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The three MedWest hospitals in Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties laid off 82 employees this week to cope with shrinking revenue and declining patient volume. The layoffs are part of a larger workforce reduction in recent months. Another 79 positions…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 14:34

The battle before the war

It was a tranquil Saturday afternoon when the stampede began. Lines of vehicles, like mechanical horses with flags waving high, hurtle down the highway, resembling some cavalry charging into battle, desperately in search of a cherished parking space near the…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:44

First frost ushers in winter

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It’s Oct. 7 as I write this. The first hard frost hasn’t as yet arrived. But it won’t be long…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:41

Take outdoor photos with the experts

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The Lens Luggers outdoor photography group will host two excursions, Oct. 20 and 21, to give visual enthusiasts the opportunity…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:40

Join a guided hike to Hemphill Bald at Cataloochee Ranch

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The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy is leading a hike to Hemphill Bald at Cataloochee Ranch at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct.…
A free workshop for landowners interested in learning more about conservtion agreements with a land trust will be held from…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:38

Old time campin’ on tap in the Pisgah Forest

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Historical and outdoor enthusiasts can go watch a small group of re-enactors in a reconstructed campsite of the early 1900’s…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:34

Tuckasegee to receive 19,600 trout this fall

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The delayed harvest section of the Tuckasegee River in Jackson County, one of 15 spots on the Western North Carolina…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:34

Massey Branch Boat ramp to close

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The U.S. Forest Service will close the Massey Branch Boat Ramp on Lake Santeetlah beginning Oct. 15 so that improvements…
A guided hike in the Cataloochee Valley area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be held Thursday, Oct.…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:32

Raising hellbenders is no small feat

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Biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission have launched a captive breeding program for the giant, odd-looking Hellbender salamander, also…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:31

Leaf lookers take heed

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The U.S. Forest Service has launched a web site for “Leaf Viewing in Western North Carolina.” The site features scenic…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:29

A braver, newer world

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Or at least a younger one anyway — one of the ranking members of the House’s Committee on Science, Space…
As Don Casada veered off-trail and began bushwhacking his way over fallen logs and through overgrown shrubs along the shore…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:23

Writer talks about memoir

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Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host a book talk with Barbara Taylor Woodall on at 7 p.m. Oct.…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:23

Civil War author to give talk

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Jackson County Public Library will host a book talk with Emily Cooper, author of Queen of the Lost, a fictionalized…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:22

Authors to discuss works in Sylva

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Two authors will present their latest works on Oct. 13 at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Ava Lindsey Chambers will…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:20

Burke again captures the essence of the Bayou

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In Creole Belle (ISBN 978-1-4516-4813-3, $27.99), novelist James Lee Burke returns to a territory he now owns in the literary…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:19

WCU to host guest saxophonist, pianist

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The School of Music at Western Carolina University will present a guest artist recital featuring saxophonist Allison Dromgold Adams with…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:18

Students run to raise funds for research

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Two weeks before the football teams from Western Carolina University and Appalachian State University tangle in their traditional rivalry game,…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:17

Jazz festival visits Classic Wine Seller

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The Classic Wine Seller and Satin Steel Jazz will host a fall jazz festival on four consecutive Saturdays, Oct. 13…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:17

Skateway looking for a partner

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Smoky Mountain Sk8way is looking for a naming rights partner to rename the soon-to-be expanded Smoky Mountain Sk8way Sports and…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:16

Audition for ‘Christmas Carol’ at HART

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Haywood Arts Regional Theatre (HART) will hold auditions for its December production of “A Christmas Carol” at 1 p.m. Oct.…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:14

Top marching bands to compete

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More than 20 top high school marching bands will assemble for Western Carolina University’s 12th annual Tournament of Champions at…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:14

Free arts and crafts for kids in Macon

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Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to a free ARTSaturday arts and crafts workshop from 10 a.m. to…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:13

Maggie Valley quilt show to celebrate fall

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The High Country Quilters 22nd Annual Quilt Show, “Bear Foot In the Mountains,” will take place daily from 10 a.m.…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:11

Come ride with Charlie Brown

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The Great Pumpkin Patch Express is returning throughout October to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City. As the…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:11

Dillsboro drum circle ready to boogie

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The Dillsboro Community Drum Circle will hold their monthly show from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 13 at the old train depot.…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:09

‘Miss Jane’ spins spooky stories

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Canton Branch Library will transform into a spooky storytelling arena from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in the meeting room. Jane…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:09

Great Smokies storyteller to spin tales

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Friends of the Smokies will host nationally acclaimed storyteller and Haywood County native Donald Davis at 3 p.m. Oct. 14…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:08

Glassblowing, blacksmithing offered

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Two art classes will be held at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro on Oct. 13. A glassblowing…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:07

Kephart items donated to library

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A recent donation of Horace Kephart’s personal correspondence, photographs and other belongings will become part of the new “Horace Kephart…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:06

29th annual Church Street show returns to Waynesville

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Church Street Art and Craft Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 in downtown Waynesville. 
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:03

Jammin’ at the Millpond

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Haywood Community College’s Jammin’ at the Millpond will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 on the…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:01

Art grant looking for submissions

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Regional Artist Project grant of Western North Carolina (RAP go WNC) is available for the 2012-2013 year. RAP go WNC is…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:01

Maggie Valley presents autumn craft show

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The October Leaves Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 and 14 at the…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:59

Sylva hosting art stroll

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Jackson County Visual Arts Association and the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce will host the “Sylva Art Stroll” starting at…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:57

Cherokee find tradition, respect through sport

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Amid the blinking lights and stuffed animal prizes at the Cherokee Indian Fair, a scream echoes from behind the trees.…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:56

Barack Obama and his debate debacle

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To the Editor: So, here we had it. Live TV for all the world to see. In one corner was…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:55

McCrory and our gems from Western Carolina

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To the Editor: I am concerned about North Carolina’s unemployment rate of 9.7 percent and the country as a whole.…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:54

Make the right choice: Hayden Rogers

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To the Editor: We in the mountains are known to be suspicious of outsiders who want to tell us how…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:54

Giving bears a second chance

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To the Editor: The inflexibility of the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission (NCWRC) is alarming. The killing of a three-legged…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:53

Backcountry fees a bad idea

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To the Editor: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park plans to begin charging fees for backcountry camping and implement a…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:49

HART’s Stage II is a ticket to the future

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I’ve always believed in the adage that success builds success. It’s one of life’s truisms that anyone with eyes wide…
Wednesday, 04 July 2007 00:00

Thunder in the valley

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Last week a late evening thunderstorm with high winds and occasional flashes of lightning rolled out of the high Smokies…
Wednesday, 04 July 2007 00:00

Scrap indoor pollutants

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Like the Roach Motel of commercial fame, synthetic scents have crept into our homes and lives and are not going…
The hilltop above Sylva that’s home to the iconic historic courthouse is back on as a potential site for a new Jackson County library. The location has been in the running on and off over the past several years during…
Jackson County commissioners are poised to make numerous changes to a slate of proposed development regulations billed as the most stringent in Western North Carolina and possibly the state. Commissioners intend to pass the regulations by the end of July.…
An age-old question has emerged in the raging debate over the Chattooga River wilderness: how many people is too many…
Wednesday, 04 July 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Bruce Springsteen: Nebraska Oh, he’s the boss alright. But sometime around ’82 he holed up in a friend’s studio, with…