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Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:29

2011 Peace Conference addresses poverty

Registration is still open for the fourth annual Lake Junaluska Peace Conference, “Poverty, Abundance, and Peace:  Seeking Economic Justice for All God’s Children,” on Nov. 13-15. Speakers for this year’s conference include Sen. George McGovern; David Beckmann, executive director of…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:14

Speakers urge state to deny rate hike request

Economic times are simply too hard, and Duke Energy is being too greedy for the state utilities commission to allow the company to hike its rates, many of the speakers taking advantage of a public hearing in Franklin said last…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:14

Surgeons support women’s right to choose

Newly released statistics compiled by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show more than 79,000 breast reconstruction procedures were performed in 2008, a 39 percent increase compared to 2007. Yet according to a recent report, almost 70 percent of women…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:13

WCU to hold Native American Heritage Expo

The third annual Native American Heritage Expo will be held at Western Carolina University beginning Nov. 7. All events held throughout the week are free and open to the public. The Native American Heritage Expo will explore the rich and…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:13

AARP thanks veterans for service

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Driver Safety Program is offering a free, four-hour classroom course to all veterans and their spouses, regardless of age, from Nov. 1 through Nov. 30. It will update participants’ knowledge of roads, traffic…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:12

Catamount Legacy Walk fundraiser begins

With about half of the bricks for the first section of the Western Carolina University Catamount Legacy Walk commissioned, facilitators are expanding publicity efforts in hopes of having the first section installed before spring commencement. A fundraiser for a student…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:12

Grant money available

Tourism groups and projects that want to apply for a 1 percent funding grant from the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority have until 5 p.m., Nov. 7, to the town subcommittees in Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Clyde and Canton.
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:11

Foster home recruitment rally to be held

The Haywood County Department of Social Services is hosting an informational recruitment rally Nov. 5 from 1-4 p.m. Haywood County Department of Social Services is collaborating with other foster home agencies to hold the event, which aims to teach to…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:11

Hall named Macon finance director

Lori Hall has been selected as the new Finance Director for Macon County. Hall replaces Evelyn Southard, a long time county finance director who retired at the end of October. Hall began Oct. 31. Hall was selected from among two-dozen…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:10

MedWest offering ‘Hope for the Holidays’

A community event to help people deal with feelings of grief and loss during the upcoming holidays will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. and from 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 8 at First Baptist Church of Waynesville. Palliative Care and Hospice Services…
Cashiers could soon lose autonomy over its tourism marketing efforts if a plan to merge two separate tourism entities in Jackson County goes through. While Cashiers tourism leaders are fighting to save this independent marketing arm, those in favor of…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:04

Where do the candidates shake out?

Three challengers in the Waynesville town election have staked out clear positions against the town’s commercial development standards. They say they would institute a review of the town’s ordinances if elected and want to loosen the standards. Current town leaders…
Did Waynesville run off a Cracker Barrel? What about Chick-fil-A? Challengers running in next week’s town election say Waynesville’s appearance standards for new commercial business are deterring development. A political action committee calling itself the Waynesville-Haywood Concerned Citizens are publicizing…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:57

Planning regs in Macon keep center stage

Macon County commissioners decided last week that they needed more time to study whether to implement construction guidelines recommended by the county’s planning board. During a workshop on the issue, commissioners heard a stern warning from a licensed engineer and…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:53

Let the battles begin in Cherokee

Cherokee tribal members could vote this April on whether to allow alcoholic beverage sales on the reservation, one month before a similar referendum will be held on legalizing sales countywide in neighboring Jackson County. Cherokee’s referendum is contingent on Principal…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:32

HCC to offer digital photography certificate

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Haywood Community College will offer a new community education certificate in Media Arts: Photography. The course begins Nov. 11 and…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:31

Cinema festival debuts in Asheville Nov. 3-6

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A new film festival that will be held from Thursday through Sunday (Nov. 3-6) in Asheville will feature 39 films…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:30

Jam series to begin with concert by Blue Eyed Girl

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The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series for 2011-12 will get under way at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:29

Voices in the Laurel concert celebrates patriotism

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Voices in the Laurel will perform at 3 p.m. on Nov. 6 at the First United Methodist Church in Waynesville.…
Western Carolina University’s Division of Educational Outreach will sponsor the seventh annual Dulcimer Winter Weekend beginning Thursday, Jan. 5, and…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:25

Colonial Theatre concert to benefit Meals on Wheels

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Bluegrass group Balsam Range will feature award-winning Nashville musician and songwriter John Wiggins in the first show of its Winter…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:24

‘Day of Mindfulness’ to be held Nov. 5

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St. David’s Episcopal Church in Cullowhee will host a “Day of Mindfulness: Practices to Support a Global Spirituality and Ethic”…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:24

Madrigal Dinner tickets on sale in November

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Tickets for the 2011 Madrigal Dinner at Western Carolina University went on sale Tuesday, Nov. 1. The event will be…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:23

Community Table hosts Fall Festival, BBQ dinner

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The Community Table’s fourth annual Fall Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12,…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:22

‘Nance Dude’ stages Nov. 4 at the Rickman Store

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A performance of Gary Carden’s play “Nance Dude” at the Rickman Store in Macon County will serve as a fundraiser…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:22

Jackson library offers daytime music

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The Jackson County Public Library will host a daytime music program on the first Friday of every month from 11…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:21

HART closes season with ‘Wilderness!’

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Haywood Arts Regional Theater will close the 2011 season with Eugene O’Neill’s comedy “Ah, Wilderness!” on its main stage. The…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:18

‘Sweeney Todd’ to hit WCU stage Nov. 10-13

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“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” a story of revenge and greed and how they can crush the…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:16

Get a head start on handmade holiday shopping

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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, 02 November 2011 18:16

It’s by Nature to host artist Susan Ling Nov. 4

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It’s by Nature will host well known Cullowhee painter, Susan Ling this Friday, Nov. 4, during Sylva’s After Dark. Ling…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:15

Waynesville Art After Dark is November 4

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The Waynesville Gallery Association will hold its monthly Art After Dark from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4. Art After…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:13

Wilderness-themed art on display in Sylva

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A collection of Catherine Stinson Yellowroot’s paintings titled “Return to the Wild” will be on display during the month of…
Though perhaps it’s not exactly the moveable feast Ernest Hemingway discovered in the cafés of Paris, the ambiance of The…
In a town that has long thrived on competitive, and sometimes markedly heated, political contests, the prospect of an incumbents-only race this November in Franklin seems ghastly. Even to several of the shoo-in incumbents themselves. “Maybe they’re afraid they might…
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 20:54

MedWest volunteer classes coming up

Palliative Care and Hospice Services of MedWest Health System will hold a series of training classes for new volunteers Oct. 31 through Nov. 3 in Sylva. The 12-hour series will acquaint volunteers with the Hospice philosophy and program. Sessions run…
The exquisite, fleeting beauty of autumn is with us now. Cold nights signal changes to come. Soon there will be…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:30

Smart bear kicks off ‘Bear Smart’ program

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To the Editor: Just prior to the opening of the “Bear Smart” program, on Tuesday night at the Sapphire Valley…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:29

Despite problems, we need less government

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To the Editor: In the Oct. 19 Smoky Mountain News, a photo and story feature covered the Oct. 15 Occupy…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:29

Candidates should promote unity

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To the Editor: In the election article for Maggie Valley, I read three candidates — the  mayoral candidate Ron DeSimone…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:27

We need to know who is pulling the strings

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To the Editor: In reply to Shirley Slaughter’s letter of Oct. 19 in The Smoky Mountain News (, I don’t…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:25

Tricks, not literature, impress 6-year-olds

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By all accounts, my wife’s trip to Riverbend Elementary School to talk to Mrs. Gidcumb’s first-grade class about her career…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:22

Vicki Lane to present latest novel

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Vicki Lane returns to City Lights to read from her newest novel, Under The Skin, at 2 p.m. on Saturday,…
Author George Ellison will be conducting a book signing at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in Great Smoky Mountains National Park…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:21

Local writer wins award for family history book

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Hattie Best Polk of Lake Junaluska won the prestigious Robert Bruce Cooke Family History Book of the Year Award for…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:18

One a day helps her deal with the grief

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In recent years, a few individuals have taken on large reading projects and then written books of their own about…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:06

Casual, unplanned — and heavenly

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You don’t have to live in a cabin to get cabin fever. You can come down with a bad case…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:06

Human-animal interactions subject of book discussion

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The Jackson County Public Library will host WCU Psychology Professor Hal Herzog for a talk about his book, Some We…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:05

Job corps gives Smokies’ trails a hand

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Students and staff of the Oconaluftee Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center helped with a trail restoration project on the popular…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:04

Explore “Road to Nowhere” on guided hike

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There’s no costumed ghouls or pre-recorded shrieks on the Friends of the Smokies’ November hike, but you will trek along…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:04

NOC opens The North Face Summit Shop in Gatlinburg

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Nantahala Outdoor Center has opened a retail concept shop from The North Face located inside NOC’s outfitters and retail store…