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Easing congestion on N.C. 107 and general economic development issues look to shape the context of Sylva’s upcoming municipal elections. Three commissioner positions are open. Two landed in their seats via appointments instead of election by voters: Harold Hensley and…
Seventy-six years ago, Harry Martin decided he wanted to become a lawyer. He was 15, and knew little to nothing about the law. Or about being a lawyer, for that matter. If your mental math is swift, you’ll know that…
Public health officials have reported that a child in Macon County has contracted LaCrosse Viral Encephalitis, a potentially serious illness carried and transmitted by mosquitoes. While other mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus are found across the state, LaCrosse…
Haywood Habitat for Humanity is holding an open enrollment through July for prospective new-home partner families. Applicants interested in purchasing a Habitat house must meet the following criteria: resident of Haywood County, income of $20,400 to $30,120 and a good…
A program exploring the history of Lake Juanluska and its influence on Haywood County will be held at 9:30 a.m. on July 11 at the Bethea Welcome Center. The Junaluska Woman’s Club will host the talk by Ernestine Upchurch called…
The Jackson Paper Manufacturing Company has awarded a $500 scholarship to Candace Erin Ridley, a Smoky Mountain High School graduate whose father works at Jackson Paper. This fall, Ridley will enter Southwestern Community College, where she is enrolled in the…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:33

Patient appreciation party for Smoky OB/GYN

Smoky Mountain OB/GYN will hold a patient appreciation day from 1 until 4 p.m. Saturday, July 9. All past, present and future patients are encouraged to attend. There will be a magician, face painting, watermelon, a cakewalk, balloons and refreshments.…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:33

Jackson to sell items from old library

The Jackson County Public Library will hold a “yard sale” on Saturday, July 9, from 8 a.m. until noon inside the old library. Items in the sale include free-standing bookshelves, chairs, tables, desks, filing cabinets and some miscellaneous items from…
Cackleberry Mountain’s yearly charitable campaign has returned, and through it, you can purchase a raffle ticket for $3 to benefit The Good Samaritan Clinic of Haywood County, a nonprofit medical clinic serving adults in Haywood County. The clinic provides life-changing…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:31

MedWest foundation names new director

Steve Brown, the former head of the Haywood County Schools Foundation, has been named the director of foundations for three hospitals under MedWest Health System in Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties. Brown said he is excited about the opportunity to…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:31

Dowling appointed to HCC trustees

Patsy Dowling, the executive director of Mountain Projects, has been appointed to serve on the Haywood Community College Board of Trustees. Dowling was appointed to the HCC board last week by Haywood County commissioners. She is one of 12 college…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:30

College, schools in Haywood collaborate

Haywood Community College and Haywood County Schools have signed an agreement between the schools that will give high school students credit at HCC for certain courses. More than 35 courses are included in the agreement, which will be recognized by…
Two years after its last major shakeup, the entire Canton town board is up for election again, though this time, many aldermen are intent on keeping their seats. In the last election, three new members swept into power from a…
Rarely is there a lull in political turmoil in Maggie Valley, and this summer is no exception. With election filing only a few days away, Mayor Roger McElroy’s seat will again be up for grabs, as will the spots of…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:28

Waynesville alderwoman won’t run again

In Waynesville, it’s time again for a town board election, marking the end of four-year terms for both the mayor and all four aldermen. The election will be particularly critical with the impending retirement of longtime Town Manager Lee Galloway…
Republican lawmakers have pulled the plug on the state’s landslide mapping unit, terminating a controversial project to assess which slopes in the mountains are landslide prone. A team of five state geologists working on the maps are being laid-off this…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:23

City Lights hosts summer events

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On the second Mondays of the month, City Lights Bookstore in Sylva hosts the Sylva Monday Mingle with free appetizers,…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:22

Call on your creativity at family workshops

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There will be four different Family Clay Day workshops on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning July 8…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:22

Learn watercolor tricks at art league meeting

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The Art League of the Smokies will meet at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, at the Swain County Center…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:21

An evening of folklore with Lee Knight

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As part of a summer series of music, Lee Knight will visit the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City for…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:20

Mountain artisans display their crafts

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Mountain Artisans Arts and Crafts Show will be at Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:19

Music fest to fund animal rescue

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The 3rd Annual Steve Whiddon Music Fest will be at 6 p.m. on July 8 at the Grandview Lodge. The…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:19

Waynesville, Sylva gear up for monthly art strolls

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Galleries in Sylva and Waynesville will stay open late this Friday, July 1, for evening art walks held the first…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:18

Author shines light on his family history

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Robert L. Shook will be signing his novel A Journey in Courage from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Monday,…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:17

Cradle of Forestry kicks off summer series

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Laura Boosinger will begin the 2011 Songcatchers Music series at the Cradle of Forestry at 6 p.m. on July 3.…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:16

Wine Seller hosts singer-songwriter

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Jaime Lauren Webb, a singer-songwriter, will be performing from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, July 1, at the Wine…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:16

New library gets boost with books

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The Friends of the Library Used Book Store in Jackson County received a large donation of books that includes some…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:15

Book signing at the Smoky Mountain Firecracker Fest

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Local author Barbara Dumas Ballew will be available to sign copies of her novel, George’s Creek to Georgia, July 1…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:11

Feelin' like the Fourth

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There is no shortage of festivals and special events planned for the extended July 4 weekend. Mountain communities are going…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:15

Blundering upon a Smokies icon

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I’ve always been interested in the processes by which we discover things. Being a naturalist, I’m most interested in the…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:13

Bryson City heats up with Firecracker 5K

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The annual Firecracker 5K sponsored by the Bryson City Rotary Club is set for Monday, July 4, in conjunction with…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:13

Appalachians stories of conservation

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Stories of Appalachian conservation by a native son and award-winning storyteller Gary Carden will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday,…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:13

Children’s trout program

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A raising trout class will be held Saturday, June 25, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for ages 4 to…
On Friday, July 1, a Women’s Introduction to Fly Fishing class will be presented from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:11

Canary Coalition to chart its course at annual meeting

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The Canary Coalition will hold its annual membership meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30, in Sylva. All…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:11

Bear activity increases in national forest

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The U.S. Forest Service is warning hikers and campers that there has been an increase in black bear encounters in the vicinity…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:10

Learn to identify hunters of the sky

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“Hunters of the Sky,” a program featuring live birds of prey, will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:09

Commission seeking small-game award nominations

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominees for its annual Lawrence G. Diedrick Small Game Award, given to an…
Fifth graders at Clyde Elementary school worked with Haywood Waterways Association to stencil storm drains in their school campus parking…
The Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River will hold its annual summer meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 27,…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:07

Birding low and high

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Too many birders hang their binoculars up and put their field guides back on the shelf after May, fearing the…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:06

Help needed to clear trails in Panthertown

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Recent storms have left debris on and other damage to trails in Panthertown Valley, a national forest recreation area located…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:05

Bad air days common so far this summer

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Feeling a bit stuffy these days? You’re not alone — stagnating weather patterns and excessive heat, coupled with a heavy…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:00

Rash finishing new book

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Western Carolina University faculty member and writer Ron Rash is putting the final touches on his new novel even as…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:59

Book signing at the Smoky Mountain Firecracker Fest

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Local author Barbara Dumas Ballew will be available to sign copies of her novel, George’s Creek to Georgia, July 1…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:57

A new take on the Paris of the ‘20s

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Paris in the 1920s attracted multitudes of American writers and artists. Drawn to France by a sense of adventure, by…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:55

Celebrate summer with Red, White and Boom

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Maggie Valley will be hosting Red, White, and Boom 2011 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds July 1 through July…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:55

HART calls for actors

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The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its August production of the Noel Coward comedy hit “Hay Fever”…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:54

Didgeridoo Down Under brings Australian fun

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Didgeridoo Down Under will visit the Marianna Black Library at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28.    The show is…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:53

‘Guys and Dolls’ comes to Franklin

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“Guys and Dolls,” the Tony award-winning musical, will be performed by the Overlook Players at 7:30 p.m. June 23, 24,…