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Wednesday, 17 July 2013 14:31

Expanded Macon runway is a bad idea

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To the Editor: An article in a local paper stated that the Macon County Airport Authority met in early July…
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 14:30

Legislature leading us down to new depths

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“Thank you sir, may I have another.” The line by Kevin Bacon from the now-classic film “Animal House” kept popping…
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 14:00

Tapping into Folkmoot

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Folkmoot is a Western North Carolina tradition, and this year, the festival is tapping into the growing craft beer industry…
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 13:56

The countries of Folkmoot USA

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Japan: Quichar Paradise The name Quichar Paradise means “Be Happy Anytime.” This performing group is from Tokyo, Japan, but represent dance…
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 13:50

Folkmoot: Schedule of events

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Bringing together world culture and Southern Appalachia traditions, Folkmoot USA transcends any and all barriers. Whether it’s language, physical boundaries…
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 13:39

Behind the wheel of an ice cream truck

I scream, you scream, Western North Carolina screams for ice cream. 
Eleven bears once confined to concrete pits at Chief Saunooke Bear Park in Cherokee have found greener pastures in Texas after the bear park was shut down following repeated federal violations. 
Neighbors near a towering rock quarry in Waynesville have voiced concerns over a proposed expansion that could cause excavations to creep ever closer to their homes.
There was no shortage of work to be done when N.C. Missions of Mercy, a mobile dental camp, came rolling into town last week and set up shop in Cullowhee. 
Jackson County plans to build a $1.6 million state-of-the-art 911 call center and emergency headquarters along U.S. 441 south of Dillsboro.
The Main Street gazebo in Franklin could soon see a facelift, or, even be replaced with an entirely different structure. 
Presented with a tempting yet expensive offer, the Village of Forest Hills has to choose whether to buy an abandoned golf course in the center of its small community, or stand by and watch it be developed.
What goes in must come out: that’s the basic premise behind your water and sewer bill. Sewer fees simply mirror the water bills. 
A state bill that would have merged Lake Junaluska with the town of Waynesville is dead for now.
Haywood Community College hoped to recoup $80,000 from the architect behind the new Creative Arts building due to design errors that caused the $10.2 million project to inch up in price.
The Community Foundation gave two $75,000 grants to Region A Partnership for Children and Southwestern Child Development Commission. One of the grants will expand the Parents as Teachers program, which benefits participating families by offering home visits, group connections, child…
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 13:24

Groups creates CD tour of Bethel

Bethel Rural Community Organization released its CD of the Cold Mountain Heritage Driving Tour. The CD provides a guided journey to nine of the most popular historic sites in the Cold Mountain region of Bethel, the oldest human settlement and…
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 13:23

Collecting data on Internet connections

N.C. Broadband — a part of the N.C. Department of Commerce — is collecting data on the number of Jackson County households and businesses currently lacking Internet service that are interested in purchasing it. The information will be used to…
Macon County could once again find itself with a bigger airport runway — this time wider. 
A new fixture made an appearance on the sidewalks of Frog Level last week: a giant green frog waving and mugging for motorists as they tooled through this small business district on the outskirts of downtown Waynesville. 
State officials are investigating Ghost Town in the Sky amusement park after a piece of shrapnel maimed a longtime, well-known Wild West gunfighter during one of the park’s staged gunfights. 
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 14:14

The grand and showy hibiscus

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I had my first introduction to the showy and curious hibiscus flowers when I was a boy. Rose-of-Sharon was a…
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 14:08

Kayaker found dead near Shining Rock

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The body of a kayaker who was reported missing in the Pisgah National Forest late afternoon July 4 was found…
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 14:07

‘Headhunters and Toothbrushes’

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Jono Bryant will present a talk called “Headhunters and Toothbrushes” at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the Macon County…
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 14:06

Property along parkway in Jackson protected

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The Conservation Trust for North Carolina recently purchased a 31-acre property that adjoins the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and the Blue Ridge…
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 14:05

Learn to use your wide-angle lens

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The Lens Luggers photography club of Western North Carolina is holding a special photography clinic featuring wide angle perspective and…
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 14:04

Conference serves as conduit to the natural world

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Roll out the green welcome mat for the annual Cullowhee Native Plant Conference coming Wednesday, July 17, through Saturday, July…
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 14:03

Learn about GNSA

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The regional environmental group Wild South has a hike planned for July 13 into the heart of, what they hope…
Coming to Cullowhee soon: four days of total immersion in everything trail. Camaraderie with fellow trail enthusiasts and taking in…
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:57

Crowe wins prestigious poetry award

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Tuckasegee poet Thomas Crowe won the George Scarborough Prize for Poetry during the recent Mountain Heritage Literary Festival at Lincoln…
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:55

Oil thicker than blood in Texas

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Reviewers of Philipp Meyer’s new novel, The Son (ISBN 978-0-06-212039-7, 561 pages, $27.99) have compared his epic story of the…
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:45

Cullowhee Mountain ARTS offers mini-workshops

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Two artist-in-residence mini-workshops will be offered as part of the Cullowhee Mountain ARTS programs at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:44

‘Unto These Hills’ opens in Cherokee

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Showcasing the dramatic retelling of Cherokee history and culture, “Unto These Hills” has hit the mid-point in its 10-week summer…
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:43

Mountain Momma

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Ever since we splurged on a $2.99 plastic magician’s wand at Santa’s Land last year, my daughter has treated us…
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:42

Claymates celebrates one year in business

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Claymates, a “Paint-Your-Own-Pottery & Glass Fusing Experience,” is celebrating its one-year anniversary from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13,…
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:41

Hula-hoop jam for kids and teens in Bryson

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Two hula-hoop jams will be held at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Marianna Black Library in…
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:40

Rained out fireworks rescheduled

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Due to record-breaking rainfall throughout Western North Carolina, Cashiers, Dillsboro and Highlands Fourth of July fireworks were canceled and moved…
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:38

Chamber music comes to Waynesville

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The 19th annual Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival continues at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre…
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:37

This must be the place

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It’s the question I get asked the most. “Is there any music around tonight?”
Known as the finest showcase of native traditions, the ninth annual Festival of Native Peoples will take place July 12-13…
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:28

High mileage, some rust, still running

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By John Beckman • Columnist I’ve had quite a few cars on the road in the past 40 years, and I’ve…
I’m not sure it represents a new philosophy or perhaps is just an acknowledgement of reality, but the decision by…
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:24

Help shape pedestrian-friendly street plan

A citizen drop-in meeting to discuss the progress of Waynesville’s North Main Street Complete Streets Study will be held from 4-6 p.m. on July 16 in the second floor boardroom at Town Hall. The town is developing a plan to…
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:23

All clear declared in Richland Creek search

An all-night search Monday along Richland Creek in Waynesville for a possible missing child turned out to be a false alarm. Waynesville Police got a call around 7:30 p.m. Monday from someone who thought they heard a children’s screams coming…
Towns across the mountains will hold elections for their mayors and town board leaders this fall. The sign up period for candidates began last week. Below is a list of who has signed up to run for office as of…
Lake Junaluska resident Hattie Polk finally inched her way to the front of the line and released her clutch on what she believed to be an English monastery lantern dating to the reign of King Henry VIII, circa late 1800s…
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:19

Southern Appalachia goes squatchin’

Bigfoot is alive and well in Haywood County, at least through the pages of Eric S. Brown. 
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:18

Armadillos in the mountains? You betcha

It make have taken 50 million years, give or take, but the small, armored animal known as the armadillo is finally making into the hills into Western North Carolina after its humble roots in South America eons ago — and…
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad and Jackson County reached an impasse on an economic development agreement last week after two years of negotiations.