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Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:41

Haywood crowns outstanding volunteers

The Haywood County Volunteer Center awarded Judy Smith of the Fines Creek Community Association’s MANNA food bank program as the outstanding Volunteer of the Year. Also recognized were: • Patricia Stevenson with the Good Samaritan Clinic and John Hawkins with…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:41

Learn cooking tips with local chef

A cooking program called “Fresh Ways with Local, Seasonal Food” will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21, as part of the Good Cooks series in Sylva. Chef Lindsay Kent with Rosebud Cottage in Franklin and will focus on…
MedWest Health System is breaking ground on a new outpatient services center  at 4 p.m. on Monday, July 11, on the MedWest-Haywood campus. The new outpatient services center will include imaging services, lab services, endoscopy, two outpatient surgery rooms and…
When SmartStart, an early childhood education program, was launched in 1993, it was hailed nationally as a model for reaching children during those critical early development years before kindergarten. This, said educators, was the way to give kids a good…
In a somewhat surreal meeting last week of Macon County’s planning board, progress on developing regulations for steep slopes were stymied by turn-of-the screw technical discussions and semantic stumbling blocks. The accuracy of GIS maps, the accuracy of the state’s…
Linda Harbuck doesn’t own a smart-phone herself, but that doesn’t stop the veteran Macon County tourism official from understanding and touting the potential benefits of a new phone app being developed to steer tourists through the westernmost tip of the…
It is not by swiftness, nor by strength and valor, that races are gained and battles won, but by sheer luck, tenacity and about $8 worth of duct tape. So sayeth we concerning the winners, Drew Cook and Taylor Bennett,…
In Cherokee this week, tribal elections are edging ever closer, with a primary scheduled for Thursday that will whittle the field for principal chief from five to two. While the holiday weekend was dominated by campfires and fireworks, voters and…
Democrats are crying foul over new Congressional district lines that with seemingly surgical precision slice the City of Asheville, a…
Canton was one of the first towns in Western North Carolina to sport a swimming pool, something made possible thanks to the booming economy of the mill town and the large population of working middle-class families it gave rise to.…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:21

Canton could get hosed by pool woes

The Canton swimming pool is on its last leg and without a major investment of $750,000 to $1 million, the town will be forced to close it within a few years. Canton’s pool has been held together with everything short…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:20

Popularity has its pitfalls

In the do-you-remember, they-were-right-after-all category, the enormous popularity of Jackson County’s new library has meant finding parking at the renovated courthouse and library addition can sometimes prove a real pain. So much so, Assistant Librarian Liz Gregg has taken to…
Graduation ceremonies are, by their nature, boring. The bookend of an educational phase is supposed to be a solemn occasion, launching you into the world with the gravity of education behind you. That’s how they’re designed. And, by and large,…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:46

Renowned food author speaks on Southern cuisine

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Blue Ridge Books will host Rick McDaniel, the author of An Irresistible History of Southern Food: Four Centuries of Black-Eyed…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:45

Experience the beauty of Mountains in Bloom

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The Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival will be held July 7 through 10 in Highlands. From 10 a.m. to 2…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:44

Dulcimer week comes to WCU

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Musicians Larry and Elaine Conger will host the 12th annual Mountain Dulcimer Week, to be held Sunday, July 17, through…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:43

Former Beach Boy brings summer music

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Al Jardine and his Endless Summer Band will fill the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts with summer music…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:43

Grammy winner Laurie Lewis to perform

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On Saturday, July 9, Grammy-award winner Laurie Lewis will give an after-dinner performance at Cataloochee Ranch. Lewis is an acclaimed…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:43

Library hosts guitarist Pete Friedman

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Pete Friedman will bring his music to the Jackson County Public Library at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, with…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:42

‘Liars Bench’ takes show to WCU July 7

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Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will host and sponsor a free performance of The Liars Bench, a Southern Appalachian…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:42

Massage festival planned at WCU

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The World Massage Festival will hold its 6th annual festival from July 14 to 17 at Western Carolina University. The…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:41

Movie club to screen Amish Grace

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The Groovy Movie Club will show the film “Amish Grace” at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 8. A mostly organic…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:41

Singer, storyteller starts off folk festival

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Tim Lynch will lead off the 2011 Franklin Folk Festival at 9 a.m. on July 16 at the downtown gazebo…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:40

Classic cars come out in Highlands

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The Highlands Motoring Festival is scheduled for July 15 to 17, in downtown Highlands. The festival will begin at 6:30…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:39

Artisans gather at art and crafts show

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The Mountain Artisans Summertime Art & Crafts Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 2…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:38

Woodworker demonstrates traditional techniques

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Brian Bartel, a local artisan who has spent the last 14 years developing his technique in woodworking with hand tools,…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:36

A gypsy at HART

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This summer in Waynesville, it’s an unconventional rags-to-riches tale that will light up the Haywood Arts Regional Theater mainstage with…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:42

Fox sightings increasing in populated areas

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Witnessing a wild fox is not necessarily a cause for alarm, nor are all foxes rabid or dangerous, according to…
A talk titled “The Southern Blue Ridge at this Moment in History” will discuss growth in the mountains and its…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:40

No fishing license needed on July Fourth

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This upcoming July 4 is a “free fishing day” in North Carolina. Everyone — residents and nonresidents — can fish…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:39

An elk viewing for seniors

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A trip for seniors, age 50 and above, to see the elk in Cataloochee Valley will be offered on July…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:39

Swim, bike, run in Haywood triathlon

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The MedWest-Haywood Triathlon has returned this year with a new summertime date, attracting seasoned triathletes looking for a challenge as…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:38

Cherokee Moonlight 5K

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The Cherokee Runners Moonlight 5K and Fun Run will be held on July 4 at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds. The…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:37

Capture summer’s bounty with canning how-to

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Learn the basics of canning through workshops offered by the Jackson County N.C. Cooperative Extension Service during the month of…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:36

SCC mechanics students get cooking

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When you walk into an automotive shop you don’t expect to see men in crisp white lab coats and surgical…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:35

Mountain Wildlife Daze

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The eighth annual Mountain Wildlife Days is scheduled for July 15 and 16 at the Sapphire Valley Community Center. The…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:34

Learn about the environment and have fun, too

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A weeklong Environmental Camp for ages 10 to 15 offers a full lineup of hands-on nature exploration and fieldtrips. The…
Environmental advocates are troubled by major budget cuts and the loss of staff for the Department of Environment and Natural…
Back in January, a group of environmental advocates gathered for after-work beers at Craggie Brewery in Asheville where they heard…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:57

Plant life distinct to the southern Blue Ridge

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The elevations of the southern Blue Ridge province above 4,000 feet can be thought of as a peninsula of northern…
Most of the business being done at Perry’s Water Garden these days is selling plants through the wholesale market. But…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:54

Roads all about money, power and ethics

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To the Editor: The patronage politics of roads, money, power, and ethics in North Carolina is a strange creature. Individual…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:53

Safety is primary concern for SCC

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To the Editor: It is with astonishment that I have been following the flurry of recent articles in the newspapers…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:52

GOP-led legislature did some good work

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To the Editor, We North Carolinians are very fortunate people. Our Republican majority state legislature had the courage to make…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:51

What does Harvard know about milk, anyway?

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You’ve probably seen the ads. Some famous face sports a white “milk mustache” and encourages you to drink more milk.…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:50

Swain DSS director fired, lodges appeal

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Tammy Cagle, once the leader of the Swain County Department of Social Services, has been given the ax by the…
When Sam Greenwood retired as Macon County’s manager and almost immediately accepted the same position for the town of Franklin in March of 2008, he made sure everyone clearly understood that his time there was limited. Greenwood wanted to help…
When construction on the lofty Clarion Inn started in 2008, the town of Sylva thought it was finally going to get a recognizable name-brand hotel to help attract visitors and commerce. Three years later, and the Clarion Inn is instead…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:42

Sylva police packed in like sardines

Just stepping inside the Sylva Police Department gives a person an immediate understanding of why Chief Davis Woodard is pushing so hard for a new building. The department’s 14 officers, with one more being hired soon, and its three auxiliary…
For the second time in as many months, strong winds ripped part of the roof off the school library, known as the media center, at Smoky Mountain High School in Jackson County. Repairs are estimated at more than $700,000, Associate…