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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,…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:53

Discounted Penland classes for residents

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Penland School of Crafts has open spaces in several classes in the third summer session available at half tuition to…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:52

Kids can recreate Van Gogh at workshop

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The Macon County Art Association’s Uptown Gallery, located on Main Street in Franklin, will host an art workshop from 9:30…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:52

Local artists sought for exhibit

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Local artists in Swain and surrounding counties are invited to submit up to four original works for the annual community…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:51

Sweet Tater Band visits the library

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Local bluegrass group The Sweet Tater Band will perform at the Jackson County Public Library Complex at 7 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:51

Contra comes to The Gateway Club

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This month’s Fourth-Sunday contra dance will run from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, at The Gateway Club…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:50

WCU welcomes artists to summer series

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The Summer Concert Series at Western Carolina University will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursdays in June and July and…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:49

Doc Watson to headline festival

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The third annual Cashiers Mountain Music Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 2-3, will feature folk music legend Doc Watson,…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:49

Contest seeks youth talent

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The Heritage Alive! Mountain Youth Talent Contest will be held again during the Franklin Folk Festival beginning at 1:30 p.m.…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:48

Barn dance at the Bascom

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The year’s first Summer Barn Dance will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, at the Bascom Center for…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:48

Bring your moves to Waynesville Rec

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The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer the XBox 360 Dance Central contest at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:47

Sylva offers up a taste of culinary treasures

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The Taste of Downtown Sylva walking culinary tour will be from 2 p.m. through 5 p.m. Saturday, June 25. Tickets…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:46

Music and poetry at the Rickman Store

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The Friends of the Rickman Store will be hosting a forum for music and poetry at 7 p.m. on June…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:43

LIFESPAN opens up the world of art to everyone

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When asked to paint a picture of a dream vacation she would like to take, 68-year-old Hazel Wells began conjuring…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:12

Voter ID bill is needed

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“The American people are losing confidence in the system and they want electoral reform ....” What American political leader, a…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:11

Life lessons from the world of beekeeping

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The blossoms on the sourwood trees are opening. This is exciting for mountain beekeepers, though in their enthusiasm for the…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:11

Haywood needs to hold line on taxes

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To the Editor: The past few months have been filled with letters to the editors, editorials and presentations to the…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:10

Tsunami sweeps over North Carolina

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To the Editor: The State of North Carolina has been blessed in many ways.  One of her blessings, in spite…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:09

Summer in the mountains: baptisms and clotheslines

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“Sowing in the sunshine, sowing in the shadows, we shall come rejoicing bringing in the sheets.” — (slight adaptation from…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:01

Scholarship winners travel to China

Two $500 scholarships have been awarded to Lella Dougherty of Cherokee County Schools and Sarah Bruegger of Jackson County Schools by the Center for Diversity Education. The scholarships will be used to travel with the Western Region Education Service Alliance…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:01

Space still open in theatre camp

Western Carolina University’s Theatre Summer camp has space remaining for campers ages 7 to 17. Registration will run through July 7. The camp will be 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for 7- to 12-year-olds and from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.…
Money and donations of clothing, furniture and other household items are being accepted at the Swain County Sheriff’s Office to help Michael Harrison, a school resource officer whose home burned down. Harrison was called home to Swain County last Friday…
The SEJ Laity Conference, a family experience, will be offered June 30 through July 3 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. A two-hour “Festival of Families” event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, July 1, and…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:58

Macon steep-slope ordinance inches forward

Macon County’s commissioners want their planning board, if possible, to finish up work on a steep-slope ordinance by August. Commissioner Bobby Kuppers last week also asked planning board members not to give up on the proposed ordinance, but to see…
Jackson County Commissioner Doug Cody said he was as surprised as anyone to learn that his name would be included on a bronze plaque destined to hang on the newly renovated courthouse and library complex. So was his fellow board…
William Shelton is off the local community college’s board of trustees after the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, in a 3-2 vote, instead appointed Dewayne Elders, Commissioner Charles Elders’ son. Shelton, a Democrat, was a former Jackson County commissioner who…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:56

Jackson commissioner keeps on DOT warpath

Jack Debnam, chairman of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, called on Sylva leaders to join him in his bid for increased scrutiny of local N.C. Department of Transportation projects. “I’m not here as a representative of the county commission,”…
Maggie Valley gave the thumbs up to a 2011-12 budget, voting 4-1 to approve the spending plan at a town board meeting last week. The lone dissenter was Alderman Phil Aldridge, who opposed the budget because of its spending. “I…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:55

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…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:54

Rolling center offers bone testing

MedWest Health System’s osteoporosis bus provides bone density testing each week to women throughout rural Western North Carolina. Osteoporosis causes bones become brittle and more likely to break. The Osteoporosis Center at MedWest-Haywood is currently the only center accredited in…