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Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:01

Join rangers for a hike to Black Balsam

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Rangers with the Blue Ridge Parkway will lead a hike to the summit of Black Balsam Knob in the Shining…
 “Spectacular Southern Appalachians” is the theme of a Nature Photography Exhibit by the mountain chapter of the Carolinas Nature Photographers…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 12:58

Growers needed for new Stecoah market

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  A new farmer’s market has opened at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Graham County every Wednesday morning…
The Canary Coalition’s annual membership gathering will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. June 29 at the Jackson County…
Artist Rick Hills, a studio owner in Waynesville, is donating 20 percent of the sale of his artwork on display…
  Gov. Perdue has to be weary. This weariness was apparent months ago when she declared she would not seek…
A sweeping review of the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests will get under way in a matter of months, a…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 12:32

The changing face of WNC’s national forests

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 A million acres of national forests sounds like a lot, and indeed it is. But consider the 8.6 million people…
 A couple in Macon County is trying to raise $2 million to open a childcare center that would serve 120 children.
Don’t expect business as usual at the Cashiers Chamber of Commerce as a new director takes over for the first time in more than 20 years. The business organization became embroiled in controversy last year amid questions about whether the…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Maggie police under the gun in budget talks

The Maggie Valley Police Department will see minimal cuts to its new budget despite multiple discussions about whether the small valley has more officers than it needs. The budget was cut by $55,000 to $854,000. The town will postpone replacing…
Maggie Valley’s mayor and Board of Alderman voted quickly Monday to cut the tax rate by three cents and approve an amended version of the town’s budget — even though one alderman said she was not privy to the last minute…
The Sylva town board has lost what was arguably its most progressive member with the resignation of Stacy Knotts, who is following her professor husband Gibbs Knotts to the College of Charleston in South Carolina.
Western mountain counties will have a new representative on the N.C. Department of Transportation board with the departure of long-time board member Conrad Burrell, who has stepped down from the powerful post after more than 11 years.
 Lee Galloway never goes anywhere without a spare copy of Waynesville’s yard waste ordinance. Even a simple evening jaunt to the grocery store can find Galloway scanning the curbs
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Haywood businesses catch the solar bug

 Two technology-related businesses in Haywood County are looking to save some green by going green.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has denied any wrongdoing in a lawsuit related to investment losses in a trust fund that safeguards casino earnings on behalf of Cherokee youth. The tribe has, among other things, asked a judge to…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Opportunities to serve in Waynesville

  The Town of Waynesville is seeking citizens willing to serve on its boards and commissions, including its ABC Board, Firemen’s Relief Fund Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission, Public Art Commission, Board of Adjustment, Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Board…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Richard Twiss to preach at Lake Junaluska

  Richard Twiss will preach Sunday, July 1, at Lake Junaluska as part of the Native American Summer Conference. Twiss will preside at the 8:30 a.m. communion service in Memorial Chapel and will also preach at 10:45 a.m. in Stuart…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Roller Girls competition set for Haywood

  Swain County’s Smoky Mountain Roller Girls will travel to Haywood County to take on the Thunder Road Roller Girls in the upcoming “Debut Taunt Brawl” at 6 p.m. June 30 at the Haywood County Fairgrounds. This event marks Smoky Mountain’s…
The tiny town of Fontana Dam is getting to keep its post office, but what’s not clear yet is whether the post office will be manned or not. Fontana Dam was included 10 months ago in a list of 3,700…
Three elk were shot dead last month just outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the Mount Sterling area of Haywood County, and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking for the public’s help in finding the poacher or…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Barking dogs a symptom of animal welfare, social issues

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  To the editor: The barking ordinance that Jackson county commissioners recently said they’d support sounds at first like a…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Barking dogs ordinance would increase burden

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  To the editor: Remember when we would say “Sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite” as a nod…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Noise ordinance an unjust attack on heritage

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  To the editor: I am writing in response to recent discussions of “Barking Dogs” in Jackson County and to…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Sometimes a walk is better than a run

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 For many years I was a dedicated runner. These days I’m much more likely to choose to walk, both for…
By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist My wife and I moved here from Florida because we wanted to live in…
 My daughter has arrived at an impossible age — impossible for her, impossible for me, impossible for her mother, impossible…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:39

Rivers in WNC bear native names

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Long before the first Europeans arrived, the Cherokees developed ceremonials that focused on the spiritual power of running water. When…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:37

Birds of prey debut in Cashiers

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A presentation titled “Winged Hunters – Birds of Prey” will begin at 7 p.m. June 26 at the Village Green…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:37

Bird walk being offered into Chinquapin

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The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society will host its weekly bird walk on June 23 at Chinquapin in Cashiers. The group…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:36

Videos spotlight N.C. destinations in GSMNP

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A new series of short internet videos feature North Carolina sections of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The videos…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:35

Wolf program comes to libraries in Jackson

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Rob Gudger brings his Wolf Tales educational program to two local libraries in the coming days. Known as “Trapper Rob,”…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:33

Smokies diversity celebrated with three-day event

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Biodiviersity Days in the Smokies June 20-23 will commemorate the diversity of plant and animal life in the Great Smoky…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:32

Fern workshop part of activity series

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Local writer and naturalist George Ellison will conduct a “Fern Identification 101” workshop from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:31

MedWest Rehab offers free running seminar

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MedWest Rehabilitation Services is offering a free running seminar from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on June 25 at the MedWest…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:31

In search of the rare and beautiful

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The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (LTLT) will host a hike on June 22 led by Jack Johnston to…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:29

Hit the trail with kids in the Smokies

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Two hiking programs aimed at getting families and kids outdoors and on the trail have been launched in the Great…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:27

Folkmoot 4.01K Race set for July 14

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The Folkmoot 4.01K race through downtown Waynesville will be held at 8 a.m. on July 14. This year, organizers decided…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:25

Check your vital signs

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The Mountain Resources Commission, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Environmental Modeling and…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:17

National forest balds in jeopardy due to funding cuts

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By Danny Bernstein • Contributor            Many hikers are amazed by the balds that dot the Southern Appalachian landscape along the…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:53

A page turner with a WNC connection

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In Frank B. Robinson’s Thirty Days Hath September (ISBN 978-1-4701-6725-7), a man with a murky past, Alex Madrid, finds temporary…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:52

Ann Hite to speak in Sylva

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Novelist Ann Hite, author of the acclaimed debut novel Ghost on Black Mountain will speak at 7 p.m. June 28…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:51

Coffee with the Poet

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John Quinnett will be featured at City Lights Bookstore’s Coffee with the Poet series at 10:30 a.m. June 21. John…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:49

Hearing all the buzz about sourwood

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This is a special time of the year for beekeepers in Western North Carolina. It is the time they prepare…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:48

Women make decisions for themselves

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To the Editor: This is intended for all men: political office-holders, the religious of all faiths, and just plain “guys.” I…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:47

Voter ID laws should have bipartisan support

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To the Editor: Election reform is needed in North Carolina. Nearly eight out of 10 North Carolina voters support Voter…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:46

Romney’s plan will benefit wealthy

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To the Editor: Mitt Romney is saying his experience in the private sector means he can do a better job…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:41

No good reason for such a colorful plate debate

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State senators from the mountain region — and we’re especially talking about those representing the southwest, Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin,…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:10

Highlands roadwork troubles some merchants

Repaving of the steep, windy, two-lane road from Franklin to Highlands has many merchants worried about whether this heavily tourism-dependant town will find itself choked off financially.