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A mountainside in Macon County once destined for a housing development is now destined to be a community forest area…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 13:18

A book to help wade through self-help industry

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In The Last Self-Help Book You’ll Ever Need: Repress Your Anger, Think Negatively, Be a Good Blamer, and Throttle Your…
After two false starts, Ghost Town in the Sky theme park in Maggie Valley remains closed this week.
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 13:15

Site chosen for Cashiers liquor store

A new Jackson County liquor store will soon be under construction in Cashiers, with plans to open for business by early next year.
Jackson County commissioners were implored by library advocates this week to give the Sylva and Cashiers libraries a sizeable bump in their budget. 
The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching in Jackson County had its funding slashed in half in 2011, and this year, Raleigh may finish the job.
Lackluster at best and run-down at worst, it’s no question the has-been commercial district on Western Carolina University’s doorstep needs a life line.
Jackson County will begin building the first leg of a long-awaited greenway along the Tuckasegee River this summer.
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 13:07

Finding your element

David Burress wants to live forever. Not necessarily in the immortal sense though. Burress is an accomplished blacksmith. And for him, it’s all about sharing and perpetuating the sacred traditions of working with the elements of the Earth — fire,…
An Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration will showcase mountain culture, heritage, music, dance, storytelling, arts and crafts and demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 8, on Main Street in downtown Waynesville. Headliners for the festival include David Holt and…
The Cashiers Chamber of Commerce leaders claim they have been slighted their fair share of visitor center funding from the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority.
Jackson County Planning Board members discussed axing part of the steep slope rules aimed at protecting mountain viewsheds. The viewshed provisions stipulate new mountainside construction should  not be readily visible from public right of ways or public lands.
In his brief five months in Congress, U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, has kept busy — voting on several pieces of key legislation, sitting in on committee hearings, drafting bills of his own and when he can, traveling back to Western…
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will receive more federal aid than originally promised after January’s rainstorms, flooding and mudslides. In March, the Eastern Band became the first tribe to garner the Presidential Declaration of Disaster, which made it eligible…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 12:58

Tribe settles suit over sewage spills

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has settled a civil lawsuit claiming overflows from the tribe’s sewage treatment plant were backing up on nearby private property. Linda Lambert sued the tribe in May 2011, saying sewage overflows on her property…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 12:53

Battle over degrees at WCU could heat up

Western Carolina University is grappling with whether to cut unpopular or obsolete majors, posing a conundrum as it and other universities examine their deeper role in society: to provide a well-rounded, liberal arts education or steer students toward degrees in…
Haywood County’s budget will increase by more than $2 million next fiscal year, but it will still be nearly that amount shy of the county’s pre-recession budget.
It’s got more names than the Bible. The “round-over,” the “lollipop,” and the “bob” to name a few. No matter how you call it, Haywood County’s favorite way of trimming trees is despised by tree experts, yet it’s probably here…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Jackson did not spend $50,000 wisely

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To the Editor: My first reaction to the county brand “Play On” was that it must be April 1. Quickly…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Spend fund balance and cut property tax rate

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To the Editor: Macon County commissioners can re-sponsibly reduce the property tax. The county manager’s proposed 2014 general fund budget…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Legislative moves will harm rural N.C.

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To the Editor: We are well into this Legislature’s session. The governor has put forward his budget. The Senate has proposed…
It was a great day for a picnic … or a baseball game. The sun hung there above the horizon…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Sculptures installed in Cashiers

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Nine sculptures were installed in The Village Green in Cashiers this past week in preparation for the opening of the…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Festival celebrates Cherokee life, culture

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The Cherokee Voices Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Museum of the Cherokee…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Tickets on sale for Miranda Lambert

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Mega-country star Miranda Lambert hits the stage at 9 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center. Lambert is…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Buddy Holly musical comes to Highlands

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“Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” will be showcased from June 13-30 at the Highlands Playhouse. Holly’s brief life became the…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Trail release party at Nantahala Brewing

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The 5th Trail Magic Ale release party is set for June 7-8 at Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City. 
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

WNC film shown in honor of library anniversary

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A showing of the film “Paradise Falls” will coincide with the Jackson County Public Library’s second anniversary, at 7 p.m.…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Harpist plays artist reception

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Harpist Betina Morgan will play the artist reception for the exhibition “Appalachia,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 7,…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Dwight Yoakam hits the stage at Harrah’s

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Multi-platinum Grammy winning singer-songwriter, actor, director and country music pioneer Dwight Yoakam will perform at 9 p.m. Friday, June 14,…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

This Must Be the Place

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Well, hello there Western North Carolina. As the arts and entertainment writer at The Smoky Mountain News, I spend my…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Making the connection, one melody at a time

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You’ve sung it in the shower, in the car with the windows rolled down, at weddings, in karaoke bars, and…
Like New York is known for its basketball legends, and Texas is known for its football stars, Western North Carolina…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 14:34

Swingin’ for the Smokies

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Craig Hartle just might have the best job in Western North Carolina. The head golf professional for High Hampton Inn…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 14:33

Head for the hills

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When he was a young boy, Jason Hardin fell in love. It was a 1973 Harley-Davidson Sportster. Owned by his…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 14:31

Getting your fill in Appalachia

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Strolling through downtown Bryson City, one tends to cross paths with the scent of delicious food wafting from a nearby…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 14:30

Heinzelmannchen Brewery taps into the Smokies

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Dieter Kuhn was 4,500 miles from his hometown in Germany when he came across Sylva, a small community tucked away…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 14:28

Getting away from it all

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David Lippy was sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic in Orlando when it hit him. “The city was so congested with vehicles,”…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 14:20

Opening up Appalachia for all

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Amid the cherished traditions of Western North Carolina is the deep foundation of family and friends getting together to celebrate…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:41

A story of violence and race in small-town N.C.

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My decision to read this “docudrama” (part memoir, part history and part detective story) was prompted by my genuine wish…
Leading a field trip isn’t complicated. But there may be more to it than you suppose. It helps if you…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:33

Sylva farmers market gives veggies, takes plastic

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You don’t have to barter with chickens at the Jackson County Farmers Market, or even pay with cash for that…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:32

Outdoor writer explores Mountain-To-Sea Trail

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Danny Bernstein will discuss her third hiking book, Mountains-To-Sea: Trail Across North Carolina, at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:31

Trout waters set to open; youth go first

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open approximately 64 miles of trout streams and two lakes known as delayed-harvest trout…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:30

Great Smokies celebrates National Trails Day

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 1, with a volunteer workday on…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:29

Author climbs Clingmans Dome in new book

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Clingmans Dome towers over the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains as the highest point in both the national park…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:28

Upcoming summer camps

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Smokies summer camp near Cherokee Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting a three-day camp, “Smokies Summer Science Investigations,” for…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:27

Bringing the classroom outside

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Highlands Middle School became home to a new outdoor classroom earlier this month.
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:26

A hangover of hoverers

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As we turn to bask in the full glow of the summer sun, mornings begin to heat up quickly. As…
The swim leg of a triathlon is notoriously daunting. Of the sport’s three heats — swimming, biking and running —…