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Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:24

‘Occupy’ movement moves into Sylva

“Occupy Sylva” on Saturday looked and sounded a lot like a Democratic-party function, but with a twist. The message wasn’t necessarily about voting Democratic, though speakers, particularly political office holders, certainly worked that wish into speeches when their moments came…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:22

Do-over of room tax hike in Jackson

Jackson County commissioners likely erred two weeks ago when they voted to double the county’s tax on overnight lodging: they failed to hold a public hearing first. Commissioners were forced to rescind their vote, and will now hold a public…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:25

Fine Art Museum to showcase lithographs, Latin-American art

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The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University will host a reception for an exhibit from the collection of Rob…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:24

WCU, Green Energy Park offer blacksmithing classes

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Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing Education will offer adult (18 years and older) blacksmithing classes this fall and winter…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:24

Artists sought for garden art exhibit

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The Haywood County Arts Council is joining with the Haywood County Master Gardener Volunteer Association for an exhibit in April…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:23

Learn the papermaking process Oct. 25

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Hendersonville resident Stefanie Kompathoum will offer a workshop on how to make handmade paper at the Jackson County Public Library…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:23

Crowe presents his first childrens’ book

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The Jackson County Public Library will host a special evening storytime for children at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, in…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:22

Ready for a night of terror?

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Starting on Oct. 21, a spooky Haunted Trail will be set up at the Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee. The…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:21

Chinese acrobatic troupe to perform in Asheville

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The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China will perform at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium at 4 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:19

WCU brings fast-rising comic Bo Burnham to campus Oct. 26

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Comedian Bo Burnham will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:19

‘Arc’toberfest fundraiser scheduled

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The Arc of Haywood County’s third annual “Arc”toberfest will be held from 7-11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:17

Guild craft fair returns to WNC Oct. 20-23

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The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands has set the standard for fine craft shows across the country since its…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:16

Pumpkinfest serves up fall variety Oct. 22

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Historic Downtown Franklin is gearing up for the 15th Annual Pumpkinfest to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:14

Artists ready to paint the town during ColorFest

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The vibrant hues of autumn come to life Saturday, Oct. 22, at the third annual “ColorFest, Art of the Blue…
Western Carolina University will host a screening of the movie “The King’s Speech” followed by a discussion focusing on stuttering,…
The author of the newly released second edition of Stuttering Intervention: A Collaborative Journey to Fluency Freedom admits that his…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:47

Civil War crossing of Smokies was memorable feat

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The war in the Smokies proved to be … a curious conjunction of terrain, history, politics, and culture ... a…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:46

Fishers to converge on reservation for prizes

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Time to get those lines wet, via the Rumble in the Rhododendron in Cherokee coming up Oct. 21-23. The cost…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:45

Learn fly-fishing basics from an expert

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Fly fishermen are passing on their craft with a series of how-to classes in Sylva. Members of the Tuckaseigee Chapter…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:44

Introduce kids to fly-fishing in Pisgah

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 Kids ages 12 and older can take a free fly-fishing class Oct. 15 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education.…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:43

Fall color web site

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Want to find the best fall color? The U.S. Forest Service of North Carolina has posted a new leaf viewing…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:42

Goats prove usefulness to Catamounts

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An environmentally friendly weed-eradication strategy that has been gaining popularity across the nation made its way to Western Carolina University…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:42

Where’s the beef?

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Learn all about beef cattle in two upcoming workshops scheduled for Macon County. The first is designed to teach the…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:41

Franklin 5K coming to the greenway

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The Franklin Cross Country team will hold the Grayson Hall Memorial 5K race on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 9 a.m. at…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:40

Cataloochee scores new school director

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Cataloochee is welcoming new Ski and Snowboard School Director Mark Rozof, who was a member of the Cataloochee school last…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:40

Mega trail work party at Tsali this weekend

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Get out your work gloves and head over to Tsali Recreation Area this month (Oct. 15-16) to help work on…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:39

Taking flight with birds of prey

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The “Eagle Lady” will be doing a free program with her live birds of prey at the Great Smoky Mountains…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:38

‘Roosevelt’ headlining in Highlands, Cashiers

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A one-man show will portray the life of Theodore Roosevelt, the Conservation President, in two upcoming performances on Friday, Oct.…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:37

New Wildlife Commission website

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has launched a new, interactive website at www.ncwildlife.org that features reorganized content, streamlined navigation and…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:36

Leaf-lookers’ primer

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How did it get to be October already? Oh well, it’s here and the deep red sourwoods shinning from the…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:34

Mud, Cowbells, and Beer: The Cyclocross Passions

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For a good part of the past decade I have spent a lot of time riding and racing my bike.…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:28

Folklorist to tell true ghost stories

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Folklorist and author Randy Russell will tell true ghost stories and read from new young adult novel at 5:30 p.m.…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:27

Dodson to read at Blue Ridge Books

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Stan Dodson will read from his novel, Poor Memory, at 3 p.m. on Oct. 15 at Blue Ridge Books and…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:26

Lane to read from newest book of poems

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John Lane will be at City Lights at 7 p.m. on Oct. 13 to read from his news book, Abandoned…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:24

Norma Watkins to read from memoir

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Norma Watkins will read from her memoir, The Last Resort, at 7 p.m. on Oct. 14 at City Lights Bookstore…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:20

WCU’s Rash to receive state’s highest civilian honor

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Western Carolina University faculty member and writer Ron Rash is one of six North Carolinians chosen to receive the state’s…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:14

The past is not really past

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It is no secret that writers are influenced by authors whose work they admire. Though he would later turn his…
A box of bulbs arrived Saturday, containing within the cardboard confines all the promises of fall work, winter waiting and…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:05

Student housing would benefit Forest Hills

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To the Editor: In response to the article written by Quintin Ellison published Oct. 5 regarding the developer request to…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:05

Cutting food aid right now is deplorable

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To the Editor: An elderly widow on a fixed-income already cannot afford a healthy diet and her medications, and now…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:03

Waynesville town board needs Mary Ann Enloe

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To the Editor: One of America’s greatest statesmen, Thomas Paine, wrote a book called Common Sense. Unfortunately, this trait is…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:02

General Assembly puts burden on locals

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To the Editor: It has become evident that the principle guideline being used by Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, and the…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:59

Pope is pulling the strings in state politics

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The news media in this country is abuzz with talk about North Carolina. Unfortunately, it’s not flattering. What they’re saying…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:56

Business news

Grant helps outfit new Haywood hospice center With help from two Appalachian Regional Commission grants, Haywood Regional Medical Center plans to expand its existing facilities and add 24 jobs. The medical center will use two federal grants, totaling $146,592, to…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:56

Connie Haire retires from SCC

Connie Haire, vice president for the Macon Campus Southwestern Community College, has retired after serving 25 years at the college. Under her leadership, enrollment at the $6 million Macon campus grew 87 percent in four years and a second building…
Efforts are well under way in both Sylva and Franklin to build dog parks, places where folks’ canine companions can run off-leash in safely fenced, assigned areas. If the two communities do build dog parks, they’ll be joining their neighbors…
Ray Bradley Jr. is the talkative type. He’s not shy airing his opinions, whether the discussion is about Cherokee tribal politics or, as is the case now, what legalizing alcohol sales throughout Jackson County could mean along the highway leading…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:30

MaconSense heading Macon league program

A luncheon program at noon Thursday, Oct. 13, at Tartan Hall, located in the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin, will give people an opportunity to learn about the new organization, MaconSense. The group’s initial campaign is for safe slope development…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:29

Get help on maintaining a successful business

The Jackson County Public Library will host a free business seminar on how to create and maintain successful businesses in this current difficult economic climate. The program is aimed at owners and employees of businesses of all sizes and types,…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:29

Federal settlement claims-filing help

Help filing claims in the $760 million Keepseagle Native American Farmer and Rancher Settlement is set for Oct. 18-20, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express on Painttown Road in Cherokee. This help is being offered…