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Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:39

Leaf Lookers Gemboree opens Oct. 14

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Looking for great fall color? Well, gem and mineral dealers from across the country will be in Macon County Oct.…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:37

WCU high school marching band contest set for Oct. 15


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About 3,000 students from high school marching bands in four states will compete for top honors during the 11th annual…
The 23rd annual Haywood County Apple Harvest Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, in…
Voices from the American Land — along with local partners Land Trust for the Little Tennessee, the Wilderness Society, Tuckasegee Reader, Western North Carolina Alliance, Wild South, Canary Coalition, Mad Batter Café, Tuckasegee Alliance, New Native Press and City Lights…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 14:01

Old-timers and their colorful plant names

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It’s that time of the year, and the hills are alive not with music but “sang” hunters. As of now…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 14:00

Providing shelter for hikers

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The Nantahala Hiking Club, the Franklin-based Appalachian Trail maintaining club, is building a new Appalachian Trail shelter about half way…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:59

Enjoy an ancient form of flower arranging

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The unique flower and decorative plant arrangements of Ikebana International will be on display during a special exhibit, part of…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:57

Lace your shoes for the Bethel half marathon

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The popular Bethel half marathon and 5K race is set for Saturday, Oct. 8, the 18th version of this event.…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:56

Founder of WNC Alliance Esther Cunningham dies at 93

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The Western North Carolina environmental community recently lost one of its most credible and visible faces with the death of…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:56

Fall color forecaster tells all

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Hear this fall’s official leaf forecast, including the why and how of leaf color production, at the Jackson-Swain Master Gardeners’…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:55

Valentine to sign books

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A book signing with nature photographer James Valentine, a well-known naturalist, photographer and filmmaker, is set for 5 p.m. to…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:54

Hiking to celebrate

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The Nantahala Hiking Club offered three hikes (Ranger Falls, Appalachian Trail north of Winding Stair Gap, and Bartram Trail) this…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:52

See John Muir “live” in Waynesville

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Pull a chair up to the fire and enjoy listening to America’s famed wilderness adventurer, John Muir, a critical player…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:52

Bear group to talk about camping, hiking in bear country

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Learn about hiking and camping in a year when the bear activity is particularly high, forcing the closures of many…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:51

Photography exhibit open in Asheville

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A juried exhibit of the Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association “Autumn in the Southern Appalachians” is ongoing through Oct. 24 at…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:50

Workshops dig in to points of vermicomposting

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Learn all about keeping worms for making compost at two upcoming workshops. The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service and the Jackson/Macon…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:48

Western icon with ties to Western NC

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Acclaimed storyteller and actor Lee Stetson will bring his one-man show on John Muir to Western North Carolina in October.…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:46

Tour de Franklin to showcase fall’s best

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Bicyclists from near and far will take to the road for the eighth-annual Tour de Franklin “Halloween Hunard” charity bicycle…
Joe and Dawn Johnson of Atlanta might be making another trip to the mountains next weekend after learning about the…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:37

Escape to the backroads with guidebook author

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Carolyn Sakowski will read from the third edition of her book, Touring the Western North Carolina Backroads, at noon on…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:33

Skippy Dies: The anguish of being young

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Kind Hearts, this is an astonishing book. Frankly, I never would have read this one, if I had not blundered…
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park might finally get a place to store its sizeable cache of historical artifacts, but it almost certainly won’t be in Swain County. Earlier this year, when the park broke the news about what it’s…
Tourists staying in Jackson County will pay more on their hotel bills starting Jan. 1. Commissioners this week hiked the tax from 3 to 6 cents, the highest room tax rate allowed by state law. “If this money is spent…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:22

MaconSense to speak on steep slopes

MaconSense, a non-partisan organization promoting civic engagement and community service projects, will present a program at 12 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Tartan Hall in Franklin. The program is sponsored by the Macon County League of Women Voters.…
Water supply sampling on six wells near the closed Francis Farm Landfill in Haywood County shows that all are safe for drinking and other purposes, according to a report issued by Bunnell-Lammons Engineering (BLE). In August, Haywood County contracted with…
Village of Forest Hills leaders are saying no thanks to a Charlotte company that wanted to build luxury student apartments on a 19.5-acre tract in the tiny town across the highway from Western Carolina University. This does not mean that…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:20

Swain gets new fire chief as probe continues

Bryson City has a new fire chief, after a police investigation spurred the ouster of long-term fire chief Joey Hughes last month. Brent Arvey has been named as the new department head, replacing Erwin Winchester, the Swain County fire marshal…
The Cherokee Preservation Foundation will use a new grant application, beginning with the Spring 2012 grant cycle. The Foundation staff will explain the new grant application process at community meetings in October.    The new grant application process will allow…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:19

Give the gift of warmth this winter

Coats for Kids is now accepting donations in Jackson County. Donations of gently used or new winter clothing items — coats, warm clothing, hats, gloves, shoes and new undies and socks new in original packaging due to health safety —…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:19

Walk to remember Trail of Tears

The Trail of Tears Memorial Walk will begin 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Cherokee Historical Association building, continuing on the Cherokee River Loop Trail on Acquoni Road, back to Tsali Boulevard onto Drama Road, ending at the…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:18

Authorities search for rape suspect

Law enforcement officials are looking for information on a rape which occurred at approximately 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, in Macon County within the Nantahala National Forest. Authorities are seeking information in identifying a possible suspect, a white male,…
The Village of Forest Hills wants to control its future by possibly acquiring a 74-acre, abandoned golf course located within its borders. If the privately owned property is obtained, the town’s leaders indicated that they might try to offset the…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:16

HCC gets $2 million grant to re-train workers

Two million dollars in grant money is coming to Haywood Community College for laid-off workers to find a new place in the workforce. The money is part of a grant from the Department of Labor that’s been handed out across…
Haywood County commissioners sent a message to Raleigh lawmakers this week to abandon the notion of merging small community colleges. The plan to merge some administrative functions at small community colleges was floated by some Republican lawmakers as a cost-cutting…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:14

Battling the bureaucracy for veterans

David Gifford proudly stood as a congressman presented him with medals for meritorious service in the Air Force and the Army. The assembled crowd applauded as the representative gave a short speech. Photos were snapped and a news camera rolled.…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:14

Volunteers needed for Toys for Tots

The Toys for Tots coordinator for Macon, Jackson and Swain counties is beginning the search for volunteers. Randy Dean Hughes, the TFT Local Coordinator for Macon, Jackson, Swain counties, he says all donations collected from this area will be used…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:13

WCU students sponsor shoe donation drive

Students in Western Carolina University’s Criminal Justice Club will host a shoe donation drive to benefit people in need during the month of October as part of the WCU Poverty Project. Shoes of all types — athletic, running, dress, sandals,…
The disembodied voice crackled through the walkie-talkie: “I’ve got someone who wants to buy two lots, cash deal.” “Sell ‘em,” L.C. Jones urged, seemingly to himself, but his response included Michelle Masta, a passenger in the backseat of his big,…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:11

Benefit bash to help Haywood animals

Furry Friends Benefit Bash will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Gateway Club in Waynesville to benefit Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation. This year’s event will be a sit-down dinner with four entrees to choose from:…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:10

Learn about Medicare options

There will be a presentation on Medicare Low Income Subsidy at 1 p.m. on Oct. 7 at the Haywood County Office Building in Waynesville. The program is put on by the Haywood Jackson Volunteer Center/NC SHIIP(Senior Health Insurance Information Program)…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:10

Bring your animals to be blessed

A Blessing of the Animals will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9, at Grace Episcopal Church in the Mountains in Waynesville. The annual event is held in memory of St. Francis of Assissi.  All are welcome to…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:09

Federal grant expands dental care for the needy

The Haywood County Health Department will be able to expand dental services for the needy thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission The money will be used to outfit and equip two additional dental exam rooms, one…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:08

East Haywood to get public safety center

An ambulance garage and substation for deputies is being constructed in the Canton area, allowing for faster delivery of medical and law enforcement response in the eastern part of Haywood County. It will have showers and bunks for ambulance crews…
The growing local food movement that is gaining traction around the country has made its way into Haywood County Schools, where the first shipment of Haywood County produce rolled in earlier this year. The tomatoes, peppers and corn came courtesy…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 20:34

In my dreams, I am organized and efficient

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I am a great admirer of efficient people. In my enthusiasm for them I sometimes mistake myself for one of…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 20:34

When is Frontier DSL arriving in outlying areas?

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To the Editor: While the good folks at Frontier (Everett, Wash., customer service call center) offered as a good faith…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 20:33

Rep. Phil Haire wrong on gay marriage bill

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To the Editor: I found Rep. Phil Haire’s recent letter outlining and justifying his opposition to SB 514, the Defense…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 20:33

Haire should support the people’s vote

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To the Editor: I’d like to address the letter three weeks ago by my representative to the General Assembly, The…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 20:32

Go ahead and do the Macon revaluation

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To the Editor: If property revaluation is postponed until 2015, the Macon County Commissioners are again gambling that property values…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 20:32

Some questions for progressives to answer

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To the Editor: These questions are directed to progressives, liberals or left-thinking people. • Why do you think it’s OK…