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Wednesday, 09 March 2011 20:03

North Carolina Symphony holds Cherokee Music Day

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A Cherokee Music Day is coming to Cherokee Central School on Wednesday, March 16, with a full slate of free…
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 20:02

Area cookbook author serves up regional recipes

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Local author Johnnie Sue Myers will be at Sylva’s City Lights Bookstore at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 12, for a…
A benefit for Asheville’s Rathbun Center will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 18, at The Smoky Mountain…
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 20:00

Quilt Trail adds a few new squares

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Haywood County’s Quilt Trails project will unveil three quilt blocks at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, beginning at the…
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 19:58

Bottoms up! Bryson City brewery opens

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Beer brewing in Bryson City just took on a whole new look this weekend when Nantahala Brewing Company threw open…
Swain County commissioners voted 4 to 1 in a special meeting Thursday (March 3) to formally recommend that the  Department of Social Services Board suspend with pay four employees involved in a State Bureau of Investigation probe into an alleged…
The Swain County Department of Social Services board has agreed to meet with the Swain County commissioners to discuss whether DSS employees and officials should be suspended due to an ongoing criminal investigation of the agency. The two boards will…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 21:16

Walking a mountain gives it life

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Hiking a designated trail involves prescribed origins and destinations, whether it be a four-mile jaunt from Clingman’s Dome to Siler’s…
Two outreach sessions for members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to develop a 10-year “legacy plan” for tribal lands, environment and natural resources have been setup by the tribe’s Natural Resources Department. The sessions will be conducted on…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 21:14

Wildlife advocates gather for March meeting

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Western North Carolina Wildlife Advocates — including Wild South, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance, and representatives…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 21:14

Take a group trip to see Cataloochee’s elk

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The WNC Nature Center’s “NC Elk Experience” trip to Cataloochee Valley will take place on Tuesday, March 15. Tickets are…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 21:13

Volunteers needed at Clingmans Dome

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Want to become a volunteer in the Smokies, wear a uniform and help visitors figure out where they are? Great…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 21:12

Blue Ridge Breakaway registration is open

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Registration begins this week for the second-annual Blue Ridge Breakaway bike ride, which is scheduled for Aug. 20. The cycling…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 21:12

Public workshop to design Webster trail

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Anyone interested in helping design, build or use a trail at Jackson County’s new Department on Aging campus in Webster…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 21:11

Need a summer job?

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The Waynesville Recreation Center is looking for lifeguards, with a training course on tap for this month for those who…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 21:09

Life of Riley in Louisiana

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Different people have different ideas of camping. Some people like to carry their camp on their back as they hike…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 21:06

Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest turns 100

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By Brent Martin • Guest Writer The Nantahala-Pisgah national forests celebrated their 100th birthday March 1.   Of course, the…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 21:05

Spiritual connections explored by local author

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Jody Kraner (aka JadriAnna Lee), author of Northern Lights: A Journey to Insight, will appear for a reading and discussion…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 21:03

Battling weight problems and ensuing baggage

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Though heroin and cocaine are dangerous and illegal, both drugs carry with them a cachet, the dark romance of, say,…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:55

Planting the seeds for sustainability

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A few weeks ago, as part of a magazine assignment, I visited Sow True Seed in Asheville. Carol Koury and…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:51

Neighbor leaves a legacy of kindness

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It was not my best day. I had just got home with the kids, who seemed a little grumpy because…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:48

Local magazine calls for photography

Smoky Mountain Living magazine has issued a call for photos for its next issue, which will hit the stands in April and May. The magazine prominently features images from across the southern Appalachians in each edition. Photo essays adhere to…
For Waynesville seniors, the old armory recreation center now offers exercise for more than just the body. The new Brain Gym system, installed thanks to a grant garnered by Haywood Community Connections, will help offer a place for the town’s…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:46

MedWest to open Urgent Care Center

An Urgent Care Center will open in August at Wal-Mart Plaza in Sylva. The location of the MedWest’s new urgent care center will in a building currently occupied by Rent-A-Center. That business is scheduled to relocate May 1 and renovations…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:42

Volunteers needed for Meals on Wheels

The Haywood County Meals on Wheels program is seeking volunteers in the Fines Creek community to deliver nutritious meals to the elderly, homebound or disabled residents. Volunteers are asked to contribute approximately one hour each week starting at 10:30 a.m.…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:40

Political ill will still lingers in Jackson

The election for the Jackson County Board of Commissioners might have wrapped up last fall, but the war of words didn’t end then. Last month, newly elected Chairman Jack Debnam wrote to unseated Commissioner Tom Massie’s employer, the N.C. Department…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:36

HCC causes a stir with clear cutting

A new and long-awaited Creative Arts Building is only days away from its groundbreaking ceremony at Haywood Community College. But the tree clearing undertaken to prepare the way for the new crafts center has proven less-than-popular with some of the…
Some local thrift shop operators in Jackson County or crying foul over a nonprofit accepting donations in Sylva despite not having a store in the county. Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina has a trailer (as in the second half…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:28

Tribe, county DSS agencies have complex relationship

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By Quintin Ellison and Colby Dunn • Staff writers The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is forced to rely on…
Relatives say they warned social workers repeatedly over the course of several months that Aubrey Littlejohn was being neglected and…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:21

Child’s death hits Cherokee hard

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The mood is grim. Few people in this tight community want to talk to an outsider about the death of…
Relatives of a Cherokee child who died in January are publicly calling for the suspension of the Swain County Department of Social Services’ director and program manager, as well as other employees named in a State Bureau of Investigation probe…
The Swain County Department of Social Services falsified records relating to the abuse and neglect of a 15-month-old baby who…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:15

Budget woes force WCU to cut jobs

Western Carolina University is laying off 10 employees in April as it struggles with the projected loss of approximately $8.6 million in state funding. The 10 workers are employed in several divisions across the university. University leaders say they anticipate…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:14

Marriage and family experts offer advice

“The Thoroughly Modern Family,” a program aimed at giving advice on how to provide happy and healthy marriages and families in the 21st century, will be held from 3 to 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, at Blue Ridge Books…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:11

Blood drive in Blanton’s memory

The Tye Blanton Foundation is hosting its annual blood drive from 12 to 5 p.m Sunday, March 6, at Canton Central United Methodist Church. The event is held in memory of Trooper Shawn Blanton and his son, Tye. In previous…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:08

Program on fair elections in Macon

The League of Women Voters of Macon County will hold a program Thursday, March 10, on fair elections, presented by Democracy North Carolina. The group is a non-partisan organization. Democracy NC conducts original research into such topics as big money…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:07

Downtown Waynesville readies for spring

The Downtown Waynesville Association is gearing up for spring, with new businesses and events in the works for the coming tourist season. Buffy Phillips, the association’s executive director, told Waynesville town officials that she’s positive about the year’s outlook for…
By DeeAnna Haney • SMN Intern Perched atop a Canton nursing home roof, gleaming in the sun is the newest addition to the building, bringing it to the forefront of the green initiative in North Carolina. Silver Bluff Village held…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:51

Gallery show highlights water landscapes

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Gallery 86 presents “Reflected Light: Scenes of Haywood County by Luke Allsbrook” Wednesday, March 2, through Saturday, March 26. An…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:50

WCU presents classical guitarist

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Classical guitarist Gregory Guay will perform at WCU’s Coulter Recital Hall at 8 p.m., March 9. Guay is a classically…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:49

Building workshops offered to artisans

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A certification in the building industry for Cherokee craft artists is open free-of-charge to artists, artisans and college-level students from…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:48

OICA welcomes new instructor

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The Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts, Southwestern Community College’s fine arts   program, this spring welcomes Brian Kane as the new…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:48

Store celebrates with poetry and music

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To celebrate the 86th anniversary of Cowee’s Rickman Store, the Friends of the Rickman Store are inviting neighbors and visitors…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:47

Artist exhibits renaissance techniques

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Multimedia artist Mark Menendez of Andrews will do a demonstration of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting techniques for Art League of…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:46

Main Street Artists Co-op reopening

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The Main Street Artists Co-op on Main Street in Waynesville is scheduled to open for its third season May 1, and…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:45

Macon art class for kids focuses on regional birds

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Kathrine Cays, Artist in Residence at the Rickman Store in Macon County’s Cowee Valey, will offer an art class for…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:45

Wellness and healing featured on film

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The feature film, “The Living Matrix — The New Science of Healing,” will be shown at Waynesville’s Creative Thought Center…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:44

Woodrow named new library director

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Sharon Woodrow has been appointed the new director of the Haywood County Public Library, after serving as interim director since…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:43

HART to hold auditions for upcoming musical

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The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its May production of the off-Broadway musical  “I Love You, You’re…