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Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:11

Swain to host wedding expo

The annual Swain County Wedding Expo will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Nantahala Village Resort and Spa. The expo will showcase local bakeries, caterers, florists and more while promoting the area as…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:10

Business owners rally to make Maggie blossom

Maggie Valley is gearing up for its next round of beauty treatments in an ongoing effort to spruce up the town and bring some color to its streets. The beautification program, led by master horticulturalist and Maggie Valley resident Clayton…
After eight years of entertainment, Maggie Valley’s largest venue is closing its doors, falling prey to the poor economy. 800-seat Eaglenest Entertainment was one of the largest in Haywood County and has drawn big-name acts such as Percy Sledge and…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:08

Senior expo offers free health screenings

A senior expo and health fair in Franklin will provide free seminars, health screenings, entertainment and refreshments from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Macon County Community Facilities Building. The event is sponsored by MedWest Health…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:08

Tap personal potential with workshop

A workshop geared toward reaching emotional freedom and full-potential, “7 Keys to Self Empowerment,” will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, at Apple Hill Farms in Waynesville. The intent of the program is to transform…
Budget concerns that the state will dump responsibilities on local governments, and anecdotal assessments of the current economic climate, dominated a meeting last week of Macon County’s elected local leaders. The informal, relatively freewheeling discussion took place over plates of…
Western Carolina University’s next chancellor is David Belcher, a classically trained pianist who is currently a top administrator at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Belcher, 53, will start his appointment July 1. His base salary will be $275,000.…
The last time David Belcher played publicly was about a year or so ago, when he paired with cellist Melita Hunsinger of the Arkansas Symphony orchestra in a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op.…
The cross on Mount Lyn Lowry still lies dormant, but repairs are under way with hopes that the bulbs will be shining again by Easter. The 60-foot cross is a nighttime landmark in the Balsam mountains between Waynesville and Sylva.…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:57

The Bobcats are back at HCC

“Go Bobcats!” can now be the cry at Haywood Community College, where they’ve adopted the feline as their new mascot. The bobcat doesn’t, as yet, have a name but the school plans to hold a contest this autumn to christen…
Despite its vibrant façade, downtown Waynesville hasn’t been immune to the economic recession. So Richard Miller was surprised, to put it mildly, when he learned his downtown building doubled in value over the past five years — at least according…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:51

Civic orchestra wraps up season

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The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra will end the season with a concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, in…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:50

HCC brings marketing to the arts

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A free seminar entitled Marketing for the Craftsperson and Artist will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday,…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:50

WCU percussionists perform original work

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Western Carolina University’s Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Mario Gaetano, will perform at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 14,…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:49

HART presents ‘The Cemetery Club’

The comedy “The Cemetery Club” opens April 15 at Haywood Arts Regional Theater’s Studio Theater in Waynesville,with performances at 7:30 p.m. on April 15, 16, 22 and 23 and 3 p.m. on April 17 and 24. The show tells the…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:49

HART to hold auditions for ‘Deathtrap’

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The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its June production of “Deathtrap” at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday and…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:47

Duncan performs for album release

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Barbara Duncan will hold a release party for her new album, Music Says Go, at 7 p.m. on Friday, April…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:46

Put together your Peeps diorama

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A Peeps Diorama Contest is being held at the Marianna Black Library for teens in grades six through 12. Entrants…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:45

Learn Coptic bookbinding in Franklin April 16

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Learn the art of Coptic bookbinding with artist Katherine Cays from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16,…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:44

Create cards with local artist

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A Craft Club workshop teaching the art of crystal acetate card making will last from 10 a.m. until noon on…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:38

WNC welcomes Easter traditions

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When the sun crests the mountains’ edge Easter morning, it will creep down through the hills and fall on Lake…
It’s what everyone wants to know: is their neighbor’s house worth more or less than their own? It’s not hard to find out at the county’s mapping site, where there’s a plethora of property revaluation data to keep even the…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:58

In the beginning… some very eloquent sentences

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As I begin writing this it’s midnight, April 4-5, 2011. When insomnia strikes I always look for something to read.…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:58

Poetry contest for Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

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“I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree” … wait, that’s been done, hasn’t it?…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:57

Stocked trout season has arrived

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Fishermen took to the creeks and rivers last weekend with the opening of hatchery-supported trout waters. The N.C. Wildlife Resources…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:56

Spring brings trout stocking and U.S. championship

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The Western North Carolina Fly-fishing trail is being stocked with 49,400 trout up through June, with the U.S. National Fly…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:56

Fontana bass fishing tournament

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The annual Fontana Classic Bass Tournament will be held April 9 and 10, a chance for anglers to compete for…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:55

Racers get ready for Lake Junaluska duathlon

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Local athletes who enjoy the challenging combination of a mountain-terrain duathlon — a 2.2-mile run, followed by a 20-mike bike…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:54

Looks like this race is a winner

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The Lilly of the Valley half-marathon attracted a whopping 164 runners last weekend, triple what organizers expected for the inaugural…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:53

Volunteer to keep the Tuck clean

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Raft loads of volunteers will take to the Tuckaseigee River on Saturday, April 16, for the 27th annual clean-up organized…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:52

WCU outdoor adventure summer camp

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From kayaking to rock climbing, elementary and middle school students can sample outdoor adventure through the Catamount Adventure Camps this…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:52

Gorges State Park hosts spring celebration

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Gorges Gratitude Day will be held Saturday, April 16, featuring special presentations on a variety of topics, live music, food,…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:50

A perfect fit

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The planets must have been in alignment when Buddy Young, director of residential services at Lake Junaluska, and Candace Stimson,…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:47

Gearing up for spring

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Kathy Calabrese, who makes herbal-medicine products such as lip balms, sprays and salves using herbs she grows at her Whittier…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:45

Sentimental story is also very memorable

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The Memory of Running is a “road book.” In some respects it resembles what critics in the 19th century called…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:45

Thomas Rain Crowe to Read from New Poetry Collection

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Tuckasegee poet Thomas Rain Crowe will be at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 8,…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:44

Take N.C. 107 bypass off priority list

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To the Editor: Jackson County Commissioners are ranking road improvement projects in the County’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) at their…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:44

Haywood Chamber needs visitor center

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To the Editor: The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority board has voted to cut funding to the Haywood County Chamber…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:43

GOP legislators try to block federal money

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To the Editor: The good news is the North Carolina Department of Transportation has received a $461 million federal grant…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:43

Voter ID bill just a waste of good money

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To the Editor: As an advocate for seniors and senior services, I find I am more and more concerned about…
Maybe I’m just self-absorbed, but I swear that when I’m interested in something, it often seems as if the whole…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:35

For better or worse, for normal or weird

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One of the advantages of getting older is that you learn a few things if you pay attention. For example,…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:20

Grab bargains at indoor yard sale

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An indoor yard sale will take over the Ramsey Regional Activity Center at Western Carolina University from 8 a.m. to…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:19

Create soaps, salts, rugs at crafting classes

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Learn to make scented soap, bath salts or a hooked mug rug in three new classes from 10 a.m. on…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:18

Writers’ group welcomes local author

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Heather Newton, author of Under the Mercy Trees, will be the speaker for the Mountain Writers’ Network at 1 p.m.…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:17

‘Shipwrecked’ to stage at HART

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The Haywood Arts Regional Theater is gearing up for its next production, “Shipwrecked,” showing at 7:30 p.m. on April 8…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:16

Dance and dine at monthly contra day

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A free contra dance will be held from 2:30 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, at the Bridge Park…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:16

Take the A train with WCU stage play

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Western Carolina University theater students will present the unconventional “The Atrainplays, Vol. 2” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, through…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:14

Voices in the Laurel 15th Anniversary Gala Concert

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Western North Carolina’s renowned youth choir Voices in the Laurel will perform with award winning composer and guest conductor Dr.…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:13

Overlook Players to do ‘Sound of Music’

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Franklin’s Overlook Players will perform Rogers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” April 14 through 17 at the Smoky Mountain…