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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.
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:07

Meditation class looks to resolve conflict

Sylva and Western Carolina University will raise awareness of conflict mediation as an alternative to litigation and to settle personal disputes on Oct. 23-24. On Oct. 23, a panel of lawyers and certified mediators from Mountain Mediation Services will discuss…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:07

Meadows, Rogers to debate at WCU Oct. 23

Western Carolina University’s Department of Political Science and Public Affairs and the Public Policy Institute will host a debate between the two candidates for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District. The debate will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 and will…
Republican Mark Meadows has out fund-raised his competitor 2-to-1 this quarter, but the two candidates for the U.S. Congress are almost neck and neck in the overall money race. Not counting candidate contributions to their own campaigns, Meadows and Democrat…
The trash keeps piling up, and if Macon County doesn’t do something soon, its landfill could be overflowing. By conservative estimates, the section of the Macon County dump now in use will be full in less than five years. Each…
Cruso native Nathan Poston wants to open a tattoo parlor in Canton — the first in that town since at least the 1980s — but first must convince town fathers to change the law.
People rent hotel rooms because they need a place to shower and lay their weary heads. But, people check into bed and breakfasts because they want a place that feels like home.
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:56

Lt. Gov. candidate to visit Haywood

Dan Forest, Republican candidate for Lt. Governor, will be at a meet and greet at noon Oct. 29 at Shoney’s on Paragon Parkway in Waynesville. The event is open to the public. Forest is on a tour of more than…
To raise money for its New Generations Birthing Center, Smoky Mountain OB/GYN Associates will host the first “Bootiful Babies Benefit” from 2-7:30 p.m. outside their Sylva office at 64 Eastgate Drive. There will be a wide selection of activities for…
Barefoot Ridge in Clyde was recognized as one of the best affordable housing communities in North Carolina. Barefoot Ridge is an 43-home community in Clyde that provided new housing for flood victims in the wake of two tropical storms that…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:55

‘Twilight’ saga actor to speak in Cherokee

Chaske Spencer, who plays Sam Uley, the leader of the Wolfpack in the “Twilight” saga, will speak at from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Chief Joyce Dugan Cultural Arts Center. Spencer is a member of the Lakota Sioux tribe…
His name is James C. Jacobs. His friends call him J.C., “but not like Penney,” he insists. For more than 55 years, Jacobs has owned a department store in downtown Franklin, its racks and shelves lined with standard housewares and…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:29

Film series to screen adult documentary

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Western Carolina University Sociology Club’s “A New Lens Film Series” will continue at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 with a screening…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:29

Author to read memoir

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Judy Goldman will read from and discuss her new memoir, Losing My Sister, at 1 p.m. Oct. 20 at City…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:28

Coalition launches craft recycling campaign

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Clean Slate Coalition has launched a fundraising campaign called “Sew Crafty” that will create a funding stream to help women…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:27

Talk to discuss art after atomic bomb

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Elin O’Hara Slavick, distinguished Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will give a public…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:26

Russian nutcracker hits Harrah’s

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Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker will be performed at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 24 at Harrah’s Cherokee Event…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:26

Introduction to Cherokee language

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A one-day “Introduction to Cherokee Language” class will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 in Western…