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Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:52

Get kids involved in free fishing fun

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Kids can fish for free and register to win prizes, including two lifetime licenses, at a variety of fishing events…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:51

Kids get first crack at delayed trout waters

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open approximately 63.5 miles of trout streams and one lake classified as delayed-harvest trout…
A Salamander Soiree is set for June 2 at 6 p.m. as the kickoff to “Think About Thursdays,” a summer…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:50

Smokies conducts search for missing man

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Rangers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are continuing to search for a Cary man who was reported missing April…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:49

Author to speak at Pisgah Center

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On June 4, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, Tim Spira will give a…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:48

Donation box theft ends in conviction

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Another Swain County man, Gregory Cline, 35, was convicted of one count of tampering in federal court for breaking into…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:47

Ginsing poachers in national park fined and jailed

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Two Swain County men were convicted and sentenced in federal court last month in Bryson City for stealing ginseng from…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:46

Reward offered for capture of elk killer

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One of the original elk brought to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park 10 years ago as part of a…
A bald eagle was shot and killed at the Maggie Festival Grounds, a large open field off the main drag…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:44

Shop and hike for National Land Trust Day

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Mast General Store in Waynesville will donate a portion of its sales on Saturday June 4 to the to Southern…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:43

Rain barrels all the rage for eco-conscious yards

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Rain barrels, which hook into your gutters to catch rain coming off your roof, are being sold for $75 in…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:42

Take guided tour in Waynesville’s watershed

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A Waynesville watershed hike is scheduled for Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Naturalist Don Hendershot and…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:41

Pretty in pink

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I have had the opportunity to make several trips along the Blue Ridge Parkway, in the vicinity of Devils Courthouse…
“The good ones always get wet.”   That, says Ben McFall, is how he tells a decent fly fisherman from…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:38

Learn local plants with botanist and author

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Botanist Tim Spira will present a program based on his new book, Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Applachian…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:35

C.S. Lewis’ love story and its lessons

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Nearly 50 years have passed the death of C.S. Lewis — he died of illness in 1963 on the same…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:34

Gourd artists celebrate 9th year in Cherokee

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The Cherokee Gourd Artists Gathering, themed “Gourds in the Wind,” will take place from Friday, June 3, to Sunday, June…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:33

Raising money with mahjong

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A Mahjong Party will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 7, at the home of sponsor Kay Isserman…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:32

Local talent shines in Franklin

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Who’s Got Talent?, a local talent competition featuring singers, dancers and variety acts, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:31

Dip into experimental art this summer

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Local artist Silvia Cabrera Williams will teach an experimental watermedia workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. each Thursday in June…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:30

90s icon and Southern rock to grace WCU lawns

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Katharine Whalen and Chimney Choir will perform on Thursday, June 2, and The Back Pages will perform on Thursday, June…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:29

Quilt raffle to benefit those in need

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One hundred quilts made by the Shady Ladies quilting group will be on display at their annual Quilt Show from…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:28

McEntire makes stop in Cherokee

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Country music, film and TV star Reba McEntire will perform from 7:30 p.m. to midnight on Sunday, May 29, at…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:27

Accordion master brings skills to Maggie

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Accordion virtuoso Tony Lovello will perform at the Smoky Mountain Accordion Jam at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, at…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:26

Summer art classes starting in Cherokee

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Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts in Cherokee is offering the chance to learn mixed media drawing and realist oil painting…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:25

Get a taste of folk and fabric

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Tatting, caning, quilting and spinning demonstrations will highlight the 6th annual Patchwork Folk and Fabric Festival scheduled for 9 a.m.…
Most people snip flowers, drop them into a jam jar with some water, call it an arrangement and place them…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:44

The rise and the fall of outdoor recreation

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Maybe it’s the fear of snakes, mountain lions, or Bigfoot. Or the perceived boredom of time spent unplugged. Perhaps it’s…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:43

A thank you to our elected officials

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To the Editor: I’d like to thank the state House of Representatives for putting rich white kids first in North…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:42

As engaged citizens, we must vote priorities

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To the Editor: Do you think more of your car than you do of your children? If something is wrong…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:41

Transportation plan won’t help economy

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To The Editor: I attended the recent public hearing on the Comprehensive Transportation Plan and came away confused.  First, according…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:40

Bryan Garden is a true treasure for the region

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To the Editor: I’d like to thank Quintin Ellison and The Smoky Mountain News for Ms. Ellison’s excellent article about…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:39

Road is in best interest of SCC and students

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To the Editor: Having served for more than a decade as president of Southwestern Community College, I was dismayed by…
Last night, lying in bed on the screened porch reading before darkness fell, I looked up from my book and…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:37

SCC road gets mired in questions about motives

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A planned new access road that will provide an exit and entrance into Southwestern Community College in Webster should not…
Haywood Vocational Opportunities has donated 103,500 black medical table covers to AmeriCares, a global disaster relief organization that delivers medicine and supplies to those in need around the world. The donation is being shipped to the AmeriCares warehouse in Haiti…
MedWest Health System is expanding its access to health care to the communities served by its hospitals in three counties. A third urgent care center will soon be available in Jackson County and a new one will be built in…
The rooftops of both offices of Smoky Mountain Foot and Ankle Clinic are now equipped with solar electric modules that will generate electricity through solar energy. Sundance Power Systems installed the panels at both the Waynesville and Asheville locations. The…
Two cardiologists with MedWest Health System now offer the first pacemaker designed, tested and approved by the Federal Drug Administration for use in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) environment. Dr. David Peterson and Dr. Glenn Harris have successfully implanted the…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:32

Insurance to decrease for Clyde residents

Clyde Fire Department recently underwent a state inspection that improved their insurance rating. The businesses and homeowners in the Clyde/Central Haywood fire district will most likely see a reduction in their insurance premiums as a result.  A homeowner who lives…
The fate of the organization tasked with marketing and promoting downtown Sylva remains in flux, but it appears positioned to survive in a yet-to-be determined restructured form. “We are working very cooperatively, jointly with the town board, to come up…
If you visit Macon County, keep your head down — there’s a war over property rights in progress. In this community of 33,922 people that presses hard up against the Georgia border, a place with a long history of attracting…
Hypothermia is a possible cause of death for Aubrey Kina-Marie Littlejohn, a 15-month-old Cherokee baby who died in January, according to a state autopsy report released last week. The autopsy also showed indications of multiple bruises to the head and…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:26

Green Energy Park completes upgrade

A blower upgrade to the landfill gas system that helps power Jackson County’s Green Energy Park has been completed. The upgrade, which included a moister separator, should help the system be more efficient, according to Director Timm Muth, director of…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:25

New president named at SCC

 Southwestern Community College this week got a new president, Donald Tomas of Aledo, Texas, who takes over July 1. Tomas replaces Richard Collings, who served in the top slot at SCC for just six months before resigning suddenly. Collings, who…
Principal Chief Michell Hicks hinted last week at a renewed effort to bring live dealers to Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel and Casino, in a ceremony renewing the management contract between the Eastern Band of Cherokee and Ceasars Entertainment. At an event…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:22

HCC offers day camp

A summer day camp for children from the ages of 6 to 12 will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, from June 15 through August 17. The camp is run by Haywood Community College’s Regional Center…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:21

HCC restructures auto body program

A new associate degree program at Haywood Community College will upgrade the existing one-year diploma program in auto body this fall. The Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology program will prepare students to become qualified technicians to perform repairs and refinishing…
Know someone, maybe yourself, who should be minority businessperson of the year? The Minority Enterprise Development Week Committee is now accepting nominations for this year’s awards. Businesses open for at least two years can nominate themselves. In addition to the…
A grandparent support group will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, at the Jackson Family Resource Center in Sylva. Grandparents will have opportunities to share their own experiences as a grandparent, including struggles or successes.…