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Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:38

Cherokee Moonlight 5K

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The Cherokee Runners Moonlight 5K and Fun Run will be held on July 4 at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds. The…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:37

Capture summer’s bounty with canning how-to

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Learn the basics of canning through workshops offered by the Jackson County N.C. Cooperative Extension Service during the month of…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:36

SCC mechanics students get cooking

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When you walk into an automotive shop you don’t expect to see men in crisp white lab coats and surgical…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:35

Mountain Wildlife Daze

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The eighth annual Mountain Wildlife Days is scheduled for July 15 and 16 at the Sapphire Valley Community Center. The…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:34

Learn about the environment and have fun, too

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A weeklong Environmental Camp for ages 10 to 15 offers a full lineup of hands-on nature exploration and fieldtrips. The…
Environmental advocates are troubled by major budget cuts and the loss of staff for the Department of Environment and Natural…
Back in January, a group of environmental advocates gathered for after-work beers at Craggie Brewery in Asheville where they heard…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:57

Plant life distinct to the southern Blue Ridge

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The elevations of the southern Blue Ridge province above 4,000 feet can be thought of as a peninsula of northern…
Most of the business being done at Perry’s Water Garden these days is selling plants through the wholesale market. But…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:54

Roads all about money, power and ethics

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To the Editor: The patronage politics of roads, money, power, and ethics in North Carolina is a strange creature. Individual…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:53

Safety is primary concern for SCC

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To the Editor: It is with astonishment that I have been following the flurry of recent articles in the newspapers…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:52

GOP-led legislature did some good work

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To the Editor, We North Carolinians are very fortunate people. Our Republican majority state legislature had the courage to make…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:51

What does Harvard know about milk, anyway?

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You’ve probably seen the ads. Some famous face sports a white “milk mustache” and encourages you to drink more milk.…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:50

Swain DSS director fired, lodges appeal

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Tammy Cagle, once the leader of the Swain County Department of Social Services, has been given the ax by the…
When Sam Greenwood retired as Macon County’s manager and almost immediately accepted the same position for the town of Franklin in March of 2008, he made sure everyone clearly understood that his time there was limited. Greenwood wanted to help…
When construction on the lofty Clarion Inn started in 2008, the town of Sylva thought it was finally going to get a recognizable name-brand hotel to help attract visitors and commerce. Three years later, and the Clarion Inn is instead…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:42

Sylva police packed in like sardines

Just stepping inside the Sylva Police Department gives a person an immediate understanding of why Chief Davis Woodard is pushing so hard for a new building. The department’s 14 officers, with one more being hired soon, and its three auxiliary…
For the second time in as many months, strong winds ripped part of the roof off the school library, known as the media center, at Smoky Mountain High School in Jackson County. Repairs are estimated at more than $700,000, Associate…
Easing congestion on N.C. 107 and general economic development issues look to shape the context of Sylva’s upcoming municipal elections. Three commissioner positions are open. Two landed in their seats via appointments instead of election by voters: Harold Hensley and…
Seventy-six years ago, Harry Martin decided he wanted to become a lawyer. He was 15, and knew little to nothing about the law. Or about being a lawyer, for that matter. If your mental math is swift, you’ll know that…
Public health officials have reported that a child in Macon County has contracted LaCrosse Viral Encephalitis, a potentially serious illness carried and transmitted by mosquitoes. While other mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus are found across the state, LaCrosse…
Haywood Habitat for Humanity is holding an open enrollment through July for prospective new-home partner families. Applicants interested in purchasing a Habitat house must meet the following criteria: resident of Haywood County, income of $20,400 to $30,120 and a good…
A program exploring the history of Lake Juanluska and its influence on Haywood County will be held at 9:30 a.m. on July 11 at the Bethea Welcome Center. The Junaluska Woman’s Club will host the talk by Ernestine Upchurch called…
The Jackson Paper Manufacturing Company has awarded a $500 scholarship to Candace Erin Ridley, a Smoky Mountain High School graduate whose father works at Jackson Paper. This fall, Ridley will enter Southwestern Community College, where she is enrolled in the…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:33

Patient appreciation party for Smoky OB/GYN

Smoky Mountain OB/GYN will hold a patient appreciation day from 1 until 4 p.m. Saturday, July 9. All past, present and future patients are encouraged to attend. There will be a magician, face painting, watermelon, a cakewalk, balloons and refreshments.…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:33

Jackson to sell items from old library

The Jackson County Public Library will hold a “yard sale” on Saturday, July 9, from 8 a.m. until noon inside the old library. Items in the sale include free-standing bookshelves, chairs, tables, desks, filing cabinets and some miscellaneous items from…
Cackleberry Mountain’s yearly charitable campaign has returned, and through it, you can purchase a raffle ticket for $3 to benefit The Good Samaritan Clinic of Haywood County, a nonprofit medical clinic serving adults in Haywood County. The clinic provides life-changing…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:31

MedWest foundation names new director

Steve Brown, the former head of the Haywood County Schools Foundation, has been named the director of foundations for three hospitals under MedWest Health System in Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties. Brown said he is excited about the opportunity to…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:31

Dowling appointed to HCC trustees

Patsy Dowling, the executive director of Mountain Projects, has been appointed to serve on the Haywood Community College Board of Trustees. Dowling was appointed to the HCC board last week by Haywood County commissioners. She is one of 12 college…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:30

College, schools in Haywood collaborate

Haywood Community College and Haywood County Schools have signed an agreement between the schools that will give high school students credit at HCC for certain courses. More than 35 courses are included in the agreement, which will be recognized by…
Two years after its last major shakeup, the entire Canton town board is up for election again, though this time, many aldermen are intent on keeping their seats. In the last election, three new members swept into power from a…
Rarely is there a lull in political turmoil in Maggie Valley, and this summer is no exception. With election filing only a few days away, Mayor Roger McElroy’s seat will again be up for grabs, as will the spots of…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:28

Waynesville alderwoman won’t run again

In Waynesville, it’s time again for a town board election, marking the end of four-year terms for both the mayor and all four aldermen. The election will be particularly critical with the impending retirement of longtime Town Manager Lee Galloway…
Republican lawmakers have pulled the plug on the state’s landslide mapping unit, terminating a controversial project to assess which slopes in the mountains are landslide prone. A team of five state geologists working on the maps are being laid-off this…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:23

City Lights hosts summer events

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On the second Mondays of the month, City Lights Bookstore in Sylva hosts the Sylva Monday Mingle with free appetizers,…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:22

Call on your creativity at family workshops

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There will be four different Family Clay Day workshops on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning July 8…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:22

Learn watercolor tricks at art league meeting

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The Art League of the Smokies will meet at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, at the Swain County Center…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:21

An evening of folklore with Lee Knight

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As part of a summer series of music, Lee Knight will visit the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City for…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:20

Mountain artisans display their crafts

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Mountain Artisans Arts and Crafts Show will be at Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:19

Music fest to fund animal rescue

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The 3rd Annual Steve Whiddon Music Fest will be at 6 p.m. on July 8 at the Grandview Lodge. The…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:19

Waynesville, Sylva gear up for monthly art strolls

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Galleries in Sylva and Waynesville will stay open late this Friday, July 1, for evening art walks held the first…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:18

Author shines light on his family history

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Robert L. Shook will be signing his novel A Journey in Courage from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Monday,…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:17

Cradle of Forestry kicks off summer series

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Laura Boosinger will begin the 2011 Songcatchers Music series at the Cradle of Forestry at 6 p.m. on July 3.…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:16

Wine Seller hosts singer-songwriter

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Jaime Lauren Webb, a singer-songwriter, will be performing from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, July 1, at the Wine…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:16

New library gets boost with books

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The Friends of the Library Used Book Store in Jackson County received a large donation of books that includes some…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:15

Book signing at the Smoky Mountain Firecracker Fest

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Local author Barbara Dumas Ballew will be available to sign copies of her novel, George’s Creek to Georgia, July 1…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:11

Feelin' like the Fourth

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There is no shortage of festivals and special events planned for the extended July 4 weekend. Mountain communities are going…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:15

Blundering upon a Smokies icon

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I’ve always been interested in the processes by which we discover things. Being a naturalist, I’m most interested in the…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:13

Bryson City heats up with Firecracker 5K

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The annual Firecracker 5K sponsored by the Bryson City Rotary Club is set for Monday, July 4, in conjunction with…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:13

Appalachians stories of conservation

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Stories of Appalachian conservation by a native son and award-winning storyteller Gary Carden will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday,…