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Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:44

Sign up for Lake Logan camps under way

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Registration is under way for the Rivercourse Coldwater Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp at Lake Logan Center in Haywood…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:44

Foundation allocates money for 2011 projects

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The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation has given $500,000 in funding for projects and programs on the parkway. The projects for…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:43

Learn about benefits of land conservation

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Haywood County landowners can learn about conserving their land Monday, April 4, at the Haywood Agricultural Center in Waynesville. The…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:41

The Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Awards

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Through some kind of mix up in the mail, I received a nomination from Wild South’s Roosevelt-Ashe Society for “Outstanding…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:38

Festivals celebrate onset of AT hiking season

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Thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail — those hearty souls who attempt the entire 2,170-mile trek from Georgia to Maine from…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:37

Poet captures WNC culture in new book

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Jackson County resident Thomas Crowe will read from and sign copies of his new collection of poems, Crack Light, at…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:36

Author discusses adventure on the Appalachian Trail

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Jennifer Pharr Davis will discuss her book, Becoming Odyssa: Epic Adventures on the Appalachian Trail, at 6 p.m. on Saturday,…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:31

Biography recounts the life of a quiet hero

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In “Twelfth Night,” Shakespeare wrote: “Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have…
Friends of mine in the Jackson County farming community have launched a joint CSA, which is short for Community Sustained…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:26

The attack of the killer jumping worms

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It wiggles nicely on a hook at the end of a fishing line. It also has such a large appetite…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:25

The real costs of energy consumption

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To the Editor: Humans need to know that our lives have meaning. Our searches for meaning are labeled religion and…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:25

Still no jobs from new GOP leaders

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To the Editor: Where are the jobs? The new Republican majority in the North Carolina state legislature promised just that…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:24

GOP takes hypocrisy to a new low

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To the Editor: Hypocrisy is defined as the “condition of a person pretending to be something he is not, especially…
By Linda Seested-Stanford • Guest columnist In last week’s Smoky Mountain News, coverage of the reorganization of Western Carolina University’s…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:22

Restaurants raise money for AIDS Project

More than 100 restaurants will participate in the Western North Carolina AIDS Project’s annual Dining Out for Life benefit Thursday, April 28. Restaurants in Arden, Black Mountain, Brevard, Flat Rock Hendersonville, Maggie Valley, Saluda, Waynesville, Weaverville and Woodfin will donate…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:22

Judo club moves to rec center

The Waynesville Kodokan Judo Club has moved its classes to the Waynesville Recreation Center. Classes are from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and are offered for adults and children as young as four. Judo club members…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:21

Women’s group to host luncheon

The first 2011 luncheon and business meeting of the Mountain High Republican Women’s Club will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 5, at The Oak Street Cafe, (formerly Cafe of the Arts) on Main Street in Highlands. The…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:21

WCU residence to see improvements

Renovations are set to begin on Harrill Hall, a residence at Western Carolina University, including energy efficiency improvements that would qualify the building for nationally recognized Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. WCU’s board of trustees approved funding…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:20

Bridal show planned in Franklin April 9

A free bridal show is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 9, at the Whistle Stop Mall in Franklin. The event will feature more than 40 vendors from across the region, covering all aspects of the wedding…
A heavy load sky air crane helicopter, one of the world’s largest commercially available helicopters, lifted 15,000 pounds of air conditioning equipment into place at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel this week. The RTU-6 Semco rooftop air handler was installed…
The director of Swain County Department of Social Services has been put on leave with pay following a nearly clean…
The fight between Swain and Graham counties is growing ever deeper in a dispute marked by lawsuits, counter suits and pleas to the General Assembly over who is entitled to a greater share of payments off the Fontana Dam. The…
A group wanting to build a Hospice house in Macon County to serve the terminally ill in the westernmost counties says it will continue those efforts despite a recent thumb’s down from the state. The N.C. Department of Health and…
For the first time in five decades, the giant cross on Mount Lyn Lowry has fallen dark. The cross has been a nighttime landmark shining over the Balsam Mountains between Waynesville and Sylva since 1965. The cross went dark early…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:13

Landing a hydrogen fuel cell a coup for SCC

Faculty and staff at the Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University in northern California have built a hydrogen fuel cell power box for Southwestern Community Center. Ron Poor received grant funds through the Appalachian Regional Commission to purchase…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:11

Cullowhee could be home to new river park

A group working to beautify and solidify the concept of community in Cullowhee wants to build a riverfront park, tying in to state Department of Transportation plans to replace a bridge over the Tuckasegee River on Old Cullowhee Road in…
Less than a year after opening a new visitor center in downtown Waynesville, the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce learned last week that its funding for the site is on the chopping block by the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority.…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:08

Sylva town board faces vacancy, again

Sylva Commissioner Danny Allen announced he will resign from the town board, but has yet to say when, leaving the rest of the town board in limbo on how — and even whether — it will fill his position. Allen…
In the quagmire that is politics in Maggie Valley, the most recent appointee to the town’s board of aldermen says it’s her lack of agenda that makes her the ideal candidate — and possibly a rarity in a town defined…
A liberal Asheville city council member announced this week he’d run as an Independent in 2012 against U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, potentially eroding Shuler’s Democratic base and making for a tough re-election bid for the three-term congressman. A former…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:57

Boys choir stops off in Franklin

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The All-American Boys Chorus will perform at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, at Franklin’s Smoky Mountain Center for the…
A community old-time music JAMboree is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, at the Fines Creek…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:56

Singing celebration in Bryson City

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Join One Step Closer as it celebrates one year of the gospel music ministry at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:55

Pisgah chorus features country show

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Chorus students at Pisgah High School are gearing up for the annual country show called “Where the Green Grass Grows.”…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:54

4-H hosts talent contests

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The annual Heritage Alive Mountain Youth Talent Contest is coming to downtown Sylva on Saturday, April 23, as part of…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:53

Make a ladies’ night of it at pottery studio

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Claymates, in conjunction with Country Traditions, is hosting a Ladies Night from 6 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the pottery…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:52

Take a world tour at International Festival

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International Day, a festival of cultures, celebrates its 32nd year from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6,…
Of the many forms of entertainment readily at our fingertips, from television and movies to YouTube and the many vast…
Samantha “Sam” Gampel, a sophomore at Western Carolina University, wants to write novels and earn her living as a professional…
It’s finally here: the week Haywood County property owners find out just how well their home and land values held up through the recession. It’s not secret the real estate market tanked in the mountains compared to the hey day…
Organizers said this week that getting the Nantahala Gorge into this century when it comes to telecommunication capabilities is absolutely critical to successfully hosting the kayaking world championship in 2013. The problem? There’s seems no easy answer to what’s for…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 13:58

Ramp recipes

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Ramp Biscuits 4 cups Flour 1 tablespoon Baking Soda 1 teaspoon Salt 2 Heaping T Baking Powder ½ cup Shortening…
Swain County social workers and supervisors named in a State Bureau of Investigation probe are no longer welcome to work…
When the World Trade Center fell nearly 10 years ago, there was little left of its once-majestic towers but scattered bits of steel and a sorrow that blanketed the nation. Now as the site is rebuilt, that steel is being…
The health care bills rolling into the Haywood County jail for inmate care might now be slashed by up to 25 percent after the sheriff’s office contracted with a company who will ferret out discounts on the county’s behalf. Currently,…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:08

The rushing of wind through a hemlock

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From my window, as I write this, I can see across the creek and down into a pasture where my…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:07

Paddle the Chattooga on guided trip

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This April, Headwaters Outfitters in Rosman will lead a guided overnight trip in hopes of introducing paddlers to the lower…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:07

Guided hike in the Smokies set for April

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Join Friends of the Smokies April 2 for a hike to see early spring wildflowers and historic remnants on the…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:05

Sign-up under way for Greening Up 5K race

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The Greening Up the Mountains 5K Run/Walk in Sylva is forsaking its historically grueling course on the hillside streets above…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:04

Parkway corridor in Waynesville grows more than 100 acres

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Another 110 acres of mountain landscape are now part of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s protected corridor, thanks to a landowner…