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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.…
The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its May production of the musical “The Marvelous Wonderettes” at 6:30…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:38

Headwaters Brewery collects feedback

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The newest brewery on the block is whittling down its homebrew recipes in the hopes of pinpointing its four flagship…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:38

Quilt Trails project to dedicate new block

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The Haywood County Arts Council’s Quilt Trails project will dedicate the “Grandmother’s Dream” quilt block at 11 a.m. on March…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:37

Taste of Chocolate tickets now on sale

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Tickets for this year’s Taste of Chocolate Plus are now on sale at Fun Things Etc., Quilter’s Quarters, Blue Ridge…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:36

Artist to represent OICA, SCC at state awards

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Cherokee resident Darrin Bark will represent Southwestern Community College and the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts at the North Carolina…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:30

The Bascom puts a twist on art, craft exhibits

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Hearing The Bascom being called a world-class facility might seem a stretch until you pay a firsthand visit to the…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:15

Learning and writing haiku

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Lots of people write haikus or haiku-like verse. This past year we had several haiku-writing fests at our house. House…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:14

Stretch your way to running success

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A workshop on “Dynamic Warm Ups for Every Runner” begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 31 at Jus’ Running on…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:14

Lake J gets handicapped-accessible boat dock

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A new handicapped-accessible boat dock will be built at Lake Junaluska this spring thanks to the efforts of an avid…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:13

Annual orchid show at the N.C. Arboretum

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The popular WNC Orchid Society’s Annual Show opens from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., March 31 and continues through April…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:13

Get the buzz on beekeeping workshop

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A daylong beekeeping school will be held Saturday, April 14, at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service office west of Bryson…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:12

Mushroom workshop scheduled in Cashiers

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A shiitake and oyster mushroom cultivation workshop will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 30, at the Albert Carlton…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:11

Feeding off of “The Hunger Games”

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Tours of DuPont State Recreational Forest where The Hunger Games were filmed will be the site of upcoming tours by…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:11

Cataloochee Valley Tours launches season

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Cataloochee Valley Tours begins its second season of guided hikes and eco-tours next month in the Great Smoky Mountains National…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:09

Sell extra produce via the farmers market

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A kick-off meeting for vendors and others interested in participating this year in Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market will be held…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:09

Saving the planet one rain barrel at a time

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Get a barrel of fun out of helping the planet by buying 55-gallon rain barrels converted from repurposed pickle containers.…
Students in Haywood Community College’s Photovoltaics class recently got real-life, hands-on experience installing solar PV panels at the college’s Regional…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:06

Free photography program offered at Wildlife Center

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Improve your outdoor photography skills at a free program scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 24, at the…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:04

Not-so-strange bedfellows

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I was encouraged by a recent press release from the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. The release stated, “In a show…
Susan Sakna and her two dogs were far from their home in Massachusetts. But like many Appalachian Trail thru-hikers, Sakna…
Author and publishing consultant Renea Winchester will be at the public library in Sylva at 7 p.m. on March 27 for a…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:00

Sylva bookstore to hold double book launch

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City Lights Bookstore will host a double book launch at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 23. FutureCycle Press will unveil…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 13:57

Nature shines in Morgan poetry collection

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To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the…
Spring weather like we’ve been experiencing makes clear that we live in a world essentially comprised of two kinds of…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 12:13

Psychos don’t know park boundaries

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To the Editor: There seems to be a bent in this publication about taking away the gun rights of decent…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 12:13

Stronger rules needed to regulate puppy mills

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To the Editor: For the sixth time since the end of the 2011 legislative session in North Carolina, the state…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 12:12

Motorcycles are asset to tourism economy

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To the Editor, It is not my norm in life to write letters to a newspaper. However, I feel that…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 12:11

Squeezing a little basketball into my life of madness

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While I can appreciate that many citizens get caught up in this so-called “March Madness” every year, I no longer…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:57

Maintenance work scheduled at dog parks

The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will reseed both dog parks located in the recreation park in Waynesville. However, each of the two parks will be seeded at different times so there will always be a dog park available. Dog…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:57

Historical and Genealogical Society meeting

The Haywood County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet on in March 30 in the dining hall of the First Baptist Church on Haywood Street in Waynesville. Dinner will start at 6 p.m. followed by a program presented by Curtis…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:57

Haywood job fair coming

Job seekers can participate in an event from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 29, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Haywood Community College’s Student Services building lobby and auditorium. Those participating will be given extra professional preparation…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:56

Bridges to be replaced

Bridges in Jackson, Macon, Swain and Cherokee counties will be replaced under a $2.8 million contract with a Georgia company. Work could begin as early as April 2 and is scheduled for completion by Nov. 1, 2014. The contract includes…
Southwestern Community College will hold a job fair from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, on the Jackson Campus in the Balsam Building auditorium. More than 50 employers will be represented at the free event. Those attending the…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:53

Open-space in Jackson attracts attention

Jackson County’s planning board will continue weighing proposed changes to open-space regulations for a few more weeks before passing them on to commissioners for their thumbs up or thumbs down. Jackson County is one of the few mountain counties with…
Ghost Town in the Sky owner Alaska Presley has recruited singer and longtime friend Stella Parton to help her draw tourists to Maggie Valley. Presley spoke to the town’s Board of Aldermen last week about the idea of hosting at…
Prospects that Rover might one day find himself banned from attending events and festivals in traditionally pooch-friendly Sylva has left some dog owners here feeling like they are on the end of an increasingly short leash. Town commissioners recently considered…
When a two-day partying and gambling binge left five Atlantans broke and out of drugs, a mission to replenish their stash and an off-kilter moral compass triggered a deadly and chaotic sequence of events — one that culminated in a…
To hear Diane Wiggins tell it, her little brother Scott Wiggins and little sister Christie Jones were spoiled, got away with everything and always caused trouble. “It’s like they were always into something. I never got away with anything. You…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:39

Woman convicted in Swain County murders

The three-week trial of Tiffany Marion for her role in the 2008 murders of two Swain County men ended with a guilty verdict this week, despite Marion’s claims of being a bystander along for the ride. Marion, 28 of Decatur,…
If numbers truly tell the tale, then there are a lot of people living in Cullowhee who care a great deal about the future of that community. More than 100 of them turned out last week for a meeting at…
The driver for growth at Western Carolina University and the Cullowhee could come via the Millennial Campus, but what to do with the 344-acre tract across the highway, and how to do it, remains elusive. When the university bought the…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:32

Retired WCU chancellor still on the payroll

During the past four years Western Carolina University has been hit with $30 million in cumulative budget cuts, a university lobotomy of sorts that has resulted in larger class sizes, consolidation of some academic programs and restructurings of certain departments.…
John Bardo, former chancellor of Western Carolina University, is being paid $280,000 this year to retool for a return to the classroom and to conduct academic research. Bardo wrote that his research concerns the relationships between higher education, the economy…
In the coming months Lake Junaluska residents will weigh in on whether to become part of the town of Waynesville. For Waynesville, the move could mean a million or more dollars in additional property taxes each year and the benefits…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:45

Libraries to offer workshop on downloading digital books

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Learn how to download free e-books or audio books onto your digital device at one of two events. The Macon…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:44

Fontana Regional Library makes changes for NC Cardinal

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Fontana Regional Library is migrating to a new automated library system on March 29 and will be closed that day.…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:43

Barbara Taylor Woodall to present her memoir

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Barbara Taylor Woodall will visit City Lights Bookstore to read from her memoir It’s Not My Mountain Anymore at 2…