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Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

Charlie Daniels to play in Franklin

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The Charlie Daniels Band, a Grammy-winning group that requires little introduction, will perform live at the Smoky Mountain Center for…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

Auditions for ‘Christmas Carol’ at SMCT

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The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre is holding auditions for its December production, “A Christmas Carol,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

‘Lost in Yonkers' takes the stage at HART

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Haywood Arts Regional Theater will present Neil Simon’s play “Lost in Yonkers” which premiered at the Richard Rogers Theater in…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

Voices in the Laurel announces upcoming auditions

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Forty-seven students played and sang their way through the week as Voices in the Laurel Children’s Choir recently completed its…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

WCU to feature live music, outdoor movie at Valley Ballyhoo

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Western Carolina University will host two bands and screen the horror film “Cabin in the Woods” on Saturday, Aug. 18,…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

An evening of music with Liz and AJ Nance

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The Marianna Black Library will present an evening of acoustic music with local singer/songwriter team Liz and AJ Nance at 7 p.m.…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

Concert series features Flack, Elderly Brothers

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The Summer Concert series at Fontana Village Resort will feature The Elderly Brothers from 8-11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11,…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

Kellie Pickler to perform Aug. 18

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Kellie Pickler, a small-town North Carolina native who competed on NBC’s American Idol, will perform at the Smoky Mountain Center…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

Put on dancing shoes for Sylva event

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The next Second Sunday Contra Dance will be from 2:30-5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12, in the community room on…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

Civil War and chaplains topic of lecture

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“Answering the Call: Religion and Chaplains during the Civil War” will be the topic of a lecture by Ronald Vinson…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

Kiwanis Club of Waynesville to revive Spelling Bee

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The Kiwanis Club of Waynesville is reviving the very popular Spelling Bee fundraising event that was run, for many years,…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

All things wood featured at Folk Art Center

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The Folk Art Center will host its annual celebration of woodcrafts at Wood Day from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Aug.11…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

Macon library to host family art workshop

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Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to a free “Back To School” ARTSaturday workshop from 10 a.m. until…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

Stroll the Sylva art scene Aug. 10

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Jackson County Visual Arts Association (JVCAA) is sponsoring the Sylva Art Stroll in historic downtown Sylva starting at 5 p.m.…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

Learn from metal artist at Shelton House talk

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Metal artist Grace Cathey of Haywood County will display her work and talk about her artistic journey from 7 to…
By Peggy Manning • Correspondent Two Western North Carolina preachers were chosen for an episode of the new Picked Off…
Wednesday, 26 September 2007 00:00

Peering into the deep blue

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Bluebird skies are wonderful for lots of things. For example, along U.S. Hwy. 64 west of Franklin the other day…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The problem with trying to interview a ventriloquist is that he — in this…
Wednesday, 26 September 2007 00:00

What I don’t know about parenting

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The central paradox of parenting is that by the time you have it figured out, it’s over. Now that I…
Franklin will soon have a new slate of comprehensive guidelines regulating development and promoting smart growth principles. An overhaul of the town’s development ordinances has been four years in the making. The town board intends to pass the new regulations…
Wednesday, 26 September 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Ugly Truths Has the entertainment industry really crumbled to such a sorry point that rather than attempting to make the…
Haywood County commissioners have taken a first step forward — albeit a small one — to protect farmland in the…
Wednesday, 26 September 2007 00:00

The menagerie grows by one well-trained possum

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By David Curtis I would like to think Haywood County is still considered a rural county. At least to me,…
Wednesday, 26 September 2007 00:00

Initial North Shore Road payment clears Senate

Swain County inched a notch closer this month toward seeing a cash settlement in lieu of the long-promised North Shore Road.
Wednesday, 26 September 2007 00:00

Maggie Valley mayor’s race pits long-time foes

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Forget the presidential election — the biggest race to watch in the coming months may be the battle for mayor of Maggie Valley.
Wednesday, 26 September 2007 00:00

Sweet bubby bush

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I recently received an email from a reader who asked, “Could you write about the sweet bubby bush? That’s the…
Wednesday, 26 September 2007 00:00

What is wrong with teaching in the US?

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In 1991, 30-year veteran and master teacher John Taylor Gatto resigned immediately after being named “Teacher of the Year” in…
Wednesday, 26 September 2007 00:00

Vote on Southern Loop postponed

Opponents of the Southern Loop have questioned whether the controversial highway should be included on a list of top priority road projects for the region.
Wednesday, 26 September 2007 00:00

Blessed, demented genius

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By Chris Cooper The picture you see when you flip open the new Moolah Temple Stringband CD shows singer/guitarist/found-sound alchemist…
Wednesday, 26 September 2007 00:00

Mumpower first to formally challenge Shuler

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer With no word yet from former U.S. House Rep. Charles Taylor on his decision to run for re-election, one Republican candidate — Asheville city councilman Dr. Carl Mumpower — has stepped up to announce…
By Michael Beadle Several Western North Carolina running teams recently concluded the 208-mile Blue Ridge Relay Race from Grayson Highlands…
Wednesday, 26 September 2007 00:00

Chick lit, chauvinism and modern Ireland

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Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy. Knopf, 2007. 352 pages. Recently my sister asked me if I had met anyone, which…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer A clean water advocacy group is questioning why an accidental discharge of a paper-making byproduct into the Pigeon River by the former Blue Ridge Paper mill hasn’t been the subject of more scrutiny.
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Roger Winge knew a good deal when he spotted one. Before Super Wal-Mart had announced plans to set foot in Waynesville, Winge, a local realtor, took one look at the 30-acre former industrial site…
Wednesday, 26 September 2007 00:00

Changing electorate could shake up Sylva election

The race for the Sylva town board this fall could speak volumes about the changing demographics of the town — namely whether the downtown scene dominated by a young, perhaps more progressive, clientele is truly where the town’s heart is.
Wednesday, 26 September 2007 00:00

Ending the curse of Babel may be our only, best chance

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By Arthur Hancock Anyone who is among the living has hope — even a live dog is better off than…
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 00:00

Southern Loop opposition mounts

Jackson County residents opposed to the construction of the Southern Loop — a new major highway that would bisect Jackson County — are gearing up for a fight with the N.C. Department of Transportation to halt the slow but steady…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Supreme Court ruled Saturday that a new election will not be held on the Qualla Boundary, putting to rest a month-long debate filled with accusations of eligible voters…
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 00:00

What’s in a permit?

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Duke Energy must get a permit from the N.C. Division of Water Quality before it can tear down the Dillsboro…
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 00:00

Jackson library to go atop courthouse hill

A decade of debate over where to build a new library in Jackson County was put to rest this week. County commissioners voted 3-2 Monday night (Oct. 1) to build a new library next to the historic courthouse overlooking downtown…
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 00:00

Giant Van Halen rock lands in NC

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By Armando Basulto • Guest Writer There is something vaguely depressing about watching your nostalgia for your adolescent years transformed…
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 00:00

Swain urged to tap into motorcycle tourism

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer The roar of motorcycles is a familiar sound in the mountains of Western North Carolina. And for many business owners, it’s music to their ears. Bikers mean warm bodies to occupy beds, eat in…
By Michael Beadle If you’re lucky enough to visit the Flying Cat Studio just off U.S. 276 in Jonathan Creek,…
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 00:00

In the wake of death, new life

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By Marsha Crites • Guest Columnist Much has been written in this paper and others about what is causing our…
When Doug Anderson unfurled the blueprints for his latest assignment — a new Bojangles’ going up in Waynesville — he was expecting the same cookie-cutter design as the last 10 Bojangles’ his construction company built.
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Voters can thank the recently formed Haywood County League of Women Voters for the opportunity to hear what each Waynesville mayor candidate had to say about the important issues in the Nov. 6 race.
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 00:00

DOT needs to hit the brakes on Southern Loop

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There’s one fundamental reason the Southern Loop needs more discussion before it is considered a done deal — the simple…
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 00:00

What magazines would work best for Swain?

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Advertising was the hot topic of discussion at the second meeting of the recently re-organized Swain County Tourism Development Authority on Sept. 26. The board was presented with a range of magazine options, courtesy…
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 00:00

Waynesville candidates make their cases

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Over 50 people came out to hear Waynesville’s next mayor speak at the this election season’s first mayor’s forum, held by the recently formed chapter of the League of Women Voters.
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Raising Sand Duet albums are about as original as cheeseburgers, but this one has stayed in my car’s disc player…