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Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:05

One of the Smokies’ finest poets

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Olive Tilford Dargan is fairly well known in literary circles as the author of  From My Highest Hill (1941), a…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:05

A new trail winds its way to WCU

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Construction of nearly five miles of multiuse trail for walkers, hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers on Western Carolina University’s…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:04

Race — or crawl — in the upcoming Assault on Black Rock

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The second-annual Assault on Black Rock trail race in Jackson County will take place beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, March…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:04

Dillsboro growers’ fair seeking vendors

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Vegetable and flower growers wanting to participate in The Full Spectrum Farms — Growers’ Fair in March can submit vendor…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:03

Help root out unwanted plants along the AT

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Help root out those unwanted invasives in the forests by volunteering from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3,…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:03

Master gardeners take spring plant orders

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Orders for fruit and vegetable plants are being taken now through the Haywood County Master Gardener Association, with a March…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:02

Documentary looks at our use of plastics

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The Western North Carolina Alliance is hosting a screening of the award-winning environmental documentary “Bag It” at UNC-Asheville’s Highsmith Center…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:01

Applications due for fishing youth camp

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Registration is under way for a summer fishing camp for ages 13 to 15 at Lake Logan near Canton, an…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:01

Fly-fishing course offered for women only

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer a special fly-fishing weekend for women through the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program on…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:00

Warm weather at this year’s Icycle Bike Race

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Promoters and competitors agreed this year’s Icycle Mountain Bike Racing Classic at Fontana Village Resort was one of the most…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:59

Fly-fishing team lands line-up of top coaches

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The N.C. Fly Fishing Team, who count the region’s best fishermen among their ranks, has now hooked one of the…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:58

Tunnel repairs close Blue Ridge Parkway

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The Blue Ridge Parkway will be closed between Soco Gap in Maggie Valley to the end of the Parkway in…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:58

LTLT seeks steward to buy conserved farm

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The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee recently purchased a historic 130-acre farm in northern Macon County and is looking…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:54

Zee wolves must go, by Kuteeng Satire

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The Naturalist’s Corner dispatched its chief investigative reporter, Kuteeng Satire, to the land of Dudley Doright to bring you the…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:51

The queen of local beekeepers

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As the weather cooled this past weekend, Kathy Taylor’s bees were nowhere in sight; sheltering themselves within their manmade, wooden…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:51

Valerie Nieman to read from new novel

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Valerie Nieman will visit City Lights Bookstore at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, to read from and discuss her third…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:49

How an enduring writer created himself

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There are many reasons to love the writing of Ray Bradbury. His early short stories — science fiction “lite,” tales…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:43

Safer, smarter and nostalgic about a more reckless past

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In the 1960s and 70s, everybody smoked, everybody but my mother, who didn’t smoke, drink, or do anything that Ann…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:43

Alzheimer’s letter draws needed attention

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To the Editor: My heartfelt gratitude to John Corkran of Black Mountain for his letter (Asheville Citizen-Times, Feb. 6) titled…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:42

LTLT strives to be non-partisan, helpful

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To the Editor: A letter appearing in The Smoky Mountain News two weeks ago incorrectly characterized the mission, work, and…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:42

Cherokee bear zoos need to be shut down

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To the Editor: How many times do the roadside zoos in Cherokee have to be cited for violations of federal…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:41

Planning board needs to be controlled

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To the Editor: One of the most memorable days of my life was Jan. 19, 2001. Macon County had tried…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:40

Can Macon County make a decision?

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To the Editor: At times when difficult decisions are being considered, leaders may seek the counsel of community-minded, experienced individuals…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:37

Earning the right to indulge myself

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I was recently among a group of friends who were discussing habits — what they are and why we have…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:34

Shuler’s ‘no’ ends successful run in politics

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No. It’s the biggest word in politics, often setting off a firestorm when delivered at a crucial moment. Gov. Beverly…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:59

Clarinetist to give free performance Feb. 21

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Clarinetist and faculty member Shannon Thompson will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the recital hall of the…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:59

Marianna Black to host community 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.,…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:58

Contra dancing held in Waynesville

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The next Fourth Sunday Contra Dance will be on Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Gateway Club in downtown Waynesville.  …
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:58

Nantahala Brewing to host limited bottle release event

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Nantahala Brewing Company will hold a release party for the first of three limited bottle release Trail Magic Ale ales…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:57

Tuckaseegee Tavern hosts Winter Thaw Out concert

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The Dan River Drifters will play at Tuckaseegee Tavern Saturday, Feb. 18, in Bryson City. The Drifters combine traditional and…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:57

Frog Level Brewery to host live music concert

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Frog Level Brewing Company will hold the first performance in its Jazz Masters Series from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday,…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:56

Reading council to raise funds with friendly competition

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Western Mountains Reading Council’s Community Spelling and Trivia Bee will be held 7 p.m. on Feb. 28 in the fine…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:56

Regional book fair to be held at HCC Feb. 13-17

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Haywood Community College will hold a book fair Feb. 13-17 in the multi-purpose room of its Regional Center for the…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:55

OICA to offer book cloth class

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Students will explore ways to make their own book cloth from lightweight fabrics during a class starting Thursday, Feb. 23,…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:55

Groovy Movie Club to show ‘Moneyball’ Feb. 17

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The Groovy Movie Club will show the film “Moneyball” beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17. A mostly organic…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:54

Bryson City library to show ‘The Lion King’ Feb. 21

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The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will play “The Lion King” at 3:30 p.m., Feb. 21. The animated film…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:53

Voices of the Laurel choir reschedules Valentine’s benefit

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The Voices of the Laurel singers will relive the classic age of MGM movies, the magic of Disney and the…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:52

Art gets an A+ at Central Elementary

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The fourth- and fifth-grade students at Central Elementary School in Waynesville were recently treated to some time-travel art thanks to…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:51

Reception for Laboray exhibit Feb. 16 at WCU

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Work by Ron Laboray, assistant professor of painting and drawing in the School of Art and Design at Western Carolina…
The Haywood County Arts Council has opened a new show entitled, “It’s Elementary!” The show will run through March 3…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:49

Art by Brent Martin showcased in Macon

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The Fruit Jar Parables is now on display in the Macon County Public Library. Brent Martin lives in the Cowee…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:49

Quilting: An act of caring

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Haywood Community College’s Quilting Workshop day class just finished quilts that will benefit Mountain Projects’ Share the Warmth campaign as…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:48

The Bascom offers classes at a discount

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The Bascom, a visual arts center in Highlands, is offering early bird discounts on adult workshops and classes in ceramics,…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:47

Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration seeking vendors

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The Downtown Waynesville Association is seeking heritage-themed vendors for the second annual Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration, June 9, on Main Street.…
When it comes to fundraising, there are a lot of different methods employed to get attention and raise critical dollars…
Two seats are up for election on the Haywood County Board of Commissioners this year, and both Mark Swanger and Kevin Ensley are looking to retain their seats. Both incumbents seemed relatively unconcerned about this year’s election. “I’m optimistic,” Swanger…
Land planning, that perennial lightening-rod topic in Macon County, will likely shape if not outright dominate the upcoming campaign for three of the five county commissioner seats. Up for election in Macon this year are Republicans Kevin Corbin, Jimmy Tate…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:42

GOP absent in Jackson commission race

News that Jackson County Commissioner Joe Cowan won’t run for re-election this year has set the stage for a high-profile Democratic primary showdown between two well-known Democrats, Vicki Greene and former board Chairman Stacy Buchanan. Greene had let her intentions…
Outgoing Congressman Heath Shuler hopes to pass the torch to his own chief of staff, a like-minded, conservative Democrat who is rapidly being embraced by the party establishment as a replacement for Shuler on the ballot come November. Hayden Rogers,…
Republicans seeking the 11th District congressional seat are trying to find ways before May’s primary to stand out and attract voters amid a crowded field of nine candidates. Candidates began actively campaign toward the end of last year, traveling from…