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There is a core of energy to Thomas Rain Crowe, a get-in-there and get-it-done spirit, evident both in his writings…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:24

Monkshood — both beautiful and deadly

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Usually I locate rare plants by visualizing them and visiting likely habitats. It’s as if I can will them into…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:24

Movie time for extreme sports addicts

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For some adrenaline-pumping outdoor flicks, catch the Sept. 12 “Radical Reels” tour hosted by REI in Asheville, with proceeds benefiting…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:23

Jet boat business takes off in Bryson City

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Smoky Mountain Jet Boats in Bryson City, which for six years has been building New Zealand style jet boats, is…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:22

Tour a local buffer demonstration trail

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Get a firsthand understanding of stream buffers by touring a demonstration trail at Monteith Farmstead Park in Dillsboro at 5…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:21

WCU groups sponsor amateur river race

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The third-annual Citizens Race, a competition for amateur paddlers on a calm section of the Tuckasegee River, is set for…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:20

New exhibit teaches fundamentals of shelters

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Learn about the functions of shelters, including how animals and humans adapted to various environments, through a new exhibit at…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:20

A good leaf season might be in sight

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Western North Carolina’s lackluster economy could get a significant boost from leaf lookers this year, if the annual prediction is…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:18

Celebrate Public Lands Day by volunteering

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will celebrate National Public Lands Day by hosting several volunteer projects Saturday, Sept. 24,…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:17

Get out and work in Pinnacle Park

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The Pinnacle Park Foundation, the Jackson County Greenways Project and the town of Sylva will hold a volunteer workday at…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:17

Community garden receives grant

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The Green Thumb Gardeners in Haywood County has received a state grant that will enable the group to expand its…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:16

Learn how to identify hawks on the Parkway

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With September’s arrival, many different species of hawks are winging their way south across the Blue Ridge Parkway, making for…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:16

Highlands symposium to celebrate native plants Sept. 16-17

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One of the South’s most-recognized horticulturist names is headlining the 12th annual Native Plant Symposium held Sept. 16-17 at the…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:15

Food dehydration subject of hiking club meet

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Hikers can learn how to use proper dehydration techniques to make their own trail and backpacking foods at the monthly…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:14

Every breath sings mountains

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Friday, Sept. 23, is the autumn solstice. The solstice is about balance and harmony — the day and night are…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:12

Meet, learn about llamas

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It’s not everyday you get to have afternoon tea with llamas, those unusual but valuable pack animals that are showing…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:11

Cowee Mound site of bird-monitoring work

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Cherokee students and teachers have undertaken the first part of a long-term monitoring project of birds at the Cowee Mound…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:09

Book series to close with Silas House’s ‘The Coal Tattoo’

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The Friends of the Haywood Public Library offers the fifth and final book discussion in the Discovering the Literary South…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:09

City Lights hosts special story time guest, Gail Nolen

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Join a special story time with author Gail Nolen at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, at City Lights Bookstore…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:08

Political writer to read in Sylva

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Martin A. Dyckman, a retired associate editor of the St. Petersburg Time who lives part of the year in Waynesville,…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:07

Writing that transcends the mystery genre

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The fierce Santa Ana winds that blow through southern California are as much a recurring character in The Triggerman’s Dance…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:05

Marty Stuart stops in Franklin

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Marty Stuart, a four-time Grammy winner and platinum recording artist, will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept.…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:04

Masters of Motown open Galaxy of Stars series

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The Masters of Motown’s “A Tribute to Hitsville U.S.A.,” will open the Galaxy of Stars Series at Western Carolina University.…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:04

Free arts and crafts workshop for kids

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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, 07 September 2011 14:02

Hone your glassblowing and blacksmithing skills

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The Green Energy Park in Dillsboro is offering more classes this fall in both glassblowing and blacksmithing. Come make a…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:02

Step into a galaxy far, far away at Star Wars party

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Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville is holding a Star Wars party from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10.…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:01

Introductory Reiki workshop being offered

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Sylva resident Mercedes Fernandez will present an introductory Reiki workshop at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the Community…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:01

Maggie Valley to star in country video

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Country singer Jody Medford will head to Maggie Valley on Sept. 21 to film the music video for his new…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:59

Nazi resistance captured on film

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Six independent filmmakers and their films will land on the campus of Western Carolina University this year, as part of…
After Sept. 11, the nation gave millions in donations to support recovery. America’s kids, meanwhile, gave in the way that…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:32

It’s tough to grow your meat and slaughter it too

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I was pleased to see quite a few people selling meat this past Saturday at the local farmers market in…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:30

Protecting public lands protects quality of life

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To the Editor: Last week, North Carolinians joined citizens from all over the nation to celebrate Great Outdoors Week to…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:29

Third-party certification can help forest owners

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To the Editor: The best way to keep private forestlands in forests is to have an economic environment that makes…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:29

Social Security has been robbed by politicians

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To the Editor: For more than 25 years after the 1983 amendments to Social Security, the federal government collected more…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:27

Time to reduce our dependence on oil

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To the Editor: We traveled to Clayton, Ga., last week to attend a presentation featuring “The Transition Movement.” This movement…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:26

Hell hath no Fury like a guilty conscience

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One night last week, when I was watching what must have been the 500th recounting of the Casey Anthony trial,…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:24

It’s time to approve dealers at Harrah’s casino

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Been to the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino? Even if you don’t gamble, I’d encourage a walk through. My bet is you’d…
“The first 12 are the easiest,” says Dee Massey, as he rounds the first landing of the parking deck stairwell in Waynesville. Massey is decked out in fireman’s gear, and he and five other firefighters will spend the next 90…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:15

News in brief

High school students and residents will have a chance to talk with college representatives from over 55 southeastern universities, colleges and trade schools at the 2011 College Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, in the Haywood…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:13

Sylva AM radio station goes dark

WRGC, a local mainstay on the AM radio dial in Sylva for more than five decades, went off the air last week, the latest victim of a sour economy and plummeting advertising revenues. The static left in the radio station’s…
When a new federal law in the 1990s opened the door for Indian tribes to build casinos, it set the…
To hear many Cherokee leaders on the eve of last week’s tribal elections, the tribe is incredibly close to striking…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:05

No limits

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A chandelier over a high-limit gaming table at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino costs $150,000, more than the median selling price of…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 12:57

Hello Bellagio, meet Cherokee

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The Mirage has a volcano. There’s the Fountains of Bellagio, and the pyramid-shaped Luxor. Cherokee will have the Rotunda, the…
As Harrah’s Cherokee Casino closes on the final year of a massive $633 million expansion, the hum of construction that’s…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 12:53

WCU campus to get 4G with dorm-top antennae

Verizon Wireless will pay Western Carolina University to put an antennae on top of Scott Hall as it starts providing “4G” wireless broadband service in the area. This is a faster wireless service than what Verizon currently offers. The Verizon…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 12:53

WCU to host annual Red Zone campaign

Western Carolina University’s Division of Student Affairs will coordinate WCU’s annual Red Zone campaign during the fall semester. The Red Zone refers to the period of time early in students’ first or second years at college during which they are…
Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher has appointed a 36-member committee that will help guide the university’s direction over the next decade. The group includes representatives from the university community and from the broader external community. “Because they are…
Comments by Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe about a rape victim published in the weekly Cashiers newspaper two weeks ago have sparked protests from local and state groups that combat sexual violence, as well as individuals from the Cashiers community.…
Principal Chief Michell Hicks won Thursday’s election in Cherokee, becoming only the second chief ever to be elected to a third term. All incumbents in Cherokee managed to hang on to their seats in the election, signaling that voters believe…