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Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:55

Bluegrass jam celebrates 14th year

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The Fines Creek Bluegrass Jam will begin at 4 p.m. on Aug. 26-27and at the festival grounds behind the old…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:54

Concert celebrates the Kingston Trio

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A tribute concert honoring The Kingston Trio, one of America’s most popular folk groups for more than 40 years, will…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:53

A chance to dance with the Moscow Ballet

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Moscow Ballet and the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts announce open auditions for 7- to 16-year-old dancers to…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:52

Alice Sebrell to exhibit at WCU

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“Understory: An Exhibition of Work by Alice Sebrell” will run from Aug. 21 through Oct. 28 at the Fine Art…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:52

Meet candidates and dance to the oldies at Bethel Sock Hop

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A Sock Hop and a meet-the-candidates event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Aug. 21 at Juke…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:51

Haywood Community band to give free concert

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The Haywood Community Band will present its fourth free concert of the Maggie Valley Concert Series at 6:30 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:50

Musical couple play free concert in Waynesville

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Mountain musicians Rob and Anne Lough will give a concert at 3 p.m. on Aug. 21 at the Haywood County…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:50

Learn to knit in two classes

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Sandra Beck will teach a two-class knitting workshop at 7 p.m. on Aug. 23 and 25 at the Jackson County…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:49

Art Sampler at Stecoah

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Members of the Stecoah Artisans Guild will be demonstrating their techniques on from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday,…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:49

Beaverdam hosts arts and craft show

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The Third Arts and Craft Show will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Beaverdam Community Center in Canton.…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:48

HART presents Noel Coward Comedy

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Haywood Arts Regional Theater’s next production will be the Noel Coward comedy “Hay Fever” at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 19,…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:46

Tribes share cultures at Cherokee festival

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Dancing has been a part of Native American culture for centuries, as celebration or grief or worship or even warning.…
If I overdose and you have to take me to the emergency room, I told a friend Friday night, please…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:29

Skateboarders treated unfairly, especially by police

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What if we treated all athletes like skateboarders? I ask this question because I am a skateboarder. I grew up…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:28

SCC does not need this kind of road

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To the Editor: After reading a recent article in The Sylva Herald, I feel it is time to further explain…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:28

Keep N.C. artifacts on N.C. side of the Smokies

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To the Editor: For the last two weeks I have been hearing about artifacts donated to the Great Smoky Mountains…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:25

Leading by example creates lasting legacies

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Many people who lead exceptional lives never break an arm trying to pat themselves on their own back. They just…
Macon County officials, concerned by the growing numbers of residents here forced to travel over Cowee Mountain to Sylva for treatment, are pushing for a kidney dialysis center in Franklin. Macon County is a Mecca of sorts for retirees and…
Haywood County is on the hook for $700,000 after an arbitration panel found the county wrongfully fired the contractor overseeing renovations to the historic courthouse four years ago. The contractor sued the county for $2.3 million after being fired from…
The Tye Blanton Foundation will host its seventh blood drive for the American Red Cross on Sunday, Aug. 28.   The drive will be held at Canton’s Central United Methodist Church at 36 Church St., across from the Lamp Factory.…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:21

Golf tournament to benefit veterans

The 9/11 Armed Forces Golf Classic will be held on Sept. 10 and 11 at Sequoyah National Golf Club in Cherokee. The tournament is hosted by the Steve Youngdeer Post 143 of the American Legion. A free golf clinic will…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:20

Improve your online skills with workshops

Two one-day Internet courses will be offered from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Agust 25 and 26 by Western Carolina University’s Division of Educational Outreach. “Using Google Docs,” is set for Thursday, August 25, and is designed to familiarize…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:19

Jackson County alcohol vote likely in May

Jackson County commissioners are leaning toward the May primary for putting alcohol on the ballot rather than waiting until the general election next November. County Attorney Jay Coward briefed Jackson County commissioners this week on the nuts and bolts of…
Weary of criminals languishing in the system before finally facing their day in court, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians hopes to forge a new partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s office, getting their own prosecutor into federal court. Tribal council…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:16

Macon steep-slope supporters pushing back

A new group has formed to counteract a recent landslide of opposition to steep-slope regulations in Macon County. “We realized that there are a lot of people out there who don’t go to these meetings — and I count myself…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:13

Macon to drop back and punt on slope rules

“Finishing the conversation” has become something of a catchphrase lately in Macon County. It’s a really diplomatic way of saying that while the planning board should keep plugging away at construction guidelines, there’s no guarantee the building regulations they develop…
First Macon County, and then Jackson, built big, beautiful, new libraries over the past five years. Now, it seems, Swain County residents — who are part of the same three-county Fontana Library System — believes it’s their turn to take…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:12

SBI won’t investigate Haywood jail death

The state will not investigate the death of Jessica Martin, who died last week after collapsing in a holding cell at the Haywood County Justice Center. “The State Bureau of Investigation is not planning to open an investigation at this…
The state might have pulled the plug on a long-range project to map landslide prone areas in the mountains, but Haywood County hopes to take matters into its own hands. Shortly after Republican lawmakers axed the state’s landslide mapping unit…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:06

A look in the rearview at N.C. 107

With its fast-food restaurants, box stores, gas stations and occasional backups of traffic, there’s not much that can be described as quaint about N.C. 107 in Sylva. Except, perhaps, for Bryson’s Farm Supply, where Randy Hooper and wife, Debbie, sell…
Nearly every town has one — a five-lane road lined with fast-food stores, gas stations and grocery stores — and most sport a few. But those, it turns out, may have been a bit of a mistake. The N.C. Department…
There’s a novel solution afoot for traffic woes on Sylva’s commercial thoroughfare: widen the road so much it obliterates most of the businesses. “You certainly wouldn’t have a traffic problem on 107 if you took out 80 businesses,” said Sarah…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:02

Waynesville primed for makeover of South Main

Waynesville has one chance to get South Main Street right, or live with the consequences for decades to come. And the town isn’t taking any chances. The N.C. Department of Transportation had barely gotten started on a feasibility study for…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 12:59

A tale of two streets

Waynesville and Sylva are at a crossroads, ones that will irrevocably shape the character of their communities. Both towns are clamoring for a makeover of their commercial avenues — South Main Street in Waynesville and N.C. 107 in Sylva —…
There’s a new term coined by the federal government for places with low income and little access to quality food. It’s called a food desert. And Maggie Valley is sitting right on the edge of one. The town doesn’t really…
There are a lot of things associated with the words “high school football.” Three-a-days. Pep rallies. Weight rooms. The quarterback sneak. Summer reading club isn’t usually one of them. Coach Sam Pattillo, however, would beg to differ. He is the…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:03

Late summer is an awesome time to botanize

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Spring is the appointed time for the various wildflower pilgrimages and outings that attract thousands of visitors to the mountains…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:02

Haywood Fair to host farm fresh dinner and mini-market

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The Haywood County Fair this year will feature a Farm Fresh meal to celebrate agriculture in Western North Carolina at…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:02

All about the local food movement in Macon

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A talk on the local food movement will be held at noon on Thursday, August 11, in Franklin hosted by…
An annual banquet and auction to benefit this region’s chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is set for Saturday,…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:01

Tour nursery that caters to wildlife

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Learn about plants that attract birds, butterflies and other wild critters on a field trip to Spring Valley Nursery in…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:00

Wild gardener comes to Sylva

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Peter Loewer, a.k.a. the “Wild Gardener”, will present a program about native plants at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 30 at…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:58

Backpackers in the Smokies may soon pay for permits

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park boasts the largest backcountry in the Eastern United States, yet for backpackers hoping to…
Want to know how to use a drift boat? There’s an opportunity to learn from an actual designer, builder and…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:53

Walk to highlight Highlands fertile birding ground

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A “Treasure Highlands” Bird Hike will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on August 18 by the Highlands Biological…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:52

Cyclists breeze into Haywood with Blue Ridge Breakaway

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A few hundred cyclers will test their endurance with the annual Blue Ridge Breakaway coming up August 20. A spectrum…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:50

Moonshadow, moonshadow

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I was all set to write about the annual summer fireworks displayed every August on that really big screen above…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:45

Stand-off over the Chattooga nears finale

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Paddlers are ever-so-slightly winning a tug-of-war over the Upper Chattooga River, a Wild and Scenic River that plunges off the…
Franklin resident Robert Shook will read from his novel, A Journey in Courage, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 13,…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:43

Test your wizarding skills with a Harry Potter party

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Get your wands ready for a Harry Potter back-to-school party at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 20, at Blue Ridge…