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A domestic violence and sexual assault agency serving victims of abuse in Jackson County abruptly shut its doors last week after more than three decades in operation. REACH of Jackson County has been plagued for two years by an on-going…
Tuesday, 07 February 2012 21:33

Chocolate Cook-off planned for Feb. 11

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The Friends of the Marianna Black Library will host the 5th Annual Chocolate Cook-Off between 2 and 4 p.m., Feb.…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:54

Geronimo’s brush with Western North Carolina

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The names Geronimo and Gen. George Cook are interwoven in the lore of northern Mexico, southeastern Arizona, western New Mexico…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:54

Blue Ridge Breakaway wins critical acclaim

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The Blue Ridge Breakaway was recently named the 2011 Ride of the Year by blogger Aaron West of StepClimbs.com. The…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:53

Women’s and girl’s sports day

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Women and girls can learn about a variety of activities that will inspire them to lead active, healthy lives at…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:53

Sixth-grader explores the science of water quality

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Waynesville Middle School student Jed Messer designed a project about water quality for the regional science fair. The project was…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:52

The Osborne Boundary Oak gets historic designation

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With several centuries under its belt, the Osborne Boundary Oak on N.C. 110 in Haywood County’s Bethel community has long…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:51

Order those fruit trees and berry bushes

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The Swain County Cooperative Extension is now taking orders for 3- to 4-foot tall apple, pear and peach trees, plus…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:51

Lace up your boots and hit the Walhalla Trail

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A hike on the Walhalla Trail at Cataloochee Ranch is set for Saturday, Feb. 11, a postponement of an earlier…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:50

Shiitake mushroom workshop in Swain

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Learn how to grow your own shiitake mushrooms through the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service and the Master Gardener Association from…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:50

Beekeeping class being held this month

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An introductory beekeeping class will be held this month in Haywood County from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday,…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:49

Grab the binoculars and get ready to count

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The Great Backyard Bird Count, an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:48

Punxsutawney Phil was right

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I think the shrewd rodent hedges his bet a bit. I mean if you think about it, the difference between…
Anyone can run or bike. And if any two people could testify to that, it’s Gerri Grady and Hugh Lambert.…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:41

Judith Toy to discuss finding forgiveness through Zen

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Judith Toy, ordained by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh as a core member of his order, will be at City…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:40

Asheville author to host spiritual adventure workshop

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Author Art Ramsay will present a free workshop based on his newest spiritual adventure novel, The Tibetan Wisdom Code at…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:39

Book delves into a dark corner of our world

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Thursday. Throughout this anguished and gripping tale, this day of the week, Thursday” is usually italicized, suggesting that it has…
Relive the classic age of MGM movies, the magic of Disney and the special effects of contemporary film through the…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:38

Songwriters festival announces contest

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Songwriters have three months to enter The Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival 2012 Songwriters Contest in Gatlinburg. “The primary goal of…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:37

Share the Warmth concert is Feb. 12

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Haywood Community College and Champion Credit Union will once again host a Share the Warmth benefit concert from 2 until…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:36

Artist-in-residence Andrea Dezsö to speak Feb. 9

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Visual artist Andrea Dezsö will speak at 4 p.m., Feb. 9, in Room 130 of the John W. Bardo Fine…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:36

Whimzik presents dinner theater in Cullowhee Feb. 14

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Whimzik, a mask and music performance, will perform a Valentine’s dinner theater at 7 p.m. on Feb. 14 at the…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:35

Woodworkers’ art on display in Sylva

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A new display at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva showcases the artistic work of 10 local woodworkers. The…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:34

Hornbostel, Teves to perform in Bryson

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Lois Hornbostel and Ehukai Teves will perform a concert at 3p.m. on Feb. 12 at the Swain County Center for…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:34

Community band begins its 10th season

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The Haywood Community Band will begin rehearsing for its 10th season of free concerts. Concerts take place on the third…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:33

Haywood’s Taste of Chocolate is April 21

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The Haywood Jackson Volunteer Center is looking for volunteers to help coordinate its annual Taste of Chocolate fundraiser as well…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:32

Workshop, Valentine’s party for kids in Macon

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Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to a free ARTSaturday workshop and Valentine party from 10 a.m. to…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:32

Learn card embroidery at Feb. 16 workshop

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Learn how to make handmade cards for any occasion from weddings to birth announcements to holidays with card makers Doris…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:31

Kelley to show new paintings from WaterDance series

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Local artist Jo Ridge Kelley will exhibit the latest painting from her WaterDance series at The Jeweler’s Workbench on Main…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:30

‘Coy’ to be centerpiece of Liars Bench benefit shows

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The Liars Bench, a program featuring authentic traditional Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, and drama, has announced that its February…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:29

WCU professor publishes book about professional development

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Sarah T. Meltzer, an assistant professor of secondary education at Western Carolina University, has published her book Step-by-Step Professional Development…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:29

‘Collected Stories’ in the HART Studio Theater Feb. 10-12

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The HART Studio season continues this week with “Collected Stories” by noted playwright Donald Margulies. Margulies won the Pulitzer Prize…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:21

Serena headed to the big screen

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Ron Rash’s novel, Serena, was birthed in an image: his mind’s eye pictured a woman on horseback. From the woman’s…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:19

An old friend comes for what I hope is a short visit

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A good friend of old came to stay last week. A great respecter of proper etiquette, she provided ample warning…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:19

Newspaper criticism was just off the mark

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To the Editor: I had to read “Shame on you, SMN, for poking fun” (Smoky Mountain News, Feb. 1 edition)…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:18

A citizens’ scroll should replace library plaque

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To the Editor: In a recent article in The Smoky Mountain News, Jackson County Commissioner Jack Debnam was quoted as…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:17

Who does Sen. Jim Davis really represent?

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To the Editor: State Sen. Jim Davis had an excellent idea. He suggested that anyone who wondered about contributions to…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:15

Counties don’t need to be in the banking business

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In this country built on capitalism, it’s a constant source of antagonism among politicians and citizens. I’m talking about the…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:15

Candidate forum to be held in Bryson City

Several Republican candidates for the 11th Congressional District will participate in a Feb. 17 forum sponsored by the Smoky Mountain Republican Women. The forum will be held at 7 p.m. at the Swain County Community Services Facility on Brendle Street…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:14

Girl Scouts seeking new troop leaders

In an effort to recruit new Troop Leaders and volunteers, Girl Scouts will host “Information Hours” from 1 to 6 p.m., Feb. 15, at the Haywood County Library in Waynesville. Current Troop Leaders, parents and Girl Scouts are also welcome…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:13

Class on self-defense for women Feb. 16

Western Carolina University is offering a self-defense class for women Thursday, Feb. 16. The class, sponsored by WCU’s Division of Educational Outreach, will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Room 143 of the Cordelia Camp Building. The class will focus…
Whittier’s $5 million wastewater treatment plant could be facing eventual financial insolvency, saddled with too much overhead and too few customers to make operation viable. The sewer plant, in hindsight, was overbuilt for growth and development that failed to materialize…
The Haywood Board of Commissioners agreed to put its John Hancock on a letter asking the N.C. Department of Transportation to post an additional “This way to Cherokee” sign near Dillsboro. The letter is a classic case of turn-about being…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:09

Gender equality on pay under the magnifying glass

Western Carolina University has launched a pay study to determine whether male employees are paid more than their female counterparts when doing the same jobs. The study is expected to take up to two years to complete. It has been…
Swain County’s Board of Elections will decide this month whether it is worth several thousand dollars to operate an early voting site in Cherokee again this election year. The three-member election board all agreed the county might not be able…
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited the Cherokee Bear Zoo for violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. During the agency’s Jan. 5 inspection, the officials found that the Cherokee Bear Zoo was failing to provide adequate veterinary care…
Cherokee tribal council last week decided to change the format for an upcoming vote on alcohol sales, a move that will give individual communities more autonomy on the controversial issue. When members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians go…
If Macon County commissioners decide to impose term limits for the planning board, beleaguered planning members could become the only ones out of dozens serving on various county boards who are subject to limits on how many years they can…
Street food vendors aren’t welcome everywhere in Western North Carolina, but Andy and Pamela Fife haven’t found that to be true in Franklin. They are now setup in this Macon County town as the only fulltime mobile food vendors west…
The race for the Congressional seat representing Western North Carolina was flipped on its head last week when incumbent U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, announced he would not seek re-election this year — leaving no heir apparent within his party.…