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Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:25

Cycle and camp on three-day trip

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A three-day cycling and camping trip around Bryson City is set for Friday, May 18, through Sunday, May 20, under…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:23

National “bike to work day” ride set for Friday

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The second annual “bike to work day” ride in Haywood County will be held beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday,…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:22

Fishing guide to lead seminar, casting clinic

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Nathan Chapman, guide and flyrod builder, will be the speaker at the 7 p.m. June 5 meeting of the Plateau…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:22

Running seminar to be held at MedWest in Sylva

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A free running seminar will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at MedWest Rehabilitation Services on…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:21

Mountain bike group meets weekly

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The Nantahala Area Sorba (Southern off-road biking association) has started a weekly mountain bike ride 6:15 p.m. every Thursday at…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:20

Arboretum to host annual rose exhibition

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Visitors to The North Carolina Arboretum will be encouraged to stop and smell the roses when the Asheville Blue Ridge…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:18

Conservancy group celebrates 50,000 protected acres

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The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy is celebrating its protection of more than 50,000 acres across Western North Carolina and East…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:16

Medicinal botany class offered at HCC

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An eight-week medicinal botany class will be held at Haywood Community College beginning May 19 through July 14. The class…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:15

Go birding on the Bartram Trail

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An outing along the Bartram Trail near Jones Gap and the nearby Fishhawk Mountains is set for Saturday, May 19.…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:14

Night hunting of coyotes and feral swine looked at

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Hunters might soon be hunting coyote and wild swine at night with a light on private lands. The new regulations…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:13

Another deadly exotic

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Experiments conducted by a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from the U.S., Canada and Germany strongly suggest that the fungus, Geomyces…
It took more than a decade, a lot of detective work and a protracted legal case to clear the way…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:10

UNC Asheville to host writing program in Waynesville

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Local writers will have the opportunity to hone their skills with UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program summer workshops in…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:09

Friends of the Library to host annual meeting

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Friends of the Haywood Public Library will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. on May 24 at First United…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:07

George R.R. Martin’s world captures readers

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Readers, be forewarned. If you willingly enter the fanciful world of George R. R. Martin’s Songs of Ice and Fire:…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:57

Letter was wonderful declaration of dedication

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To the Editor: I thought that the letter by Dr. Laci Jamison (www.smokymountainnews.com/component/k2/item/6931) in the May 2 edition was a…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:56

Privatizing marriage would settle issue

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To the Editor: Statistics claim that the purpose of licensure laws is to protect people and produce quality results. They…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:55

Amendment One sends wrong message

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To the Editor: The passage of Amendment One by a majority of North Carolinians this week adds fuel to a…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:54

Shouldn’t tolerance go both ways

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To the Editor: If you have listened to TV news or seen the national print media since Tuesday, May 8,…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:53

We still deliver quality health care west of Asheville

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By Gwang S. Han • Guest Columnist Simply put, I question if there is a problem with the current system…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:52

‘Wild West’ chamber drive saddles up

The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce has launched its 2012 membership campaign, which will run through June 14. The campaign will reach out to over 1,000 businesses in the Haywood County area that are not yet benefiting from membership with…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:52

Hospice house now open in Haywood

MedWest Health System opened its new $3.4 million inpatient hospice unit in Haywood County, The Homestead, with an open house and dedication ceremony in March. The Homestead is a new six-bed facility that offers specialized end-of-life care to patients and…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:51

BizWorks offers merchandising course

Mountain BizWorks will host Merchandising WOW, a new merchandising course, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for three consecutive Wednesdays starting May 30.   Students will learn merchandising skills from an expert, discover what makes effective merchandising ignite sales, learn…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:50

SCC Employment lab to coach job seekers

Southwestern Community College is offering a free Employability Lab designed to help unemployed people obtain jobs. It will be held on the Jackson Campus from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.…
A wide variety of healthcare speakers are headlining the second annual Flourish Women’s Expo put on by MedWest Health System on Saturday, May 19, at Harrah’s Cherokee Events Center. The event is intended to support women’s mind, body and spirit,…
The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce will host their annual Business Start-Up Competition Luncheon to honor this year’s recipients of up to a $10,000 business grant from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 17. The Chamber Business and Community…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:47

WCU to expand DNA sequencing capabilities

Western Carolina University’s Forensic Science Program has acquired two state-of-the-art pieces of DNA sequencing instruments to help it establish a DNA sequencing core facility on campus. “We will be able to offer a multitude of DNA sequencing services to institutions…
Haywood is banding together with Transylvania, Buncombe, Henderson and Madison counties under a project titled GroWNC, designed to get the region thinking collectively about ways to develop the economy with a focus on sustainability. GroWNC is currently holding meetings in…
The next five years could include the construction of an adventure park, a canopy walk and another casino for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, according to a preliminary outline of its 2012 economic development plan. Every five years, the…
Recordings made some seven decades ago of nearly 60 men and women who lived in what became the Great Smoky Mountains National Park soon will be made publicly available online. In 1939, a young graduate student by the name of…
A 60-unit affordable housing complex has been proposed in Franklin, but will depend on securing competitive state tax credits for low-income housing to come to fruition. The project has been proposed by Fitch Development, a group out of Charlotte that…
Franklin leaders declined last week to offer a formal apology to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians for using weed killer on an ancient Indian mound. “I don’t think we did anything destructive,” said Franklin Alderman Sissy Pattillo. “And I…
A recount is likely in the race for N.C. House of Representatives between two well-known and prominent Waynesville Democrats, Danny Davis and Joe Sam Queen. The race came down to the wire on election night last week, with Queen emerging…
When none of the Republican candidates for Congress garnered 40 percent of the votes during the May 8 primary, the election got more complicated. Rather than narrowing the long list of candidates to two — one Republican and one Democrat…
Haywood County is looking to off-load a few of its now vacant office buildings and is searching for help to do it. The county has been playing musical chairs with several departments during the past year, consolidating county functions once…
The advent of alcohol in Cullowhee is fueling efforts to implement some kind of land-use plan to guide growth in the community around Western Carolina University. Some speculate that development could be fast and furious in Cullowhee in the wake…
Angela Laird Brenton, dean of the College of Professional Studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has been appointed provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Western Carolina University. She starts Aug. 1. The selection of Brenton,…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:30

Learn about end-of-life decision-making

A free community forum on planning and decision-making for end-of-life events is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20, in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church of Waynesville. The forum is sponsored by Hospice & Palliative Care Services of…
While Swain County fights to secure the rest of the $52 million cash settlement its owed by the federal government for the North Shore Road, the $12.8 million already in the bank is generating hundreds of thousands in interest every…
The National Park Service is refusing to let go of a $4 million payment Swain County is due as part of the cash settlement over the North Shore Road. The federal government is supposed to pay Swain County $4 million…
When Annie’s Naturally Bakery closed down last November, among those mourning the loss of the beloved coffee, bakery and gathering place in Sylva was Annie’s faithful Charles King. Without a new owner, the fate of the long-time Main Street institution…
The Jackson County farmers market had three or four vendors who regularly showed up each week to sell their homegrown goods in 2001. For the most part, the growers would sit around, chew the fat and trade produce. “It was…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:45

Stecoah Valley Leftovers to host spring concert

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The instructors of Stecoah Junior Appalachian Musicians will host a Spring Bluegrass Celebration at Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center on…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:44

Last weekend of ‘The Dixie Swim Club’

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The Highland Cashiers Players will spend their last weekend as Sheree, Lexie, Dinah, Vernadette, and Jeri Neal of “The Dixie…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:43

Green art and mud coming to The Bascom

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New exhibits are heading to The Bascom art gallery in Highlands this month. Admission for these exhibitions is free. • …
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:43

Foreigner to perform in Cherokee in June

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Legendary rock band Foreigner will take the stage at Harrah’s Casino and Hotel at 9 p.m., June 8. With over…
The Jackson County Public Library will host a free two-part drawing class with Norma Hendrix at 7 p.m. on May…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:41

OICA to offer summer art program

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This summer, high school students and recent graduates can participate in a summer art program at Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:40

Coffee with the Poet to feature Dave Waldrop

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The City Lights Coffee with the Poet series continues at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 17, and will feature the…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:39

HART to stage ‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’

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The Haywood Arts Regional Theater will perform “The Marvelous Wonderettes” at 7:30 p.m., May 25, 26, June 1, 2, 8…