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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.
The news of stalled talks between the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad and Jackson County was met with mixed feelings in the little village of Dillsboro, which once served as the hub for the bustling scenic railroad.
The town of Waynesville plans to buy 15 new police cars in the coming year for $500,000, a move that will assign each officer their own vehicle instead of having to share.
Haywood County Schools has announced a handful of promotions among principals and assistant principals ahead of the upcoming school year.
Growing up on the Isleta Pueblo reservation in New Mexico, 26-year-old Cody Grant could name off the tribes he descended from — Cherokee, two sects of Pueblo — but he didn’t know anything about them, except their names. “For me, it…
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:09

Taco Bell to find new home on South Main

Waynesville’s South Main Street continues to see slow but steady commercial growth, with a Taco Bell and Mattress Firm soon to join the ranks of the growing retail corridor.
Pool sharks rejoice. The town of Franklin has lifted an antiquated law that banned pool tables from being on the same premises as booze, or booze from being on the same premises as pool tables.
Note: Every July 4th from 1973 through 1990, I used to go in Bennett’s Drug Store here in Bryson City…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:54

NC wildlife officials awarded grant for bats

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is awarding more than $950,000 to 28 states for projects to combat and study…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:53

List of Top 10 animal species on the demise

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The N.C. Wildlife Federation has released its list of the Top 10 wildlife species struggling to survive. These critters are…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:50

Project invites public for day at stream

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Aquatic enthusiasts have the chance to tag along with the scientists for a lesson on stream sampling. The Highlands Biological…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:48

Kick ball kickin’ off

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Test your kick-ball skills this summer in the big leagues. Registration is underway for the 2013 Haywood County Recreation and…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:47

Catch the water ski show to remember at Lake J

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Jon boats and canoes are a common sight on the water at Lake Junaluska. But a water ski team stacked…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:46

Riveting topics in store for conservation lecture series

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The summer Zahner Conservation Lecture Series will kick off in Highlands next week with a talk on biodiversity in the…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:41

Nowhere to go but down on this guided hike

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A nearly all-downhill hike will be held in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Tuesday, July 16, with Friends…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:40

Forest service curtails ginseng picking

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U.S. Forest Service officials are limiting the harvesting of wild ginseng in the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests, citing concern…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:39

Disc golf takes off in Waynesville

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The Waynesville Disc Golf Juniors team has received a boost from the Professional Disc Golf Association, helping the team buy…
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…