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Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:40

Festival celebrates Plott hounds, trout

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Maggie Valley Festival Grounds will host a combination of the Great Smoky Mountain Trout & Heritage Festival and PlottFest this…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:39

Macon library hosts Lady and the Old Timers April 19

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Lady and the Old Timers will perform from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., April 19, at the Macon County Library…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:39

Percussion Ensemble to perform April 17 at WCU

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The nine undergraduate percussion students who make up the Western Carolina University Percussion Ensemble will present a free concert at…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:38

Smoky Mountain Brass Band to perform in Waynesville

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The Smoky Mountain Brass Band, an authentic British style brass band, will perform at 6 p.m., April 22, at Hazelwood…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:37

Songwriters returns with Camp, Whitworth and Lammonds

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The next show in the Songwriters-in-the-Round series is scheduled for April 14 and will features Shawn Camp, Shannon Whitworth and Phillip…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:36

Chorus to host spring concert

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The Western Carolina Chorus will perform its spring concert at 4 p.m., April 15, in the Coulter Recital Hall at…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:35

Groovy Movie Club showing ‘The Iron Lady’

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The Groovy Movie Club will show the film “The Iron Lady” at 7 p.m. on April 13. A mostly organic…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:34

Macon library hosts student art show

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Artwork created by students at East Franklin and Cartoogechay Elementary schools is on display until April 20 in the lobby…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:32

Concert series to feature husband-wife duo

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James, a.k.a. “Doodle,” and Karin Lyle will perform at 3 p.m. on April 15 at the Canton library as part…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:31

Libraries to host anime club meetings

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Both the Franklin and Bryson City libraries will host meetings of its anime clubs this month. The Franklin library in…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:26

Bringing improv to the traditional

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With tunes that rush quickly along and take unexpected twists and turns, Sylva-based The Dan River Drifters are anything but…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 13:05

When the kingfishers return

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Belted kingfishers are one of my favorite birds, so much so that I wrote a poem years ago about anticipating…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 13:05

HCC finalist in climate competition

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Haywood Community College is a finalist in the Second Nature 2012 Climate Leadership Awards, a national competition among colleges and…
A workshop focused on life science research being conducted in the mountain region will be offered from 8 a.m. to…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 13:03

Hiking opportunity in Waynesville’s watershed

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A hike into the usually closed 8,600-acre Waynesville Watershed is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, April 21. Twice a year…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 13:03

Friends’ guided hike explores the Smokies

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Learn how the Boogerman Loop got its unique name, walk along old stone walls that once protected gardens and home…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 13:02

Volunteer weather observers needed

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New volunteers to help form a national network of home-based and amateur rain spotters are needed. This is part of…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 13:02

Bat disease found in Haywood County

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White-nose syndrome, a deadly disease responsible for the deaths of millions of bats in eastern North America, has been discovered…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 13:01

Lace up those tennis shoes for Junaluska running event

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Registration is now open for a bunny run, 5K and 10K at Lake Junaluska starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 13:00

Running program just for kids

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Beginning April 24, kids in Haywood County will have an opportunity to be a part of a national running program…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 13:00

Flyfishing tips and techniques offered at Jackson library

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Robert Satterwhite will offer an introduction to Western North Carolina flyfishing at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the community room…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:59

Time to get that boat out and hit the water

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The eighth-annual Nantahala Open will take place from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Nantahala Falls. Nantahala…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:58

Rekindling the spirit

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A couple of weeks ago I received an email from Rachel Reid of Andon-Reid Bed and Breakfast asking if I…
Several raceways were completely submerged in water, hundreds of thousands of trout laid dead on the ground, and the national…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:54

Ron Rash makes appearance at local bookstores

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Ron Rash, bestselling author of Serena, will read from his newest novel at local bookstores April 14-15. Rash will be…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:53

Rash creates new genre of mountain western

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Just when we all thought that Ron Rash had taken his Southern Appalachian noir novels to the limit with Serena,…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:49

NOC forges ahead with new ownership team

A group of new owners has taken the reins of Nantahala Outdoor Center, a generational milestone for the outfitter that has grown from a small fleet of rafts in the early 1970s to a diversified multi-million operation under the leadership…
The state is forcing Jackson County’s hand when it comes to forming a single entity to oversee how tourism tax dollars are spent. Jackson County has two tourism agencies — one representing the Cashiers area and one for Jackson County…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:46

Cherokee closing in on historic alcohol vote

In one week, enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will choose to either lift a historic ban on alcohol or maintain its dry status in a vote that has traditionally sparked fervor on both sides. On April…
Historically, ballot measures on alcohol sales in Western North Carolina have been bitterly fought affairs, with pro and con forces battling it out publicly via billboards, church pulpits and through newspaper and radio advertising. But, that’s not been the case…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:44

Motorcycle rumble stirs up furor in Franklin

Franklin’s planned motorcycle rally hit a major roadblock this week when town leaders balked at shutting down a portion of Main Street for up to four days at the height of the tourist season. The rally had been lauded by…
Haywood County commissioners this week gave their blessing to a $10 million line of credit for the MedWest-Haywood hospital, ending a delicate dance in the finer points of contract law that has spanned the past three months. The loan was…
Getting books from the doctor will soon be a routine part of regular pediatric checkups. Haywood Pediatrics recently joined the Reach Out and Read program, in which primary care providers advising parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:42

Host a foreign exchange student

Families interested in hosting a foreign exchange student can be matched with students from more than 60 countries through the company Ayusa. All high school foreign exchange students are fully insured, bring their own spending money and are proficient in…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:42

TRAC session aim at helping businesses

The North Carolina Division of Tourism and the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership will host two TRAC Sessions in Western North Carolina. Sessions will be held from 2 – 5:30 p.m. on April 18 in Bryson City at the…
David Belcher, Western Carolina University’s 11th chancellor, warned a crowd of 200 on hand last week for the pomp and circumstance of his installment ceremony that the state of North Carolina must not dally in protecting its educational assets. Other…
Three Republican candidates are attempting to set themselves apart in the hope of winning the May primary and going head-to-head with N.C. Rep. Ray Rapp for his seat in the state House. After three uncontested elections, Rapp will now face…
Two well-known Waynesville Democrats running against each other for a shot at representing mountain people in Raleigh so far are playing fair and keeping the race clean. But their similar platforms, progressive rhetoric and measured campaigns mean voters deciding between…
A sushi restaurant in Waynesville lost a protracted legal battle last month after accusing a neighboring nail salon of driving away its diners. Saki Sushi claimed fumes from Tweety Nails hurt its bottom-line. Litigation dating back two years culminated in…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:30

Cutting campaign restores Parkway vistas

Visitors to Haywood County will have a fuller view of its mountain beauty this year after a locally funded project left some of the Blue Ridge Parkway vistas a bit barer. The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority and Maggie Valley…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 20:26

Right now, I’m taking a stand to make a start

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Firmly resolute in my desire to set aside more time for my writing I decided not to have a garden…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 20:26

Who is candidate Cecil Bothwell?

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To the Editor: We may criticize someone not attending our church or not believing what we believe. Many of us…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 20:24

Do not mess with our health insurance

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To the Editor: This is an open letter to Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin. Let me be perfectly clear. Obama Care…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 20:24

Armed citizens not always a good thing

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To the Editor: A recent letter by a firearms instructor made the assertion that no one at the shooting of…
The revelation was at first surprising and then disappointing. So I’ll take a stab here at shedding some light on…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 20:00

Roller derby auditions at the fairgrounds

The Thunder Road Rollergirls of Waynesville will hold its spring open recruitment from April 5-24. There are plenty of available positions on the team for anyone interested. The women are also working closely with Smoky Mountain Rollergirls in Bryson City…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:59

Skate park getting money boosts

The future Waynesville Skate Park has been awarded a grant in the amount of $1,260 from the North Carolina Community Foundation. The park also recently received a grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation in the amount of $5,000. The planned…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:58

Test drive a vehicle and help out a school

Andy Shaw Ford of Sylva will bring Ford Motor Company’s “Drive One 4UR School” Program to Jackson County from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. April 12 in the SCC Balsam Center parking lot. Proceeds will be shared evenly by Jackson…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:58

Women’s self defense class offered

A self-defense class for women will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11 at MedWest-Haywood Health and Fitness Center. The instructor will be Marshall Hale, a Tae Kwon Do instructor with Blue Dragon. Cost for the workshop is…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 19:58

Donate food to help feed the hungry

A food drive is under way in Maggie Valley, with a food drop-off container located in town hall for nonperishable items. The drive has the support of town aldermen and was started at the request of resident Don Massey. The…