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Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:04

Alumni football game coming up in May

The famed Pisgah-Tuscola rivalry will renew itself six months sooner than usual as alumni from both schools take to the field again in support of the Canton Lions Club at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Pisgah Memorial Stadium. Tickets…
The new owner of Ghost Town in the Sky tied up the final loose ends related to her purchase of the bankrupt amusement park last week. Alaska Presley officially took title to the rides and buildings on the grounds of…
Two months after the domestic violence agency REACH of Jackson County abruptly shut its doors in February, services to domestic violence victims continue to be handled by nonprofits in neighboring counties. Jackson County commissioners would like to see a local…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 12:58

Macon schools seek more funding

Facing a dire state budget outlook and a loss of one-time federal stimulus dollars, Macon County School’s leaders came hat in hand this week asking county commissioners for money. The school system wants a budget increase of more $1.15 million…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 12:56

What comes next?

Finding a new leader to replace the outgoing MedWest-Haywood President Mike Poore could take months and will be handled by Carolinas HealthCare Network rather than the local hospital board. Carolinas HealthCare System, a Charlotte-based network of 34 hospitals that MedWest-Haywood…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 12:54

Poore resigns as MedWest Haywood leader

The president of MedWest-Haywood hospital suddenly stepped down this week after three-and-a-half years on the job. Mike Poore’s tenure at the helm of MedWest-Haywood was marked by an aggressive strategy to restore a crisis of community confidence, rebuild plummeting finances…
The race for a congressman to represent the mountains in Washington is crowded with candidates, making the political waters murky for the everyday voter. In an attempt to differentiate the 11 candidates — eight Republicans and three Democrats — more…
Opinions among members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians remain mixed leading up to a vote that could lift a historic ban on alcohol sales on the reservation or continue the longtime moratorium. In the days leading up to…
The old Strand movie theater in downtown Waynesville is finally getting a new lease on life after two false starts in the past decade to revive the shuttered Main Street icon. The building was bought in foreclosure last year by…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:48

Lambert hanging subject of Liars Bench

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On April 19th, the next installment of the Appalachian variety show The Liars Bench will focus on the hanging of…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:47

Green Energy Park offering art classes

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Public art classes in both glassblowing and metalworking are being offered at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro…
The Overlook Theatre Company will present “How Sweet It Is,” a musical dessert theater, at 7 p.m. on April 21…
The Small Business Center of Haywood Community College will offer a free seminar entitled “Marketing for the Craftsperson & Artist,”…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:45

Sylva pavilion site of next contra dance

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The Second Sunday Contra Dance will take place from 2:30-5 p.m. on April 15. The dance will be held at…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:44

Jeff Foxworthy to perform in comedy benefit for Africa

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Jeff Foxworthy will take the stage at 7:30 p.m., April 14, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts…
The youth choir, Voices in the Laurel, will hold its second annual Great Car and Truck Give Away from now…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:42

Stecoah arts center to host ramp festival

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The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center will host a festival celebrating ramps from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 28.…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:42

Stecoah arts center to host ramp festival

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The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center will host a festival celebrating ramps from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 28.…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:41

Harrah’s to host free reality TV event

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The reality show “Auction Kings” will be at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino on April 28. Auction Kings is one of Discovery…
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…