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Folks interested in hiking a section of the Mountains to Sea Trail and learning a bit more about the storied…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 02:00

Backpackers cautioned to keep food away from bears

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As spring and backpacking season returns to the mountains, so does bear danger in the woods. A recent bear encounter,…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 01:59

When it rains – the tough go hiking

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We’ve had a good run in the watershed. The Town of Waynesville has sponsored spring and fall guided hikes in…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 01:56

Get your green on

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EcoFest will showcase more than four dozen demonstrators, vendors, information booths and organizations sharing tips and practical advice on how…
Haywood County is about to experience its newest festival: EcoFest, an ode to sustainability, agriculture and the environment. This year…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 01:48

For your culinary and reading pleasure

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Most booklovers have suffered that “Oh, no” moment when a friend, with nothing but the best of intentions, presses an…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 01:42

When will Americans learn that ‘blowback’ is real?

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In 1953, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, at the urging of the British M16, overthrew democratically elected Iranian Prime Minister…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 01:41

MedWest Haywood appreciates volunteers

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To the Editor: A smile, a touch, a simple “how are you today?” are some of what I hear and…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 01:41

Don’t allow filling in of floodplain

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To the Editor: I am a local biologist and an avid outdoorsman and spend a great deal of my time…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 01:40

Tell your reps to vote against fracking

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To the Editor: Most of us have heard the term fracking by now. In states where this underground energy extraction…
The defeat of gun control legislation in the Senate wasn’t as much surprising as it was disappointing. This is one…
Mail carriers in Haywood County will collected non-perishable food items for the National Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive on Saturday, May 11. Place canned goods or other non-perishable items in your mailbox before the mail carrier stops by…
When Sydney Bridges sets out to do something, she doesn’t give up. A 10th grader at Tuscola High School in Haywood County, Bridges is currently spearheading a fund-raising campaign to build a clear water well in Kampala, Uganda.
The state fund that helped conserve miles of riverfront, protect thousands of acres of undeveloped mountainsides and build countless sewer and water projects in Western North Carolina is hanging on by a thread.
The Jackson County Planning Board debated where to draw the line between safety and individual rights last month in its ongoing rewrite of steep slope rules. Specifically, should driveways to homes on steep slopes have to meet safety standards?
In several counties in Western North Carolina, a showdown between the printed word and the digital age could soon take place. A bill has passed the N.C. Senate that allows some town and county governments in the region to opt…
Haywood County commissioners may soon revisit the unsettled issue of whether Confederate Flags can be flown on the lawn of the historic Waynesville courthouse. County commissioners were caught in a maelstrom last year when a philosophical debate broke out between…
The Haywood Community College Board of Trustees has given preliminary approval for the construction of a training facility for law enforcement and emergency service workers.
If the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority is footing the bill for a magazine ad, brochure, sign — you name it — the tourism agency deserves recognition, tourism board members reaffirmed last week.
A state bill that would raise Haywood County’s lodging tax is still sitting idly in committee in Raleigh with no signs of going up for a vote soon in the General Assembly.
A convenience store owner in Macon County was let off the hook by a judge for four misdemeanor charges of operating illegal sweepstakes machines — but it will have little or no bearing on the state’s ban on the machines.
Shortly after takeoff, the Smoky Mountain Flying Club is having to re-route its course.  The flying club nearly lost an $11,000 non-refundable down payment on an airplane after a deal with investors went bad.
After months of debate and protest, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ Tribal Council voted to let the bear zoos on the Qualla Boundary remain open, although it was not unanimous.
The town of Waynesville has a large checklist to tackle in the coming months before Lake Junaluska is officially added to the town limits.
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 01:10

Sylva Walmart sign decision pending

Sylva town leaders once again have a public hearing on the docket to decide the fate of oversized Walmart signs, but are once again wondering whether representatives of Walmart will stand them up.
Dr. Janine Keever still remembers that do-or-die moment in her undergrad chemistry class like it was yesterday. The grades just came back on her first exam of the year, and it wasn’t pretty. Her dream of medical school seemed to…
As long as Realtor Sammie Powell leans back in his chair in his home office, he can talk on his cell phone all day long. But as soon as he stands up to reach for something across his desk, his…
The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin is hosting a one-day leadership event from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 10 for those who want to move forward as a leader. The simulcast event will be broadcast…
A state-of-the-art training facility built by Drake Software is the latest addition to Macon County’s economic landscape.
A bill that recently passed the state Senate would take social assistance away from anyone using drugs by requiring state aid recipients to take a mandatory drug test.
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 00:00

‘Dusty Roads’ photo exhibit opens in Canton

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Photographer Barbara Sammons will be showcasing an exhibit of her work from May 7 to July 31 at the Canton…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 00:00

J. Creek Cloggers kick into the summer

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The J. Creek Cloggers are gearing up for a lively summer festival season. A high-energy dance team based out of…
The legendary David Holt and local gospel group Mountain Faith will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, May 10, in the…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 00:00

Dog lovers unite for trifecta of good times in Sylva

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Woofstock, a benefit festival for ARF (the Humane Society of Jackson County), will take place from noon to 3 p.m.…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 00:00

Nominations open for Mountain Heritage Award

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Western Carolina University is accepting nominations for the Mountain Heritage Award, an honor bestowed annually on one individual and one…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 00:00

Reba McEntire to play Harrah’s

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Legendary country singer Reba McEntire will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center.
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 00:00

HCC Crafts students debut work

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The graduating class of Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts program will exhibit some their best work at the Southern Highland…
All five North Carolina breweries west of Asheville medaled in the recent Carolinas Championship of Beer during the Hickory Hops…
If the litmus test of a community’s health is how strong its art scene is, then, by the looks of…
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…