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Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:14

Learn how to forage for edibles

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Wild foods expert Alan Muskat of Asheville will lead a foraging workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday,…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:13

Birds of prey to swoop into farmers market

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Owls, falcons and other birds of prey will make an appearance at the Haywood Historic Farmers Market in Waynesville from…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:12

Birds and butterflies and flowers, oh my

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I had the pleasure of leading nine women from the Great Smoky Mountains Audubon Chapter on an outing along the…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:08

Galax takes a beating from blackmarket trade

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They operate in groups, or sometimes alone, packing duffle bags of the illicit product by foot through the Western North…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:27

Marianna Black Library celebrates freedom to read

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In honor of National Banned Books Week and to celebrate the freedom to read, the Marianna Black Library in Bryson…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:26

Tweens and teens to meet at library

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The “tween” writing group “Write On!” for 8- to 12-year-olds will meet at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 4 at the Jackson…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:25

A thoughtful examination of love and parenting

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A distracted mother off to the store forgets to shut the door from the kitchen to the garage, puts her…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:10

Life in the GOP fact-free bubble

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To the Editor: I just don’t get it. Many Republicans think that Obama is a Kenyan socialist out to destroy the…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:09

Conservatives take us down the wrong path

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To the Editor: Webster’s dictionary defines the following terms as stated below: • Conservative: “of or relating to a philosophy of…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:08

Jim Davis living in Alice in Wonderland world?

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To the Editor: Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, is apparently living in a world in where up is down, less is…
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…