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Ghost Town in the Sky owner Alaska Presley has recruited singer and longtime friend Stella Parton to help her draw tourists to Maggie Valley. Presley spoke to the town’s Board of Aldermen last week about the idea of hosting at…
Prospects that Rover might one day find himself banned from attending events and festivals in traditionally pooch-friendly Sylva has left some dog owners here feeling like they are on the end of an increasingly short leash. Town commissioners recently considered…
When a two-day partying and gambling binge left five Atlantans broke and out of drugs, a mission to replenish their stash and an off-kilter moral compass triggered a deadly and chaotic sequence of events — one that culminated in a…
To hear Diane Wiggins tell it, her little brother Scott Wiggins and little sister Christie Jones were spoiled, got away with everything and always caused trouble. “It’s like they were always into something. I never got away with anything. You…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:39

Woman convicted in Swain County murders

The three-week trial of Tiffany Marion for her role in the 2008 murders of two Swain County men ended with a guilty verdict this week, despite Marion’s claims of being a bystander along for the ride. Marion, 28 of Decatur,…
If numbers truly tell the tale, then there are a lot of people living in Cullowhee who care a great deal about the future of that community. More than 100 of them turned out last week for a meeting at…
The driver for growth at Western Carolina University and the Cullowhee could come via the Millennial Campus, but what to do with the 344-acre tract across the highway, and how to do it, remains elusive. When the university bought the…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:32

Retired WCU chancellor still on the payroll

During the past four years Western Carolina University has been hit with $30 million in cumulative budget cuts, a university lobotomy of sorts that has resulted in larger class sizes, consolidation of some academic programs and restructurings of certain departments.…
John Bardo, former chancellor of Western Carolina University, is being paid $280,000 this year to retool for a return to the classroom and to conduct academic research. Bardo wrote that his research concerns the relationships between higher education, the economy…
In the coming months Lake Junaluska residents will weigh in on whether to become part of the town of Waynesville. For Waynesville, the move could mean a million or more dollars in additional property taxes each year and the benefits…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:45

Libraries to offer workshop on downloading digital books

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Learn how to download free e-books or audio books onto your digital device at one of two events. The Macon…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:44

Fontana Regional Library makes changes for NC Cardinal

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Fontana Regional Library is migrating to a new automated library system on March 29 and will be closed that day.…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:43

Barbara Taylor Woodall to present her memoir

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Barbara Taylor Woodall will visit City Lights Bookstore to read from her memoir It’s Not My Mountain Anymore at 2…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:43

City Lights to host book launch

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FutureCycle Press will unveil its annual anthology of poetry and flash fiction as well as a new poetry collection from…
“Chicks! It’s All Gone to the Birds” opens at The Bascom on March 31 and runs through June 17. The…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:41

African Dance and Drums performance in Franklin

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The African Dance & Drum Ensemble will perform a program of traditional African dance and music at 7 p.m., March…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:40

Student wins statue-naming contest at Sylva library

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The public library in Sylva has a new 24-hour resident, a statue named “Home.” The sculpture, made of smoothed gray…
The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer ballroom dance lessons in April, May and June at the Waynesville Recreation…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:39

Contra Dancing hosted at the Gateway Club

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The next Fourth Sunday Contra Dance will be from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on March 25 at the Gateway Club…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:38

Frank Vickery opens at The Bascom on March 24

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A display of artist Frank Vickery’s work will open with a reception from 5-7 p.m., March 24, in the atrium…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:37

Bryson City library’s peep contest begins

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The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City has begun its second annual peeps contest. The competition runs from March 5…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:36

WCU School of Music to hold ‘pops’ concert March 29

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The Western Carolina University School of Music will present a family-friendly “pops” concert featuring musical selections from the Broadway stage…
North Carolina is poised to reap major dividends from tourism with the March 23 opening of “The Hunger Games,” the…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:32

8th annual Mélange returns to Haywood

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Rather than spending months crossing Haywood County’s choice eateries off their list of places to go, culinary enthusiasts can get…
When I started writing features for a newspaper in the late 1980s, I didn’t have much of a clue as…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:44

WCU beats ASU in ‘Battle of the Plug’

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Western Carolina University won the three-week "Battle of the Plug" challenge against Appalachian State University, reporting a higher percentage of…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:43

WNC Alliance gets new board members

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One of the region's most storied conservation groups, Western North Carolina Alliance, has some new blood on its board. From…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:42

Guided nature walk focusing on amphibians

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Learn about slithery things at "On the Lookout for Amphibians," a program on amphibians followed by a guided amphibian hike…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:40

Anglers getting ready for some spring action

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The Fontana Marina Classic Bass Tournament will be held March 17 and March 18 with overall prizes of $5,000 in…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:38

Foundation gives in big way to parkway

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Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation has given more than $650,000 to the Blue Ridge Parkway for projects and programs this year.…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:37

Help cleanup the lake you love

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Lake Junaluska will have its annual clean-up day on Saturday, March 24. The lake is down for silt removal, which…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:35

Mountain Treasures

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In 1987 the U.S. Forest Service issued a "final" forest management plan — a plan so vague and so lacking…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:34

Laurel Garden Club supports plant rescue efforts

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The Laurel Garden Club is giving the Highlands Biological Station a grant to purchase a greenhouse package for the propagation…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:33

Third-annual Meadowbrook Cubs runs and health fair

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Cubs on the Run 5k Race and Fun Run/Walk is set for 9 a.m. March 24 in Canton, following a…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:32

Registration under way for trail workshop at WCU

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Volunteers interested in assisting with construction and maintenance of a new trail at Western Carolina University are invited to participate…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:31

Spring hikes focus on fauna

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Two great opportunities to learn about and enjoy spring wildflowers are coming up, both under the guidance of the Land…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:29

Get ready for Polar wade into Bear Lake

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Well, it might not exactly live up to the name "Polar Plunge" given the current spate of warm weather, but…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:28

A full day of events at City Lights

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City Lights Bookstore will continue its monthly Coffee with the Poet series on March 15, and Don and Diane Wells…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:27

Rose Senehi to signing copies of her latest book

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Rose Senehi returns to City Lights Bookstore to sign her newest book, Render Unto the Valley, March 17. She will…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:18

Gossip and privacy in the modern world

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Little Sally was eating lunch with her family when her parents ask her if she learned anything in Sunday School…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:17

From Drags to Riches: Harrah’s host drag show

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Harrah's Hotel and Casino will host three of the country's top Drag Queen entertainers in DRAGS TO RICHE$, a new drag…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:16

Grace Noon Concerts to begin 4th year

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The fourth season of Grace Noon Concerts will kick off at noon on March 15 at Grace Church Episcopal in…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:15

WCU professor’s book about ‘H.D.’ published

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The University of Iowa Press recently released "The American H.D.," a book by Annette Debo, a Western Carolina University associate…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:14

Robin Whitley to perform songs and stories

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Musician Robin Whitley will offer a program called "Songs and Stories of Life" at the Jackson County Public Library in…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:12

Dora May featured in OICA Gallery

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The gallery at the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts will feature an exhibition of work by artist Dora May during…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:11

Edible book contest at Waynesville library

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Craft an edible creation inspired by a book. Whether your favorite recent read is The Lorax or Lord of the…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:10

Theatre presents the musical, Lamb of God

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The Overlook Theatre Company will present the musical, "Lamb of God," March 22-25, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:08

Groovy Movie Club presents “The Double”

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The Groovy Movie Club will show the film "The Double" on Friday, March 16. The event will begin with a…
Haywood County's first female flat track roller derby team, Balsam Mountain Roller Girls, is hosting a retro prom at the…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:02

Stellar Chapman to lead Songwriters event

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Stellar "Tall Girl" Marshall Chapman will head the next Songwriters-in-the-Round event on March 17 at Balsam Mountain Inn. Chapman is…