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Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:14

Expert to talk about the red wolf in the Appalachians

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The red wolf is one of the most endangered animals in the world and a native of North Carolina. Wildlife…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:06

Where martins hang

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Purple martin “scouts” are some of the earliest harbingers of spring. I recorded one in February at Black Bayou Lake…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:03

Global warming imperils Golden-winged warbler

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The steady decline of the Golden-winged Warbler on the Southern Appalachian landscape is a trend that not only threatens the…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:00

Dad is Fat, and comical truths about child rearing

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Thirty some years ago, my wife and I announced to my mother that we were expecting our first child. After…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:53

Mountain Momma

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I never realized little old ladies had such sharp elbows, or just how willing they were to use them, until…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:52

Friends of the Library holds book sale

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Support your local library by coming to the Haywood County Library annual Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.…
The Light of the Lake, a theatrical production evoking 100 years of Lake Junaluska history, will have its premier performance…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:51

Make your own pottery in Bryson City

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People of any skill level will have the opportunity to make their own pottery from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday,…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:50

HART reaches goal for new stage

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The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre (HART) in Waynesville reached its fund-raising goal of $600,000 sooner than expected, thanks to John…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:49

Gemboree returns to Macon

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Gem, mineral dealers and rock hounds will converge on the 48th annual Macon County Gemboree July 25-28 at the Macon…
Supporters of Francis Mill recently helped celebrate the mill’s designation as a National Register of Historic Places site. 
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:47

Renowned Gospel, Christian groups in Franklin

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The Talleys and Brian Free & Assurance will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 26, at the Smoky Mountain Center…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:45

This must be the place

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Don’t go in there. As long as I can remember, I’ve been told this. From my parents, teachers, friends or…
Legendary American tennis stars Andy Roddick and Jim Courier will battle it out in a charity exhibition match in Cashiers…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:42

Cullowhee traffic woes deserve attention

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To the Editor: Had I been a student at Western Carolina Teachers College (WCTC) in the late 1920s, I might…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:42

We are going wrong way on abortion issue

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To the Editor: I am old enough to remember the time before Roe v. Wade was passed. Almost every family…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:41

Rep. Presnell should keep out of merger

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To the Editor: We are thankful for The Smoky Mountain News coverage of the Lake Junaluska-Waynesville merger process. I am…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:40

N.C. should take politics out of redistricting

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By Martin Dyckman Blackbeard, North Carolina's most famous pirate, was a fitting precursor to the modern brigands at Raleigh. As…
Western Carolina University will erase 10 degree programs, including women’s studies and the graduate music courses, from its books during the next few years.
Well-known regional tourism expert Steve Morse has been hired by Western Carolina University to head its hospitality and tourism program.
It was a rather strange place to have a life-changing epiphany, but there he was, on the set of a British reality TV show in 2007, deep in the bowels of the Borneo jungles, when Jonathon Bryant found a purpose…
Canton will witness a mysterious mass exodus of its elected town board members following the town election this fall.
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:29

Town election ballots shake out

Towns across the mountains will hold elections for their mayors and town board leaders this fall. Some town races are shaping up to be hotly contested, like Maggie Valley with a deep bench of challengers, while others like Dillsboro have…
After a tumultuous start to hashing out a blueprint for this year’s finances, the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority reached a moment of harmony last week when its members unanimously adopted a budget.
Ron Clauser never saw himself as a lobbyist. He’s an accountant by trade, a world where logic and rationale rule the day. The same could be said of Ed LaFountaine, a career military man and retired major general in the…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:24

Folkmoot, 30 years in the making

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It was a phone call Rolf Kaufman will never forget. The year was 1983, and on the other end of…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:23

Bringing the world into your home

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The house is silent, but soon, it will be overflowing with voices, faces, words and languages known and unknown. Awaiting…
Jackson County got a green light from the state to move forward with plans to build a liquor store in Cashiers, despite more than two dozen residents voicing opposition to the particular location that was chosen.
Since Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort added table games with live dealers last year they’ve had to round up hundreds of new card dealers — and they’re still looking for more.
Renovating the antiquated, shuttered restrooms at the Waynesville Recreation Park will cost more than town officials anticipated, leaving them to question whether to bother or just scrap the plans altogether.
Street musicians are becoming a common sight in downtown Waynesville, despite a town policy that bans sidewalk performers from playing for tips.
Waynesville has outlawed the use of noisy engine-compression brakes by big trucks.
The number of high school students failing random drug tests in Haywood County has remained constant since the school system put a drug testing policy in place seven years ago.
The Waynesville Police Department helped craft and then usher four bills, or some version of them, through the N.C. General Assembly this year, giving law enforcement officers statewide new tools in the fight against drugs.
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:19

Back in the day, many built their own

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When I was a very young boy growing up in Virginia, there was a very old man in our neighborhood…
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:14

Tennis stars to face off in Cashiers

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Retired tennis stars Andy Roddick and Jim Courier will play a charity exhibition match, the UCB Mountain Challenge, on Saturday,…
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:13

Regional headwaters protected from development

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A $3 million federal grant will help protect 8,000 acres of working forestland in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North…
A project to help federally-listed aquatic species in Macon County has received $142,500 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.…
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:12

Bridge dedicated to honor whitewater hero

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Mystic Lands Property Owners Association has dedicated a bridge to honor Rob Kelly, a whitewater rafting guide who saved a…
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:11

Bear cables get a boost

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Backpackers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park can continue to keep their food and packs out of reach of…
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:10

Canton man to serve time for Max Patch destruction

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Tyler Pace is expected to report to the U.S. Marshals Service office in Asheville next week to start serving his…
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:08

Once abundant river cane is a dwindling resource

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Ethnobotanist David Cozzo will lead an eco tour on July 30 to the Tessentee Bottomland Preserve to discuss how the…
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:06

Carolina birder video bombed

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Carolina birder Matt Daw from Raleigh was videoing a least bittern last week as it foraged at Bosque Del Apache…
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:06

Jackson Farmer’s market summer sizzle cooking demos

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Chef Jen Pearson of Guadalupe Cafe will be showcasing eggplant in an original recipe during a local foods cooking demo…
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:04

From farm to table

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Get to know your local farmers and learn some tricks from green thumb masters during the annual Jackson County Farm…
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:02

The hard truth about the Cold War

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We Americans like to sidle around the truth nowadays, which we do by labeling ourselves relativists. Like Pontius Pilate, we…
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 14:50

Mountain Momma

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A whirlwind of global cultures, languages, costumes, music and dance has landed in WNC this week. The annual arrival of…
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 14:46

‘Brigadoon’ comes to HART

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Legendary Broadway musical “Brigadoon” runs at 7:30 p.m. July 18-20, 25-27, Aug. 1-3, and at 3 p.m. July 14, 21,…
The 10th annual Franklin Folk Festival, a “Celebration of Appalachian Heritage,” runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July…
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 14:39

Voices in the Laurel sings in New Orleans

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Members of Voices in the Laurel Children’s Choir have just returned from the Crescent City Choral Festival in New Orleans.…