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Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:05

Pitch in for the Big Sweep along your local waterways

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Volunteers will rescue creeks and rivers from a tangle of accumulated trash that builds up along the banks and in…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:05

Get a taste of fishing, archery and shooting

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National Hunting and Fishing Day will be celebrated with family-oriented outdoor events at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education from…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:04

Potentially fatal disease could pose risk to deer

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An outbreak of a disease spread by biting gnats has turned up deer populations in several foothill counties.
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:02

Local adventurers share their stories at Jackson Library

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The adventure stories of several Jackson County residents is the subject of a new collection of exhibits and a program…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:02

Inaugural Tuck River Festival set for Sept. 16

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The inaugural Tuckasegee River Festival — “Fiddler on the River” — is sponsored by the Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:01

Restaurants take part in Parkway fundraiser

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The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation will hold the first annual Plates for the Parkway event on Sept. 18 in which…
10 percent of Mast General Store sales in Waynesville on Sept. 15 will go to the Friends of the Smokies…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:00

Learn about growing organic broccoli

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North Carolina State University is hosting a workshop on organic broccoli production from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sept. 19 at…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:59

Ginseng seminar offered in Sylva

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The Jackson County Public Library in downtown Sylva will host Cooperative Extension agent Christy Bredenkamp for a free seminar on ginseng production for homeowners…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:58

Last splash

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Everyone who woke up to 48 degrees Fahrenheit this morning knows that the days of “butts in the creek” are…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:55

When disaster hits, horses will still hold their own

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Will it be a bomb, an oil shortage, energy grid damage or an electromagnetic pulse that renders America’s modern modes…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:54

New book addresses Washington, D.C. gridlock

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Author Jim Staggers will read from and discuss his book Messages To My Descendents — Please Fix Our Government from…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:53

A meet, greet and eat with Johnnie Sue Myers

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Johnnie Sue Myers, author of The Gathering Place, will visit City Lights Bookstore at 1 p.m. Sept. 16. The Gathering…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:51

As fall nears, let’s clear the clutter

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By early September in these mountains the markers of autumn are very much with us. The cool nights diminish the…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:50

The end is nigh, but too few will admit it

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By Kenn Jacobine • Guest Columnist According to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, we are about to…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:49

The GOP’s message of Social Darwinism

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To the Editor: The 2012 campaign illustrates two oft-quoted maxims: that war is a continuation of politics by other means,…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:48

Alderman replacement process should be open

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To the Editor: As a full-time resident of Maggie Valley, I am shocked at the shenanigans taking place in our…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:47

Some things should not be on public property

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To the Editor: While I support the display of the Confederate flag or the Ten Commandments as a means of individual personal…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:46

Columnist misguided in supporting Obama

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To the Editor:  You printed an interesting, however misguided, guest column in the Sept. 5 issue. John Beckman (“Proud to…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:45

We must protect religious freedoms

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To the Editor: Some like to claim that ours is a Christian nation. But this was not the intent of…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:43

An open door makes for a great elementary school

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A trusted friend surprised me the other day. At his child’s elementary school, it had been decided parents should not…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:42

Political roundup

John Tedesco, Republican candidate for superintendent of the North Carolina Department of Pubic Instruction, will be in town for two upcoming appearances on Sept. 15: an 11 a.m. lunch with the Macon County Republican Party at The Boiler Room Restaurant…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:41

Preventing falls imperative for seniors

Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for those 65 and older, and the chances of falling and being seriously injured in a fall increase with age. In recognition of annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day, students…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:40

New school buildings get green light in Jackson

Jackson County commissioners voted last week to take out a $10 million loan for the construction of a gymnasium and auditorium at Smoky Mountain High School in Sylva. County commissioners’ unanimous support of the project did not come as a…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Mountain Heritage Day to include traditional foods competition

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Western Carolina University’s 38th annual Mountain Heritage Day Local is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29 on…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

ColorFest showcases fall colors and flavors

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Autumn’s colors and flavors take center stage from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 during the fourth annual “ColorFest…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Library hosting ‘Living around Bears’ program

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Macon County Public Library in Franklin will show a short film, “Living in Bear Country: Practical Advice on Living Responsibly…
The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its November production of the celebrated Broadway play “August Osage County”…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Experiment with art at Waynesville workshop

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Silvia Williams will instruct a workshop on experimental art from 1-3 p.m. on Sept. 14 at Leapin’ Frog Gallery. Williams…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Award-winning Christian trio to perform Sept. 21

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Phillips, Craig, and Dean, an award-winning contemporary Christian music trio, will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Jo Kelley to teach expressive landscape painting

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Well-known Waynesville artist Jo Kelley will teach a one-day painting workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 at…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Piano legend Hornsby to play Harrah’s

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Tickets are on-sale to see pianist Bruce Hornsby at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12. Hornsby writes…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Stay out late in Sylva Sept. 14

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Sylva businesses will stay open late Sept. 14 for its monthly art stroll. Sylva Art Strolls, which are sponsored by…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Beading, needlework focus of crafting demonstrations

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Craft demonstrations at Dogwood Crafters in Dillsboro during the next week include beading by Nan Smith and punch needlework by…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Duo, choir to be featured at Pickin' in the Square

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Guitar duo Jazz Mountain and the male choir Men Macon Music will perform at a double-bill concert starting at 4…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Haywood’s Got Talent competition finalists announced

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16 acts have beat out the competition to go on to the finals of Haywood’s Got Talent at 7:30 p.m.…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Sylva library to host jewelry workshop

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Jackson County Library in Sylva begins its new Teen Advisory Group (TAG) from 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 with a special…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Celebrate ‘anti-art’ at Dada Festival

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For three days in September, the first-ever Dada Festival at Western Carolina University brings together music, dance, the visual arts…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Scarecrow Festival to benefit Swain schools

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The Swain County Public Schools Foundation is looking for people to participate in its first-ever Scarecrow Festival. Handmade scarecrows will…
Greater Haywood County Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications for nonprofits and agribusinesses for the 24th annual Haywood County…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Democrats to host ‘Go, Granny, Go’

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Actress Barbara Bates Smith will perform the play “Go, Granny, Go”, the inspiring story of Doris “Granny D” Haddock, at…
Great Smoky Mountains National Park will celebrate Appalachian folkways at its annual Mountain Life Festival from 10 a.m. to 4…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

No shortage of critics as Kephart play comes home

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For a man who has just won the North Carolina Literature Award, writer Gary Carden is quite somber. At his…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Tribal council delves into ABC salary dispute

Some Cherokee leaders are questioning if compensation for members of its various commissions should face the chopping block next fiscal year — in particular the $25,000 made by each of the five members the tribal Alcohol and Beverage Control Commission.…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Cherokee plans massive family adventure park

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is planning a $92-million adventure park, which is expected to attract families to Cherokee and open up a new source of revenue for the tribe. Tribal council last week approved the idea in a…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Sonoco Plastics expansion underway

An $11.7 million expansion by Sonoco Plastics in Waynesville is now underway, landed in part thanks to $828,000 worth of economic incentives from the state, Haywood county and the town. Sonoco is currently in the process of expanding its facility…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

Daily library late fee go up in Haywood County

Late fees for overdue books and CDs have increased at libraries in Haywood County. Habitually late bibliophiles previously paid 10 cents per day for every late book or CD, with the maximum charge being $10 per item. However, the Haywood…
Low interest rates have prompted Haywood County to consider refinancing its outstanding debt dating back to various building projects over the years. The county will hire a financial analyst to review all its loans and their interest rates, compared to…
Haywood County is making a few hundred dollars a month converting methane gas emanating from the old county landfill on Francis Farm into electricity, and reselling it over the power grid. “It has been a long process, but we are…
Gone are the days of students hunched over wide-ruled paper, forming endless strings of perfectly manicured cursive letters, painstakingly matching the dimensions of each loop of an L or swoop of G’s tail.