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Congressman Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, who is stepping down this year after spending six years in D.C., announced his next career move this week: directing the lobbying arm of Duke Energy in Washington. As senior vice president of federal affairs with…
Although college for many is an oasis of learning, fun and social interaction, it is also a sprawling crime scene for everything from drug busts to rape. Despite its idyllic mountain setting, Western Carolina University is no exception. Last month,…
A group of Western Carolina University students are leading a charge to get N.C. 107 from Cullowhee to Cashiers designated as a scenic byway, but they first must appeal to skeptical county commissioners for their backing.
Jackson County is crafting a new long-range recreation master plan to set priorities and guide spending for its parks, open spaces and recreation centers during the next five years. But, the process can be a tug-of-war between residents with varied…
For the elderly, disabled and carless residents of Haywood County, the public transit bus is an indispensable resource that keeps them mobile.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:00

Political events

Governor-elect to headline holiday dinner North Carolina Governor-elect Pat McCrory (R) will be the keynote speaker at the 20th annual Charles Taylor Holiday Dinner at 7 p.m. Dec. 8, at Grove Park Inn in Asheville. The event will be McCroy’s…
Patty Atkinson took a short break from helping the constant flow of customers at a local family pharmacy in the heart of Hazelwood to talk about the evolution of the community around her — from a bustling blue collar factory…
She is every Main Street merchants’ dream. With a penchant for the eclectic and a passion for supporting independent businesses, Carolyn Phinizy worked downtown Waynesville’s shopping district during the post-Thanksgiving spending days like it was her civic duty, not calling…
Before the gravy had turned cold and the Thanksgiving Day turkey had been packed away in Tupperware, shoppers were already lining up at the Walmart in Waynesville for one of the earliest Black Friday door busters ever — Thursday night.
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 00:00

News in brief

WCU to offer courses at Harrah’s Western Carolina University is taking its masters in business degree on the road to Cherokee, offering MBA coursework at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino for part-time students over a three-year period starting in spring 2014.  WCU…
Try scaring up a parking space, hunting down an empty bench or pushing a double-stroller along the crowded sidewalks on peak days, and the popularity of downtown Waynesville’s quaint, tree-lined shopping district is obvious. But for merchants, getting those browsers…
A $2.5 million expansion at Pisgah High School in Canton will relieve chronic overcrowding and a classroom shortage that forces some teachers to spend their days as “floaters.”
Haywood County is making plans to bring recycling operations back in-house — a move that would eventually mean dollar signs for the county.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:00

Early education no substitute for old-fashioned parenting

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To the Editor: Doctor Raymond Turpin’s opinion of Michele Presnell, Mike Clampitt and Jim Davis seems based on the premise…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:00

Tourism overhaul was the right thing to do

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To the Editor: Democracy is working in Jackson County! This week’s passage of the Tourism Development Authority (TDA) Resolution is…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:00

When the cat’s away, the boys will play

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We had been dreading it all week, and now, as we stood there on a brisk Friday morning waiting on…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:00

Robbinsville native creates art scholarship

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Students from the far western counties of North Carolina majoring in music, fine arts or industrial arts at Western Carolina…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:00

Scotch-Irish exhibit seeks donations

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North Carolina Arts Council has provided initial funding for the research and development of the Scotch-Irish exhibit at the Stecoah…
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 00:00

Holiday music

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Choir to perform Christmas story in Canton Dec. 23 The choir of Rockwood United Methodist Church will present a cantata…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:00

Voices in the Laurel events

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Songs from ‘Polar Express’ to be performed Dec. 8 Voices in the Laurel will perform a special Christmas concert featuring…
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 00:00

Upcoming Christmas events

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Waynesville Christmas parade to be televised WNC Television will broadcast the Waynesville Christmas Parade held on Monday, Dec. 3, several…
The Canton Annual Christmas Tour of Homes will take place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:00

NC glass exhibit showcased at WCU

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The North Carolina glass community will hold an exhibit from Oct. 28 to Feb. 1, at the Western Carolina University…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:00

Balsam Range, friends kick off concert series

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Nationally acclaimed Western North Carolina bluegrass group Balsam Range will be kicking off their winter concert series at 7:30 p.m.…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:00

Mountain Faith to host bluegrass Christmas concert

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A free Christmas Concert with award-winning bluegrass and gospel band Mountain Faith will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec.…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:00

An Appalachian Christmas comes to Lake Junaluska

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An annual Appalachian Christmas Celebration will run from Dec. 6-9 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:00

Lights & Luminaries to bring holiday glow to Dillsboro

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Dillsboro Festival of Lights & Luminaries will be held on Dec. 7 and 8 and Dec. 14 and 15. The…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:00

Quality over quantity in Appalachia

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Downtown Franklin is all sunshine, but it’s the calm before the storm. Drifting through an array of stores and restaurants…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:56

Upcoming music

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WCU partners with Asheville Symphony  Western Carolina University’s School of Music has initiated a new artist-in-residence program this semester, formalizing…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:54

WCU, Warren Wilson ensembles to perform

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WCU, Warren Wilson ensembles to perform Western Carolina University’s Low Tech Ensemble will perform a gamelan degung from Western Java…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:53

Craft fair to be held in Clyde

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A “Show & Sale” craft fair will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the MedWest…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:44

Upcoming holiday events

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'Hard Candy Christmas' celebrates 25 years

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The “Hard Candy Christmas” Craft Art and Show will celebrate 25 years as a “Mountain Christmas Tradition” in Western North…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:41

Orchestra presents holiday concert

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The Blue Ridge Orchestra will present this year’s annual family holiday concert twice, at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 at…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:40

WCU to host Madrigal Dinners

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The annual Madrigal Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Grandroom…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:39

Aztec group performs for students 

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Swain County Schools celebrated Native American heritage on Nov. 8-9 by having Aztec dancers perform for students at the Swain…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:33

Christmas parades roll into WNC

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Snowflakes sprinkle the high peaks, while a stiff breeze cascades into the valleys. Elaborate decorations are being put up in…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:18

Byer’s book brings us a sense of place

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Kathryn Stripling Byer lives in Cullowhee. Poet Laureate Emeritas of North Carolina for a number of years, she was this…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:09

Internet businesses do benefit community

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To the Editor: In a recent column, writer Jeff Minick implored holiday shoppers to consider shopping locally and using the…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:08

Cowee School project part of a larger plan

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To the Editor: I’ve been a fan of The Smoky Mountain News for 12 years since you very ably reported…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:07

Any act of appreciation is worthwhile

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To the Editor: After reading your piece this week, “Speaking too loudly sometimes belittles the message,” my reaction was “let’s…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:04

The right to a job does not exist

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By Ken Jacobine • Guest Columnist The idea of the United States of America was born during the Age of…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:03

Cullowhee presents a great opportunity

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We have many vibrant, attractive commercial districts in the mountains, some very small and some large and sprawling. I’m talking…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 14:59

Former FBI agent shares exploits with students

Traveling around the world, taking down bad guys and helping exonerate the wrongly accused, Steve Moore’s life sounds glamorous — and he will agree that he has loved every minute.
It’s a dreaded intersection for anyone who frequents downtown Waynesville behind the wheel. You slowly edge the nose of your car forward, inching past the stop sign and bit-by-bit into the oncoming lanes, straining forward in your seat in hopes…
“Take me out to the ballgame,” is how the old song goes. But the question for Macon County residents in coming years may be “which one?”, as county commissioners lay plans to purchase an expanse of land that would be…
Waynesville seafood restaurant Maggie’s Galley will soon be forced to move from its longtime location at the intersection of Howell Mill Road and Russ Avenue to make way for a road-widening project.
Sequoyah National Golf Course, a signature course built and operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, is slowly being weaned from tribal subsidies that have helped prop up its operations since it opened several years ago. This month, tribal…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 14:49

Flying club trying to takeoff again

The Smoky Mountain Flying Club is trying to get some wind under its wings again with a campaign to attract new members and buy a sporty plane, or two, for its pilots to use collectively. Instead of the small planes…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 14:47

Off-color graffiti hits Swain recreation area

A riverside park in Swain County was plastered with graffiti two weeks ago, with several cans of spray paint unleashed on the public outdoor recreation area. Nothing went un-tagged, even the trees were spray-painted at the Old N.C. 288 park,…