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An ongoing investigation into gravestones purchased from Moody’s Funeral Home in Sylva but never delivered to the buyers has resulted in charges against the former funeral home director.
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Winter mushrooms a welcome find

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Most people who hunt mushrooms do so in late summer and fall when an array of choice edibles are abundant…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Historic Appalachian Trail shelter gets a lift

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The Nantahala Hiking Club recently renovated an 80-year-old Appalachian Trail shelter about a mile north of Burningtown Gap in Macon…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Franklin Young Professionals awarded for trash pick-up

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The Franklin Young Professionals were recently awarded a plaque for their participation in the N.C. Big Sweep river cleanup this…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Foundation makes year-end push for one donation per mile

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The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation has once again launched a year-end fundraising campaign called the 469 Challenge. Inspired by the…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Project to engage farmers in biofuel industry

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A $130,000 grant from The Biofuels Center of North Carolina is providing seed money aimed at developing the clean energy…
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a great wilderness of about a half-million square acres. It has been the…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

WNC lakes join list with mercury warning for fish

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Two more lakes in the region are now under a fish consumption advisory due to mercury contamination. Unsafe levels of…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Re-discovering a child’s outlook and a sense of humor

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Although its publisher marketed Robert Munsch’s Love You Forever as a children’s book, this touching story of a mother’s love…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Help protect local nonprofits from fiscal cliff fallout


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To the Editor: As the executive director of Cherokee Preservation Foundation for the past 10 years, I’ve seen the tremendous…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Make gun, ammo buyers pay to solve problem

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Gary Peebles • Guest Columnist In an entirely predictable way, the Connecticut shootings have touched off another round in the…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Investment in mental health might provide some answers

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By Bob Scott • Guest Columnist After the killing of 26 children and adults by a young man using a…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Martin’s CD explores somber themes without being dark

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By Dean Williams • Contributing Writer Angela Faye Martin’s Anniversary, the follow-up CD to her Mark Linkous produced Pictures From…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

KC and The Sunshine Band hits Harrah’s Cherokee

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Keeping disco alive, legendary group KC and The Sunshine Band will be hitting the stage with their wild, funky music…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Celebrate the end of the World with polka and craft beer

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There will be a winter solstice party at from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at City Lights Café…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

WCU professor releases live-recorded jazz album

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Pavel Wlosok, associate professor of jazz studies in the Western Carolina University School of Music, is releasing a jazz record…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Steep Canyon Rangers receive Bluegrass Grammy nomination

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Nationally acclaimed bluegrass sensation Steep Canyon Rangers from Asheville has racked up yet another accolade — and their second Grammy…
He went east to discover the final frontier. In 1937, Californian Joseph S. Hall was a 30-year-old graduate student. Hired…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 15:13

Memories of the lost village of Needmore

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Is there another region in the United States that has had more flourishing towns and villages disappear than the one…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 15:05

REI grant used to save Chimney Tops trail in the Smokies

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Recreational Equipment Inc. donated $5,000 to support the Smokies Trails Forever program and helped fund a crew and 106 volunteers…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 15:03

New speciality plate looking for support

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Show your support for the Mountain to Sea Trail by being one of the first 300 people to buy a…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 15:02

Appalachian Trail ambassadors sought

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy seeks to fill 15 volunteer positions as Appalachian Trail community ambassadors. These ambassadors will support the AT…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 14:59

The day the sun stood still

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Ladies and gentlemen, return to your seats and fasten your seatbelts. Spaceship Earth will be screeching to a stop at…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 14:58

Gear Guide 2012: Blackrock Outdoor Company

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Hammocks by Eagle’s Nest Outfitters — $55 to $80 These hammocks are a great gift for anyone simply looking to…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 14:56

Gear Guide 2012: Nantahala Outdoor Center Wesser

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GoPro Hero3 Camera: Black Edition — $400 If you’re tired of showing boring vacation photographs and videos to friends and…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 14:55

Gear Guide 2012: Outdoor 76 Franklin

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Outdoor 76 t-shirts and “828” caps — $22 to $26 If you fish local, hike local or kayak local, then…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 14:54

Gear guide 2012: Mast General Store

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Sawyer Squeeze Filter — $60 This may be the best, and last water filter, you ever buy. The new filter…
For outdoors enthusiasts, Christmas brings but fleeting respite from the cold, dark days of winter — with the promise of…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 14:26

Bringing out the horror of teen angst

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In recent years, there has been a kind of Swedish literary invasion in America, especially in the horror genre. Perhaps…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 14:24

The fiscal cliff is already in our rearview mirror

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By Kenn Jacobine • Guest Columnist Washington is full of drama. Americans are constantly being treated to high political suspense.…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 14:21

Taking advantage of our unique attributes

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The recently announced plans for a Blueways Trail focusing on the recreational uses of Western North Carolina’s waterways is one…
Some downtown merchants in Franklin have clashed with town leaders in recent weeks over a perceived lack of support for new ideas and initiatives to boost commerce.
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 14:07

On the job with Franklin’s Main Street director

Franklin’s Main Street Program has found itself in an uncomfortable spotlight in recent weeks as Franklin merchants have complained that the town’s formal downtown association isn’t doing enough.
A side drama playing out in the downtown Franklin fracas involves an unusual public display of the tension that often exists between newspapers and the government leaders they cover.
Both sides in a downtown Franklin dispute have pledged to work together after publicly locking horns in recent weeks. “It seems there were a lot of issues because people were bumping in the dark. Both sides really need to reach…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 13:53

Despite student pleas, WCU hikes tuition again

Western Carolina University’s Board of Trustees approved an 8 percent increase in tuition next academic year — much to the vexation of its student body. “We came in here, and it was not an easy decision,” said Trustee Grace Battle. “I…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 13:49

Professors struggle with increased class sizes

While Western Carolina University’s budgets have been shrinking in recent years, its class sizes have been growing.
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 13:46

New dental clinic should bring a smile to WNC

Citing a statewide shortage of dentists, East Carolina University is opening 10 clinics across North Carolina with the mission of training upper-class dental students as well as providing services to the underserved public.
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 13:43

DOT negotiates buyouts for Haywood interchange

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is in the middle of buying nearly 40 Haywood County properties that stand in the way of its plans for redesigning “malfunction junction” — the interchange where Lowe’s and Shoney’s are — but there…
A Jackson County resident has taken it upon himself to show county decision-makers that a Cashiers ABC store is a must.
Most Everett Street business owners support Swain County’s pending investment in the privately owned Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, but some have questions about the mechanics of exactly how the deal will work.
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 00:00

HCC hopes to finally choose president in January

The Haywood Community College Board of Trustees will meet on Dec. 19 to interview eight candidates who hope to be the college’s next president.
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 00:00

Adopt a pet, hang a stocking at animal shelter

Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation is holding its “Home for the Holidays” promotion, in which “Youth For Sarge’s” members make Christmas stockings and each time a cat or dog is adopted, hang them at the Haywood County animal shelter to celebrate…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 00:00

Feds help local students stay in school

Southwestern Community College has been awarded a nearly $1.3 million grant under the Upward Bound Programs from the U.S. Department of Education. Upward Bound is among seven federal programs that serve middle, high school and college students with the goal…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 00:00

Work grant to train poker dealers

Southwestern Community College will launch a training program for live game dealers, in conjunction with Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort, thanks in part to a nearly $400,000 back-to-work grant from the N.C. Department of Commerce. Specifically, the grant will help…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 00:00

WCU earns grant to train family nurses

Western Carolina University’s School of Nursing is the recipient of nearly $700,000 in federal grant funding to help address a shortage of primary health care providers in Western North Carolina. The Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 00:00

‘Mother Jones’ returns to the stage

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An encore performance of “Mother Jones,” a monologue written by Gary Carden, will be staged at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec.…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 00:00

Rediscovering your inner child

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Each day, James Bandy and Clifton Coleman hangout with soldiers, princesses, dinosaurs and aliens. Their domain is Blast From The…
If you have it, they will come. That’s the philosophy for the small facet of independent toy stores remaining in…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 00:00

Liars Bench hosts Nashville singer/songwriter with local roots

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The Liars Bench presents “A Foxfire Christmas with Randy Flack” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Mountain Heritage…