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Wednesday, 22 July 2015 16:17

Discovering Rome with the help of American ex-pats

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When we think of American writers living and working overseas, most of us turn to those authors who lived in…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 16:02

Y’all ready for some BBQ?

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The “Smokin’ in the Valley” Western North Carolina BBQ Festival will be from noon to 9 p.m. July 24 and…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 16:01

WCU Summer Concert Series continues

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Americana ensemble Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends will perform as part of the “Summer Concert Series” at 7 p.m. Thursday,…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 16:00

Hillbilly Woodstock returns to Maggie Valley

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The 6th Annual Hillbilly Woodstock will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 31-Aug. 1 at the Maggie Valley Festival…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 15:34

Owner of the Sun — “Sharp Tongue”

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Setting down deep roots in Jackson County over the past couple of years, Owner of the Sun (Sylva-based by way…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 15:33

Mountain Faith appears on NBC

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All eyes were on Summer McMahan and company. “We were all so nervous going into the audition,” she said. “But, once…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 15:28

This must be the place

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Often times as a journalist, you just simply can’t get to everything.
Covered in paint speckles, Drew Duncan walked into O’Malley’s Pub & Grill on a recent Thursday evening. Finishing up work…
There are two types of mayors — the ones who show up to shake hands and kiss babies and the ones who take an active role in their town to make it a better place.  Maggie Valley Mayor Ron DeSimone…
As family members and friends took turns paying tribute to Ron DeSimone at his memorial mass on Tuesday, one word kept being repeated — love.
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 15:02

DeSimone dies in construction accident

Last Friday started out just like many other workdays for Maggie Valley Mayor Ron DeSimone.
The tragic accident that killed Mayor Ron DeSimone last week has left a hole in upcoming town elections this fall.
A bill paving the way for the merger of Lake Junaluska with the town of Waynesville was blocked at the 11th hour this week in the N.C. General Assembly.
Lisa Preston Clark wasn’t surprised to see the CD amid the items recovered from Cole Preston’s crashed car. The disc was all about living life from the heart, and that’s just how Clark’s 22-year-old nephew lived.
Homeowners in the high-end Balsam Mountain Preserve development are trying to strike a deal with an investment lender from New York to stop the foreclosure of their community nature center.
There’s talk in Cherokee of making the chief of police’s job an elected position following a resolution introduced by Travis Smith, a Birdtown resident who’s also a candidate for Tribal Council.
The town of Maggie Valley is small and only an average of 300 residents vote in any given election, but this year’s race for spots on the town board is shaping up to be full of competition.
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 14:43

Canton election gets two newcomers

Two new candidates have signed up to run against incumbent candidates Gail Mull and Ralph Hamlett for the Canton Board of Aldermen.
Several young residents have signed up to run for a seat on the Franklin Board of Aldermen while the race for mayor will be uncontested. 
The dust has settled following a last-minute scramble of candidates signing up to run for the Waynesville town board last week, and voters now have their work cut out.
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 14:38

New candidate takes on Bryson City mayor

The election for the Bryson City Board of Aldermen looked like it would be a landslide for the incumbents early last week, but that had all changed by last Friday as four more people signed up to run for office.
With election sign-ups now closed, it looks like Sylva’s guaranteed to get some younger membership on its board after November’s elections.
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 14:33

Dog owners brace for canine flu

Mountain dog owners may have started hearing rumor of a devastating canine flu strain coming their way, but according to area veterinarians there’s no cause for hysteria.
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 14:30

Frat disbanded by national organization

Western Carolina University’s chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha has had its share of troubles this year, and a recent decision from the national fraternity’s board of directors adds suspension — and a recommendation to eventually revoke the chapter’s charter —…
When my son, now grown, was about 9 or 10, he queried me one summer day about the foamy bubbles…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 18:07

Trail work causes closures in the Smokies

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Trails in the Forney Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park outside Bryson City will be closed this…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 18:06

Tribe earns award for greenhouse project

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A newly completed greenhouse project in Cherokee earned the tribe recognition from the Environmental Protection Agency this summer. 
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 18:04

What is white-nose syndrome?

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If you’ve heard rumor of an ecological catastrophe called white-nose syndrome, a lecture at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 18:03

Take a road trip on the Jackson farm tour

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From shitakes to goats to greenhouses, farms and gardens in Jackson County will let the public in for a behind-the-scenes…
For veterinarian Brian Birthright, what would become a lifelong passion for biking began in the most fitting of ways —…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:53

Manana is a shocking, dark and fantastic read

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I have been waiting for this book for a long time.  Back in 1978, I read Falling Angel, which was that…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:44

ArtShare benefit exhibit returns to Haywood

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The Haywood County Arts Council’s “Gallery & Gifts” (formerly Gallery 86) is hosting its annual ArtShare exhibit Aug. 4-31 in…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:43

Rare pottery exhibit at Shelton House

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New Western North Carolina pieces on loan from the collection of Rodney Leftwich will be displayed at the Shelton House’s…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:32

Chamber music series celebrates 46 years

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The Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival, one of the longest running chamber music festivals in the United States, presents its 46th…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:28

Gemboree celebrates 50 years

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The 50th annual Macon County Gemboree will be held July 23-26 at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:26

BBQ festival in Maggie Valley

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The “Smokin’ in the Valley” Western North Carolina BBQ Festival will be from noon to 9 p.m. July 24 and…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:24

Guitar duo embraces swing, blues classics

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Jazz Mountain will perform at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 19, at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Franklin.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:22

This must be the place

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My dog died. Not to be Debbie Downer or anything, but that sentence has been ricocheting around my head all…
I was a little apprehensive. Strolling into The Strand at 38 Main this past Friday evening, the buzz around downtown…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 16:49

Folkmoot is about more than dancing, watching

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By Hannah McLeod • Guest Columnist We all have those memories that lurk in the back of our brain, the hazy,…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 16:42

Our Edisto story is still being written

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EDISTO ISLAND, SC — Whether it is a time-honored family tradition or simply the very real possibility that, as a…
• Meet the performers• The 'glorious chaos' that is Folkmoot• Folkmoot redefines mission as 2015 festival gets underway• 2015 festival highlights• Schedule of events
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 16:19

Meet the performers of Folkmoot 2015

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Wednesday, 15 July 2015 16:18

Folkmoot USA 2015 highlights

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With just days until the 32nd annual Folkmoot USA international dance and music festival is set to kick off, the…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 16:13

The ‘glorious chaos’ that is Folkmoot

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Q&A with new Folkmoot Executive Director Angie Schwab, who took the reins in March from former director Karen Babcock.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 15:57

WCU’s Fine Art Museum opens gift shop

A new art museum gift shop, FAMShop, has opened in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on the Western Carolina University campus, close to the Fine Art Museum galleries. The shop offers a wide variety of works…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 15:56

Haywood Chamber doles out awards

Several individuals and business owners were recently recognized during the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner and awards ceremony. Pisgah Inn received the Special Business Recognition; Waynesville Automotive received Business of the Year; Frog Level Brewing received Entrepreneur of…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 15:51

Shaw donates lumber for restoration project

Shaw Industries recently donated more than 2,700 board feet of lumber to The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee that will be used to help restore a historic farmstead on LTLT’s Tessentee Bottomland Preserve property in Otto. The donation is…
With so many roads needing to be repaved in Bryson City and so little money to do it with, the town board of aldermen has to make tough decisions and try to prioritize a short list of projects each year.