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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…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:05

The military bubble will be the next to burst

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Ken Jacobine • Guest Columnist As students of the Austrian School of Economics understand, financial bubbles are caused by central bank…
The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Women in Business and the Young Professionals of Haywood have launched the “Partners in Leadership” mentoring program.  “Partners in Leadership” is designed to prepare Haywood County Young Professional Women (YPW) to become future business…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:57

Net zero home built in Haywood County

A “net zero home” constructed in Haywood County will have an open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 3 and 10. Located in Beaverdam Valley, the structure strikes an elusive balance between work and play. It produces…
A compact fluorescent light bulb uses about 75 percent less energy than the old-fashioned kind and lasts up to 10 times longer. They may cost more upfront, but a net savings of $25 during the life of each bulb has…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:52

More news briefs

Microchip your pet to ensure safety Haywood Spay/Neuter is holding a pet microchip clinic 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 in Waynesville.  Many dogs and cats end up in shelters because they lack proper identification to be returned to…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:51

WCU to hold open house

Western Carolina University will welcome prospective students and their families and friends to campus when the university holds its second open house starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Admission, the open house gives…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:50

Donate a turkey dinner for those in need

Maggie Valley Area Lodging Association is once again donating turkey dinners to Haywood County residents this year, which will be distributed at the Haywood County Department of Social Services in Clyde starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20.   “We…
Maggie Valley is trying to figure out what exactly it wants to be. Maggie once reigned supreme in the mountain tourist trade, witnessed by the row of restaurants, bars, hotels and gift shops that line the valley’s main drag.
Chaske Spencer, more widely known as werewolf Sam Uley from the “Twilight” saga series, drew on his Native American roots during an appearance in Cherokee last week, hoping to transcend his star appeal to bring home a broader message.
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:46

Fairground auction seeking donations

Second annual benefit auction for the Haywood County Fairgrounds will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 at the fairgrounds. Donated items for the auction will be accepted beginning at 1 p.m., with the auction scheduled to begin at 6…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:45

Motorcycle toy run, to roll through Haywood

21st annual Haywood County Motorcycle Parade and Toy Run will take place at noon Saturday, Nov. 10, starting at Canton’s Town Hall. This year’s route will take riders up N.C. 110 to Bethel and then turns toward Waynesville on U.S.…
Swain County voters are being asked this election whether they want a quarter-cent sales tax increase to help pay for school construction. The quarter-cent sales tax would bring in roughly $250,000 a year and would pay for a $2 million…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:40

Volunteers needed in Franklin

Kids Against Hunger will host a 30,000-meal packing event starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at First Christian Church of Franklin on Bellview Park Road. Volunteers will package food for hungry families. The items include a nutritious mixture of…
Macon County is poised to begin major renovations to its pool at Veterans Memorial Recreation Park, including extensive upgrades to the locker rooms and the addition of water play features in the kiddy pool. The $600,000 project will consist of…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:37

Cashiers and sweepstakes parlors don’t mix

The upscale tourism and second-home community of Cashiers hopes to ban sweepstakes parlors, making it one of the first in the region to outright prohibit the pseudo video-gambling businesses that have cropped up in staggering numbers over the past year.…
A festering disagreement over how to overhaul Jackson County’s tourism agency is coming to an end, but some lodging owners who have resisted the changes aren’t happy about it.
In a debate that focused on everything from Iran and health care to equal pay for women and earmarks, Congressional candidates Republican Mark Meadows and Democrat Hayden Rogers pushed back from the similarities that people draw between the two conservatives.
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:24

Meadows touts rise as self-made businessman

Looking at Mark Meadows today, it is difficult to imagine him as a self-described “fat nerd” wandering the high school halls in Tampa Bay, Fla. The Republican candidate for the 11th U.S. Congressional District has come a long way during…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:21

Rogers keeps his roots close on campaign trail

Hayden Rogers grew up hunting, fishing and playing the chasing game ‘Fox and the Hound’ in Robbinsville. Touting himself as the all-around Western North Carolinian, Rogers reminisced about his childhood in rural Graham County, just a short jaunt from his…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:17

The final days

Both considered conservatives within their own political parties, Republican Mark Meadows and Democrat Hayden Rogers have more in common than just a handful of political similarities. Both are Christian, came out of humble beginnings to find success, married their high…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:17

NCDOT to work on tunnel drainage

North Carolina Department of Transportation will perform work on two tunnels in the Pigeon River Gorge on Interstate 40 in Haywood County starting next week.  From Monday, Oct. 29 until Friday, Nov. 2, work will be performed on the tunnel…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:15

School back in session on Saturday

To make up for school being cancelled on Tuesday, Oct. 30, Haywood County schools will have class from 8 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Nov. 3 if weather is permitting. According to Bill Nolte, associate superintendent, the school district misses about…
Haywood Community College employees earlier this month presented the board of trustees with a list of concerns about the college’s protracted search for a new president. The community college began looking for a president after retiring president Rose Johnson announced…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:00

Poker tournament to benefit art council

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A Texas hold’em tournament will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 1 at The Classic Wineseller in downtown Waynesville. All…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:00

Tourism workshop to be offered

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Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership is sponsoring a workshop, “The ABC’s of Group Tours,” in two locations to support…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:00

S.C. band wins WCU marching band contest

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White Knoll High School marching band from Lexington, S.C. was named grand champion at the 12th annual Tournament of Champions,…