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Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:58

Arts council lines up blues musician and storyteller

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The Haywood County Arts Council will host blues musician Sleepy Ralow on Jan. 15 and storyteller Lloyd Arneach on Feb.…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:57

My40 to air ‘Liars Bench’ television segment Jan. 15

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A segment of the Jackson County variety show “Liars Bench” will be shown on WMYA My40 at 2 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:56

Turning new life into wood

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Allen Davis’ office is cluttered with planks and blocks of wood in various sizes and a handful of circular saws…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:36

Unexpected pleasures from a trip across the state

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Sometimes what we expect to happen doesn’t: On vacation this week, I stopped in Raleigh and viewed the “Rembrandt in…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:36

Bothwell would be better than Shuler

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To the Editor: Cecil Bothwell is running for U.S. Congress in Western Northern Carolina. He is looking to unseat the…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:35

Whole tax system needs an overhaul

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To the Editor: We have been hearing much about taxing the rich more in order to help our debt problem,…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:35

Vindictive measure should send message

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To the Editor: My grandmother always told me that, “nothing good happens after midnight.” I never quite grasped why until…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:32

Vote on NCAE dues like a slap in the face to teachers

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When the state House voted to override Gov. Beverly Perdue’s veto and stop letting teachers use payroll deductions to pay…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:27

Waynesville welcomes a new bakery

Waynesville is getting its Main Street bakery back, but not just any bakery. City Bakery, a well-known café and bakery with two locations in downtown Asheville and a successful wholesale product line, will move in to the space formerly occupied…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:26

Imperial Hotel restaurant opens

Sid’s on Main opened for business last Friday in Canton. The restaurant is housed within the Imperial Hotel, which has been slowly renovated by former Canton mayor Pat Smathers. The new locale has remained “steadily busy” since it opened, said…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:26

Maggie Valley Chamber hires executive director

Teresa Smith completed her first day as the full-time executive director of the Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce Monday. Smith previously filled in as a volunteer director for four years when the chamber suspended the job of a paid director…
Calling and talking on cell phones while driving is likely to continue, at least for now, in North Carolina. But the debate still rages since the National Transportation Safety Board recently recommended a national ban on all cell phone use,…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:21

Swain ponders room tax increase

Swain County’s Tourism Development Authority will appeal to county officials for a 1 percent increase in the room tax rate. The tax on overnight lodging currently stands at 3 percent. The proposed increase would bring in at least an additional…
Swain County has now been targeted as part of a regional effort to drum up financial support for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad’s steam engine dreams. Dillsboro officials are leading the charge, already courting Jackson County to make loans or…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:17

Film series features ‘Women, War & Peace’

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sylva is hosting a four-week film discussion program on the recent PBS series, “Women, War & Peace,” from 6-8 p.m. on consecutive Wednesdays beginning Jan. 18. Film viewings will be followed by a directed discussion.…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:16

GOP candidate Dan Forest to appear in Macon

Republican Lt. Gov. candidate Dan Forest will be the guest speaker at a Macon County Republican Party “Meet & Greet” at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 14 at the Boiler Room in Franklin.   Republican congressional candidates (11th Congressional District) as…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:16

North Carolina wins federal award for education

North Carolina will receive a $69.9 million grant award from the federal Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge fund to support early childhood education throughout the state.   “This award is outstanding news for our children, families and educators…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:15

MedWest to offer smoking cessation classes

MedWest Health System is offering smoking cessation classes starting this month at three of its hospital campuses. During the seven-week Freedom From Smoking program, participants will learn in small group settings how to overcome tobacco addiction. Classes will be held…
Two well-known Democrat senators from the mountains who lost in 2010 and hoped to reclaim their seats this year faced a conundrum. Joe Sam Queen of Waynesville and John Snow of Murphy both wanted to run for the Senate again,…
Republicans aren’t the only ones who will have a reason to head to the polls in the May primary. While Republican voters sort out who their presidential nominee will be, Democrats have a race of their own to narrow down,…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:10

A bold fix for South Main Street

Maybe it’s pie in the sky, but the right ingredients could transform South Main Street into a thriving commercial district. A consultant with LaQuatra Bonci has mapped out a new look for the corridor. The plan banks on new-found aesthetic…
South Main Street is a mess. That’s the message from a consultant hired by the town of Waynesville to develop a revitalization plan for the struggling artery. The consultant spent six months studying South Main and developing a master street…
Jackson County commissioners plan this week to discuss the upcoming property revaluation, though it remains unclear whether they will postpone the process as some residents are requesting. In a revaluation, every home, lot and tract of land is assigned a…
Haywood County has offered a helping hand as towns grapple with how to cover the extra cost of hauling resident’s trash to the White Oak Landfill. Starting in July, towns will have to drive trash out to the White Oak…
Haywood Community College has hit a nearly $227,000 roadblock during the construction of it new creative arts building. The $10.2 million building — a controversial project to begin with — will tap into contingency funds for the project to pay for previously…
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 02:57

Live well with diabetes

Learn how to better manage diabetes at a two-day workshop at Angel Medical Center. The event will be held Tuesday, Jan. 17, and Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the third floor videoconference room from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information on…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:55

The playful raven is a Smoky Mountain favorite

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Along with plants like red spruce, Fraser fir, yellow birch, mountain maple, mountain ash, Canada Mayflower, witch-hobble, and bluebead lily,…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:54

Garden seed ordering set for this month

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The fourth-annual Group Seed Order will take place at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Jackson Street in Sylva on Saturday,…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:53

Calling volunteers for trail work at Gorges Park

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Volunteers are needed at Gorges State Park in Sapphire to help build and maintain trails, with work parties scheduled weekly…
Volunteer organizations have donated labor and money to improve cooking and sleeping quarters for campers, while also reducing potential problems…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:50

DVD of national fly-fishing competition available for sale

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Learn topnotch, competitive-level fly-fishing techniques via a filmed fly-fishing competition that took place last year here in Western North Carolina.…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:50

Night hunting now legal for wild hogs

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission now allows hunting of feral swine and wild hogs at night — but hunters need…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:48

WCU students help children with autism

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A local fly-fishing guide and recreational therapy students at Western Carolina University teamed up recently to provide a fly-fishing outing…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:48

AT Bald Trail permanently protected

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The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy transferred 35 acres to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service to protect…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:46

Rain for wind

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This year’s ninth annual Balsam Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was held Friday Dec. 30. As I was driving home from…
Living in the mountains of Western North Carolina, it is hard to imagine never seeing snow — but Elizabeth Comberg…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:42

Submission being accepted for fiction prize

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The North Carolina Writers’ Network is now accepting submissions for its 2012 Doris Betts Fiction Prize. The competition is named…
The Mountain Writers of North Carolina will meet at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan.10, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:40

Planning a year of purposeful reading

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The New Year’s resolution typically leads a short and tragic life. Its father is misdeeds, its mother remorse. Once born,…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:32

Same youth event, new year at Bryson City library

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The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will host several youth events in the coming weeks. The library will resume…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:31

Bryson City library puts on music jam

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The next community music jam at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m.,…
The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will play the live-action adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s children’s book, “Mr.…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:30

Chippendales performers dance onto Harrah’s stage

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Tickets for two Chippendales shows at Harrah’s Casino will go on sale Jan. 6. The shirtless, bowtie-wearing performers will be…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:29

Sylva begins a new year of Contra dancing

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The next Second Sunday Contra Dance will be on Jan. 8. on the second floor of the old courthouse in…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:28

Educator named Maestro of Early Childhood Music Education

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Kindermusik International, a publisher of music and movement programs, has named Lori Richards a Maestro Producer for 2011-12. Richards is…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:27

B.B. King to perform in Asheville

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B.B. King will make a pit stop at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville on Jan.14. All tickets must be…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:26

The Moody Blues to perform in March at Harrah’s Casino

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The Moody Blues will perform at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel on March 31 as part of their 32-city U.S.…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:25

Eve Haslam and Satin Steel Jazz come to Café 50

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Eve Haslam and Satin Steel Jazz will perform at Cafe 50 restaurant on Main Street in Waynesville at 7 p.m.,…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:20

A small farm in photos

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Photographer Rachael Bliss will showcase photos at Rosetta’s on Broadway in Asheville. The photos tell the story of a small…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:19

Groovy Movie Club to feature ‘Buck’

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The Groovy Movie Club will host its first screening of the new year at 7 p.m. on Jan. 6. The…