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When walking a trail in the Smokies (or Nantahalas or Great Balsams or wherever) here in the southern Blue Ridge,…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:56

Well-known Asheville hiker joins AT board

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy recently announced that Asheville resident Lenny Bernstein, plus two other North Carolinians, have been elected to the…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:55

See the Little T on guided canoe trip

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A guided float down the Little Tennessee River will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 21,…
After 21 years of monitoring the health of the Little Tennessee Watershed, the group most responsible for that work will…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:53

Science program geared toward girls, archaeology

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Want to give your daughter a taste of what it means to be an archaeologist? Girls ages nine through 14…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:51

MedWest Triathlon winners

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Jason Mehler of Asheville crossed the finish line as the overall winner during the MedWest Triathlon held Saturday, July 9,…
Explore Balsam Mountain Preserve with two hikes this month, including to Jackson County’s most iconic and distinctive mountaintops. The 4,400-acre…
There are opportunities abound for amateur photographers in the region, from the very youngest to those more advanced in years.…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:48

WCU gets grant for multi-use trail

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Western Carolina University has won a $5,000 grant from a bicycle parts manufacturer to support construction of a multi-use, community…
Before you go gallivanting about hunting or fishing on private property, be aware that a new law passed by the…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:47

Boating safety course offered at HCC

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Learn to float your boat safely at a July 18-19 boating safety course at Haywood Community College. The program is…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:45

More owl pellets

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I mentioned in last week’s Naturalist’s Corner that I found the decision by U.S. Fish & Wildlife to kill barred…
It’s a busy day at the farmers market, and William Shelton is red-faced and sweaty as he hands out boxes…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:42

Dive into “A Virtuous Woman” with book group

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The novel A Virtuous Woman by Kaye Gibbons is the next book up for discussion in the series Discovering the Literary…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:41

Former Senator to read from thriller

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Bob Graham, former U.S. senator and former Florida governor will be in Sylva next week to promote his first novel,…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:40

Cherokee author shares rare Native American recipes

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Cherokee cookbook author and Native American food expert Johnnie Sue Myers will be at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville at…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:40

Author shares Hillbilly Tales

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Whittier resident and author Patricia Graham will read from her book, Hillbilly Tales from the Smoky Mountains, at 7 p.m.…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:39

Haywood County Friends of the Library annual book sale

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The sale features DVDs, CDs, vinyl, puzzles, books on tape/CDs, and of course books in every category. More than 50,000…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:25

Liberals: Demonic or Liberating

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“Look left and right, and be careful.” Your mother probably said those words to you when you were learning to…
With the weather so hot and sticky, it’s hard to grasp that now is the time to start preparing the…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:22

Let’s give all candidates a U.S. history test

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To the Editor: American students still aren’t learning their country’s history. In the latest National Assessment of Educational Programs, only…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:21

Social Security is a great success

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To the Editor: As the saying goes, “if you repeat a lie often enough people will begin to believe it.”…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:18

Article on pastor was clearly biased

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To the Editor: Some contrarian commentary is in order about Colby Dunn’s news and opinion piece (and it was both)…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:17

Duke’s rate hike request is perfectly justified

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To the Editor: Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC) ignited a firestorm over its request to the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC)…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:16

Jackson library should be dedicated to citizens

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To the Editor: In response to “Strange at best – tacky at worst” (Smoky Mountain News, June 22 edition), I…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:15

Proposed 11th District rips out the center of WNC

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Redistricting is always political, and voters on both sides have to accept that. The party with a majority will get…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:49

Basulto Academy adds offerings

The Basulto Academy of Defense in downtown Waynesville has expanded its schedule of its Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program to include more classes in the sport of Vale Tudo. Also known as No-Holds-Barred or as Mixed-Martial Arts, the term Vale Tudo…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:47

New inn opens its doors in Waynesville

A new bed and breakfast has opened in downtown Waynesville. Twin Maples Farm house is located two blocks off of downtown at 65 North Hill Street. Nestled on three acres of lush country land, yet located just two blocks off…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:46

SCC, Harrah’s help workers earn GEDs

Harrah’s Casino has partnered with Southwestern Community College to provide free GED training to Harrah’s employees. Classes are taught at the casino from 2-9 p.m. Thursdays and from 3-8 p.m. Mondays at SCC’s Cherokee Center. Travis Boisclair, a table games…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:46

Herb sale benefits hospice center

The Mountain View Garden Club held its third biannual “A Celebration of Herbs” at the Laurel Ridge Country Club on June 20. Proceeds that were raised from the event will be donated to The Homestead, an inpatient hospice center currently…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:45

Rye Holler Boys and artists team up in Bryson

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The Rye Holler Boys will perform a concert of bluegrass, old-time country and gospel music at 3 p.m. on Sunday,…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:44

Songstress trio mixes country with comedy

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A cowgirl, a diva and a shameless hussy, a trio of performing songwriters, bring their combination of humor and original…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:43

Southern songwriter performs at WCU

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Beau Bristow, a singer-songwriter native to rural Alabama, will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 14,…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:42

Trace Adkins comes to Cherokee July 22

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Country music star Trace Adkins will perform at 9 p.m on Friday, July 22, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. Adkins debuted…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:42

Award-winning drama opens in Highlands

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The second show of the Highlands Playhouse’s 73rd season is set to open on Thursday, July 17. “Harvey,” a play…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:38

Music of John Denver revived in tribute show

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Jim Curry, performing the music of the late John Denver, will take the stage of the Smoky Mountain Center for…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:38

Library hosts Patton String Band

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The Patton String Band is set to perform at 7 p.m. on July 14, at the Macon County Public Library.…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:37

The Farewell Drifters return to Stecoah

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The Farewell Drifters will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center. The…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:36

Community band series continues

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The Haywood Community Band will present its third performance in the Maggie Valley Concert Series at 6:30 p.m. on July…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:36

Library hosts guitarist Pete Friedman

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Pete Friedman will bring his music to the Jackson County Public Library at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, with…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:35

Hit the ballroom dance floor this Friday

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Everyone is invited to the Haywood Dancers Ballroom Dance from 8 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, July 15, at Angie’s Dance…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:34

Hollywood humor hits Bryson City

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The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre presents its summer production “My Son is Crazy - But Promising” by Tim Kelly. The…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:34

Brain Gym opens to seniors

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The grand opening of the Boomerang Brain Gym is slated for 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 14, at 81 Elmwood…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:32

Discover the past in historic Glenville

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Historic Glenville churches, a one room school house and the Drake Cabin, parts of which are thought to be 150…
The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands continues its fine craft tradition July 21 to 24 in Asheville. More than…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:29

Franklin features mountain culture July 16

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The Franklin Folk Festival will celebrate its 8th year on July 16, continuing the tradition of craft, song, dance and…
The field was narrowed from five to two yesterday in the race for principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. When votes were tallied following the July 7 primary election, incumbent Michell Hicks and Patrick Lambert, Hicks’ challenger…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 11:42

Poets read from latest works

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City Lights in Sylva presents a reading featuring the poetry of Kathryn Byer and Susan Lefler at 7 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 11:37

The mystery of mountain ferns

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Identifying ferns is an entirely different process than, say, identifying wildflowers or trees. They don't display flowers, showy fruits, or…
Registration for a space-limited nature writers’ intensive workshop scheduled for this fall is now open. The Wilderness Society, a national…