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Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:16

Poet to read from new prose collection

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Asheville writer and poet Holly Iglesias will read from her new collection, Angles of Approach, at 7 p.m. on Friday,…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:15

Franklin headlines book club meet in Sylva

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Cyrano’s Book Club will meet at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, in the Senior Citizen’s Center in Sylva. The…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:13

Holman’s novel dubbed compelling, tantalizing

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When I was a teenager, I became addicted to a late-night horror movie host named Bestoink Dooley. Based in Atlanta,…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:31

GOP Medicare plan is totally off-base

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To the Editor: The Republican design on Medicare comes straight from that dubious chapter of the Vietnam War in which…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:31

Macon County needs to clean up litter

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To the Editor: Circumstances have prevented the organization of the annual county-wide litter pick-up/recycling event to celebrate Earth Day here…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:30

Accepting federal rail money a bad idea

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To the Editor: In the April 6-12 issue of The Smoky Mountain News, Carole Larivee wrote a letter to the…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:30

Will McCoy Bridge become a memory?

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Once more the Department of Transpor-tation will come to Macon County, in the name of listening to community input, when…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:28

Recession makes McCoy Bridge rehab an even better idea

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Governments at all levels and all across the nation are broke. At every county courthouse and state house, money taken…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:26

A busy person’s guide to growing great salads

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Tonight’s menu calls for salad from the garden, which reminded me to jot down a method for growing lettuce that,…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:24

Ghost Town bankruptcy hits dead end

Ghost Town in the Sky has no hope of pulling itself out of bankruptcy, according to a federal bankruptcy administrator. The court will decide this week whether to let the amusement park continue to languish in bankruptcy, where it has…
With Jackson County set to take possession next month of the renovated historic courthouse and new library, commissioners agreed it’s high time to get some ground rules in place for their future tenants. The county wants formalized agreements not only…
Jackson County Schools isn’t asking for extra money this year from county commissioners despite an expected 10 percent or more cut from the state. What is taking a back seat in these tough economic times, however, are school-board members’ wishes…
An angry crowd accused Haywood County commissioners this week of unfairly slapping some property owners with higher values while letting others off the hook in the recent countywide appraisal. About 50 people turned out at the commissioners meeting Monday to…
The Small Business Center of Haywood Community College will offer a free seminar entitled, “Business Owner’s Guide to Facebook and Twitter: Starting from Scratch to Online Success” from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26. The hands-on workshop will be held…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:21

Jackson dropout rates decline in 2009-10

Jackson County is one of four counties in North Carolina that has decreased its dropout rate the most, according to a report recently released by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. Jackson County’s dropout rate fell from 4.43 percent in…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:20

Hearing planned for McCoy Bridge project

The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 25, regarding alternatives for replacing the McCoy Bridge on Rose Creek Road over the Little Tennessee River in Macon County. NCDOT has…
While the construction industry, the Haywood Home Builders’ Association is giving itself a makeover, one it hopes can keep them afloat and the doors open. With home building still flagging, membership has been steadily declining, and instead of waiting on…
Mike Decker is retracing the steps he made 11 years ago when he left county government for a job across the street in Franklin’s town hall. Decker is returning to county government as human resource director and deputy clerk to…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:16

Regional food forum to look at WNC needs

With the latest increase in gas and grocery prices, the already long lines at soup kitchens and food pantries across Western North Carolina are growing even longer. “The need is going up again,” said Amy Grimes, executive director of The…
Swain and Macon commissioners believe a state plan to widen and pave a 3.3-mile gravel road along a remote stretch of the Little Tennessee River goes too far. Leaders of both counties have unanimously called for a scaled down version…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:14

Chamber trash pick-up planned

A trash pick-up of Veterans’ Boulevard and U.S. 19 is being organized by the Swain County Chamber of Commerce beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 30. Participants will meet in the Ingles’ parking lot and the chamber will provide…
A presentation on a state bill to overhaul energy consumption will be given by the Canary Coalition at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in Sylva. Avram Friedman, director of the Canary Coalition, will explain the Efficient and Affordable Energy Rates…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:13

Hagan sets constituent meeting this week

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan will meet with constituents Thursday, April 21, from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Southwest Development Commission in Sylva. The office is at 125 Bonnie Lane, across from Southwestern Community College. The purpose is to…
Plink plink plink. A moment of silence. Again – plink plink plink. It’s 6 a.m. and the sky is still unlit, the color of chalky charcoal. But in a corner,  a small orange light is on a steady, metronomic blink,…
Waynesville resident Kristen Wall, a trainer with the Asheville Compassionate Communication Center, will present two workshops on conflict resolution. “Communication: Skills for Transforming Conflict” will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at the Haywood County Library in…
The absence of alcohol in Cherokee is hurting tourism, according to the business community. And that’s something the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce might like to change. Over the past month, the chamber has conducted an informal poll of businesses to…
The likelihood of the state Department of Transportation building a bypass around Sylva seems increasingly unlikely after Jackson County commissioners elected this week not to push for the new highway. The Jackson County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 on a…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:56

Spring preview opening

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A two-day preview of The Main Street Artists Co-op gallery will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday,…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:55

WCU choral director leads final concert April 25

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Western Carolina University’s Concert Choir and University Chorus will present a free concert at 8 p.m. Monday, April 25, in…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:55

Cross-country cyclist to tell tales of trek

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Local lawyer Bill Jacobs will chronicle his cycling journey across the United States in a program at 7 p.m., Thursday,…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:54

Musical theater workshop takes applications

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Students ages 16 to 22 who dream of a life on stage can have the opportunity to work with musical…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:53

Documentary and discussion look at education issues

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The documentary “Waiting for Superman” will be screened at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, at the Albert-Carlton Library in…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:53

Grace Noon presents flute and oboe concert

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A free flute and oboe concert will be held at noon on Thursday, April 21, at Grace Church in the…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:52

Taste of Chocolate calls for bakers

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Taste of Chocolate is coming April 30 to the Maggie Valley Country Club, and the Haywood Jackson Volunteer Center is…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:51

Library looks for volunteers

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When the new Jackson County Public Library Complex opens in early June, an active team of volunteers will be needed…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:51

Library asks readers to help with move

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With the Jackson County Library poised to move to its new home, patrons with valid library cards are asked to…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:49

Maggie gets Quilt Trail block

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The Haywood County Arts Council’s Quilt Trails project will unveil its first quilt block in Maggie Valley at 5 p.m.…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:48

Art as spectator sport

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Great art isn’t often associated with speed – the Mona Lisa wasn’t painted in an hour. Michelangelo took more than…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:33

5K Run/Walk kicks off festivities

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The Jackson County Recreation/Parks Department is still accepting registration for this year’s 5K Run/Walk at Greening Up the Mountains. The…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:33

Kids become superheroes at Greening Up

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What child wouldn’t love to be a super hero for the day? The Downtown Sylva Association is sponsoring a “Recycled…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:32

Talent contest showcases WNC’s youth

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The 2011 Heritage Alive! Mountain Youth Talent Contest at Greening Up the Mountains has really exploded. The start time for…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:31

Performance schedule

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Smoky Mountain Stage (Suntrust Parking Lot, Area D) 10-10:15 — Jackson County Heritage Preservation Commission Poster Contest Awards 10:30-11:30 —…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 19:30

Greening Up the Mountains returns to Sylva

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The 14th annual Greening Up the Mountains Festival is slated for Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 12:40

Swain DSS: Related documents

RELATED DOCUMENTS:• Swain commissioners call for DSS board resignations• Jim Gribble and Bob Thomas resignation letters• Public statement by DSS Board Chairman Jim Gribble• Public statement by DSS Board member Bob Thomas• Read the warrant
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:59

Book captures the essence of waterfalls

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Flowing water was the primary agent that sculpted the mountains as we know them today. Long before the first Europeans…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:58

Macon birding hike follows Little Tennessee

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The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee and the Franklin Bird Club will host a bird outing at the Tessentee…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:57

Celebrate Earth Day

Haywood Community College’s Earth Day celebration will include demonstrations of renewable energy and sustainable technologies, a Green Business Expo, green games and green films. The Earth Day activities will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:57

Recycle cell phones

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In honor of Earth Day, Steve and Mary Abranyi of Green Mountain Builders & Realty Group are collecting unused cell…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:56

Freestyle Shootout and Demo Days at NOC

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The annual Freestyle Shootout and Demo Days are set for April 15-17 at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. The competition in…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:55

Tour de Cashiers rolls on April 30

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More than 200 riders are expected to participate in the 19th anniversary of the annual Tour de Cashiers on April…