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Buffs, enthusiasts, aficionados, nuts: call them what you will, but remember the saying about strength in numbers. American’s fascination with the Civil War history is alive and kicking in the Appalachian mountains, where a group of 75 Civil War fans…
Jule Morrow isn’t a rebel; Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” isn’t his personal mantra. He doesn’t relive the Civil War, hoping to change the outcome. “What I honor is the courage,” said Morrow, a Civil War re-enactor whose regiment, the…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:55

Perdue gives leaders pep talk to nurture ideas

A town doesn’t have to be big to have big ideas, according to North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue. “What is it you have that you can capitalize on? That you can put together and sell,” Perdue said. Last Thursday’s small…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:54

Revisit the Ingalls family with SMCT play

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Smoky Mountain Community Theatre in Bryson City will stage “Little House: By The Shores of Silver Lake” at 7:30 p.m.…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:53

Fariello to speak as part of Craft Week

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Anna Fariello, associate research professor at Hunter Library at Western Carolina University, will speak about the identity of American craft…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:51

‘Liars Bench’ Halloween show to be presented Oct. 20

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Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will host a free Halloween-flavored performance of “The Liars Bench” Southern Appalachian variety show…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:51

Stecoah welcomes Harvest Festival

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Mountain traditions come alive at the annual Harvest Festival on Oct. 14-16 at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center on…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:50

North Hominy celebrates all things apple

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The North Hominy Apple Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the North Hominy Community Center on Newfound…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:49

Big wheels roll into Cherokee Oct. 14-16

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Big rigs and antique trucks rumble into Cherokee Oct. 14-16 for the sixth Annual Big Rigs and Antique Trucks Show, where…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:48

Southern Gospel songs with local author Sharon Wyatt

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The Marianna Black Library will host an evening of original Southern Gospel music written by the author of the new…
On Saturday, Oct. 15, Blind Faith Productions will present Phil Keaggy, a multi-Dove Award winner, Grammy nominee and world-renowned guitar…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:47

An ‘Out of This World’ concert in Maggie

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The Haywood Community Band will present its final free concert of the Maggie Valley Concert Series at 6:30 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:45

Lake Junaluska Singers to perform Oct. 14-15

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The Lake Junaluska Singers will present two concerts at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and 15 at historic Stuart Auditorium. The…
Tickets go on sale 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, for a Nov. 10 concert at Western Carolina University’s Liston B.…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:44

Experience world harmonies with Ubuntu

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Ubuntu, a group of people who meet to sing world music a cappella, will perform at 7 p.m. on Oct.…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:43

Drum circle planned in downtown Franklin

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A drumming circle for all ages will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, on the Macon County…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:42

Songwriters in the Round series continues in Balsam Oct. 13

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The decade-old Songwriters in the Round series at the Balsam Mountain Inn continues Thursday, Oct. 13, with crowd favorites Thom…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:42

Highlands hosts Fall Colors Art Show

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The Fall Colors Art Show will be held this week at the Highlands Recreation Center in Highlands. The popular juried…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:41

Marianna Black Library to host amateur photography contest

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The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City is hosting its Third Annual “Life in Swain” amateur photography contest. The past…
The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University — with funding from the Jackson County Arts Council — is hosting…
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…