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Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:17

Public perspectives on Corridor K

Health and Prosperity Two of the main arguments in favor of Corridor K construction are safety and economic growth. Road advocates maintain that having an easily traveled corridor into the area will allow larger companies — and their requisite supplies…
In Graham County, a public hearing last week on Corridor K drew a crowd of 200 people, speaking for and against a new four-lane highway that would end rural isolation but destroy virgin countryside in the process. The 9.9-mile highway…
At Macon Barber Shop, you can get a haircut for $10 and a shampoo for $5, but the talk is free for the asking. In between snips of her scissors and reaching, on occasion, for the electric razor used to…
Angel Medical Center in Franklin, one of the last, small independent hospitals in the state, is now part of Mission Health System in Asheville. After months of negotiations, Angel last week came under Mission’s management umbrella — likely a temporary…
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:01

Ubiquitous phone book still a staple

This June, 91,000 pounds of paper will make its way into Western North Carolina. Some of it will end up in kitchen drawers, some will be used as doorstops, some will end up as litter dotting the roads, while still…
For Mary Edwards, the owner of Craft Collection in downtown Waynesville, news of a possible Michaels coming to town is devastating. “Well, that’s the end of me,” said Edwards. “I’m small, so I can’t complete with big stores.” Edwards is…
Belk department store in Waynesville might be moving from its anchor spot beside Ingle's grocery store to a much larger and brand-new building beside Super Wal-Mart.A Michaels craft store and Pet Smart might also join the ranks of big-box chain…
Tuesday, 17 May 2011 20:08

Tea time for the arts

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Get a taste of English tradition at Mountain High Tea, a fundraising party for the Haywood County Arts Council. The…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 12:32

Cancer survivor reads from memoir at City Lights

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Bryson City resident Jane Spotted Bird will read from her recently published memoir, Still Here: Dancing to the Beat of…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 12:32

Author to speak on the publishing

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The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will host an afternoon with Kim Michele Richardson, author of The Unbreakable Child:…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 12:30

A thinking person’s crime novel

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Kind hearts, allow me to introduce Police Detective, Harry Hole. Let me warn you in advance, he is an alcoholic…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:50

Magnolias not just a Deep South species

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Mention magnolias and images of plantations and mint juleps come to mind. But here in Western North Carolina we have…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:49

Brazilian soccer camp brings skills to youth

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The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer TetraBrazil Soccer Camp for ages 10 to 18 July 11 through 15…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:49

Competitive youth soccer try-outs

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Carolina Mountains Soccer Club in Haywood County is holding tryouts May 24 through 26 for the coming season. The soccer…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:48

Teams forming for adult summer soccer league

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Adults with a hankering for soccer this summer can sign up to play in a league run by the Haywood…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:47

Gardening for Wildlife series in Macon

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Do you want to attract more birds, butterflies, beneficial insects and other native species to your backyards? It’s easy, fun…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:46

Learn how to build a backyard habitat

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The Great Smoky Mountains Audubon Society will hold a Backyard Habitat Workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:46

Four planets visible to naked eye in May

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Western North Carolina stargazers will be able to witness a rare astronomical phenomenon this month when four of the five…
The Mountain Sports Festival returns to Asheville on May 27-29, with a line up to entice any pro or amateur…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:45

Make money off your forestland

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A wildcrafting, general make-your-forest work for you workshop is scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 26 at the…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:44

Lend a hand for the birds

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Volunteers are needed at the bird-monitoring station at Tessentee Bottomland Preserve in Macon County. The program is a nationwide effort…
Want to see some of the best fly-fishing imaginable? The 2011 U.S. National Fly Fishing Championship will be held May…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:40

Quiet please!

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Last Saturday morning I was racing around in the woods of the Tusquitee Ranger District on the other side of…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:40

Get on that bike and ditch the car

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A “Bike to Work” ride will be held in Waynesville May 20 on National Bike to Work Day. The length…
Hiwassee-Valley Land Trust, a project of the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee, has purchased the 100-acre Salman Farm that…
Some of the scientists helping to identify every living species in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are giving up…
I traveled over the Balsams this past weekend from Sylva to Lake Junaluska for a native plant sale, and I’m…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:28

Leadership Institute can solve problems

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To the Editor: The  Natural Resources Leadership Institute is a multi-faceted instructional and community service program of North Carolina Cooperative…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:27

House budget proposal goes down wrong path

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To the Editor: The House in Raleigh recently passed a budget with deep spending cuts. According to Forbes.com, House Speaker…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:24

US policy on killing is confusing

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With its unending contradictions, life is at best confusing and at worst inexplicable. The U.S. is in the minority of…
North Carolina is facing a budget crisis. I get that. What I don’t get is the proposed slashing of so…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:18

Voices in the Laurel choir holds auditions

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Auditions for the 2011-2012 season of Voices in the Laurel will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday,…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:18

Calling vendors for mountain festival

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Arts, crafts and food vendors are being sought to participate in Mountain Heritage Day, Western Carolina University’s annual fall festival…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:17

Celebrate summer at Mustang Roundup

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The annual Smoky Mountain High School Mustang Roundup is scheduled for May 21, sponsored by the Smoky Mountain High School…
Brevard’s Hogtown Squealers Band will play a concert of traditional string band music at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 22,…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:16

Concert to benefit Pigeon Center

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A special evening concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 27, at Grace Episcopal Church in Waynesville.…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:11

May 24 Balsam Range show to be featured on television

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Members of the Haywood County-based Balsam Range will be joined by the host of the television show “Life in the…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:10

Corvettes welcome NASCAR

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The Vettes in the Valley Corvette show will be held May 28 and 29 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:09

Osmond Brothers still strong after five decades

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The Osmond Brothers are coming to the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:08

Benefit concert raises funds for kids

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A benefit concert featuring Jon Byrd and Milan Miller will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, at…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:07

Dillsboro begins block party season

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Dillsboro will close Front Street to host a block party from on the third Saturday of each month from now…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:01

Local brewer celebrates one year

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Nantahala Brewing will celebrate its one-year anniversary at noon on Saturday, May 21, at the new tap room in Bryson…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:00

Newest quilt block hung in Maggie Valley

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The Haywood County Arts Council’s Quilt Trails project unveiled its first quilt block in Maggie Valley in April at the…
You know it’s summer in Sylva when Concerts on the Creek gets going, bringing local and regional music and family…
Jackson County Schools has hired Michael Murray, currently associate superintendent of Operations for McDowell County Schools, as its new superintendent. Murray will replace Sue Nations, who is retiring. Murray has been with the McDowell County school system for the past…
When having a conversation with Penny Morgan, you’ll hear a lot of phrases that aren’t often associated with business in Haywood County. “Military contracts” is probably the most notable. “Top secret” might be another. Morgan owns a company called Aermor,…
A new $12 million entrance road for Southwestern Community College got preference over other road projects in the region in recent years, partly thanks to support from the right friends in the right places. Conrad Burrell, the chairman of the…
The motivation behind a $12 million entrance road to Southwestern Community College has been called into question by a Jackson County commissioner. Jack Debnam, chairman of the Jackson County commissioners, claims the road catapulted past others to the top of…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 19:51

Youth camp offered this summer in Haywood

“Buzz’s Summer Blast Youth Camp” at MedWest Health & Fitness Center in Haywood County will be held two weeks this summer, June 20 to June 24 and July 25 through July 29. The camp will offer games, activities and exploration…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 19:50

Summer camp to ignite creativity

Rising second through ninth graders can promote their creativity and problem solving skills at the ninth annual Rocket to Creativity Camp at Western Carolina University this summer. The camp lasts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 27, through…