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There will be a free lecture on “running medicine” Tuesday, May 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30. p.m. at the…
Jackson County residents who love the public library are called to join Book Brigade Buddies and help move the last…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:46

Book falls flat in telling of Hemingway

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So ends Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, his memoir of his years as a young writer in Paris. This book…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:42

TDA picks bad time to open visitor center

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To the Editor: Regarding the monument to the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority, these two headlines are just too much…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:41

Don’t jump on the nuclear bandwagon

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To the editor: With the recent rapid rise in gas prices, the hype about nuclear as an alternative source of…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:41

Waste in education lies with many bureaucrats

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To the editor: Oh yeah, then there are the children. How many bureaucrats does it take to educate a child?…
Some years ago, confined to an office through work obligations but dreaming of farming, I spent more time than I…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:36

Classrooms, like the rest of us, forced to make do

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For both teachers in the classroom and local administrators, this is shaping up to be the most challenging budget year…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:36

Veterans sought for Memorial Day parade

The Haywood County Veterans Office and the Haywood County Veterans Council are calling for veterans to participate in the Memorial Day Parade, scheduled for 1 p.m. on Monday May 30th, in Canton. The parade will feature several National Guard and…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:35

Constitutional workshop set for Franklin

A Citizen’s Constitutional Workshop will be held in Franklin Friday, May 20, at The Fun Factory on U.S. 441 South. Experts from the John Locke Foundation and N.C. History Project will be at the event, which lasts from 1 p.m.…
Duke Energy has received a new 30-year permit to operate its five hydroelectric dams in Jackson County, which could pave the way for new economic and recreational opportunities along the Tuckasegee River. Kayaking for several days a year on the…
A proposal to set up a special track for Western Carolina University’s crème de la crème — the honor students on campus — failed recently to win approval of a majority of the faculty’s leaders. The thumbs down by the…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:30

Bothwell to run in Democratic primary

Cecil Bothwell, who announced his congressional bid in March, will not run as an Independent but instead run in the 2012 Democratic primary. “I’ve heard from hundreds of people, from Western North Carolina to Washington, D.C., who believe the most…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:30

Donate food for Haywood kids

Donate food to the Manna Food Bank Summer Sack program from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 12 and help feed Haywood County children this summer. Collections, organized by Keller Williams, will be taken in Waynesville at K-Mart and…
Developers in Waynesville rejoice: your customers may now park in front of your buildings. Sometimes. In some places. The new rules, passed after nearly two years of deliberation, will allow limited parking in the front of businesses for high-traffic commercial…
Under the newly verdant trees shading the lawn of the historic Haywood County Courthouse, 29 people silently lined the sidewalk last Friday, sending the message that they were “struck speechless” by slashed state funding proposed by House Republicans. Their signs…
Americans love pad thai. This one fact, Nonglak Pafuang is sure of. After moving to the U.S. from Thailand five years ago, she’s learned that the varied cuisines of her homeland are popular stateside, but none more than pad thai,…
The pending merger of Angel Medical Center with Mission Health System could be sidelined, at least temporarily, by a state bill aimed at limiting Mission’s influence in the region. Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, said he introduced the bill to offer…
A state bill aimed at ensuring a balance of power between Mission Health System and smaller hospitals has placed lawmakers in the middle of a healthcare turf war. As Mission steps up efforts to acquire smaller hospitals and doctors’ practices…
The future of the Downtown Sylva Association remains unclear despite a move by town leaders to increase public funding for the group. The town board unanimously voted last week to increase funding from $12,000 to $15,000 a year, but that…
The July 7 primary is drawing closer in Cherokee, when the field for principal chief will narrow from five to two. Current Principal Chief Michell Hicks is making a play for his third four-year term. He’ll again be facing his…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:12

History comes alive at the Blackberry Jam

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For a taste of fun and history, visit The Blackberry Jam from 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at the…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:12

Ballroom contest dances into Haywood

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This year’s Dancing With the Mountain Stars event is set to kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20,…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:11

Gospel group takes the stage for charity

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Southern Gospel group Archie Watkins & Smoky Mountain Reunion will play two shows at 6 and 8 p.m. on May…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:10

Dillsboro seeks artists and entertainers

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The Town of Dillsboro is seeking vendor applications for the upcoming Arts and Music festival, which will take place the…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:09

Dance into fitness this summer

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Have fun while staying active this summer through a ballroom dance class, held from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:09

Free music workshop for kids in Macon

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Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to a free ARTSaturday workshop from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:08

Concert pianist performs in Waynesville

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Pianist Thomas Uchtmann will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at the Performing Arts Center in…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:07

Writing program offers summer workshops

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Local writers can hone their skills with summer workshops in poetry and prose at UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Programs.…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:06

Poet returns for reading

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Former Cullowhee resident Marly Youmans, novelist, short-story writer and poet, will return to Sylva at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:06

Catch the Christmas spirit early this year

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Get started on Christmas gift-giving early by attending a Christmas napkin-making workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, May…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:03

Late Bloomer: Local bassist in full flower

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“This song was written before the USDA got their hands on organic standards,” announces the booming voice from the stage.…
The Jackson County Board of Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Michael L. Murray as the new Superintendent of Jackson County Schools.  The Board voted unanimously to offer the position to Dr. Murray who will begin work…
Have you ever seen a mountain lion here in the Smokies region? I haven’t. In fact, the only one I’ve…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:29

Landowners protect 13 acres in Haywood

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A conservation agreement with landowners has preserved 13 acres in the Bethel community of Haywood County. The property is largely…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:29

Lake Junaluska foot bridge under repair

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Until May 23, walkers and runners at Lake Junaluska won’t be able to make their usual circuit. The Turbeville Footbridge,…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:28

Ruby Ride and Run showcases best Macon County scenery

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The  annual Ruby Ride & Run will be held Saturday, May 21, in Franklin. There will be a 5K and 10K…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:28

If you teach a child to fish …

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Two free fishing clinics for ages 6 to 15 will be offered at the 21st Annual Great Smoky Mountain Trout…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:27

Chunky Gal campout and hike this weekend

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A hike and campout at Tusquitee Bald, the highest point in Clay County, will be held Friday, May 6, by…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:26

Buzzin’ right along

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I spoke with Blair Ogburn, senior naturalist at Balsam Mountain Trust, the other day and she related a perplexing incident.…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:26

Cradle of Forestry to hold songbird celebration

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A Songbird Celebration will be held at the Cradle of Forestry in America Saturday, May 7, to honor the annual…
In a combination celebration of migratory birds and Balsam Mountain Trust’s 10 year anniversary, hikes and classes are scheduled at…
The U.S. Forest Service is warning hikers to stay back a good 50 feet or so from a towering poplar…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:23

Romance novelist to speak in Waynesville

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Jacquelyn Frank, a the New York Times best selling author, will speak at the Mountain Writers meeting at 1 p.m.…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:23

Never fear, summer reading program a go

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Even with the old library closing, Jackson County kids can’t get out of their parents enrolling them in Jackson County’s…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:17

Davis at the top of his game as a storyteller

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Storytellers draw inspiration from sources as varied as Shakespeare, the Brothers Grimm and the Bible; however, the tales that immediately…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:15

Weedeaters teach lesson in overkill

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Just a few minutes into weedeating and I feel lobotomized. Perhaps the heady roar of the little engine that can…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:15

Revaluation now was just a bad idea

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To the Editor: Now that you have received the re-evaluations of your Haywood County property, are you pleased county commissioners…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:14

Where are the GOP-promised jobs?

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To the Editor: Where are the real jobs? During the 2010 election season, an organization named Real Jobs NC targeted…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:14

Make Haywood whole in redistricting

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To the Editor: On Saturday, April 30, the Republican Party of Haywood County submitted a resolution to the Redistricting Committee…