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Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:25

Stained glass course offered at WCU

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A stained glass course will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, May 5 through June 9, at…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:24

Sylva brings art to summer evenings

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The first of this season’s Sylva After Dark events is coming to downtown from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday,…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:23

Maggie Club hosts Chocolate for charity

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The 12th annual Taste of Chocolate competition will run from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at the…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:23

Needtobreathe stops in Franklin

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Needtobreathe will play at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:21

Troupe brings live comedy, animal tricks

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Animal lovers and those in the mood for a laugh will find plenty of entertainment when Popovich Comedy Pet Theater…
If there’s one thing Western North Carolina is rooted in, it’s music. The rolling Appalachians were the birthplace of bluegrass,…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:33

New GSMNP visitor center is worth a trip

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This past Friday (April 15) I attended the dedication ceremony for the new Oconaluftee Visitor Center on the North Carolina…
The Great Smoky Mountains chapter of the Audubon Society, based in Maggie Valley and Waynesville, has been officially recognized and…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:32

Dust off those pesticides and get rid of them

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A pesticide disposal collection day has been scheduled in Haywood County from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 18,…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:31

Get wet and help monitor area streams

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Help protect the creeks in the Tuckasegee River Watershed by learning to collect and identify aquatic insects, considered key indicators…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:30

Summer camps equal big bucks for local economy

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Western North Carolina has one of the highest concentrations of summer camps in America, and an economic-impact study completed in…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:30

Families meet the outdoors during adventure day

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Families can discover how the great outdoors exists in their own backyards during “Outdoor Adventure Day,” from 10 a.m. until…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:29

Plant sales in full force this spring

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Several plant sales are coming up for gardeners and flower lovers. • Haywood Community College will hold a Spring Plant…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:28

Celebrate new bike trails at Jackrabbit

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The grand opening of a 14.5-mile trail system near Hayesville in Clay County is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, April…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:27

Grove Park Inn makes way for onsite NOC adventure outpost

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Nantahala Outdoor Center and The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa have unveiled plans for NOC’s Basecamp Asheville, solidifying a…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:27

Great Garlic Mustard challenge on the Appalachian Trail

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is seeking volunteers to help remove the invasive weed garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) from the trail’s…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:26

Look up Friday night and marvel the night sky

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A meteor shower with up to 20 meteors per hour will happen Friday night, April 22. The most meteors are…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:26

Want to take photos this good?

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Wildflowers, Waterfalls and Vistas will be featured in an upcoming Field Photo Program by Bob Grytten beginning May 17 to…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:24

Sixty-one years young!

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Pilgrims from across the country and around the globe are on the move. They are headed to the Mecca of…
Richland Creek is now teaming with new inhabitants raised by Haywood County students in classroom fish tanks. After feeding and…
Ed Williams lugged a giant plastic bag teaming with silvery blue fish down a creek bank in Waynesville where they…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:16

Poet to read from new prose collection

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Asheville writer and poet Holly Iglesias will read from her new collection, Angles of Approach, at 7 p.m. on Friday,…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:15

Franklin headlines book club meet in Sylva

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Cyrano’s Book Club will meet at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, in the Senior Citizen’s Center in Sylva. The…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:13

Holman’s novel dubbed compelling, tantalizing

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When I was a teenager, I became addicted to a late-night horror movie host named Bestoink Dooley. Based in Atlanta,…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:31

GOP Medicare plan is totally off-base

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To the Editor: The Republican design on Medicare comes straight from that dubious chapter of the Vietnam War in which…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:31

Macon County needs to clean up litter

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To the Editor: Circumstances have prevented the organization of the annual county-wide litter pick-up/recycling event to celebrate Earth Day here…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:30

Accepting federal rail money a bad idea

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To the Editor: In the April 6-12 issue of The Smoky Mountain News, Carole Larivee wrote a letter to the…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:30

Will McCoy Bridge become a memory?

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Once more the Department of Transpor-tation will come to Macon County, in the name of listening to community input, when…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:28

Recession makes McCoy Bridge rehab an even better idea

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Governments at all levels and all across the nation are broke. At every county courthouse and state house, money taken…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:26

A busy person’s guide to growing great salads

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Tonight’s menu calls for salad from the garden, which reminded me to jot down a method for growing lettuce that,…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:24

Ghost Town bankruptcy hits dead end

Ghost Town in the Sky has no hope of pulling itself out of bankruptcy, according to a federal bankruptcy administrator. The court will decide this week whether to let the amusement park continue to languish in bankruptcy, where it has…
With Jackson County set to take possession next month of the renovated historic courthouse and new library, commissioners agreed it’s high time to get some ground rules in place for their future tenants. The county wants formalized agreements not only…
Jackson County Schools isn’t asking for extra money this year from county commissioners despite an expected 10 percent or more cut from the state. What is taking a back seat in these tough economic times, however, are school-board members’ wishes…
An angry crowd accused Haywood County commissioners this week of unfairly slapping some property owners with higher values while letting others off the hook in the recent countywide appraisal. About 50 people turned out at the commissioners meeting Monday to…
The Small Business Center of Haywood Community College will offer a free seminar entitled, “Business Owner’s Guide to Facebook and Twitter: Starting from Scratch to Online Success” from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26. The hands-on workshop will be held…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:21

Jackson dropout rates decline in 2009-10

Jackson County is one of four counties in North Carolina that has decreased its dropout rate the most, according to a report recently released by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. Jackson County’s dropout rate fell from 4.43 percent in…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:20

Hearing planned for McCoy Bridge project

The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 25, regarding alternatives for replacing the McCoy Bridge on Rose Creek Road over the Little Tennessee River in Macon County. NCDOT has…
While the construction industry, the Haywood Home Builders’ Association is giving itself a makeover, one it hopes can keep them afloat and the doors open. With home building still flagging, membership has been steadily declining, and instead of waiting on…
Mike Decker is retracing the steps he made 11 years ago when he left county government for a job across the street in Franklin’s town hall. Decker is returning to county government as human resource director and deputy clerk to…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:16

Regional food forum to look at WNC needs

With the latest increase in gas and grocery prices, the already long lines at soup kitchens and food pantries across Western North Carolina are growing even longer. “The need is going up again,” said Amy Grimes, executive director of The…
Swain and Macon commissioners believe a state plan to widen and pave a 3.3-mile gravel road along a remote stretch of the Little Tennessee River goes too far. Leaders of both counties have unanimously called for a scaled down version…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:14

Chamber trash pick-up planned

A trash pick-up of Veterans’ Boulevard and U.S. 19 is being organized by the Swain County Chamber of Commerce beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 30. Participants will meet in the Ingles’ parking lot and the chamber will provide…
A presentation on a state bill to overhaul energy consumption will be given by the Canary Coalition at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in Sylva. Avram Friedman, director of the Canary Coalition, will explain the Efficient and Affordable Energy Rates…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:13

Hagan sets constituent meeting this week

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan will meet with constituents Thursday, April 21, from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Southwest Development Commission in Sylva. The office is at 125 Bonnie Lane, across from Southwestern Community College. The purpose is to…
Plink plink plink. A moment of silence. Again – plink plink plink. It’s 6 a.m. and the sky is still unlit, the color of chalky charcoal. But in a corner,  a small orange light is on a steady, metronomic blink,…
Waynesville resident Kristen Wall, a trainer with the Asheville Compassionate Communication Center, will present two workshops on conflict resolution. “Communication: Skills for Transforming Conflict” will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at the Haywood County Library in…
The absence of alcohol in Cherokee is hurting tourism, according to the business community. And that’s something the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce might like to change. Over the past month, the chamber has conducted an informal poll of businesses to…
The likelihood of the state Department of Transportation building a bypass around Sylva seems increasingly unlikely after Jackson County commissioners elected this week not to push for the new highway. The Jackson County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 on a…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:56

Spring preview opening

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A two-day preview of The Main Street Artists Co-op gallery will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday,…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:55

WCU choral director leads final concert April 25

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Western Carolina University’s Concert Choir and University Chorus will present a free concert at 8 p.m. Monday, April 25, in…