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Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:24

Valuing the process more than the outcome

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This is one tradition that could just die and I don’t think many will care. I’m talking about the recently…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:15

Asheville baristas’ behavior a sad commentary

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I had never heard of “The Red Pill Theory” or the “manosphere” until I saw references to them in the…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:14

Smart action on cell towers in Jackson

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By Craig Pendergrast • Guest Columnist I am writing to applaud the Jackson County commissioners for recently completing a difficult re-write…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:12

Dealing with the dreaded writer’s block

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In the June 14, 2004, issue of The New Yorker magazine, there is an essay titled “Blocked! Why Do Writers…
When National Park Service officials increased Seasonal Law Enforcement Training from 400 hours to 650, they decided to use Southwestern Community College’s Public Safety Training Center in Franklin as the pilot program for the new regimen. “SCC-PSTC consistently demonstrates a…
Starting Sept. 28, employees and visitors to the Jackson County Justice and Administration Building will no longer have their choice of doors through which to reach their destination. Instead, the building will become a one-entrance-only building, with a security guard…
Do visitor centers still have a role in the new world of travel intel? That’s the question Haywood County tourism leaders have been pondering for the past year. And it’s not been an easy one to answer.
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:51

Nonprofits line up for Franklin funding

Each year, Macon County organizations stand before the Franklin Board of Aldermen to ask for a piece of the nonprofit grant funding the town sets aside in the budget.
An outbreak of the highly contagious intestinal bug known as norovirus has been raging through North Canton Elementary School over the past two weeks, but illness now seems to be on the downswing — to the relief of parents and…
Six years ago, Becky Ramey and Terry Frady started a little festival in the parking lot of their Maggie Valley restaurant with improv performers on the back of a flatbed truck and one keg of beer.
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:42

SCC gets input on future of Swain campus

What should the future of Southwestern Community College look like in Swain County five to 10 years from now?
Its future has been envisioned as an agricultural center, a recreation facility, a Cherokee cultural site, a farming co-op and an empty field. Now there’s a new twist in the plot toward settling the future of a defunct county-owned factory…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:36

Where art meets architecture

Sam Olbekson has never met a duality he couldn’t reconcile. As the lead architect for the $110 million Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel opening near Murphy next week, Olbekson’s design will make a lasting impression of the region on…
Spirits were high last week as Lumpy Lambert made his morning lap around the floor of the new casino. The count down was on, with just a week to go until the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians would open its new…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:29

Savannah community could get its first park

If the details work out, Jackson County’s Savannah community could soon have a park to call its own. 
Waynesville leaders have granted a free pass on many of its aesthetic development standards to pave the way for a large warehouse facility being built by Giles Chemical, the Waynesville-based company that is the largest North American manufacturer of Epsom…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:20

Waynesville rolls out the red carpet for riders

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It’s all hands on deck this weekend as Waynesville prepares to welcome more than 1,100 cyclists and their families to…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:16

Haywood wants a share of cycling tourists

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Since the first wheels starting turning in 2010’s inaugural Blue Ridge Breakaway bike ride, cycling has been picking up speed…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:07

Signs pinpoint greenway opportunities in Haywood

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The results of a plan to install signs demystifying Haywood’s disjointed collection of greenway paths will be unveiled at a…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:06

Kid-friendly event celebrates National Hunting and Fishing Day

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A family-friendly event celebrating fishing, hunting and wildlife conservation will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26,…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:04

LTLT named river champion

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The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee was named the Tennessee River Champion of the year by the Tennessee Valley…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:03

Film showcasing forestry’s WNC roots premiers on UNC-TV

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A documentary telling the story of Dr. Carl Schenck, the German forester who managed the Biltmore Estate’s forests and helped…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:02

Conservation award nominations open

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Nominations are open to recognize the people and businesses most instrumental in promoting conservation this year for MountainTrue’s annual awards. …
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:01

Pink it up: annual race raises money for mammograms

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It’s time to get ready for a relay, race and walking event raising money for breast cancer detection, coming up…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:00

Referendum on tobacco assessment coming up

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On Nov. 19, North Carolina tobacco growers will get to choose whether to continue paying 10 cents per 100 pounds…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 13:59

Free annual National Park passes offered to fourth-graders

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway are always free to enter, but fourth grade students have…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 13:56

Water quality monitors wanted

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People wanting to get wet while volunteering to keep an eye on water quality in local streams have a chance…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 13:55

Symposium to explore mountain plant lore

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The annual symposium “Rooted in the Mountains: Valuing our Common Ground” at Western Carolina University will be held on Thursday,…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 13:53

Smokies rangers battle graffiti

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With the fall season coming, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is gearing up to guard against graffiti — lasting…
Monday, 21 September 2015 14:41

Search continues for missing hiker

The search for an overdue Tennessee hiker in the Shining Rock wilderness area continues for a second day after Sunday’s search yielded no sightings.
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 17:45

End of the bloody tetrad

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All the lunar-phobes out there, as well as many of the astronomically challenged – like me, will be praying for…
A half-hour into the morning, Carol Larson has the gleaning operation smoothly underway at Skipper Russell’s farm in Bethel. A…
Clad in his signature overalls, Joe Smiley leaned on his rake, taking in the tranquil late-summer scene: pie-pans strung among…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 17:28

Make hiking a family affair

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From Georgia to Maine, outings celebrating Family Hiking Day will provide opportunities to explore the Appalachian Trail the weekend of…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 17:26

Fall ranger programs start up in the Smokies

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It’s once more fall in the Smokies, and that means a reboot of ranger programs to reflect the season. The…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 17:25

Experience the elk rut

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An excursion to witness the peak of the elk rut in Cataloochee Valley will set out Wednesday, Sept. 23, part…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 17:20

Wild poses

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This great horned owl is among the stunning wildlife photography of Ed and Cindy Boos on display this month at…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 17:18

NOC closes out season with gear crazy GAF

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A weekend featuring games, music, rafting, bike competitions and plenty more will comprise Nantahala Outdoor Center’s annual Guest Appreciation Festival…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 17:13

Essays highlight breadth of Styron’s knowledge

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Some 30 years ago or so, William Styron — the acclaimed author of novels like The Confessions of Nat Turner…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:44

Roller derby slides into Bryson

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The Smoky Mountain Rollergirls will take on the Middle Georgia Derby Demons on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Swain County…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:43

Asheville Symphony, WCU team up

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Western Carolina University student musicians will join members of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra for a performance of orchestral masterworks at…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:41

Mountain Heritage Day celebrates Appalachian culture

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The 41st annual Mountain Heritage Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Western…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:39

Galaxy of Stars opens with tribute to Groucho

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Award-winning actor and director Frank Ferrante will perform his acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx at 3 p.m. Sunday,…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:37

Highlands gala welcomes Three Tenors and a Diva

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The Three Tenors and a Diva Gala will be held at 5 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Highlands Performing Arts…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:36

Disco for a soulful cause

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The inaugural Mountain Disco Music Festival will be held from 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Soul Infusion…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:34

This must be the place

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I just wanted to break 18 minutes. Taking a seat in Ms. Trudeau’s second period social studies class, all I had…
Standing behind the counter of High Country Tire, Summer McMahan is a long way from the bright lights of New…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:21

Community needs supporters to step up

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To the Editor: This past weekend I had the privilege of working beside my fellow students and colleagues in an…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:20

When faith and government collide

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To the Editor: In Rowan County, Kentucky, Kim Davis has been ordered to jail for contempt of court.  Her confinement…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:06

Canton can rebrand itself, but it won’t be easy

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With the right leadership, it can happen. If the national and regional economy continues chugging along for another few years…