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Wednesday, 24 April 2013 02:05

Cliff swallows return

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That’s the news. Our common breeding swallows have always been purple martins, barn swallows, and northern rough-winged swallows. To a…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 02:00

Sign up for the WNC trail event of the decade

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A national convergence of Appalachian Trail fans and hiking enthusiasts will descend on Western Carolina University this summer for the…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 02:00

Bugle Corp recognized for their volunteerism

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In honor of National Volunteer Week, Friends of the Smokies is recognizing the work of the Elk Bugle Corps. The…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:56

Protected watershed offers rare public hike

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A guided hike to the usually off-limits Waynesville watershed will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:55

Protestors call for action on global warming

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A group of about 30 demonstrators gathered last Monday at the public fountain on Main Street in downtown Sylva to…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:53

Winter floods close some Smokies trails, repairs pending

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A section of the Noland Creek Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be closed to hikers and horseback…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:52

Races, paddling, music and more at NOC

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Visitors to the Nantahala Gorge this weekend can take in a full lineup of freestyle paddling competitions, outdoor activities, film…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:51

Be a responsible ramp picker this spring

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Spring means ramp season in Western North Carolina, but the ramp population in Southern Appalachians is being hurt by over-harvesting.
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:50

Have what it takes to be a junior ranger?

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park will celebrate the National Junior Ranger Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday,…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:49

Homecoming

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The blue-headed vireo sang to me of spring sometime around the first week of April. Blue-headeds are generally the last…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:45

Honeybee disappearance baffles experts

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Beekeepers in Western North Carolina were hit especially hard this winter by a mysterious rash of bee disappearances.  Amateur Haywood…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:41

Haywood library offers free digital magazine downloads

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Haywood County Public Library announces the addition of Zinio to its system. Zinio is an online service that allows you…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:39

Tension-soaked novel is one of Appalachia’s best

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Mark Powell’s The Dark Corner is probably the best Appalachian novel that I have read in the last decade. It is…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:31

WNC Ecofest comes to Haywood

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WNC Ecofest will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Haywood Community College. The festival…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:30

Folkmoot festival holds Canton fundraiser

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Folkmoot USA will kick off its 30th anniversary year with the “BIG 30” from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, May…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:30

Historian to discuss secret son of Cashiers founder

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Local historian Jane Nardy will lead a presentation on the secret child of Mordecai Zachary at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:29

Thunder in the Smokies rides into Maggie Valley

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The Handlebar Corral presents the annual Thunder in the Smokies spring rally will be held May 3-5 in Maggie Valley.
Tennis superstars Andy Roddick and Jim Courier will play a charity exhibition match on Saturday, July 27, at Cedar Creek…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:26

Dunn to play Harrah’s

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Country star Ronnie Dunn will be taking the stage at 9 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center.
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:24

Photography exhibit goes underwater

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Haywood County Arts Council announces a new exhibition, “Under the Sea,” featuring work by Dr. John Highsmith from May 1-27…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:23

Controlled Chaos Film Festival comes to Cullowhee

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Films created by Western Carolina University students will be screened at the fifth annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival at 7…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:21

Aiming for the soul, one note at a time

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When finding your artistic voice, it’s about moving forward and not looking back, being true to yourself and refusing to…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:19

Spring up at Greening Up

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The 16th annual Greening Up the Mountains festival takes place Saturday, April 27, on Main and Mill streets in historic…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:08

Democrats need to unite behind Christopher

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To the Editor: I’m deeply troubled to learn that some Haywood Democrats are still disgruntled about the appointment of Greg…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:07

Career politicians are the problem

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To the Editor: Career politicians are ruining this country. Unfortunately, once elected, most of our politicians’ concerns are to become…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:06

Dillsboro and Jackson need railroad back

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To the Editor: How will the saga of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad end? There have been many letters written…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:05

I will miss my conversations with Roger Ebert

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I cannot credit film critic Roger Ebert, who died just a couple of weeks ago after a lengthy battle with…
Chris Cooper, associate professor and head of the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs at Western Carolina University, has been named one of the best teachers in the University of North Carolina system in recognition of his engaging and…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 00:52

WCU names Drake to board

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors elected Phil Drake, chief executive officer of Drake Enterprises, and Kenny Messer, an executive with Milliken Corp., to four-year terms on the Western Carolina University Board of Trustees. A native of Franklin,…
The Fines Creek Community Association is offering $500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors living within the Fines Creek, Panther Creek and White Oak communities, as well as home-schooled students who graduate from a program certified by the N.C. Division…
A free kids festival featuring music, activity areas, performances and give-aways will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Haywood County Fairground by Haywood Smart Start. There will be craft and activity stations for…
It is a day Lawrence Hyatt looks forward to all year — venturing into the Smokies backcountry to pay homage at the graves of early settlers who lived there.
Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center has unveiled a $40 million, 10-year campus master plan in hopes of bolstering convention business and attracting a new breed of resort tourist.
Ask vacationers why they pick Jackson County, and you might heard words like “escape,” “relief” and “tradition.” 
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 00:23

Lots of winners in festival grants

The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority will hand out a bevy of grants for festivals and niche tourism projects throughout the county this year — most of them old standards but a few new events.
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 00:21

Folkmoot back in the tourism grant fold

The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority will restore annual grant funding for Folkmoot USA, reversing a move last year to cut off the highly popular international folk dance festival. 
The Maggie Valley town board will soon divest itself from the role of both judge and jury for new businesses moving into the town’s commercial district.
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 00:17

Flourishing in a fading art form

It’s Monday morning, and Mary Lou Rinehart is taking a moment to relax. Owner of Clyde Ray’s Flower Shop in Waynesville, Rinehart spent most of the weekend putting the final touches on innumerable corsages and arrangements for the two high…
Jackson County Schools brokered a sweet deal with county commissioners last year, or so it seemed at the time. School leaders wanted to build a new gym and auditorium at Smoky Mountain High School in Sylva, but the $11.4 million…
A 16-year-old Tuscola High School student was arrested by Haywood County Sheriff’s Office deputies Thursday afternoon, April 18, and charged with a felony after telling fellow students he planned to commit mass acts of violence at the school the following…
If a student at Central Elementary has a particularly tough weekend at home, school counselor Leslie Smith won’t get to hear about it until four days later.
As Lieutenant James Rossi took the stage in his fatigues, a toddler’s voice cut across the auditorium, breaking the otherwise formal and borderline somber ceremony marking the imminent deployment of local National Guard troops to Afghanistan.
The domestic violence nonprofit REACH of Macon County is facing a more than $80,000 shortfall next year due partly to state budget cuts and partly to repercussions of stepping up to the plate when assault victims in neighboring Jackson County…
Nearly a year has passed since a domestic violence support agency in Jackson County abruptly shut down under financial duress, and so far there’s no sign on the horizon of a new nonprofit to fill the void. In the meantime,…
For years, state funding for libraries has been on the decline. But librarians in Western North Carolina are not taking this next round lying down. In response to a recommendation by Gov. Pat McCroy to cut the state library budget…
The construction of a bridge and entrance road to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ second casino in Murphy has jumped from not even on the radar to the front of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s list of top road-building…
As the manhunt ends, the nation begins to cope and the primary suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing either lay dead or in custody, Dr. Allan Panter, a Sylva emergency room doctor who visited Boston for the race, is still…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:48

The blue-grey gnatcatcher is a mighty mite

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Elizabeth and I were sitting on the deck Monday evening when a tiny bird made an abbreviated appearance — apparently…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:47

Beginners luck, or magic touch?

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Fire is a life source. Without fire or some other form of heat, it’s nearly, if not impossible, to survive…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:46

Volunteers needed to liaison with elk viewers

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting volunteers to impart wildlife viewing etiquette in high-traffic tourist areas at the…