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Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:23

LEGO focus of upcoming workshop

Kids can learn more about LEGO building projects from 9:15-11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at Western Carolina University. The LEGO Clubs at Cullowhee Valley and Fairview Schools are holding this free community event for children from kindergarten through eighth grade…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:22

Women in business luncheon, May 15

A program titled “Two Sides of the Leadership Coin, a Male and Female Perspective” will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on May 15 at the Gateway Club in Waynesville, sponsored by the Greater Haywood County Chamber of…
The Macon County Planning Board has been given one simple task: review the subdivision ordinance with the intention of making it more user friendly. The directive came in a relatively brief get together and make-pretty joint meeting with the Macon…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:19

Program on Cherokee mounds in Jackson

Ben Steere will discuss Cherokee pre-history and archaeology at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, in the community room of the Jackson County Public Library. Steere is the principal investigator for the Western North Carolina Mounds and Towns Project, which is…
A move by the town of Franklin to spray the ancient Nikwasi Indian Mound with weed killer is not sitting well with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Principal Chief Michell Hicks last week described himself as “appalled” and called…
Haywood County leads the state in electronics recycling, based on a new survey released in March by the N.C. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources. The survey, which was presented during the recent Carolina Recycling Association annual conference, indicated that…
The Waynesville Board of Aldermen approved a revitalization plan for South Main Street last week despite a dispute over one aspect of the proposed design scheme. The town hired Rodney Porter, a consultant with LaQuatra Bonci in Asheville, last year…
MedWest leaders are struggling to hold a fledgling joint hospital venture together in the wake of recent physician turmoil, but there’s likely no easy fix for the identity crisis faced by Jackson County’s medical community. Fearing the sanctity of Harris…
When a team of moving men showed up in the surgery suite of MedWest-Harris two years ago and rolled a specialized spinal surgery table out the door, down the hallway and into a truck, acting on orders to haul the…
Tee Coker and his company recently learned firsthand something they probably already suspected about creating brands and taglines for towns. Forget about pleasing everyone: it can be an insurmountable challenge to please anyone at all when it comes to developing…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 19:12

Swain County property values looking up

Tim Cain has a bird’s eye view of Swain County’s real estate market, and from where he sits, the news looks good. Cain was hired to oversee the countywide appraisal of every home, lot and tract of land in Swain…
Canton and Waynesville’s paths have diverged when it comes to the most cost efficient way to haul trash to White Oak Landfill. Both towns will face higher costs to dump residents’ trash starting this summer when the county closes a…
When the maintenance director for Haywood County Schools received news that a transformer at Pisgah High School stopped working last Thursday, it seemed apropos given the grim portrait of the schools’ budget he and other education officials would paint for…
Haywood Community College officials have requested an additional $380,000 in county funding this year — all of which would help pay for renovations and new construction on campus. Similarly to Haywood County Schools, the college has been strapped by recession-drive…
A public workshop on a proposed truck turn-around and information station on U.S. 64 in Franklin will be held from 4-7 p.m. at the Franklin Town Hall boardroom. The turn-around and station would be located between U.S. 23/441 in Franklin…
A sports physical clinic for school athletic programs will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the Macon County Public Health Center. The clinics are open to rising seventh grade to 12th grade students who plan to participate…
A retracing of the northern route of the Trail of Tears will be held May 18-26 in a collaboration of the Eastern Band and the United Keetoowah Band and Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee…
The state has not recommended any changes be made to how Mission hospital does business under its Certificate of Public Advantage, or anti-trust regulations that govern this regional healthcare leader. The regulations date to Mission’s merger with St. Joseph’s 15…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 19:04

Library to show Alvin and the Chipmunks

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The library in Bryson City will show Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel at 3:30 p.m., May 8. The movies…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 19:04

Community music jam planned in Swain

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The next community music jam at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will be from 6-7 p.m., May 3,…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 19:03

Natalie Cole to perform at Harrah’s in May

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Nine-time Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Natalie Cole will take the stage at 9 p.m., May 25, at Harrah’s Cherokee…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 19:02

Waynesville to host first ever Mom’s Music Festival

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Women of Waynesville will host a Mom’s Music Festival this Sunday afternoon. The festival will take place from noon to…
The Stecoah Artisans Guild will host an exposition and fund-raising dinner at 5 p.m. on May 8 at the Stecoah…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 19:00

Macon to hold Airing of the Quilts

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Macon County will celebrate its quilting heritage with Airing of the Quilts on May 12. Centered in downtown Franklin, Airing…
Four Haywood Community College students and one faculty member will represent the college at the 2012 NC Community Colleges Art…
A reception will be held the evening of May 4 to mark the opening of a new photography exhibit at…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 18:58

Audition for ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ May 7-8

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The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its July production of the hit Broadway musical “La Cage Aux…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 18:58

Headwaters to host benefit for The Strand

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Headwaters Brewery will host “Lend a Hand for The Strand” starting at 4 p.m., May 6. The event is to…
The Bascom visual arts center in the Highlands will hold its largest annual fund-raiser, Collective Spirits, May 17-19. On Friday…
The Waynesville Gallery Association will host its first Art After Dark of the year from 6-9 p.m., May 4. The…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 18:37

A gathering of artists

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Two new art galleries are opening in Bryson City this May only about a street’s width away from each other.…
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:39

Black locust a favorite for its strength

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All of the spring flowering plants are early this year by as much as two to three weeks. Black locust…
A day of events to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 12, at the Cradle of…
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…