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Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:17

Artists holds beading workshop

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Nan Smith, a local beading artist, will lead a program on jewelry beading at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 28,…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:17

Rummage for treasures at Creative Thought Center July 30

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The Creative Thought Center in Waynesville invites the public to its Colossal Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:16

Junaluska women model fashions

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The annual Junaluska Woman’s Club Fashion Show Scholarship Luncheon will be held at 12 p.m. on Aug. 2 at the…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:15

Country stars visit Franklin

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The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will host an evening of American music with superstars Lee Greenwood and…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:11

Heeding the call of the drumbeat

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In the tradition of good old American music, it’s not usually women you’ll find manning the drums. Dozens of bands…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:06

A few notes on habits and change

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In her teachings, Buddhist nun Pema Chodron often relates a story about a great spiritual teacher, Atisha, who planned a…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:05

A chink in the good ol’ boys’ armor

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I remember both my grandfathers very well.  Both served in the military during WWI, and their grandfathers fought in the…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:04

Liberals will take this country down

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To The Editor: Before Shirley Ches graced us with her commentary on the state of the universe in her recent…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:03

Is Duke a for-profit business or a utility?

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To the Editor: Bob Scott, alderman, town of Franklin, wrote a pointed letter to the editor titled, “Rate increase should…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:02

Heat wave makes for a long, slow bake at the beach

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EDISTO, S.C. — If you’re going to roast in a record-breaking heat wave anyway, you might as well do it…
Needed school supplies for students attending Central Elementary School is the focus of the fifth-annual “Vineival,” on Saturday, July 30, at Vine of the Mountains in Frog Level. Besides providing backpacks filled with the required free school supplies for Central…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 13:58

Help kids get school supplies

Buying school supplies for children is becoming increasingly expensive, and some local groups want to help cash-strapped families. Altrusa International of Waynesville and the Haywood Rotary club will be spearheading a drive to collect school supplies for needy children in…
The town of Waynesville is dusting off the drafting table, ready to launch a community planning initiative to shape the future look and feel of South Main Street. The area has been primed for growth by the recent addition of…
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is continuing to target bear pits on the Cherokee Indian Reservation, this time with a billboard on Interstate 26. The new billboard shows a little girl with a bloody bandage around her…
Maggie Valley took a leap of faith this year with its inaugural Red, White and Boom festival. It was a four-day, July 4th spectacular the town hoped would raise its profile with tourists and tempt locals to venture into Maggie.…
It’s a typical late afternoon weekday in Hollifield Jewelers on Main Street in Sylva, with four or five customers in the store at one time. Busy — just the way owner Steve Dennis likes it. But that busyness, the marks…
Since 1917, the Red Cross has flown its archetypal white flag in Haywood County. In the 94 years that have since passed, the charity’s presence in the county has been steadily dwindling. First, the Waynesville chapter disappeared. Then the Canton…
When Mike Schoonover was 10 years old, he had a transformative experience. It wasn’t a religious conversion per se. There was no epiphany-inducing encounter with a sports hero. But there was a cathedral of sky and a 10,000-foot high playing…
Alcohol has historically been slow to come to the mountains — much slower than the rest of the state. Only two counties in Western North Carolina allow alcohol sales outside town limits. Statewide, 60 counties allow some form of alcohol…
Whether you’re a college student in Cullowhee or a socialite in Cashiers, stocking up on beer, wine and spirits requires a trip into town — a trip most would apparently rather not make. A majority of Jackson County residents support…
Voters in Jackson County will get to decide next year whether to allow alcohol sales countywide. Four of the county’s five commissioners told The Smoky Mountain News this week they would support an alcohol referendum. The commissioners have not publicly…
Swain County should finally have a budget by early August, nearly six weeks after the start of the new fiscal year. Commissioners passed an interim budget to keep the county running over the summer, one of only two counties in…
Visitors to Bryson City will have a free place to go when nature calls once public restrooms are installed in the historic courthouse. There are plans for the now-vacant courthouse to one day be home to a visitor’s center manned…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 13:39

Are community colleges efficient?

The answer is no, according to a recent study by the state Program Evaluation Oversight Committee. Here’s what they found: • While North Carolina’s 58 community colleges were established to meet community needs, their independence challenges administrative efficiency. Colleges vary…
Local and state leaders in Western North Carolina are vigorously opposing a cost-savings plan to consolidate administrations of 15 of the state’s smallest community colleges, including those of Haywood Community College and Southwestern Community College. A joint state legislative committee…
A flash flood struck the Cherokee fish hatchery last week, pummeling fish in the raceways with a wall of water laden with mud, rocks and branches. It wiped out hundreds if not thousands of trout and left a massive clean-up…
A new strategic plan for Western Carolina University will include ideas and voices from the local community, new Chancellor David Belcher promised Jackson County’s town and county leaders. In a wide-ranging address at a breakfast gathering held late last week…
Smoky Mountain Living prominently features images from across the southern Appalachians in each edition. Photo essays adhere to the issue’s…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:37

Constructing your own coffin

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A portion of this Back Then column appeared in SMN in August 2004 as “A Box to Call Your Own.”…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:36

Run for Joyce Kilmer

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A 5K and 10K race will be held in conjunction with the 75th anniversary events for Joyce Kilmer on Saturday,…
The Franklin Blue Planet 5K for Clean Water, a charity run, will be kick off at 9 a.m. August 6…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:35

Folkmoot gives 5K a festive flair

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The annual Folkmoot 5K Walk/Run and Kids’ Fun Run, held in conjunction with the Folkmoot Dance and Music festival, will…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:34

Master Gardeners offer mini-grants for projects

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The Haywood County Master Gardener Volunteer Association is offering grants for research or education in the areas of environment, gardening…
BatFest 2011 will be held from 2 p.m. until 5:30 p.m Sunday, July 31, in Crossnore, giving the public an…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:32

Bear photographer to share insights at talk

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Bill Lea, renowned nature photographer, will present “Understanding the Black Bear,” a free lecture at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:32

Calling fly fishing volunteers

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The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is recruiting experienced fly fishing anglers who are interested in volunteering.  The Pisgah Center…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:31

Cherokee elder to share insight on natural world

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Jerry Wolfe, an elder of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, will give a presentation titled “From the Cherokee…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:31

Roan Mountain makeover includes new observation deck

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Roan Mountain Gardens Recreation Area has reopened after a year-long renovation project funded by $700,000 in federal stimulus money. Located…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:30

Anniversary celebration salutes Joyce Kilmer

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A celebration honoring the 75th anniversary of the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest in the Nantahala National Forest will be held…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:29

Western NC develops as a hotspot for natural products

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WNC Naturally, an event to strengthen the natural products industry, will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. August…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:28

Man vs. nature

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Unless you are of a philosophical bent, you might want to skip this last installment of the spotted owl trilogy.…
For two decades, the Little Tennessee Watershed Association in Franklin has been monitoring the health of the river’s water basin…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:07

Mysterious tribe’s tale

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This remarkable book has two protagonists. One is a learned, sophisticated (and somewhat jaded) scholar who has decided to spend…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:06

Spinning fibers with local artist

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A fiber art demonstration by Gail Johnston will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, at the Jackson…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:06

Workshops for young artists

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A youth art workshop will be held from 2 until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, at the Jackson County…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:05

Apple Harvest Festival seeks vendors

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Applications are being accepted for the 23rd annual Haywood County Apple Harvest Festival for artists, crafters and craft demonstrators. The…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:04

Grace Church prepares for annual Parish Fair

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Grace Episcopal Church in the Mountains in Waynesville is getting ready for the annual Parish Fair from 9 a.m. to…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:03

Writer and comedian stops at Harrah’s

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Rodney Carrington will be performing at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 29, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel’s Event Center.…
The Dismembered Tennesseans will play at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center. It…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:01

Sylva singer plays heritage blues show

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Karen “Sugar” Barnes will perform at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City.…