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Wednesday, 09 February 2011 19:47

Help bake treats for a sweet cause

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The DAYDREAMZ project and Kids at Work, two local non-profit organizations, are offering an afternoon of community baking and creating…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 19:43

Legacy of WNC women explored in new exhibit

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A new exhibit featuring research and displays developed by the Appalachian Women’s Museum in Dillsboro is now open for public…
By DeeAnna Haney • SMN Intern All it took was a knack for guitar playing and a single visit to…
Friday, 04 February 2011 19:55

NC General Assembly update

Most people predicted that this session of the North Carolina General Assembly was going to be fast and furious, and it appears that is indeed the case. The GOP-led General Assembly is advancing legislation that Democrats have traditionally not supported,…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:22

Ghost Dance has a long history in Cherokee

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(Note: This is part one of a two-part series regarding the Cherokee Ghost Dance. Part two will present Michelene Ethe…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:21

Informal camping club needs members

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In the hunt for an informal camping club with no annual dues and no actual meetings except for actually going…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:20

Free guide available to managing invasive plants

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The U.S. Forest Service is distributing free copies of a new guide, titled “A Management Guide for Invasive Plants in…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:19

Registration open for Maggie Moonlight Race

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Runners can register now for one of Western North Carolina’s most storied summer road races. Registration for the Maggie Valley…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:19

Conservation group seeking feedback

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Wild South, a regional nonprofit that works to restore the South’s natural landscapes, wants help on accessing wildlife resources. An…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:18

Trees, berries order to benefit 4-H

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The Swain County Cooperative Extension is now taking orders for 3- to 4-foot apple, pear and peach trees, along with…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:16

Wildlife Commission reaffirms support for hunting with dogs

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The Commissioners of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission unanimously adopted a resolution recently reaffirming the agency’s longstanding support for hunting…
Tuesday, 01 February 2011 21:15

Gardening for a cause

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The Sylva Community Garden project is seeking new members to join for the upcoming season. Plots of 15-feet by 30-feet…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:12

The Naturalist's Corner: Take this book outside

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Don’t put this book on your bookshelf, mounted there like some hunter’s head of a deer, to prove you can…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:10

New wilderness area near Highlands unlikely

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The situation doesn’t look promising for the formation of a new wilderness area in the Nantahala National Forest, the dream…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:09

Author recounts unique parenting journey

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Some novels call to mind certain family members. There are the wise old stories that remind us of our grandparents,…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:07

Rash commemorates paperback release

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Local author Ron Rash will hold a reading at City Lights in Sylva to celebrate the paperback release of his…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:07

Taxpayer money wasted on silly studies

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To the Editor: Recently the National Science Foundation (NSF) granted Professor Thomas Ford (WCU) and Associate Professor Julie Woodzicka (Washington…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:06

Too much Fox News in the public sphere

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To the Editor: Fox News seems to be playing in public places all over Haywood County — restaurants, bars, even…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:06

Rowing and paddling aren’t synonymous

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To the Editor: As usual, your paper continues to cover important issues of our area that others largely ignore, but…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:04

Muirhead piece lost its focus

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To the Editor: The title of Scott Muirhead’s op-ed on Frog Level (“A place where two worlds collide,” The Smoky…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:59

Hate by any name is still hate

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Back in the day, say the late 1980s through about 2000, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s hate map featured Western…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:57

Vindication for HEP, a little satisfaction here

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This is a very odd business, the telling of the news. It’s even more odd as part of an independent…
The Green Energy Park would stand on its own financially within five years if Jackson County adopts recommendations made last week by interim County Manager Chuck Wooten. The park, which uses methane created by decomposing trash at the old Dillsboro…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:32

‘The Last Flapper’ stops off in Waynesville

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The one-woman show “The Last Flapper” comes to Waynesville’s HART Studio this month, portraying the life of Zelda Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald,…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:32

HART to hold auditions

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Auditions will be held for “Shipwrecked,” the latest production of the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:31

Guild to offer up knitting know-how

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Free knitting classes for both children and adults are ramping up at the Waynesville Public Library, courtesy of the Smoky…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:29

Community Chorus practices Poulenc

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The Western Carolina Community Chorus will begin rehearsals of Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria” from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb.…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:28

Winter Market dresses up for Valentine’s

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A special Valentine’s Market will be held by the Jackson County Winter Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.…
Local actress Barbara Bates Smith will bring her one-woman show “The C-Word: A Life-Meets-Art Cancer Story” to St. David’s Episcopal…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:26

Valentine’s brings baking to Frog Level

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Valentine’s treats will be cooked up in Frog Level through a community baking event sponsored by the Daydreamz Project and…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:25

Calling all kids to Valentine’s Storytime

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Children’s storytime takes on a Valentine’s theme at the Jackson County Library this month with Valentine stories and a party.…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:24

Taste of Chocolate seeks volunteers

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The 12th annual Taste of Chocolate is coming to Waynesville and the Haywood-Jackson Volunteer Center is seeking volunteers. They’re seeking…
When Jackson County opens its new library, it will be with a little more than just the usual fanfare. Thanks…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:17

Past blunders cost hospital in ER lawsuit

A group of emergency room doctors has been awarded $1.6 million in a lawsuit against Haywood Regional Medical Center. Haywood Emergency Physicians was ousted by the hospital in 2006 and replaced with a corporate physician staffing outfit before the group’s…
The second and final public hearing on whether the N.C. Department of Transportation should widen and pave Needmore Road took place in Macon County last week. Needmore Road is a rough, one-lane, 3.3-mile gravel road along the Little Tennessee River…
Good things come to those who wait. It’s an adage Jackson County library users will need to bear in mind this spring during a month-long closure of the Sylva branch during the massive move into its brand-new, first-class digs. Librarians…
This year in Cherokee, a major change will quietly work its way into law, causing little fanfare but marking a historic shift in policy towards the casino profits that, for 15 years, have been divided among all members of the…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 19:59

Maggie ABC stores face questions amid losses

Maggie Valley’s liquor stores lost money in 2010 for the second year in a row, prompting some aldermen to question whether the ABC stores are being properly managed. The two stores are opening for fewer hours. Three part-time employees have…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 19:58

Maggie alderman Colin Edwards resigns

Maggie Valley Alderman Colin Edwards resigned last week, prompting a special called meeting where barely-concealed animosity among the remaining board members threatened to bubble up into outright conflict. Alderman Phil Aldridge voted against accepting Edwards’ resignation — the only member…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 19:56

New real estate values due out soon in Haywood

Property owners in Haywood County will soon learn how their home and land values weathered the recession. Every home, lot and tract of land in the county — all 50,000 of them — have been reappraised to reflect the current…
Local boards are finding themselves on the wrong end of the dog when it comes to putting together budgets for the upcoming fiscal year. In Jackson and Macon counties, at work sessions held by commissioners in their respective counties last…
Haywood County has landed a $1 million grant to turn the methane pouring off a no-longer-used landfill into energy. The money comes from the N.C. State Energy Office as a part of their Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan, which offers…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 17:39

GEP does produce private-sector jobs

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To the Editor: I thoroughly agree that it is past time to wake up, get Jackson County moving.” For too…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:25

Dogs that make our lives whole

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If you don’t like dogs, come back next week. Dogs have been an integral part of my life since I…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:25

Agrarians: Learn to write a business plan

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Mountain Bizworks wants to help farmers and would-be farmers looking to turn an idea into a practical business plan. The…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:24

State slashes power bill

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A mandate to cut electricity use in state government buildings has saved North Carolina tax payers $55.3 million last fiscal…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:23

Soccer for big kids

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Co-ed soccer for adults will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday nights starting Jan. 26 at the Old…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:23

Reel basics class set for Pisgah Center

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Learn the ins and outs of the fly fishing rod and reel from 10 a.m. until noon Jan. 29 at…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:22

Podcast spreads the word about threat to Smokies’ bats

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A podcast released by Great Smoky Mountains National Park outlines efforts to save bats from White-nose syndrome, a potentially fatal…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:20

The Naturalist's Corner: Godzilla meets Barbi

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Pandemonium had engulfed Shoal Creek by the time authorities arrived. One fisherman sat, dazed, on a boulder, rocking back and…