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Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:42

GOP absent in Jackson commission race

News that Jackson County Commissioner Joe Cowan won’t run for re-election this year has set the stage for a high-profile Democratic primary showdown between two well-known Democrats, Vicki Greene and former board Chairman Stacy Buchanan. Greene had let her intentions…
Outgoing Congressman Heath Shuler hopes to pass the torch to his own chief of staff, a like-minded, conservative Democrat who is rapidly being embraced by the party establishment as a replacement for Shuler on the ballot come November. Hayden Rogers,…
Republicans seeking the 11th District congressional seat are trying to find ways before May’s primary to stand out and attract voters amid a crowded field of nine candidates. Candidates began actively campaign toward the end of last year, traveling from…
Pity the poor visitors trying to find their ways to Cherokee if the N.C. Department of Transportation heeds requests of local leaders in Haywood and Jackson counties when it comes to directional signs. First, Jackson County wanted a “This way…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:32

Jackson tourism task force weighted

A group tasked with helping Jackson County leaders decide whether to merge two separate tourism entities or possibly hike the room tax is dominated by people who work in the lodging industry. Four out of the six members currently appointed…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:31

Has Maggie found its heroine?

Longtime Maggie Valley resident Alaska Presley has seen it all when it comes to Ghost Town in the Sky’s ups and downs. Presley, now 88, and her late husband Hugh met R.B. Coburn, founder of Ghost Town, more than 50…
Tears gathered in Alaska Presley’s eyes as she moved one step closer to attaining a Maggie Valley icon that has remained close to her heart but out of her possession for more than 50 years. Surrounded by supporters, former Ghost…
Steve Heatherly made sure there were plenty of Diet Cokes queued up in the office mini-fridge before work Monday morning — he would need at least a dozen, probably more, to get through the next 24 hours. Heatherly faced hundreds…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:24

Shared finances complicate MedWest partnership

Some within the Jackson County medical community are wondering whether their hospital has gotten a fair shake in the partnership forged with neighbor Haywood County under the MedWest umbrella two years ago. When the hospitals in Haywood, Jackson and Swain…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:24

Haywood schools score major grant

The Haywood County School District has landed a $1 million grant to fight childhood obesity by encouraging an active, healthy lifestyle through the Carol M. White P.E. program. Haywood County Schools was one of only 76 successful applications selected from…
A domestic violence and sexual assault agency serving victims of abuse in Jackson County abruptly shut its doors last week after more than three decades in operation. REACH of Jackson County has been plagued for two years by an on-going…
Tuesday, 07 February 2012 21:33

Chocolate Cook-off planned for Feb. 11

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The Friends of the Marianna Black Library will host the 5th Annual Chocolate Cook-Off between 2 and 4 p.m., Feb.…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:54

Geronimo’s brush with Western North Carolina

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The names Geronimo and Gen. George Cook are interwoven in the lore of northern Mexico, southeastern Arizona, western New Mexico…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:54

Blue Ridge Breakaway wins critical acclaim

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The Blue Ridge Breakaway was recently named the 2011 Ride of the Year by blogger Aaron West of StepClimbs.com. The…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:53

Women’s and girl’s sports day

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Women and girls can learn about a variety of activities that will inspire them to lead active, healthy lives at…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:53

Sixth-grader explores the science of water quality

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Waynesville Middle School student Jed Messer designed a project about water quality for the regional science fair. The project was…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:52

The Osborne Boundary Oak gets historic designation

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With several centuries under its belt, the Osborne Boundary Oak on N.C. 110 in Haywood County’s Bethel community has long…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:51

Order those fruit trees and berry bushes

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The Swain County Cooperative Extension is now taking orders for 3- to 4-foot tall apple, pear and peach trees, plus…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:51

Lace up your boots and hit the Walhalla Trail

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A hike on the Walhalla Trail at Cataloochee Ranch is set for Saturday, Feb. 11, a postponement of an earlier…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:50

Shiitake mushroom workshop in Swain

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Learn how to grow your own shiitake mushrooms through the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service and the Master Gardener Association from…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:50

Beekeeping class being held this month

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An introductory beekeeping class will be held this month in Haywood County from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday,…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:49

Grab the binoculars and get ready to count

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The Great Backyard Bird Count, an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:48

Punxsutawney Phil was right

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I think the shrewd rodent hedges his bet a bit. I mean if you think about it, the difference between…
Anyone can run or bike. And if any two people could testify to that, it’s Gerri Grady and Hugh Lambert.…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:41

Judith Toy to discuss finding forgiveness through Zen

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Judith Toy, ordained by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh as a core member of his order, will be at City…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:40

Asheville author to host spiritual adventure workshop

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Author Art Ramsay will present a free workshop based on his newest spiritual adventure novel, The Tibetan Wisdom Code at…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:39

Book delves into a dark corner of our world

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Thursday. Throughout this anguished and gripping tale, this day of the week, Thursday” is usually italicized, suggesting that it has…
Relive the classic age of MGM movies, the magic of Disney and the special effects of contemporary film through the…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:38

Songwriters festival announces contest

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Songwriters have three months to enter The Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival 2012 Songwriters Contest in Gatlinburg. “The primary goal of…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:37

Share the Warmth concert is Feb. 12

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Haywood Community College and Champion Credit Union will once again host a Share the Warmth benefit concert from 2 until…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:36

Artist-in-residence Andrea Dezsö to speak Feb. 9

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Visual artist Andrea Dezsö will speak at 4 p.m., Feb. 9, in Room 130 of the John W. Bardo Fine…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:36

Whimzik presents dinner theater in Cullowhee Feb. 14

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Whimzik, a mask and music performance, will perform a Valentine’s dinner theater at 7 p.m. on Feb. 14 at the…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:35

Woodworkers’ art on display in Sylva

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A new display at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva showcases the artistic work of 10 local woodworkers. The…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:34

Hornbostel, Teves to perform in Bryson

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Lois Hornbostel and Ehukai Teves will perform a concert at 3p.m. on Feb. 12 at the Swain County Center for…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:34

Community band begins its 10th season

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The Haywood Community Band will begin rehearsing for its 10th season of free concerts. Concerts take place on the third…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:33

Haywood’s Taste of Chocolate is April 21

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The Haywood Jackson Volunteer Center is looking for volunteers to help coordinate its annual Taste of Chocolate fundraiser as well…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:32

Workshop, Valentine’s party for kids in Macon

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Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to a free ARTSaturday workshop and Valentine party from 10 a.m. to…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:32

Learn card embroidery at Feb. 16 workshop

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Learn how to make handmade cards for any occasion from weddings to birth announcements to holidays with card makers Doris…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:31

Kelley to show new paintings from WaterDance series

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Local artist Jo Ridge Kelley will exhibit the latest painting from her WaterDance series at The Jeweler’s Workbench on Main…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:30

‘Coy’ to be centerpiece of Liars Bench benefit shows

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The Liars Bench, a program featuring authentic traditional Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, and drama, has announced that its February…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:29

WCU professor publishes book about professional development

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Sarah T. Meltzer, an assistant professor of secondary education at Western Carolina University, has published her book Step-by-Step Professional Development…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:29

‘Collected Stories’ in the HART Studio Theater Feb. 10-12

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The HART Studio season continues this week with “Collected Stories” by noted playwright Donald Margulies. Margulies won the Pulitzer Prize…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:21

Serena headed to the big screen

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Ron Rash’s novel, Serena, was birthed in an image: his mind’s eye pictured a woman on horseback. From the woman’s…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:19

An old friend comes for what I hope is a short visit

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A good friend of old came to stay last week. A great respecter of proper etiquette, she provided ample warning…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:19

Newspaper criticism was just off the mark

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To the Editor: I had to read “Shame on you, SMN, for poking fun” (Smoky Mountain News, Feb. 1 edition)…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:18

A citizens’ scroll should replace library plaque

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To the Editor: In a recent article in The Smoky Mountain News, Jackson County Commissioner Jack Debnam was quoted as…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:17

Who does Sen. Jim Davis really represent?

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To the Editor: State Sen. Jim Davis had an excellent idea. He suggested that anyone who wondered about contributions to…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:15

Counties don’t need to be in the banking business

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In this country built on capitalism, it’s a constant source of antagonism among politicians and citizens. I’m talking about the…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:15

Candidate forum to be held in Bryson City

Several Republican candidates for the 11th Congressional District will participate in a Feb. 17 forum sponsored by the Smoky Mountain Republican Women. The forum will be held at 7 p.m. at the Swain County Community Services Facility on Brendle Street…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:14

Girl Scouts seeking new troop leaders

In an effort to recruit new Troop Leaders and volunteers, Girl Scouts will host “Information Hours” from 1 to 6 p.m., Feb. 15, at the Haywood County Library in Waynesville. Current Troop Leaders, parents and Girl Scouts are also welcome…