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Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

‘Dracula’ to air on WWNC

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Western Carolina University’s original radio broadcast adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula will hit the Western North Carolina airwaves…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Gemboree returns to Franklin

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The 23rd annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree is Oct. 26-28, at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin. The Gemboree will…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

WCU to feature glass artists, demos

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The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University will host the exhibit “North Carolina Glass 2012: In Celebration of 50…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Cherokee loses art advocate

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Long-time Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual manager Betty Dupree has passed away. Dupree worked for 27 years as the manager…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

NOCtoberfest takes over Nantahala Gorge

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Showcasing all the great things fall has to offer, NOCtoberfest will be an all-day event Oct. 27 at the Nantahala…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

WNC Pottery Festival hits Dillsboro

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The 8th annual Western North Carolina Pottery Festival takes place from 1-5 p.m. Nov. 2 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov.…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Spicing up Southern Appalachia

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Though the weather is getting colder and winter is emerging on the horizon, Doug Weaver is all smiles. It’s open…
Migrating rose-breasted grosbeaks have been appearing at feeders throughout the Smokies region in recent weeks. Those birds that migrate hundreds…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 14:23

Get your cameras and get outside

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Lens Luggers of Western North Carolina is hosting an all-day photography outing Oct. 27 to suit even the novice recreationalist.…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 14:22

A Natural twist on Halloween fun

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Highlands Nature Center will host the Halloween “Enchanted Forest” Nature Trail Oct. 30 for a trick-or-treating experience in nature. Group…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 14:22

Blue Ridge Parkway goes mobile for leaf season

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Just in time for fall leaf season, a free new mobile app for the Blue Ridge Parkway and surrounding regions…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 14:20

Students lend a helping held to bald restoration

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A group of Western Carolina University students lent a hand to help restore the open balds on the summit of…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 14:19

Federal court upholds closure of the Tellico trails

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A federal judge has upheld the U.S. Forest Service and conservation groups’ efforts to close the Tellico Off-Road Vehicle Area…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 14:19

Weigh in on policies impacting locally-grown food

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Farmers are invited to a listening session on regulations that could hamper or help local food production and markets, being…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 14:18

Bears pilfer food from campsites in Pisgah National Forest

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Six bear encounters have been reported in the Pisgah District of the Pisgah National Forest over the past two weeks.…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 14:17

Run for the Power of Pink

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The Power of Pink 5K and Memory Walk to raise money for mammograms for underserved women will be held in…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 14:16

Turkey shoot-out golf tournament

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The annual Turkey Shoot-Out Golf tournament will be held November 10 and 11 at the Maggie Valley Club. The tournament…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 14:15

Franklin half-marathon held on Little T Greenway

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The 13-mile Conquer the Mountain Half Marathon will take place on the Little Tennessee Greenway in Franklin Saturday, Nov. 3.…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 14:14

A journey through the Smokies’ timber era past

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Hikers are invited to see the how the changes of time have affected the Great Smoky Mountains National Park during…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 14:12

Enjoy the fall colors on foot

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A 5-mile trail run will be held on the single-track trails of Nantahala Outdoor Center Saturday, Oct. 27.
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 14:10

For you the bells toll

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Waiting in the ubiquitous checkout line, I spied a National Geographic special publication, “50 of the World’s last great places…
It was the golden age of camping. It was absent of Gore-Tex, Smart Wool, Nalgene water bottles or light-weight Titanium…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:43

Adult writing group to meet

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A creative writing group for adults age 18 and over will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:42

Watkins to discuss Goll’s translation

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Jackson County writer (author of the heralded travel memoir East Toward Dawn) and translator Nan Watkins will be giving a…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:41

Author to speak about citizen empowerment

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Paul Loeb, a writer who has spent more than 30 years researching citizen responsibility and empowerment, will deliver a lecture…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:39

MacDonald may be innocent after all

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I always thought he was guilty. Any doubts that I might have felt vanished after I read Joe McGinniss’ Fatal…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:37

GOP mailings smear candidates, ignore facts

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To the editor: The world’s first political consultants were ancient Greeks known as Sophists who taught debating skills and boasted…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:35

Bear euthanasia was not first option

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By Gordon Myers • Guest Columnist A letter was recently circulated regarding the euthanizing of a black bear in the…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:35

We need specifics from Romney

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To the Editor: The first presidential debate underscored one thing — what does Romney intend to do when campaign rhetoric…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:33

The environment is key in this election

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To the Editor: Bottom line: our economy, our health and quality of life are all dependent on how we treat…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:33

Obama just hasn’t gotten the job done

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To the Editor: This will be the election of my lifetime. I was born before WWII. I have seen my…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:32

Is Romney really the person you want?

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To the Editor: After listening to Mitt Romney’s excuses over the last several months for what he has and is…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:32

Davis’ gain is public education’s loss

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To the Editor: At the county and state government levels budgets are about choices, and those choices have moral implications,…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:30

Parris lived in the moment, a rare trait indeed

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On any given Saturday morning for the past 20 years, I would roll out of bed, crank up the coffee…
Swain County might have to raise taxes or make budget cuts to keep its cash reserves from falling into unhealthy territory. Swain County’s cash reserves are hovering around $1.6 million, barely above the state-recommended minimum. Independent auditor Eric Bowman recently…
Just after the New Year, property owners in Swain County will find out just how well — or how poorly — their property weathered the real estate downturn. Swain County is wrapping up a countywide property revaluation, where every home,…
Despite having three Macon County commissioner seats on the ballot this fall, only one has any competition. In the conservative leaning county, two sitting Republican commissioners will stroll back on the board after no Democratic candidates stepped up to run…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:21

Haywood gets offer for vacant office building

A nonprofit in Waynesville has made an offer to buy a vacant building from Haywood County. LIFESPAN, which offers programs and services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has offered $145,000 for a small building next door…
Homeowners on Henry Dingus Way in Maggie Valley who don’t like their street name have struck out in their quest to get it changed. The Campbell Woods Property Owner’s Association have been trying since spring to change the name of…
The ordinance was discussed and drafted; Jackson County’s legal counsel had reviewed it; and it had the stamp of approval from the county manager. Once it got passed, the county would be able to corral and rein in protestors.
After several stumbling blocks, disbanded boards and departed directors, proponents of a Jackson County economic development program hope to soon be back on course.
Sitting in their bakery-café last week, Ann Cooper and Kim Buchanan were constantly intervening to expound on the other’s comments or completing each other’s thoughts.
Duck Duck Goose is hold a consignment sale from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 18-20 and Oct. 22, just off Russ Avenue on Walnut Street in Waynesville. The sale will include children’s clothing and other kids’ items, all being…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:13

Free baby gear during SIDS awareness month

MedWest-Haywood and the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation (NCHSF) will partner to distribute onesies, nightlights and parent checklists to new parents during October, in conjunction with National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month. The front side of the onesies…
The Sylva library will host a class on building a website at 5:45 p.m. Oct. 22 and another course on how to sell items on Craigslist.com at 5:45 p.m. Oct. 24 The classes are the first of a new series…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:12

Kids Against Hunger needs volunteers

Kids Against Hunger in Franklin is looking for people to help package meals at 8 a.m. Nov. 3 at the First Christian Church of Franklin. Kids Against Hunger packages nutritious meals for starving and malnourished children and families. The meals…
Sylva Rotary Club will host its twice-annual pancake breakfast from 7:30-10 a.m. on Oct. 26 at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Sylva. Proceeds will go to the local Neighbors in Need organization and the international Polio Plus program.…
Paul Loeb, a writer who has spent more than 30 years researching citizen responsibility and empowerment, will deliver a lecture at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center at Western Carolina University. The event is…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:11

Students register voters

A Haywood Community College political science class got a good dose of the mechanics of voting by running a voter registration booth on campus. “These students did this on their own time,” said Greg McLamb, HCC Lead History instructor. “Voting…
Nearly 200 people came out for a candidate forum in Jackson County Monday (Oct. 15) to listen to a slate of candidates spar over local, state, federal — and sometimes existential — issues facing Western North Carolinians today.