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out frJackson County is on its way to becoming the trout capital of North Carolina after county leaders unveiled a plan last week that’s been in the works since last summer. 

“Anything that we can do to encourage tourists to come to Jackson County we ought to try to do, and I think we already recognize that we have this remarkable resource in Jackson County — the public waterways. It’s already being utilized and is such a treasure in Jackson County,” said County Commission Chairman Brian McMahan, who spearheaded the effort with Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Director Julie Spiro. “It just makes sense to try to do what we can to further enhance it and to promote it.”

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:29

Firefly lottery opens

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out firefliesA lottery to see the synchronous fireflies light up the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will open at noon Friday, April 29, and close at 8 p.m. Monday, May 2.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:26

Elkmont building in Smokies burns

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out firesNature knocked an item off the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s to-do list when a fire sparked a structure in the Elkmont area of the park.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:18

Get a taste of peony paradise

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out peoniesThe largest display of peonies in Western North Carolina will soon be open to the public, with hours at Wildcat Ridge Farm in Fines Creek in Haywood County held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting May 1 and lasting until the peony blooms are gone for the season.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:16

Watershed moments

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out watershedElizabeth Vickery, a senior at Western Carolina University, peers into a dip net along with Cullowhee Valley Elementary School student Landon Spangler, to see what they’ve nabbed from Cullowhee Creek.

out claxtonA Swain County fishing guide has left his rod behind to embark on an Appalachian Trail thru-hike, aiming to raise money and awareness for the Big Brother/Big Sister Program of Western North Carolina.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:12

Waynesville men come out on top in Alaska motor adventure

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out alaskaraceA pair of Waynesville men are home after a third-place finish in the harrowing Alcan 5000 motor vehicle race across Alaska.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 00:00

Farmers Market news

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out farmersmarketsThe mountains are greening, the gardens are growing and farmers market season is beginning. Markets around the region are starting up, offering up fresh food, locally made products and community atmosphere. 

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 14:28

Explore Cataloochee’s past and present

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out cataloocheeA guided eco-trip to explore one of the best-kept secrets in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park — Cataloochee Valley — will be offered by the Smoky Mountain Field School on Saturdays May 7 and May 28.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 14:27

Get whimsical with wildflowers

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out bloodrootSpring’s ephemeral beauties will take center stage at Wildflower Whimsy, scheduled for May 6-7 at the Highlands Biological Foundation.