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Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:07

Government-education complex is self-serving

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To the Editor: What if you knew that your state senator or state representative knew there were proven ways to…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:06

Our representatives forget who is boss

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To the Editor: Here we go again. Our two state representatives, both of whom are Democrats, fail to see the…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:06

Those who protect children deserve thanks

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To the Editor: For almost 20 years I have found myself involved in the concern of child abuse either professionally…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:05

With care, many hemlocks can survive

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To the Editor: With all due respect to Mr. Ellison — who wrote in his “Back Then” column a few…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:04

I know the game is rigged, but I’m still all in

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The crane games are beautiful beasts, shiny and brightly lit, with a glass belly full of forlorn and lonely stuffed…
In the world of Haywood County tourism, a turf battle is brewing, and the fiefdoms under fire are the county’s visitor centers. What might seem like the friendly face of local tourism has once again become a battleground where funding…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:02

Folkmoot funding gets the ax

Folkmoot festival has lost a vital source of advertising money, jeopardizing its ability to lure visitors to Haywood County during the festival’s two-week summer run. The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority announced its intention this month to yank its annual…
A new building started taking shape last month at Southwestern Community College’s campus in Sylva, with completion slated for next March. When finished, the nearly $8-million project will be called the Conrad G. Burrell building after longtime board of trustee…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:58

A Jackson County library primer

For Jackson County’s book-loving residents, the temporary closure of the public library in Sylva presents true hardship, a time of doing without and intense, shared community pain. The current library on Main Street closes May 2 while some 40,000 items…
Dr. C.L Gray, who is well known for his activities promoting healthcare reform, will speak on May 3 at the Mountain High Republican Women’s Club luncheon at the High Hampton Inn and Country Club. Gray founded Physicians for Reform in…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:57

WCU sends off graduates May 6-7

Western Carolina University’s spring graduating class will be honored as the university holds a trio of commencement ceremonies over a two-day period, May 6 and 7. Commencement for WCU’s Graduate School will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 6.…
The organization many credit with helping to create and nurture Sylva’s vibrant downtown scene is facing the possibility of going belly up over funding issues. During a budget work session last week, a majority of town commissioners indicated they might…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:54

Training for dealing with the mentally ill

A 40-hour training program for professionals who have encounters with mentally ill people will be held May 16 through 20 at Haywood Community College. CIT (Crisis Intervention Training) specializes in teaching the best methods to defuse and stabilize encounters with…
The Macon County Health Department implemented a new open-access appointment system in February that has cleared a four-week backlog of appointments. The open-access system replaced the previous system of clinic days. Now, most services are available every weekday, allowing patients…
Haywood County, like everyone else, is bracing for the impact of state budget cuts. But the good news is that they may leave the budget fray with fewer scrapes than they thought. In Raleigh, budget committees have been busily trying…
For the last month, Greg Petty has been on a leaflet campaign around Canton. He’s been to parking lots. He’s been to offices. He’s been to bulletin boards. He’s been inside Evergreen Packaging, the paper mill that looms large in…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:49

MMS offers three-day mediation training

Mountain Mediation Services will hold a three-day community mediation training from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,  May 24 through 26 in the Bryson City United Methodist Church at 76 Main Street. The training is recommended for those who want to…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:48

Social safety net failed Cherokee baby

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Additional evidence has surfaced indicating Swain County social workers failed to act on reports of alleged abuse and neglect of…
Depending on which town leader you ask, Dillsboro is prepared to co-sign on a more than $300,000 loan for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad — or, short of that, the town is inclined to help the railroad in some significant,…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:33

May celebrations to benefit the arts

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The 2011 FUNd Party Series will kick off with Cinco de Mayo in the Garden from 5 to 7 p.m.…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:32

Gems shine at Mother’s Day show

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The Mother’s Day Gemboree will open its doors from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 6 and 7 and…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:31

Quilts come out for Mother’s Day

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Airing of the Quilts, a new event showcasing quilt artistry, will be held on Saturday, May 7, in downtown Franklin.…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:29

Waynesville kicks off 2011 Art After Dark

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The first Art After Dark of the season will kick off from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 6,…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:28

Beginner photography class gets going

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An introductory photography class will begin Tuesday, May 3, at First Baptist Church in Waynesville. The class is offered by…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:26

Student talent showcase is April 30 in Franklin

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Macon County youth will take the stage at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at the Franklin High School Fine…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:26

Student poetry slam honors National Poetry Month

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A poetry slam will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:25

Stained glass course offered at WCU

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A stained glass course will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, May 5 through June 9, at…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:24

Sylva brings art to summer evenings

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The first of this season’s Sylva After Dark events is coming to downtown from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday,…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:23

Maggie Club hosts Chocolate for charity

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The 12th annual Taste of Chocolate competition will run from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at the…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:23

Needtobreathe stops in Franklin

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Needtobreathe will play at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:21

Troupe brings live comedy, animal tricks

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Animal lovers and those in the mood for a laugh will find plenty of entertainment when Popovich Comedy Pet Theater…
If there’s one thing Western North Carolina is rooted in, it’s music. The rolling Appalachians were the birthplace of bluegrass,…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:33

New GSMNP visitor center is worth a trip

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This past Friday (April 15) I attended the dedication ceremony for the new Oconaluftee Visitor Center on the North Carolina…
The Great Smoky Mountains chapter of the Audubon Society, based in Maggie Valley and Waynesville, has been officially recognized and…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:32

Dust off those pesticides and get rid of them

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A pesticide disposal collection day has been scheduled in Haywood County from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 18,…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:31

Get wet and help monitor area streams

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Help protect the creeks in the Tuckasegee River Watershed by learning to collect and identify aquatic insects, considered key indicators…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:30

Summer camps equal big bucks for local economy

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Western North Carolina has one of the highest concentrations of summer camps in America, and an economic-impact study completed in…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:30

Families meet the outdoors during adventure day

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Families can discover how the great outdoors exists in their own backyards during “Outdoor Adventure Day,” from 10 a.m. until…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:29

Plant sales in full force this spring

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Several plant sales are coming up for gardeners and flower lovers. • Haywood Community College will hold a Spring Plant…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:28

Celebrate new bike trails at Jackrabbit

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The grand opening of a 14.5-mile trail system near Hayesville in Clay County is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, April…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:27

Grove Park Inn makes way for onsite NOC adventure outpost

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Nantahala Outdoor Center and The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa have unveiled plans for NOC’s Basecamp Asheville, solidifying a…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:27

Great Garlic Mustard challenge on the Appalachian Trail

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is seeking volunteers to help remove the invasive weed garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) from the trail’s…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:26

Look up Friday night and marvel the night sky

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A meteor shower with up to 20 meteors per hour will happen Friday night, April 22. The most meteors are…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:26

Want to take photos this good?

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Wildflowers, Waterfalls and Vistas will be featured in an upcoming Field Photo Program by Bob Grytten beginning May 17 to…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:24

Sixty-one years young!

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Pilgrims from across the country and around the globe are on the move. They are headed to the Mecca of…
Richland Creek is now teaming with new inhabitants raised by Haywood County students in classroom fish tanks. After feeding and…
Ed Williams lugged a giant plastic bag teaming with silvery blue fish down a creek bank in Waynesville where they…
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,…