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Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:58

Convicted by a jury of my peers

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Last year around this time I wrote about the honor of being nominated for Wild South’s Roosevelt-Ashe Society’s “Outstanding Journalist…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:52

Nomenclature has meaning when it comes to plants

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What’s in a name? Well, sometimes a lot, especially when you’re considering the names we assign plants. The striking little…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:51

Geologists to converge on the mountains

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Western Carolina University will host more than 700 professional geologists and geology students during the 61st annual meeting of the…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:51

Get ready to do some haggling

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Bartering Day is on tap for the old T.M. Rickman Store in Macon County’s historic Cowee Valley from 10 a.m.…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:50

AT Founder’s Bridge Festival coming to NOC

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A storied Appalachian Trail event is on tap April 6 and 7 at Nantahala Outdoor Center with the AT Founder’s…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:50

Bats in Smokies threatened by fungus

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Biologists in the Smokies have confirmed that two different kinds of bats found in a park cave have white-nose syndrome,…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:50

Smokies camping fee to take effect

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park plans to collect fees next year from backpackers despite the proposal receiving opposition from…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:48

Troops rally to fight off invasive species

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More than 300 Macon County students and others interested in the natural landscape will attend Invasive Species Awareness Day from…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:48

Hatchery-supported trout waters open

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Approximately 1,100 miles of hatchery-supported trout waters in 25 western counties will open at 7 a.m. on April 7. The…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:47

Cherokee Reservation trout season opens

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Hundreds of anglers will line the 30 miles of streams on the Cherokee Indian Reservation Saturday, March 31, with the…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:47

Garden forum April 3

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Experienced growers Ron and Kathy Arps will lead a panel discussion about home gardening at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:46

National park to restore views at overlooks

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The views in the Smokies might get a little easier to see after a contractor cuts back encroaching trees from…
Responding to missing or injured hikers this time of year is expected in Macon County, where the Appalachian Trail winds…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:41

Anatomy of a Smokies search

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Things weren’t looking good. After five days of searching and zero clues, a massive search for a missing man in…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:38

Motives of missing man remain a mystery

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It’s probably not the view sightseers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park were expecting last week when they pulled…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:37

Book signing for three mountain women

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Barbara Woodall, Amy Ammons Garza and Doreyl Ammons Cain will sign books at City Lights Bookstore at 2 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:31

Forgotten but not gone — emphasizing grammar

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Fifteen years ago, when I was the temporary teacher of Latin at Tuscola High School in Waynesville, I was discussing…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:37

Staring over the edge of the political divide

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Question: How does one come to the conclusion that the upcoming General Assembly short session will almost certainly be an…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:36

Affordable Care Act already helping families

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To the Editor, For my entire working life, I have paid for medical insurance, first for myself and later for…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:35

Hayden Rogers made right debate decision

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To the Editor: In the Thursday, March 15, edition of The Asheville Citizen-Times, Jon Ostendorff takes issue with Hayden Rogers,…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:34

Land use criticisms were off the mark

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To the Editor: I have been a full time resident and small business owner in the Cashiers area since 1988…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:34

Women treated unfairly in health care debate

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To the Editor: We’ve all heard the remark “Follow The Money.” It’s more important than ever to look behind all…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:30

My critics just can’t get enough of me

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I’m sitting here writing this column in the company of Suki, a 13-year-old Golden Retriever mix. Suki is not actually…
Haywood Community College leaders told a gathering of elected state leaders this week that students and the economy would suffer if funding cuts to the college continue. While college leaders were making their points about funding, state legislators participated in…
After successful programs in Cashiers, Glenville and Sapphire, the Literacy Council of Cashier expanded its Dolly Parton Imagination Library to Cullowhee. Children, from birth to age 5, can register to have a free age appropriate book mailed to them each…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:24

Waynesville welcomes new town manager

After nearly six months of searching nationwide, Waynesville found a new town manager close to home from the town of Black Mountain. Marcia “Marcy” Onieal recently inked a contract with town leaders to become Waynesville’s new town manager, the first…
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 00:00

Business news

New Bethel restaurant opens its doors  A new restaurant called Breaking Bread Café has opened on Pigeon Road in the Bethel community of Haywood County. Steven and Barbara Eaffaldano have operated a concession business at festivals and events from Knoxville…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:21

News in brief

Lake Junaluska will hold its second-annual Beautification Day Thursday, April 12. Members of the community are asked to join the Lake Junaluska staff and residents in an effort to add to the natural beauty of Lake Junaluska through the completion…
There’s no clear winner in a complex and multifarious new system for ranking roads projects when it comes to the ongoing debate over Sylva’s main commercial drag. In just-release road rankings, redesigning N.C. 107 out ranked the competing proposal to…
A Maggie Valley man wants to extract himself from the town limits, claiming the services he gets from the town don’t warrant the taxes he pays. He stands to save $2,450 a year in town property taxes if successful in…
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.…