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Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:38

Land trust hosts birding tour

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A Birding Eco Tour is set for Thursday, June 9. The hike is held by The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust (HCLT)…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:37

Opportunity to view synchronous fireflies

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Discover Life in America (DLIA) is holding a number of events this summer for the public to experience the synchronous…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:36

Next generation of herpetologists

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Dead snakes are certainly interesting and can pique a child’s curiosity. Izzy (9) and Maddie (5) found just such a…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:36

New mountain bike group to host ride and picnic

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The newly formed chapter of Nantahala Area SORBA, the Southeast Off-Road Bicycle Association, will host an event called “Ride, Rinse…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:35

Grant helps set up working-forest easements

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The Land Trust of the Little Tennessee, the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, and the Wildlands Network received a Sustainable…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:34

WCU faculty, students test ‘energy mile’ theory

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Backpackers who take on the challenge of hiking in the Southern Appalachian Mountains can attest to the fact that hauling…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:33

Library book sale

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The Friends of the Library will hold its annual book sale Thursday, June 9, though Saturday, June 11, at the…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:33

Book club to hold inaugural meeting

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A new book club will meet at Southwestern Community College’s Cashiers Center starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14. The…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:27

Father’s Day picks for the reader

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Father’s Day, the third Sunday of June and so falls this year on June 19, sports a peculiar history. Although…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:26

Broadway comes to Highlands

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Broadway singer Jeri Sager takes the stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:26

Music is back at the Rickman Store

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Music lovers are starting to gather again each Friday at the historic Rickman Store in Franklin. Everyone is invited to…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:25

Contra dance set for Sunday

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The next Second Sunday Contra Dance will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 12. The dance…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:25

Arts and music hit the streets in Dillsboro

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The 27th-annual Dillsboro Arts and Music Festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 11. Featured…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:24

Pop balladeers come to WCU

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Brandon Kirkley and the Firecrackers will play at 7 p.m. on June 16 on the University Center lawn at Western…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:23

Folkmoot Festival spans 12 counties

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The 2011 Folkmoot Festival will take place July 21 through 31 throughout 12 counties in Western North Carolina, with new…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:22

Quilt trail adds another block

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The Haywood County Arts Council’s Quilt Trails project will dedicate its sixth quilt block at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:22

Museum to host Civil War commemoration day

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The Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts at historic Shelton House in Waynesville will host three Civil War commemorative groups from…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:21

Artist demonstrates techniques June 14

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The Blue Ridge Watermedia Society will meet from 6:45 until 9 p.m. on June 14 at Haywood Community College. The…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:20

HCC offers bladesmith course

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Haywood Community College will offer a “Handles and Guards” course through the American Bladesmith Society, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:20

Summer smithing courses lined up

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The Jackson County Green Energy Park is offering a new round of blacksmithing courses this summer, taught by blacksmith Brock…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:19

Groovin’ on the Green concert series opens

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Cashiers’ Groovin’ on the Green concert series, now in its third year, opens at 6:30 p.m. on June 10, at…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:18

Drum circle planned in downtown Franklin

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A drumming circle for all ages will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, on the…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:15

Appalachian lifestyle takes center stage

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If there’s one thing that runs deep in Appalachia, it’s roots. Whether it’s the roots of its ancient pines or…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:15

SMN showed great support for library

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To the Editor: As the opening of the new Jackson County Library Complex draws near, it brings to mind the…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:14

Minick’s reviews are a great part of paper

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To the Editor: Jeff Minick has always provided informative and insightful book reviews. His review of Till We Have Faces…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:14

Article was like those found in tabloids

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To the Editor: It was shocking to read the article entitled “Crossing the Line” published June 1 in The Smoky…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:12

Of mice, Ming and my seed stash

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When planting season is upon us, gardeners and farmers of all stripes are making plans and counting seeds. As long-time…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:09

Rooster 1, Farmer 1 – a first-round draw

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There are two puncture wounds decorating my left leg, courtesy of a rooster who has taken an inexplicable but pronounced…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:06

Really, we just have to get out more often

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(Atlanta, GA) — We don’t get out much. Unless “getting out” means running out to Taco Bell because the fish…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 19:59

Appreciating good stories, civic engagement

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A week before this week’s dedication of the new Jackson County Library complex, this newspaper’s 12th birthday passed almost unnoticed…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 19:58

‘Free condoms’ replaced by patch

In Swain County, free condoms aren’t particularly controversial. But the words “free condoms” on a billboard certainly are. At least that’s the position of Swain County commissioners, who ordered the announcement to be whitewashed last week after apparently fielding calls…
For now, Swain County Department of Social Services Director Tammy Cagle still has her job. But that might soon be in question after a decision made by the county’s DSS board Monday night. Supporters of the suspended Cagle gathered at…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 19:53

Learn about food preservation June 9

A free class covering the basics of food preservation will be offered at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library from 1  to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 9. Cheryl Beck, a family and consumer sciences agent with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service,…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 19:52

Jackson Paper scholarship awarded

The Jackson Paper Manufacturing Company has awarded a $500 scholarship to Candace Erin Ridley, a senior at Smoky Mountain High School. Her father, Merle Ridley, is a Jackson Paper employee. Ridley will attend Southwestern Community College in the physical therapist…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 19:52

Lunch and learn in Macon County

This month’s lunch with the League of Women Voters of Macon County will focus on a presentation discussing the background and mission of the organization. The event will be held at 12 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at the Unitarian Universalist…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 19:51

Discuss world wars with WCU professor

Those interested in the history of world wars can join a new discussion group launched by Western Carolina University history Professor David Dorondo. The group, called Carolina Round Table, will address various aspects of world wars and the interwar period…
Registration is open for the Meet Me in the Smokies Open at Sequoyah National Golf Club. The event will have a gunshot start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 18. This captain’s choice golf tournament is $100 per golfer. Each…
Haywood County residents told commissioners just what they thought of funding reductions at a hearing last week over the county’s new budget. Thirty people came to the meeting, where commissioners took comments on the 2011-12 budget, which decreases funding to…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 19:49

Building named after Bardo

After a decade-and-a-half of stable leadership — a situation almost unheard of within the greater University of North Carolina system —Western Carolina University is about to embark on a whirlwind of change. In addition to the replacement of Chancellor John…
Tired of watching a source of possible town revenue end up in the state’s coffers, Sylva wants to start collecting parking fees at the town hall. Last week, commissioners tweaked the language of the proposed parking ordinance, clarifying that only…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 19:47

Cashiers rec center gets green light

The Cashiers Recreation Center is back on track following a unanimous vote this week by Jackson County commissioners to move forward with the $8 million project. Commissioners voted to use money from the county’s fund balance instead of taking out…
Jackson County commissioners this week voted unanimously to keep Chuck Wooten on for at least another year as county manager. Wooten will receive an annual base salary of $120,747.96, plus benefits. County commissioners asked Wooten in January to serve as…
No actual decision was made, but County Manager Chuck Wooten told commissioners this week that they have $95,176 set aside in the budget if they want to give the money, as requested, to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. The money…
A merger is afoot in Canton that will bring together two staples of the town’s downtown scene. Soon, the Canton Lunch Box, a fixture of the town’s business community, will join forces with the Imperial Hotel, an equally prominent fixture…
Set high on a mountaintop above Sylva, the historic courthouse has long been a focal point in this Jackson County town, attracting droves of visitors and professional and amateur photographers alike. And with a just-finished retooling and addition of a…
Sylva leaders are looking to tighten the town’s noise ordinance on the heels of complaints by one of their own. Commissioner Harold Hensley, who lives in the N.C. 107 area of Sylva, said he took calls a few weeks ago…
The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating whether Reid Brown, a former assistant district attorney in Waynesville, handled any cases improperly during his three years as a prosecutor. The SBI would not elaborate on the scope or nature of the…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:15

A voice heard in the distance

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Rural residents know the yellow-billed cuckoo as the “rain crow” or “storm crow” because its guttural “ka-ka-kow-kow-kowlp-kowlp-kowlp” seems to be…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:14

Human Race set for June 11

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The Human Race 5K Road Race/Walk is scheduled for 8 a.m. on June 11 at the Waynesville Middle School. The…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:13

4-H summer golf day camp

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The 4-H Summer Golf Day Camp will be each Thursday beginning June 9 through July 28. The day camp is…