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Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:08

Don’t legitimize hate and violence

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To the Editor: From U.S. media coverage we get the impression that the Muslim world is burning with anti-Western anger over…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:07

Thanks to the GOP communications chair

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To The Editor: In Carol Adams’ reply to my column (“Proud to be an American … sort of,” SMN Sept.…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:06

Video archives useful in combatting lies

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To the Editor: I noticed that last week some of Mitt Romney’s defenders tried to claim that the video from…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:06

Women’s rights, the unfinished struggle

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To the Editor: Throughout America’s history courageous women have struggled to achieve social and political freedom and equality. They have…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:04

A different kind of freedom in the Middle East

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Could you imagine how different it might feel to be an American today if the ideas of individual freedom and…
Federal inspectors have upped the ante for a controversial bear zoo on the Cherokee Reservation, this time opening an official complaint against the operation that could face large fines or even be shut down.
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:02

Sylva soon to have a taxi man again

A new taxi service will be coming soon to Sylva. The Sylva town board last week unanimously approved a taxicab business license for Brian Paquin, who plans to launch 24-hour, seven-day per week service under the name Freedom Taxi.
Swain County is outsourcing medical care for inmates at the county jail to an independent firm that specializes in the niche field of health care for prisoners, and move the county hopes could save several thousand dollars a year. The…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 12:46

News in brief

Haywood County Chamber of Commerce is launching its 2012 Business Academy from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 4 at The Gateway Club in Waynesville. The Business Academy is a free seven-session program from October through May that will address and assist business…
A tourism task force in Jackson County has spent several months formulating a major overhaul of the county’s tourism agency, but the recommendations seem to be dead-on-arrival now that they’ve landed at the county commissioners’ doorstep.
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 12:43

Crafting a new day for Maggie Valley

Maggie Valley has hired an outside consultant to help the once-bustling and now-struggling tourist town overcome an ongoing identity crisis. The consultant is now ready to move from business to business talking to people about what they want for the…
As Maggie Valley business owners and leaders look toward the town’s future, it is unclear how large a role town leaders realistically expect the amusement park Ghost Town in the Sky to play.
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 12:40

Ghost Town pledges to reopen rides and attractions

Maggie cheered when Ghost Town in the Sky reopened this summer, but with only a small portion of the rides and attractions up and running, the real potential of the amusement park to lure hordes of tourists back to the…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 12:38

Community bank expands operations

When Old Town Bank opened in 2007, its founders already had plans for building a dream headquarters, but the grand plans had to be put on hold until the locally owned bank got on its feet and the recession ended.
When Super Walmart opened in Waynesville in 2008, it was viewed as just the beginning of a business boom that would reverse a long, steady downward spiral of South Main Street. But, the economy had other plans. The hoped-for land…
Alice Parker Watty can’t get to her house. The only driveway to her front door crosses her neighbor’s land, and suddenly they don’t want her using it anymore. Watty said she has driven on and maintained the driveway for 19…
During the past two years, several keystone issues regarding abortion and women’s reproductive health have been debated at the state level. The Republican-led General Assembly has attempted to cut funding for Planned Parenthood and passed the Women’s Right to Know…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 12:26

Reproductive health, abortion battles loom

State lawmakers during the past two years have passed several pieces of legislation centered around the abortion issue — including the attempt to cut funding for Planned Parenthood and a new set of protocols, dubbed the Women’s Right to Know…
The hospitals in Jackson and Swain counties formally declared last week that they want out of the partnership forged nearly three years ago with Haywood’s hospital — however, it’s not at all clear whether the leaders of Haywood Regional Medical…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 00:00

Call for art/writing submissions

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Daydreamz Project is partnering with several local entities to display artistic expressions that promote healing of domestic violence, sexual assault…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 00:00

Demonstrations at Dogwood Crafters

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Craft demonstrations at Dogwood Crafters in Dillsboro this week include Susie Ray, Susan Lingg, Claudia Lampley and Mary Ethel Prater.…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 00:00

Art/craft exhibition opens in Highlands

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“American Craft Today” opened on Sept. 22 and will run through Dec. 29 in the Bunzl Gallery at The Bascom…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 00:00

Flying Cat Studio celebrates a decade

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Professional potters Susan Phillips and Velda Davis will hold a special kiln opening and pottery sale from 10 a.m. to…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 00:00

Skate Jam rolls into Cherokee

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The inaugural “SK8 Jam” will take place at noon Oct. 6 on the SK8 Park in Cherokee, with registration available…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 00:00

Georgia historian to deliver talk at WCU

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A historian and author from the University of Georgia who specializes in Native American history will speak at 7 p.m.,…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 00:00

Scarecrow festival coming to Bryson City

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The scarecrows are coming to Bryson City from Oct. 6 through Oct. 20.
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 00:00

Illusionist coming to WCU

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Western Carolina University brings magician Jason Bishop to the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center in Cullowhee at…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 00:00

Rooted in the Mountains to be held at WCU

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The Rooted in the Mountains symposium — designed to raise awareness of the intersection of health, language, environmental and indigenous…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 00:00

Cherokee Indian Fair turns 100

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The Cherokee Indian Fair will mark its 100th year Oct. 2-6 with a five-day celebration of great music and traditional…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 00:00

Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival is Oct. 5-7

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The Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival will include everything from concerts to crafts during its three-day run Oct. 5-7. The Lovin’…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 00:00

Cruisin’ show coming to Franklin

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The “Cruisin’ in the Mountains” car, truck and bike show will be held Oct. 5 and 6 at Southwestern Community…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 00:00

WCU to celebrate Homecoming in October

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Western Carolina University will celebrate Homecoming 2012 — whose theme is “Tradition Long, Catamount Strong — with a host of…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 00:00

Mountain Heritage Day returns to Cullowhee

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Mountain Heritage Day gets under way Sept. 29 at Western Carolina University with a variety of arts and crafts, music,…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 00:00

Celebrate Oktoberfest in Waynesville

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Celebrate Oktoberfest with the Haywood County Arts Council from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 on the patio at the Classic Wineseller…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 00:00

WCU presents ‘British Invasion’

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Western Carolina University School of Music will present “British Invasion,” an evening of 20th century music for clarinet and piano,…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 00:00

Sacred Music Songfest coming to Franklin

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“Hymns We Know By Heart,” a sacred music songfest, will be held at 4 p.m. Sept. 30 on Franklin’s Town…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 00:00

‘Beethoven Project' to perform

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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform all 10 Beethoven violin sonatas during a series of five concerts this fall and…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 00:00

The Bee Gees tribute band comes to Franklin

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Stayin’ Alive Canada, the world’s number one tribute to The Bee Gees, will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. Oct.…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 00:00

Winners chosen in Haywood talent competition

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Haywood Arts Regional Theater’s regional talent show finals played to a standing room only on Sept. 22 at the HART…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 00:00

‘Smoke on the Mountain’ stages in Franklin

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The Overlook Theatre Company will present “Smoke on the Mountain: A Rip-Roaring Musical Comedy Revival” at 7:30 p.m. throughout the…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 00:00

HART to present musical

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The Haywood Arts Regional Theater will stage the musical “The Light in the Piazza” Oct. 5 through Oct. 21 at…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 00:00

Sarge’s plans Furry Friends Benefit Bash

Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation’s 4th Annual Furry Friends Benefit Bash will be held on Oct. 4 at the Cork and Cleaver in the Waynesville Inn on Country Club Drive in Waynesville.   The event will be a sit-down dinner, with…
It’s noon on a Wednesday and Scott Peterson already has beer on the mind.
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:35

WestCare votes to dissolve hospital partnership

The WestCare Hospital Board voted 13-1 Tuesday night to dissolve its affiliation with Haywood Regional Medical Center. WestCare, which includes both Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva and Swain County Hospital, partnered with Haywood Regional in early 2010 under theMedWest banner.…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:21

Southern mountains a peninsula of northern climes

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Geographically speaking, where are the Great Smoky Mountains in regard to the other mountain ranges in the southern Appalachians. Where…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:20

Pour Le Pink 5K to raise money for breast cancer services

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The Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Foundation will hold a breast cancer benefit 5K run/walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in Highlands.…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:19

Streak along the Tuck for a good cause

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The annual Smoky Streak run will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, along the Tuckasegee River in Sylva to raise money…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:18

Library to host local herbalist

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Discover the world of herbs, from cooking to healing to the best ways to grow them, at 7 p.m. Tuesday,…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:17

Discover where Civil War history intersects with hiking trails

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The Macon County Public Library will present “Hiking Through History” with Leanna Joyner at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:16

‘Beauty Beneath the Dirt’ to be screened at REI

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A film about three Appalachian Trail thru-hikers will be shown 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the REI in Asheville.…