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The Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee was broken into recently. Sacred and traditional items used by re-enactors who portray early Native American life at the living history site were stolen.
The dead lay in indiscernible rows beneath the earth, their resting places marked by a jumble of faded and often illegible stone markers — the most distinguishable carrying etched dates and names, but the most nondescript void of any writing…
The board of directors for MedWest-Harris and Med-West Swain hospitals met Tuesday, Sept. 4, to discuss whether to dissolve its ties with MedWest-Haywood. The board met a month ago on the same subject but decided to continue studying the issue…
Young professionals can network and learn more about the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce at a special event from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 6. at Headwaters Brewing Co. in Waynesville. The Chamber’s Young Professionals of Haywood program was established in an…
Western North Carolina’s “Out of the Darkness” community walk will be held from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Jackson County Recreation Complex in Cullowhee.  The goal of the event is to raise awareness about suicide, honor lost…
Delinquent property tax payers beware — Jackson County is coming for you. For more than a year, county tax collectors, with the help of contracted private attorneys, have been aggressively targeting property owners who owe substantial back taxes — and…
Sporting a red Obama hat, a matching “Change Rocks” t-shirt and a “Barack Obama 2012” button, Ron Frendreis approached the first house on his list. With pen, papers and clipboard in hand, he climbed the concrete steps to a white…
You probably won’t see them on television with the “Bad Boys” theme song playing in the background, jumping chain link fences or tackling shirtless men in motel parking lots — unless they have to. Rather, a lot of what goes…
A row of four stately evergreens that anchored the front of Waynesville Middle School — providing both shade and a meeting hub on campus — were cut down two weeks ago to the chagrin of students and teachers.
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:45

I don’t share Romney-Ryan vision

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To the Editor: This letter is in defense of the work and research done at the Bent Creek Southeastern Forest…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:44

We need a conservative leader at this time

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To the Editor: I acknowledge Martin Dyckman’s well-written letter in the Aug. 15 issue. He challenged my letter (8/8/12) by…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:43

Battle flag display should be allowed

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To the Editor: For many years, it has been the tradition in Haywood County and other Western North Carolina counties…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:43

We need dialogue, not accusations

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To the Editor: I can’t hardly stand to read the letters to the editor anymore. Civil discourse, the backbone of any…
Even though there’s little room for compromise, I’m going to step into the fray. Haywood County commissioners are trying to…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:40

John York returns with new poetry collections

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Poet John York, whose latest work, Cold Spring Rising, was reviewed in The Smoky Mountain New two months ago, will…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:40

Maggie Valley innkeeper publishes cookbook

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Ginger Shinn, owner of Smokey Shadows Lodge in Maggie Valley, released a new cookbook A Taste of Smokey Shadows Lodge.…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:37

Finding kindred souls in the Wyoming backcountry

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Let me begin by telling you that the book title above is misleading. Gerry Spence has more then a dozen published…
Numerous geologists have visited the Smokies region. None was more observant than Arthur Keith. The Murphy Marble Belt is an…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:09

Ginseng harvest gets underway in WNC

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It’s ginseng time in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and the U.S. Forest Service is reminding visitors to national…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:08

Blue Ridge Parkway to step up radio telemetry enforcement

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The Blue Ridge Parkway is increasing enforcement efforts against the illegal use of radio tracking equipment by hunters. The only…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:07

Arboretum hosts dahlia show, craft day

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The North Carolina Arboretum will host two events to end the summer and kick off fall — the 26th annual…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:05

Smokies seeks volunteer patrollers

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is seeking volunteers to assist rangers during the increased fall visitation period in Cataloochee…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:04

Star gazing event near Maggie Valley

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting a stargazing event Sept. 7 at one of Haywood County’s clearest views…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:03

Family canoe event scheduled

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The fourth annual Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom is scheduled to begin Sept. 8 at 9 a.m., just upstream from the…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:02

New river access opened in Whittier

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Public access to the popular Tuckasegee River will improve when Duke Energy opens the new Whittier Access Area Sept. 1.…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:01

First-ever releases on the Upper Nanty

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The first-ever scheduled recreational whitewater releases on the upper Nantahala River — scheduled for Sept. 29-30 — will offer advanced…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:01

HCC to hold sawmill operation auction Sept. 22

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Haywood Community College will hold a sawmill operation auction at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the college. The…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:00

Symposium on carnivorous plants

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Carnivorous plants will be highlighted at the annual Native Plant Symposium at the Highlands Botanical Garden Sept. 13-15.
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 12:59

Series finale focuses on nocturnal adaptations

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The nocturnal adaptations of plants and animals will be the subject of the final Zahner series lecture at 7 p.m.…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 12:57

A grand gorge

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Somewhere in the deep reaches of Sugar and/or Grandfather Mountains, seeps, rivulets and trickles begin to mingle and grow and…
The steep-walled gorge of Nantahala River may be one of the best spots to host a world class, extreme kayak…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Fun things for kids

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Pre-school storytime resumes in Bryson City Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will begin its pre-school storytime program at 10:30-11:30 a.m. on…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Haywood women present ‘Piercing the mundane’

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An exhibition featuring The Women of NoHa called “piercing the mundane” will go on display Aug. 29 at Gallery 86…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Horace Kephart exhibit to open at WCU

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An iconic figure of Western North Carolina history and culture who penned the classic “Our Southern Highlanders” and helped spearhead…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

‘Art Rosenbaum: Voices’ opening Sept. 1

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Art Rosenbaum: Voices, featuring a small collection of monumental paintings of American folk musicians, opens in the Loft Gallery at…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Dierks Bentley to perform at Harrah’s Sept. 21

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Dierks Bentley will play his country music hits at 9 p.m. Sept. 21 at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center.
Western Carolina University’s 38th annual Mountain Heritage Day Local is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29 on…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Haywood’s Got Talent semi-finals this week

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The first leg of this year’s Haywood’s Got Talent comes this weekend when 25 acts show off their abilities in…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Fall demonstrations at Dogwood Crafters

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Craft demonstrations will begin in September at Dogwood Crafters in Dillsboro. Mary Ethel Prather will make her delicate hummingbirds from…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

September clay classes offered at SCC

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Southwestern Community College will offer three clay classes beginning in September. • Hand building: 2-6 p.m., Mondays from Sept. 10-Nov.…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Sylva to host vintage Pontiacs car show

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A selection of rare Pontiac automobiles will be on display during a vintage car show from 9 a.m. to 3…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Art show to feature North Carolina artist

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The upcoming Village Square Art & Craft Show on Sept. 1-2 at Kelsey Hutchinson Park and Highlands Village Square in…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Outdoor sale features traditional Cherokee art

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The Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual will host an open-air native art market on Sept. 1 on Tsali Boulevard in…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

WCU student film accepted into 2012 Atlanta Shortsfest

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A senior project film created by Western Carolina University students last year has been accepted into the third annual Atlanta…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Class to demonstrate mountain landscapes

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Landscape artist and instructor in watercolor painting and drawing Sandra Brugh Moore of Asheville will demonstrate watercolor techniques in a…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Taking control of your digital photography

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Master photographer Ed Kelley is teaching a four-week course in “Taking Control of Your Digital Photography” from 6:30-9 p.m., beginning…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Junior Appalachian Musicians program accepting students

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The Haywood County Arts Council will hold registration for students wishing to enroll in the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Stone Mountain Wobblers featured at Bascom Barn Dance

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The music of The Stone Mountain Wobblers, a traditional old time string band, will highlight the Bascom Barn Dance from…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:00

Larry Barnett, students to present Future of Mountain Music

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As part of the summer music series, the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will present “The Future of Mountain…
Mountain music, dancing and tradition will be on display once again on the shores of beautiful Lake Junaluska as the…