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Western Carolina University is remaining mostly neutral on the topic of alcohol coming to Cullowhee, at least officially. “The campus has had alcohol on it for many, many, many years, and I don’t see that changing,” said Sam Miller, vice…
Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe was stripped of his appointed role to render thumbs-up or thumbs-down assessments of businesses wanting to sell alcohol. Jackson County commissioners, who had initially appointed Ashe to the role, voted this week to instead make…
Rising health care costs were the catalyst for two budget decisions by Haywood County commissioners, one that will hopefully save taxpayer money and the other a stopgap measure to keep up with employee health insurance. Commissioners were forced this week…
The advent of alcohol sales in Jackson County has prompted the Cashiers community to consider new land-use regulations to address the probable arrival of bars in the resort village. The commercial area of Cashiers already has a development ordinance. The…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:40

Move to Amend shot down in Jackson again

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners once again declined to support a movement aimed at restraining corporate power, causing local activists to raise a joint sigh of frustration. Move to Amend activists, a local offshoot of the Occupy movement, called…
The blueprint for a sign is punched into a computer, and the machine starts up. Sparks emit from the metal-cutting apparatus as it carves out the words “Gateway to the Smokies” and “Waynesville, North Carolina.” Here, at this part-machine shop,…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:38

Summer camps for kids

Maggie summer camp The Maggie Valley Club will hold a Summer Kid’s Camp program from June 18-22 and from July 16-20. These one-week camps begin at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Lunch is provided. The camp provides traditional…
A little more than a year after the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law banning various forms of synthetic marijuana, enforcement of the statute still poses a problem for police. Waynesville Police Chief Bill Hollingsed traveled to Raleigh at…
As people’s discretionary spending remains low nationwide, golf courses in Haywood County are trying to drive their way out of a bunker with price cuts and special offers aimed at drawing in atypical players. Golf courses in the Haywood County…
The Waynesville Recreation Center will institute new hours for its water park for the summer. The water park will open at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. on Sundays. The slide will not open…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:34

New Franklin dog park to open June 9

The new dog park in Franklin will open at 10 a.m. June 9. The park, sponsored by the Friends of the Greenway, is adjacent to Big Bear Park on the Greenway in Franklin. Officials of the city and county and…
The Friends of the Library are holding a birthday party for the new Jackson County Public Library beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, in the atrium. Cake and other refreshments will be served during a reception to celebrate…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:33

GOP candidates to attend debate

Republican group FreedomWorks will host a debate between candidates Mark Meadows and Vance Patterson at 8:30 a.m. June 9 at the Angel Hospital Cafeteria Meeting Room. Meadows and Patterson are running in a second primary election on July 17 for…
Live table games at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino cleared its final hurdle this week with passage in the N.C. House of Representatives. Both the Governor and N.C. Senate had already given live table games their blessing, and only lacked approval from…
The Shelton House in Waynesville will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with a series of summer lectures and demonstrations this weekend. The event will start at 7 p.m. June 8 with a commemorative celebration of the Civil…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:53

Dog show to be held in Waynesville

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The Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association will host its annual American Kennel Club dog show from 8 a.m. to 3…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:52

Help your child maintain reading, writing skills

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Western Carolina University is offering a two-week program in June designed to help young children maintain the reading and writing…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:51

Festival celebrates history of Cherokee, Appalachians

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The Museum of the Cherokee Indian and the North Carolina Arts Council will celebrate thousands of years of southern Appalachian…
Haywood County Arts Council will hold International Festival Day in downtown Waynesville on July 21, a new date from previous…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:49

Nominations sought for Mountain Heritage Award

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Western Carolina University is accepting nominations for the Mountain Heritage Award, an honor bestowed annually on one individual and one…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:48

HART presents Barbara Bates Smith in ‘Ivy Rowe’

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Barbara Bates Smith will perform “Ivy Rowe” at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville at 7:30 p.m. June 22-23,…
Comedienne Jeanne Robertson will perform at 7 p.m. June 7 at Lake Junaluska’s Stuart Auditorium as a benefit for United…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:45

HART to hold auditions for ‘Lost In Yonkers’

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The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its production of “Lost in Yonkers” at 6:30 p.m. June 17-18…
Highlands Performing Arts Center will present “Broadway and More” with Glory Crampton at 8 p.m. June 23. Crampton is a…
The Highlands Biological Foundation will host a basket-weaving workshop and nature lecture on June 14. Doug Elliott, a local storyteller…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:43

Sylva businesses to host art stroll June 8

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The Jackson County Visual Arts Association will host the Sylva Art Stroll beginning at 5 p.m. June 8 in downtown…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:42

Deadline extended for OICA summer arts program

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High school students and recent graduates have until June 6 to submit their applications for the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural…
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 20:41

‘Vincent’ to stage in Highlands

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Highlands Performing Arts Center will perform a two-weekend run of the play “Vincent.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. June 7-9…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:41

Lorraine Conard Band to play in Jackson

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The Lorraine Conard Band will play a free concert at 7 p.m. June 14 at the Jackson County Public Library.…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:40

Free outdoor concerts at WCU in June and July

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Western Carolina University’s 2012 Summer Concert Series will start June 7. The shows will take place at 7 p.m. each…
Haywood County-based band Rafe Hollister will perform in Sylva from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on June 8 as part of Concerts on…
The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University will open a new exhibit “RE+ constructed” with a reception at 5…
Textile artists and fashion designers working within a 100-mile radius of Asheville are invited to submit entries for Project Handmade,…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:34

The Bascom to host Family Fun Day June 9

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The Bascom, a visual arts center in Highlands, will hold a Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.…
Haywood Community College and the American Bladesmith Society will hold an “Introduction to Bladesmithing” course from 6-10 p.m. June 18-19…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:33

Kids, hone your hula hooping skills

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Kelly Jewell-Timco will lead a hula hooping class at 4 p.m. June 13 at the Jackson County Public Library. This…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:32

Summer art workshops offered in Cullowhee

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Cullowhee Mountain ARTS is gearing up for its Youth Week art workshops for children ages 5 and up from July…
Downtown Waynesville will transform into a Mecca for Appalachian heritage geeks and for people who want to learn more about…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 14:01

Its a scarlet tanager kind of year

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“The scarlet tanager flies through the green foliage as if it would ignite the leaves. You can hardly believe that…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:56

Highlands Nature Center offers summer camps

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The Highlands Nature Center is holding a series of summer nature camps for children from ages 4 to 14 with…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:55

Friends of the Smokies donors raise money for Trails

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Friends of the Smokies met a challenge grant from the Aslan Foundation of Knoxville to raise $4 million for the…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:54

GSMNP is starting a Youth Leadership Class

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is starting a new program beginning this summer to create a Youth Leadership Class…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:52

Tremont announces bird banding program

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Volunteers are needed to assist Tremont and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by monitoring birds through bird banding on…
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting three free fishing events in early June at its Pisgah Center for Wildlife…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:50

Bird banding at Tessentee preserve

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The public is invited to the bird-banding project at Tessentee Preserve in Otto at 8 a.m. June 2.  Participants will…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:50

Free rafting trip on the Tuckasegee

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The Dillsboro River Company will offer free unguided rafting trips down the Tuckaseegee River from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:49

Jackson County Golf Club summer schedule

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The Jackson County Golf Club has planned its summer schedule, which will include rounds at Mill Creek, Sequoyah National, Bear…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:48

WCU online course to address wilderness survival

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Western Carolina University is offering an online course beginning June 1 on topics related to surviving accidents and dangerous encounters…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:46

Cradle of Forestry to host Curiosity Club

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The Cradle of Forestry will hold a nature and educational series titled “Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club” from 10:30 a.m. to…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:45

Kids in the Creek T-Shirt competition

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Robert Coleman won the Kids in the Creek T-shirt design competition and will have his design printed on 785 T-shirts…