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Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:52

Discounted Penland classes for locals

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Penland School of Crafts has open spaces in several of its eight-week fall classes available at half tuition to Western…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:51

Haywood’s Got Talent to showcase regional performers

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The Haywood Arts Regional Theater will give area talent a chance to strut their stuff and win prize money in…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:50

Plein air painters visit the mountains

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Area outdoor painters will bring their paint boxes and easels to Macon County for Paint the Macon Mountains on Sept. 10…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:49

Dance into Labor Day with block party

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Waynesville’s Labor Day Block Party will run from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, in downtown. Main Street…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:47

Browse galleries and studios with Art After Dark

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The Waynesville Gallery Association will present Art After Dark from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, in downtown…
Four decades of tradition have built the foundation for the Smoky Mountain Folk Festival, which will launch into its 41st…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:40

So this comedian walks into a bar in Sylva ...

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Terrifying, exciting and kind-of liberating. That’s how Tom Scheve describes the inaugural experience of telling jokes on stage. And usually,…
The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce exceed goals set for its 2011 “Goin’ Coastal” Membership and Sponsorship Campaign. The campaign teams recruited 68 new members and approximately $61,000 in sponsorship dollars. The original goal was 50 members and $50,000. During…
Drake Enterprises CEO Phil Drake, who owns a family of 18 businesses based in Macon County, will give a free seminar called “Guiding Business Expansion: There Is More Than One Way“ from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in…
A new urgent care center in Sylva is proving a welcome addition to the community. Before MedWest Health System opened the urgent care center in early August, Jackson County residents seeking immediate medical care but that doesn’t rise to the…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:35

Dog owners lobby for pooch park

Hampered by a leash law that keeps their canine friends at heel, an ad hoc group of Sylva residents hope to find a place — a puppy park — where dogs can just be dogs, enjoying various doggie things. In…
Electric car owners rejoice. Haywood County may soon be home to two electric car charging stations for the sustainably inclined. The idea is still in its infancy, but the town of Waynesville hopes to house two of 25 charging stations…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:33

A cut above the competition

Haywood Community College can now boast a national champion after Daniel Jones took the title at the Stihl Collegiate Timbersports Championships in Oregon over the weekend. Jones defeated five other collegiate champions from around the country. He won the standing…
A sweeping status report on natural resources in the mountains is being developed by a regional task force, serving as a tool for decision makers to understand the ecological context of issues they face. The Mountain Resources Commission plans to…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:31

Sylva native new downtown director

A 24-year-old with family ties to Jackson County has been hired as the new leader of the Downtown Sylva Association and as the town’s economic development director. Paige Roberson, who grew up in Sylva, graduated from Smoky Mountain High School,…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:30

Franklin town board facing no changes

There will be no new faces on Franklin’s town board after November’s elections, no matter which way voters decide to cast their ballots. That’s because only the current slate of town leaders opted to file for the election. “I have…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:30

Global Poverty Project CEO to speak at WCU

The 28-year-old co-founder and CEO of a global organization committed to eradicating extreme poverty will visit Western Carolina University on Wednesday, Sept. 7, to inform campus and surrounding community members about the issues and inspire them to take action. Hugh…
Business owners in Bryson City’s downtown are following in the footsteps of neighboring towns, attempting to put together their own downtown merchants’ association. The infant group has been meeting for three months, but hasn’t yet gotten around to structure or…
Election season is closing in Cherokee, where races for principal chief, vice chief, tribal council and school board members will culminate when voters hit the polls on Thursday, Sept. 1. Incumbent chief Michell Hicks is trying to keep a grip…
The Waynesville Recreation Center will close for routine maintenance work from Sept. 12-18. The center will reopen on Sept. 19 at 5 am. The pool will also be closed from Sept. 10 to Sept. 25. The lap pool will reopen…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:26

Fair tax advocate to speak in Cashiers

Laura McCue, district director of N.C. Fair Tax, will be the guest speaker at the Sept. 6 meeting of the Mountain High Republican Women’s Club (MHRWC) luncheon and business meeting at the Wildcatcliff Country Club in Cashiers. She will discuss…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:26

Labor Day means fireworks in Maggie

Maggie Valley will have a free Labor Day weekend fireworks on Sunday, Sept. 4, with viewing from the Festival Grounds. The fireworks will start at dark. During the day, the Maggie Valley Craft Show will be taking place at the…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:25

Maggie Valley loses another alderman

Maggie Valley Alderman and motel owner Scott Pauley is leaving his post, pushed out by the region’s sagging economy. Pauley tendered his resignation on Aug. 23, effective that day. He is the second alderman to resign the town board this…
A new FM radio station in Western North Carolina means more than 108,000 people living in the region might not be able to pick up their local National Public Radio station anymore. That’s because the frequency involved, 95.3 FM, currently…
Western Carolina University, eager to broadcast Catamount sports and other school-based programming to a larger audience than it can currently reach, is fighting The Canary Coalition for rights to a new FM radio station. The station could reach up to…
The Canary Coalition, a nonprofit group rooted in Jackson County that fights for air quality, might soon take to the airwaves via its own educational, community radio station. Avram Friedman, executive director of The Canary Coalition, believes a local radio…
The Macon County School system has changed its tune on the controversial preacher who delivered an overtly religious speech at Nantahala School’s June graduation ceremony. Superintendent Dan Brigman initially defended the content of the speech in an article published in…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:13

Bible reading makes a comeback

In an out-of-the-way room on the ground floor, seven congregants of Longs Chapel United Methodist Church in Lake Junaluska gather around two beat-up tables. It’s Sunday School, a staple of Protestant church life, and there are thousands of groups just…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:40

Oliver deserves more credit for his writing skills

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I started to write this column about Duane Oliver before I discovered that he has just published what he tells…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:39

Farm bill supports water quality efforts

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If you are farming in Haywood County, the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service is accepting applications to support efforts that…
Learn how to manage forests for wildlife and timber production, plus review tax strategies and estate planning at an upcoming…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:38

Taste of the Market to feature Jackson farmers

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The Jackson County Farmers Market will hold its annual “Taste of the Market” starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27,…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:37

Professor to talk about human-animal relationships

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Hal Herzog of Western Carolina University will discuss the complications of human-animal relationships, the focus of his recently published book,…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:36

Time to break out that camera

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Shutterbug alert: A fall field photography program will run for four weeks starting in September in Haywood County. Class members…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:35

Blue Ridge Breakaway tops 400 participants

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More than 400 riders participated in the second Blue Ridge Breakaway, held this Saturday (Aug. 20) in Haywood County. The…
Need help paying for research or educational outreach about the environment, gardening or horticulture? The Haywood County Master Gardener Volunteer…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:34

Budding gardeners hone greenthumbs

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Young gardeners from Junaluska Elementary School won first place recently in a landscape design competition at the N.C. Master Gardeners…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:33

Testifying

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I just wanted to shout an amen to brother George Ellison’s Aug. 10 Back Then column, “Late summer is an…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:32

Get your horse vaccinated

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A horse in the eastern part of the state tested positive this month for Easter Equine Encephalomyelitis, a warning to…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:31

Dahlia show coming to Waynesville

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Three local dahlia growers in Haywood County, Jack Leatherwood, Johnny Trantham and Ken Zula, were recently visited by Southern Living…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:29

A great race makes a comeback

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There aren’t too many road races in Western North Carolina with the storied history of the Maggie Valley Moonlight Race,…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:29

Ron Rash to read from new poetry collection

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Ron Rash will visit City Lights Bookstore to read from his first poetry book in 10 years, Waking, at 1…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:28

McDarris reads from new book at Blue Ridge Books

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Local author Vivian McDarris will read from her recent book, Black Fog, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, at…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:19

Rash’s new book of poetry evocative, resonant

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When I was nine years old, I once caught a 12-inch brown trout at the point where two small Jackson…
A number of readers have informed me that the agonizing sting I described in last week’s column was the work…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:16

Lake issue raises complex questions

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To the Editor: Thank you for the thoughtful, informative and balanced article on Lake Emory in Franklin. I would like…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:15

Park proposals add insult to injury

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I recently wrote in the Swain County newspaper about a singularly misguided proposal by Great Smoky Mountains National Park leadership…
Pat Smathers is what you might call a born politician. His first campaign was pitching Terry Sanford’s 1960 run for governor and John F. Kennedy’s bid for the White House. He was posted on a busy corner in downtown Canton…
Cherokee tribal elections are little more than a week away, and with the economy topping the list of major issues, the salaries of tribal officials are raising eyebrows and some ire on the reservation. Both candidates for principal chief have…
Principal chief candidate Patrick Lambert is calling foul after refusing to divulge his pay information to the tribe’s internal auditors. Lambert said they were trying to expose his personal information as a political smear. The tribe’s internal audit office told…