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As Macon Bank scurried to get in on the ground floor of the real estate heyday in the mountains, it unwittingly stumbled into a house of cards, and found itself caught up in a scheme akin to insider trading that…
Haywood County temporarily backed off its hard-line stance against tiny Confederate flags being stuck in the ground around the base of a memorial for Confederate soldiers on the lawn of the historic courthouse in Waynesville, but has once again started…
The former Bryson City fire chief Joey Hughes is facing criminal charges following a months-long investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation into missing funds from fire department coffers. His wife, Cylena Hughes, has also been charged in connection with…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 00:00

‘Lincoln’s Dreams’ concludes Civil War-based talks

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The Friends of the Library will present the final novel in the “Let’s Talk About It: Civil War Novels” discussion…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 00:00

Fashions for mastectomy patients to be featured at talk

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Jody Kraner, owner of Amaste Woman, will speak from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 20 in the conference room of the Cooperative…
Members of the Western Carolina Civic Orchestra — conducted by William Henigbaum — will present a string chamber orchestra concert…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 00:00

‘Wine for the Arts' celebrates 12th year

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The Haywood County Arts Council will host its 12th annual “Wine for the Arts” from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 23 at…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 00:00

Design school faculty to present work Aug. 23

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Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum will host a reception from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 23 for its biennial School of…
The Highlands Cashiers Players’ will premiere an uproarious, laugh-out-loud new Ken Ludwig comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” Aug. 23.…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 00:00

Appalachian Fire Bluegrass Band to perform in Bryson City

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Appalachian Fire Bluegrass Band of Flat Rock will perform a concert of classic bluegrass and gospel music at 3 p.m.…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 00:00

Kenny Rogers is coming to Cherokee

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Country legend Kenny Rogers will take the stage at Harrah’s Event Center in Cherokee at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1.
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 00:00

Sean Kingston offers free concert at WCU

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Contemporary vocalist Sean Kingston will perform a free outdoor concert on Western Carolina University’s Central Plaza on at 7:30 p.m.…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 00:00

Marshall Ballew to perform in Waynesville

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Tennessee songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Marshall Ballew will perform at 3 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Waynesville library auditorium on Haywood…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 00:00

Trombone recital to take listeners on European tour

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Dan Cherry, associate professor in Western Carolina University’s School of Music, will take listeners on a “European Tour” when he…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 00:00

Caribbean Cowboys to perform in Fontana

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The Summer Concert series at Fontana Village Resort will feature Logan Murrell from 8-11 p.m. Aug. 17 and the Caribbean…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 00:00

Bluegrass jam livens up Fines Creek

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The 15th annual Fines Creek Bluegrass Jam will take place from 5-11 p.m. Aug. 24-25 on the lawn of the Fines…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 00:00

A cappella group to fill Franklin church with song

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Land of the Sky Barbershop Chorus will perform at 3 p.m. Aug. 19 in Tartan Hall at First Presbyterian Church…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 00:00

Jeff Little Trio slated for Stecoah Aug. 18

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The Jeff Little Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Stecoah Valley Center as part of the…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 00:00

Cruso quilting group to hold annual show

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The Cruso Friendship Club will host its 23rd Quilt Show Aug. 24-25 at the Cruso Community Center on U.S. 276…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 00:00

Apply now for Arts Council sub-grants

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Haywood County Arts Council is now accepting applications for North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program sub-grants through Sept. 20.…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 00:00

Funding for the arts available

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The Jackson County Arts Council is now accepting applications for arts program grants for the fiscal year 2012-2013. The grant…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 00:00

Local playwright tells story of Horace Kephart

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Gary Carden, storyteller and humorist, will once again visit Highlands at 4 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Hudson Library to…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 00:00

WCU alumnus, ceramicist to show at Green Energy Park

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The Jackson County Green Energy Park will host a reception at its art gallery from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 23 for…
The strings of tradition and progress echoed from the back alley. Upon further inspection (and a lone door cracked open),…
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

A taste for noir

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Wild to Possess and A Taste for Sin by Gil Brewer. Stark House Press, 2006. One of the great delights…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Blue Ridge Paper Products, long one of the largest employers in Western North Carolina, is no longer — at least in name. An internal memo sent to employees Aug. 24 announced that the company’s…
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

When did the need for AC move up the mountain?

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When we were having record and near record heat back in August, I did what any overheated mountain dweller would…
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

Mills new owners have a strong legacy to live up to

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When the new owners of the Canton paper mill announced a few weeks ago that company headquarters were being moved…
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

Its not easy being green

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Balsam Mountain Preserve is, first and foremost, a real estate development. As such, it is subject to all the pressures,…
By Chris Cooper The phrase “well rounded” gets thrown about pretty often, but it fits few people better than banjoist…
When a workshop on proper and improper sexual behavior in preschoolers premiered at a childcare conference in the region a few years ago, more than 60 childcare workers packed the session, surprising even the organizers. The reason for the popularity…
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

Enchanting the summer evening

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No late summer wildflower is more widely recognized than evening primrose. The four broad yellow petals that open in the…
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

Fontana Lake businesses close for the season

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Two of the three boat docks on the Swain County side of Fontana Lake shut their doors before Labor Day, traditionally one of the biggest money-making weekends of the season for lake businesses.
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

Jackson’s Green Energy Park undergoes expansion

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer The Jackson County Green Energy Park is slated to get even greener with the expansion of the Smoky Mountain Biofuels’ production facility and the addition of six greenhouses on the site.
By Michael Beadle Once upon a sitcom, Linda Lavin was America’s hardest-working waitress. Remember “Alice” — a household name in…
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

SCC ranks fourth among all U.S. community colleges

Southwestern Community College ranks fourth in the nation in a new listing of America’s best community colleges and was the only representative from North Carolina in the top ten. That’s according to a report in the Washington Monthly. While colleges…
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

Childcare center’s closing surprises community

First United Methodist Church’s Child Development Center in Waynesville suddenly closed its daycare and after-school programs two weeks ago, leaving 65 children without childcare. The preschool is still operating. The center cited the loss of both its director and assistant…
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

Heaven in a bucket, a hillside and some blueberries

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By Stephanie Wampler Have you ever doubted the existence of Heaven? If so, then I will jump to the hasty…
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

Chickens and fall garden chores

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By Kathleen Lamont I have had laying hens on and off for the past 20 years. My first flock of…
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

Roll the credits, please – ASU 34, Mich. 32

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For the last 24 hours, I have felt like a character in a movie. You have seen the movie, probably…
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

Bond hearings planned in Macon

Macon County leaders will get their first real taste of how the public feels about a $64 million bond vote at a public hearing at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, in the Macon County courthouse. Macon residents will be voting…
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Spray Paint Took a page from “Trading Spaces” and all those other home renovation/redecoration shows this past weekend and salvaged…
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

Sling Shots: Disc golf course proves popular in Waynesville

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By Michael Beadle It’s 5:30 on a steamy Monday night at the Waynesville Recreation Park, and pairs of disc golfers…
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

Osama, this is George: I need you, man

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By Arthur Hancock • Guest Columnist I had a dream that the following communication came into my hands. I read…
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

Swain to put land transfer tax on November ballot

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Swain County residents will vote November 6 on whether to enact a new tax on real estate transactions to bolster county coffers. The tax is equivalent to 0.4 percent of a real estate transaction,…
A new community group dedicated to revitalizing Cullowhee will host an open house at the Cullowhee Café from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 22. “CuRvE, the Cullowhee Revitalization Endeavour, is still in the initial planning stages, and now is…
A public hearing Monday on a $64 million bond for various construction projects in Macon County attracted relatively few naysayers. Voters in Macon will get to weigh in on the slate of construction projects in a countywide vote on Nov.…
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 00:00

SCC ranking a sign of the high quality of community colleges

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In this day and age, as the gap between the rich and poor continues to widen and this country’s manufacturing…
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 00:00

What Sylva is and isn’t: you be the judge

Buxton, a consulting firm that analyzes a community’s demographics, has 60 some population classes that it uses to describe the population. The Jackson County Economic Development Commission disagrees with how the firm described the Sylva area. The analysis seems to…
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 00:00

Incumbent Hicks wins in tight Cherokee election

The election for chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians came down to a mere 30 votes last week, and apparently isn’t over yet.