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Haywood County will again honor its men and women who have served in the military with a Memorial Day Parade at 11 a.m., May 28, on Main Street in downtown Waynesville. The parade will feature several National Guard and Reserve…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:16

Get help with business development

A workshop designed to help businesses develop and market their products and services is set for 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, at the Fryemont Inn in Bryson City. The North Carolina Division of Tourism and the…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:16

WCU event welcomes the community

Western Carolina University will throw open the doors to campus and invite residents in on Thursday, March 29. “Community on Campus” is designed to provide residents of Western North Carolina a chance to discover the range of entertainment, cultural, health…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:15

Belcher to take oath during WCU ceremony

David Belcher will be installed as chancellor of Western Carolina University during a traditional ceremony, capping a week of activities in late March designed to highlight and celebrate the accomplishments of the university’s students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners.…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:15

Mountain BizWorks hosts free money management session

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Learn how to deal with debt in a free money-management class for women only being held from 5:30 p.m. to…
The political season is in full swing with a slew of campaign forums and meet-and-greets taking place. The biggest event will feature candidates running for U.S. Congress from 7 to 9 p.m. April 4 in Haywood Community College’s Charles Beall…
Gov. Bev Perdue and leaders from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have headed back to their respective sides of the negotiating tables to tweak the landmark agreement that would permit table games, real cards and live dealers at Harrah’s…
Western Carolina University’s faculty senate took on the hot button statewide political issue last week of Amendment One, the proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriages and civil unions. The faculty senate passed a resolution opposing the amendment, which…
The mental health agency Smoky Mountain Center will not be buying and moving into Waynesville’s former Department of Social Services office building after all, leaving Haywood County back at Square One trying to unload the large, dated, four-story brick complex…
For the first time perhaps in its 123-year history, faculty, staff and students at Western Carolina University are helping develop a priority list that will shape the coming year’s budget. “This has been a first pass at a new, and…
The $289,000 loan from Jackson County to the new owner of Sylva radio station WRGC has finally gotten the green light, meaning the popular local station could be back on the air early next week. “I think everything is in…
The fallout from Metrostat Communication’s going belly up keeps getting more complicated, with Jackson County commissioners learning this week that an Asheville company owns some of the defunct company’s fiber optic line. Metrostat, a high-speed Internet and phone service company…
A huge former antique mall in Macon County will soon become the largest private gambling operation outside of Cherokee when Jokers Wild, a sweepstakes parlor featuring 65 video machines, opens next month. And, there’s plenty of floor space left to…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:46

All hats on deck for Easter Hat Parade

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The town of Dillsboro will host its 24th annual Easter Hat Parade on April 7. The parade, a Dillsboro tradition,…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:45

Creative Thought Center to host monthly sale

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The Creative Thought Center is hosting its monthly Colossal Garage Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 31…
Frank Brannon Jr., proprietor of SpeakEasy Press in Dillsboro, will demonstrate “How to Make and Print Photopolymer Plates” at 6:15…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:43

Folkmoot announces countries performing in 2012 festival

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Dancers and musicians in colorful traditional costumes from New Zealand, France, Belgium, Indonesia, Peru, Philippines, Serbia, Puerto Rico, Ukraine and…
Nearly 700 students from local elementary schools filled the seats of Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:41

Asheville hosts third annual ActionFest

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ActionFest returns to Asheville on April 12-15 to once again showcase the most exciting action films from around the globe…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:41

‘Oxymorons’ return to the HART Studio

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The HART Studio Season will conclude with a return of the popular improvisational comedy troupe The Oxymorons at 7:30 p.m.…
The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its May production of the musical “The Marvelous Wonderettes” at 6:30…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:38

Headwaters Brewery collects feedback

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The newest brewery on the block is whittling down its homebrew recipes in the hopes of pinpointing its four flagship…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:38

Quilt Trails project to dedicate new block

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The Haywood County Arts Council’s Quilt Trails project will dedicate the “Grandmother’s Dream” quilt block at 11 a.m. on March…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:37

Taste of Chocolate tickets now on sale

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Tickets for this year’s Taste of Chocolate Plus are now on sale at Fun Things Etc., Quilter’s Quarters, Blue Ridge…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:36

Artist to represent OICA, SCC at state awards

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Cherokee resident Darrin Bark will represent Southwestern Community College and the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts at the North Carolina…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:30

The Bascom puts a twist on art, craft exhibits

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Hearing The Bascom being called a world-class facility might seem a stretch until you pay a firsthand visit to the…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:15

Learning and writing haiku

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Lots of people write haikus or haiku-like verse. This past year we had several haiku-writing fests at our house. House…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:14

Stretch your way to running success

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A workshop on “Dynamic Warm Ups for Every Runner” begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 31 at Jus’ Running on…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:14

Lake J gets handicapped-accessible boat dock

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A new handicapped-accessible boat dock will be built at Lake Junaluska this spring thanks to the efforts of an avid…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:13

Annual orchid show at the N.C. Arboretum

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The popular WNC Orchid Society’s Annual Show opens from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., March 31 and continues through April…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:13

Get the buzz on beekeeping workshop

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A daylong beekeeping school will be held Saturday, April 14, at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service office west of Bryson…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:12

Mushroom workshop scheduled in Cashiers

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A shiitake and oyster mushroom cultivation workshop will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 30, at the Albert Carlton…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:11

Feeding off of “The Hunger Games”

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Tours of DuPont State Recreational Forest where The Hunger Games were filmed will be the site of upcoming tours by…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:11

Cataloochee Valley Tours launches season

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Cataloochee Valley Tours begins its second season of guided hikes and eco-tours next month in the Great Smoky Mountains National…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:09

Sell extra produce via the farmers market

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A kick-off meeting for vendors and others interested in participating this year in Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market will be held…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:09

Saving the planet one rain barrel at a time

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Get a barrel of fun out of helping the planet by buying 55-gallon rain barrels converted from repurposed pickle containers.…
Students in Haywood Community College’s Photovoltaics class recently got real-life, hands-on experience installing solar PV panels at the college’s Regional…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:06

Free photography program offered at Wildlife Center

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Improve your outdoor photography skills at a free program scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 24, at the…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:04

Not-so-strange bedfellows

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I was encouraged by a recent press release from the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. The release stated, “In a show…
Susan Sakna and her two dogs were far from their home in Massachusetts. But like many Appalachian Trail thru-hikers, Sakna…
Author and publishing consultant Renea Winchester will be at the public library in Sylva at 7 p.m. on March 27 for a…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:00

Sylva bookstore to hold double book launch

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City Lights Bookstore will host a double book launch at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 23. FutureCycle Press will unveil…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 13:57

Nature shines in Morgan poetry collection

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To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the…
Spring weather like we’ve been experiencing makes clear that we live in a world essentially comprised of two kinds of…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 12:13

Psychos don’t know park boundaries

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To the Editor: There seems to be a bent in this publication about taking away the gun rights of decent…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 12:13

Stronger rules needed to regulate puppy mills

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To the Editor: For the sixth time since the end of the 2011 legislative session in North Carolina, the state…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 12:12

Motorcycles are asset to tourism economy

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To the Editor, It is not my norm in life to write letters to a newspaper. However, I feel that…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 12:11

Squeezing a little basketball into my life of madness

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While I can appreciate that many citizens get caught up in this so-called “March Madness” every year, I no longer…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:57

Maintenance work scheduled at dog parks

The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will reseed both dog parks located in the recreation park in Waynesville. However, each of the two parks will be seeded at different times so there will always be a dog park available. Dog…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:57

Historical and Genealogical Society meeting

The Haywood County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet on in March 30 in the dining hall of the First Baptist Church on Haywood Street in Waynesville. Dinner will start at 6 p.m. followed by a program presented by Curtis…