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Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:48

AT Bald Trail permanently protected

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The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy transferred 35 acres to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service to protect…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:46

Rain for wind

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This year’s ninth annual Balsam Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was held Friday Dec. 30. As I was driving home from…
Living in the mountains of Western North Carolina, it is hard to imagine never seeing snow — but Elizabeth Comberg…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:42

Submission being accepted for fiction prize

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The North Carolina Writers’ Network is now accepting submissions for its 2012 Doris Betts Fiction Prize. The competition is named…
The Mountain Writers of North Carolina will meet at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan.10, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:40

Planning a year of purposeful reading

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The New Year’s resolution typically leads a short and tragic life. Its father is misdeeds, its mother remorse. Once born,…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:32

Same youth event, new year at Bryson City library

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The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will host several youth events in the coming weeks. The library will resume…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:31

Bryson City library puts on music jam

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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.,…
The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will play the live-action adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s children’s book, “Mr.…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:30

Chippendales performers dance onto Harrah’s stage

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Tickets for two Chippendales shows at Harrah’s Casino will go on sale Jan. 6. The shirtless, bowtie-wearing performers will be…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:29

Sylva begins a new year of Contra dancing

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The next Second Sunday Contra Dance will be on Jan. 8. on the second floor of the old courthouse in…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:28

Educator named Maestro of Early Childhood Music Education

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Kindermusik International, a publisher of music and movement programs, has named Lori Richards a Maestro Producer for 2011-12. Richards is…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:27

B.B. King to perform in Asheville

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B.B. King will make a pit stop at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville on Jan.14. All tickets must be…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:26

The Moody Blues to perform in March at Harrah’s Casino

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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.…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:25

Eve Haslam and Satin Steel Jazz come to Café 50

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Eve Haslam and Satin Steel Jazz will perform at Cafe 50 restaurant on Main Street in Waynesville at 7 p.m.,…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:20

A small farm in photos

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Photographer Rachael Bliss will showcase photos at Rosetta’s on Broadway in Asheville. The photos tell the story of a small…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:19

Groovy Movie Club to feature ‘Buck’

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The Groovy Movie Club will host its first screening of the new year at 7 p.m. on Jan. 6. The…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:18

Voices in the Laurel holding auditions

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Voices in the Laurel auditions for the 2012 winter season continue at the First Baptist Church, 100 S. Main St.,…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:17

Macon potter cuts ribbon on new studio

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Hank Shuler has opened a new clay studio in Oak Grove. Having retired from Southwestern Community College two years ago,…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:15

The story behind the storyteller

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Lloyd Arneach likes to make people cry. “That means they understand the stories I am telling,” said Arneach, a 68-year-old…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:10

Warm weather brings unseasonable activity

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Cutting collards this past weekend, I was surprised to find colonies of purplish-colored aphids under many of the leaves. That…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:09

Court ruling promises sleazy campaign season

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To the Editor: Are you sickened by the millions of dollars spent to elect politicians at a time when too…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:08

Medwest affiliation will benefit patients

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By Kate Queen • Guest Columnist At the beginning of December, Mountain Medical Associates, an established, multi-specialty internal medicine practice…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:05

A good time to get back to the beginning

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I’ve put my keyboard-soft finger on what is probably the most common flaw of the human species: the unnerving tendency…
Town residents in Haywood County will almost certainly see the cost of their garbage service go up this year when the county shuts down its central trash dump. Starting in July, towns will have to haul their residents’ trash all…
With the advent of new leadership for commissioners, Macon County’s planning board could undergo a metamorphosis into what’s being dubbed a truer “advisory” role. In recent years, the planning board has been a magnet of negativity for factions on both…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 02:59

‘OccupyWNC’ a low-key, but intense affair

A loosely affiliated group of 30 some people have been quietly meeting, more or less each week, in Jackson County on the heels of an Occupy Sylva event held last October. This confederacy of the self-dubbed “99 percent” has morphed…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 02:58

Fighters rally to raise money for a good cause

A benefit to assist Western North Carolina resident Donna Smith, recently diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, is set for Jan. 14 at the Bird Town Recreation Center in Cherokee beginning at 7 p.m. The Palaestra Combat Sports Club, a mixed…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 02:58

New emergency services director in Macon

David Key, longtime assistant director of Macon County Emergency Services, will take over as the agency’s director. Key has held the position on an interim basis since mid-August. He has been with emergency services in that county for more than…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 02:57

DSS services continue during relocation

Haywood County residents needing aid from social services will continue to receive it as the department shifts physical locations. Employees will relocate to new offices on Friday, Jan. 6, and Monday, Jan. 9. The new building is the newly renovated,…
When Merrily Teasley returned for her second first day at the Balsam Mountain Inn in early September, a familiar couple was sitting on the entry room couch — a St. Louis duo who had visited the inn those years when she…
More than $2 million in mostly federal dollars will pay for repaving the runway at the Macon County Airport, likely boosting a surge of business-class jets now landing there since an extension of the runway was added last year. The…
New owners of the high-end Balsam Mountain Preserve development aren’t daunted by the choppy waters of Western North Carolina’s real estate landscape. Despite the still tepid demand for pricey second homes in the mountains, they say they have charted a…
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority will hold two mandatory workshops this month for any organization or event organizer applying for a tourism grant. The meetings will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 10 and at 2 p.m. on…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 02:46

Bryson land-use standards up for public review

Critics of Bryson City’s land use regulations will get another opportunity to sandblast the ordinance. The town of Bryson City is inviting the public to a working meeting with the town planning board to discuss their concerns and issues with…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 02:43

Stuck in a rut: Too few jobs coming on line

Similar to other parts of the U.S., counties in Western North Carolina have been plagued with high unemployment rates and little job growth. “We have a lot still unemployed,” said Vicki Gribble, head of Haywood County’s Employment Security Commission. There…
People once again lined up at the Biltmore Square Mall in Asheville last week, but this time they weren't waiting for hours to see Santa Claus. Instead, they were looking for a belated Christmas gift — a job. The mall was…
The town of Fontana Dam can still send and receive mail via its own post office — at least for now. The U.S. Postal Service decided to delay closing or merging scores of post offices nationwide following protests from lawmakers…
Wildlife officers have charged a Cashiers man with killing a bear that he claimed was damaging his property, the second such case in Jackson County in less than a year. Jeffrey Spencer Green, 39, was charged recently with illegally shooting…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 02:28

Dogs’ anti-freeze deaths sadden families

Two dogs in the rural countryside of Upper Crabtree in Haywood County died from antifreeze poisoning last week, a tragic fate that has left the dog owners wondering whether it was an accident or malicious deed. Pat and Stone Reuning…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 14:11

The poetry in a weather’s sharp vision

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Note: This essay was originally written for The Smoky Mountain News. It was subsequently revised and collected in Mountain Passages,…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 14:10

Farm and forest land eligible for tax breaks

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If you have 10 acres or more of agricultural land or five acres of horticultural land and make a gross…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 14:10

Help the environment farming, the feds might help you

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Farmers are eligible for grant money to help with projects to make their operations more environmentally-friendly through the USDA’s Natural…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 14:08

Group runs to inspire half-marathon hopefuls

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If the holidays resulted in a few extra inches to your waistline and you’re determined to get fit, a free…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 14:07

The ethics of conservation in your own backyard

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A program called “Land Ethics: Reconnecting with the Natural World” will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 at…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 14:07

HCC a national model of sustainable practices

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Haywood Community College’s hard work to build a sustainable campus is featured on a campus sustainability case study database. The…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 14:06

Mount Mitchell gets new superintendent

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Bryan Wilder, a veteran state park ranger, has been promoted to superintendent of Mount Mitchell State Park. Wilder takes over…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 14:05

A Wild Week in the Wilderness

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The 22nd Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week is scheduled for Jan. 7-14 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. This year’s Wildlife Week boasts…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 14:02

Origin of WCU white squirrel a mystery

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A rare sighting of a white squirrel at Western Carolina University has workers there abuzz. The squirrel has been spotted…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 14:01

Separating the good guys from the bad

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About 20 years ago, the book collector’s magazine “First” published an impressive article on George Pelecanos, a new writer that…