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Wednesday, 24 October 2012 12:42

Celebrate fall with the LTLT

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The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee will host its fall celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov.…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 12:40

The sounds of silence

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This morning when I had coffee on my deck, I did not hear the hooded warbler that nests in the…
A series of close bear encounters in the Pisgah National Forest have prompted a temporary ban on overnight camping in…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 12:09

All’s fair in love and politics

Western North Carolina found itself in an unflattering national media spotlight a year ago when a reporter from The New Yorker picked the state Senate race between Jim Davis and John Snow to illustrate a masterful takeover of national politics…
John Snow dreads his daily trip to the post office these days. It’s just two blocks from his home outside Murphy, but the whole way there he wonders what will be waiting for him this time. Once inside, he heads…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 12:01

News in brief for readers and writers

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Library showcases author for book discussion  Kimberly Brock will do a presentation based on her novel, The River Witch, at…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 11:58

A flawed story that is still worthwhile

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Mark Helprin drives me crazy. Helprin’s novels — he is the author of A Soldier of the Great War, Freddy…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Climate change is real, must be confronted

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To the Editor: First, I want to thank The Smoky Mountain News for co-sponsoring the political candidate forum held at…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Discussing religion of candidates is tricky

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To the Editor: As I was engaged in a peace vigil in front of the Haywood County Courthouse recently, a…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Forum gave insight into John Snow

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To the Editor: A candidate forum was held in Sylva on Oct. 15, 2012. The forum was sponsored by the…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Beware the candidate who runs attack ads

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To the Editor: Campaign advertising is all around us. Much of it is in the form of attack ads meant…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Oscillating Romney not a good choice

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To the Editor: Mitt Romney continuously switches positions to appease his audience. I am citing only a few examples. In…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Here’s why tax cuts aren’t working

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To the Editor: The economy is the largest accident ever designed by man. We think we can’t control it, but…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Some regulations are good for business

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To the Editor: Mark Meadows and Romney-Ryan believe business can exist and prosper without government, that business owners build their…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Marty Jones’ signs are just too much

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To the Editor: It is November, which means it is election time. As we all know election time means campaign…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Davis has shown support for those with disabilities

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To the Editor: Seldom do I cross party lines in politics. However, there is one Republican candidate I will vote…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Debates provide another view of candidates

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The presidential debates of the 2012 election are now behind us. Barack Obama, the Democratic incumbent president running for re-election,…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Support candidates who value early childhood programs

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In the Sept. 19 edition of The Smoky Mountain News, there were some disturbing quotes from some of the local…
A grand goal of bringing sidewalks to the main commercial drag in Sylva has elicited protests from one business owner who claims he’s the victim of costly and unrealistic goals of creating a walkable community along a five-lane highway.
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

HCC 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…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Organizations in Haywood hosting support group

The MedWest Health System Chaplaincy Service, Haywood Community Connections and Mountain Projects are hosting a free Caregivers Unite support group meeting from 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Senior Resource Center of Haywood County in Waynesville. The Caregivers…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Manufacturing leads Haywood out of recession

For the second year in a row, area research economist Tom Tveidt delivered his state of Haywood County’s economy address — a rare look at the county’s individual resources and statistics. Typically, economic data is collected for the region as…
After about 18 months of construction, the $1.5 million Swain County Regional Business Education and Training Center is officially open for business, or education, or training for that matter. “This facility will wear many hats,” said Swain County Commissioner Donnie…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Golden LEAF offering funding for Swain

The Golden LEAF Foundation and Swain County are hosting a community forum at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Room at the Business Training Center at 45 East Ridge Road in Bryson City. The purpose of the forum is to discuss…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Early voting numbers continue to rise

Absentee voters have been licking their stamps for weeks, and beginning last Thursday, early voters started arriving at polling places across Western North Carolina.
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

News in brief

The newly formed Haywood Area Wholistic Integrative Practitioners group (known as HAWIP) is hosting a silent auction and reception 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Where Angels Gather, a holistic retail store and education center on 124 Miller St. in Waynesville.…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Business owners lobby for train at every turn

Since the headquarters of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad moved from Dillsboro to Bryson City in 2008, the little picturesque tourist village in Jackson County has been waiting for its gravy train to return.
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Tribal employee charged with embezzlement

An Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians employee was recently charged with embezzlement during a 15-year period. Amanda Leigh Smoker, 33, was arrested on Oct. 9 by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office after being charged with one count of embezzlement from…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Where Jackson commissioner candidates stand

Whether a grassroots movement to spark planning in Cullowhee dies or moves forward will rests with the next Jackson County board of commissioners. A group of Cullowhee residents have called for development guidelines. Without standards, Cullowhee is vulnerable to unattractive…
This November could prove to be the do or die month for the planning effort in Cullowhee when Jackson County commissioners decide whether to give the thumbs up or down on the next pivotal step in Cullowhee’s journey to become…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Upcoming music in Waynesville

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Jazz festival continues in Waynesville The Classic Wineseller and Satin Steel Jazz continue their month-long jazz series with the Michael…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Franklin welcomes multi-talented ventriloquist

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World-class ventriloquist and musician Taylor Mason will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

WCU to host percussion recital

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Mario Gaetano, professor in the School of Music at Western Carolina University, will present a percussion recital at 7:30 p.m.…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Waynesville goes trick-or-treating

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“Treats on the Street” for Halloween will go from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31 in downtown Waynesville. The event welcomes trick-or-treaters to…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Halloween comes to Jackson County

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Jackson County will be rounding out October with a week full of scary and fun activities taking place in Sylva,…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Scary stories at Shelton House

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A Ghosts & Goblets storytelling event will occur at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Shelton House in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

More A&E events

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Tavern of Terror at Tipping Point Oct. 31 The 2nd annual Tavern of Terror will occur at 7 p.m. Oct.…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

‘Dracula’ to air on WWNC

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Western Carolina University’s original radio broadcast adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula will hit the Western North Carolina airwaves…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Gemboree returns to Franklin

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The 23rd annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree is Oct. 26-28, at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin. The Gemboree will…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

WCU to feature glass artists, demos

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The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University will host the exhibit “North Carolina Glass 2012: In Celebration of 50…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Cherokee loses art advocate

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Long-time Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual manager Betty Dupree has passed away. Dupree worked for 27 years as the manager…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

NOCtoberfest takes over Nantahala Gorge

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Showcasing all the great things fall has to offer, NOCtoberfest will be an all-day event Oct. 27 at the Nantahala…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

WNC Pottery Festival hits Dillsboro

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The 8th annual Western North Carolina Pottery Festival takes place from 1-5 p.m. Nov. 2 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov.…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Spicing up Southern Appalachia

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Though the weather is getting colder and winter is emerging on the horizon, Doug Weaver is all smiles. It’s open…
Migrating rose-breasted grosbeaks have been appearing at feeders throughout the Smokies region in recent weeks. Those birds that migrate hundreds…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 14:23

Get your cameras and get outside

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Lens Luggers of Western North Carolina is hosting an all-day photography outing Oct. 27 to suit even the novice recreationalist.…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 14:22

A Natural twist on Halloween fun

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Highlands Nature Center will host the Halloween “Enchanted Forest” Nature Trail Oct. 30 for a trick-or-treating experience in nature. Group…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 14:22

Blue Ridge Parkway goes mobile for leaf season

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Just in time for fall leaf season, a free new mobile app for the Blue Ridge Parkway and surrounding regions…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 14:20

Students lend a helping held to bald restoration

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A group of Western Carolina University students lent a hand to help restore the open balds on the summit of…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 14:19

Federal court upholds closure of the Tellico trails

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A federal judge has upheld the U.S. Forest Service and conservation groups’ efforts to close the Tellico Off-Road Vehicle Area…