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Wednesday, 21 December 2011 15:09

Start the New Year with a hike at Gorges Park

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Gorges State Park is sponsoring a free, guided hike on New Year’s Day. This is a part of First Day…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 15:09

Frosty Foot trail races coming to Tsali

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Feeling sprightly in the New Year? Then hit the trails in the Tsali National Forest Recreation Area Jan. 7 with…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 15:08

Walking trail at Lake Junaluska lengthened

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The walking trail at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center is getting longer thanks to a new one-half mile extension…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 15:08

Become a Master Gardener

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If you are in Jackson and Swain counties, it’s time to sign up for the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service’s Master…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 15:05

A wonderful Christmas gift

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The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), Wild South, the Western North Carolina Alliance (WNCA) and the Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition…
The common phrase heard among kayakers daring the Nantahala’s new wave: “It’s getting there.” The Wave in the Nantahala Gorge…
Scott Nicholson will visit City Lights Bookstore to present and sign his three latest horror novels: Chronic Fear, Liquid Fear…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:53

A season to reconnect with familiar stories

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That time of year has arrived when ritual and custom weave their magical threads into our lives. We sip Uncle…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:52

Art classes offered at Old Armory Recreation Center

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The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer art classes at the Old Armory Recreation Center beginning in January. There…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:52

Casino to host New Year’s Eve gala

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Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel will celebrate the New Year with a burlesque show. The evening will feature live entertainment at…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:51

HCC names winners in first-ever photo contest

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Haywood Community College recently announced the winners of the school’s first photo contest. HCC student Samantha Faust’s “Learning to Swim”…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:51

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad hosts New Year’s Eve bash

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The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will ring in the New Year with a dinner and dance Dec. 31. As the…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:50

The Moody Blues to perform at Harrah’s in March

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The Moody Blues will perform at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel on March 31 as part of their 32-city U.S.…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:50

Freight Hoppers to appear at Jack of the Wood

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The Freight Hoppers, a nationally known string band, will play at Jack of the Wood in Asheville at 11 p.m.,…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:49

Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir comes to Asheville

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The Soweto Gospel Choir will fill the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium with music at 4 p.m. on Jan. 29. Part of…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:49

Sylva resident to teach art of bookbinding

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Phyllis Jarvinen of Sylva will demonstrate and teach a mini-workshop on book arts and book binding at the Art League…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:48

WCU to offer stained glass course beginning Jan. 12

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Western Carolina University will hold a stained glass course every Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. from Jan. 12 through…
Want to see, for free, one of the best examples of folk art to be found in Western North Carolina?…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:44

Navel oranges bring back memories of Dad, Christmas

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On Christmas Eve, my dad would always bring home a huge box of navel oranges and bags of pecans, walnuts,…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:41

The story of the Christmas tree and the wife

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Another Christmas tragedy appeared on the horizon with the arrival of our Christmas tree. I have often thought the holiday…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:33

Swain courthouse slated for civic revival

After years of talk and little action, Swain County is moving forward with a long-held dream to turn its iconic, domed courthouse into a cultural history museum and visitors center. The architectural centerpiece of town, the old courthouse has been…
It’s early on a workday, and there’s a single player seated at one of the 18 machines in the two-room M&J’s sweepstakes café, located in a small strip mall on Highlands Road in Franklin. Louise Dills, who works at the…
Counties and towns in the region are sparring over a highway sign that points the way to Cherokee, each hoping to capture a share of the 3.5 million annual visitors en route to the tribe’s casino by bringing that traffic…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:28

Haywood to cash in on landfill methane

An alternative energy project to convert methane landfill gas into electricity will cost Haywood County a little extra after a wrench was thrown into the plans. The county will have to fork over an additional $45,000 and bring in a…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:28

North Carolina wins federal award for education

North Carolina will receive a $69.9 million grant award from the federal Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge fund to support early childhood education throughout the state.   “This award is outstanding news for our children, families and educators…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:27

Learn to swim, or learn to swim better

The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer swim lessons in January, February and March. The lessons will take place at the Waynesville Recreation Center:   • January lessons: Level one swim lessons from 4-4:30 p.m., level two from 5-5:30…
When it comes to connecting farmers with students and substituting common cafeteria fare with fresh, local produce grown here in the mountains, Jackson County Schools stands at or near the forefront of Western North Carolina school systems. Jackson County has…
Few restaurants could afford to lose $1 on every meal they serve, but in Haywood County school cafeterias, that’s the reality faced every day. It costs $3.75 to fix a lunch, including the food and labor. But, the federal government…
It was only 11 a.m., and already 60 fidgeting children had streamed down the lunch line at Jonathan Valley Elementary School, eagerly eying the pans of corndogs and beans, a steady barrage that would continue in five-minute waves until, some…
A bank robbery at the N.C. State Employees Credit Union last week in Cullowhee saw a series of recent safety measures at Western Carolina University suddenly transform into the real thing. In 2007, a shooter went on a rampage at…
Randy Eaton has been selected Western Carolina University’s new athletics director and the man designated with rescuing the school’s floundering football program. He was greeted last week by a throng of Western Carolina University coaches, administrators, faculty and staff. Some…
Just one day after being named Western Carolina University’s athletics director, Randy Eaton was shopping for purple-colored clothing at the school’s gift shop. He had figured out, in a mere matter of hours, that at WCU employees are expected to…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 17:31

WCU announces new athletic director

After a five-week search, Western Carolina University has found its new director of athletics. Randy Eaton, former senior associate director of athletics at the University of Maryland, was announced as the new director at a press conference Wednesday. Eaton will…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 21:58

The light of winter is ‘tricky business’

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Winter Light So much light in what we call the dark of the year, a flashing and glittering of light…
Western Carolina University’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines has received a $239,000 grant from the National Park Service…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 21:56

Hay prices burning through your dollars?

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Learn how to cut down on winter hay-feeding bills by utilizing winter grazing techniques. A “pasture walk” is set for…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 21:55

Ring in 2012 with a 5K run

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The seventh annual Run in 2012 5K will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 1 in Jackson County. The race…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 21:55

Celebrate the sun with solstice walk

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Celebrate the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, by participating in a nighttime walk at 7 p.m. Thursday,…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 21:54

Christmas weekend hikes planned

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Enjoy the outdoors this Christmas by participating in a series of guided hikes scheduled to take place during the holiday…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 21:53

Nationally and here at home, sales of local foods are surging

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Local food sales are predicted to reach $7 billion nationally in 2012, according to a report released last month by…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 21:52

Come see ‘The Wave’ on the Nantahala

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The Nantahala Gorge Worlds Organizing Committee will celebrate the completion of The Wave on Friday, Dec. 16, with a ceremony,…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 21:51

Working together to address wildlife habitat concerns

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Work is under way on the first wildlife habitat enhancement project in Western North Carolina that relies on an outside…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 21:49

Master Stewardship on the ground

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A North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) press release from Dec. 9 announced that work was underway, “… to restore…
Christmas tree farming is nothing new in Western North Carolina thanks to the perfect climate, perfect soil and preponderance of…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 21:47

Local author places in national book award program

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Author Deanna K. Klingel of Sapphire was recently awarded the bronze medal in the children’s literature division of the National…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 21:46

Tuscola’s Brooke Palay wins poetry competition

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Eleven students from Haywood County high schools competed in the second Poetry Out Loud district competition at Tuscola High School…
Join City Lights Bookstore for the Coffee with the Poet series at 10:30 a.m., Dec. 15, for a presentation of…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 21:37

A ‘kafka-esque’ story that offers redemption

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Saddle up, kind hearts. I have a winner. Like most good things, this book came to me from a good…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 21:30

The sage gardener won’t put off these chores

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If you haven’t covered your greens yet — and I’m among those who have not — it’s time. We’ve been…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 21:29

Marketing success depends on cooperation

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To the Editor: With reference to Quintin Ellison’s and Becky Johnson’s excellent reporting on the tourism marketing program for Jackson…