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Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:25

Maggie Valley loses another alderman

Maggie Valley Alderman and motel owner Scott Pauley is leaving his post, pushed out by the region’s sagging economy. Pauley tendered his resignation on Aug. 23, effective that day. He is the second alderman to resign the town board this…
A new FM radio station in Western North Carolina means more than 108,000 people living in the region might not be able to pick up their local National Public Radio station anymore. That’s because the frequency involved, 95.3 FM, currently…
Western Carolina University, eager to broadcast Catamount sports and other school-based programming to a larger audience than it can currently reach, is fighting The Canary Coalition for rights to a new FM radio station. The station could reach up to…
The Canary Coalition, a nonprofit group rooted in Jackson County that fights for air quality, might soon take to the airwaves via its own educational, community radio station. Avram Friedman, executive director of The Canary Coalition, believes a local radio…
The Macon County School system has changed its tune on the controversial preacher who delivered an overtly religious speech at Nantahala School’s June graduation ceremony. Superintendent Dan Brigman initially defended the content of the speech in an article published in…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:13

Bible reading makes a comeback

In an out-of-the-way room on the ground floor, seven congregants of Longs Chapel United Methodist Church in Lake Junaluska gather around two beat-up tables. It’s Sunday School, a staple of Protestant church life, and there are thousands of groups just…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:40

Oliver deserves more credit for his writing skills

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I started to write this column about Duane Oliver before I discovered that he has just published what he tells…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:39

Farm bill supports water quality efforts

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If you are farming in Haywood County, the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service is accepting applications to support efforts that…
Learn how to manage forests for wildlife and timber production, plus review tax strategies and estate planning at an upcoming…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:38

Taste of the Market to feature Jackson farmers

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The Jackson County Farmers Market will hold its annual “Taste of the Market” starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27,…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:37

Professor to talk about human-animal relationships

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Hal Herzog of Western Carolina University will discuss the complications of human-animal relationships, the focus of his recently published book,…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:36

Time to break out that camera

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Shutterbug alert: A fall field photography program will run for four weeks starting in September in Haywood County. Class members…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:35

Blue Ridge Breakaway tops 400 participants

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More than 400 riders participated in the second Blue Ridge Breakaway, held this Saturday (Aug. 20) in Haywood County. The…
Need help paying for research or educational outreach about the environment, gardening or horticulture? The Haywood County Master Gardener Volunteer…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:34

Budding gardeners hone greenthumbs

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Young gardeners from Junaluska Elementary School won first place recently in a landscape design competition at the N.C. Master Gardeners…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:33

Testifying

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I just wanted to shout an amen to brother George Ellison’s Aug. 10 Back Then column, “Late summer is an…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:32

Get your horse vaccinated

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A horse in the eastern part of the state tested positive this month for Easter Equine Encephalomyelitis, a warning to…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:31

Dahlia show coming to Waynesville

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Three local dahlia growers in Haywood County, Jack Leatherwood, Johnny Trantham and Ken Zula, were recently visited by Southern Living…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:29

A great race makes a comeback

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There aren’t too many road races in Western North Carolina with the storied history of the Maggie Valley Moonlight Race,…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:29

Ron Rash to read from new poetry collection

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Ron Rash will visit City Lights Bookstore to read from his first poetry book in 10 years, Waking, at 1…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:28

McDarris reads from new book at Blue Ridge Books

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Local author Vivian McDarris will read from her recent book, Black Fog, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, at…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:19

Rash’s new book of poetry evocative, resonant

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When I was nine years old, I once caught a 12-inch brown trout at the point where two small Jackson…
A number of readers have informed me that the agonizing sting I described in last week’s column was the work…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:16

Lake issue raises complex questions

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To the Editor: Thank you for the thoughtful, informative and balanced article on Lake Emory in Franklin. I would like…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:15

Park proposals add insult to injury

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I recently wrote in the Swain County newspaper about a singularly misguided proposal by Great Smoky Mountains National Park leadership…
Pat Smathers is what you might call a born politician. His first campaign was pitching Terry Sanford’s 1960 run for governor and John F. Kennedy’s bid for the White House. He was posted on a busy corner in downtown Canton…
Cherokee tribal elections are little more than a week away, and with the economy topping the list of major issues, the salaries of tribal officials are raising eyebrows and some ire on the reservation. Both candidates for principal chief have…
Principal chief candidate Patrick Lambert is calling foul after refusing to divulge his pay information to the tribe’s internal auditors. Lambert said they were trying to expose his personal information as a political smear. The tribe’s internal audit office told…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 20:29

RV park planned for Scaly

A new motorcoach resort for up to 21 recreation vehicles will be built on N.C. 106 in the Scaly Mountain area of Macon County, a project that developer and owner J.B. Corum is touting as earth friendly and good business.…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 20:28

Tourism summit coming up at Lake Junaluska

It’s not too late to register for this year’s Gather ‘Round the Blue Ridge, the fifth-annual meeting of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. This is a must-attend for those in Western North Carolina’s tourism industry. It takes place Tuesday,…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 20:27

Bryson residents needed to make town better

HandMade in America has spent the past year assessing how to make Bryson City a better place to live, and now the Swain County Chamber of Commerce is calling on citizens to help make their recommendations a reality. The final…
A new roadside rest area is coming to Balsam, serving westbound travelers on U.S. 23-74. It will sit on seven acres just across the highway from the current rest area on the eastbound side. One main reason for the new…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 20:26

Sexual assualt suspects at large

Investigators are looking for two men who followed a woman to her home in the Cashiers area and sexually assaulted her. They believe there might have been similar incidents involving at least one of the suspects, and are urging any…
In 24 seconds flat, Daniel Jones can chop through a 13-inch white pine log, perched atop it and swinging his sharpened ax in a downward arc into the braced timber.    That, at least, is the kind of time he’s…
U.S. Senator Richard Burr, R-N.C., didn’t don kid gloves when addressing a cross section of Haywood County business leaders representing agriculture, tourism, banking, construction and professional sectors last week. “Here’s the hard, cold reality. We’ve got to cut an additional…
Aside from the occasional “welcome WCU students” signs, there isn’t much visible evidence in Sylva that signals more than 7,000 students have flooded this community for the start of school. The town isn’t awash in purple, the school’s official color.…
Western Carolina University is facing, at best, an austere financial year. Chancellor David Belcher, in his first address to faculty and staff, was blunt about the financial difficulties facing the university. He warned his new employees that all spending would…
Between the two of them, daughter Alison “Ali” Howie is clearly holding up better than her mother, Paula Dennis. “I’m an emotional wreck,” Dennis openly admits after queuing up her vehicle in front of Scotts Dorm. Her husband, Howie’s stepfather,…
Macon County’s embattled planning board has agreed on a handful of basic construction guidelines for developers building houses and roads. This sets up a possible showdown between land-planning advocates and opponents to play out before the county commissioners. Last week,…
Food stamps and food pantry vouchers are finding their way into the farmers markets in Jackson and Swain counties, putting local produce into hands of the needy who are often quick to cut healthy, but more expensive, fresh fruits and…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 20:03

Grants available for Haywood arts groups

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Applications are now available for the Haywood County Arts Council’s Grassroots subgrants. These grants are designed to support arts activities…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 20:02

Local music at Lake Junaluska

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Old-time musicians Trevor and Travis Stuart, natives of Bethel, will perform at this year’s Gather ‘Round the Blue Ridge, the…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 20:01

Contestants sought for Mountain Youth Talent Contest

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The Youth Talent Contest will return to the Great Smoky Mountains Railway Railfest on Sept. 17 in Bryson City. The…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 20:00

Craft show comes to Maggie Valley

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100-plus artists and crafters from all over the Southeast will gather for a craft show from 8 a.m. to 5…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:59

Waynesville gallery features local works

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Gallery 262 in Frog Level will feature the works of Jere Smith and Dan Wright, Aug. 19 thru Sept. 15.…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:59

Williams offers abstract workshop

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Learn to create an abstract painting in a one-day workshop with artist Silvia Cabrera Williams at Leapin’ Frog Gallery in…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:56

Swing dance in Franklin Aug. 26

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Bring your dancing shoes for a dance from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, at the Franklin…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:55

Friends to share favorite poems

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Friends and neighbors in the Cashiers area will read their favorite poems and share their reasons for enjoying them at…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:54

Follow the siren call to Highlands Cashiers Players

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The North Carolina premiere of the comedy, “Sirens,” is the Highlands Cashiers Players first play of the new season. It…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:53

Suzy Bogguss to play from her new American Folk Songbook

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Grammy-winning folk singer Suzy Bogguss will perform on Sept. 2 at the Highlands Performing Arts Cetner. Bogguss has just released…