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Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:16

Lake issue raises complex questions

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To the Editor: Thank you for the thoughtful, informative and balanced article on Lake Emory in Franklin. I would like…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:15

Park proposals add insult to injury

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I recently wrote in the Swain County newspaper about a singularly misguided proposal by Great Smoky Mountains National Park leadership…
Pat Smathers is what you might call a born politician. His first campaign was pitching Terry Sanford’s 1960 run for governor and John F. Kennedy’s bid for the White House. He was posted on a busy corner in downtown Canton…
Cherokee tribal elections are little more than a week away, and with the economy topping the list of major issues, the salaries of tribal officials are raising eyebrows and some ire on the reservation. Both candidates for principal chief have…
Principal chief candidate Patrick Lambert is calling foul after refusing to divulge his pay information to the tribe’s internal auditors. Lambert said they were trying to expose his personal information as a political smear. The tribe’s internal audit office told…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 20:29

RV park planned for Scaly

A new motorcoach resort for up to 21 recreation vehicles will be built on N.C. 106 in the Scaly Mountain area of Macon County, a project that developer and owner J.B. Corum is touting as earth friendly and good business.…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 20:28

Tourism summit coming up at Lake Junaluska

It’s not too late to register for this year’s Gather ‘Round the Blue Ridge, the fifth-annual meeting of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. This is a must-attend for those in Western North Carolina’s tourism industry. It takes place Tuesday,…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 20:27

Bryson residents needed to make town better

HandMade in America has spent the past year assessing how to make Bryson City a better place to live, and now the Swain County Chamber of Commerce is calling on citizens to help make their recommendations a reality. The final…
A new roadside rest area is coming to Balsam, serving westbound travelers on U.S. 23-74. It will sit on seven acres just across the highway from the current rest area on the eastbound side. One main reason for the new…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 20:26

Sexual assualt suspects at large

Investigators are looking for two men who followed a woman to her home in the Cashiers area and sexually assaulted her. They believe there might have been similar incidents involving at least one of the suspects, and are urging any…
In 24 seconds flat, Daniel Jones can chop through a 13-inch white pine log, perched atop it and swinging his sharpened ax in a downward arc into the braced timber.    That, at least, is the kind of time he’s…
U.S. Senator Richard Burr, R-N.C., didn’t don kid gloves when addressing a cross section of Haywood County business leaders representing agriculture, tourism, banking, construction and professional sectors last week. “Here’s the hard, cold reality. We’ve got to cut an additional…
Aside from the occasional “welcome WCU students” signs, there isn’t much visible evidence in Sylva that signals more than 7,000 students have flooded this community for the start of school. The town isn’t awash in purple, the school’s official color.…
Western Carolina University is facing, at best, an austere financial year. Chancellor David Belcher, in his first address to faculty and staff, was blunt about the financial difficulties facing the university. He warned his new employees that all spending would…
Between the two of them, daughter Alison “Ali” Howie is clearly holding up better than her mother, Paula Dennis. “I’m an emotional wreck,” Dennis openly admits after queuing up her vehicle in front of Scotts Dorm. Her husband, Howie’s stepfather,…
Macon County’s embattled planning board has agreed on a handful of basic construction guidelines for developers building houses and roads. This sets up a possible showdown between land-planning advocates and opponents to play out before the county commissioners. Last week,…
Food stamps and food pantry vouchers are finding their way into the farmers markets in Jackson and Swain counties, putting local produce into hands of the needy who are often quick to cut healthy, but more expensive, fresh fruits and…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 20:03

Grants available for Haywood arts groups

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Applications are now available for the Haywood County Arts Council’s Grassroots subgrants. These grants are designed to support arts activities…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 20:02

Local music at Lake Junaluska

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Old-time musicians Trevor and Travis Stuart, natives of Bethel, will perform at this year’s Gather ‘Round the Blue Ridge, the…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 20:01

Contestants sought for Mountain Youth Talent Contest

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The Youth Talent Contest will return to the Great Smoky Mountains Railway Railfest on Sept. 17 in Bryson City. The…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 20:00

Craft show comes to Maggie Valley

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100-plus artists and crafters from all over the Southeast will gather for a craft show from 8 a.m. to 5…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:59

Waynesville gallery features local works

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Gallery 262 in Frog Level will feature the works of Jere Smith and Dan Wright, Aug. 19 thru Sept. 15.…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:59

Williams offers abstract workshop

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Learn to create an abstract painting in a one-day workshop with artist Silvia Cabrera Williams at Leapin’ Frog Gallery in…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:56

Swing dance in Franklin Aug. 26

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Bring your dancing shoes for a dance from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, at the Franklin…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:55

Friends to share favorite poems

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Friends and neighbors in the Cashiers area will read their favorite poems and share their reasons for enjoying them at…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:54

Follow the siren call to Highlands Cashiers Players

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The North Carolina premiere of the comedy, “Sirens,” is the Highlands Cashiers Players first play of the new season. It…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:53

Suzy Bogguss to play from her new American Folk Songbook

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Grammy-winning folk singer Suzy Bogguss will perform on Sept. 2 at the Highlands Performing Arts Cetner. Bogguss has just released…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:52

Barefoot Movement to play in Bryson Aug. 27

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Regional favorite The Barefoot Movement will play from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, as part of Music…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:50

Dixieland Jazz concert in Bryson City

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The Frog Level Philharmonic will perform a concert of Dixieland jazz music at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, at…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:49

Library hosts evening of music with Liz Nance

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Local singer/songwriter Liz Nance will perform an evening of acoustic music at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25, at the…
Summer is slowly turning to fall, school doors are opening for another year, and another hallmark of the season is…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 14:22

Our unique geography leads to unusual names

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About a year and a half ago I wrote a column titled “Mountain Topography and Language Lend Themselves to Colorful…
Want to understand and know about the Cherokee trails that shaped this region? On Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m.,…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 14:21

Popular off-road triathlon coming up

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If you are feeling tough and fit, then the Tsali Challenge is just the right event to showcase your paddling,…
There a few proposed changes being made to the state’s wildlife management and fishing regulations that would impact Western North…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 14:19

Bears force shutdowns in popular areas

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Increased bear activity in the Appalachian Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest has led to closings in Yancey County…
Learn how to make your own rain barrel, create a stormwater wetland and about habitat rehabilitation projects in general at…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 14:18

Learn how to build a rain barrel

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Learn how to build your own rain barrel at a Haywood Waterways Association workshop. Rain barrels are a great source…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 14:17

The state of the Tuck

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A workshop on the State of the Tuckaseegee River will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug.…
Clay Bolt, an award-winning natural history photographer, will be at the Highlands Nature Center at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25.…
Shutterbug alert: The ninth annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition is now open for registration and submissions. Amateur and professional photographers…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 14:14

Take a volunteer trail vacation on the AT

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Rocky Top Trail Crew is looking for horse packers and crew volunteers this fall to help…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 14:13

Hike Panthertown? Then help keep the trails up, too

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Want to help keep Panthertown Valley beautiful and accessible? Volunteers are needed Saturday, Aug. 20, for a Trail Work Day.…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 14:12

Rankin Bottoms

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I can always count on Rankin Bottoms Wildlife Refuge when I need a Loosiana Delta fix. This musky backwater with…
If you’re going to put on and sponsor what has quickly evolved into one of the region’s most popular road-bike…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:59

Story time with Sara Doolittle

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Franklin resident Sara Doolittle will be at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, for…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:58

Coffee with the Poet Series to feature Mary Adams

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WCU professor Mary Adams will read from her work at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, at City Lights Bookstore…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:58

Living the easy life can be hard

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Author Lynne Hinkey will read from her book Marina Melee at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, at Blue Ridge…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:56

John Still’s posthumous novel ‘heart-rending’

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When I was a child riding the backroads of Western North Carolina with my grandfather in his big red Esso…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:55

A day of bluegrass at the library

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The Macon County Library will come alive with music on Thursday, Aug. 18, with Lady and the Old Timers at…