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Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:26

Cradle of Forestry to hold songbird celebration

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A Songbird Celebration will be held at the Cradle of Forestry in America Saturday, May 7, to honor the annual…
In a combination celebration of migratory birds and Balsam Mountain Trust’s 10 year anniversary, hikes and classes are scheduled at…
The U.S. Forest Service is warning hikers to stay back a good 50 feet or so from a towering poplar…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:23

Romance novelist to speak in Waynesville

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Jacquelyn Frank, a the New York Times best selling author, will speak at the Mountain Writers meeting at 1 p.m.…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:23

Never fear, summer reading program a go

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Even with the old library closing, Jackson County kids can’t get out of their parents enrolling them in Jackson County’s…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:17

Davis at the top of his game as a storyteller

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Storytellers draw inspiration from sources as varied as Shakespeare, the Brothers Grimm and the Bible; however, the tales that immediately…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:15

Weedeaters teach lesson in overkill

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Just a few minutes into weedeating and I feel lobotomized. Perhaps the heady roar of the little engine that can…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:15

Revaluation now was just a bad idea

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To the Editor: Now that you have received the re-evaluations of your Haywood County property, are you pleased county commissioners…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:14

Where are the GOP-promised jobs?

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To the Editor: Where are the real jobs? During the 2010 election season, an organization named Real Jobs NC targeted…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:14

Make Haywood whole in redistricting

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To the Editor: On Saturday, April 30, the Republican Party of Haywood County submitted a resolution to the Redistricting Committee…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:13

Is Great Smoky Mountain Railroad serious?

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To the Editor: At first the shakedown to the county was over $817,000 in grants and loans. Then, seeing that…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 19:52

Downtown Sylva deserves the support of the town board

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We’ve written before about how important the downtown business districts in our mountain towns are to their communities, but it…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 19:51

New visitor center opens in Waynesville

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The public is invited to a celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week on Friday, May 6, at Haywood County…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 19:51

HART to hold auditions for ‘GYPSY’

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The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its July production of the Broadway Musical “Smash Gypsy” at 6:30…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 19:50

Grammy winner comes to Cataloochee

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Grammy winner Peter Rowan will give an after-dinner solo performance on Saturday evening, May 7, in the main ranch house…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 19:49

Shakespeare steps out in Swain

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The Shakespearean classic “Much Ado About Nothing” is coming to Bryson City at 7:30 p.m., May 12 through 15, at…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 19:48

Spring blooms in Frog Level

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The Whole Bloomin’ Thing Festival is coming to Waynesville’s Frog Level district from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday,…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 19:48

Win big in Voices giveaway

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Voices in the Laurel, Western North Carolina’s regional children’s choir, is holding its inaugural car and truck giveaway to raise…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 19:47

Swing into summer with Bryson contra dance

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A contra dance will be held from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, at the Bridge Park Pavilion…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 19:46

Local artist demonstrates talents

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The Blue Ridge Watermedia Society will meet at 6:45 p.m. on May 10 at Haywood Community College. The meeting will…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 19:45

Community band kicks off its season

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The Haywood Community Band will start its ninth concert season with a free concert at 6:30 p.m. on May 15…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 19:45

Guadalupe Café event features local music

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Sylva’s Guadalupe Café will host “Bigaroo” beginning at 6:30 p.m. on May 7, a tribute to the musicianship and spirit…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 19:44

Chinese acrobats leap into Franklin

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The Golden Dragon Acrobats will grace the stage of the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m.…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 19:33

Big Stakes at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino

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Of the many games that grace the floors at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, poker might be the most universal. From casino…
Finding childcare, particularly for infants, has surfaced as a growing problem for the young professionals who make up much of Western Carolina University’s faculty and staff. Take Elizabeth McRae, a professor of history at WCU, who when she gave birth…
Legislation that would bring alcohol regulation in Cherokee completely under tribal control is now working its way through the General Assembly. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians established its own Alcoholic Beverage Commission in 2009 following a resolution to allow…
Sylva leaders want their Jackson County counterparts to lease, for $1 a year, the old library building to them, citing space needs and a heightened Main Street presence for the town’s police department. The Sylva library is in the process…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 19:29

No tax increase projected for Jackson

No increase in taxes, more funding for the new public library, the same amount for the schools and a more than 3 percent overall drop in spending highlight Jackson County’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Does the proposal…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 19:28

A recipe for helping kids

It’s 4:30 on a Tuesday afternoon, and in a kitchen in Frog Level, a chocolate almond layered torte is beginning to take shape. It’s a paragon of decadent, gourmet virtue, and it’s being lovingly crafted, layer on layer, for entry…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 19:25

Is it worth it?

Despite years of negative publicity surrounding the contamination of soil at Barber’s Orchard, the actual health risk posed by the soil is miniscule, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The only health hazard comes from eating the soil, not just…
Residents of Barber’s Orchard will safely be able to eat the dirt on their lots after a $15 million federal cleanup of the subdivision. Trace levels of arsenic in the soil date to its former days as an apple orchard,…
Federal contractors performing a $15 million cleanup of Barber’s Orchard have violated state erosion laws, failing to keep the arsenic-tainted soil from eroding and washing away, according to state environmental inspectors. The massive operation calls for digging up the top…
The state’s bloodletting has begun, and for Haywood County Schools, the losses might add up to more than $4 million siphoned off next year’s budget. School officials have been steadily crunching numbers since the state House of Representatives offered a…
A formerly notorious bar will reopen in Maggie Valley despite bombastic protests from the owner of Wheels Through Time Museum, who fears it will attract the same seedy crowd and societal ills as the past establishment. Dale Walksler commanded a…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 12:39

Satirical writer to read debut novel

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Alex Kudera will read from his new satirical novel, Fight for Your Long Day, at 7 p.m. on May 6…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 12:37

An agnostic searches for answers

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For Christians, Easter is a moveable feast day — this year the celebration fell about as late in the spring…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:23

A look back at Kephart’s cabin

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As part of this coming weekend’s third annual Horace Kephart Day, a group of 20 or so participants will visit…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:23

New gameland preserved along Blue Ridge Parkway

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Hikers, hunters and others who enjoy North Carolina’s mountain landscapes will soon have access to 534 acres of gameland and…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:22

Smokies ranger honored for service

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Kevin M. FitzGerald, deputy superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, recently was presented the U.S. Department of the…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:21

Spring wildflower and bird pilgrimage

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Celebrate Appalachian nature with the 39th-annual Spring Wildflower and Bird Pilgrimage April 29-May 1, with a line-up of 16 hikes,…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:21

Time to wet those hooks

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The West Swain Fire Department is hosting its 18th annual Bass Tournament at Almond Boat Park on May 7. The…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:20

Rhodos, azaleas at peak now for Arboretum annual show

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The North Carolina Arboretum will host the annual show of the American Rhododendron Society’s Southeast Chapter from noon until 5…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:19

HCC student advances to championships

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Daniel Jones, a forest management and fisheries/wildlife management student at Haywood Community College from Hayesville, took home top honors in…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:19

Kids take on triathlon and aquathlon in indoor setting

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A Kids Indoor Triathlon and Aquathlon will be held May 6 for ages 15 and under, hosted by MedWest Health…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:18

New nesters

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I believe all of my feathered friends that nest and raise families in my yard and in the woods surrounding…
Luke Hyde is too young to remember Horace Kephart, but his parents and grandparents knew the great American outdoor writer…
The next time you are standing about the yard scratching your head in confusion about which tree climber in Jackson…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:07

Government-education complex is self-serving

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To the Editor: What if you knew that your state senator or state representative knew there were proven ways to…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:06

Our representatives forget who is boss

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To the Editor: Here we go again. Our two state representatives, both of whom are Democrats, fail to see the…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:06

Those who protect children deserve thanks

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To the Editor: For almost 20 years I have found myself involved in the concern of child abuse either professionally…