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When I started writing features for a newspaper in the late 1980s, I didn’t have much of a clue as…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:44

WCU beats ASU in ‘Battle of the Plug’

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Western Carolina University won the three-week "Battle of the Plug" challenge against Appalachian State University, reporting a higher percentage of…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:43

WNC Alliance gets new board members

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One of the region's most storied conservation groups, Western North Carolina Alliance, has some new blood on its board. From…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:42

Guided nature walk focusing on amphibians

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Learn about slithery things at "On the Lookout for Amphibians," a program on amphibians followed by a guided amphibian hike…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:40

Anglers getting ready for some spring action

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The Fontana Marina Classic Bass Tournament will be held March 17 and March 18 with overall prizes of $5,000 in…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:38

Foundation gives in big way to parkway

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Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation has given more than $650,000 to the Blue Ridge Parkway for projects and programs this year.…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:37

Help cleanup the lake you love

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Lake Junaluska will have its annual clean-up day on Saturday, March 24. The lake is down for silt removal, which…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:35

Mountain Treasures

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In 1987 the U.S. Forest Service issued a "final" forest management plan — a plan so vague and so lacking…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:34

Laurel Garden Club supports plant rescue efforts

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The Laurel Garden Club is giving the Highlands Biological Station a grant to purchase a greenhouse package for the propagation…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:33

Third-annual Meadowbrook Cubs runs and health fair

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Cubs on the Run 5k Race and Fun Run/Walk is set for 9 a.m. March 24 in Canton, following a…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:32

Registration under way for trail workshop at WCU

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Volunteers interested in assisting with construction and maintenance of a new trail at Western Carolina University are invited to participate…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:31

Spring hikes focus on fauna

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Two great opportunities to learn about and enjoy spring wildflowers are coming up, both under the guidance of the Land…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:29

Get ready for Polar wade into Bear Lake

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Well, it might not exactly live up to the name "Polar Plunge" given the current spate of warm weather, but…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:28

A full day of events at City Lights

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City Lights Bookstore will continue its monthly Coffee with the Poet series on March 15, and Don and Diane Wells…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:27

Rose Senehi to signing copies of her latest book

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Rose Senehi returns to City Lights Bookstore to sign her newest book, Render Unto the Valley, March 17. She will…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:18

Gossip and privacy in the modern world

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Little Sally was eating lunch with her family when her parents ask her if she learned anything in Sunday School…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:17

From Drags to Riches: Harrah’s host drag show

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Harrah's Hotel and Casino will host three of the country's top Drag Queen entertainers in DRAGS TO RICHE$, a new drag…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:16

Grace Noon Concerts to begin 4th year

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The fourth season of Grace Noon Concerts will kick off at noon on March 15 at Grace Church Episcopal in…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:15

WCU professor’s book about ‘H.D.’ published

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The University of Iowa Press recently released "The American H.D.," a book by Annette Debo, a Western Carolina University associate…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:14

Robin Whitley to perform songs and stories

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Musician Robin Whitley will offer a program called "Songs and Stories of Life" at the Jackson County Public Library in…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:12

Dora May featured in OICA Gallery

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The gallery at the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts will feature an exhibition of work by artist Dora May during…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:11

Edible book contest at Waynesville library

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Craft an edible creation inspired by a book. Whether your favorite recent read is The Lorax or Lord of the…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:10

Theatre presents the musical, Lamb of God

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The Overlook Theatre Company will present the musical, "Lamb of God," March 22-25, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:08

Groovy Movie Club presents “The Double”

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The Groovy Movie Club will show the film "The Double" on Friday, March 16. The event will begin with a…
Haywood County's first female flat track roller derby team, Balsam Mountain Roller Girls, is hosting a retro prom at the…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:02

Stellar Chapman to lead Songwriters event

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Stellar "Tall Girl" Marshall Chapman will head the next Songwriters-in-the-Round event on March 17 at Balsam Mountain Inn. Chapman is…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:01

Renowned Christian artists to perform

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Four legendary artists — Steve Green, Twila Paris, Wayne Watson and Michael Card — will unite together for their Christian…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:00

Singers earn places in honor choir

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Four members of Voices in the Laurel were selected to sing in the American Choral Directors Association Southern Division Children's…
The Liars Bench will perform the first in a series of stories called "Balsam Chronicles" at 7 p.m. on March…
From written word to silver screen, Western Carolina University's Spring Literary Festival will celebrate its 10th year by featuring two…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:52

Another broken promise about national park

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To the Editor The National Park Service says we need to charge for backcountry camping. After hundreds of letters and…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:51

State GOP leaders did cut education

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To the Editor: The Republican state legislators have repeatedly said that the $428 million in cuts to the public education…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:50

Support of bike rallies not a good idea

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To the Editor: I was amused to read recently that Scott Cochran, the promoter for the town's upcoming Rumble in…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:48

Pressley deserves everyone's support

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To the Editor: All of Haywood County — and especially Maggie Valley —should be standing on their heads in support…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:48

Police presence should be a blessing

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To the Editor: Complaints about the significant police presence in Maggie Valley, I think, are highly exaggerated. In the 10-plus…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:47

Maggie Valley police presence appreciated

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To the Editor: With regard to your news story "Are cops making a pest of themselves in Maggie Valley?" (Feb. 29…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:45

Letter a sad example of misinformation

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To the Editor: Since Obama took office Jan. 20, 2009, the DOW has risen 48 percent, the S&P 500 is…
Thanks to work obligations that have put me in Franklin several days at a time these last few weeks, I've…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:40

Celebrating a society built on open government

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We — this country, its leaders and all of us — are imperfect. We're human, and that means we get…
After more than a year of will they or won't they, Waynesville's ABC Board will soon decide whether to open a second liquor store in the Super Walmart complex. "Right now, we still don't have everything approved," said Earl Clark,…
When a person was found dead in a hotel room recently, six students in Haywood Community College's criminal justice association were put on the case. They studied fiber samples, scoured for finger prints and analyzed what was amiss in the…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:34

Macon planner makes move to town post

Macon County Planner Derek Roland will leave his post to become the Town of Franklin's planner. Current Franklin town Planner Mike Grubermann will retire this month. "Derek has been awesome," said Lewis Penland, chairman of the Macon County Planning Board.…
Lewis Penland doesn't attempt to deny he's a stubborn man, or soften the suggestion that he digs in the heels of his work boots ever deeper the more people try to push him around. "The only people I care about…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:29

Girl Scouts celebrate its 100th birthday

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont will join other Girl Scouts across the nation this week to celebrate Girl Scout Week and the group's 100th Anniversary. During the week, Girl Scouts of all ages celebrate by demonstrating leadership and commitment…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:27

Candidates to appear at meet and greet

Two Republicans running for state and federal office will be at Ryan's Steak House in Sylva on March 15 for a Meet the Candidates event. Jeff Hunt, a candidate for the 11th District GOP nomination to fill retiring U.S. Rep.…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:26

Congressional candidate holds public forum

Vance Patterson, a candidate for U.S. Congress, will hold a town hall meeting Thursday, March 15, from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Haywood County Library.
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:26

Open house scheduled for The Homestead

An open house for The Homestead inpatient hospice unit on the MedWest-Haywood campus will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 18. The Homestead is the only inpatient hospice unit west of Asheville and is open to patients…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:25

Information on first aid

Get up-to-date information on first aid at a 2 p.m. Thursday, March 15, Live and Learn session at Lake Junaluska. The program will feature David Roberts, supervisor for the Haywood County Rescue Squad, and Jason Hampton, crew chief for the…
For musicians, it's the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For football players, it's the Super Bowl championship rings. For Natalie Smith, having her signature coffee blends featured at The Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., is…
Sylva might not exactly be your classic college town — it's certainly not Chapel Hill or Boone. But efforts to bind this community with Western Carolina University have taken catamount-like bounds forward recently. The evidence? First, there's a "paint the…