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Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Pow Wow festival in Cherokee

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The 38th annual Cherokee Pow Wow Festival is June 14-16 at the Acqouni Expo Center (Old Cherokee High School).
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Alt-country, Americana and bluegrass in Balsam

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Kim Richey, Irene Kelley and Thomm Jutz will bring an adventurous musical spirit to the Songwriters in the Round series…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Bluegrass royalty to converge at Cherokee campground

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The Cherokee Bluegrass Festival will run from June 13-15 at the Happy Holiday RV Village in Cherokee.
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Appalachian storyteller to play Haywood library

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Storyteller/singer-songwriter Dusk Weaver performs at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at the Waynesville Public Library. Weaver is an upbeat entertainer…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Stecoah arts center receives grant

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The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership has announced an award of $10,000 to the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

This must be the place

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I had never seen the color green like that before. Touching down at the Shannon Airport in southwest Ireland, the…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Finding your roots in Appalachia

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Ronan MacGregor didn’t know where he came from. He knew he was of Scottish decent, but that was about it.…
Monday, 10 June 2013 00:00

Smoky Mountain Living magazine seeks reader photos

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Smoky Mountain Living prominently features images from across the southern Appalachians in each edition. Photo essays adhere to the issue’s…
Wednesday, 28 February 2007 00:00

Wi-Fi part of regional wireless initiative

A new 8.5-mile fiber optic cable linking government buildings in Waynesville has recently been installed.
Wednesday, 28 February 2007 00:00

Now what will the wagging tongues talk about?

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Jack Cox and Kayden Zollinger (soon to be Cox, pending paperwork) are proud — and relieved — to announce the…
Wednesday, 28 February 2007 00:00

Moratorium will preserve building industry, not destroy it

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The Jackson County commissioners should move forward with their temporary subdivision moratorium, notwithstanding all the concerns that have been raised…
Wednesday, 28 February 2007 00:00

The day Uncle Curtis’ rabbits did the town

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By Carl Iobst Well if this don’t beat all. Over in eastern Germany where lederhosen, apple strudel, and skinheads are…
Wednesday, 28 February 2007 00:00

N.C. side of Smokies goes biodiesel

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About two dozen diesel vehicles used by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the North Carolina side of the…
Wednesday, 28 February 2007 00:00

LTLT preserves 850 acres in Cherokee County

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A cattle farm in Cherokee County known as Ridgefield Farm has been preserved for future generations thanks to a conservation…
Wednesday, 28 February 2007 00:00

Allons au Bayou Noire

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I guess the real Bayou Noire would be in Houma or Sulphur or somewhere else across Acadiana, where the slow…
By Michael Beadle Paul Carlson has plenty of maps to show you. There are maps with stars. Color-coded maps of…
Wednesday, 28 February 2007 00:00

Smokies National Park conducts 530-acre prescribed burn

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park conducted a prescribed burn on a 530-acre tract of forest in the Cataloochee Valley…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Christine Tyndall’s voice hits a high note as she reads from the Maurice Sendak…
Wednesday, 28 February 2007 00:00

The Broken West nails vintage pop — in all the right ways

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It’s the tambourine that gives it away. Those insistent eighth notes from the piano during the chorus, the sparkly harmonies…
Wednesday, 28 February 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Nature Deficit Disorder Sometimes, you read an interview and it hits home, hard. Last month’s issue of The Sun, a…
Wednesday, 28 February 2007 00:00

Thankfully, some books are short

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Ludie’s Life by Cynthia Rylant. Harcourt Children's Books, 2006. 128 pages. Sometimes bad things come in small packages.
Wednesday, 28 February 2007 00:00

River group considers car removal from Tuck

A fledgling effort now under way could lead to the cleanup of junked cars lining the banks of the Tuckasegee River.
Wednesday, 28 February 2007 00:00

Easley urges legislature to fix Medicaid woes

For years, county leaders have been lobbying law makers in Raleigh to stop packing off a portion of Medicaid costs on counties. They hope this year might finally be the year.
Wednesday, 28 February 2007 00:00

Emotions build in run-up to moratorium hearing

Frenzy surrounding a proposed moratorium on new subdivisions in Jackson County reached a fever pitch in the run-up to a public hearing on the issue Tuesday night.
Wednesday, 28 February 2007 00:00

Project will track growing number of lots

As Western North Carolina wrestles with growth issues, a project is under way to track where and how large mountain tracts are being carved up into smaller lots.
With Wal-Mart’s future in Franklin in limbo, business owners near the existing big-box store continue to worry they’ll lose the economic engine that drives their bottom lines.
Wednesday, 28 February 2007 00:00

Downtown Waynesville wi-fi to go live by April

Since Suzanne Gernandt opened Textures in downtown Waynesville three years ago, she’s noticed one question in particular has been on the rise among her customers: where can I find wireless Internet?
Wednesday, 28 February 2007 00:00

WCU launches ambitious $40 million campaign

Western Carolina University Chancellor John W. Bardo has officially launched the first comprehensive fundraising campaign in the university’s 118-year history, a drive to raise at least $40 million in private support to help meet a renewed emphasis on academic quality.
Wednesday, 07 March 2007 00:00

Chapin channels something powerful in The Calling

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In 1992 Mary Chapin Carpenter released Come On, Come On, and though it’s a little hazy as to how I…
Wednesday, 07 March 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Battlestar Galactica Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a Battlestar fanatic. A few weekends ago, my wife and I glued ourselves…
Wednesday, 07 March 2007 00:00

Y’all come back

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By Michael Beadle The annual foot-stompin’, hand-clappin’, kick-up-your-heels music-and-dance show known as the Summit Country and Western Show at Tuscola…
Wednesday, 07 March 2007 00:00

A debut reminiscent of other stirring westerns

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Back in the 15th century, when Europe underwent a remarkable surge in creativity, the word “Renaissance” (meaning “rebirth”) was frequently…
A push to move the Swain County Chamber of Commerce into a vacant bank building is meeting resistance from some lodging owners because of a proposed room tax increase.
Wednesday, 07 March 2007 00:00

Crowded, contentious hearing remains civil

More than 1,300 people crowded into the public hearing last week over a proposed moratorium on new subdivisions in Jackson County.
Wednesday, 07 March 2007 00:00

Fontana library system has deep roots

The six libraries in Macon, Jackson and Swain counties are part of the Fontana Regional Library system, headquartered at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. The system has deep roots in the region, dating its beginnings to 1944 when the…
The debate over a proposed moratorium on new subdivisions in Jackson County is divided into two main camps: those who claim an economic downturn will result and those who feel protecting the mountains from unsavory development is critical to the…
It’s no small task moving a library.
Wednesday, 07 March 2007 00:00

Improving the science of development

When Bob Brannon saw a newspaper announcement last spring seeking developers to participate in a pilot mapping project, he already had most of the planning for his development, Mountain Watch, in place.
Wednesday, 07 March 2007 00:00

Accounts of a horned serpent

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I have on more than one occasion written about Uktenas, the giant horned serpents modeled on timber rattlesnakes that appear…
Wednesday, 07 March 2007 00:00

Easley’s budget goes wrong way on lottery

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Gov. Mike Easley’s proposed budget would decrease the portion of lottery proceeds going to education — before legislators have a…
Wednesday, 07 March 2007 00:00

Tax policy can help save rural land

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By Susan Ervin • Guest Columnist The recent tax revaluations in Macon County have many people worried — not just…
Wednesday, 07 March 2007 00:00

Fire on the mountain

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By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer A forest fire burned nearly 40 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park…
Wednesday, 07 March 2007 00:00

Getting jiggy at the vernal pool

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It’s March 1, the night is black and soggy. It’s around 50 degrees and “pourin the rain” as natives say.
Wednesday, 07 March 2007 00:00

Simple living: Up from grassroots

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By Kathleen Lamont   There are lots of examples today of what a few determined and focused people can do.…
By Michael Beadle Running can be a lonely sport. It’s hard finding someone who has a similar pace, someone who…
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

Newly formed Balsam Range features some of the finest

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By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Balsam Range, a newly formed group of all-star pickers, will play a free concert…
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

Chocolate sensation

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By Michael Beadle Come March 24, sink your teeth into blueberry truffles, fudge cookies, and mocha cheesecake.
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

Food of the Gods

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By Michael Beadle Call it a Kiss. A sweet treat. A bonbon. A decadent delight.
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

Air skillfully paints a delicate soundscape

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What exactly do you say about these guys? There’s certainly something nostalgic in just how painfully arty what they’re doing…
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Lucinda Williams, West If you don’t already know her, go back to the beginning and catch up, because you’ve missed…