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Wednesday, 10 April 2013 14:32

A.T. license plate money awarded to local trail workers

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The Carolina Mountain Club has been awarded $2,200 through the North Carolina Appalachian Trail License Plate Grant Program to help…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 14:29

Big-time lumberjacks saw off in Haywood

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Professional and collegiate lumberjacks from around the East will soon converge on Haywood County to compete in a top-notch woodsman…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 14:27

Love was in the air

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Love may be a little anthropogenic for toads, but the eons old “urge to merge” was quite prevalent last Sunday…
Do you consider yourself an environmentalist or an environmental activist? Do you feel frustrated with the way issues dear to…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 14:20

Movies, book explore travails of Memphis Three

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They were known as the West Memphis Three: Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr., three teenagers who were accused…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 12:39

Serving up a taste of Appalachia

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When Doug Weaver looks around Haywood County, he sees potential.  “We’re on the fence, right in the middle of where…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 12:38

Recent charm offensive will influence Obama legacy

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We have been hearing a lot lately about President Barack Obama’s charm offensive. He has been traveling a short distance…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 12:36

Prescription drug industry needs to be reined in

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What’s deadlier than a crazed maniac in a kindergarten class with a loaded assault weapon? In the most horrifying massacre…
Without support from the Maggie Valley Lodging Association, a bill to increase the room tax in Haywood County could die in the N.C. General Assembly.
It’s been said that people are more afraid of public speaking than they are of death, but for Donald Davis, he couldn’t imagine doing anything else. 
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 00:00

Sylva faces tough budget choices

Sylva town officials are staring down three unsightly options to balance the upcoming year’s budget: tax increases, budget cuts or both.   None of the choices have much appeal to board members, but it’s understood that something must be done…
Main Street merchants are used to answering tourists’ questions: how do you get to the parkway, what’s the best place for dinner, and where are the public restrooms? But lately, Waynesville’s downtown store keepers have also become purveyors of news.
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 00:00

How the axe fell

Talk of cutting the historic courthouse maples in Waynesville has come and gone during the years. Reasons varied. It was hard to get grass to grow underneath. The trees masked the grandness of the historic courthouse. Heavy equipment parked under…
The Jackson County Tourism Development Authority is the latest voice to enter the fray as the county ponders a $700,000 grant to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in exchange for the promise of more tourists.
Religion and public schools have never been a black and white matter anywhere in the U.S., but the shades of grey can be even more complicated in the Bible belt.
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 00:00

U.S. 441 work nears completion

Repairs to U.S. 441 are nearing completion. A football-field-sized portion of U.S. 441, which runs through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, was completely washed away in January after days of heavy rain resulted in a landslide.
Judaculla Rock, a prehistoric gem of the Cherokee and the most heavily inscribed petroglyph in the East, is putting Jackson County on the map.
Tom Anderson barely batted an eyelash when he plunked down $300,000 in cash for a tiny lot along the Nantahala eight years ago in the Mystic River development.
Statewide parks and recreation funding is clashing with fiscal austerity in the current state budget process, in a showdown that has environmentalists and local governments bracing for the worst.
All five Western North Carolina microbreweries west of Asheville collaborated on a craft beer that will be simultaneously released at…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 00:00

Taste of Chocolate fundraiser returns to Maggie Club

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Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate will be delight partakers in the 14th annual Taste of Chocolate from 6 to 9 p.m.…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 00:00

Folk, then jazz, at the Classic Wineseller

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The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville will showcase live music from singer-songwriter Ben Wilson at 7 p.m. Friday, April 19, and…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 00:00

Songwriters series returns to Balsam

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The popular Songwriters in the Round series will return to the Balsam Mountain Inn at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 13,…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 00:00

Sarge’s hosts annual pet photo competition

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Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation’s Annual Pet Photo Contest award ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 00:00

The finer points of candlewicking unveiled

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A candlewicking workshop will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 18, at the Jackson County Extension Office…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 00:00

Community meals in Cashiers feature pickin’ on the side

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The Gathering Table is providing fresh, nutritious dinners from 5 to 7 p.m. every Thursday evening at the Cashiers Community…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 20:04

Their own way of fishing

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I’m sometimes asked if the prehistoric Cherokees used any sort of poisons on their blowgun darts. These darts (slivers of…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 20:01

Cullowhee race brings back crowd for a second year

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The Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon and 5K will race through the Western Carolina University campus and greater Cullowhee…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:59

The reporter that could

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Ahhhh. That is what was my first thought when the rock slipped from under my foot.
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:58

Coming soon to a flyway near you

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This recent bumpy weather across the Eastern U.S. has resulted in some flight delays and changed itineraries for a bunch…
Paddlers are salivating over the first-ever whitewater releases offered on the west fork of the Tuckasegee from 10 a.m. to…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:56

Jackson towns tout new ‘trout city’ status

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More than a third of the tourists who come knocking at the Jackson County visitor center these days have trout…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:48

To bee or not to be

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With its title Colony Collapse Disorder taken from a recent mysterious collapse of honeybee populations in North America, Keith Flynn’s…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:42

Students push the limits of digital media and art

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DigiX, a digital media and arts event, will bring technology demonstrations, exhibits, workshops and a competition showcasing digital masterpieces to…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:42

WCU dance students to honor the Rockettes

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Western Carolina University students will perform “A Salute to Rockette History” on 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in the Niggli…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:41

Taste the culinary treats of Haywood

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Once again gracing Western North Carolina with an array of culinary delights from chefs around Haywood County, Melange of the…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:40

Folklorist to discuss Cherokee heritage

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A free program on Cherokee Indian heritage by folklorist Dr. Barbara Duncan will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:39

Esteemed brass quintet to perform in Cullowhee

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The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, the quintet-in-residence at Western Carolina University, will present its final concert of the spring semester…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:38

Musical with benefit auction on the side hits WCU stage

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“The Drowsy Chaperone,” a playful take on classic musicals of Broadway, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 11-13, and…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:37

Gallery 86 to showcase ‘watermedia society’

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Haywood County Arts Council will exhibit works by the Blue Ridge Watermedia Society from April 10 through April 27, at…
Showcasing the finest in Southern Appalachian and national writing talent, the Western Carolina University Spring Literary Festival comes into its…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:33

It’s our home, keep it clean

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To the Editor:  Every time I drive to and from Bryson City, I become distressed by the volume of litter…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:33

Meadows’ vote just doesn’t make sense

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To the Editor: I am a white woman and a God-fearing Democrat. I could not sleep well this Easter Sunday.…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:32

Nuclear proliferation just needs to stop

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To the Editor: How many nuclear weapons does it take to make us “safe?” According to a recent report by…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:31

Taking it easy on the obnoxious street preacher

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Cigar smoke swirled around my face as the eardrum splitting street preacher invaded the festive mood of the thousands meandering…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:30

A cut above the rest

You get what you pay for, and a haircut is quite possibly the finest example of that timeless concept.
A parade of Haywood County department leaders went before county commissioners during a budget work session Monday, each pleading their case for why their department needs an additional employee or two next fiscal year.
Don’t light, chew, smoke or spit that tobacco in Jackson County parks, and if you do, you could be slapped with a $50 fine. That is the gist of a proposed law that will soon be voted on by county…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:27

Changes at dog park gets owners riled up

Dog park patrons have issued a collective howl over recent changes to the fenced in canine play yard along Waynesville’s Richland Creek recreation complex.
The lone evergreen tree left standing on the lawn of the historic courthouse in downtown Waynesville will soon be coming down.