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Rafting outfitters in the Nantahala Gorge have arrived at a compromise with summer camps and colleges vying for the chance…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:15

WCU professor co-authors book about rising sea levels

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A book co-authored by Western Carolina University professor Rob Young about the global threat to coastal communities posed by rising…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:14

Cancer survivor to talk at Jackson Library

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In May 2008, Jane SpottedBird was diagnosed with stage IV cancer. Her doctor gave her 6 to 12 months to…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:08

A grisly war novel that stands apart

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“It took Karl Marlantes 30 years to write his thunderous, brutally granular account of scorched-earth combat in Vietnam. Matterhorn was…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:06

Thanks for making Fire and Ice a success

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To the Editor: On behalf of the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce, I would like to thank The Smoky Mountain…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:04

Motocross track would violate our rights

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To the Editor: Clarks Chapel is a delightful and quiet area that in recent years has attracted many people, including…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:59

A few hopeful signs of spring

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I detect signs of spring. Whether this is fantasy or reality, that’s for you to decide, but I choose to…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:46

This epiphany is shiny, new and has all-wheel drive

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My epiphany occurred on a bitter cold Sunday afternoon, the snow having momentarily given way to a stray and fleeting…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:45

Winter youth art classes offered at the Bascom

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The Bascom is offering winter art classes for kids from pre-school to high school that will keep them busy and…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:44

Juggling comedian to send unlikely props airborn

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Juggler Mark Nizer will bring a blend of comedy, juggling, music and technology to Western Carolina University at 7:30 p.m.…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:43

Classes focus on stylish dance

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A new series of dance classes will be held Monday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. starting Feb. 7 at…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:42

Father-daughter Valentine Dance returns to Sylva

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The annual Father-Daughter Semi-formal Dance will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at the First United…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:42

A sweet way to show library support

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The 4th-annual Chocolate Cook-Off will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, in Bryson City to raise…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:41

Freight Hoppers featured at WCU’s Thursday night Jam

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The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Session Series at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will continue Thursday, Feb.…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:39

Gallery 86 opens 2011 with exhibition of student art

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Student art is on display by the Haywood County Arts Council at Waynesville’s Gallery 86 through January 29. The exhibit…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:39

Inspired Art Ministry offers classes

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Inspired Art Ministry in Waynesville has opened their doors for the winter term, offering drawing and painting classes for all…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:37

Art and love collide at SweetheART Gallery Show

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Celebrate art and love during the Haywood County Arts Council’s February “SweetheART” Show featuring artist couples from Haywood County. The…
Culinary talent throughout Western North Carolina gathered to compete in a single-elimination culinary skills recipe and preparation contest during the…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:35

Holquist and Civic Orchestra to perform Jan. 29

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Dr. Robert Holquist will solo with the Western Carolina Civic Orchestra at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29, in the…
John Gernandt loves the word tactile. It’s not so much the word, really, as the whole concept. People, he says,…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:30

Winter blanket drive in Franklin

Donations of food, coats and blankets are needed for the Warmth in Winter event in Franklin. Free hot meals, blankets, and other services for those in need will be provided from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, in…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:30

State road map yours for the asking

A new, 2011-12 state roadmap can be obtained for free by contacting the N.C. Department of Transportation. The state map includes a detailed represen-tation of highways throughout the state, insets of major metropolitan areas, indexes of cities and towns. Plus,…
Haywood Habitat for Humanity is holding an open enrollment through January for perspective new-home partner families. Applicants must meet certain criteria for consideration. For general information or to obtain required applications call 828.452.7960 or visit www.haywoodhabitat.org.
Mountain BizWorks will offer “Foundations,” an eight-week business planning course starting Feb. 2 in Waynesville. Students will learn how to craft a solid business plan, including: developing a mission statement, estimating start-up and overhead costs, setting profit goals, cash flow,…
A United Nations expert on women’s human rights is investigating why Native women face the highest rates of sexual and physical assault of any group in the U.S. Rashida Manjoo, United Nations special rapporteur on Violence Against Women, will visit…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:27

Free tax preparation help in Jackson

Those with low and moderate income can get help preparing and filing their taxes every Monday and Friday from Feb. 4 until April 11 at the Jackson County Senior Center in Sylva.  Monday hours are from 10 a.m. to 5…
With Gov. Beverly Perdue reversing her stance on her previous suggestion to privatize liquor sales, towns can rest assured they’ll probably not soon see this important revenue stream go dry. In Waynesville, beneficiary of about $170,000 in annual profits from…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:23

Dirt-bike track gets green flag

Bud Talley said this week he plans to move forward on building a dirt-bike track on his farm in Macon County despite opposition from neighbors. The size and scope of the project hasn’t yet been determined, Talley said, but “something”…
With what they claim is hundreds of thousands in unpaid rent and loans on the line, Jackson County commissioners have ordered three delinquent tenants at county-owned industrial sites to pay up, or else. Precisely what “or else” means hasn’t been…
Faculty and staff at Southwestern Community College will take part in a daylong session this week on how to identify and deal with troubled students. The program has been in the works since last fall, but the Arizona shootings have…
When Jackson County’s new commissioners announced they would oversee all hiring to determine whether positions should be filled or wiped off the books, the mandate had a fiscally prudent, vigilant-watchdogs-of-taxpayer-dollars sound. “I have to admit, this is causing somewhat of…
Supporters of Jackson County’s methane-powered Green Energy Park urged county leaders last week not to slash funding to the innovative project. “What is the Green Energy Park?” Aaron Shufelt, a glass artisan and intern at the park, asked rhetorically during…
Haywood County commissioners have cut five full-time jobs and frozen four open positions to stave off a projected budget shortfall for the current fiscal year. It marks the third straight year commissioners have cut county jobs to counter recession-driven budget…
Haywood County is seriously considering turning over operations of the county landfill to a private company in hopes of saving money. The proposal also includes selling space in the landfill, allowing other locales to ship their trash here for a…
The Department of Transportation isn’t sure how long it will take to investigate anonymous allegations of fraud among road maintenance contractors and DOT employees in Haywood County, according to a spokesperson for the agency. A second anonymous letter was distributed…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:08

Southern cuisine comes to Clyde

If you had to pick a concept to describe Mary Catherine Earnest, it would probably be local. The owner and co-founder of Haywood County’s Blue Rooster Southern Grill is a proud local girl, through and through, and she said that’s…
Runners who need a little inspiration to stay in shape this winter can now look toward a new half marathon…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:11

Nothing like old-time boardinghouses

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Are there boardinghouses still operating here in the Smokies region? There are, of course, hotels, inns, bed-and-breakfasts, and motels galore.…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:10

Want more bike lanes? This survey is for you

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If you like to bike, but don’t like how few bike lanes there are in your community, now’s the chance…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:09

Motorcycle maps make parkway sidetrips a breeze

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A new series of maps designed for motorcycle riders chronicle the side trips and excursions along the Blue Ridge Parkway.…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:08

New mountain bike trails at Jackrabbit

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After years of hard work by the mountain bike community, a new system of trails at Jackrabbit Recreation Area on…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:06

Plott Hound exhibit hits the road

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Anyone who missed the historical exhibit on the Plott Hound at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center has through April…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:05

Agritourism no longer a newfangled venture

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Farmers interesting in tapping the potential of agritourism can attend an all-day workshop on Thursday, Jan. 27, at Cataloochee Ranch…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:01

The Naturalist's Corner: Triple play

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Crawl out of your igloo and take a look around. We had kind of assumed a “snow” mentality here at…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:00

WCU professor co-authors book about rising sea levels

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A book co-authored by Western Carolina University professor Rob Young about the global threat to coastal communities posed by rising…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:59

Haywood author to read from new novel ‘Sweetie’

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Kathryn Magendie, an author from Haywood County, will be at City Lights book store in Sylva to read from her…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:58

Revisiting one of the last raids of the Civil War

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Anyone who has driven state roads between Asheville and Winston-Salem has quite possibly seen those state historical markers commemorating the…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:49

Logging for cash versus long-range forest health

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Logging in national forests might take on a radically different look in coming years. The forest service might be moving…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:45

Adoption center opens at Sarge’s

Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation will soon open its Animal Adoption Center. The new location will be 256 Industrial Park Drive at the Regional High Tech Center in Waynesville. The facility will include the main office and administrative area, an 1,800-square-foot…
The Macon County businessman and farmer who stirred up controversy recently by announcing plans to build a dirt-bike racetrack in a residential community said he’s still deciding whether to move forward with the plan. More than 100 people turned out…