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Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:47

Children’s weaving class at Sylva library

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The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host weaver Susan Leveille of The Oaks Gallery in Dillsboro for a children’s weaving…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:46

Celebrate Spring with Greening Up

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The 15th annual Greening Up the Mountains festival will take place April 28 on Main and Mill streets in historic…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:45

Liars Bench to present ‘Hangman’

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The Liars Bench will tell the story of the hanging of Jack Lambert and other murder/execution stories in “Hangman, hangman…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:44

Franklin High to hold auditions for student talent show

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Franklin High School will hold auditions at noon, April 21, in its fine arts center, for home school and private…
Finnegans Wake took James Joyce 17 years to write, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel consumed four years of Michelangelo’s…
The Cherokee Reservation will remain dry, keeping in place the historic ban on alcohol sales, following Thursday’s election on the issue. Enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians sent a strong message with about 60 percent voting “no”…
Editor’s note: This column first appeared in The Smoky Mountain News in April 2002. Have you ever looked at a…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:17

WCU community launches initiative to bring lily back

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The memories and lore surrounding a white flower with six petals — once so common in the Cullowhee valley that…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:16

Get your garden off to a good start

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A gardening basics 101 class for beginner gardeners or gardeners who are new to this region will take place from…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:14

Farmers markets open for season

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Farmers markets in both Jackson and Haywood counties have opened for the regular growing season. The Jackson County Farmers Market…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:12

Wild and Scenic Film Festival screening at WCU

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The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is coming from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Western Carolina University.…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:11

Boaters suit up for Nantahala Open

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The fun and free-spirited Nantahala Open will take place from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Nantahala…
The 28th annual Tuckasegee River Clean Up will be held on Saturday, April 21, and is looking for volunteers to…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:07

Kids can hook into a good time, and fishing opportunity

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A free youth fishing clinic will be held on Saturday, April 21, as part of the 23rd-annual Great Smoky Mountain…
The 28th annual Tuckasegee River Clean Up will be held on Saturday, April 21, and is looking for volunteers to…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:04

The Macon Your Heart Beat

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The Macon Your Heart Beat one-mile and 5K run/walk will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 14, on the…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:04

WCU to host back-to-back races

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A pair of 5K races will be held at Western Carolina University in coming weeks to raise money to build…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:03

Race a duathalon for a good cause

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The Mountain Madness duathalon in Franklin will be held starting at 9 a.m. April 28 along the Little Tennessee River.…
If you think you’ve got a winning photograph, consider submitting it to the Land Trust For the Little Tennessee for…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:01

Volunteers needed to help plant trees in Bryson

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An Arbor Day planting will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Island Park in downtown Bryson City.…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:59

A Conference of Birds

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At Wild South’s recent “Green Tie Gala,” friend, writer, poet and publisher Thomas Rain Crowe, with a knowing wink, slipped…
Just in time for its 30th anniversary, the Western North Carolina Alliance one of the region’s most august environmental organizations…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:52

Ron Rash to read from ‘The Cove’

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Ron Rash will read from his new novel, The Cove, at 2 p.m., April 15 in the community room of the…
Blue Ridge Books will host Jenny Bennett, author of Murder at the Jumpoff, at 3 p.m. on April 21. Bennett’s…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:51

Participate in World Book Night

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City Lights Bookstore in Sylva is hosting an event at 6:30 p.m., April 17, for local volunteers the week before…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:50

Author Micheal Rivers to read from his new ghost novel

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Micheal Rivers of Whittier will be at the Jackson County Public Library at 7 p.m. on April 17 to read…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:47

Homegrown poet spreads her wings

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Rose McLarney grew up in rural Western North Carolina, where she continues to live on an old mountain farm. Daughter…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:41

Trayvon Martin just went too far

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To the Editor: Norman Hoffman has his facts wrong about the Trayvon Martin shooting.   Based on my experience, and…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:41

Jackson should join Franklin on this one

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To the Editor: I write to urge the Jackson County commissioners to follow the lead of the Franklin Town Board…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:40

Franklin leaders say corporations not people

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To the Editor: Kudos to the Franklin Board of Aldermen for unanimously passing a resolution calling on the North Carolina…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:39

Marty Jones does not deserve criticism

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To the Editor: In a recent letter to the editor John Edwards attacks District 4 County Commissioner Candidate Marty Jones.…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:39

Let me explain how FreedomWorks works

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To the Editor: My, that was quite a headline on Margery Abel’s letter appearing in the March 28 edition of…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:38

Cherokee voters should say no to alcohol

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To the Editor: Ruin your life. Paralyze your mind. Impair your higher thinking. Make poor judgements imbalanced by intoxication due…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:36

The heart of America is just right of center

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To the Editor: The President’s budget will “never” balance, or reduce spending, or reduce our borrowing. So, no one —…
I heard a distinctive gobble gobble gobble one recent evening through the open windows and French doors of the cabin…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:21

Perk up New coffee shop opens in Waynesville

Coffee lovers and addicts have a new place in Waynesville to get their fix. Main Street Perks opened on Main Street about three weeks ago, filling a large, vacant hole in the downtown façade with goodies, caffeine, a wall of…
With its obvious Cuban influences — the combination of guava and cream cheese, or even mango and cream cheese  — Mindy’s Bakery in Sylva is clearly not your typical mountain bakery. But that’s not all that sets this small bakery…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:18

All things bridal focus of workshops

A morning of free bridal workshops featuring local wedding merchants will be held at 9:45 a.m., April 21, at Twin Maples Farmhouse in Waynesville.   Brides will hear from experts and wedding professionals through a series of short workshops on…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:17

Fight AIDS by eating out

Help battle the AIDS disease April 26 by dining out at one of 108 restaurants in Western North Carolina. This fundraiser will support the Western North Carolina AIDS Project. Participating restaurants in the Haywood/Jackson area are, in Waynesville: Chef’s Table,…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:16

Dog parks taking shape in Franklin and Sylva

Two communities can see the finish line on respective dog parks: Franklin and Sylva. The Friends of the Greenway in Macon County are making progress on the construction of a dog park to be located beside the Big Bear Playground…
A draft strategic plan for Western Carolina University will be the subject of a public forum at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center. The Western Carolina University’s 2020 Commission, a 36-member committee leading…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:15

Fundraiser set for Debbie Ginn in Jackson

The First United Methodist Church of Sylva will hold an Alzheimer’s disease awareness event from 1-7 p.m., April 21, in honor of Debbie Ginn, a longtime former organist at the Church. Debbie is in the last stages of early-onset Alzheimer’s…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:14

Macon commission candidates forum

The public can find out where candidates for county commissioner stand on various issues at noon on Thursday, April 12, at a League of Women Voters forum. Three seats are available on the commission. All six primary candidates plan to…
Mike Clampitt, Republican candidate for the 119th House District, will hold a “Meet and Greet” from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Herren House in Waynesville. This is an informal gathering and serves as an opportunity for voters to…
If you believe in polls then North Carolina voters are likely to pass a constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriages. But, opponents to such an amendment haven’t given up the fight yet and in fact cite other polls showing exact…
Cherokee Preservation Foundation has awarded 24 new grants totaling $1.8 million that support cultural preservation, economic development, job creation and environmental preservation.   They include: • A grant to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian to celebrate the 250th anniversary…
A task force studying whether Jackson County should revamp its approach to luring tourists began laying the groundwork last week to merge its two separate tourism agencies into one. In coming months, the task force will wrestle with the best…
The creative arts building at Haywood Community College has hit a few more snags on its way to completion — much to the chagrin of county commissioners. The college will once again tap into its contingency fund to correct miscalculations resulting…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:06

Lose some weight, have some fun

The second kick-off in Macon County for Lighten Up for Life will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Franklin High School Gymnasium. The LU4L program is a free weight loss challenge that is entirely web-based. The program…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:05

MedWest to benefit from golf tournament

A golf tournament will be held starting at 9 a.m. on May 12 at Smoky Mountain Country Club in Whittier to support hospital chaplaincy programs and spiritual care. The tournament is sponsored by MedWest Health System and is a four-man…