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Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:30

Bluegrass bands to duel in Highlands

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The Highlands Performing Arts Center will present the Bluegrass Duel 8 p.m. on Sept. 15. The event will feature Asheville’s…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:29

Youth art classes back at The Bascom

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Kids can enjoy a wide range of youth art classes at The Bascom this September and October. • Creation Station,…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:29

Artist reception to kick off ColorFest in Dillsboro

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ColorFest’s “Art & Taste of Appalachia Artist’s Reception” will be held at the historical Jarrott House in Dillsboro at 6…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:28

Waynesville celebrates local artists with weekend art event

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The Waynesville Gallery Association presents Art After Dark from 6–9 p.m. on Sept. 7 and a Saturday Stroll from 11…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:27

Paper, pins, scissors: new stories from old quilts

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Textile historian Suzanne Hill McDowell will host a luncheon program from noon to 2 p.m. on Sept. 15 and tell…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:27

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, 05 September 2012 02:25

Open Air Indian Art Market celebrates 10 years

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Bringing together Cherokee artisans and tourists from every corner of the globe, the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual celebrated a…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:23

GOP war on women is a real problem

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To the Editor: Believing in the power of women’s votes, here are some facts that we are facing in November.…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:22

Those who make most noise aren’t from here

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To the Editor: I find nothing wrong with your article, “Confederates in the attic” (Aug. 29 edition, www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion) unlike certain…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:18

Progressive is just new word for traitor

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To the Editor: In regards to your column last week, let me make some points.  You wrote: “If someone gets…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:13

Proud to be an American ... sort of

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Since I was old enough to talk, I’ve been told that being an American was something special, something I could…
Southwestern Community College will hold a dedication ceremony for the newly constructed Conrad G. Burrell building at 2 p.m. Sept. 14 on the Jackson campus in Sylva. The three-story, 38,000-square-foot building cost $8.8 million and was funded two-thirds by the…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:10

McCrory goes to WNC

Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory stopped in Sylva Thursday, Aug. 30, to meet with area supporters and planned to attend a fundraising event on Friday, Aug. 31, with U.S. congressional candidate Mark Meadows of Cashiers. McCrory, the former mayor of…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:09

Political roundup

Rogers receives key endorsements Hayden Rogers, the Democratic candidate in North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District, was endorsed by the bipartisan Sportsmen’s and Animal Owners’ Voting Alliance (SAOVA) for his support of sportsmen’s and animal owners’ rights.   SAOVA has endorsed both Democrats…
The simple task of replacing an empty seat on the Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen has turned into a process rife with finger pointing and faultfinding after the board failed to lay out a clear process for how the new…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:05

WCU opens its doors to prospective student

Western Carolina University will open its doors to prospective college students, their families and friends for its first open house of the fall semester on Sept. 15 beginning at 8:30 a.m. The open house gives visitors a chance to tour…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:05

Meet new local physicians

MedWest Health System is hosting two receptions, one at MedWest-Harris and another on the campus of MedWest-Haywood, to allow members of the community to meet several new area doctors who have recently joined MedWest.  MedWest-Harris reception is from 5-7 p.m.…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:04

Clinic to benefit from unique fundraiser

Smoky Mountain Knitting Guild is sponsoring an “Afternoon Extravaganza” at 2 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Haywood Arts Regional Theater on Pigeon Street in Waynesville to support the Good Samaritan Clinic of Haywood County. The event will feature the “Sound…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:03

HCC to offer sneak peek at regional schools

Area high school students and residents will have a chance to talk with college representatives from more than 55 Southeastern universities, colleges and trade schools at the 2012 College Night from 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Haywood Community College…
Undocumented workers staged a sit-in at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office last week to protest the sheriff’s alleged targeting of Latino immigrants through deliberately placed traffic stops.
A Cherokee judge ruled last week in a case that could affect a long-range plan of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to build a low-level casino on a satellite tract of the reservation outside Andrews. The case also has…
The Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee was broken into recently. Sacred and traditional items used by re-enactors who portray early Native American life at the living history site were stolen.
The dead lay in indiscernible rows beneath the earth, their resting places marked by a jumble of faded and often illegible stone markers — the most distinguishable carrying etched dates and names, but the most nondescript void of any writing…
The board of directors for MedWest-Harris and Med-West Swain hospitals met Tuesday, Sept. 4, to discuss whether to dissolve its ties with MedWest-Haywood. The board met a month ago on the same subject but decided to continue studying the issue…
Young professionals can network and learn more about the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce at a special event from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 6. at Headwaters Brewing Co. in Waynesville. The Chamber’s Young Professionals of Haywood program was established in an…
Western North Carolina’s “Out of the Darkness” community walk will be held from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Jackson County Recreation Complex in Cullowhee.  The goal of the event is to raise awareness about suicide, honor lost…
Delinquent property tax payers beware — Jackson County is coming for you. For more than a year, county tax collectors, with the help of contracted private attorneys, have been aggressively targeting property owners who owe substantial back taxes — and…
Sporting a red Obama hat, a matching “Change Rocks” t-shirt and a “Barack Obama 2012” button, Ron Frendreis approached the first house on his list. With pen, papers and clipboard in hand, he climbed the concrete steps to a white…
You probably won’t see them on television with the “Bad Boys” theme song playing in the background, jumping chain link fences or tackling shirtless men in motel parking lots — unless they have to. Rather, a lot of what goes…
A row of four stately evergreens that anchored the front of Waynesville Middle School — providing both shade and a meeting hub on campus — were cut down two weeks ago to the chagrin of students and teachers.
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:45

I don’t share Romney-Ryan vision

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To the Editor: This letter is in defense of the work and research done at the Bent Creek Southeastern Forest…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:44

We need a conservative leader at this time

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To the Editor: I acknowledge Martin Dyckman’s well-written letter in the Aug. 15 issue. He challenged my letter (8/8/12) by…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:43

Battle flag display should be allowed

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To the Editor: For many years, it has been the tradition in Haywood County and other Western North Carolina counties…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:43

We need dialogue, not accusations

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To the Editor: I can’t hardly stand to read the letters to the editor anymore. Civil discourse, the backbone of any…
Even though there’s little room for compromise, I’m going to step into the fray. Haywood County commissioners are trying to…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:40

John York returns with new poetry collections

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Poet John York, whose latest work, Cold Spring Rising, was reviewed in The Smoky Mountain New two months ago, will…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:40

Maggie Valley innkeeper publishes cookbook

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Ginger Shinn, owner of Smokey Shadows Lodge in Maggie Valley, released a new cookbook A Taste of Smokey Shadows Lodge.…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:37

Finding kindred souls in the Wyoming backcountry

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Let me begin by telling you that the book title above is misleading. Gerry Spence has more then a dozen published…
Numerous geologists have visited the Smokies region. None was more observant than Arthur Keith. The Murphy Marble Belt is an…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:09

Ginseng harvest gets underway in WNC

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It’s ginseng time in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and the U.S. Forest Service is reminding visitors to national…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:08

Blue Ridge Parkway to step up radio telemetry enforcement

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The Blue Ridge Parkway is increasing enforcement efforts against the illegal use of radio tracking equipment by hunters. The only…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:07

Arboretum hosts dahlia show, craft day

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The North Carolina Arboretum will host two events to end the summer and kick off fall — the 26th annual…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:05

Smokies seeks volunteer patrollers

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is seeking volunteers to assist rangers during the increased fall visitation period in Cataloochee…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:04

Star gazing event near Maggie Valley

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting a stargazing event Sept. 7 at one of Haywood County’s clearest views…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:03

Family canoe event scheduled

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The fourth annual Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom is scheduled to begin Sept. 8 at 9 a.m., just upstream from the…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:02

New river access opened in Whittier

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Public access to the popular Tuckasegee River will improve when Duke Energy opens the new Whittier Access Area Sept. 1.…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:01

First-ever releases on the Upper Nanty

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The first-ever scheduled recreational whitewater releases on the upper Nantahala River — scheduled for Sept. 29-30 — will offer advanced…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:01

HCC to hold sawmill operation auction Sept. 22

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Haywood Community College will hold a sawmill operation auction at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the college. The…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:00

Symposium on carnivorous plants

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Carnivorous plants will be highlighted at the annual Native Plant Symposium at the Highlands Botanical Garden Sept. 13-15.
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 12:59

Series finale focuses on nocturnal adaptations

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The nocturnal adaptations of plants and animals will be the subject of the final Zahner series lecture at 7 p.m.…