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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…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:05

With care, many hemlocks can survive

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To the Editor: With all due respect to Mr. Ellison — who wrote in his “Back Then” column a few…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:04

I know the game is rigged, but I’m still all in

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The crane games are beautiful beasts, shiny and brightly lit, with a glass belly full of forlorn and lonely stuffed…
In the world of Haywood County tourism, a turf battle is brewing, and the fiefdoms under fire are the county’s visitor centers. What might seem like the friendly face of local tourism has once again become a battleground where funding…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:02

Folkmoot funding gets the ax

Folkmoot festival has lost a vital source of advertising money, jeopardizing its ability to lure visitors to Haywood County during the festival’s two-week summer run. The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority announced its intention this month to yank its annual…
A new building started taking shape last month at Southwestern Community College’s campus in Sylva, with completion slated for next March. When finished, the nearly $8-million project will be called the Conrad G. Burrell building after longtime board of trustee…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:58

A Jackson County library primer

For Jackson County’s book-loving residents, the temporary closure of the public library in Sylva presents true hardship, a time of doing without and intense, shared community pain. The current library on Main Street closes May 2 while some 40,000 items…
Dr. C.L Gray, who is well known for his activities promoting healthcare reform, will speak on May 3 at the Mountain High Republican Women’s Club luncheon at the High Hampton Inn and Country Club. Gray founded Physicians for Reform in…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:57

WCU sends off graduates May 6-7

Western Carolina University’s spring graduating class will be honored as the university holds a trio of commencement ceremonies over a two-day period, May 6 and 7. Commencement for WCU’s Graduate School will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 6.…
The organization many credit with helping to create and nurture Sylva’s vibrant downtown scene is facing the possibility of going belly up over funding issues. During a budget work session last week, a majority of town commissioners indicated they might…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:54

Training for dealing with the mentally ill

A 40-hour training program for professionals who have encounters with mentally ill people will be held May 16 through 20 at Haywood Community College. CIT (Crisis Intervention Training) specializes in teaching the best methods to defuse and stabilize encounters with…
The Macon County Health Department implemented a new open-access appointment system in February that has cleared a four-week backlog of appointments. The open-access system replaced the previous system of clinic days. Now, most services are available every weekday, allowing patients…
Haywood County, like everyone else, is bracing for the impact of state budget cuts. But the good news is that they may leave the budget fray with fewer scrapes than they thought. In Raleigh, budget committees have been busily trying…
For the last month, Greg Petty has been on a leaflet campaign around Canton. He’s been to parking lots. He’s been to offices. He’s been to bulletin boards. He’s been inside Evergreen Packaging, the paper mill that looms large in…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:49

MMS offers three-day mediation training

Mountain Mediation Services will hold a three-day community mediation training from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,  May 24 through 26 in the Bryson City United Methodist Church at 76 Main Street. The training is recommended for those who want to…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:48

Social safety net failed Cherokee baby

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Additional evidence has surfaced indicating Swain County social workers failed to act on reports of alleged abuse and neglect of…
Depending on which town leader you ask, Dillsboro is prepared to co-sign on a more than $300,000 loan for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad — or, short of that, the town is inclined to help the railroad in some significant,…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:33

May celebrations to benefit the arts

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The 2011 FUNd Party Series will kick off with Cinco de Mayo in the Garden from 5 to 7 p.m.…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:32

Gems shine at Mother’s Day show

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The Mother’s Day Gemboree will open its doors from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 6 and 7 and…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:31

Quilts come out for Mother’s Day

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Airing of the Quilts, a new event showcasing quilt artistry, will be held on Saturday, May 7, in downtown Franklin.…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:29

Waynesville kicks off 2011 Art After Dark

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The first Art After Dark of the season will kick off from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 6,…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:28

Beginner photography class gets going

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An introductory photography class will begin Tuesday, May 3, at First Baptist Church in Waynesville. The class is offered by…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:26

Student talent showcase is April 30 in Franklin

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Macon County youth will take the stage at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at the Franklin High School Fine…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:26

Student poetry slam honors National Poetry Month

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A poetry slam will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson…