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By George Ivey • Contributing writer What in the world would bring together the Great Smoky Mountains and the country…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:54

Homeward bound

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After Jersey and the Big Apple (see last week’s Naturalist’s Corner — www.smokymountainnews.com/outdoors/item/7554-famous-nyc-offspring), it was time for a leisurely trip…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:54

The dam is gone, so how’s the Tuck doing?

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Learn about biological changes afoot in the Tuckasegee River since the removal of the Dillsboro dam two years ago during…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:52

Canoe trip to explore the Little Tennessee

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A guided canoe float trip down the Little Tennessee River will be held on July 19 as part of the…
The fast growing sport of Open Water Swimming has been added to the Lake Logan Multisport Festival held Aug. 4…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:51

Girls on the Run to increase presence in Macon County

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Girls on the Run is reaching out to elementary and middle school girls in Franklin to get involved in a…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:50

Bringing back the native river cane

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River cane, a native type of bamboo that once grew in large stands along mountain rivers, has gotten a helping…
A special guided hike to the Ridges of Cedar Knob in the Highlands area will explore a high-elevation granite dome…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:48

Get off the eaten path with guided wild mushroom hunt

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Join a renowned mushroom forager for a guided mushroom hunt from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday July 29.…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:46

A measure of hope for the hemlock forests?

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A scientist fighting to save the dying hemlock forests of the Southern Appalachians will give a talk on ongoing efforts…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:46

Smokies workshop to engage teachers

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An all-day workshop on July 31 will explore the ethics and ethos behind ecology and conservation in the Great Smoky…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:45

Land a hand for the Smokies’ historic cabins

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The historic cabins, churches, school houses and farmhouses that date back to the times of early Appalachian settlers in the…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:41

Looking for carnivorous plants in WNC

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Some plants like Jack-in-the-pulpit and Dutchman’s-pipe have evolved methods of entrapping insects in their flowers so as to assure pollination.…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:28

Big Haywood Friends book sale begins July 28

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The Friends of the Haywood Library annual book sale begins at 9 a.m. on July 26 and runs through Saturday,…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:28

Mystery writer to appear at Shakespeare & Co.

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Frank Foster will sign copies of his recently published thriller, Catch a Falling Knife, at Shakespeare & Co. Books from…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:26

Martin earns mention alongside Tolkien

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I apologize. About a month ago, when I concluded my review of Clash of Kings, I noted that I would…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:23

Wealthy are gaining too much political power

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To the Editor: OccupyWNC, an affiliate of MovetoAmend.com, along with groups all across the United States, has worked diligently to…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:23

Obama was in over his head from day one

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To the Editor: Election time is approaching and we are facing a promise gap. In 2008 when vice presidential candidate…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:22

Looking forward to our own Hunger Games

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To the Editor: Have you heard the latest about our local sportsmen? Well, it’s been reported that three elk were…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:20

Can the dream stay alive for another generation?

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“You know, this is really the only thing I know I’ve wanted to do my whole life.” That was my…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:05

Where’s Waldo craze infiltrates Sylva

By Peggy Manning • Correspondent Waldo fans take heed. The gauntlet has been thrown down. Are you up to the challenge? Tiny Where’s Waldo figures have been cleverly hidden on the shelves and racks of stores throughout downtown Sylva, and…
More than 40 historic photographs of Canton will be on display at Canton library from July 9 through Aug. 31, and reception of the exhibit will be held at the library from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9.…
A clothes swap to benefit children of Haywood County will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 21 at Keller Williams Realty’s Waynesville office. The event, which is sponsored by the real estate company, will allow parents and…
A Tuscola football player charged with a felony cross burning targeting a biracial classmate will remain on the team, at least for now. Ben Greene, a rising junior and running back on the varsity football team, will have to sit…
Four teenagers in Haywood County were recently charged with burning a cross in the yard of a biracial classmate. The act is considered a hate crime, a severe form of intimidation that is classified as a felony. All four students…
The popular Folkmoot international festival will become a shadow of its current self in 2014 if its financial outlook doesn’t take a quick turn for the better.
A burley crowd wearing their long lineage of Appalachian ancestry proudly on their sleeves stared down Jackson County commissioners this week, decrying the idea of an ordinance that would muzzle their hunting dogs.
Haywood Community College has named five finalists for president of the college, and candidate interviews will begin July 23. A 17-member search committee consisting of people from the community selected the finalists, which include Douglas W. Allen, Barbara Beebe, John…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 12:39

Open house at farm for those with autism

There will be an open house at Full Spectrum Farms, a Jackson County-based farm serving people with autism, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19. Full Spectrum Farms features a renovated farmhouse, barn, chicken house and garden. It is located…
A debate over whether the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office racially profiled Latinos and used a traffic checkpoint as an excuse to ensnare illegal immigrants is not over yet.
A pending sale of 19 miles of fiber lines capable of delivering high-speed internet in the greater Sylva area could once again give internet customers there a third option. If the sale goes through, Jackson County and the town of…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 12:33

Get involved in the food conversation

The Public Policy Institute at Western Carolina University will host a meeting to determine community needs and support for a Far West North Carolina Local Food Policy Council at 7 p.m. July 30 in the Cardinal Room of the Western…
By Peggy Manning • Correspondent Tim Hall relishes in the history and folklore of the mountains but also knows when a little embellishing is in order — especially when it comes to ghost stories.
Hundreds of people stood in line, some for more than an hour, outside Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel last Wednesday waiting to enter and try their luck — at getting a job.
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 12:27

WRGC 540 AM back on the air and lovin’ it

Jackson County commissioners may have taken a leap of faith to help WRGC radio get back on the air, but it seems to be paying off so far. Not only has station owner Roy Burnette restored a local AM presence…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 12:26

Fundraiser to benefit abuse shelter

R.E.A.C.H. of Macon County will host a fundraiser starting at 6 p.m. July 29 at the home of prominent Highlands and Houston interior designer Tony Raffa and his partner Scott Allbee. R.E.A.C.H. provides counseling, shelter, and life-skills training for victims…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Dulcimer virtuosos to present July 19 concert at WCU

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The award-winning instructors from Western Carolina University’s summer dulcimer conference will be featured in a concert, “Dulcimers in the Round,”…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Jazz programs offered for children

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MusicWorks! Studio of Performing Arts in Waynesville will offer a new jazz music program on July 26. The “School of…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Randy Flack slated for Fontana July 19

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Singer-songwriter Randy Flack will perform from 8-11 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, and Saturday, July 21, at Fontana Village as…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Songcatchers series continues July 22

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Laura Boosinger will perform at 4 p.m. on July 22 at the Cradle of Forestry amphitheater as part of the…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Hone your drawing skills in Waynesville

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The next session of the Inspired Art Ministry (Iam) classes begins the week of July 23 with drawing classes on…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Mentalist Erik Dobell will see you July 25

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“Mentalist” Erik Dobel, who uses psychology and trickery to create the illusion of psychic ability, will be the featured guest…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Horse show fundraiser planned in Haywood

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The Waynesville Lions Club will hold its 60th annual horse show at 3 p.m. on July 21 at the Haywood…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

‘Greater Tuna’ to stage at SMCT starting July 20

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The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre will present its summer production, “Greater Tuna,” with special arrangements with Samuel French.
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Weaver offering classes in Dillsboro

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Susan Morgan Leveille, a professional weaver and teacher in Dillsboro for more than 35 years, has day and evening classes…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Belly dancing workshop set at WCU

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Western Carolina University’s Department of Intercultural Affairs will offer a free belly dancing workshop from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday,…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Contra dance in Waynesville July 22

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A Waynesville Contra Dance will be held from 2-4:30 p.m. on July 22 at the Gateway Club ballroom at 37…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

‘Liars’ plan Franklin Folk Fest appearance

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The Liars Bench, a troupe of award-winning storytellers and musicians, bring “Tall Tales, Mountain Myths, & Flat-Out Lies” to the…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Canton library presents ‘Images of Historic Canton’

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More than 40 historic photographs of Canton are on display at the Canton library from now through Aug. 31, and…
The Glenville Historical Society’s second annual Historical Tour featuring sites in the Norton Community will be held from 10 a.m.…