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Ever since I first watched Brad Pitt fly fishing in the film “The River Runs Through It,” I knew I…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Water cents

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What falls freely from the sky, rumbles, swooshes, rolls, trickles across the planet; seeps into the earth beneath our feet…
Hidden among the expanse of forestland in Western North Carolina are little-known pockets of trees that are several centuries old.…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

A rural bookstore that beat the odds

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“Bookshops are magic.” This quotation, buried in the middle of Wendy Welch’s The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A…
A folk concert and artist reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Swain…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Find the perfect gem for Mother’s Day at Gemboree

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The Mother’s Day Gemboree will run from May 10-12 at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin. Doors will be…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

A hopping weekend in and around Froglevel

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Haywood Square to host block party A day of festivities for “Customer Appreciation Day” will be held from 10 a.m.…
The Pyramid Brass Quintet will play at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Haywood County Library in Waynesville as…
The annual “Spring Fling” will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Waynesville Recreation…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Franklin celebrates ‘Airing of the Quilts’

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The annual “Airing of the Quilts” festival will be held May 10-11 in downtown Franklin. The event will feature an…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Habitat for Humanity recovers store treasure

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A valuable piece of the history of the Rickman General Store in Macon County is back in its original home…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Jackson Arts Council contributes to musician fund

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Jackson County Arts Council has arranged to donate the money collected in honor of the late Ray Menze to the…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Craft beer and canines in Frog Level

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A Dogs and Suds fundraiser for Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 16,…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

WCU professor nominated for Tony Award

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Broadway star and Western Carolina University Musical Theatre Professor Terrence Mann was recently nominated for a Tony Award for his…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Making crafts of the past come alive

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In order to have a clear vision of the future, one must cherish the traditions of the past.  “Southern Appalachian…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Sen. Davis going way too far to the right

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To the Editor: Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, and his extreme right-wing partisans have no problem wasting taxpayer money as long…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

What will you do about jack booted thugs?

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To the Editor: Watching the YouTube videos (since removed) of the “jack booted thugs” trampling on our Third, Fourth, Fifth,…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Meadows in the wrong on background checks

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To the Editor: This is an open letter to Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., our district’s freshman congressman: Your vote to…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Tribal Council vote on bear zoos disappointing

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To the Editor: I am extremely disappointed in the Eastern Band of Cherokee Tribal Council (except members Perry Shell, Terri…
The “fractured public square” refers to the loss of the place where a community discusses ideas, politics and values. The…
Naturalist Donald Culross Peattie (1898-1964) was born in Chicago. In his autobiography The Road of a Naturalist (1941), Peattie recalled…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 02:05

Macon enviro group applauds local recyclers

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Macon Pride, a county-based environmental organization, has recognized Caterpillar Precision Seals in Franklin for what it deems an exemplary recycling…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 02:05

Calling recruits to the bugle corps

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Can you make it in the corps? The Great Smoky Mountains National Park needs volunteers to join the Elk Bugle…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 02:04

WCU one of the greenest colleges in country

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For the third consecutive year, Western Carolina University has been listed by The Princeton Review as one of the most…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 02:03

Land trust earns top honors

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The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust has received national accreditation for its work in protecting treasured lands.
Folks interested in hiking a section of the Mountains to Sea Trail and learning a bit more about the storied…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 02:00

Backpackers cautioned to keep food away from bears

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As spring and backpacking season returns to the mountains, so does bear danger in the woods. A recent bear encounter,…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 01:59

When it rains – the tough go hiking

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We’ve had a good run in the watershed. The Town of Waynesville has sponsored spring and fall guided hikes in…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 01:56

Get your green on

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EcoFest will showcase more than four dozen demonstrators, vendors, information booths and organizations sharing tips and practical advice on how…
Haywood County is about to experience its newest festival: EcoFest, an ode to sustainability, agriculture and the environment. This year…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 01:48

For your culinary and reading pleasure

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Most booklovers have suffered that “Oh, no” moment when a friend, with nothing but the best of intentions, presses an…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 01:42

When will Americans learn that ‘blowback’ is real?

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In 1953, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, at the urging of the British M16, overthrew democratically elected Iranian Prime Minister…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 01:41

MedWest Haywood appreciates volunteers

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To the Editor: A smile, a touch, a simple “how are you today?” are some of what I hear and…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 01:41

Don’t allow filling in of floodplain

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To the Editor: I am a local biologist and an avid outdoorsman and spend a great deal of my time…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 01:40

Tell your reps to vote against fracking

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To the Editor: Most of us have heard the term fracking by now. In states where this underground energy extraction…
The defeat of gun control legislation in the Senate wasn’t as much surprising as it was disappointing. This is one…
Mail carriers in Haywood County will collected non-perishable food items for the National Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive on Saturday, May 11. Place canned goods or other non-perishable items in your mailbox before the mail carrier stops by…
When Sydney Bridges sets out to do something, she doesn’t give up. A 10th grader at Tuscola High School in Haywood County, Bridges is currently spearheading a fund-raising campaign to build a clear water well in Kampala, Uganda.
The state fund that helped conserve miles of riverfront, protect thousands of acres of undeveloped mountainsides and build countless sewer and water projects in Western North Carolina is hanging on by a thread.
The Jackson County Planning Board debated where to draw the line between safety and individual rights last month in its ongoing rewrite of steep slope rules. Specifically, should driveways to homes on steep slopes have to meet safety standards?
In several counties in Western North Carolina, a showdown between the printed word and the digital age could soon take place. A bill has passed the N.C. Senate that allows some town and county governments in the region to opt…
Haywood County commissioners may soon revisit the unsettled issue of whether Confederate Flags can be flown on the lawn of the historic Waynesville courthouse. County commissioners were caught in a maelstrom last year when a philosophical debate broke out between…
The Haywood Community College Board of Trustees has given preliminary approval for the construction of a training facility for law enforcement and emergency service workers.
If the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority is footing the bill for a magazine ad, brochure, sign — you name it — the tourism agency deserves recognition, tourism board members reaffirmed last week.
A state bill that would raise Haywood County’s lodging tax is still sitting idly in committee in Raleigh with no signs of going up for a vote soon in the General Assembly.
A convenience store owner in Macon County was let off the hook by a judge for four misdemeanor charges of operating illegal sweepstakes machines — but it will have little or no bearing on the state’s ban on the machines.
Shortly after takeoff, the Smoky Mountain Flying Club is having to re-route its course.  The flying club nearly lost an $11,000 non-refundable down payment on an airplane after a deal with investors went bad.
After months of debate and protest, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ Tribal Council voted to let the bear zoos on the Qualla Boundary remain open, although it was not unanimous.
The town of Waynesville has a large checklist to tackle in the coming months before Lake Junaluska is officially added to the town limits.
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 01:10

Sylva Walmart sign decision pending

Sylva town leaders once again have a public hearing on the docket to decide the fate of oversized Walmart signs, but are once again wondering whether representatives of Walmart will stand them up.