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Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:44

Create cards with local artist

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A Craft Club workshop teaching the art of crystal acetate card making will last from 10 a.m. until noon on…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:38

WNC welcomes Easter traditions

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When the sun crests the mountains’ edge Easter morning, it will creep down through the hills and fall on Lake…
It’s what everyone wants to know: is their neighbor’s house worth more or less than their own? It’s not hard to find out at the county’s mapping site, where there’s a plethora of property revaluation data to keep even the…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:58

In the beginning… some very eloquent sentences

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As I begin writing this it’s midnight, April 4-5, 2011. When insomnia strikes I always look for something to read.…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:58

Poetry contest for Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

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“I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree” … wait, that’s been done, hasn’t it?…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:57

Stocked trout season has arrived

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Fishermen took to the creeks and rivers last weekend with the opening of hatchery-supported trout waters. The N.C. Wildlife Resources…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:56

Spring brings trout stocking and U.S. championship

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The Western North Carolina Fly-fishing trail is being stocked with 49,400 trout up through June, with the U.S. National Fly…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:56

Fontana bass fishing tournament

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The annual Fontana Classic Bass Tournament will be held April 9 and 10, a chance for anglers to compete for…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:55

Racers get ready for Lake Junaluska duathlon

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Local athletes who enjoy the challenging combination of a mountain-terrain duathlon — a 2.2-mile run, followed by a 20-mike bike…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:54

Looks like this race is a winner

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The Lilly of the Valley half-marathon attracted a whopping 164 runners last weekend, triple what organizers expected for the inaugural…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:53

Volunteer to keep the Tuck clean

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Raft loads of volunteers will take to the Tuckaseigee River on Saturday, April 16, for the 27th annual clean-up organized…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:52

WCU outdoor adventure summer camp

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From kayaking to rock climbing, elementary and middle school students can sample outdoor adventure through the Catamount Adventure Camps this…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:52

Gorges State Park hosts spring celebration

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Gorges Gratitude Day will be held Saturday, April 16, featuring special presentations on a variety of topics, live music, food,…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:50

A perfect fit

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The planets must have been in alignment when Buddy Young, director of residential services at Lake Junaluska, and Candace Stimson,…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:47

Gearing up for spring

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Kathy Calabrese, who makes herbal-medicine products such as lip balms, sprays and salves using herbs she grows at her Whittier…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:45

Sentimental story is also very memorable

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The Memory of Running is a “road book.” In some respects it resembles what critics in the 19th century called…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:45

Thomas Rain Crowe to Read from New Poetry Collection

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Tuckasegee poet Thomas Rain Crowe will be at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 8,…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:44

Take N.C. 107 bypass off priority list

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To the Editor: Jackson County Commissioners are ranking road improvement projects in the County’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) at their…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:44

Haywood Chamber needs visitor center

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To the Editor: The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority board has voted to cut funding to the Haywood County Chamber…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:43

GOP legislators try to block federal money

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To the Editor: The good news is the North Carolina Department of Transportation has received a $461 million federal grant…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:43

Voter ID bill just a waste of good money

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To the Editor: As an advocate for seniors and senior services, I find I am more and more concerned about…
Maybe I’m just self-absorbed, but I swear that when I’m interested in something, it often seems as if the whole…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:35

For better or worse, for normal or weird

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One of the advantages of getting older is that you learn a few things if you pay attention. For example,…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:20

Grab bargains at indoor yard sale

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An indoor yard sale will take over the Ramsey Regional Activity Center at Western Carolina University from 8 a.m. to…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:19

Create soaps, salts, rugs at crafting classes

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Learn to make scented soap, bath salts or a hooked mug rug in three new classes from 10 a.m. on…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:18

Writers’ group welcomes local author

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Heather Newton, author of Under the Mercy Trees, will be the speaker for the Mountain Writers’ Network at 1 p.m.…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:17

‘Shipwrecked’ to stage at HART

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The Haywood Arts Regional Theater is gearing up for its next production, “Shipwrecked,” showing at 7:30 p.m. on April 8…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:16

Dance and dine at monthly contra day

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A free contra dance will be held from 2:30 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, at the Bridge Park…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:16

Take the A train with WCU stage play

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Western Carolina University theater students will present the unconventional “The Atrainplays, Vol. 2” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, through…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:14

Voices in the Laurel 15th Anniversary Gala Concert

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Western North Carolina’s renowned youth choir Voices in the Laurel will perform with award winning composer and guest conductor Dr.…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:13

Overlook Players to do ‘Sound of Music’

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Franklin’s Overlook Players will perform Rogers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” April 14 through 17 at the Smoky Mountain…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:11

Curly Hollow: From Canton to Nashville and back

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By DeeAnna Haney • Smoky Mountain News Intern Although Curly Hollow might sound like the perfect picnic area down some…
Waynesville leaders will vote this month on whether to loosen town guidelines governing growth. A special task force spent the past 18 months reviewing the town’s development standards and recommending changes. The town’s land-use plan was heralded for its smart…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:10

Take a walk in her shoes

Men and their families are invited to Take A Walk In Her Shoes, a sexual assault awareness event, will run from 11:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 from in front of the Historic Haywood County Court House.…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:09

Enroll in Red Cross babysitter’s training

The Haywood County Red Cross is encouraging boys and girls ages 11 to 15 who would like to start their own babysitting business to enroll in the Babysitters Training Program.   This course is also aimed toward older siblings who…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:08

Dropouts stay-in more in Jackson County

Jackson County Schools’ dropout rate has decreased by 56.2 percent – from 4.43 in 2008-09 to 1.99 in 2009-10.    Jackson County has been highlighted as one of four counties across the state for achieving the greatest decrease in dropout…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:08

Bridge near Highlands slated for replacement

A bridge will be replaced over the Cullasaja River on Mirror Lake Road near Highlands in Macon County. A $577,544 contract was awarded to Dane Construction Inc. of Mooresville. Work can begin as early as April 25 and is scheduled…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:07

League to discuss health care

The League of Women Voters of Macon County will present a program on affordable health care in North Carolina at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, at Tartan Hall in Franklin. George Six, a volunteer with Healthcare for All North…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:07

Program encourages families of the disabled

The author of “Grown Man Now,” and Western Carolina University professor Jane B. Schulz, will speak at a program geared toward encouraging families with members who have disabilities. The free program is hosted by Pure in Heart and will be…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:06

Paint pottery for a cause

Paint a bowl to fill a bowl – proceeds from pottery painting at Claymates from April 1 to April 17 will support The Community Table’s annual empty bowl fundraiser. The Community Table is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving nutritious…
Bringing regular train service back to Dillsboro greatly depends on whether Jackson County commissioners come up with dollars to help restore a steam engine and bring it here from Maine, Kim Albritton, vice president and general manager of Great Smoky…
Private land in Dillsboro might spare the historic Monteith House site from becoming home to a turntable for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, part of a plan to return regular train service to this tourism-dependent town. Kim Albritton, the railway’s…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:03

Learn about butterflies this Easter

Easter Butterflies: Magical, Mystical, Majestical is the topic of an April program through the Lake Junaluska Live and Learn Committee.   Butterflies are often included as natural and spiritual symbols of the Easter Resurrection story. A program relating to this…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:02

Tips, help on coping with depression

Ladies Night Out is holding a special follow-up program in Macon County to a March event on overcoming depression and reducing stress.   This program will provide participants with tips and exercises to deal with depression and stress. This special…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:01

Maintenance work to boost economy

Canton’s Evergreen Packaging mill’s is due for major maintenance this spring, bringing more than 1,000 contractors to the area to upgrade the mill. The work is scheduled for the week of May 2, bringing people, and spending, to the Canton…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:01

Golf tournament to feed the hungry

The Pasquale’s Charity Golf Tournament is coming to the Waynesville Golf Resort on Sunday, April 17, to benefit Friends of Meals on Wheels in Haywood County. Registration is at 11 a.m. at Pasquale’s, and tee times start at 12:08 p.m.…
This isn’t the easiest time to be a real estate agent in Jackson and Macon counties, not with the crippled housing market and a customer base that is, in most cases, hard pressed to find the dollars to buy new…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 18:54

New values based on hyperlocal formula

Haywood County’s property revaluation was a massive undertaking: appraisers had to lay eyes on 50,000 properties, from condos to fast-food joints to farms, and judge whether they had gone up or down in value over the past five year. Hundreds…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 18:52

What new property values mean for your taxes

Property owners in Haywood County faced a Catch 22 when their new property values arrived in the mail last week. If your value went up, it’s nice to know the lackluster real estate market didn’t undermine your home’s worth. The…
When Mollie Weaver put her house on the market two weeks ago, she was bracing for the worst. She’d been here before, for two years in fact, when her house languished on the market from 2007 to 2009. “Of course…