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Wednesday, 03 December 2008 13:23

My birding through the warbler

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It wasn’t until the late 1970s that my wife, Elizabeth, and I first started birding in a systematic fashion. That…
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 13:22

A reminder to keep the public in mind

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“’Official meeting’ means a meeting, assembly, or gathering together at any time or place ... of a majority of the…
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 13:20

Bragg explores fatherhood by looking at his dad’s past

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The Prince of Frogtown by Rick Bragg. Alfred A. Knopf, 2008. 272 pages. Biography affords the reader a rare chance…
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 13:19

Schools struggle with state budget recall

By Josh Mitchell & Julia Merchant • Staff Writers The downturn in the economy is forcing schools to send back some of their state money. The state has asked local school systems to send back $39 per student, or 0.75…
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 13:18

Choices in home energy systems

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By Avram Friedman • Executive Director, Canary Coalition Getting “off the grid” is more and more appealing to many of…
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 13:18

Snow days are like heaven for 12-year-olds

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You are 12 years old and it’s December and a school day. The days are shorter now, meaning it is…
When a hunter discovered human skeletal remains in the woods in Macon County last winter, investigators didn’t know who the dead person was, how long he’d been there or if foul play was involved. It was a classic situation for…
By Zack Dean • Smoky Mtn. High School I had to work late on Nov. 4, so upon coming home…
For two weeks every summer, the Folkmoot Center is a popping nightspot. Well after midnight, little crowds cluster around the…
Seventy kilos is a lot of weight to hold on your head. It’s about 150 pounds. That’s like carrying a…
(Editor’s note: This column first appeared in The Smoky Mountain News in July 2005.) Are you by chance looking for…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:49

Extreme dog action comes to Cherokee

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Dogs performing aerial tricks and other extreme stunts will come to Cherokee for the Carolina Dock Dogs exhibition Aug. 5…
Kids ages 3 to 11 will swarm the river bank at Oconaluftee Island Park in Cherokee for the 10th annual…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:48

Learn angling tips from the pros

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Owners of the region’s largest fly shops and fishing outfitters will share insight on local waters at the next meeting…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:44

Swain 4-H’ers learn outdoor basics

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Swain’s newest 4-H Club, the Outdoor Adventurers, hiked Clingmans Dome to the observation tower and participated in two Junior Ranger…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:40

Scenic byway lands to get protection

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North Carolina’s land trusts, including the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee and Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, have for a…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:39

Hop on board tour to learn about beer brewing

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Learn to put a little hop in your brew on a tour of Hop’n Blueberry Farm and Pisgah Brewing Company.…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:39

Heritage celebration held at Waterrock Knob

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Appalachian crafters, old-timey demonstrations, Cherokee culture and mountain music will be celebrated during a special event at the Waterrock Knob…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:38

Hunting safety courses planned at HCC

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Learn how to be safe in the woods while hunting through a series of Hunter Safety courses at Haywood Community…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:37

Campers get lessons in water quality

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Young campers from the Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center in Waynesville were given a hands-on lesson about water quality in…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:36

Map leads the way to Haywood farm spots

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The new 2011 edition of the Haywood County farm map and brochure has been released. The new publication lists more…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:36

Tour the trees of downtown Sylva

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An opportunity to learn about the trees in downtown Sylva and surrounding areas takes place Thursday, Aug. 11, with a…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:35

Feeling dumb – go take a hike

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A recently published study in Proceedings, an online medical journal of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that regular aerobic…
That the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest in Graham County isn’t what it once was is true — the large hemlocks…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:31

Local author speaks on Haywood history

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Local author Louise K. Nelson will be at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday,…
Danielle Ganek’s The Summer We Read Gatsby (ISBN 978-0-670-02178-9, $28.95) tells the story of two half-sisters, Cassie, a translator for…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:26

Local Confederate history comes alive

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Historians Reed Henson and David and Debbie Patterson will hearken back to the Confederacy at 7 p.m. on July 28…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:25

‘Liars Bench’ returns to WCU

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Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will host and sponsor a free performance of “The Liars Bench” Southern Appalachian variety…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:24

Library wraps up summer reading

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The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City has been celebrating “One World, Many Stories” during its annual summer reading program…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:24

Lakeside dinner to benefit The Bascom

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Dine at Lakeside Restaurant on Wednesday, July 27, and help The Bascom Visual Arts Center. Lakeside will donate 15 percent…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:24

Learn to create abstract art

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Local artist Silvia Cabrera Williams will lead a teaching session on from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug.…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:20

Exhibit celebrates downtown Waynesville

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The Haywood County Arts Council will host an exhibition titled, “Main Street Moments in Time,” celebrating 25 years of the…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:19

JAM comes to Jackson County

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In March, a group of interested local leaders met to discuss the formation of an affiliate program of the regional…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:19

Evening of acoustic music in Bryson City

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As part of a Summer Music Series, the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will host acoustic country musicians Ron…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:18

Groove on the Green all summer in Cashiers

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Groovin’ on the Green, Cashiers’ summer concert series, continues at 6:30 p.m. on Friday evenings through September at the Cashiers…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:18

Library hosts origami workshop

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Emiko Suzuki will conduct a workshop in origami at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Jackson County Public…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:17

Artists holds beading workshop

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Nan Smith, a local beading artist, will lead a program on jewelry beading at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 28,…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:17

Rummage for treasures at Creative Thought Center July 30

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The Creative Thought Center in Waynesville invites the public to its Colossal Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:16

Junaluska women model fashions

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The annual Junaluska Woman’s Club Fashion Show Scholarship Luncheon will be held at 12 p.m. on Aug. 2 at the…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:15

Country stars visit Franklin

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The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will host an evening of American music with superstars Lee Greenwood and…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:11

Heeding the call of the drumbeat

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In the tradition of good old American music, it’s not usually women you’ll find manning the drums. Dozens of bands…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:06

A few notes on habits and change

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In her teachings, Buddhist nun Pema Chodron often relates a story about a great spiritual teacher, Atisha, who planned a…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:05

A chink in the good ol’ boys’ armor

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I remember both my grandfathers very well.  Both served in the military during WWI, and their grandfathers fought in the…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:04

Liberals will take this country down

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To The Editor: Before Shirley Ches graced us with her commentary on the state of the universe in her recent…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:03

Is Duke a for-profit business or a utility?

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To the Editor: Bob Scott, alderman, town of Franklin, wrote a pointed letter to the editor titled, “Rate increase should…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:02

Heat wave makes for a long, slow bake at the beach

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EDISTO, S.C. — If you’re going to roast in a record-breaking heat wave anyway, you might as well do it…
Needed school supplies for students attending Central Elementary School is the focus of the fifth-annual “Vineival,” on Saturday, July 30, at Vine of the Mountains in Frog Level. Besides providing backpacks filled with the required free school supplies for Central…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 13:58

Help kids get school supplies

Buying school supplies for children is becoming increasingly expensive, and some local groups want to help cash-strapped families. Altrusa International of Waynesville and the Haywood Rotary club will be spearheading a drive to collect school supplies for needy children in…
The town of Waynesville is dusting off the drafting table, ready to launch a community planning initiative to shape the future look and feel of South Main Street. The area has been primed for growth by the recent addition of…
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is continuing to target bear pits on the Cherokee Indian Reservation, this time with a billboard on Interstate 26. The new billboard shows a little girl with a bloody bandage around her…