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The Haywood County Health and Human Services Agency (HCHHSA) is reporting the first case of monkeypox virus infection in a Haywood County resident, confirmed by testing at the State Public Health Laboratory. 

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A series of on-farm symposiums exploring the theme “Farm Fresh for Health” will kick off 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Winding Stair Farm and Yonder Community Market in Franklin. 

The Waynesville Recreation Center Waterpark will reopen for the summer Friday, June 24. 

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Stretch your wings June 29-30 with a pair of programs at the Jackson County Public Library ‘s Community Room exploring the world of birds. 

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The first phase of the Old Fort Trails Project in the Pisgah National Forest will open on Sunday, June 26. 

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Western Carolina University has named its Environmental Health Program in the College of Health and Human Sciences as its first Community Engaged Program. 

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Festivities for the Highlands Biological Foundation’s annual summer soiree will commence at 6 p.m. Monday, July 18, on the historic Ravenel property. 

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is looking for help in identifying and documenting former homesites in the park. 

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The “An Appalachian Evening” series will return to the Stecoah Valley Center in Robbinsville. 

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Classic rock legends Kansas will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Harrah’s Cherokee Resort Event Center

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The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ 47th annual Powwow will be held July 1-3 at the Acquoni Expo Center.

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 The “Unto These Hills” stage production will be held at 8 p.m. nightly throughout the summer at the Cherokee Mountainside Theatre.

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The Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC) in Waynesville is now accepting applications for grants funded by the Grassroots Arts Program and has over $27,000 in funds to award.

To the Editor:

We are so blessed in Jackson County to have many dedicated individuals and community groups who have taken responsibility to “Keep Jackson County Clean and Green.”

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To the Editor:

In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and yet another mass shooting in America I am trying to make sense of the Second Amendment. It states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.” It is difficult to disagree with those words if we study them and determine what they mean. 

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Sylva's eighth annual Fireworks Festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 4, 2022, at Bridge Park. 

Lake Junaluska’s Independence Day Celebration weekend will be full of family-friendly fun with fireworks, floating wish lanterns, a parade, family square dance and concerts including performances by GloryWay and the internationally acclaimed bluegrass group Balsam Range. Many events are free, and lodging is still available at Lake Junaluska’s hotels for guests who want to spend the entire holiday weekend at the lake relaxing and enjoying the festivities.

The stories flowed easily from friends, pastors and family members of the late Conrad Burrell on Tuesday afternoon at Southwestern Community College.

Although everyone looks forward to summertime, it can be an expensive time of year. The summer months not only involve the cost of vacations but also camps for kids and other expenditures.

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality has announced an action strategy for PFAS, a class of widely used, long-lasting chemicals whose components break down very slowly over time. Because there are thousands of PFAS chemicals with myriad uses, studying potential health and environmental risks is difficult. 

A grower-buyer event from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at Western Carolina University’s Health and Human Services Building aims to offer a meetup space for local growers and food artisans to talk to shops, restaurants and food buyers about selling their products. 

With more than 100 cars typically parked outside the parking lot at Laurel Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park — mostly along the roadside — park staff are taking measures to eliminate these practices through Sunday, Oct. 30.

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It’s “Oceans of Possibilities” this summer at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City, with a marine-themed summer reading program offering activities throughout the season. 

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Bakersville, North Carolina, resident Sue Wasserman is taking her place as this year’s Steve Kemp Writer in Residence at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park following a two-year pandemic delay. 

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A new field guide dedicated to the aquatic residents of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is now on bookshelves. 

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See one of the most rare and beautiful Appalachian shrubs in bloom during a pair of events offered this month. 

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Fire Mountain Trails in Cherokee will be closed Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, for the second annual WheelScorcher OneWheel Event. 

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To the Editor:

This is an open letter to Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis.

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To the Editor:

I am a recent resident of the lovely state of North Carolina and am truly honored and grateful to live here. Yet I am also a citizen of America, and as such I need to believe that our elected officials — including senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis — are working for the people they represent and are cognizant of the wishes of the majority of Americans.

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After years of planning, fundraising, and construction, the Highlands Biological Foundation (HBF) officially dedicated the North Campus of the Highlands Biological Station on Sunday, June 5, during a huge community celebration. 

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Lake Junaluska will host outdoor, lakeside Sunday worship services led by inspirational visiting preachers from June 26 through Aug. 14 as part of the Summer Worship Series.

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The Franklin Chamber of Commerce was proud to welcome the Slanted Window Tasting Station to the community and the chamber family with a recent ribbon cutting celebration.  The Slanted Window Tasting Station is located at 587 Harrison Ave.

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A bear has been euthanized after it broke into a tent occupied by a family of five and their dog, injuring a 3-year-old girl and her mother. 

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A series of three workshops looking at energy efficiency and cost reduction techniques for homes and businesses will kick off 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 11, in the gym of First United Methodist Church Waynesville. 

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Johnson City residents Steve Wheeler and John Redmond spent the weekend biking from Johnson City to Lake Junaluska in hopes of raising $5,000 to help war victims and refugees in Ukraine. 

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With 423 units covering more than 85 million acres, there’s much more to the National Park Service than the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway. Here’s a roundup of some recent news from the agency. 

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Bobs Creek State Natural Area is officially open following a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, June 2, attended by Gov. Roy Cooper and N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary Reid Wilson. 

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Western Carolina University will showcase its newest exhibition, “Cultivating Collections,” through July 29 in the Fine Art Museum at the Bardo Arts Center in Cullowhee.

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To the Editor: 

A reporter for Al Jazeera (Shireen Abu Akleh) was killed by Israeli military personnel as she covered an Israeli raid on Jenin, a West Bank Palestinian refugee camp. Then Israeli police brutally attacked the pallbearers carrying Abu Akleh’s casket. Israel says it will investigate what happened, but history teaches us Israel has little interest in accountability. 

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To the Editor: 

The Republican Party is not the party of life. 

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FUR’s fifth-annual Wet Your Whiskers fundraiser will be held Saturday, June 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Wells Event Center at 33 Events Center Way, just off N. Main Street in Waynesville.

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Waynesville's favorite Jewelry Store owner, Tammy Mosley, is hosting a Jewelry Buying Event on June 6,7, and 8 during normal business hours.  

The latest round of Pigeon River Fund awards provide 10 grants totaling $234,241 to fund water quality projects in Haywood, Buncombe and Madison counties. 

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A new 2-mile hiking trail is now open in Headwaters State Forest in North Carolina, crossing the state line to end at an observation platform atop Sassafras Mountain — South Carolina’s highest point. 

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Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer hours at the Highlands Nature Center. 

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For the first time in six years, Parson Branch Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is open to the public. Park officials held a ribbon-cutting event May 26 to honor the crew that performed the work and Friends of the Smokies, which provided critical funding. 

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Recreation areas at the Ocoee Whitewater Center in Polk County, Tennessee, are now open for the first time since a fire destroyed the building April 26. 

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