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Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:00

Outdoors news briefs

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Rains cause wastewater spills in Haywood Beginning Jan. 14, and due to the heavy rains, Waynesville had several wastewater overflows.…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 13:49

Tuscola wins annual FFA dirt competition

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Tuscola High School students placed first among the 13 competing teams at the 2012 Area Land Judging contest hosted earlier…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 13:48

Funding helps turn teachers into rangers

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Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has received a $12,000 grant from Verizon to empower teachers with science…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 13:45

Build it and they will come

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Back in spring of 2011 I wrote about a wetlands restoration project at Lake Junaluska - www.smokymountain news.com/archives/item/3686-a-perfect-fit. Candace Stimson,…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 13:42

Snow guns get ski season off with a bang

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As superstorm Sandy hurled itself toward the Northeast, soon to leave a wreckage of flooded streets, sunken boardwalks and dangling…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 13:35

Novel is both shocking and admirable

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Anyone who remembers Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby (1967) and the Roman Polanski film that came out about a year later,…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

New book celebrates diversity and Biological Station

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In regard to floral diversity, the Southern Appalachian region is unsurpassed by any other temperate region in the world. Whenever…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Backpacking 101 held Nov. 17 in Cullowhee

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Novice outdoor adventurers can learn the basics of wilderness excursion at a 45-minute workshop beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday,…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Cherokee 5k to benefit cancer support group

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The annual Cherokee Choices 5k Run, Walk or Roll will be held at noon on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Residents recognized for land stewardship and research

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Two environmentalists were honored by the Franklin-based Land Trust for the Little Tennessee at its annual celebration Nov. 3 in…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Community asked to weigh in on regional bike plan

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The Land-of-Sky Regional Council will host a round of community input meetings Nov. 5 through Dec. 6 to gather input…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Discussion focuses on climate change and the Appalachians

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A discussion about the local effects of climate change and development will be held at the historic Rickman Store near…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Venus and moon dance in front of the sun

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Early mornings kind of go with the territory around here. With work, kids and the never-ending list of chores, every…
They stood in a line, trigger fingers poised, eyes fixated on the target.  It was early morning, and the predawn…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Diversity within unity — a book for the ages

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From the foothills of the Southern Appalachians, and in the tradition of such spiritual classics as Gurdjieff’s Meetings With Remarkable…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Sandi Patty, Jason Crabb to perform in Franklin

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Sandi Patty and Jason Crabb will bring “A Celebration of the Christmas Season” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Tickets available for ‘Tarzan’

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Western Carolina University has announced its 2013 line-up of “golden age of radio” re-creations.
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Liars Bench to perform Carden drama Nov. 15

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The Liars Bench will present “Birdell” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Western Carolina University Mountain Heritage Center.…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Holiday craft show celebrates 25 years

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“Hard Candy Christmas” Fine Art and Craft Show will celebrate 25 years from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 23-24,…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Hear about the life of a special agent

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A former FBI agent and terrorist hunter will discuss his new book at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, in…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 00:00

Arts scene

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Brand marketing, quilting classes at SCC There will be a brand marketing and quilting class offered at Southwestern Community College…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Take a class

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Classes offered in Stecoah There will be a handful of crafting classes offered at the Stecoah Valley Center in Robbinsville.…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Mountain music

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Bryson City community jam A community music jam will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15,…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Movie briefs

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Film club showing 'The Way' Groovy Movie Club will show the film “The Way” on Friday, Nov. 16, in Waynesville. A…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Brass quintet to perform at WCU

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Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet will perform its fall recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the recital hall of…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Gallery holds small works show

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Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86 announces its annual small works show, “It’s a Small, Small Work 2012,” from Wednesday,…
What sounded like a jet engine echoed out of the building tucked away on the hill. Peering into the large…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

GOP should control House for years

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To the Editor: The 2012 Election results are in and it gives me hope. Tip O’Neill, the former distinguished Democratic…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Tax the rich and we all pay more

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To the Editor: Harry Reid, the leader of the Democrat Senate in Washington says, “Tax the rich.” Is Harry a…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Get ready for onslaught of new taxes

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To the Editor: During the campaign, Barack Obama let it be known that he believes in redistribution of your income…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Speaking too loudly sometimes belittles the message

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My father is retired Navy, and I lived on military bases until I was 10. My stepfather is retired Army…
More than 50 years after Cherokee veteran Charles George died in the Korean War, military medals belonging to the private first class were finally welcomed home Monday — and along with them, the two young boys responsible for their return.
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Weight-loss program tries to change lifestyles

In its first year, popular weight-loss competition is bucking the trend of mounting obesity in the United States, especially the South, and giving participants a reason to slim down. But with the holiday gorge-fest on the horizon, participants in the…
Bryson City town leaders have given a verbal OK to the idea of building a new library — but the when, where and how are all still unknown. “The library is an essential service for the community,” said Chester Bartlett,…
As the Swain County high school football team marches towards another state championship, amid the fanatic cheers of the hometown fans who live to see the hard-hitting Maroon Devil boys take the field, there is another story unfolding.
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Parrying continues over Cowee School

Now that the children are gone, and art projects sit abandoned next to overturned desks and emptied cupboards, community members have a vision to bring life back into the old Cowee school outside of Franklin. But the community’s path to…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

News in brief

Animal rescue to host two holiday events Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation will sponsor its Home for the Holidays event Nov. 21 through Dec. 31 to enable people to adopt dogs and cats from the Haywood County Animal Services at a…
A Thursday meeting with Maggie Valley business owners and area leaders will serve as the first test to see if the valley can successfully come together for the town’s common good.
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Rural precincts needed as easy voting option

During early voting this year, some voters in Haywood County found themselves waiting up to an hour to cast their ballot. But when Election Day rolled around, many walked right into their precinct without delay.
Nowadays, coffee and wireless Internet go hand-in-hand; you can’t really have one without the other. It is an expected amenity at coffee shops and bakeries. With the purchase of a coffee, tea or cinnamon bun, the customer is permitted to…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Fire destroys HCC sawmill, closes campus

The remnants of Haywood Community College’s old sawmill were still smoldering Tuesday after a fire the night before destroyed most of the building.
Covering everything from bugs’ butts and food for animals to animal tongues and eyes, EarlyLight Books has found a special section of the book world to occupy — science books for toddlers.
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 13:52

A short bout with Victor the Bear

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This is a bear story. Unlike many bear stories, this one is true. Tourism started in Western North Carolina during…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 13:49

For the love of local bookstores

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When I was a child living in Boonville, N.C., a town of 600 people, my mother would load us into…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 06:05

More briefs

Future of Cowee School discussed at luncheon Stacy Guffey will talk about the Macon County Heritage Center planned for Cowee School during the monthly Lunch with the League at noon on Nov. 8 in the Tartan Hall of the First…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 06:01

Sylva Pediatrics picks Mission to partner with

Three longtime doctors with Sylva Pediatrics will soon come under the wing of Mission Hospital in Asheville. The physicians will keep practicing out of their same offices in Sylva and Bryson City, and keep serving the same local patients they…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 05:59

Challenges lie ahead for new MedWest CEO

A new CEO who will take over MedWest-Haywood in December will face the parallel challenges of improving the hospital’s bottom line and capturing patients who travel to Asheville for health care.
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 05:57

MedWest-Haywood new CEO started as a nurse

Janie Sinacore-Jaberg will become the new CEO of MedWest-Haywood in December. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer of a 320-bed system in Muskogee, Okla. She has served as the COO and CEO of several hospitals in Georgia, South Carolina…
Republican Mark Meadows won the 11th U.S. Congressional seat with more than 57 percent of the votes Tuesday. “We’re obviously humbled by the confidence that everybody has placed in us,” Meadows said.
Western North Carolina voters favored Gov. Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama despite the president’s narrow victory nationally.