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One thing is for certain. Whichever of two Democrats Jackson County voters pick in the May 8 primary will be bringing a lot of governmental experience to the table in their bid for a seat on the Board of Commissioners.…
Three of the five seats on the Macon County Board of Commissioners are up for election this year, and all have a primary race that needs deciding for either one party or the other. Democrats will be asked to narrow…
The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host Mindy Guillama-Ridriquez and Raul Rodriquez for a discussion of Cuban culture…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:04

Good Cooks series continues April 26

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The next installment of Cooperative Extension’s “Good Cooks Series” will be held at 5:30 p.m. on April 26 in the…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:04

Innovative map designer to speak at WCU

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Map designer Bruce Daniel will speak at 4 p.m., April 19, in the atrium of the John W. Bardo Fine…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:01

Students to perform new play at HART

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Students from Mountain Heritage High School in Burnsville will perform the play “Applaching” at 7:30 p.m., April 20, at the…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:00

Festival celebrates trout, Plott hounds

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Maggie Valley Festival Grounds will host a combination of the Great Smoky Mountain Trout & Heritage Festival and PlottFest this…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:59

Gaither Vocal Band to perform April 29

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Multi-Grammy and Dove award winning recording artist Bill Gaither will perform with his Gaither Vocal Band at 3:30 p.m., April…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:58

The Drifters and The Crystals to perform

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Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters and The Crystals will take the stage at The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:57

Quaternity trombone group to visit WCU

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The acclaimed trombone ensemble Quaternity will visit Western Carolina University for a day of master classes followed by a public…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:56

Live music at the Jackson library

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The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host live bluegrass and gospel music provided by local band Joshua’s Tree…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:55

‘That Mancini Magic’ to arrive at WCU April 29

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“That Mancini Magic,” the final installment of Western Carolina University’s 2011-12 Galaxy of Stars Series, will stage at 3 p.m.…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:53

Signature Winds to perform in Waynesville

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The Grace Church Episcopal in Waynesville will host a noon concert by Signature Winds on April 19. Signature Winds was formed…
Three Jackson County teachers — Jennifer Dall at Smokey Mountain Elementary, Kansas Heiskell at the HUB, and Gayle Woody at…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:50

Haywood’s Birding for the Arts benefit set for April 28

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The Haywood County Arts Council will host its annual “Birding for the Arts” event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:50

HCC to offer program on marketing for artists

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The Small Business Center of Haywood Community College will offer a free seminar, entitled “Marketing for the Craftsperson & Artist…Part…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:49

Spring Choral Concert to be presented April 19

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The voices of two Western Carolina University choirs – the University Chorus and the Concert Choir – will be featured…
Western Carolina University dance students matched with faculty and staff members will compete in a “Dancing with the Stars”-style event…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:47

Children’s weaving class at Sylva library

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The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host weaver Susan Leveille of The Oaks Gallery in Dillsboro for a children’s weaving…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:46

Celebrate Spring with Greening Up

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The 15th annual Greening Up the Mountains festival will take place April 28 on Main and Mill streets in historic…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:45

Liars Bench to present ‘Hangman’

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The Liars Bench will tell the story of the hanging of Jack Lambert and other murder/execution stories in “Hangman, hangman…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:44

Franklin High to hold auditions for student talent show

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Franklin High School will hold auditions at noon, April 21, in its fine arts center, for home school and private…
Finnegans Wake took James Joyce 17 years to write, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel consumed four years of Michelangelo’s…
The Cherokee Reservation will remain dry, keeping in place the historic ban on alcohol sales, following Thursday’s election on the issue. Enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians sent a strong message with about 60 percent voting “no”…
Editor’s note: This column first appeared in The Smoky Mountain News in April 2002. Have you ever looked at a…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:17

WCU community launches initiative to bring lily back

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The memories and lore surrounding a white flower with six petals — once so common in the Cullowhee valley that…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:16

Get your garden off to a good start

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A gardening basics 101 class for beginner gardeners or gardeners who are new to this region will take place from…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:14

Farmers markets open for season

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Farmers markets in both Jackson and Haywood counties have opened for the regular growing season. The Jackson County Farmers Market…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:12

Wild and Scenic Film Festival screening at WCU

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The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is coming from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Western Carolina University.…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:11

Boaters suit up for Nantahala Open

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The fun and free-spirited Nantahala Open will take place from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Nantahala…
The 28th annual Tuckasegee River Clean Up will be held on Saturday, April 21, and is looking for volunteers to…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:07

Kids can hook into a good time, and fishing opportunity

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A free youth fishing clinic will be held on Saturday, April 21, as part of the 23rd-annual Great Smoky Mountain…
The 28th annual Tuckasegee River Clean Up will be held on Saturday, April 21, and is looking for volunteers to…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:04

The Macon Your Heart Beat

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The Macon Your Heart Beat one-mile and 5K run/walk will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 14, on the…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:04

WCU to host back-to-back races

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A pair of 5K races will be held at Western Carolina University in coming weeks to raise money to build…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:03

Race a duathalon for a good cause

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The Mountain Madness duathalon in Franklin will be held starting at 9 a.m. April 28 along the Little Tennessee River.…
If you think you’ve got a winning photograph, consider submitting it to the Land Trust For the Little Tennessee for…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:01

Volunteers needed to help plant trees in Bryson

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An Arbor Day planting will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Island Park in downtown Bryson City.…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:59

A Conference of Birds

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At Wild South’s recent “Green Tie Gala,” friend, writer, poet and publisher Thomas Rain Crowe, with a knowing wink, slipped…
Just in time for its 30th anniversary, the Western North Carolina Alliance one of the region’s most august environmental organizations…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:52

Ron Rash to read from ‘The Cove’

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Ron Rash will read from his new novel, The Cove, at 2 p.m., April 15 in the community room of the…
Blue Ridge Books will host Jenny Bennett, author of Murder at the Jumpoff, at 3 p.m. on April 21. Bennett’s…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:51

Participate in World Book Night

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City Lights Bookstore in Sylva is hosting an event at 6:30 p.m., April 17, for local volunteers the week before…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:50

Author Micheal Rivers to read from his new ghost novel

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Micheal Rivers of Whittier will be at the Jackson County Public Library at 7 p.m. on April 17 to read…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:47

Homegrown poet spreads her wings

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Rose McLarney grew up in rural Western North Carolina, where she continues to live on an old mountain farm. Daughter…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:41

Trayvon Martin just went too far

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To the Editor: Norman Hoffman has his facts wrong about the Trayvon Martin shooting.   Based on my experience, and…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:41

Jackson should join Franklin on this one

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To the Editor: I write to urge the Jackson County commissioners to follow the lead of the Franklin Town Board…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:40

Franklin leaders say corporations not people

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To the Editor: Kudos to the Franklin Board of Aldermen for unanimously passing a resolution calling on the North Carolina…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:39

Marty Jones does not deserve criticism

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To the Editor: In a recent letter to the editor John Edwards attacks District 4 County Commissioner Candidate Marty Jones.…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:39

Let me explain how FreedomWorks works

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To the Editor: My, that was quite a headline on Margery Abel’s letter appearing in the March 28 edition of…