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Wednesday, 09 February 2011 21:08

New staffer in Jackson conservation group

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The Wilderness Society recently appointed Jill Gottesman as outreach coordinator in an effort to increase conservation efforts in North Carolina.…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 21:07

Watch for crossing fish

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You’ve heard of deer crossings? Well, fish need crossings too, the Little Tennessee Watershed Association announced recently after the Franklin-based…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 21:06

Focused efforts to save hemlocks showing promise

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Good news on the hemlock front — the U.S. Forest Service reports it has had some success in ongoing efforts…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 21:05

Ease pain of income tax by helping wildlife

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Whether you love to hunt, fish, bird watch, or just want to do your part to ensure that wildlife in…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 21:05

State grants commission new power

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Starting March 1, the executive director of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will have the power of implementing an emergency…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 21:02

The Naturalist's Corner: A bog of dreams

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The Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) and partners are literally moving the earth over in Flat Rock to help restore…
The rest of the economy might have suffered, but a couple of snowy winters are adding up to big bucks…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:47

Oil lamps are useful… and nostalgic

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Editor’s note: The second installment in George Ellison’s research into the Ghost Dance has been delayed due to the inability…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:46

New book looks at remarkable work of therapy dogs

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Author Deanna Klingel of Sapphire Valley will be at City Lights Bookstore at 2 p.m. on Feb. 12 to discuss…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:46

Ron Rash returns to City Lights with new paperback edition

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City Lights welcomes Ron Rash back to the store at 2 p.m. on Feb. 13 to celebrate the release in…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:44

Area storytellers featured in new book

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In view of the fact that Southern Appalachia is acknowledged to be a massive reservoir of traditional storytelling, Saundra Kelley’s…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:40

Green Energy Park is a Jackson gem

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To the Editor: Jackson County truly has a hidden gem in its midst, the Green Energy Park. This innovative county…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:40

Mainstream networks too liberal

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To the Editor: I must agree with Carole Larivee’s letter last week. Everywhere you go people are watching Fox News!…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:39

Thank God for Fox News

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To the Editor: As I was reading The Smoky Mountain News this morning, I was encouraged after reading a letter…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:38

Thanks for reporting on tough issues

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To The Editor: I want to commend The Smoky Mountain News for reporting on issues that are not popular. The…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:37

Greenways are pretty good all the way around

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One of the nicest things about Franklin is the town’s greenway along the Little Tennessee River. The greenway has become…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:36

Turn down the global warming, I’m freezing

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By George Ivey • Guest Columnist Many years ago on Capitol Hill, a politician said to me, “George, as you…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:32

Just call me the Rhodes Cove grinch

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Being a diabetic with hearing problems (especially in crowds), I have days when I probably shouldn’t be “out and about.”…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:30

Jurisdiction quagmire challenges Cherokee courts

Tribal leaders and prosecutors in Cherokee will now have stronger tools to mete out justice to criminals on the reservation, thanks to a bill signed into law by President Obama last year. The Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010,…
Webster Enterprises, a community rehabilitation program serving those with disabilities and disadvantages in Jackson, Macon and Swain counties, wants money from the three counties so the nonprofit can create additional jobs. “I wouldn’t ask, if we didn’t really need it,”…
Cherokee got a special visit last month from Rashida Manjoo, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, as part of a fact-finding trip around the United States. Making her stop at the special request of several tribal council…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:21

Community helpers recognized by CCC

Winners of the Commission for a Clean County’s 10th-annual awards were announced recently.   The Community Pride program honors businesses, community groups, civic clubs, schools and individuals (both adults and children) for exceptional efforts in the categories of litter pick-up…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:20

Jackson tackles money shortfall

Times are tough, and in response Jackson County department heads have been ordered to reduce spending by 3 percent between now and June 30, the end of the current fiscal year. Additionally, a hiring freeze will continue and the use…
Canton will be opening its doors to new business when a long-awaited upgrade to its Champion Drive sewer line is completed next year. The update, which town officials say has been on the list of top priorities for several years,…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:19

Candy sales to support the hungry

This year, Mast General Store will contribute $1 to MANNA FoodBank for each pound of candy purchased on Feb. 12 and 13. The eighth annual Be a Sweetheart, Feed the Hungry event is designed to raise awareness of hunger and…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:18

Animal Services reports rabid raccoon

Haywood County Animal Services officers are canvassing the Beaverdam community in search of stray animals, after hikers discovered a rabid raccoon in the area on Jan. 30. The raccoon tested positive for rabies, after being killed following a fight with…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:17

Supporters of Green Energy Park asked to step up

A meeting to form a new Friends of the Green Energy Park organization in Jackson County is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18. “In order to continue operating and moving forward, the Green Energy Park will need a lot…
There aren’t any strip joints, dirty bookstores or other adult establishments currently in Jackson County, but Sheriff Jimmy Ashe wants regulations put in place ... just in case. Passing an adult establishment ordinance, Ashe said this week to the Jackson…
Macon County Schools, like other local school systems in North Carolina, has been warned by state leaders to plan for cuts that could mount as high as 15 percent. Along with other county departments, the school system will have to…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:14

Business seminar series begins

A six-part seminar series on financial management and updated business strategies is being offered by the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce and Asheville consulting firm BluePrints for Business. The seminars, sponsored by Champion Credit Union, Waynesville, will run six Thursday…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:14

Boogie to benefit the schools

The third-annual Mardi Gras dance, sponsored by Old Town Bank to benefit the Haywood County Schools Foundation, will be held at the Gateway Club March 5.  This will be an evening of fun, food, pageantry and dance. A limited number…
The League of Women Voters of Macon County will play host to Macon County Manager Jack Horton and Commission Chair Brian McClellan Feb 10 at noon. McClellan and Horton will discuss projects, plans, issues and the county’s economy. They plan…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:12

Workshop to focus on conservation

The Leopold Land Ethics Leaders Program will hold a conservation discussion and training session from 7 to 9 p.m. on March 8 at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. The program is rooted in renowned conservationists Aldo Leopold’s developing a personal…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:12

Macon County health assessment starts soon

Healthy Carolinians of Macon County will launch a telephone survey of 400 county residents starting next week. The question to be answered: Is the health of Macon County getting better or worse? The survey is part of a comprehensive health…
A lawsuit waged by Swain County Sheriff Curtis Cochran against the county was shot down in court this week. Cochran accused commissioners of cutting his pay in 2006 as a form of partisan retribution. State statute protects sheriffs from politically…
In many ways, Brian Hockman and wife Carrie of Claymates, a “paint your own pottery experience,” serve as the perfect business portrait of the new Dillsboro. This is Dillsboro post the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. A Dillsboro that maybe hasn’t…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:07

Haywood bike plan gets into gear

Haywood County cyclists – and would-be cyclists – will soon be able to breathe a little easier and peddle a bit more freely, thanks to a comprehensive plan in the works to address a range of cycling issues. The plan,…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:06

Committee looks for WCU’s next chancellor

The 16-member search committee tasked with helping select Western Carolina University’s next chancellor has developed a list of questions it will use to choose long-time chancellor John Bardo’s replacement. The questions will cover a range of topics gleaned from November’s…
For Darcy and Kevin Sisson, living in Waynesville makes perfect sense. She works in manufacturing in Asheville, his employer is Swain County’s Nantahala Outdoor Center. Waynesville offers the couple a central location, a town large enough to have an active…
Annie Lough, a nationally known folk musician, will give a talk and musical presentation on Appalachian musical heritage and culture at Lake Junaluska. The program will be held Thursday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. in the Bethea Welcome Center. The…
NAMI Family-to-Family Education, a free, 12-session program for relatives and friends of people diagnosed with a mental illness, will be offered from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, starting March 8 in Franklin. Sponsored by NAMI Appalachian South, the local…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 19:57

Free ARTSaturday workshop

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Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to a free ARTSaturday arts and crafts workshop hosted by the Macon…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 19:56

Vanessa Carlton gives free concert

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Singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton will give a free concert at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, at Western Carolina University. Carlton is…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 19:56

Contra evening to dance through Dillsboro

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The next Second Sunday Contra Dance will be on Sunday, Feb.13, at the Barkers Creek Community Building on U.S. 441…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 19:55

WNC Roundtable welcomes back Randal Garrison

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Civil War re-enactor Randal Garrison will speak on the Shelton Laurel Massacre in Madison County at this month’s Western North…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 19:53

Learn photo editing at half-day clinic

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A half-day post-production photography clinic with Bob Grytten will show photographers how to work with photos after they’re taken. The…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 19:51

Arts and crafts festival comes to Sylva

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A Valentine’s Day Open House Arts and Crafts Festival will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14,…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 19:49

Second City brings new comedy show to WCU

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Second City, the world-famous improvisational comedy troupe, is bringing its show ‘Fair and Unbalanced’ to Western Carolina University’s Fine and…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 19:48

Valentine’s story and craft at Marianna Black

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Children of all ages are invited to a Fancy Nancy Valentines Party from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 14, at…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 19:47

Learn how to make Indian fry bread

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The N.C. Cooperative Extension’s Good Cooks Series will continue with a Native American flair at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb.…