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Wednesday, 03 October 2012 20:16

Hike to Highland’s Rock Mountain

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A guided hike to the summit of Rock Mountain in the Highlands area will be held from 9 a.m. until…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 20:15

Grants to help farmers put out new roots

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Farmers in Western North Carolina can tap $3,000 to $6,000 grants from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission to help…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 20:13

Survey shows outdoorsmen are environmentalists

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A new national poll released last month shows sportsmen prioritize protecting public lands above energy production. The poll conducted for…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 20:12

Pick up winter gardening tips from leading WNC botanist

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An organic winter gardening workshop be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Cullowhee home…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 20:11

Hikers needed for Mountain-to-Sea Trail routes

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Hikers are needed to hike proposed Mountain-to-Sea Trail routes in Jackson and Swain counties in and give feedback about the…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 20:11

Learn about the how and why of fall colors

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The Highlands Nature Center will host a program on fall colors from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct.…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 20:10

Catch fall colors with Parkway hike

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Blue Ridge Parkway rangers will lead an easy to moderate 2.5 mile roundtrip hike to the summit of Sam Knob…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 20:10

Hikes with Land Trust for the Little Tennessee

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The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee will host a guided hike to Yellow Creek Falls in Graham County on…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 20:08

What to bee-lieve

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Apparently what was apparent to many scientists and researchers back in 2008 is becoming more apparent — or not. Honeybee…
Gorges State Park born just more than 10 years ago is now finally on its way to becoming one of…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 20:00

Star Wars family nights in Sylva

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The Jackson County Public Library and City Lights Bookstore in Sylva will both host Star Wars Family Nights this week.…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:58

Winter has come and Martin turns up the heat

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Kind hearts, winter has come. That dire prediction that began over 4,000 pages ago with A Game of Thrones has…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:52

More A&E briefs

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Orchestra to play fairy tales and Mozart Blue Ridge Orchestra begins its 2012-2013 season with a musical visit to Cinderella, Mother…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:51

WCU jam series kicks off with Sons of Ralph

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The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will get underway with a…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:48

Comedy troupe ready to bring laughs

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Upright Citizens Brigade will bring its comedy theater to Western Carolina University with a show at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:48

Fifth Annual Fall Craft Festival

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Celebrating 126 years of history, the fifth annual Fall Craft Festival at The Old Mill 1886 will be held from…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:47

Oktoberfest to benefit medical center

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Oktoberfest, put on by the Foundation for Angel Medical Center, will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at the…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:45

Disc golf tournament, craft beer festival at Fontana Village

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Hoptoberfest will kick off at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 13 at Fontana Village Resort. The daylong festival will start with a…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:44

Acrylic demonstration of street scene

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Artist and teacher Dominick DePaolo will demonstrate acrylic painting techniques in a street scene for Art League of the Smokies…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:44

Swain teacher exhibits art education thesis

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The Swain County Center for the Arts will celebrate the paintings of area elementary and middle school art teacher Sheena…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:43

HCC focus of new art council show

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Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86 is hosting an artist’s reception for the Haywood Community College’s professional craft faculty and…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:42

‘Surreal Appalachia’ celebrated at Waynesville gallery

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Two local artists who use unconventional materials will be featured from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 5 at Gallery 262 in downtown…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:41

Disney discussion

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Blue Ridge Watermedia Society will hold their monthly meeting at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 9 at the First Baptist Church on…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:39

Regional art grants available

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Regional Artist Project grant of Western North Carolina (RAP go WNC) funding is available to developing art professionals for the…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:38

Integration topic of panel discussion

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The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host a panel discussion about history of integration at 7 p.m. Oct.…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:37

Leaf Lookers Gemboree comes to Franklin

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The 23rd annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree is Oct. 26-28 at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin. The Gemboree will…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:34

Italian love story warms up the HART

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Bringing a little warmth to the impending fall weather, the Haywood Regional Arts Theatre in Waynesville presents “The Light In…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:31

Haywood theatre enters second act

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It may look like a grassy field to some, but to Steven Lloyd, it’s a window of opportunity. Lloyd, executive…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:44

Finding freedom in the written word

Dawn Gilchrist-Young doesn’t just read and teach books, she defends them. As chair of the English department for Swain County High School, Gilchrist-Young is joining “Banned Books Weeks”, which is a nationwide celebration this week in honor of one of…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:41

Don’t be fooled again by Sen. Jim Davis

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To the Editor: One of the most important decisions we will have to make on Nov. 6 is who to…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:40

Bernanke is killing the working class

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To the Editor: It is really quite amazing that anybody would believe anything that emanates from the mouth of Federal…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:39

This election, let’s make a clean sweep

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To the Editor: During this election the main question seems to be economical. We are a debtor nation. We are…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:38

Americans are too easily deceived

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To the Editor: Why are the American people so easily deceived? It seems as if they want to be deceived. …
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:37

GOP attack on women is real and continuing

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To the Editor: The letter about women’s rights by Margery Abel in last week’s Smoky Mountain News says it very…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:36

Independent thinkers are key to future

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To the Editor: Kurt Vonnegut, a prophetic fiction writer of the 1960s, wrote an amusing, disturbing and satirical short story…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:35

Sen. Davis’ comments were insulting

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To the Editor: Much has been said this election year on the Republican “War on Women.” Some believe it exists…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:34

The tragedy of mass shootings, gun control

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Hardly a week goes by without hearing about another tragic shooting, in a movie theater, a grocery store, a Washington,…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:33

Support Ghost Town and other local projects

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To the Editor: This is really not an “either-or” situation. Maggie Valley should definitely support Ghost Town as an investment…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:33

Invest in nature, not Ghost Town

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To the Editor: I have no problem with Ghost Town, and I wish them well in their efforts. But I…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:31

Neither candidate is going to get the job done

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To the Editor: It appears Mitt Romney has committed the unpardonable sin — he told the truth and now must…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:28

Rash of house fires hits Macon County

During the month of September, Macon County experienced one of its most notable spates of structure fires. During a three-week period starting Sept. 7, four large structures succumbed to fire in the county — including the house of Franklin Fire…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:25

Neighbors hit snag in quest to rename road

Hate the name of your street? In Haywood County, changing it shouldn’t be that hard. Come up with a new name, make sure the name isn’t already taken by another street and get at least 65 percent of your neighbors…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:25

Trees honor breast cancer patients

As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and MedWest Health System’s annual Fall Fight campaign against breast cancer, the women’s imaging centers of MedWest-Harris and MedWest-Haywood are hosting receptions on Oct. 5 to dedicate Trees of Hope to honor…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:24

Swain drive provides coats for needy

The fourth annual ‘Coats for Folks’ collection is currently underway. People can drop off gently used or new winter clothing articles for children and adults at any Swain County governmental facility such as the County Administration Building, Health Dept., Social…
The Republican National Congressional Committee won’t be putting any money behind Mark Meadows, the Republican candidate for the 11th U.S. Congressional District. RNCC leaders said this race is a shoo-in given the conservative-leaning district, so they will marshal their financial…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:21

Changes in store for rural post offices

Some small post offices in Western North Carolina may have their hours cut or be shut down as the U.S. Postal Service continues to hunt for ways to solve its ongoing financial deficit. Last year, a proposal to close hundreds…
Smaller, independent hospitals across the nation have increasingly sought partnerships with larger hospitals in recent years, a trend largely driven by financial challenges. For Highlands-Cashiers Hospitals, the latest hospital in the region to jump on board with Mission Hospital in…
Highlands-Cashiers Hospital will soon join the growing number of small hospitals in Western North Carolina to come under the management of Mission Hospital in Asheville.
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:17

Political roundup

The Macon County League of Women Voters will host a forum at noon Oct. 11 at Tartan Hall in Franklin for county commissioner candidates.  Incumbent Democrat Bobby Kuppers is facing Republican Paul Higdon in District 3. Incumbents Jim Tate and…
At first glance, this 14-year-old girl with a soft smile and a round face may seem like the all-American kid. She’s been in Girl Scouts since the first grade. Her dad works in construction. Currently a high school sophomore, she…