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Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:07

Taxpayer money wasted on silly studies

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To the Editor: Recently the National Science Foundation (NSF) granted Professor Thomas Ford (WCU) and Associate Professor Julie Woodzicka (Washington…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:06

Too much Fox News in the public sphere

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To the Editor: Fox News seems to be playing in public places all over Haywood County — restaurants, bars, even…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:06

Rowing and paddling aren’t synonymous

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To the Editor: As usual, your paper continues to cover important issues of our area that others largely ignore, but…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:04

Muirhead piece lost its focus

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To the Editor: The title of Scott Muirhead’s op-ed on Frog Level (“A place where two worlds collide,” The Smoky…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:59

Hate by any name is still hate

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Back in the day, say the late 1980s through about 2000, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s hate map featured Western…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:57

Vindication for HEP, a little satisfaction here

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This is a very odd business, the telling of the news. It’s even more odd as part of an independent…
The Green Energy Park would stand on its own financially within five years if Jackson County adopts recommendations made last week by interim County Manager Chuck Wooten. The park, which uses methane created by decomposing trash at the old Dillsboro…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:32

‘The Last Flapper’ stops off in Waynesville

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The one-woman show “The Last Flapper” comes to Waynesville’s HART Studio this month, portraying the life of Zelda Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald,…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:32

HART to hold auditions

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Auditions will be held for “Shipwrecked,” the latest production of the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:31

Guild to offer up knitting know-how

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Free knitting classes for both children and adults are ramping up at the Waynesville Public Library, courtesy of the Smoky…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:29

Community Chorus practices Poulenc

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The Western Carolina Community Chorus will begin rehearsals of Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria” from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb.…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:28

Winter Market dresses up for Valentine’s

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A special Valentine’s Market will be held by the Jackson County Winter Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.…
Local actress Barbara Bates Smith will bring her one-woman show “The C-Word: A Life-Meets-Art Cancer Story” to St. David’s Episcopal…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:26

Valentine’s brings baking to Frog Level

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Valentine’s treats will be cooked up in Frog Level through a community baking event sponsored by the Daydreamz Project and…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:25

Calling all kids to Valentine’s Storytime

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Children’s storytime takes on a Valentine’s theme at the Jackson County Library this month with Valentine stories and a party.…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:24

Taste of Chocolate seeks volunteers

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The 12th annual Taste of Chocolate is coming to Waynesville and the Haywood-Jackson Volunteer Center is seeking volunteers. They’re seeking…
When Jackson County opens its new library, it will be with a little more than just the usual fanfare. Thanks…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:17

Past blunders cost hospital in ER lawsuit

A group of emergency room doctors has been awarded $1.6 million in a lawsuit against Haywood Regional Medical Center. Haywood Emergency Physicians was ousted by the hospital in 2006 and replaced with a corporate physician staffing outfit before the group’s…
The second and final public hearing on whether the N.C. Department of Transportation should widen and pave Needmore Road took place in Macon County last week. Needmore Road is a rough, one-lane, 3.3-mile gravel road along the Little Tennessee River…
Good things come to those who wait. It’s an adage Jackson County library users will need to bear in mind this spring during a month-long closure of the Sylva branch during the massive move into its brand-new, first-class digs. Librarians…
This year in Cherokee, a major change will quietly work its way into law, causing little fanfare but marking a historic shift in policy towards the casino profits that, for 15 years, have been divided among all members of the…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 19:59

Maggie ABC stores face questions amid losses

Maggie Valley’s liquor stores lost money in 2010 for the second year in a row, prompting some aldermen to question whether the ABC stores are being properly managed. The two stores are opening for fewer hours. Three part-time employees have…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 19:58

Maggie alderman Colin Edwards resigns

Maggie Valley Alderman Colin Edwards resigned last week, prompting a special called meeting where barely-concealed animosity among the remaining board members threatened to bubble up into outright conflict. Alderman Phil Aldridge voted against accepting Edwards’ resignation — the only member…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 19:56

New real estate values due out soon in Haywood

Property owners in Haywood County will soon learn how their home and land values weathered the recession. Every home, lot and tract of land in the county — all 50,000 of them — have been reappraised to reflect the current…
Local boards are finding themselves on the wrong end of the dog when it comes to putting together budgets for the upcoming fiscal year. In Jackson and Macon counties, at work sessions held by commissioners in their respective counties last…
Haywood County has landed a $1 million grant to turn the methane pouring off a no-longer-used landfill into energy. The money comes from the N.C. State Energy Office as a part of their Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan, which offers…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 17:39

GEP does produce private-sector jobs

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To the Editor: I thoroughly agree that it is past time to wake up, get Jackson County moving.” For too…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:25

Dogs that make our lives whole

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If you don’t like dogs, come back next week. Dogs have been an integral part of my life since I…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:25

Agrarians: Learn to write a business plan

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Mountain Bizworks wants to help farmers and would-be farmers looking to turn an idea into a practical business plan. The…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:24

State slashes power bill

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A mandate to cut electricity use in state government buildings has saved North Carolina tax payers $55.3 million last fiscal…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:23

Soccer for big kids

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Co-ed soccer for adults will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday nights starting Jan. 26 at the Old…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:23

Reel basics class set for Pisgah Center

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Learn the ins and outs of the fly fishing rod and reel from 10 a.m. until noon Jan. 29 at…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:22

Podcast spreads the word about threat to Smokies’ bats

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A podcast released by Great Smoky Mountains National Park outlines efforts to save bats from White-nose syndrome, a potentially fatal…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:20

The Naturalist's Corner: Godzilla meets Barbi

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Pandemonium had engulfed Shoal Creek by the time authorities arrived. One fisherman sat, dazed, on a boulder, rocking back and…
Rafting outfitters in the Nantahala Gorge have arrived at a compromise with summer camps and colleges vying for the chance…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:15

WCU professor co-authors book about rising sea levels

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A book co-authored by Western Carolina University professor Rob Young about the global threat to coastal communities posed by rising…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:14

Cancer survivor to talk at Jackson Library

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In May 2008, Jane SpottedBird was diagnosed with stage IV cancer. Her doctor gave her 6 to 12 months to…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:08

A grisly war novel that stands apart

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“It took Karl Marlantes 30 years to write his thunderous, brutally granular account of scorched-earth combat in Vietnam. Matterhorn was…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:06

Thanks for making Fire and Ice a success

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To the Editor: On behalf of the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce, I would like to thank The Smoky Mountain…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:04

Motocross track would violate our rights

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To the Editor: Clarks Chapel is a delightful and quiet area that in recent years has attracted many people, including…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:59

A few hopeful signs of spring

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I detect signs of spring. Whether this is fantasy or reality, that’s for you to decide, but I choose to…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:46

This epiphany is shiny, new and has all-wheel drive

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My epiphany occurred on a bitter cold Sunday afternoon, the snow having momentarily given way to a stray and fleeting…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:45

Winter youth art classes offered at the Bascom

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The Bascom is offering winter art classes for kids from pre-school to high school that will keep them busy and…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:44

Juggling comedian to send unlikely props airborn

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Juggler Mark Nizer will bring a blend of comedy, juggling, music and technology to Western Carolina University at 7:30 p.m.…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:43

Classes focus on stylish dance

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A new series of dance classes will be held Monday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. starting Feb. 7 at…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:42

Father-daughter Valentine Dance returns to Sylva

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The annual Father-Daughter Semi-formal Dance will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at the First United…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:42

A sweet way to show library support

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The 4th-annual Chocolate Cook-Off will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, in Bryson City to raise…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:41

Freight Hoppers featured at WCU’s Thursday night Jam

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The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Session Series at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will continue Thursday, Feb.…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:39

Gallery 86 opens 2011 with exhibition of student art

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Student art is on display by the Haywood County Arts Council at Waynesville’s Gallery 86 through January 29. The exhibit…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 20:39

Inspired Art Ministry offers classes

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Inspired Art Ministry in Waynesville has opened their doors for the winter term, offering drawing and painting classes for all…