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Wednesday, 16 March 2011 19:47

Want to keep bees?

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A daylong course in beginner beekeeping will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 19:46

Sell plants, more at Dillsboro growers’ fair

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A growers’ fair will be held April 16 in Dillsboro to benefit Full Spectrum Farms, a nonprofit devoted to supporting…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 19:45

First major paddling race of the season

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Watch world-class paddlers compete in both downriver and slalom competitions in the season’s first major competitive event on the Nantahala…
The 2013 World Freestyle Kayaking Championships being held in the Nantahala Gorge are still two years away, but planning must…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 19:43

Kayak demo day at WCU

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Western Carolina University’s Base Camp Cullowhee has teamed up with local kayak manufacturers to host its sixth annual kayak demo…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 19:43

Know what to do in a wilderness emergency?

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A Wilderness First Aid course will be held at Medwest Health & Fitness Center in Haywood County from 9 a.m.…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 19:41

The Naturalist's Corner: Ridin’ the tide

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On a recent trip to Isle of Palms, South Carolina, we had access to a sea kayak and decided to…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 19:37

Hemp house going up at Lake Junaluska

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If someone said the word “hemp,” the first thing to spring to mind probably wouldn’t be home construction. But if…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 19:36

Poems, nonfiction readings at City Lights in Sylva

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City Lights Bookstore in Sylva will feature local authors of poetry and nonfiction in the coming week. Coffee with the…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 19:36

Mystery author gives reading

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Author Leanna Sain will give a reading at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville from 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 26.…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 19:29

Hiking the Pacific Coast Trail with Skywalker

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Some The Smoky Mountain News readers may remember a review here several seasons ago of Bill Walker’s Skywalker: Close Encounters…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 19:28

We must expand energy exploration

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To the Editor: An absence of vision and leadership in Washington is threatening the very existence of our nation. Our…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 19:27

WCU could do better with job reductions

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To the Editor: I find the stories regarding the downsizing of personnel at WCU deeply disturbing. As an alumnus, be…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 19:26

Don’t pass a voter ID requirement

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To the Editor: I ask that our newly elected Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, lead the way for the state Republican…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 19:22

Books are an end unto themselves

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Books are one of the greatest delights of my life. I don’t need many excuses to buy new ones, frankly,…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 19:20

Make open government a part of constitution

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In this country, the people own the government. It’s ours. End of debate. That’s something we can all be thankful…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 19:17

Mountain visitors guide now available

Tourists and visitors can now pick up a free copy of the 2011 NC Mountains Visitors Guide from the Jackson County Travel & Tourism Authority. The 36-page, full color guide details hiking, rafting, fly fishing and other outdoor activities in…
The economy be damned — the burgeoning restaurant scene in Sylva continues to boom, with four eating establishments in this town of just more than 2,400 people expanding, changing hands or soon opening their doors. “A hard economic time is…
A $138,000 fountain, the crowning jewel in a larger, $2.3 million construction project, is being built at Western Carolina University. This is just one of five big-ticket undertakings now under way on campus during this time of state-mandated budget cuts.…
The inaugural Golf Classic hosted by the Wesley Foundation at Western Carolina University is coming April 16 to the Lake Junaluska Golf Course. The classic will include a shotgun start at 1 p.m., and will be captain’s choice. The entry…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 19:08

Documentary screening on school reform

A viewing of Davis Guggenheim’s film, “Waiting for Superman” will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in the Waynesville library auditorium. A discussion will follow after the movie on the issue of school choice. The movie is a…
The Town of Waynesville is negotiating with its biggest water customer, trying to take a stronger role in the future of how — and to whom — it sells water. The Junaluska Sanitary District, which provides water to some of…
Eve Boatright isn’t prepared to openly criticize motorists speeding past her bookshop along U.S. 23/441 south of Franklin. The British transplant has a keen sense of humor, and recognizes those criticized could, in turn, question her ability to drive on…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 19:00

Sylva bypass loses steam as priority

Sylva leaders, asked to list their top road-building priorities, did not include a controversial bypass proposed by the state Department of Transportation. Instead, town commissioners opted for less drastic measures to improve N.C. 107, a congested traffic corridor for Sylva.…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 19:00

Cherokee trust shaken in Swain DSS

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Tribal members and leaders alike vented their discontent with Swain County’s handling of child welfare for Cherokee children at this…
A large crowd turned out at the Swain County commissioners meeting this week to voice support for the beleaguered Department…
Haywood County Schools is currently without a finance director, after long-time finance officer Larry Smith stepped down amid an investigation into accounting irregularities involving one of his employees. Payroll Administrator Sheila Nix, who had been with the district for more…
All is fair in love and war, but apparently not in politics. Former state Sen. Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville, is suing his opponent in the last election for violating state campaign finance laws. The suit claims Sen. Ralph Hise, R-Spruce…
The Haywood County Arts Council held its 13th Annual Student Honors Recital on Sunday, March 13, at 3 p.m. at…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 18:40

Cooking up a Taste of Home

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Part class, part performance, the Taste of Home Cooking School is coming to the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 18:39

Pirate’s Ball docks in Waynesville

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The Pirate’s Ball, an annual gala to raise funds for Folkmoot, will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 18:39

Hymnist’s life portrayed at local society meeting

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The Haywood County Historical and Genealogical Society will hold its next monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 25,…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 18:38

Jazz Duo Performs at Macon County library

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“Jazz It Up,” a concert by saxophonist Lloyd Weinberg and vibraphonist Paul Babelay, will be presented at 8 p.m., Thursday,…
A St. Patrick’s Day Irish Buffet Fund Raiser will be held at the Station Restaurant and The Storytelling Center in…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 18:37

‘Kiss Me, Kate’ stages at WCU

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Western Carolina University musical theater students will present Cole Porter’s classic musical “Kiss Me, Kate” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through…
Kids who love to sing and are in first through 12th grades next year are invited to Open Rehearsal Night…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 18:35

Blood, Sweat and Tears coming to the mountains

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Blood, Sweat and Tears will appear at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday,…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 18:34

Barn dance to honor veterans

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The next Winter Barn Dance at the Bascom in Highlands is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday,…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 18:33

Frog Level festival calls for vendors

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The 9th Annual “Whole Bloomin’ Thing” Spring Festival Committee is now accepting applications from local growers, artisans, and wellness-and-nature-related professionals…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 18:32

New tavern makes its mark on Bryson City

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The Tuckasegee Tavern, a new tavern on Depot Street in Bryson City, is opening its doors for a St. Patrick’s…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 18:31

Secretariat screened at Groovy Movie Club

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The Groovy Movie Club will show the film “Secretariat“ at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 18, at the home of…
For those looking to learn more about the sculptures that dot the campus at Western Carolina University, well, there’s an…
The following statement was issued by the Swain County Board of Commissioners after the DSS board failed to take action Tuesday night to suspend employees named in an SBI investigation: The Swain County Board of Commissioners is extremely disappointed with…
The Swain County Department of Social Services board met for three hours Tuesday night (March 8) to discuss whether employees named in an investigation should be suspended with pay pending the outcome. The board failed to come to a consensus.…
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 21:24

Archery lessons with James Dickey

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During the course of a recent interview for a literary magazine, I was asked: While in grad school at the…
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 21:23

Deadly bat threat spreading in WNC

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Biologists recently confirmed white-nose syndrome at a third site in North Carolina, meaning two counties are now positive for the…
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 21:21

North Carolinian to head Friends of the Smokies

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The Rev. Daniel P. Matthews of Waynesville has been selected as the new board chair of Friends of Great Smoky…
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 21:20

Learn about white-nose syndrome in bats

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Western North Carolina Alliance has put together a panel of experts to talk about white-nose syndrome, a disease that threatens…
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 21:19

Agriculture program set for March 25

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A free workshop will be held March 25 on the voluntary agricultural district programs and farmland protection planning for counties…
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 21:19

Go green on this St. Patrick’s Day

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A St. Patrick’s Day “green” fundraiser is set for Saturday, March 12, from 6-9:30 p.m. at Nantahala Brewery in Bryson…