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A faction of lodging owners in Maggie Valley is hoping to derail a tax increase on overnight accommodations. The money brought in — roughly $450,000 a year — would be dedicated solely to building tourism attractions or improving existing ones.
The prospects of Haywood County’s tourism development tax increase making it through the General Assembly in Raleigh this year is highly likely — or perhaps highly unlikely. It depends on whom you ask.
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 00:00

April activities on tap at Heinzelmännchen

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April is the first-ever “North Carolina Beer Month” and Heinzelmännchen Brewery in Sylva taps into the fun with four initiatives…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 00:00

Trout and ramp festival in Cherokee March 30

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Mountain trout and wild ramps take center stage at the annual Rainbow and Ramps Festival from 10 a.m. to 2:30…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 00:00

'The Medium' comes to HART

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Western Carolina University’s School of Music, in collaboration with the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, will present Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 00:00

Vince Gill comes to Franklin

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Country music star Vince Gill will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, at The Smoky Mountain Center for…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 00:00

Mountain Heritage Center jam series continues

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The 2012-13 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series will conclude with Phil and Gaye Johnson at 7 p.m. Thursday,…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 00:00

Woodcarving demo held in Clyde

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Artisan in the Mountains will host a woodcarving demonstration featuring the Pigeon River Woodcarvers Club from 1 to 4 p.m.…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 00:00

Taking matters into his own hands

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When he didn’t have the money to purchase a banjo, Joshua Grant took matters into his own hands. “I couldn’t…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:22

I once was lost, but now I’m found

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The directions said turn left, so naturally I turned right. I was still an hour drive from Sugarland Visitors Center…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:14

Cubs on the Run 5K kicks off spring

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The family-friendly Cubs on the Run 5K will be held on Saturday, March 23, at Meadowbrook Elementary School in Canton,…
Lake Junaluska will host the Friends of the Lake 5K, Family Walk, and Children’s Fun Run at 9 a.m. Saturday,…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:11

Smokies backcountry fee taken to court

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A lawsuit has been filed over a new backcountry camping fee imposed in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.Southern Forest…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:10

A.T. hiking season kicks off in Franklin

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Franklin will celebrate its love for Appalachian Trail hikers with the annual April Fools Trail Days festival on Saturday, March…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:09

Graveyard Fields overlook to get makeover

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The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation will provide $740,000 for projects and programs on the Parkway this year, including children’s education,…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:07

I have seen the light

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I have seen the light, and I don’t like it. I have seen the light emanating from strip malls; from…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:04

Paddling springs eternal

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Whitewater fanatics wait in line for their chance to do tricks, flips, spins and somersaults with their play boats on…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 13:49

An insightful look at guerilla warfare

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Since the Second World War, Americans have lived by the old dictum that only the dead have seen the end…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 13:44

My wife knows good morels when she sees them

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It’s just about morel time. By early April (if not sooner), the succulent spring-fruiting fungi that are the most sought…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 13:41

Chavez did some real good in Venezuela

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 To the Editor: With the recent death of Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela, there has been much speculation in the…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 13:40

Voter ID law a waste of time, money

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To the Editor: The voter suppression monster has reared its ugly head again in Raleigh. Although details are not known…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 13:37

My journey to the center of the Earth, and back

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By Stephanie Wampler • Columnist Our Saturday morning cave adventure started out innocently enough. We would need flashlights. Check. I had…
The Jackson County Planning Board last week approved a preliminary plan for the Cullowhee River Club housing development proposed along the Tuckasegee River near Western Carolina University. Planning department staff gave a report saying the master plan for the large…
Sweepstakes establishments in Jackson County may be getting the boot from the U.S. 441 Corridor leading to Cherokee. Although sweepstakes-style gambling was outlawed by a recent N.C. Supreme Court ruling, County Planner Gerald Green believes it doesn’t hurt to have…
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-Cashiers) has opened 18 offices throughout the 11th Congressional District. “Constituents can set up meetings at any of the district office locations to receive help with anything from navigating the federal government to assistance with their Social…
In honor of Sunshine Week in North Carolina, Carolina Public Press will hold a “Full Disclosure” workshop in the Cardinal Conference Room at Western Carolina University from 2:30-6 p.m. on April 4. The event will give journalists, students, public information…
Law enforcement officials in Haywood County are stepping up to keep a watchful eye on schools as leaders plot their next steps toward increasing safety. Parents have probably already noticed one simple and cost-free solution to better school security: deputies…
The Jackson County Planning Board voted last Thursday to eliminate a pivotal component of the county’s steep slope building rules. The planning board wants to do away with a controversial limits on how many homes can be built on steep…
Howard Brown doesn’t sleep well when there’s rain in the forecast. His trout farm in Nantahala — teaming with $400,000 worth of rainbow trout at any given time — has twice been victim of near miss landslides from a road…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 13:11

Swain school leaders set bar low on budget

Despite a big wish list, Swain County school leaders won’t be asking the county for more money next year. Swain school officials instead have posed a quite modest request — just don’t cut our budget. 
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 13:10

Cherokee bear zoo debate roars on

As the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ leaders mull the fate of bear zoos on the reservation, representatives from two of Cherokee’s three bear zoos have said they are being unfairly harried because of one bad egg.
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 13:09

SCC wants money for building plan

A contingent of administrators from Southwestern Community College made a pitch to Jackson County commissioners Monday to help pay for a campus building plan.
The mountains are an undeniable tourist magnet, but with so many WNC destinations to chose from, the crusade to stand out from the pack is prompting county tourism agencies to constantly refine and redefine their message. What will entice a…
Ed Green has plenty of time for contemplation during his 15 mile runs on the paths circling Lake Junaluska. One of his recurring thoughts turns to what’s underfoot: how lucky he is to run in such a beautiful place.
Janie Sinacore-Jaberg has run a lot of hospitals — small hospitals, financially precarious hospitals, turf-war embattled hospitals, hospitals in the midst of a merger, even hospitals in the midst of hostile take over.
Jackson County is one step closer to giving money to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad to outfit the scenic rail line with a refurbished steam engine in hopes of getting a tourist boost in return.
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 12:59

Service with a smile

If you want a seat at one of Bobby Harracks’ tables, you better get to Clyde’s Restaurant early. A steady crowd of customers makes a beeline for Harracks’ section of the mainstay hometown diner in Waynesville, filling in the booths…
A seemingly endless array of mountain music and dance will be showcased at the Dr. Ann R. Wilke Memorial Scholarship…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 12:27

Celebrate Easter in WNC

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Communities across the mountains are rolling out the green carpet for the Easter bunny over the next two weekends. Check…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 12:25

Alicia Keys hits Harrah’s

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With her unmistakable blend of soul, hip-hop, jazz and classical music, superstar Alicia Keys will be performing at 8 p.m.…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 12:24

Liars Bench to host Sheila Kay Adams

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The Liars Bench will present storyteller/musician Sheila Kay Adams at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in the Mountain Heritage Center…
It was a decade in the making, but its origins are hundreds of years old. Partnering with the Blue Ridge…
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 23:20

Lorca, Neruda and the beautiful game

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By Ted Olson • Contributing writer New Native Press, a small independent book publisher based in Tuckasegee in Jackson County, recently…
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 23:15

Magic in a bottle

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If you build it, they will come.  If you brew it, they will come and party. Celebrating the fourth release…
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 23:10

My cousin the Keynesian and his mistaken ideas

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By Kenn Jacobine I have this cousin, let’s call him Giovanni. He is a great guy – industrious, hospitable, great…
“The pen is mightier than the sword.” For years I had ascribed those words to Thomas Paine, the fiery British-American…
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 22:45

Booth display class for the farmers market

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Farmers market vendors can get tips on how to set up their booths at a free seminar called “Booth Display…
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 22:40

In the land of water and rock

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Like Old Esdras in the Bible, some live in a land of milk and honey. Here in the Blue Ridge,…
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 22:38

And now for something completely different

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So what’s in the news nowadays? Any bad news for the environment? Let’s see. Wednesday, February 13, 2013, in the…
Like New York is known for its basketball legends, and Texas is known for its football stars, Western North Carolina…