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In addition to the obvious benefits of tourism — jobs and revenue for the county — tourism dollars save Haywood County residents a few hundred dollars in taxes every year. Steve Morse, a mathematics professor at the University of Tennessee, presented…
The quest to bring live table games to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino faces a final political hurdle. Both the Governor and N.C. Senate have given live table games their blessing, with the N.C. House of Representatives now the lone hold-out. Harrah’s…
While arguments over the state budget are likely to dominate everything in Raleigh as the General Assembly convenes for the next six weeks, there are certain bills and aspects of the budget making their way through the chambers that are…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 18:53

Mountain Garden Club to hold yearly plant sale

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The Mountain Garden Club will host its annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to noon on May 26. The sale…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 18:52

New belly dance troupe to offer classes in Bryson City

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Belly dancing group Smoky Mountain Shimmy will teach its first “Introduction to Belly Dance” class from 10 a.m. to noon,…
The Chapter 2 Books in Cashiers will host a Memorial Day fund-raising event to benefit the Special Operations Adventure Race…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 18:50

Pisgah student receives Bryson scholarship

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The Annie Lee Bryson Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Skylar Clark from Pisgah High School. The scholarship provides $500 to…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 18:49

Highlands Cashiers Players hosting auditions

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Auditions for “The Fox on the Fairway” by the Highlands Cashiers Players will be held at 3 p.m. on June…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 18:49

HART to preview musical for REACH fundraiser

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The Haywood Regional Arts Theater will preview its next musical production, The Marvelous Wonderettes, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24,…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 18:47

‘Twelfth Night’ comes to Bryson City

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Smoky Mountain Community Theatre in Bryson City is hosting “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare at 7:30 p.m., May 25-28. Tickets…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 18:47

Concert to benefit children’s programs

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A gala concert will be held to benefit the summer program at Pigeon Community Multi-Cultural Development Center at 7 p.m.…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 18:41

Mainstreet co-op adds three new artists

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Three new artists — Crystal Allen from Canton, Hank Shuler from Franklin and Janice Swanger from Waynesville — will now exhibit…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 18:41

Green Energy Park to offer paperweight-making class

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Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro is offering a class that will teach students how to create a glass…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 18:39

Stecoah Valley Leftovers to host spring concert

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The instructors of Stecoah Junior Appalachian Musicians will host a Spring Bluegrass Celebration at Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center on…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 18:38

Sheryl Crow hits the stage at Harrah’s

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Sheryl Crow will be performing at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center at 7:30 p.m. June 24. Crow has sold 16 million…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 18:37

Shady Ladies Quilt Show to debut in Haywood

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The Shady Ladies Quilting Group is selling tickets for a chance to win a unique quilt made by the entire…
Noreen Gay doesn’t have a moment to spare these days. She’s busily finishing the final stitches of a quilt she…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:28

The beetles beneath the ground

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“Ere the bat hath flown His cloister’d flight … to black Hecate’s summons The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:27

Students help build exhibit on historic Cherokee life

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Anthropology students at Western Carolina University are experiencing hands-on learning in Clay County through archaeological digs and participation in the…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:26

New guidebook promotes “family fun”

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A new 196-page guidebook titled Family Fun in the Smokies: A Family-friendly Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains by Katy…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:25

Cycle and camp on three-day trip

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A three-day cycling and camping trip around Bryson City is set for Friday, May 18, through Sunday, May 20, under…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:23

National “bike to work day” ride set for Friday

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The second annual “bike to work day” ride in Haywood County will be held beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday,…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:22

Fishing guide to lead seminar, casting clinic

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Nathan Chapman, guide and flyrod builder, will be the speaker at the 7 p.m. June 5 meeting of the Plateau…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:22

Running seminar to be held at MedWest in Sylva

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A free running seminar will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at MedWest Rehabilitation Services on…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:21

Mountain bike group meets weekly

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The Nantahala Area Sorba (Southern off-road biking association) has started a weekly mountain bike ride 6:15 p.m. every Thursday at…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:20

Arboretum to host annual rose exhibition

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Visitors to The North Carolina Arboretum will be encouraged to stop and smell the roses when the Asheville Blue Ridge…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:18

Conservancy group celebrates 50,000 protected acres

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The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy is celebrating its protection of more than 50,000 acres across Western North Carolina and East…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:16

Medicinal botany class offered at HCC

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An eight-week medicinal botany class will be held at Haywood Community College beginning May 19 through July 14. The class…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:15

Go birding on the Bartram Trail

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An outing along the Bartram Trail near Jones Gap and the nearby Fishhawk Mountains is set for Saturday, May 19.…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:14

Night hunting of coyotes and feral swine looked at

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Hunters might soon be hunting coyote and wild swine at night with a light on private lands. The new regulations…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:13

Another deadly exotic

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Experiments conducted by a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from the U.S., Canada and Germany strongly suggest that the fungus, Geomyces…
It took more than a decade, a lot of detective work and a protracted legal case to clear the way…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:10

UNC Asheville to host writing program in Waynesville

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Local writers will have the opportunity to hone their skills with UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program summer workshops in…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:09

Friends of the Library to host annual meeting

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Friends of the Haywood Public Library will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. on May 24 at First United…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:07

George R.R. Martin’s world captures readers

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Readers, be forewarned. If you willingly enter the fanciful world of George R. R. Martin’s Songs of Ice and Fire:…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:57

Letter was wonderful declaration of dedication

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To the Editor: I thought that the letter by Dr. Laci Jamison (www.smokymountainnews.com/component/k2/item/6931) in the May 2 edition was a…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:56

Privatizing marriage would settle issue

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To the Editor: Statistics claim that the purpose of licensure laws is to protect people and produce quality results. They…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:55

Amendment One sends wrong message

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To the Editor: The passage of Amendment One by a majority of North Carolinians this week adds fuel to a…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:54

Shouldn’t tolerance go both ways

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To the Editor: If you have listened to TV news or seen the national print media since Tuesday, May 8,…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:53

We still deliver quality health care west of Asheville

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By Gwang S. Han • Guest Columnist Simply put, I question if there is a problem with the current system…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:52

‘Wild West’ chamber drive saddles up

The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce has launched its 2012 membership campaign, which will run through June 14. The campaign will reach out to over 1,000 businesses in the Haywood County area that are not yet benefiting from membership with…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:52

Hospice house now open in Haywood

MedWest Health System opened its new $3.4 million inpatient hospice unit in Haywood County, The Homestead, with an open house and dedication ceremony in March. The Homestead is a new six-bed facility that offers specialized end-of-life care to patients and…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:51

BizWorks offers merchandising course

Mountain BizWorks will host Merchandising WOW, a new merchandising course, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for three consecutive Wednesdays starting May 30.   Students will learn merchandising skills from an expert, discover what makes effective merchandising ignite sales, learn…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:50

SCC Employment lab to coach job seekers

Southwestern Community College is offering a free Employability Lab designed to help unemployed people obtain jobs. It will be held on the Jackson Campus from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.…
A wide variety of healthcare speakers are headlining the second annual Flourish Women’s Expo put on by MedWest Health System on Saturday, May 19, at Harrah’s Cherokee Events Center. The event is intended to support women’s mind, body and spirit,…
The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce will host their annual Business Start-Up Competition Luncheon to honor this year’s recipients of up to a $10,000 business grant from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 17. The Chamber Business and Community…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:47

WCU to expand DNA sequencing capabilities

Western Carolina University’s Forensic Science Program has acquired two state-of-the-art pieces of DNA sequencing instruments to help it establish a DNA sequencing core facility on campus. “We will be able to offer a multitude of DNA sequencing services to institutions…
Haywood is banding together with Transylvania, Buncombe, Henderson and Madison counties under a project titled GroWNC, designed to get the region thinking collectively about ways to develop the economy with a focus on sustainability. GroWNC is currently holding meetings in…
The next five years could include the construction of an adventure park, a canopy walk and another casino for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, according to a preliminary outline of its 2012 economic development plan. Every five years, the…
Recordings made some seven decades ago of nearly 60 men and women who lived in what became the Great Smoky Mountains National Park soon will be made publicly available online. In 1939, a young graduate student by the name of…