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Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:02

Step into a galaxy far, far away at Star Wars party

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Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville is holding a Star Wars party from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10.…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:01

Introductory Reiki workshop being offered

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Sylva resident Mercedes Fernandez will present an introductory Reiki workshop at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the Community…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:01

Maggie Valley to star in country video

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Country singer Jody Medford will head to Maggie Valley on Sept. 21 to film the music video for his new…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:59

Nazi resistance captured on film

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Six independent filmmakers and their films will land on the campus of Western Carolina University this year, as part of…
After Sept. 11, the nation gave millions in donations to support recovery. America’s kids, meanwhile, gave in the way that…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:32

It’s tough to grow your meat and slaughter it too

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I was pleased to see quite a few people selling meat this past Saturday at the local farmers market in…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:30

Protecting public lands protects quality of life

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To the Editor: Last week, North Carolinians joined citizens from all over the nation to celebrate Great Outdoors Week to…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:29

Third-party certification can help forest owners

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To the Editor: The best way to keep private forestlands in forests is to have an economic environment that makes…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:29

Social Security has been robbed by politicians

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To the Editor: For more than 25 years after the 1983 amendments to Social Security, the federal government collected more…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:27

Time to reduce our dependence on oil

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To the Editor: We traveled to Clayton, Ga., last week to attend a presentation featuring “The Transition Movement.” This movement…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:26

Hell hath no Fury like a guilty conscience

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One night last week, when I was watching what must have been the 500th recounting of the Casey Anthony trial,…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:24

It’s time to approve dealers at Harrah’s casino

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Been to the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino? Even if you don’t gamble, I’d encourage a walk through. My bet is you’d…
“The first 12 are the easiest,” says Dee Massey, as he rounds the first landing of the parking deck stairwell in Waynesville. Massey is decked out in fireman’s gear, and he and five other firefighters will spend the next 90…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:15

News in brief

High school students and residents will have a chance to talk with college representatives from over 55 southeastern universities, colleges and trade schools at the 2011 College Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, in the Haywood…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:13

Sylva AM radio station goes dark

WRGC, a local mainstay on the AM radio dial in Sylva for more than five decades, went off the air last week, the latest victim of a sour economy and plummeting advertising revenues. The static left in the radio station’s…
When a new federal law in the 1990s opened the door for Indian tribes to build casinos, it set the…
To hear many Cherokee leaders on the eve of last week’s tribal elections, the tribe is incredibly close to striking…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:05

No limits

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A chandelier over a high-limit gaming table at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino costs $150,000, more than the median selling price of…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 12:57

Hello Bellagio, meet Cherokee

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The Mirage has a volcano. There’s the Fountains of Bellagio, and the pyramid-shaped Luxor. Cherokee will have the Rotunda, the…
As Harrah’s Cherokee Casino closes on the final year of a massive $633 million expansion, the hum of construction that’s…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 12:53

WCU campus to get 4G with dorm-top antennae

Verizon Wireless will pay Western Carolina University to put an antennae on top of Scott Hall as it starts providing “4G” wireless broadband service in the area. This is a faster wireless service than what Verizon currently offers. The Verizon…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 12:53

WCU to host annual Red Zone campaign

Western Carolina University’s Division of Student Affairs will coordinate WCU’s annual Red Zone campaign during the fall semester. The Red Zone refers to the period of time early in students’ first or second years at college during which they are…
Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher has appointed a 36-member committee that will help guide the university’s direction over the next decade. The group includes representatives from the university community and from the broader external community. “Because they are…
Comments by Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe about a rape victim published in the weekly Cashiers newspaper two weeks ago have sparked protests from local and state groups that combat sexual violence, as well as individuals from the Cashiers community.…
Principal Chief Michell Hicks won Thursday’s election in Cherokee, becoming only the second chief ever to be elected to a third term. All incumbents in Cherokee managed to hang on to their seats in the election, signaling that voters believe…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 13:26

Screech owls don’t really screech

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The Eastern Screech Owl has the broadest ecological niche of any owl in its range. It occurs east of the…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 13:25

Youth dove hunt to be held in Haywood

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About 20 young hunters, accompanied by licensed-to-hunt adults, will take part in a dove hunt Saturday, Sept. 3, at the…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 13:25

Learn about Monarchs on the Parkway

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Monarch butterflies are back. The first of the monarch butterflies have been spotted recently on the Blue Ridge Parkway, a…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 13:24

Swain kid launch outdoor adventure club

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Swain’s newest 4-H Club, the Outdoor Adventurers, waded into a mountain stream recently looking for salamanders, damselflies and other critters…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 13:20

Moonlight Race makes a comeback

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The Maggie Valley Moonlight Race this past weekend had 430 runners take to the street, a respectable comeback after a…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 13:19

Cataloochee Ranch commemorates the chestnut tree

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Come celebrate the return of the great American chestnut tree Saturday, Sept. 10, at Cataloochee Ranch outside Maggie Valley. This…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 13:18

HCC student turns business plan into business reality

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Dustin Cornelison of Haywood County has turned his belief in living a sustainable and frugal lifestyle into an actual business.…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 13:17

New heirloom corn strain discovered

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It’s not everyday that someone gets credit for contributing a previously unidentified variety of seed to the national seed bank,…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 13:16

Friends of the Smokies telethon tops $200,000

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Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park raised $201,209 through its 17th annual “Friends Across the Mountains” telethon — topping…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 13:16

Save seed with Frankebelle and the greasy-bean team

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Macon County’s Frankebelle Scruggs and a local “greasy-bean team” from the Cowee community will show folks how best to collect…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 13:16

Save seed with Frankebelle and the greasy-bean team

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Macon County’s Frankebelle Scruggs and a local “greasy-bean team” from the Cowee community will show folks how best to collect…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 13:15

Twenty promising crops to “farm” in the forest

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Learn about turning your woodlot into a farm through a Mountain BizWorks workshop on Forest-Farming Practices from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept.…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 13:05

Feathered hurricane hunter

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On Aug. 24 Chinquapin soared into the dangerous northeast quadrant of then category 3 Hurricane Irene. The Lockheed Martin C-130…
A maze of pores and rock fractures in the Appalachian Mountains make it one of the most complex hydrological systems…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 13:02

Local author published “breathtaking” tabletop designs

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Kathryn Greeley of Waynesville has published The Collected Tabletop, a book showcasing ways to create “easy, fun, and breathtaking tabletop…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 13:02

Girl in Hyacinth Blue to be discussed at the book group

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Book Ends, the book discussion group at the Jackson County Public Library, will gather for the first time in the…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:59

Seek truth, good and beauty

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According to recent polls, Americans are angry. They are angry about the economy, about the role of government in their…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:45

That awful smell, yeah, that’s me. Seriously.

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There is nothing that smells quite as bad as a male goat in rut. During the mating season, excited billy…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:43

Beware of cardboard coyotes

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I consider it a good thing when you meet someone new from a very different background that provides a chance…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:43

Eichenbaum’s flip-flops can’t be ignored

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To the Editor: In response to Dr. Dan Eichenbaum’s announcement that he is running for Congress again in the 11th…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:42

Democratic Party opposes rate increase

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To the Editor: At the July meeting of the Jackson County Democratic Party Executive Committee, the executive committee voted to…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:41

Insurance mandate is not unconstitutional

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To the editor: If mandatory health insurance is unconstitutional, as the Republicans hope the Supreme Court will rule, what about…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:40

State GOP leaders following a script

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To the Editor: I found it curious that the slew of bills rushed through the first session of our new…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:39

The wheels of justice got stuck in the mud

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I’ve loved rock and roll music all of my life. When I was a teenager, I listened to Fleetwood Mac…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:59

Crafters converging on Maggie Valley

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Maggie Valley will host a craft show this Labor Day weekend from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 3…