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Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:09

Explore nature with young children

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“Growing Up Wild,” a free professional development workshop sponsored by Haywood Soil and Water Conservation District for educators who work…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:09

“Go Native” in your backyard

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“From Mowing to Growing,” a workshop with Sara Martin, a biology instructor at Haywood Community College with a B.A. in…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:07

Catch a runner’s view of Sylva’s Main

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The Main Street Mile, a series of 1-mile races highlighting the state’s Main Street Program, will hit the streets of…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:07

Picnic with WATR

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The Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River will hold its fifth-annual summer picnic at 6 p.m. Friday, June 10, on…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:05

Summer Daze

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Soccer balls litter the yard, my wife is auditioning for NASCAR on the lawn mower and I am following the…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:04

Black bear festival coming up in Highlands

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A Mountain Black Bear Festival is set for June 10 and 11 at the Highlands Civic/Recreation Center, featuring exhibits, artisans…
It started out simply enough. Fresh out of college on his new job in Vicksburg, Miss., on the banks of…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:01

Author explores hidden local history

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Author Alice Sink will read from her new book, Hidden History of the Western North Carolina Mountains, at 1 p.m.…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:00

Crowe and Dawson release children’s book

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Jackson County writer Thomas Crowe and illustrator Marilyn K. Dawson will celebrate the publication of their children’s book, The Wake…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:00

Liar's Bench moves to WCU venue

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The Liar’s Bench has been adopted by the Mountain Heritage Center The one-year anniversary of The Liar’s Bench will be…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:57

The story of a modern-day oracle

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Occasionally, books are published in the U. S. that can best be described as “oddities” which acquire a kind of…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:50

Protect wilderness before legislation makes it too late

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When Congress passed the Wilderness Act back in 1964, it immediately became one of the most important pieces of conservation…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:49

Radical Senate budget crippling NC’s future

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To the Editor: The fact that Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, refers to the radical budget being proposed down in Raleigh…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:49

Profit motive should not be driving education

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To the Editor: It appears that the radical Republicans in control of the N.C. legislature are starving funding for public…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:49

Education cuts will harm student, schools

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To the Editor: Republicans are cutting off education from beginning to end in North Carolina. The new cuts will take…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:48

Junaluska garden is indeed a gem

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To the Editor: This letter is further comment on Quintin Ellison’s column about the Corneille Bryan Native Garden at Lake…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:47

Just where are all the promised jobs?

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To the Editor: Republican Sens. Ralph Hise, R-Spruce Pine, and Jim Davis, R-Franklin, promised “jobs, jobs, jobs” and “better times”…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:47

Commissioner right to question SCC road

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To the Editor: Jackson County Commissioner Jack Debnam’s recent comments on the proposed SCC spur road are valid and show…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:43

Life lessons learned in the barnyard

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Goats view a gate left open as a passageway to excitement. And it is exciting, too, for the goat keeper,…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:39

Six pints of Guinness and a glass of milk

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What do Barack Obama and my son have in common? They both visited Ireland in May. Obama, though, was proud…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:11

News in brief

The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner and year in review is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on June 2. The chamber will honor leaders in the business community with awards. The dinner will be held at Laurel Ridge Country…
Diversify is the buzzword in Cherokee, where candidates in the upcoming primary are facing off over how to move away from Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel and Casino as the tribe’s sole breadwinner. With the primary just a month away, five candidates…
After a decades-long battle to get it, the first interest payments on Swain County’s North Shore Road settlement are finally starting to trickle in. Now to figure out what to do with it. Of the $52 million payout, given to…
When the town of Maggie Valley bought a grassy field to serve as a town festival grounds in 2005, the hope was that it would bring new visitors and new life to the town’s flagging tourism industry. Since then, there…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:02

Doctor: Authorities did not do enough

About two years ago, a sting was set to take place at a party in the Hickory Knoll area outside of Franklin. Inside the house, the Macon County Sheriff’s Department was told, there was a 47-year-old woman — the former…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 19:01

Living at the top has some down sides

Living in Cashiers has certain perks: There is a beautiful lake to play on, gorgeous homes to live in and lovely vistas to enjoy. There also are nice restaurants, great gift shops and even an upscale Ingles grocery store that…
The three new Jackson commissioners — Jack Debnam, Charles Elders and Doug Cody — owe their victory last fall in part to the Cashiers and Glenville communities, where they won by margins of nearly 3 to 1. Though they won…
Jackson County commissioners say it’s high time Cashiers gets its due: an $8 million recreation center as pay back for the disproportional share of property taxes carried by the affluent homeowners there. Blueprints for a Cashiers recreation center have been…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:56

Will WCU ever see Kimmel pledge fulfilled?

Six years ago, amid great fanfare, Joe Kimmel pledged $6.9-million dollars to Western Carolina University. Based on that pledge, with payments expected to come in over an eight-year period, WCU went forward with a new school: the Joe W. Kimmel…
Above national average. Above state average. Highest regional composite ranking. These are a few of the phrases that stand out in a recent letter from Haywood County Schools Superintendent Anne Garrett and Assistant Superintendent Bill Nolte. The missive is not…
A local Dillsboro inn had four recipes featured in the Southern Living cookbook, Off the Eaten Path: Favorite Southern Dives…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:48

Celebrate Appalachian History in Waynesville

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An Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration will come to downtown Waynesville from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June, 11. The…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:47

Bach Choral brings Irish music to the mountains

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The Bach Chorale Children’s Choir of Lafayette, Ind., will perform a program called “Ireland Ascending” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday,…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:45

Summer music series begins with Dusk and Sky

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A summer music series will kick off at 7 p.m. on June 9 with musician Dusk Weaver at the Marianna…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:45

Disney classic comes to life on stage

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Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is coming to Haywood Community College at 7 p.m. on June 10, and 2:30 p.m.…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:44

Broadway thriller comes to Haywood

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“Deathtrap,” a murder-mystery by Ira Levin, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on June 3, 4 and 9 through 11,…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:42

Mountain music on Franklin town square

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Balladeers Anne and Rob Lough will present a concert of traditional music at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 5, on…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:42

WCU series offers foray into glassblowing

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A series of introductory glassblowing classes will begin in June at the Jackson County Green Energy Park. Students may choose…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:41

Learn to spin, throw and pull with pottery classes

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Adult pottery courses will be offered this summer by Southwestern Community College’s Heritage Arts Institute at the SCC Swain Center.…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:40

Women awaken their consciousness

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A Women’s Circle focusing on the divine feminine within will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, at The…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:39

Discover the art in nature with workshops

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Art workshops that provide encounters with nature will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, with…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:38

Good Old Time Camp to be offered

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The Good Old Time camp, a summer day camp for children, will be held 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., June…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:37

Quilt festival celebrates history and heritage

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The 6th annual Patchwork Folk and Fabric Festival is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 4,…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:37

Waynesville’s Art After Dark is June 3

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The Waynesville Gallery Association will present Art After Dark  from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 3. Art After…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:33

The secret of silk

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For 3,000 years, the source of silk — shimmering, luxurious and terribly expensive — was a closely guarded secret. Silk…
Serpents are among the world’s most storied creatures. We are at once attracted to and repelled by them. Many view…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:52

Get kids involved in free fishing fun

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Kids can fish for free and register to win prizes, including two lifetime licenses, at a variety of fishing events…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:51

Kids get first crack at delayed trout waters

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open approximately 63.5 miles of trout streams and one lake classified as delayed-harvest trout…
A Salamander Soiree is set for June 2 at 6 p.m. as the kickoff to “Think About Thursdays,” a summer…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:50

Smokies conducts search for missing man

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Rangers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are continuing to search for a Cary man who was reported missing April…