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Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:32

Lend an eye in national Audubon count

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The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society will participate in the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count on Friday, Dec. 16.…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:30

B-Friday

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That’s bird-Friday of course. And bird-Friday got off to a pretty chilly start. It was 26 degrees Fahrenheit when I…
Permaculture has become something of a catchword in farming and homesteading circles, a grand concept — but one usually unfulfilled…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:26

‘First Creation’ available Dec. 3

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The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust’s acclaimed coffee table book, First Creation, will be available at Shakespeare & Co. bookstore in Cashiers…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:12

Disturbing crime novel covers some dark ground

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Deer hunters call it “field dressing.” The dead deer is suspended head down from a sturdy tree limb and the…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:10

Serving up a heaping helping of internal turmoil

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I helped raise three turkeys this year. They were named Thanksgiving, Christmas and Extras. These turkeys were intended as the…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:10

Poppies beneficial to VFW projects

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To the Editor: On behalf of Veterans Of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5202 in Waynesville, I would like to thank…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:09

With rights come responsibilities

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To the Editor: I believe I can answer the question used as a headline for Quintin Ellison’s story in the…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:08

Why the deficit supercommittee failed

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To the Editor: The deficit reduction supercommittee failed for two reasons. A deficit results when expenditures exceed revenues. The Republicans…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:02

Could we bring Shangri-La back to the mountains?

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One fall when I was 9 years old, just about the time WWII ended, the Jackson County Elementary School was…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 20:58

Fired up over Devil’s championship run

If you want to talk high school football in Swain County there’s plenty of options. But one of the most enjoyable is to head to Smith’s Dry Goods on Everett Street, a Bryson City mainstay since the mid 1970s, and…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 20:58

Maggie Park to get facelift

The Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen approved the construction drawings for a pavilion and restrooms to be located at Parham Park. Among the other amenities, walking trails and a handicap assessable deck have been installed to provide residents and visitors…
The Educational Talent Search program at Western Carolina University recently was awarded a five-year, $1.7 million grant to serve 780 students at five Western North Carolina high schools. With funding from the U.S. Department of Education, WCU Educational Talent Search…
The Town of Maggie Valley approved a five-year contract for five events to be held at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds beginning in 2012. The confirmed dates are May 25-27 for the Slammin’ & Jammin’ Car & Truck Show and…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 20:55

WCU hosts ‘Cuts Hurt’ forum Dec. 5

A discussion titled “The Western Carolina University Cuts Hurt Education Forum: Collaborating Toward the Success of North Carolina Education” will be held on campus Monday, Dec. 5. The event, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 20:52

Well-known festivals may lose TDA funding

More than two dozen popular festivals in Haywood County are at risk of losing funding from the county’s tourism agency, hampering the ability of organizers to advertise and promote their events. Grant funding for festivals, typically ranging from $2,000 to…
Sylva might hear its local AM radio station WRGC back on the air — but the company involved wants a loan of $289,000 from Jackson County’s economic development fund to make it happen. Roy Burnette, the CEO of the hopefully…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 20:34

GOP set to pick McClellan substitute

The 36-member executive committee of the Macon County Republican Party will meet next week to nominate a replacement for county Commissioner Brian McClellan. McClellan announced that he would resign as a commissioner following his second driving-while-impaired charge in two-and-a-half years.…
Joe Bock, an Indiana resident passing through this area on his way to Florida, was on a bit of a mission one recent day in Cherokee. Bock wanted to enjoy a beer with his lunch. That desire remained unfulfilled, however…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 20:31

Cherokee vote on alcohol sales a go next April

Businesses in Cherokee are gearing up for a campaign aimed at convincing members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to vote ‘yes’ on a measure that could end the nearly reservation-wide moratorium on the sale of alcohol. Michell Hicks,…
After years of lobbying and months of hard negotiating, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians sealed a deal with Gov. Beverly Perdue this week to bring table games, real cards and live dealers to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort. “It…
When Brooks Robinson left his manager’s job at Domino’s Pizza to be a dealer in the fledgling casino market of Tunica, Miss., he wasted little time finding that first rung in his climb up the corporate ladder. “I had never…
Metrostat Communications, the company that pioneered the advent of high-speed Internet in Sylva, will close Dec. 30. “We’ve been through the screaming, the upset, and we’re at the point we know this is the best decision we can make,” said…
At least eight Republicans have lined up to spar with incumbent Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler for Western North Carolina’s 11th U.S. Congressional seat, but they have to knock their fellow party members out of the competition first. The controlling political…
For those who help the economically disadvantaged, the holiday season raises plenty of questions: how many people need help; will they receive enough donations; and how will they ensure every child in Western North Carolina has a present under the…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:26

Come jam at Marianna Black Dec. 1

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The next community music jam at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m.…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:24

Phil Roy brings ‘Hope’ Dec. 1

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A guitarist who has written songs for Widespread Panic and Ray Charles will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1,…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:23

Angela-Faye Martin to play Dec. 6

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Macon County singer/songwriter Angela-Faye Martin will perform at the Jackson County Public Library Complex in downtown Sylva on at 7…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:23

‘New Appalachia’ focus of program

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A special evening program featuring poets, musicians, songwriters and historians will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 in…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:21

Student artists host annual craft sale

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Haywood Studio’s annual Holiday Craft Sale will be held Thursday and Friday, Dec. 1-2. The sale will be held in…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:20

Craft Guild members plan December sale

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The Southern Highland Craft Guild’s holiday sale at the Folk Art Center will be held Dec. 3 and Dec. 10.…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:19

Wind ensemble to perform at WCU Dec. 6

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The Western Carolina University Wind Ensemble will present its final concert of the fall semester at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec.…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:19

Jackson craft festival has space available

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The second Annual Arts, Crafts & More Festival will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:18

Waynesville Art After Dark wraps up season

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The Waynesville Gallery Association will celebrate the holiday season during its final Art After Dark of 2011 from 6-9 p.m.…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:16

Students to compete in Poetry Out Loud competition

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The Haywood County School District will hold its district competition of the Poetry Out Loud (POL) National Recitation Contest at…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:09

Lights, cameras, jubilation!

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Communities in Western North Carolina are gathering to spread holiday cheer with plays, parades and art shows. Check out the…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 20:15

Chief Hicks won’t veto alcohol vote

Michell Hicks, chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, will allow a controversial vote to go forward next April on whether to legalize alcohol sales on the reservation. “At this point, I just feel strongly that it’s the people…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:15

Thanksgiving and lungwort bread

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I have perused Kephart’s Camping and Woodcraft many times, but somehow or other had consistently overlooked his entry on lungwort…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:15

Know the law before you hit the woods

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Don’t forget you must get written permission from landowners and leaseholders before hunting, fishing or trapping on privately owned, posted…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:14

Reindeer Dash to hit streets of Bryson

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Run off some of those holiday calories at the inaugural Reindeer Dash 5k and one-mile fun run starting at 9…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:14

Reflecting on the year’s accomplishments

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Haywood Waterways Authority’s annual banquet will be held Thursday, Dec. 8, from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Lambuth Inn, Lake Junaluska.…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:13

Haywood Waterways recognizes Haywood farmer Bill Holbrook

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The Haywood Waterways Association has spotlighted the farm efforts of Bill Holbrook, a farmer in the Bethel community. Holbrook, who…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:12

Farmers still offering local produce

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Just because winter is here doesn’t mean you have to skip on locally produced foods. Haywood’s Historic Farmers Indoor Winter…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:11

Climate change activist makes stop in WNC

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A leading national activist in climate change will visit Asheville as part of the Climate Reality Project at 7 p.m.…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:10

Support a good cause and celebrate the holidays

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A holiday celebration benefiting Friends of the Smokies will be held at the Classic Wineseller in Waynesville starting at 5:30…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:09

Help turn the wheels toward a regional bicycle plan

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A kick-off meeting for developing a regional bicycle plan for Haywood, Jackson, Swain, Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania counties will…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:09

Animal experts on hand for programs

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Learn about wildlife by tapping into Wild South, which offers a wide range of educational wildlife programs through school presentations…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:08

Help recognize outstanding wildlife-diversity contributors

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominations through Jan. 30 for the seventh annual Thomas L. Quay Award. The…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:07

Land protections see an increase

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Voluntary land protections have increased by 27 percent over the five-year period from 2005-2010. The first census of land trusts…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:06

New wells tapping more landfill gas in Jackson

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Four new landfill gas extraction wells are being drilled at the Green Energy Park in Jackson County, with the resulting…