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Wednesday, 26 September 2012 00:00

HART to present musical

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The Haywood Arts Regional Theater will stage the musical “The Light in the Piazza” Oct. 5 through Oct. 21 at…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 00:00

Sarge’s plans Furry Friends Benefit Bash

Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation’s 4th Annual Furry Friends Benefit Bash will be held on Oct. 4 at the Cork and Cleaver in the Waynesville Inn on Country Club Drive in Waynesville.   The event will be a sit-down dinner, with…
It’s noon on a Wednesday and Scott Peterson already has beer on the mind.
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:35

WestCare votes to dissolve hospital partnership

The WestCare Hospital Board voted 13-1 Tuesday night to dissolve its affiliation with Haywood Regional Medical Center. WestCare, which includes both Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva and Swain County Hospital, partnered with Haywood Regional in early 2010 under theMedWest banner.…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:21

Southern mountains a peninsula of northern climes

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Geographically speaking, where are the Great Smoky Mountains in regard to the other mountain ranges in the southern Appalachians. Where…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:20

Pour Le Pink 5K to raise money for breast cancer services

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The Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Foundation will hold a breast cancer benefit 5K run/walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in Highlands.…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:19

Streak along the Tuck for a good cause

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The annual Smoky Streak run will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, along the Tuckasegee River in Sylva to raise money…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:18

Library to host local herbalist

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Discover the world of herbs, from cooking to healing to the best ways to grow them, at 7 p.m. Tuesday,…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:17

Discover where Civil War history intersects with hiking trails

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The Macon County Public Library will present “Hiking Through History” with Leanna Joyner at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:16

‘Beauty Beneath the Dirt’ to be screened at REI

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A film about three Appalachian Trail thru-hikers will be shown 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the REI in Asheville.…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:14

Celebrating 35 years of the Bartram Trail

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The North Carolina Bartram Trail Society will celebrate its 35th anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 29, in Franklin with a program…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:13

Spotlight hunting of coyotes challenged

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State wildlife officials have gone too far in their goal of putting a dent in the coyote population, particularly when…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:12

Nantahala Hiking Club hosts family hiking day

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The Nantahala Hiking Club, along with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, is holding a free “Family Hiking Day” on Saturday, Sept.…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:10

Wildlife group can’t find a hero in state legislative

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In an unprecedented move, the North Carolina Wildlife Federation has declined to honor a Legislator of the Year for the…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:08

Foliage forecaster predicts good, but spotty, colors

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Visitors to Western North Carolina’s mountains can look forward to a good display of color this autumn, although some areas…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:07

Monarchs migrate through WNC

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A program called “Bring Back the Monarchs” will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Cradle of…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:06

Hummingbird expert to give talk

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A free program titled “Hummingbirds: Delicate Gems or Sky Kings?” will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:03

A clear path

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Last Saturday, Sept. 15, was surely a gorgeous day to be ridge running high in the Plott Balsams — clear…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:00

Forest service ignites firestorm over proposed burn

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The U.S. Forest Service is proposing a controlled burn in Panthertown Valley, a popular recreation area in Jackson County dissected…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:51

Coffee with poet Katherine Soniat

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Katherine Soniat will discuss her new collection, A Raft, A Boat, A Bridge, at City Lights Bookstore’s Coffee with the…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:50

New book motivated by Washington, D.C.

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City Lights bookstore will host Macon County resident Jim Staggers reading from his book, Messages To My Descendents: Please Fix…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:50

Author comes to Lake Junaluska

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Author Bob Plott will be the speaker for the Lake Junaluska Live and Learn Committee at 2 p.m. Sept. 20…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:49

Celebrate Bilbo Baggins’ birthday

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City Lights Bookstore will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit and character Bilbo’s birthday on Saturday,…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:47

Real stories and lessons on how to tell them

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Here is a book about storytelling that strikes a responsive chord in my own heart. Not only is Mary Hamilton a gifted…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:45

Kephart play comes to Bryson City

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Western North Carolina writer Gary Carden will present his play “Outlander” at 7 p.m., Sept. 25, at the Swain County…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:45

Mainstage season kicks off with ‘Pump Boys’

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The musical “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will start off the 2012-13 mainstage season, presented by the students and faculty of…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:44

Library to host community jam

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Bryson City will host a community music jam from 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Marianna Black Library. Anyone with…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:44

Concerts to hit Franklin

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“Rock the Square,” a vintage rock concert and street dance, will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 on the…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:42

Darryl Worley to perform in Franklin

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Acclaimed country artist Darryl Worley will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:42

WCU presents faculty brass recital

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Western Carolina University’s School of Music will present a free faculty brass recital at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in the…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:41

Youth arts festival to be held in Dillsboro

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The fifth annual Youth Arts Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:40

Smithsonian exhibit opens at WCU

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“Journey Stories,” an exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution, will be on display at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center from…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:40

Colorfest coming to Dillsboro Oct. 6

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More than 30 artisans will demonstrate their craft at the upcoming Colorfest: Art & Taste of Appalachia from 10 a.m.…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:39

Kennel club to hold agility trial

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The Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association, an area kennel club, will host a three-day AKC Dog Agility Trial in the…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:39

Demonstrations at Dogwood Crafters

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Craft demonstrations at Dogwood Crafters in Dillsboro this week include Anthony Cariveau, Linda Parrish, Jeri Buek and Joyce Lantz. • …
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:39

Cornhole tournament to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Headwaters Brewing Company will host a Cornhole Tournament to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Haywood County from 2-4:30 p.m.…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:38

Canton to host BBQ and bluegrass festival

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The second annual Smokin’ BBQ and Bluegrass Festival will take place at 10 a.m. Sept. 29 at the Cold Mountain…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:37

Waynesville art commission issues Call for Artists

The Waynesville Public Art Commission (WPAC) is currently seeking an artist for its fourth outdoor public art project.
What could’ve been a lifelong haunting moment for most turned out to be an epiphany for Josh Merrell. “I farted…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:35

Obama’s record needs closer look

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To the Editor: Carol Adams in her Letter to the Editor (SMN, Sept. 12) asserts that Obama’s record is “not…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:34

History has been altered by victors

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To the Editor: Mr. McLeod, instead of being upset over a Confederate flag flying in the South, perhaps you should…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:33

Is journalism dead or just very biased?

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To the Editor: Mark Twain once said “If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed. If you read the…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:33

Proposals could harm bear, deer populations

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To the Editor: According to David Whitmire’s recent letters sent to the media in WNC, two pending bills for 2013-14…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:32

PetSmart will help animal rescue groups

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To the Editor: PetSmart, which is known for not carrying puppy mill dogs or cats, also holds on-site adoptions for…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:32

Get the facts about state education funding

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To the Editor: The Macon County Democrat Headquarters got my attention with their sign. For those that haven’t seen it,…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:30

In Democratic convention’s wake, 44 owes 42 – big time

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By Savannah Bell and Don Livingston In his re-election campaign, President Barack Obama cannot count on the support of many…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:22

Students find balance in slacking

With a steady flow of noisy cars and chatty pedestrians zooming through the Western Carolina University campus, Kyle Coleman straddles a tiny rope, ignoring the commotion and focusing on the task at hand.
Swain County leaders have pledged $700,000 to help the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad expand its already bustling operations in Bryson City.
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:17

Maggie leaders in stalemate over board seat

The Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen is at an impasse. Town leaders met Monday in hopes of appointing someone to fill an open seat on the board, which was vacated last month by an alderman who moved away. But, the…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:50

Waynesville and Lake Junaluska talk merger

As Lake Junaluska residents chart a future course for their community, two options now remain on the table: become its own town or merge with the town of Waynesville. For decades, Lake Junaluska has operated as a well-oiled homeowners association…