair this year will feature a Farm Fresh meal to celebrate agriculture in Western North Carolina at…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:02

All about the local food movement in Macon

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A talk on the local food movement will be held at noon on Thursday, August 11, in Franklin hosted by…
An annual banquet and auction to benefit this region’s chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is set for Saturday,…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:01

Tour nursery that caters to wildlife

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Learn about plants that attract birds, butterflies and other wild critters on a field trip to Spring Valley Nursery in…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:00

Wild gardener comes to Sylva

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Peter Loewer, a.k.a. the “Wild Gardener”, will present a program about native plants at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 30 at…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:58

Backpackers in the Smokies may soon pay for permits

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park boasts the largest backcountry in the Eastern United States, yet for backpackers hoping to…
Want to know how to use a drift boat? There’s an opportunity to learn from an actual designer, builder and…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:53

Walk to highlight Highlands fertile birding ground

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A “Treasure Highlands” Bird Hike will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on August 18 by the Highlands Biological…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:52

Cyclists breeze into Haywood with Blue Ridge Breakaway

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A few hundred cyclers will test their endurance with the annual Blue Ridge Breakaway coming up August 20. A spectrum…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:50

Moonshadow, moonshadow

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I was all set to write about the annual summer fireworks displayed every August on that really big screen above…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:45

Stand-off over the Chattooga nears finale

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Paddlers are ever-so-slightly winning a tug-of-war over the Upper Chattooga River, a Wild and Scenic River that plunges off the…
Franklin resident Robert Shook will read from his novel, A Journey in Courage, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 13,…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:43

Test your wizarding skills with a Harry Potter party

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Get your wands ready for a Harry Potter back-to-school party at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 20, at Blue Ridge…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:42

McCullough makes 19th century Paris come alive

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“At last I have come into a dreamland.” So wrote Harriet Beecher Stowe shortly after her arrival in Paris in…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:38

Learn to cross stitch with plastic canvas

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A workshop about plastic canvas cross-stitch will be taught at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, at the Jackson County…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:37

Indulge in chocolate and wine Aug. 18

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The Haywood County Arts Council will hold a Wine for the Arts party, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday,…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:37

Best in the West berry recipe contest

With berries ripe and ready for picking, it’s time to plan your entry in the Best in the West Recipe Contest, part of Mountain Heritage Day’s gathering at Western Carolina University on Sept. 24.   This year’s competition will focus…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:36

Wildflowers as artistic inspiration

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Artist Kathie Blozan will lead painting workshops from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on August 11 and 13 at the…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:36

Kids to join in dances from around the world

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Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to a free ARTSaturday workshop from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:35

Mountain Music Jamboree offers unadulterated bluegrass

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The Haywood Fairgrounds will host its third annual Mountain Music Jamboree on Aug. 13. Featured performers include White Water Bluegrass,…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:34

Get ready for the holidays with Gingerbread 101

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A free Gingerbread 101 workshop will be taught by Grove Park Inn chefs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:34

Basket classes offered by Dogwood Crafters

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Basket classes will be taught by Dogwood Craft members at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, at Applegate Inn in…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:33

Porsches rev into Waynesville Inn

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The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa will once again be hosting the Porsche Concours “In Den Bergen” on Saturday,…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:32

‘Always … Patsy Cline’ stages in Highlands

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The hit musical “Always … Patsy Cline” opened July 28 at the Highlands Playhouse and will continue at 8 p.m.…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:31

Elvis does gospel at the Smoky Mountain Jubilee

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The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin will welcome three sensational Gospel groups at the Smoky Mountain…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:31

Americana band echoes Appalachian roots

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Dehlia Low will perform at An Appalachian Evening at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 13, at Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:30

Fashion show fundraiser for Republican women

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The Mountain High Republican Women’s Club will hold a luncheon and fashion show at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, August 19,…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:30

WNC Woodturners to meet in Glenville

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The August meeting of The Western North Carolina Woodturners Club will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 14, at…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:29

Kriya yoga workshop comes to Creative Thought Center

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Steve Dean, a teacher of the Kriya yoga tradition, will speak at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 12, at the…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:28

Big House Radio to rock Bridge Park in Sylva

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Big House Radio returns to Sylva’s Concerts on the Creek from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 12. The Bryson…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:26

Nashville's finest to light up Fontana

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Shinefest, a two-day showcase held at Fontana Village Resort, will bring together acts from across the country world, veterans to…