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The Waynesville Recreation Center recently had a new design placed on the basketball courts. This was the first time the lines had to be removed so the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department decided to go with a new layout. The…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Girl Scouts offer affordable and fun activities

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) has opportunities for volunteers who are committed to helping girls develop courage, confidence and character. Volunteers are the heart and soul of Girl Scouting – whether you have an hour, a day, a…
A $12,000 tractor stolen in Macon County and sold as scrap in Georgia for a fraction of the price; rusting automobiles yanked from lawns in the middle of night; copper wiring stripped from construction sites — rising scrap metal prices…
When Kevin Seagel slipped into Swain County’s courthouse during a mock exercise brandishing a pretend weapon, it only took emergency responders one minute to find him, but by then, he had already killed several people.
Swain County may heighten security measures at the courthouse and administration building to stop guns and weapons from being carried into the lobby.
In an effort to extinguish delinquent vehicle taxes, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law that will combine vehicle property tax and car registration into one bill. When it goes into effect, drivers can’t get their tags renewed until…
A committee of Waynesville residents is putting the community in the term “community policing.”
Two years ago, Gregg Fuller tried to fill a void in Sylva’s nightlife scene when he opened the No Name Sports Pub, featuring drinks, food and live bands three to four nights a week. But soon, the increasingly boisterous crowds…
Despite pleas for leniency, the owner of a Sylva auto dealership faces a $500 fine for failing to build a sidewalk in front of his car lot. Russ Cagle, owner of Concept Automotive, initially agreed to build the sidewalk last…
Western Carolina University is seeking applicants for the next class of its University Participant Program, which offers a two-year, on-campus living and learning experience for college-age persons with intellectual disabilities. The goal of the UP Program is to facilitate the…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Join November Ladies Night Out

Macon County Public Health and Angel Medical Center are hosting a Ladies Night Out talk Nov. 13 The topic will be Diabetes Awareness, and the guest speaker will be Jennifer Trippe, a registered dietician with Macon County Public Health. She…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

WCU eyes long-term infrastructure needs

Plans made in the coming months could set the tone for the following decade or two of construction, renovation and development on Western Carolina University’s campus. Faculty, staff, administrators and students at the school have been working since September to…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

SCC to host craft festival

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Mountain Shapes and Colors Art and Craft Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10,…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

HCC grads win woodworking awards

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Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Wood graduate Samantha Mallard and current student Brandon Skupski won the Design Emphasis contest at…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Poetry collective comes to WCU

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The Arts and Cultural Events Performance Series continues with The Strivers Row Poetry Show at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14,…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Upcoming movie events

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Documentary series continues Nov. 13 at WCU Western Carolina University’s next film in its series from the Southern Circuit Tour…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 00:00

More A&E briefs

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Decorate your cake, and eat it, too A basic cake decorating class will be offered every Monday from 6:30 p.m.…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Madrigal Dinner tickets available

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Tickets for the Madrigal Dinners at Western Carolina University are now on sale. The event will be held at 6:30…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Duo to perform at Macon library

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Two award-winning classically trained artists will perform traditional and contemporary works at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in the main…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Sylva hosts special candlelit art stroll

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Luminaries will light the way on Friday, Nov. 9, during a special candlelit Sylva Art Stroll. Candles will light up…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Music events at WCU

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Band invited to perform at championships Western Carolina University Pride of the Mountains Marching Band will attend the Bands of…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Musical family visits Franklin

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Renowned variety group The Lowe Family will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the Smoky Mountain Center…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Tickets on sale for Little Big Town

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Tickets for Little Big Town in Cherokee are now available through Ticketmaster. The renowned country group will be performing at…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Carden receives prestigious state award

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Sylva native and renowned Southern Appalachian storyteller Gary Carden received the North Carolina Award for Literature, the state’s highest honor,…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Art and aspiration in Appalachia

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At first glance toward her work, you think Sara Alexander is a great photographer. At second glance, you realize that’s…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:38

Beauty, form and function go hand in hand

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All too often, we tend to think of flowering plants as something beautiful put on this earth to stimulate human…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:37

Pack your brownbag and head to WCU for garden talk

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A Western Carolina University lunch speaker series is drawing to a close for the fall with a talk about community…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:36

Haywood Farmers Market moves indoors for November

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The Historic Haywood Farmers market will move indoors starting this weekend, with Saturday’s market held from 8 a.m. until noon…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:35

Cataloochee Ski Area breaks records with October opening

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For only the second time in its history, Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley will be open for skiing in…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:34

Bears descend on Panthertown Valley

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The U.S. Forest Service is discouraging people from backcountry camping of bringing food into the Panthertown Valley area outside Cashiers…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:33

Backcountry camping fees coming soon in the Smokies

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park plans to implement changes to its current backcountry reservation and permitting process in early 2013.…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:32

Put your roots down at ginseng expo

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The upcoming International American Ginseng Expo in Western North Carolina will be an opportunity for local ginseng retailers to learn…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:31

Forest Service cracks down on ginseng poaching

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Kristin Bail, forest supervisor of the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests, warned would-be ginseng poachers last week that law enforcement…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:28

See shuttle artifacts and night sky viewing

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A special presentation of the fall night sky and the first public display of new space shuttle artifacts will be…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:27

Forest Service to open “green” ranger station

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A new, environmentally friendly ranger office will be opening in Mars Hill in Madison County Nov. 13 to serve the…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:26

Benton MacKaye guide series now complete

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The Benton MacKaye Trail Association has announced this fall the completion of the new Benton MacKaye Trail Guide — Smokies…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:25

Mountains to Sea Trail photo contest

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Public submissions are being accepted for a statewide outdoor photography contest. The Friends of the Mountain to Sea Trail are…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:23

This winter?

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Finch irruptions are not that uncommon. They generally occur in some numbers, in some locations almost every year. But in…
This year, Bill Holbrook will start drawing on the “old man pension” — as this local tobacco farmer likes to…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:17

Lahane scores with steamy suspense novel

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I have been a Dennis Lehane fan for about two decades now, and after reading classics like Mystic River, Shutter…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:15

Events for readers and writers

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Author’s works come to life The Touring Theater of North Carolina will present “Look Back the Maytime Days: From the…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:14

Be very careful what you wish for

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To the Editor: Do you wish that your child got less attention from the teacher because teachers and their aids…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:13

Hayden Rogers willing to work with GOP

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To the Editor: During the 11th District Congressional debate at Brevard College, Hayden Rogers clearly distinguished himself from his Republican…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:12

Economics, jobs, and future business

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To the Editor: Do our politicians that run for public offices really care about our future, or are they just…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:11

Mormonism is not what letter writer stated

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To the Editor, Recently a friend of mine said to me: “Mormonism sure is a strange religion.” How so, I…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:10

Rep. Rapp is a gem of a legislator

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To the Editor: I was born January 1933, and I have been a student of our state and our nation’s…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:09

Rogers should be our next congressman

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To the Editor: I am writing to ask for your support for Hayden Rogers for Congress. When I look at…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:08

OP does not deserve a single vote

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To The Editor:  Both parties have some valid points that need to be examined. But very simply, one party has…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:08

Obama deserves another term

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To the Editor: Neither of our presidential candidates has reached the stage of perfection. Neither has all the answers to…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:07

Uninformed populace a sad state of affairs

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To the Editor: Some 30 years ago about 33 national broadcast companies existed.  Today approximately five provide an extremely limited and…