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Children and their families can help the Great Smoky Mountains National Park celebrate National Junior Ranger Day from 10 a.m.…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:36

Volunteer to work on the Appalachian Trail this season

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is currently searching for volunteers to help maintain the Appalachian Trail through the Smokies Wilderness Elite…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:35

Birding opportunities abound in Highlands

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Weekly Saturday bird walks will be held by the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society starting in May. The first Saturday of…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:34

Learn to bird by ear

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Two birding events in the region, sponsored by the Great Smoky Mountains Audubon Society, are on the horizon. The first…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:32

Cashiers bike race just around the corner

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The Tour de Cashiers, one of the region’s most well-known bike races, will take place beginning at 9 a.m. on…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:28

Ruby Ride and Run to roll into Franklin

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The Ruby Ride and Run will take place in Franklin on May 12, offering various distance options to both bikers…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:27

Yellow ducks take to the Tuck in annual race for prizes

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The popular annual Ducks on the Tuck, with little yellow rubber ducks racing down the Tuckasegee River, will be held…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:25

Sustainability runs deep in community college curriculum

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Haywood Community College has been recognized for its cutting-edge work in promoting environmental sustainability by the American College and University…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:24

Lace up those running shoes for a good cause

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A Mothers Day Celebration 5K walk and run in Cherokee that also functions as a dialysis patient fundraiser will be…
Threatening weather forecasts likely kept many who registered for last Saturday’s (April 21) 5th Annual Spring Hike in Waynesville’s Watershed…
The recent acquisition of 720 acres of land in the Plott Balsams has helped set the table for the first…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:15

Joan Byrd to discuss the art of Harvey K. Littleton

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City Lights Bookstore will celebrate the launch of Harvey K. Littleton’s A Life in Glass with Western Carolina University’s ceramics…
Merritt Moseley, a professor at University of Carolina-Asheville, will lead a series of discussions surrounding the works of beloved author…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:13

Thomas Thibeault to read from novel ‘Balto’s Nose’

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Thomas Thibeault will be at City Lights Bookstore to read from his historical thriller, Balto’s Nose, at 7 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:13

Library looks for teen feedback

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The Teen Advisory Group will meet at 3:30 p.m. on April 30 at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Teens…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:11

The tales of two Joyces

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In The Guys in the Gang and Other Stories (ISBN 978-1-4697-7768-9, $20.95), James T. Joyce and James T. Joyce —…
This being a Sunday, the day on which I generally take care of household chores that have gone unheeded during…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:02

Sweepstakes cafeterias good for tourism

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To the Editor: I agree with the opinion expressed by several of those interviewed for a recent article that the…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:01

Does Bothwell realize Shuler is not running?

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To The Editor: I find Cecil Bothwell’s preoccupation with Heath Shuler odd and slightly disturbing. Although Shuler announced months ago…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:00

Hanging chads and voter suppression

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To the Editor: Do you remember “hanging-chads? Those were the tiny little punch-out holes on Florida ballots that gave George Bush…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:59

Let me tell you why I’m a Democrat

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To the Editor: I want to share with you three times in my life that made me appreciate how important…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:58

Working at C.J. Harris is an honor

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To the Editor: In 1993, I knew I wanted to be a registered nurse (RN) and my health occupations teacher,…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:57

Those staying believe in this hospital

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To the Editor: To us, this is more than just a hospital because it is part of our community, and…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:57

It is time to look ahead, not behind

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To the Editor: The Physician Leadership Council, the governing body of the employed physicians of MedWest Health System, is saddened…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:54

Hospital system wants dialogue with community

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By Steve Heatherly At the April 16 Jackson County Commissioners’ meeting, a physician stated his concerns about the future of…
The former chief executive officer and general manager of the Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands was recently convicted on federal charges of masterminding kickbacks and of illegally billing his company for an addition to his own home. Mario…
The litany of Republicans from Western North Carolina running for Congress haven’t taken any cues from their counterparts on the presidential stage, where the once robust field of candidates has slowly been picked off until there was just one man…
MedWest-Haywood will hold an open house from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, at the newly constructed MedWest Urgent Care Center in Canton. The community can get a preview of the new facility during the open house. MedWest Urgent Care…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:48

Selling Haywood a collective effort

Departing from the normal talks of budget cuts and tightening belts, Haywood County commissioners asked a group of tourism and town leaders how the county could pitch in to help bring visitors or new second-home owners to the county. The…
The Community Table, Sylva’s nonprofit soup kitchen for the needy, is within weeks of moving its digs from its cramped existing facility to the town’s now-vacant senior center. The county built a new senior center, freeing up space in the…
The Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen’s split decision to de-annex someone who didn’t want to be in the town limits anymore — or pay town taxes any more — seems to have brought a trickle of other unsatisfied residents making…
After two years of lawsuits and two mediations, Swain and Graham counties have finally agreed on where to draw the county line signifying their portions of the Fontana Dam. Fontana Dam straddles the two counties. How much of the dam…
The Lowe’s interchange in Haywood County will finally get re-structured but not for a couple more years. N.C. Department of Transportation plans to start reconstructing the exit onto N.C. 209 and leading to Paragon Parkway and Hospital Drive in summer…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:41

Cullowhee community holds second meeting

Residents and business owners of Cullowhee and Jackson County are invited to attend a community meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, at the Cullowhee Valley School library. This is a follow-up to the March 13 meeting when community…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:39

Tuckasegee bridge to be replaced

A $3.4-million contract to replace the T. Walter Middleton Bridge on N.C. 107 over the Tuckasegee River in Jackson County has been awarded to a Whittier company. Owle Construction Co. will build a new bridge that will be widened from…
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is taking matters into its own hands in the tug-of-war over the best route to Cherokee. A tribe-purchased billboard on Interstate 40, heading west of Asheville, will soon tout two possible routes to Cherokee.…
When Dr. Bob Adams walked into a hospital-wide meeting of Jackson County doctors in early January, he believed he had finally mustered the critical mass to demand action, action that so far had been elusive despite a year of working…
When the Med-West venture was coined two years ago, the premise was an easy sell. Together the hospitals would be stronger than going it alone. Both Harris and Haywood hospitals had witnessed a troubling loss of patients to Mission —…
The iconic black bear, the parkway’s winding scenic road and the Appalachian Trail’s solitary hiker have gotten a reprieve. A bill will be introduced next month to allow a version of the full-color specialty plates. They’d been facing a death…
Large, walk-in beer coolers are ready and waiting to be stocked at Dwight and Jamie Winchester’s Catamount Travel Center, a gas station directly across the street from the entrance to the Cherokee Indian Reservation on U.S. 441. They’ve been there…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:57

Voices in the Laurel plans spring concert

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Children’s choir, Voices in the Laurel, will perform in its 16th annual spring concert at 2:30 p.m., May 6, at…
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 20:57

Talent show to benefit arts in Macon schools

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Macon County youth will take the stage in Showcase of Talent 2012, a non-competitive talent show for third- to 12th-graders,…
Two Western Carolina University student disc jockeys committed to offering “smashing good fun” on their morning radio show have been…
The library in Sylva will host a free energy healing workshop with Laura Elliott at 7 p.m. on May 1.…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:53

Shelton House opening for 2012 season

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The Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts at historic Shelton House will open on May 1 for the 2012 season. In…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:52

New gallery at GEP to showcase ‘Art + Energy’

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A new ‘Art + Energy’ gallery will have its grand opening from 5-7 p.m., April 26, at the Jackson County…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:52

Winners announced for SCC Student Art Show

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The winning art pieces from the 2012 Southwestern Community College Student Art Show will be exhibited at the Oconaluftee Institute…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:50

Lyle Lovett set to perform at Harrah’s Casino

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Singer/songwriter Lyle Lovett will take the stage at 7:30 p.m., May 5, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel. Lovett is…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:50

HART presents a collection of antique quilts

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The Haywood Arts Regional Theater will exhibit a collection of antique quilts during the production of “Look Homeward Angel,” scheduled…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:49

Near-death experiences subject of May 3 talk

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The Macon County Public Library will host a talk by local author Dennis Murphy at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May…