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Wednesday, 01 February 2012 20:12

Lighten Up 4 Life seeks participants

Angel Medical Center and Macon County Public Health will kick-of Lighten Up 4 Life, a community wide weight loss challenge, at 9 a.m., Feb. 4 at Franklin High School’s Fine Arts Center The purpose of the challenge is to help…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 20:10

Local students compete in science fair at WCU

Students from across Western North Carolina will participate in the 2012 Western Regional Science Fair at Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Regional Activity Center on Tuesday, Feb. 7, and Wednesday, Feb. 8. More than 600 students attend the fair each year,…
It ain’t easy be green. Nor is it particularly easy for a full-grown man to position himself beside a busy highway and gyrate wildly for hours on end, day after day, in a Statue of Liberty costume. Bryan Pixa is…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 20:08

Cleanup leaders in Haywood County recognized

Winners of “Community Pride” awards through Haywood County’s Commission for a Clean County will gather at noon, Feb. 15, at the Waynesville Inn. The award winners demonstrated exceptional environmental stewardship in the county during the past year. Being recognized are…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 20:07

Shuler confirms that he won’t run for governor

U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler (D-Waynesville) on Tuesday ended speculation that he was considering a run for governor. “I will not be running for governor of North Carolina in 2012,” Shuler announced in a statement distributed to media outlets. “It is…
It’s been nearly a year-and-a-half since Edna Queen lost her son, and despite forking over $1,100 for a headstone to mark his gravesite in Fairview Memorial Gardens in Sylva, there’s nothing but a patch of grass where his body lies.…
A former Jackson County funeral director has been charged with fraud for swindling people who paid for their own funerals in advance. Ronnie and Thomasine Riddle, 55 and 56, of Sylva systematically defrauded as many as three dozen funeral customers…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 20:03

Macon planning board on the chopping block?

The fate of Macon County’s planning board and whether it will exist in a meaningful form will be decided at next week’s commissioners’ meeting. At stake are the implementation of term limits, and whether those term limits should be retroactively…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 19:31

WCU will host ‘Vagina Monologues’ Feb. 10-11

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Western Carolina University’s Department of Intercultural Affairs will host “The Vagina Monologues” at 7 p.m. on Feb. 10-11 in the…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 19:31

Four Waynesville women recount trek through Nepal

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Four local women who hiked in Nepal will give a talk at 2 p.m. on Feb. 8. The event is…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 19:30

Wheels Through Time Museum to have special opening

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The Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley is celebrating its first special weekend opening of 2012. The museum will…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 19:29

ECA members earn state accolades

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Two Jackson County Extension and Community Association members won first place in the State ECA Cultural Arts Competition in New…
Colorfest, Art & Taste of Appalachia, plans to change Dillsboro into a Paris-like setting with artists painting at easels under…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 19:27

‘La Pasion Flamenca’ to hit WCU on Feb. 13

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The Arts and Cultural Events Series at Western Carolina University will present “La Pasion Flamenca” at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 13,…
The Overlook Theatre Company will present “Where the Wild Things Are” at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7 at the Smoky…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 19:25

New Saturday story time begins in Sylva

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The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will begin offering a new children’s story and craft time at 2 p.m.…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 19:24

OICA to exhibit paintings by TJ Holland

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The gallery at the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts will feature an exhibition of paintings by artist TJ Holland during…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 19:24

Series to feature Chompin’ at the Bit String Band

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The Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam series will feature the Chompin’ at the Bit String Band from Asheville at Western Carolina…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 19:23

Old Fines Creek School to house dance Feb. 4

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The Fines Creek Community Association will host a broom dance from 7 to 10 p.m. on Feb. 4 in the…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 19:23

Winter Concert Series continues at Colonial

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Balsam Range will perform with special guest The Harris Brothers on Feb. 4 at the Colonial Theater in Canton. The…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 19:21

WCU revives ‘Music Is’ for the first time since 1976

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Western Carolina University will present a concert version of “Music Is” by George Abbott at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 4, and…
Molly McCurdy is rare. Specifically, she is one of a small number of female luthiers in the U.S. A dulcimer…
Tuesday, 31 January 2012 14:12

Slide closes westbound I-40

A rockslide has shut down a portion of Interstate 40 in Haywood County for up to two weeks. In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, a rockslide occurred near mile marker 451 in Tennessee, about one mile from the North…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:42

The fascinating story of the Plott hound

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A new book has been published that will be of particular interest to area hunters, outdoorsmen, and dog lovers. It…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:41

Guided hike to be held at Cataloochee Ranch

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A 4.4-mile hike on the Wallhalla Trail at Cataloochee Ranch in Haywood County will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday,…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:41

Bike race coming up at Fontana Village

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The Icycle Mountain Bike Racing Classic will return to Fontana Village Resort on January 28. The race is packed with…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:40

National forest seeking trail allies

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Learn about the U.S. National Forests’ Trail Strategy initiative at a Thursday, Jan. 26, workshop in Franklin, from 6 p.m.…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:39

Despite late spike, Smokies visitation slips for the year

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Overall visitation to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most-visited national park in the nation, was down overall last…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:39

Getting bears out of backpacker food fare

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The specialty Appalachian Trail license plates have raised money to help backpackers safeguard their food from roving black bears along…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:38

Indoor soccer kicks off in Waynesville

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Get ready to play indoor soccer through the Haywood County Recreation and Parks Department, which starts the winter playing-season this…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:38

Adult swim lessons available MedWest

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It’s truly never too late to learn how to swim, and the MedWest Health & Fitness Center in Haywood County…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:37

Outdoor camp in Maggie Valley helps troubled youth

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A grant from Healthy Haywood has helped launch an Outdoor Mission Camp for court-involved kids. Positive Community Connections is designed…
Dry Fall Trails in Macon County will see a $446,000 restoration project to stabilize the historic trail and reconstruct the…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:35

Land surrounding Judaculla Rock now protected

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Jackson County resident Jerry Parker has entered a conservation agreement on 107 acres to help protect the ancient petroglyph Judaculla…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:33

Cold-weather wimps

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No, I’m not talking about those of us who stay in the warm confines at Cataloochee, nursing Ninja porters, while…
Enter Balsam Mountain Trust’s nature center and you’ll come face to face with bobcats, skunks, black bears, maybe even a…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:29

North Carolina writer to host critique dicussion

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Bob Grove will facilitate the North Carolina Writers Network West new Prose Critique Sessions at 7 p.m. on Feb. 9…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:28

High Vistas contributors to visit City Lights Bookstore

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City Lights Bookstore will celebrate the release of High Vistas Volume II at 6 p.m. on Jan. 27 with a…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:19

Well-crafted stories about the dark side of life

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Several months ago, I reviewed Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone, and received an unusual number of responses from readers. In general,…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:18

We need to stop the Great Outdoor Giveaway

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Over 100 years ago, Republican President Theodore Roosevelt said to the American people: Of all the questions which can come…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:17

Protesting against war remains important

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To the Editor: Thanks for the kind words you have for me and our peace vigilers in last week’s issue…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:16

WNC Alliance also a Needmore partner

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To the Editor: As Quintin Ellison notes in her article, “By Land and By Water— (Jan. 18 Smoky Mountain News)…
When the legendary — and former — Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno died on Sunday morning, the first…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 01:37

Selfish Me and Harried Woman

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“Why didn’t you tell me?” the woman — wild-eyed, disbelieving and somewhat hysterically — called over to where I was…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 01:36

New LTLT an important voice for the region

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Western North Carolina residents will be well served by the merger of the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee and…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 01:35

Job help streamlined by SCC and JobLink

Southwestern Community College and Macon County JobLink Career Center have joined forces to provide a “one-stop shop” for people looking for a job and want to enhance their career skills. The new initiative will enhance the region’s ability to develop…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 01:34

New accounting firm opens in Franklin

The Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for Carla L. Haire, a certified public accountant who has opened a tax and accounting firm. Haire’s business is located at 17 Smoky Mountain Drive and shares the building…
The Greater Haywood County Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual elected officials reception from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville. This is a chamber-member exclusive event. State senators, state…
In town and county governments there are those dedicated members of the public who speak out and stand up to help hold elected officials accountable … and then there are gadflies. Marie Leatherwood, with a history of flinging wild accusations…
Gov. Beverly Perdue laid out a proposal last week to increase the state’s sales tax by three-quarters of a cent to fund education. The move would generate an estimated $850 million for the state’s public schools, community colleges and universities…