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Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:00

Parade updates for Franklin, Waynesville

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Franklin parade seeking applicants The Franklin Chamber of Commerce has entry forms available for the 2012 Christmas Parade. With “A…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:00

Family movie at Bryson City library

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Nickelodeon’s favorite characters celebrate autumn and going back to school on the big screen during family movie at 3:30 p.m.…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:00

WCU director named to state art council

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Denise Drury, interim director of the Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum, was recently named to the North Carolina Museums…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:00

Tae Kwon Do Expo planned in Waynesville

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The Blue Dragon Tae Kwon Do Expo will be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the MedWest Health and…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:00

Album perfectly interprets ‘songs’ of Blake

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Apart from the fact that this is a remarkable recording, in terms of Martha Redbone’s liquid vocals and the harmonious…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:00

K.A.R.E. to hold Festival of Trees fundraiser

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Kids Advocacy Resource Effort (K.A.R.E.) will host its 3rd annual Festival of Trees fundraiser and live auction at 5:30 p.m.…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:00

Silent auction to benefit K.A.R.E. House

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The newly formed Haywood Area Wholistic Integrative Practitioners group (known as HAWIP) is throwing a silent auction and reception at…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:00

Garden club to make wreaths, visit tree farm

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The November meeting of The Sylva Garden Club will be held at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 6 at The Tuckasegee Trading…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:00

WCU presents Hollywood satire

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“Once in a Lifetime,” a satiric look back at the Golden Age of Hollywood will hit the stage at 7:30…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:00

Come on, let's twist — again

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We’ve all done it. At a middle school dance, high school prom, college formal, wedding reception, anniversary celebration, New Year’s…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 12:50

Waterfalls have a near mystical attraction

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We are attracted to water. Mountain paths always wind down to water ... down to springs, creeks and rivers. Water…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 12:49

WCU group sets record in 175 mile relay run

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Students and faculty members from Western Carolina University’s athletic training program finished the 2012 Mountain Jug Run for Research in…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 12:48

Farmers market says goodbye to summer

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It is time to pack up and move indoors. Saturday Nov. 27 marks the last weekend of the season that…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 12:47

Jump on board the growing Farm to School program

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An all-day workshop put on by the Growing Minds Farm to School program will help schools connect with local farmers…
Students and professionals in outdoor education fields will partake in the annual Adventure Education Conference, Nov. 2 at Western Carolina…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 12:45

Hike to Waynesville’s watershed

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A birder, ecologist and forester will lead a guided fall hike through Waynesville’s 8,600-acre preserved watershed from 9 a.m. to…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 12:43

Safety courses mark start of fall hunting

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Free hunter safety courses will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 5-7 on the Haywood Community College campus.…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 12:43

HCC Woodsmen team rocks the Cradle at Timbersports meet

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Haywood Community College’s Timbersports Team took first place by a landslide at the John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet held…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 12:43

Bike Haywood honored for Haywood County master plan

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Bicycle Haywood NC and Haywood County both received top awards from a national planning organization for their bicycle advocacy work.…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 12:42

Celebrate fall with the LTLT

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The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee will host its fall celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov.…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 12:40

The sounds of silence

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This morning when I had coffee on my deck, I did not hear the hooded warbler that nests in the…
A series of close bear encounters in the Pisgah National Forest have prompted a temporary ban on overnight camping in…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 12:09

All’s fair in love and politics

Western North Carolina found itself in an unflattering national media spotlight a year ago when a reporter from The New Yorker picked the state Senate race between Jim Davis and John Snow to illustrate a masterful takeover of national politics…
John Snow dreads his daily trip to the post office these days. It’s just two blocks from his home outside Murphy, but the whole way there he wonders what will be waiting for him this time. Once inside, he heads…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 12:01

News in brief for readers and writers

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Library showcases author for book discussion  Kimberly Brock will do a presentation based on her novel, The River Witch, at…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 11:58

A flawed story that is still worthwhile

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Mark Helprin drives me crazy. Helprin’s novels — he is the author of A Soldier of the Great War, Freddy…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Climate change is real, must be confronted

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To the Editor: First, I want to thank The Smoky Mountain News for co-sponsoring the political candidate forum held at…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Discussing religion of candidates is tricky

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To the Editor: As I was engaged in a peace vigil in front of the Haywood County Courthouse recently, a…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Forum gave insight into John Snow

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To the Editor: A candidate forum was held in Sylva on Oct. 15, 2012. The forum was sponsored by the…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Beware the candidate who runs attack ads

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To the Editor: Campaign advertising is all around us. Much of it is in the form of attack ads meant…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Oscillating Romney not a good choice

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To the Editor: Mitt Romney continuously switches positions to appease his audience. I am citing only a few examples. In…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Here’s why tax cuts aren’t working

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To the Editor: The economy is the largest accident ever designed by man. We think we can’t control it, but…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Some regulations are good for business

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To the Editor: Mark Meadows and Romney-Ryan believe business can exist and prosper without government, that business owners build their…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Marty Jones’ signs are just too much

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To the Editor: It is November, which means it is election time. As we all know election time means campaign…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Davis has shown support for those with disabilities

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To the Editor: Seldom do I cross party lines in politics. However, there is one Republican candidate I will vote…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Debates provide another view of candidates

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The presidential debates of the 2012 election are now behind us. Barack Obama, the Democratic incumbent president running for re-election,…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Support candidates who value early childhood programs

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In the Sept. 19 edition of The Smoky Mountain News, there were some disturbing quotes from some of the local…
A grand goal of bringing sidewalks to the main commercial drag in Sylva has elicited protests from one business owner who claims he’s the victim of costly and unrealistic goals of creating a walkable community along a five-lane highway.
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

HCC students register voters

A Haywood Community College political science class got a good dose of the mechanics of voting by running a voter registration booth on campus. “These students did this on their own time,” said Greg McLamb, HCC Lead History instructor. “Voting…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Organizations in Haywood hosting support group

The MedWest Health System Chaplaincy Service, Haywood Community Connections and Mountain Projects are hosting a free Caregivers Unite support group meeting from 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Senior Resource Center of Haywood County in Waynesville. The Caregivers…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Manufacturing leads Haywood out of recession

For the second year in a row, area research economist Tom Tveidt delivered his state of Haywood County’s economy address — a rare look at the county’s individual resources and statistics. Typically, economic data is collected for the region as…
After about 18 months of construction, the $1.5 million Swain County Regional Business Education and Training Center is officially open for business, or education, or training for that matter. “This facility will wear many hats,” said Swain County Commissioner Donnie…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Golden LEAF offering funding for Swain

The Golden LEAF Foundation and Swain County are hosting a community forum at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Room at the Business Training Center at 45 East Ridge Road in Bryson City. The purpose of the forum is to discuss…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Early voting numbers continue to rise

Absentee voters have been licking their stamps for weeks, and beginning last Thursday, early voters started arriving at polling places across Western North Carolina.
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

News in brief

The newly formed Haywood Area Wholistic Integrative Practitioners group (known as HAWIP) is hosting a silent auction and reception 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Where Angels Gather, a holistic retail store and education center on 124 Miller St. in Waynesville.…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Business owners lobby for train at every turn

Since the headquarters of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad moved from Dillsboro to Bryson City in 2008, the little picturesque tourist village in Jackson County has been waiting for its gravy train to return.
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Tribal employee charged with embezzlement

An Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians employee was recently charged with embezzlement during a 15-year period. Amanda Leigh Smoker, 33, was arrested on Oct. 9 by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office after being charged with one count of embezzlement from…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Where Jackson commissioner candidates stand

Whether a grassroots movement to spark planning in Cullowhee dies or moves forward will rests with the next Jackson County board of commissioners. A group of Cullowhee residents have called for development guidelines. Without standards, Cullowhee is vulnerable to unattractive…
This November could prove to be the do or die month for the planning effort in Cullowhee when Jackson County commissioners decide whether to give the thumbs up or down on the next pivotal step in Cullowhee’s journey to become…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Upcoming music in Waynesville

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Jazz festival continues in Waynesville The Classic Wineseller and Satin Steel Jazz continue their month-long jazz series with the Michael…