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Wednesday, 17 August 2011 12:59

A tale of two streets

Waynesville and Sylva are at a crossroads, ones that will irrevocably shape the character of their communities. Both towns are clamoring for a makeover of their commercial avenues — South Main Street in Waynesville and N.C. 107 in Sylva —…
There’s a new term coined by the federal government for places with low income and little access to quality food. It’s called a food desert. And Maggie Valley is sitting right on the edge of one. The town doesn’t really…
There are a lot of things associated with the words “high school football.” Three-a-days. Pep rallies. Weight rooms. The quarterback sneak. Summer reading club isn’t usually one of them. Coach Sam Pattillo, however, would beg to differ. He is the…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:03

Late summer is an awesome time to botanize

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Spring is the appointed time for the various wildflower pilgrimages and outings that attract thousands of visitors to the mountains…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:02

Haywood Fair to host farm fresh dinner and mini-market

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The Haywood County Fair this year will feature a Farm Fresh meal to celebrate agriculture in Western North Carolina at…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:02

All about the local food movement in Macon

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A talk on the local food movement will be held at noon on Thursday, August 11, in Franklin hosted by…
An annual banquet and auction to benefit this region’s chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is set for Saturday,…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:01

Tour nursery that caters to wildlife

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Learn about plants that attract birds, butterflies and other wild critters on a field trip to Spring Valley Nursery in…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:00

Wild gardener comes to Sylva

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Peter Loewer, a.k.a. the “Wild Gardener”, will present a program about native plants at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 30 at…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:58

Backpackers in the Smokies may soon pay for permits

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park boasts the largest backcountry in the Eastern United States, yet for backpackers hoping to…
Want to know how to use a drift boat? There’s an opportunity to learn from an actual designer, builder and…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:53

Walk to highlight Highlands fertile birding ground

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A “Treasure Highlands” Bird Hike will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on August 18 by the Highlands Biological…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:52

Cyclists breeze into Haywood with Blue Ridge Breakaway

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A few hundred cyclers will test their endurance with the annual Blue Ridge Breakaway coming up August 20. A spectrum…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:50

Moonshadow, moonshadow

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I was all set to write about the annual summer fireworks displayed every August on that really big screen above…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:45

Stand-off over the Chattooga nears finale

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Paddlers are ever-so-slightly winning a tug-of-war over the Upper Chattooga River, a Wild and Scenic River that plunges off the…
Franklin resident Robert Shook will read from his novel, A Journey in Courage, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 13,…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:43

Test your wizarding skills with a Harry Potter party

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Get your wands ready for a Harry Potter back-to-school party at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 20, at Blue Ridge…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:42

McCullough makes 19th century Paris come alive

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“At last I have come into a dreamland.” So wrote Harriet Beecher Stowe shortly after her arrival in Paris in…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:38

Learn to cross stitch with plastic canvas

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A workshop about plastic canvas cross-stitch will be taught at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, at the Jackson County…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:37

Indulge in chocolate and wine Aug. 18

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The Haywood County Arts Council will hold a Wine for the Arts party, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday,…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:37

Best in the West berry recipe contest

With berries ripe and ready for picking, it’s time to plan your entry in the Best in the West Recipe Contest, part of Mountain Heritage Day’s gathering at Western Carolina University on Sept. 24.   This year’s competition will focus…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:36

Wildflowers as artistic inspiration

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Artist Kathie Blozan will lead painting workshops from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on August 11 and 13 at the…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:36

Kids to join in dances from around the world

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Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to a free ARTSaturday workshop from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:35

Mountain Music Jamboree offers unadulterated bluegrass

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The Haywood Fairgrounds will host its third annual Mountain Music Jamboree on Aug. 13. Featured performers include White Water Bluegrass,…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:34

Get ready for the holidays with Gingerbread 101

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A free Gingerbread 101 workshop will be taught by Grove Park Inn chefs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:34

Basket classes offered by Dogwood Crafters

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Basket classes will be taught by Dogwood Craft members at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, at Applegate Inn in…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:33

Porsches rev into Waynesville Inn

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The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa will once again be hosting the Porsche Concours “In Den Bergen” on Saturday,…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:32

‘Always … Patsy Cline’ stages in Highlands

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The hit musical “Always … Patsy Cline” opened July 28 at the Highlands Playhouse and will continue at 8 p.m.…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:31

Elvis does gospel at the Smoky Mountain Jubilee

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The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin will welcome three sensational Gospel groups at the Smoky Mountain…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:31

Americana band echoes Appalachian roots

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Dehlia Low will perform at An Appalachian Evening at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 13, at Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:30

Fashion show fundraiser for Republican women

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The Mountain High Republican Women’s Club will hold a luncheon and fashion show at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, August 19,…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:30

WNC Woodturners to meet in Glenville

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The August meeting of The Western North Carolina Woodturners Club will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 14, at…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:29

Kriya yoga workshop comes to Creative Thought Center

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Steve Dean, a teacher of the Kriya yoga tradition, will speak at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 12, at the…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:28

Big House Radio to rock Bridge Park in Sylva

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Big House Radio returns to Sylva’s Concerts on the Creek from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 12. The Bryson…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:26

Nashville's finest to light up Fontana

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Shinefest, a two-day showcase held at Fontana Village Resort, will bring together acts from across the country world, veterans to…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:25

Restoring earth before the end of the world

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I have some good news. But first the bad news. The world is ending. Evangelist Harold Camping has predicted it.…
Turkeys, I’ve learned, are curious animals. That curiosity was on full display for company this past weekend when Kirk Hardin…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:17

Free Press in Cherokee? Not now anyway

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To the editor: In this recent atmosphere of mudslinging, it’s all too easy to lose focus on what’s important. What…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:17

New state abortion rules seek to coerce women

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To the editor: I am writing to thank NC Representative Phil Haire for his courage and integrity in voting against…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:16

Life seems so good that nostalgia sets in

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“It’s like floating on a cloud,” that’s what the man in the booth said about his nifty adjustable hammocks. We…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:10

Young professionals group launched in Haywood

The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce is starting an After Hours Networking Event for the Young Professional of Haywood County, with the first event to be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Herren House.…
A networking conference will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, in Franklin, offering business coaching on a variety of critical topics for today’s marketplace. The all-day event is designed for community leaders, business owners and…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:09

Haywood Chamber to help businesses go green

Haywood County businesses and organizations interested in “greening” their business practices should sign up for the Green Initiative Program with the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce set to begin in August. A green plan of action will be established for…
A family whose land was seized last month by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will now have their day in court, after they lodged a protest with tribal council last week. The tribe had reclaimed the land, citing a…
The Small Business Center at Southwestern Community College is partnering with several organizations to offer workshops for small businesses. The first will be held 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at SCC’s Macon Campus, on entrepreneurship. Upcoming seminars are:“Small…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:06

WCU chancellor to meet community

Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher will meet members of the Macon County community on from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23, in the Macon Bank Corporate Center as part of a get-acquainted tour that will take…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:05

Motorcycle ride to remember Trail of Tears

A motorcycle ride honoring the Trail of Tears, the Remembrance Removal Tour, will leave the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds in Cherokee at 8 a.m. on Aug. 29. The route will follow the historic route of the Trail of Tears across the…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:04

Workshop to look at domestic violence issues

From 911 to prosecution, a training session for service providers, law enforcement, criminal justice and legal aid, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, at the Waynesville Police Department. This training is designed to…
Donald Tomas, the new president of Southwestern Community College since July 1, believes local institutions such as SCC will rely more and more on private donations as state funds continue drying up. Private fundraising is already a fact of life…
The bell has just rung on the next round in the fight between Duke Energy and the Swain County residents living under its newest transmission lines and gargantuan metal towers. Last week, the North Carolina Public Utilities Commission held a…