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Western Carolina University’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new strategic plan — the 2020 Vision — at its meeting two weeks ago. The plan is designed to give the university a clear set of goals for the next decade.…
An effort to save those colorful specialty license plates has stalled in the N.C. Senate, which seems reluctant to take a bill up that would spare the popular plates. Supporters of the specialty plates have rallied to save them from…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:45

Barking dogs on short leash in Jackson

Faced by a rising tide of complaints about barking dogs, Jackson County commissioners indicated this week that they would consider passing an ordinance that would muzzle the offenders. “I’ve had negative experiences with barking dogs,” said Commissioner Doug Cody. “I…
Swain County is permanently etching its history in stone. In the next couple of months, the first of about 60 black marble panels will be installed along the wall outside the county government building and courthouse in downtown Bryson City.…
Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce will be forced to close its visitor center after its major source of funding has suddenly dried up. For at least two decades, the Maggie Chamber has relied on a cut of tourism tax dollars…
The Internet and smartphones are turning brick-and-mortar visitor centers into an antiquated resource for travelers and are part of the reason why the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority plans close two of its four visitor centers in the next year.
After inching its way back from recession-driven declines during the past year, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel is back in the catbird seat. You could even call it a Royal Flush. The advent of live dealers and table games coincides…
Business owners in Cherokee are making their own preparations for the influx of new visitors as a result of live gaming, hoping to draw them away from the casino and into their stores, restaurants or other businesses.
After nearly a decade of negotiations and broken promises, the state finally approved an agreement that allows table games with live dealers at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. The Eastern Band has worked since the early 2000s to get the state’s John…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:04

Street dances return to Waynesville

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The popular Mountain Street Dances held in downtown Waynesville on select Fridays throughout the summer kick at 6:30 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:04

Children’s Film Festival held at Ruby Cinema

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A Children’s Film Festival for Macon County children will be held at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday morning through…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:02

Haywood fairgrounds to hold truck pull

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The Haywood County Truck Pull will be held at 11 a.m. June 23. Entries will begin at 9 a.m. at…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:01

Art reception to benefit Haywood Waterways

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There will be an art reception benefitting Haywood Waterways Association at the Village Green Café in Waynesville from 5:30 to…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:00

Cashiers Mountain Music Festival

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The Cashers Mountain Music Festival is being held June 30 and July 1 at the Village Green and Commons in…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:59

Logan Murrell to perform at Fontana Village Resort

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Logan Murrell will be performing from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. June 22 and 29 at the Wildwood Grill at…
“Broadway and More” with Glory Crampton will be at 8 p.m. June 23 at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. Crampton…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:58

Steampunk technique taught June 28

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A Steampunk Jewelry & Creations Workshop will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. June 28 at the Macon County…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:57

Learn cooking with soy in Sylva

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A “Cooking With Soy” class will be offered at 1 p.m. June 25 in the Conference Room of the Community…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:56

Library to host traveling Lincoln exhibit

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The Waynesville library will unveil the traveling exhibit “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday,…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:55

World Music Concert in Franklin

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Franklin and Dillsboro Ubuntu Choirs will perform a concert of music from around the world and here at home at…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:54

Final Noon Concert ‘Flute Flourish’

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The Grace Noon Concerts season finale will feature flutists Sarah Cifani and Kathy Alley at noon on Thursday, July 21,…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:53

Author Vicki Lane to speak in Jackson

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Novelist Vicki Lane will hold a book talk with a question and answer session at 7 p.m. June 26 at…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:52

Peter Pan to fly high in Franklin

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The Overlook Theatre Company will present “Peter Pan: The High-Flying Musical Adventure” at 7:30 p.m. June 21-23 and at 2:30…
The Galaxy of Stars Series at Western Carolina University will open its eighth season this fall with a lineup featuring…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:49

Friends benefit to feature Michael Reno Harrell

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Storyteller and singer Michael Reno Harrell will perform an afternoon full of Smoky Mountain stories at 4 p.m. June 30…
A showing of Japanese glass artist Tadashi Torii’s works will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. June 21 at…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:45

The most dangerous woman in America

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The historic Rickman Store in Macon County will once again become a stage for one of the most accomplished monologues…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:42

Signs as art

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  Jeff Marley is creating signs for Cherokee and the surrounding area proclaiming in Cherokee and in English, “We are…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:27

Drum, song and dance highlight Powwow

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  With strong personal, familial and spiritual traditions and a healthy dose of competition, the 37th annual Cherokee Powwow will…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:46

Watch out! Bigfoot sighted in WNC

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I’d never read a horror-fiction genre book in my life. That is, until I found myself at an author’s event…
Four of the contributing writers to the book 27 Views of Asheville will read their selections at 3 p.m. June…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:44

Andrea Ford discusses the benefits of the Enneagram

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Holistic healer Andrea Ford will discuss the wisdom of the Enneagram at 2 p.m. June 16 at the City Lights…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:43

Poetry reading in Highlands

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Poets Shannon Tharp and Whit Griffin will be reading their recently published works at 7 p.m. June 15 at the…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:27

Explore unique, beautiful gardens

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By Shannan Mashburn • SMN Intern Gardeners, wannabe-gardeners and those who simply appreciate a fine garden can catch a behind-the-scenes…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:26

Bog is good

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Mountain bogs are some of the rarest and most imperiled natural habitat in the country. They are generally small and…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:25

Blue Ridge Breakaway registration discounts

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The first early registration discount for the third annual Blue Ridge Breakaway biking event in Haywood County has passed, but…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:24

Woodland steward series held in July and August

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North Carolina State University’s Forest & Environmental Outreach Program is co-sponsoring a series of four workshops for private forest landowners…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:24

Don your best kilt for the Braveheart 5K

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The Braveheart 5K footrace and one-mile kids’ fun run will streak into downtown Franklin on Saturday, June 16. The race…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:23

MedWest hosts Triathlon

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MedWest is sponsoring a triathlon at 8 a.m. July 7 at the MedWest Health & Fitness Center in Clyde. The…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:22

Map and GPS coordinates of fish attractors available

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  The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission now has an online map and the GPS coordinates for nearly 550 fish attractor…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:21

Cradle of Forestry to host firefly tour

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The Cradle of Forestry in America will host its annual Firefly Twilight Tour from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 16…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:20

Catch the summer solstice June 20

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The first moment of summer will occur at 7:09 p.m. June 20, say astronomers with the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:20

Invasive insect kills ash trees

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials confirmed that the invasive emerald ash borer beetles — which can kill ash trees…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:19

Jackson growers to help Community Table

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This week the Community Garden will begin its Fresh Produce Initiative by taking weekly donations from vendors and customers at…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:17

National Park Hosts “Women’s Work” Event

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National Park staff and volunteers will pay tribute to rural women of the past from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:15

Blue Ridge Parkway hike of the week

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The Blue Ridge Parkway is hosting a hike titled “Down to the Graveyard” at 10 a.m. June 15 on the…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:12

The feisty, showy and talented grosbeak

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote about scarlet tanagers, a showy rather common species I assumed most were familiar…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:59

Fight back against Alzheimer’s

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To the Editor: Ask yourself, for just one day, can I match the passion and dedication of Alzheimer’s caregivers and…
I found Booger at the Coffee Shop some 15 years ago – a tiny kitten with only one eye open,…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:57

Teachers get sympathy from readers, peers

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You never know what subject in a column will incite readers and friends to open up and express their feelings.…