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Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:46

Learn how to build a backyard habitat

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The Great Smoky Mountains Audubon Society will hold a Backyard Habitat Workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:46

Four planets visible to naked eye in May

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Western North Carolina stargazers will be able to witness a rare astronomical phenomenon this month when four of the five…
The Mountain Sports Festival returns to Asheville on May 27-29, with a line up to entice any pro or amateur…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:45

Make money off your forestland

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A wildcrafting, general make-your-forest work for you workshop is scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 26 at the…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:44

Lend a hand for the birds

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Volunteers are needed at the bird-monitoring station at Tessentee Bottomland Preserve in Macon County. The program is a nationwide effort…
Want to see some of the best fly-fishing imaginable? The 2011 U.S. National Fly Fishing Championship will be held May…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:40

Quiet please!

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Last Saturday morning I was racing around in the woods of the Tusquitee Ranger District on the other side of…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:40

Get on that bike and ditch the car

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A “Bike to Work” ride will be held in Waynesville May 20 on National Bike to Work Day. The length…
Hiwassee-Valley Land Trust, a project of the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee, has purchased the 100-acre Salman Farm that…
Some of the scientists helping to identify every living species in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are giving up…
I traveled over the Balsams this past weekend from Sylva to Lake Junaluska for a native plant sale, and I’m…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:28

Leadership Institute can solve problems

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To the Editor: The  Natural Resources Leadership Institute is a multi-faceted instructional and community service program of North Carolina Cooperative…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:27

House budget proposal goes down wrong path

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To the Editor: The House in Raleigh recently passed a budget with deep spending cuts. According to Forbes.com, House Speaker…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:24

US policy on killing is confusing

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With its unending contradictions, life is at best confusing and at worst inexplicable. The U.S. is in the minority of…
North Carolina is facing a budget crisis. I get that. What I don’t get is the proposed slashing of so…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:18

Voices in the Laurel choir holds auditions

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Auditions for the 2011-2012 season of Voices in the Laurel will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday,…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:18

Calling vendors for mountain festival

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Arts, crafts and food vendors are being sought to participate in Mountain Heritage Day, Western Carolina University’s annual fall festival…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:17

Celebrate summer at Mustang Roundup

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The annual Smoky Mountain High School Mustang Roundup is scheduled for May 21, sponsored by the Smoky Mountain High School…
Brevard’s Hogtown Squealers Band will play a concert of traditional string band music at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 22,…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:16

Concert to benefit Pigeon Center

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A special evening concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 27, at Grace Episcopal Church in Waynesville.…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:11

May 24 Balsam Range show to be featured on television

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Members of the Haywood County-based Balsam Range will be joined by the host of the television show “Life in the…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:10

Corvettes welcome NASCAR

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The Vettes in the Valley Corvette show will be held May 28 and 29 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:09

Osmond Brothers still strong after five decades

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The Osmond Brothers are coming to the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:08

Benefit concert raises funds for kids

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A benefit concert featuring Jon Byrd and Milan Miller will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, at…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:07

Dillsboro begins block party season

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Dillsboro will close Front Street to host a block party from on the third Saturday of each month from now…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:01

Local brewer celebrates one year

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Nantahala Brewing will celebrate its one-year anniversary at noon on Saturday, May 21, at the new tap room in Bryson…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:00

Newest quilt block hung in Maggie Valley

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The Haywood County Arts Council’s Quilt Trails project unveiled its first quilt block in Maggie Valley in April at the…
You know it’s summer in Sylva when Concerts on the Creek gets going, bringing local and regional music and family…
Jackson County Schools has hired Michael Murray, currently associate superintendent of Operations for McDowell County Schools, as its new superintendent. Murray will replace Sue Nations, who is retiring. Murray has been with the McDowell County school system for the past…
When having a conversation with Penny Morgan, you’ll hear a lot of phrases that aren’t often associated with business in Haywood County. “Military contracts” is probably the most notable. “Top secret” might be another. Morgan owns a company called Aermor,…
A new $12 million entrance road for Southwestern Community College got preference over other road projects in the region in recent years, partly thanks to support from the right friends in the right places. Conrad Burrell, the chairman of the…
The motivation behind a $12 million entrance road to Southwestern Community College has been called into question by a Jackson County commissioner. Jack Debnam, chairman of the Jackson County commissioners, claims the road catapulted past others to the top of…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 19:51

Youth camp offered this summer in Haywood

“Buzz’s Summer Blast Youth Camp” at MedWest Health & Fitness Center in Haywood County will be held two weeks this summer, June 20 to June 24 and July 25 through July 29. The camp will offer games, activities and exploration…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 19:50

Summer camp to ignite creativity

Rising second through ninth graders can promote their creativity and problem solving skills at the ninth annual Rocket to Creativity Camp at Western Carolina University this summer. The camp lasts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 27, through…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 19:50

Free physicals for student athletes

All Haywood County students grades six through 11 who plan to participate in a school sport for the upcoming school year are eligible for a free physical provided by MedWest Sports Medicine on May 31 at MedWest Health & Fitness…
Business owners looking for help getting started with social media marketing can attend the free seminar “Business Owner’s Guide to Facebook & Twitter: Starting from Scratch to Online Success,” from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24. Led by…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 19:49

Play softball for a cause

“Summer Slam,” a co-ed softball tournament sponsored by Swain/Qualla SAFE, Inc. and Medwest Swain, will be Saturday, May 28. Deadline to get your team registered is at 8 p.m. Monday, May 23. The tournament will be held at John Crowe…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 19:48

Cashiers rec center would cost $5 million

Jackson County commissioners may tap the county’s robust savings to build a $5 million recreation center in Cashiers. The rec center has been years in the making, with the previous board of commissioners chipping away at site preparation, planning and…
Waynesville employees will likely see a 3 percent raise in their paycheck next year, if budget suggestions proffered by the town manager are approved by aldermen. The proposed budget for 2011-12, released last week, calls for an across-the-board, cost-of-living pay…
Macon County’s proposed budget manages to keep taxes at 27.9 cents per $100 valuation — the second-lowest rate in the state — yet give employees a 3 percent cost-of-living raise. “They have worked hard to do their job without complaint…
Go into any store and you run into the term “green.” Bags of chips, detergents, new cars and fluorescent-light bulbs — all are bedizened in alleged greenness. But what, exactly, does green mean? And who should get to declare themselves…
What do Harrill Residence Hall at Western Carolina University, the Cherokee Central School System, the new Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the Smokies and the firehouse in Sylva have in common? Each of these projects help make a whole: they are…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 19:33

McCoy bridge compromise muddies debate

A proposed compromise by Macon County commissioners on a historic bridge outside of Franklin isn’t sitting well with those who’ve fought for nearly a decade to save it. Last week, the county board voted unanimously to ask the N.C. Department…
In Haywood County, the tax rate would have to bump up three cents for the county to bring in the same amount of money as last year. Overall, the property values in the county were down following the recent revaluation,…
More than a few readers of this column collect books associated with the Smokies region. A friend who spends most…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:54

The Smokies’ biggest job

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Alan Sumeriski, chief of facility management, was selected as Great Smoky Mountains National Park employee of the year for major…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:53

Spring Fling for kids coming to Waynesville

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The Waynesville Kiwanis will host a “Spring Fling” at the Waynesville Recreation Center on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m.…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:53

Lifeguard training at Haywood fitness center

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Medwest Health and Fitness Center in Haywood County will be holding its last American Red Cross lifeguard training course beginning…
The third-annual Bicycle Rodeo is set to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in Clyde.…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:52

Corridor K back for public comment

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An open house and public hearing is set for Tuesday, May 17, on a segment of Cooridor K, a controversial…