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Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:54

Giving bears a second chance

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To the Editor: The inflexibility of the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission (NCWRC) is alarming. The killing of a three-legged…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:53

Backcountry fees a bad idea

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To the Editor: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park plans to begin charging fees for backcountry camping and implement a…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:49

HART’s Stage II is a ticket to the future

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I’ve always believed in the adage that success builds success. It’s one of life’s truisms that anyone with eyes wide…
Wednesday, 04 July 2007 00:00

Thunder in the valley

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Last week a late evening thunderstorm with high winds and occasional flashes of lightning rolled out of the high Smokies…
Wednesday, 04 July 2007 00:00

Scrap indoor pollutants

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Like the Roach Motel of commercial fame, synthetic scents have crept into our homes and lives and are not going…
The hilltop above Sylva that’s home to the iconic historic courthouse is back on as a potential site for a new Jackson County library. The location has been in the running on and off over the past several years during…
Jackson County commissioners are poised to make numerous changes to a slate of proposed development regulations billed as the most stringent in Western North Carolina and possibly the state. Commissioners intend to pass the regulations by the end of July.…
An age-old question has emerged in the raging debate over the Chattooga River wilderness: how many people is too many…
Wednesday, 04 July 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Bruce Springsteen: Nebraska Oh, he’s the boss alright. But sometime around ’82 he holed up in a friend’s studio, with…
Mill workers at Blue Ridge Paper Products are optimistic about their future under a new owner. The buyer, a billionaire from New Zealand named Graeme Hart, has been gobbling up market share in the milk and juice carton industry over…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Two newly licensed teachers with ties to Western North Carolina offered a very different perspective on the recruitment process, including why they chose to either stay in the region or relocate elsewhere.
Wednesday, 04 July 2007 00:00

Labor unions slowly losing power in U.S.

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When Blue Ridge Paper employees voted to accept the recent buyout offer from the Rank group of New Zealand, union…
Wednesday, 04 July 2007 00:00

Swain sets hearing on North Shore Road

Just when the fate of the Road to Nowhere through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park seemed sealed, road supporters are rallying their troops for one final hurrah.
Wednesday, 04 July 2007 00:00

Celebrating a jazz guitar legend

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By Chris Cooper Up for review this week is a live set of inspiring music from an incredibly influential musician…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer The surprisingly large crowd at a presentation on Maggie Valley’s proposed land-use plan seemed impressed with the details but questioned how applicable it was. The land-use plan, created by Kannapolis-based firm Benchmark, would divide…
Wednesday, 04 July 2007 00:00

A Frank look back

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From Violins to Violence: A Memoir by Marshall Frank. Fortis Book, 2007. 308 pages In Tom Stoppard’s Lord Malquist and…
Wednesday, 04 July 2007 00:00

Seven western counties share land-use ideas

Slope and ridgetop development, protecting waterways, and farmland and open-space preservation emerged as the top land-management concerns of those responsible for implementing regional planning.
Wednesday, 04 July 2007 00:00

Counties struggle to recruit teachers

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Paula Ledford is getting worried. With a little over a month to go before school starts in Macon County, the school human resources director still has to find 15 people to fill vacant positions.…
Wednesday, 04 July 2007 00:00

An artist for life

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By Michael Beadle Painter Susan Lanier remembers how she used to get in trouble as a young artist. In first…
Wednesday, 04 July 2007 00:00

A pack rat’s nightmare – a yard sale

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You need some space. Believe me, I understand. The closets are so full, it takes two of you to press…
Wednesday, 04 July 2007 00:00

Natural gas

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Editor’s note: Naturalist Don Hendershot is writing a series of articles exploring alternative fuels. Natural gas is the fossil alternative…
Balsam Mountain Preserve, a 4,500-acre development in Jackson County, has been fined $300,000 for ongoing sediment and erosion control violations by the county. The fine comes on the heels of a dam break that sent hundreds of tons of mud…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 20:18

If you suffer from hay fever, blame the ragweed

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Allergies are a type of immune reaction. Normally, the immune system responds to foreign microorganisms, or particles, like pollen or…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 20:18

Ice Age comes alive in new exhibit

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A new exhibit at The North Carolina Arboretum, After the Dinosaurs: The Age of Mammals and Ice, unlocks the mysteries…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 20:17

Free pesticide disposal day

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A pesticide collection day for unwanted pesticides will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 20:16

Hike to Highland’s Rock Mountain

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A guided hike to the summit of Rock Mountain in the Highlands area will be held from 9 a.m. until…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 20:15

Grants to help farmers put out new roots

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Farmers in Western North Carolina can tap $3,000 to $6,000 grants from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission to help…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 20:13

Survey shows outdoorsmen are environmentalists

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A new national poll released last month shows sportsmen prioritize protecting public lands above energy production. The poll conducted for…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 20:12

Pick up winter gardening tips from leading WNC botanist

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An organic winter gardening workshop be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Cullowhee home…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 20:11

Hikers needed for Mountain-to-Sea Trail routes

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Hikers are needed to hike proposed Mountain-to-Sea Trail routes in Jackson and Swain counties in and give feedback about the…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 20:11

Learn about the how and why of fall colors

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The Highlands Nature Center will host a program on fall colors from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct.…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 20:10

Catch fall colors with Parkway hike

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Blue Ridge Parkway rangers will lead an easy to moderate 2.5 mile roundtrip hike to the summit of Sam Knob…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 20:10

Hikes with Land Trust for the Little Tennessee

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The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee will host a guided hike to Yellow Creek Falls in Graham County on…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 20:08

What to bee-lieve

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Apparently what was apparent to many scientists and researchers back in 2008 is becoming more apparent — or not. Honeybee…
Gorges State Park born just more than 10 years ago is now finally on its way to becoming one of…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 20:00

Star Wars family nights in Sylva

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The Jackson County Public Library and City Lights Bookstore in Sylva will both host Star Wars Family Nights this week.…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:58

Winter has come and Martin turns up the heat

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Kind hearts, winter has come. That dire prediction that began over 4,000 pages ago with A Game of Thrones has…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:52

More A&E briefs

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Orchestra to play fairy tales and Mozart Blue Ridge Orchestra begins its 2012-2013 season with a musical visit to Cinderella, Mother…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:51

WCU jam series kicks off with Sons of Ralph

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The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will get underway with a…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:48

Comedy troupe ready to bring laughs

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Upright Citizens Brigade will bring its comedy theater to Western Carolina University with a show at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:48

Fifth Annual Fall Craft Festival

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Celebrating 126 years of history, the fifth annual Fall Craft Festival at The Old Mill 1886 will be held from…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:47

Oktoberfest to benefit medical center

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Oktoberfest, put on by the Foundation for Angel Medical Center, will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at the…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:45

Disc golf tournament, craft beer festival at Fontana Village

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Hoptoberfest will kick off at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 13 at Fontana Village Resort. The daylong festival will start with a…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:44

Acrylic demonstration of street scene

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Artist and teacher Dominick DePaolo will demonstrate acrylic painting techniques in a street scene for Art League of the Smokies…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:44

Swain teacher exhibits art education thesis

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The Swain County Center for the Arts will celebrate the paintings of area elementary and middle school art teacher Sheena…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:43

HCC focus of new art council show

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Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86 is hosting an artist’s reception for the Haywood Community College’s professional craft faculty and…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:42

‘Surreal Appalachia’ celebrated at Waynesville gallery

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Two local artists who use unconventional materials will be featured from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 5 at Gallery 262 in downtown…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:41

Disney discussion

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Blue Ridge Watermedia Society will hold their monthly meeting at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 9 at the First Baptist Church on…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:39

Regional art grants available

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Regional Artist Project grant of Western North Carolina (RAP go WNC) funding is available to developing art professionals for the…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:38

Integration topic of panel discussion

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The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host a panel discussion about history of integration at 7 p.m. Oct.…