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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…
Farming is not an easy life — the hours start early, the labor is pretty backbreaking and success often depends on the vagaries of weather. One factor, however, that’s been working in the farmer’s favor is the recent trend in…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 12:59

HCC to offer Basic Law Enforcement Training

Haywood Community College will offer a night Basic Law Enforcement Training class meeting from 6 to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning Sept. 12. The class will also meet a few weekends to accommodate the appropriate required classes. This course…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 12:58

Former senator Carpenter dies

Robert C. Carpenter, a towering figure in Republican politics in Western North Carolina who served as state senator for eight terms, died Saturday. He was 87. Familiarly called “Senator Bob” by constituents and political foes alike, the Macon County native…
State and federal environmental agencies say Duke Energy might have to scoop out silt-filled Lake Emory as part of its permit to operate to the small dam outside Franklin. Backlogged sediment can’t be allowed to build up forever, said John…
There’s a story, perhaps apocryphal, about how a bunch of drunks overturned their boat one night in Lake Emory just outside of Franklin. Macon County’s emergency services and law enforcement turned out en masse. They arrived to discover the drunks…
When Dale McElroy plunked down $100,000 to expand Mica’s Restaurant & Pub in southern Jackson County last year, he was banking on the status quo staying the status quo: a dry county remaining dry. McElroy, like other savvy business owners…
It’s midday on a weekday, and the bar is hopping at Sapphire Brewing Company near Cashiers. Jackson County, technically, is “dry,” with the sale of alcoholic beverages limited to the town limits of Sylva and Dillsboro. The truth, however, is…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 12:42

Steep-slope ordinance slides out of reach

The likelihood of Macon County imposing development guidelines for houses and roads on steep mountainsides grew increasingly remote after the planning board, embroiled for months in a series of heated debates over the matter, tabled the proposed ordinance last week.…
Anyone headed to Canton will need to book a little more drive time starting this fall, when a key downtown bridge is razed and replaced. A dog-legged detour around the construction is expected to seriously slow traffic on the town’s…
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 13:45

Add acreage to your spiritual landscape

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Lots of folks like to study those molded relief maps of the region, the ones that show the upraised contours…
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 13:45

The many desirable and luscious traits of moss

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A workshop titled “Go Green with Moss” will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, August 11, at the…
Master Gardeners from Jackson and Swain counties have joined together to form the Jackson-Swain Master Gardeners’ Association. The group works…
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 13:44

Smokies expands firewood ban

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park is ratcheting down its firewood policy for campers over fears of invasive insects and fungus…
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 13:43

Smokies black bear license plates keep growing

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The black bear license plate has had strong sales and has benefitted wildlife throughout the Great Smoky Mountain National Park…
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 13:43

Race in the shadow of Fontana Dam

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The Fontana Dam 5K and 10K race will be held on Saturday, August 27, along with a one-mile fun run.…
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 13:42

Main Street Mile to blaze through downtown Waynesville

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The second annual Waynesville Main Street Mile will be held on Friday, August 12. The race ends at the historic…