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Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:28

Identifying birds

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Although bird identification can be perplexing — baffling at times for even the most accomplished birders — the principles of…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:24

Youth soccer camps

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The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department is offering British and Brazilian soccer camps for youth this summer. The Brazilian soccer…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:24

Book turns hikes into scavenger hunts

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A book that aims to make hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park fun and educational for kids, Scavenger…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:23

Win a gem at the Ruby Run

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The Ruby Run 5K and 10K will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 1, in Franklin. The annual race…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:20

Star gazing event at Purchase Knob

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting a star gazing event at 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 31, at the…
A guided trip down the Little Tennessee River aims to teach paddlers about the area’s cultural and biological history and…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:17

A record-breaking weekend (part one)

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What could be more fun than a weekend of fellowship and great birding? Maybe setting a new record for total…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:15

Segway tours make debut in Waynesville

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The train was the first to arrive in Waynesville back in 1886; then, the rise of the automobile; but, this…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:11

Dobyns novel reveals small town underbelly

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Stephen Dobyns has written 20 novels and more than 10 volumes of poetry; however, he is difficult to “classify.” His writing…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:59

Wedding Day chaos in Bryson City

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The wild romantic comedy “Perfect Wedding” will hit the stage at 7 p.m. May 24-27 and May 31-June 2 at…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:59

Highlands to showcase Ephron play

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The romantic comedy “Love, Loss & What I Wore” will take the stage this month at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:58

Art camps conjure creativity in WNC youth

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Several summer youth art camp workshops will be held by the Cullowhee Mountain ARTS at the Fine Arts Building at…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:56

Sony gifts state-of-the-art camera to WCU

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The film program at Western Carolina University scored a professional $100,000 motion picture camera from Sony, presented during the recent…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:49

Artists open their studios in Caney Fork

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The Cullowhee Studio Tour will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. May 25-26 in the Caney Fork community of…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:48

Stecoah Valley bluegrass celebration

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A bluegrass festival will showcase the sounds and tastes of Southern Appalachia at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at the…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:47

Learn the secret of home cooking

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The Taste of Home Cooking School will demonstrate live recipes and cooking tips on stage at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:46

Cherokee bonfire opens for summer

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Community Cherokee bonfires will kickoff for the summer season on Friday, May 17, at Ocoaluftee Island Park in Cherokee.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:40

Heart of the matter

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It’s the sound of the ancient mountains, the unique people and rich culture of Southern Appalachia. It’s the sound of Soldier’s Heart. Filled…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:40

PCs for grads program thanks supporters

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To the Editor: A little over a year ago, the concept of annually awarding donated and refurbished PCs to Haywood…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:39

Predator beetles work for all hemlocks

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To the Editor: Congratulations to the National Park Service for getting the word out about the predator beetles being used…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:39

State GOP decimates public education

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To the Editor:  North Carolina’s once proud public education system is under siege by the radical Republican gang in control…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:38

This time I’m sure of it; at least I think so

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When I sat down to write a piece for this week’s paper my topic was already chosen. I was going…
Out of all the problems each county faces, how do you one narrow them down to focus on just three?
The Haywood County Board of Education has concluded that the cost of putting officers in elementary schools is not worth raising property taxes.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:28

Remembering Fontana’s sacrifice

The Proctor Revival Organization is hosting its third annual month long remembrance and celebration of the Proctor, Judson, Bushnell and Japan communities, which were flooded during the creation of Fontana Dam during World War II. The power generated at Fontana…
Franklin Town Board members have decided to put off action on whether to allow an indoor shooting range in town limits. The request came in April from gun dealer and former Macon County commissioner Bob Simpson. The town board was…
A Sylva gun storeowner was given special permission to fire weapons in the town limits by town leaders this month.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:25

Tuscola dominates WNC welding competition

Tuscola High School students placed first and second in the Western High School Welding Competition May 11 at Tuscola. Keith Wyatt placed first, earning himself a full tuition scholarship to Tulsa Welding School, which has campuses in Florida and Oklahoma.…
Who has the lowest tax rate in the state — Macon County or Jackson County? The answer is both, it just depends on who you ask.
Jackson County commissioners may be looking to change how fire departments are funded.
A group of folks allegedly raising funds on behalf of an out-of-state church have sparked complaints and questions from Franklin residents puzzled, and sometimes troubled, by the troupe’s origin and tactics.
Well raise my electric bill … again. Duke Energy is looking to hike its rates by nearly 10 percent.
Ghost Town in the Sky amusement park is scheduled to kick off its 2013 season Memorial Day weekend, thanks to the grit, passionate and determination of its new owner and longtime champion Alaska Pressley, who has slogged ahead with her…
Twice in one week, the mountainside along Holder Branch Road in Canton slid away — and that was twice too many for 34-year-old mother of three Dara Parker.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:11

Landslide protocol: a muddied affair

The tragic death of a railroad worker investigating a fresh landslide along a rail line last week highlighted the hidden, yet inherent, risks for workers who are first on the scene in the aftermath of a slide.  Joseph Drewnoski, 33,…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:09

Cherokee casino hits earning milestone

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort’s bottom line is improving steadily each year as the nation continues to recover from the recession and as the casino expands its offerings.
About 30 cosmetology students stand at their individual workstations cutting, coloring and chatting; they are elbow-to-elbow and back-to-back, cramped as they cater to paying clients in the small salon room at Haywood Community College.
Two tight-pocketed Macon County commissioners, who have voted consistently against all sorts of new government spending, have decided to go on the offensive and push for a tax decrease.
Sewage and what to do with it has posed a complicated set of problems for the community of Cashiers — problems that could put in peril the area’s economic development as much as the public’s health.
Jackson County leaders are moving ahead with plans to open a liquor store in Cashiers, despite up to $200,000 in start-up costs that could take more than five years to recoup before seeing a profit.
Macon County Schools are facing a $2 million budget shortfall and are hoping the county will come to the rescue. That leaves county commissioners with a difficult decision: inject substantial amounts of money into the school system or force the…
Walmart in Sylva was asking for the town board to grant them an exemption for a larger storefront sign. But instead of getting a pass on the existing ordinance, the town board decided to change the sign law as it…
Haywood Community College has asked for more than $1.4 million from the county for building and renovations projects on campus in the coming fiscal year.
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 01:41

News notes from Cherokee

State of housing in Cherokee to be surveyed A federal study researching housing conditions on Indian reservations across the U.S. will include the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. In 2009, Congress mandated that the Department of Housing and Urban Development…
Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ Tribal Council took issue with a construction budget increase for the tribe’s justice center and jail during their meeting last week, a sign of overall displeasure with past and current projects demanding…
Standing next to Louis “Louie” Bing, you’d never know he was homeless. While waiting for a cup of coffee at City Bakery in Waynesville, the 65-year-old stands patiently alongside tourists, retirees and locals. His clothes, shoes and beard are well kempt.
At first blush, Officer Nan Tritt looks like any other cop. She wears a badge and a gun, and the heft of a bulletproof vest shows under her uniform.
The Haywood County Board of Commissioners have made it clear that without a property tax increase, funding is unlikely for additional school resource officers and guidance counselors.
The 10-person Haywood Regional Medical Center board will now include an 11th member. The Haywood Board of Commissioners Monday approved a change to the hospital board’s bylaws to up the number of members and appointed Neil Budde to the 11th…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 01:25

Bring on the tourists

This week is Travel and Tourism Week in Haywood County. The Haywood County Board of Commissioners Monday officially dubbed May 4-12 Travel and Tourism Week to recognize the importance of the industry in the county and its positive impact on…