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Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:35

Waynesville brewery hosts golf tournament

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Tipping Point Brewing will hold its inaugural charity golf tournament at 12:20 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at the Waynesville Country…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:35

Haywood exhibit puts spotlight on Appalachian crafts

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Appalachia, the newest exhibit from the Haywood County Arts Council, will run from May 30 through June 29, at Gallery…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:34

Concerts on the Creek returns to Sylva May 31

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The Concerts on the Creek summer music series returns for its fifth season with the Rye Holler Boys from 7:30…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:33

Free summer concerts begin at WCU

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The annual summer concert series on the Central Plaza at Western Carolina University will begin with Floating Action at 7…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:31

Cherokee festival showcases gourd crafts

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Gourd artists from around the world will gather at the 11th annual Gourd Artists Gathering and Art Festival May 31…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:29

Cherokee potter to be honored in Franklin

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There will be a public reception for Cherokee artist Joel Queen and the formal presentation of a pottery piece he…
For Norma Hendrix, it’s all about connecting the dots. “I love working in a community of artists,” she said. “I…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Plants hitch a ride to the sun

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A book I read about the Suwannee River featured numerous photographs of trees overhanging the waterway festooned with Spanish moss.…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Waterfall trail looking for sweat donations

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Volunteers are needed in Panthertown Valley during Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 25, to help complete a new section…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Visitors need to plan ahead to see fireflies

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The Elkmont synchronous firefly viewing will take place June 6-13 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Every year, thousands…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Environmental forums start up

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A forum on community and environmental change will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Plant a row for the needy

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United Christian Ministries of Jackson County is asking gardeners to plant an extra row in their plots this year to…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Calling on volunteers for bird monitoring

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Volunteers are needed to assist in a breeding bird monitoring and education program throughout the spring and early summer at…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Max Patch restored, off-roaders pay

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The off-roaders responsible for causing damage to the popular Pisgah National Forest hiking spot Max Patch have reached a plea…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

More recycling bins for WCU

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Western Carolina University received 75 new recycling bins through the Alcoa Foundation Recycling Bin Grant Program and have begun placing…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Hit Mast General to help conservation

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The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy will get a boost on Saturday, June 1, when Mast General Store locations in Waynesville…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Going toe to toe with Mother Nature

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It is said that humans are fickle creatures, and if that is true, then the weather must be at least…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

A record-breaking weekend of birding

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Last week, we set the stage for the 29th annual Great Smoky Mountains Birding Expedition (GSMBE). The group starts at 9…
In the early 1900s, Florence Cope Bush, author of Dorie: Woman of the Mountains, described native brook trout as being…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

A fast look at a few worthwhile tomes

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Here they are, books yammering for review: a hillock of books on the floor by the desk; more books stacked…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Correction

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A letter from Jane Harrison in the May 8 edition of SMN, “Meadows in the wrong on background checks,” was…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

We must leave better world for our children

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To the Editor: New York City has been attacked twice in the past decade — first by Al Qaeda and…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

What are they thinking down in Raleigh?

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To the Editor: I continue to be mystified by the behavior of Art Pope’s legislature in Raleigh. While ranting against…
Haywood County commissioners drew a line in the sand. The Haywood County School Board decided not to cross it. In…
A 100-page business plan created by Western Carolina University seniors are helping guide development of a self-sustaining primary care health clinic in the university’s Health and Human Sciences Building. The team explored the needs of the WCU School of Nursing,…
The Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen have been mired in gridlock for nearly nine months. With only four town board members at the moment — instead of the typical five — stalemates have ruled the day. From major issues to…
Macon County is weighing whether to relax its existing rules that ban fill dirt in the flood plain. The county’s planning board is split on the issue and struggling to find mutual ground to stand on.
Jackson County wants to bring high-speed Internet service to a greater number of residents, but doing so means convincing an Internet service provider there’s enough potential customers to make it worth their while.
Signs are businesses’ equivalent to nuclear weapons. “Everybody wants them, but you have to agree to live with them,” said Waynesville Town Planner Paul Benson. “I think what we need is a consensus on what is a reasonable approach.”
From the outside, Sandy Cloer’s office doesn’t look like much — not even a real office, in fact.  The three double-wide trailers strung end-to-end and plopped at the back of a barren parking lot hardly seem cut from the same…
The number of homeless school children in Haywood County has risen by nearly 20 percent this year compared to last. The county uses the definition of homelessness contained in the McKinney-Vento Act — any individual who lacks a fixed, regular and…
What’s it going to be for Jackson County — Just Do It; Got Milk?; A Little Dab’ll Do Ya?  That is the $50,000 question as tourism leaders edge closer to an official marketing message and tourism brand used to lure…
Canton leaders are already asking how they can do better making Camp Hope available to the public after a lawsuit threatened to seize the 100-acre forested tract and rustic camp quarters away from the town.
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

WNC duo star on reality TV show

Lights, camera … Haywood County?  During the past two years, a local reality show has become a phenomenon that’s being broadcast into homes across the country and beyond. The program is “Hillbilly Blood: A Hardscrabble Life,” and it features Western North…
Financial challenges faced by rural hospitals show no sign of a turnaround, prompting MedWest hospital leaders to consider what was once a last resort. MedWest hospitals are entertaining the idea of selling or merging with a larger hospital system that…
The Haywood County historic courthouse in Waynesville will be completely re-landscaped by the end of this week, just in time for the official launch of the summer tourist season marked by Memorial Day weekend. The county cut down all the…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Haywood room tax hike deep-sixed

Even though an “overwhelming majority” of community leaders in Haywood County support a lodging tax increase, a state bill that would have done just that died in the state legislature last week.
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Online historic photo archive flourishes

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Western Carolina University has joined forces with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for the latest addition to its digital…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Champagne brunch to benefit animal rescue

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A benefit for PAWS will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at the Fryemont Inn in…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Putting a twist on movie and Broadway classics

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The Georgia Symphony Orchestra will present their “Symphonic Spectacular” at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at the Smoky Mountain Center…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Ring of Fire opens at HART

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The Broadway musical “Ring of Fire,” honoring the work of Johnny Cash, will open at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Celebrate Appalachian heritage in Swain

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The Swain County Heritage Festival will be May 24-25 at Riverfront Park in Bryson City.
A day of craft beer and music will be had at BearWaters Brewing Company as they celebrate their first anniversary…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Want to learn how to carve leather?

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Artisan in the Mountains will host a leather carving demonstration featuring local artist Martin Carter from 1 to 4 p.m.…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Shady Ladies quilt show to make a splash at Lake Logan

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The Shady Ladies quilt league will unveil their latest artistic creations during their annual quilt challenge showcase running May 31…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Cashiers festival creates ultimate trifecta May 25

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Blues, Brew and BBQ will be filling bellies at the Village Green in Cashiers from 5 to 8 p.m. on…
Aaron Lewis has always seemed to be on the outside. Founder and lead singer of hard rock group Staind, Lewis…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:28

Identifying birds

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Although bird identification can be perplexing — baffling at times for even the most accomplished birders — the principles of…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:24

Youth soccer camps

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The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department is offering British and Brazilian soccer camps for youth this summer. The Brazilian soccer…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:24

Book turns hikes into scavenger hunts

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A book that aims to make hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park fun and educational for kids, Scavenger…