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Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:08

Smart phone volunteers lead us into the future

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One of the drawbacks perks of my job is the amazing number of meetings I’m forced fortunate enough to attend.…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 21:06

Professor George Herring could always flip the switch

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During the five years that I spent at Western Carolina University (1954-58 and 1965), I had the good fortune to…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:25

Ginseng, ferns and an ancient dialect

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“Sang” redux. Several weeks ago I wrote about ginseng. I have, in fact, been writing about ginseng for years. There…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:24

Waterways director to give guest program

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 A Live and Learn program featuring Eric Romaniszyn, executive director of the Haywood Waterways Authority, will be held at 2…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:24

Tour to highlight Cherokee connections to the land around WCU

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A walking tour and discussion focused on the natural and cultural resources of the Cullowhee Valley area is set for…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:23

Environmental writing contest now under way

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The Southern Environmental Law Center is accepting submissions for the annual Phillip D. Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing on…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:23

Talk to link Appalachian Trail sites with Civil War

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The author of Hiking through History, a hiker’s guide to Civil War and Underground Railroad sites along the present-day Appalachian…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:22

National Geographic does the AT

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A National Geographic film about the Appalachian Trail will be shown at the Carolina Asheville at 10:30 a.m. on Nov.…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:21

Grants for farm diversification, local agriculture groups

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Small farmers needing help might just find the financial boost they need through WNC Agricultural Options. The group this year…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:20

Program to showcase forest research

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The experimental national forest service site, Coweeta Hydrologic Lab, will be the subject of the next League of Women Voters…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:19

Bikers dig in to give Tsali trails a hand

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About 40 volunteers, some from as far away as Florida and Virginia, recently helped improve drainage on trails at Tsali…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:19

U.S. Wetlands losses are slowing

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A recent report assessing wetland habitats in the U.S. shows a slight decline from 2004-2009, according to the federal Fish…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:18

Nabbed ‘sang poachers to serve jail time

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Four Western North Carolina men have been sentenced in separate cases in Federal court for poaching ginseng from the Great…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:16

Foggy Tessentee

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Last Saturday afternoon was a gorgeous autumn afternoon across Western North Carolina. Last Saturday morning, however, when Bob Olthoff and…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:12

Making Haywood more bike friendly

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Haywood County is one step closer to getting a defined bike route traversing the county and improved cycling amenities. The…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:12

Haywood author, Nathan Tracy, to introduce new book

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Blue Ridge Books will host local author Nathan B. Tracy at 3 p.m. on Nov. 12 as he introduces his…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:11

David Joy to read from new book

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Cullowhee resident and staff writer for the Crossroads Chronicle David Joy will read from his new book, Growing Gills: A…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:09

A haunting look at Hemingway’s life with Pilar

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s death by suicide. He has remained, of course, an icon of…
Western Carolina University’s original radio broadcast adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel “Dracula” will be staged at the John W.…
Canton library to celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a program on Cherokee history and culture Haywood County native Charlie…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 17:26

Bob Plott to visit Liars Bench

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“Legendary Hunters and Hounds of the Great Smokies” will be the subject of the next Liars Bench at 7 p.m.…
The Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP) will show the award-winning film “Life Above All” at 7 p.m. on Nov.…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 17:24

Ron Rash to receive NC’s civilian award

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A group of distinguished North Carolinians — including WCU’s Ron Rash — will receive the North Carolina Award, the highest…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 17:23

Exhibit presents student experience as art

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Students in Western Carolina University’s Creative Life Living-Learning Community will present an exhibit titled “Transitions” in Gallery 130 at the…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 17:22

Fine Art Museum to host Family Fun Day, handmade item sale

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The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University will host a holiday sale of handmade items and a Fall Family…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 17:20

Glass artist to show work at Leapin’ Frog Gallery

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Glass artist Rebecca Hellman will show her works in jewelry and fused glass at Leapin’ Frog Gallery in Waynesville on…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 17:19

Dinner and silent auction to benefit KARE

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Haywood County’s Kids Advocacy Resource Effort will host its second annual Fall Festival of Trees fundraiser and live auction on…
The Jackson County Green Energy Park was featured on the Facebook page of the National Endowment for the Arts [NEA]…
Set in the Haywood Arts Regional Theater, the cast of “Ah, Wilderness!” spent a rainy evening preparing for its impending…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:10

Masks are mirrors looking back at us

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A mask is a mechanism employed to cover the face as a protective screen or disguise. For protection, they have…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:08

Fishermen land first place in national tourney

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Paul Bourcq of Franklin and Chris Lee of Bryson City won first place in the 26-team Rumble in the Rhododendron…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:08

NOC launches shop inside Grove Park

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Nantahala Outdoor Center opened the doors late last month on a retail and outdoor activity concept shop, NOC Asheville, inside…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:07

Hit the Jack Rabbit on guided mountain bike trip

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You can escape the confines of pavement for a fast-paced adventure along wooded trails and past lakes and mountains on…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:06

LTLT celebrates year of accomplishments

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The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee’s annual fall celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday,…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:05

Hiking series to explore national forests

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A series of hikes through next year will take hikers to each of the 41 areas identified as “Mountain Treasures”…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:05

Suffer crop losses? Farmers can get help

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Sign-up for 2010 crop-year losses begins Monday, Nov. 14, through your local USDA Farm Service Agency. “Producers across North Carolina…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:04

Farming history of WNC boiled down to 90 minutes

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The history of agriculture in these mountains will be explored at one of three upcoming programs by Curtis Wood, an…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:03

A picture's worth a thousand words

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The seventh-annual Autumn Juried Group Exhibit of the Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association has opened at the Biltmore Estate’s Deerpark Inn,…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:01

Call of the watershed

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The annual fall hike in the Town of Waynesville’s 9,000-acre watershed took place on Saturday Oct. 29. Around 25 stalwart…
Ryan Emerson’s pack was stolen and his cell phone now resides at the bottom of a river. His biggest hurdle…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:54

Dingwall introduces new series

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Wendy Dingwall will introduce her new Yvonne Suarez mystery series with the first installment, Hera’s Revenge, at 1 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:54

White to read from collection

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Charles Dodd White will read from his new short story collection, Sinners of Sanction County, at 7 p.m. on Friday,…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:53

WCU students collecting books for elementary school

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Students living in Reynolds Residence Hall of Western Carolina University are seeking new or used books as part of a…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:45

This is delicious, fast-paced crime fiction

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If you are one of those readers who has a grudging respect for outlaws, and if you find yourself sometimes…
I missed a golden opportunity to see my name emblazoned on a book spine by not writing about Western North…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:41

No town money spent to purchase public art

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To the Editor: Recent political ads by the Waynesville-Haywood Concerned Citizens contain materially false representations. There has never been any…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:40

WHCC claims skirt the truth

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To the Editor: I appreciated your article “Meet the candidates: Who’s who in Waynesville’s race” (www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/5412) regarding the upcoming elections,…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:39

Political ad mis-stated several key facts

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To the Editor: As a member of the Waynesville Public Art Commission from September 2006 to March 2011, I am…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:37

Facts matter and homework counts

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To the Editor: Homework counts. I like to think that candidates running for the Waynesville Town Board would be interested…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:34

Once you cross the line, there’s no going back

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I followed the Janet Moore controversy from the beginning to its conclusion, which was all of three days. The former…