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A group wanting to build a Hospice house in Macon County to serve the terminally ill in the westernmost counties says it will continue those efforts despite a recent thumb’s down from the state. The N.C. Department of Health and…
For the first time in five decades, the giant cross on Mount Lyn Lowry has fallen dark. The cross has been a nighttime landmark shining over the Balsam Mountains between Waynesville and Sylva since 1965. The cross went dark early…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:13

Landing a hydrogen fuel cell a coup for SCC

Faculty and staff at the Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University in northern California have built a hydrogen fuel cell power box for Southwestern Community Center. Ron Poor received grant funds through the Appalachian Regional Commission to purchase…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:11

Cullowhee could be home to new river park

A group working to beautify and solidify the concept of community in Cullowhee wants to build a riverfront park, tying in to state Department of Transportation plans to replace a bridge over the Tuckasegee River on Old Cullowhee Road in…
Less than a year after opening a new visitor center in downtown Waynesville, the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce learned last week that its funding for the site is on the chopping block by the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority.…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:08

Sylva town board faces vacancy, again

Sylva Commissioner Danny Allen announced he will resign from the town board, but has yet to say when, leaving the rest of the town board in limbo on how — and even whether — it will fill his position. Allen…
In the quagmire that is politics in Maggie Valley, the most recent appointee to the town’s board of aldermen says it’s her lack of agenda that makes her the ideal candidate — and possibly a rarity in a town defined…
A liberal Asheville city council member announced this week he’d run as an Independent in 2012 against U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, potentially eroding Shuler’s Democratic base and making for a tough re-election bid for the three-term congressman. A former…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:57

Boys choir stops off in Franklin

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The All-American Boys Chorus will perform at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, at Franklin’s Smoky Mountain Center for the…
A community old-time music JAMboree is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, at the Fines Creek…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:56

Singing celebration in Bryson City

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Join One Step Closer as it celebrates one year of the gospel music ministry at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:55

Pisgah chorus features country show

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Chorus students at Pisgah High School are gearing up for the annual country show called “Where the Green Grass Grows.”…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:54

4-H hosts talent contests

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The annual Heritage Alive Mountain Youth Talent Contest is coming to downtown Sylva on Saturday, April 23, as part of…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:53

Make a ladies’ night of it at pottery studio

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Claymates, in conjunction with Country Traditions, is hosting a Ladies Night from 6 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the pottery…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:52

Take a world tour at International Festival

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International Day, a festival of cultures, celebrates its 32nd year from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6,…
Of the many forms of entertainment readily at our fingertips, from television and movies to YouTube and the many vast…
Samantha “Sam” Gampel, a sophomore at Western Carolina University, wants to write novels and earn her living as a professional…
It’s finally here: the week Haywood County property owners find out just how well their home and land values held up through the recession. It’s not secret the real estate market tanked in the mountains compared to the hey day…
Organizers said this week that getting the Nantahala Gorge into this century when it comes to telecommunication capabilities is absolutely critical to successfully hosting the kayaking world championship in 2013. The problem? There’s seems no easy answer to what’s for…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 13:58

Ramp recipes

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Ramp Biscuits 4 cups Flour 1 tablespoon Baking Soda 1 teaspoon Salt 2 Heaping T Baking Powder ½ cup Shortening…
Swain County social workers and supervisors named in a State Bureau of Investigation probe are no longer welcome to work…
When the World Trade Center fell nearly 10 years ago, there was little left of its once-majestic towers but scattered bits of steel and a sorrow that blanketed the nation. Now as the site is rebuilt, that steel is being…
The health care bills rolling into the Haywood County jail for inmate care might now be slashed by up to 25 percent after the sheriff’s office contracted with a company who will ferret out discounts on the county’s behalf. Currently,…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:08

The rushing of wind through a hemlock

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From my window, as I write this, I can see across the creek and down into a pasture where my…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:07

Paddle the Chattooga on guided trip

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This April, Headwaters Outfitters in Rosman will lead a guided overnight trip in hopes of introducing paddlers to the lower…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:07

Guided hike in the Smokies set for April

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Join Friends of the Smokies April 2 for a hike to see early spring wildflowers and historic remnants on the…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:05

Sign-up under way for Greening Up 5K race

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The Greening Up the Mountains 5K Run/Walk in Sylva is forsaking its historically grueling course on the hillside streets above…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:04

Parkway corridor in Waynesville grows more than 100 acres

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Another 110 acres of mountain landscape are now part of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s protected corridor, thanks to a landowner…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:04

Turning your yard into a haven for wildlife

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Learn how to put together a backyard habitat March 28 at 7 p.m. at the Rickman Store in Macon County’s…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:03

Go home with an apple tree

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The Cashiers Historical Society is sponsoring its 2011 Heritage Apple Day from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26,…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:03

PETA sues for documents involving bear pits

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has sued the Bureau of Indian Affairs for failing to hand over…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:01

The devil is in the details – again

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The U.S. Forest Service will hold a public meeting at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville at 100 Frederick Law…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:00

65 start – and finish – first Assault on Black Rock

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Sixty-five runners started and finished the first Assault on Black Rock Trail Race at Sylva’s Pinnacle Park on March 19,…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:57

Festivals getting ramped-up for spring

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With the coming of spring the pungent ramp is about to strut center-stage once more. For either the novitiate or…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:56

Teens invited to voice their views

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The teen friends of the library meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, at Marianna Black…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:56

Library launches website

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The Friends of the Macon County Public Library (FOL) have unveiled a new informational web site, MaconLibraryFriends.org. The site showcases…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:55

Book discussion looks at our influence on the planet

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Ahead of Western Carolina University’s upcoming literary festival, the Macon County Public Library will host a book discussion on Alan…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:45

Stephen King collection gets the thumbs-up

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At the conclusion of this collection of four novellas: Full Dark, No Stars, Stephen King adds an “Afterword.” In acknowledging…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:44

We don’t want motocross track

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To the Editor: We turn on our televisions every day and witness to the devastation that neighbors inflict on neighbors.…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:44

Voter ID bill a shopworn GOP idea

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To the Editor: What happens when you fix something that ain’t broke? You’re sure to break something else. But the…
The Jan. 10 death of 15-month-old Aubrey Kina Marie Littlejohn was an unspeakable tragedy, one compounded by the questions surrounding…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:35

Welcome to the club, and my sincere best wishes

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There have been times in my life I could rightly have been described as competitive. When I was in music,…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:34

Nursing scholarships available

Scholarships for nursing students are available through the Judy Moore Memorial Scholarship Endowment, which was created as a memorial to Judy Moore, a registered nurse who was killed in a tragic accident in 1996. A resident of Macon County, Moore…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:33

Waynesville offers summer day camp

A summer day camp for rising first graders through rising fifth graders from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., June 17 to August 5, will be held at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Campers will experience activities such as field trips, special…
Southwestern Community College will hold a free job fair Thursday, March 31. The event will be from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Balsam Building and is open to the community. Local employers will be on…
Western Carolina University students are folding and selling paper cranes for $1 to support an earthquake relief fund at a table in the first-floor lobby of McKee Building. Visitors to the table can give $1 to write a message that…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:32

WCU police receive military surplus

Two portable light towers each bright enough to illuminate an area the size of a football field are the latest pieces of equipment Western Carolina University police received through the N.C. Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Support Services program. The program…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:31

Construction program offered for students

High school students interested in construction can participate in the Kimmel School Construction Training Program at Western Carolina University in July. Students will complete and earn certification in a 10 hour occupational safety and health administration course. Students will live…
Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new adoption center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26. The ribbon cutting will take place at 11:30 a.m. followed by snacks donated by The Patio Bistro.…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:29

Campus ministry hosts golf classic

The Wesley Foundation at Western Carolina University will host its inaugural Golf Classic at Lake Junaluska Golf Course April 16 at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $200 per team of four or $50 for individuals who will be assigned…