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Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:25

WCU gets kudos for sustainability

According to the Princeton Review, Western Carolina University is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada. The Princeton Review chose the colleges after surveying administrators at hundreds of colleges across the continent. One program…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:24

Recycling honors go to HCC

Haywood Community College has received the top ranking in the state in the Recyclemania competition for the second consecutive year. HCC is also ranked as number seven in the nation. Recyclemania is a friendly competition between colleges and universities that…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:23

Green efforts earn HCC national recognition

Haywood Community College has received a silver rating through the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS). STARS, which was developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, is a transparent framework for colleges and universities…
When sewage began flooding out of the floor one January Saturday at Waynesville’s Coffee Zone, Coni Bishop knew things were about to get bad. Bishop was the coffee-and-sandwich shop’s owner. And when she and some staff were working one weekend…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:20

Construction begins on Canton urgent care

MedWest Health System has started construction on an urgent care center along Interstate 40, at Exit 31, in Canton. The location will be the new home of the urgent care center currently located on the MedWest-Haywood campus. MedWest serves western…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:20

Community funding pool to aid nonprofits

Macon County non-profit organizations have until July 30 to apply for grants through the Macon County Community Funding Pool. Organizations applying for funds must provide financial statements such as budgets and federal tax-exempt reports, organization goals and objectives and program…
Law enforcement officers and court officials are being trained on how to use a new $17 million state database that pulls together everything known about a criminal to the screen of a laptop. Officers using the system will know who…
The General Assembly’s budget would cut funding for a professional development center for teachers in Cullowhee by nearly half what it was allocated last year, slashing the N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching from $6.1 million to $3.1 million.…
Governor Beverly Perdue nixed the $19.7 billion state budget put on her desk by the General Assembly Sunday, winning herself a place in state history. She is the first governor to veto a budget since veto powers were granted in…
Swain County commissioners have taken back a request made to the General Assembly in February, in hopes of bolstering their lawsuit against neighboring Graham County over payments on the Fontana Dam. Both counties get payments from the Tennessee Valley Authority…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:11

The science and art of cadaver dog training

“A dog is an amazing thing,” says Orval Banks, smiling wryly and adjusting his faded gray ballcap. He’s explaining the techniques he uses to train dogs, but really, he says, you don’t train a dog. It knows what it’s doing,…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:41

Tasty right off the shrub

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ELDERBERRY WINE There’s a fly in the window A dog in the yard And a year since I saw you…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:41

NOC event lets all paddlers run gates

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The Nantahala Outdoor Center’s Canoe Club Challenge 2011 is scheduled for 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on June 18, July…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:40

‘Woodsy Owl’ teaches kids about nature

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“Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club,” a nature and educational series presented by The Cradle of Forestry, will be held from 10:30…
The Basulto Academy of Defense, located in downtwown Waynesville, has expanded the schedule of its successful Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:39

Haywood farms part of agriculture tour

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The Family Farm Tour, organized by Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP), will be held on the weekend of June 25…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:38

Audubon biologist to speak in Highlands

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Curtis Smalling, the mountain region biologist for Audubon N.C., will speak at a program for the Highlands Plateau Society at…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:38

Land trust hosts birding tour

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A Birding Eco Tour is set for Thursday, June 9. The hike is held by The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust (HCLT)…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:37

Opportunity to view synchronous fireflies

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Discover Life in America (DLIA) is holding a number of events this summer for the public to experience the synchronous…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:36

Next generation of herpetologists

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Dead snakes are certainly interesting and can pique a child’s curiosity. Izzy (9) and Maddie (5) found just such a…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:36

New mountain bike group to host ride and picnic

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The newly formed chapter of Nantahala Area SORBA, the Southeast Off-Road Bicycle Association, will host an event called “Ride, Rinse…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:35

Grant helps set up working-forest easements

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The Land Trust of the Little Tennessee, the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, and the Wildlands Network received a Sustainable…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:34

WCU faculty, students test ‘energy mile’ theory

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Backpackers who take on the challenge of hiking in the Southern Appalachian Mountains can attest to the fact that hauling…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:33

Library book sale

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The Friends of the Library will hold its annual book sale Thursday, June 9, though Saturday, June 11, at the…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:33

Book club to hold inaugural meeting

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A new book club will meet at Southwestern Community College’s Cashiers Center starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14. The…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:27

Father’s Day picks for the reader

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Father’s Day, the third Sunday of June and so falls this year on June 19, sports a peculiar history. Although…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:26

Broadway comes to Highlands

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Broadway singer Jeri Sager takes the stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:26

Music is back at the Rickman Store

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Music lovers are starting to gather again each Friday at the historic Rickman Store in Franklin. Everyone is invited to…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:25

Contra dance set for Sunday

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The next Second Sunday Contra Dance will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 12. The dance…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:25

Arts and music hit the streets in Dillsboro

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The 27th-annual Dillsboro Arts and Music Festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 11. Featured…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:24

Pop balladeers come to WCU

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Brandon Kirkley and the Firecrackers will play at 7 p.m. on June 16 on the University Center lawn at Western…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:23

Folkmoot Festival spans 12 counties

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The 2011 Folkmoot Festival will take place July 21 through 31 throughout 12 counties in Western North Carolina, with new…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:22

Quilt trail adds another block

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The Haywood County Arts Council’s Quilt Trails project will dedicate its sixth quilt block at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:22

Museum to host Civil War commemoration day

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The Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts at historic Shelton House in Waynesville will host three Civil War commemorative groups from…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:21

Artist demonstrates techniques June 14

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The Blue Ridge Watermedia Society will meet from 6:45 until 9 p.m. on June 14 at Haywood Community College. The…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:20

HCC offers bladesmith course

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Haywood Community College will offer a “Handles and Guards” course through the American Bladesmith Society, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:20

Summer smithing courses lined up

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The Jackson County Green Energy Park is offering a new round of blacksmithing courses this summer, taught by blacksmith Brock…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:19

Groovin’ on the Green concert series opens

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Cashiers’ Groovin’ on the Green concert series, now in its third year, opens at 6:30 p.m. on June 10, at…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:18

Drum circle planned in downtown Franklin

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A drumming circle for all ages will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, on the…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:15

Appalachian lifestyle takes center stage

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If there’s one thing that runs deep in Appalachia, it’s roots. Whether it’s the roots of its ancient pines or…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:15

SMN showed great support for library

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To the Editor: As the opening of the new Jackson County Library Complex draws near, it brings to mind the…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:14

Minick’s reviews are a great part of paper

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To the Editor: Jeff Minick has always provided informative and insightful book reviews. His review of Till We Have Faces…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:14

Article was like those found in tabloids

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To the Editor: It was shocking to read the article entitled “Crossing the Line” published June 1 in The Smoky…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:12

Of mice, Ming and my seed stash

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When planting season is upon us, gardeners and farmers of all stripes are making plans and counting seeds. As long-time…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:09

Rooster 1, Farmer 1 – a first-round draw

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There are two puncture wounds decorating my left leg, courtesy of a rooster who has taken an inexplicable but pronounced…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:06

Really, we just have to get out more often

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(Atlanta, GA) — We don’t get out much. Unless “getting out” means running out to Taco Bell because the fish…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 19:59

Appreciating good stories, civic engagement

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A week before this week’s dedication of the new Jackson County Library complex, this newspaper’s 12th birthday passed almost unnoticed…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 19:58

‘Free condoms’ replaced by patch

In Swain County, free condoms aren’t particularly controversial. But the words “free condoms” on a billboard certainly are. At least that’s the position of Swain County commissioners, who ordered the announcement to be whitewashed last week after apparently fielding calls…
For now, Swain County Department of Social Services Director Tammy Cagle still has her job. But that might soon be in question after a decision made by the county’s DSS board Monday night. Supporters of the suspended Cagle gathered at…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 19:53

Learn about food preservation June 9

A free class covering the basics of food preservation will be offered at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library from 1  to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 9. Cheryl Beck, a family and consumer sciences agent with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service,…