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And ye elf and sprite lovers and lovers of the Bard whose words have seeped so deeply into the fabric…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:35

One-night trips into the Smokies

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For day hikers who want to take the next step or for a seasoned backpackers who can’t find the time…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:21

Kingsbury gives us a comfortable summer read

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In The Bridge (ISBN 978-1-4516-4701-3, $19.99), Karen Kingsbury treats readers to a tale of romance and tribulation centered on a…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:09

Mountain Momma

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My husband is from South Carolina — the state where you don’t have to wear helmets on a motorcycle and…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:09

Cathey memoir on life, metal sculpture

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Metal sculptor Grace Cathey will hold a signing for her book, Fire & Steel: The Sculpture of Grace Cathey, from…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:05

SCC quilts for returning soldiers

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Quilting students from Southwestern Community College recently participated in the Quilts of Valor project, a non-profit organization with the goal…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:00

Dunham brings comedy to Cherokee

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Acclaimed comedian Jeff Dunham will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Harrah’s Cherokee.
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:59

Spice and tea store opens in Highlands

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The Spice & Tea Exchange opens its doors this Independence Day weekend in downtown Highlands. The new retail destination is…
The “Mountains in Bloom” fundraiser for The Bascom Visual Arts Center will be July 11-14 in Highlands.
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:53

Battistelli, Jars of Clay play Franklin

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Christian singer Francesca Battistelli and rock group Jars of Clay perform at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts…
A mountain dulcimer historian who discovered the instrument while living in Greenwich Village in the 1960s and a 19-year-old dulcimer…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:49

This must be the place

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It had been 10 years. I kept thinking those words while boarding a plane in Charlotte this past weekend, bound…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:46

Finding inspiration in Appalachia

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Standing in an empty field, Martin Cook has a vision.  Founder of the renowned Western North Carolina gospel group The Inspirations,…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:44

Cowee disaster is a moving story

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To the Editor: My appreciation goes to Gary Carden and Dave Waldrop from “The Liar’s Bench;” George Frizzell of the…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:43

Phone questions not a good business practice

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To the Editor: MedWest, the company that has taken over our local hospitals as well as many local medical practices,…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:43

Teaching people to care about conservation

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To the Editor: I would like to share with your readers what I have come to realize are fundamental objectives…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:42

A great country needs a wise immigration policy

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By Doug Wingeier • Guest Columnist In a previous letter, I described how devastating to human beings our current immigration system…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:37

Southern Loop on hold

A decade-long tug-of-war over what to do about Sylva’s congested commercial strip of N.C. 107 took an unexpected turn last week.
It’s not quite the Jetsons’ flying car, but Jackson County is moving toward its own fleet of new-age vehicles powered by the emerging alternative fuel propane.
Recycling receptacles are coming to downtown Sylva soon, at last giving shoppers and strollers a green option for pitching their bottles, cans, cups and last week’s copy of The Smoky Mountain News.
Lodging tax revenue was up during the past year in Haywood County, and could see another boost in the new fiscal year after the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority decided to get tough on delinquent taxpayers.
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority has unveiled several new strategies and initiatives this year in an effort to become the go-to organization for filmmakers and everyday visitors alike.
Despite rallying around calls for more school resource officers earlier this year, Swain County commissioners will not chip in after all to pay for the new positions as originally promised — leaving the schools to pick up the full tab…
The Waynesville Board of Aldermen rubberstamped a $31.8 million budget Monday, but it may just have to turn right around and approve a new one.
A compromise has been floated in Raleigh that could break the political impasse over the proposed merger of Lake Junaluska with the town of Waynesville.
The merger of Lake Junaluska with the town of Waynesville has yet to get the blessing of state legislators in Raleigh, and time is now running out.
The debate over the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority budget was bumped up another notch last week when dozens of business owners and members of the Cashiers community flooded a budget meeting demanding more money for the Cashiers visitor center.
Western Carolina University’s off-campus Cat-Tran may soon go the way of the horse and buggy.
Adam Cartwright walked a thin line on the way back to his home in Cullowhee. He hugged the side of Ledbetter Road, feet on the white paint, and frequently stepping off the pavement onto the scrubby grass if he heard…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:13

Financial woes catch up with Tandi Haas

Amy Clifton Keely wasn’t asking for much. Being a wedding photographer, she knew how wedding days worked, and what pitfalls to look out for. She didn’t expect the perfect wedding, or dream of making the cover of Southern Living’s bridal…
Cook and television personality Paula Deen has gotten into hot butter in recent weeks over allegations of racism, prompting Caesar’s Entertainment to shut the Paula Deen’s Kitchen at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort.
One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. “Ever since I was kid, I would take home all kinds of stuff, all kinds of random, weird junk, and my parents hated it,” David Culpepper chuckled. “They thought I was crazy, but…
Angel Medical Center in Franklin officially came under the umbrella of Mission Hospital System this week, a move Angel leaders say will help improve health care for patients and the hospital’s bottom line.
It was Groundhog Day again for the Maggie Valley Police Department. Last year, Police Chief Scott Sutton defended his department and officers against claims that the force is too large and its budget should be slashed. This year was no…
Haywood Community College is negotiating with the architects and contractor who worked on the college’s new Creative Arts building to figure out who owes what.
Construction on an 8,000-square-foot Waynesville skate park is visibly progressing.
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:57

Rare mountain tornado damages GSMNP

The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado formed during an afternoon of thunderstorms and high winds that ripped through Western North Carolina two weeks ago.
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:56

Job incentive deal brewing in Haywood

Haywood County could be landing new jobs in the near future — but what type of jobs, how many and when they would be coming are a secret for now.
Children of all ages are invited to participate in this year’s 22nd annual “Stars & Stripes Celebration” at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 4, on Main Street in Waynesville. Participants can decorate their bicycles, tricycles, scooters, strollers and wagons. Patriotic dress…
The second session of “Good Neighbors, Good Stewards: Community and Environmental Change in Macon County” will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at the Rickman Store on 259 Cowee Creek Road, seven miles north of Franklin. The goal…
Leaders of the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce are pushing for more funding from the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority in the upcoming budget year.
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:53

New Waynesville ABC store to open

Come September, a brand new $1.3 million South Main Street liquor store will open in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:51

Town leadership seats up for grabs

Towns across the mountains will hold elections for their mayors and town board leaders this fall. The mandatory sign-up period for anyone wanting to run is from noon July 1 to noon July 19. 
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:50

Franklin mayor set to retire

Franklin will soon be saying goodbye to its sitting mayor and longtime town politician Joe Collins. The Franklin native has announced he will not seek re-election in the approaching race, bringing to a close a 10-year stint as mayor and…
Sylva Mayor Maurice Moody has announced he will retire from town government and not seek reelection in the upcoming election. His departure, after 16 years on the Town Board of Commissioners, will leave a void of experience in local government…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:45

Help wanted: A better road map for WNC

An ambitious yearlong exercise to create a collective economic vision for the mountains will decide whether a long-awaited $800 million highway through the rugged and remote far western end of the state is ever built.  Carrying a consulting fee of…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:44

Multi-agency busts net 60 arrests

Law enforcement agencies in Western North Carolina are cracking down on drug use in the region.
When moral Monday protestors gathered this week in front of the legislature in Raleigh to decrying the policies of conservative lawmakers, among them were a contingent of demonstrators from Western North Carolina.
More than 150 protestors marched in downtown Waynesville Monday to oppose what they characterize as egregious policies by Republican state lawmakers that will take North Carolina back to the Dark Ages.
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

Jazz festival heats up Waynesville

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Enjoy traditional, bop, and original jazz during the Summer Jazz Festival on Saturdays from June 29 to July 20 at…