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Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:28

Hikes of the Smokies series kicks off

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A guided hike in the Deep Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be held on Tuesday,…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:26

Louisiana lagniappe

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I know, I know, we’ve been in Louisiana for two weeks now, but when I look back at some of…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:21

Follow me, into the wild

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The last time I went camping I was 10 or 11. I was in my grandparents’ backyard, snug in my…
During the next several weeks, thousands of people will leave from Springer Mountain in Georgia and begin the 2,184-mile trek…
A Lake Junaluska task force voiced overwhelming support last week for merging the 765-home community with the town of Waynesville before a packed audience of homeowners. SEE ALSO: Ongoing coverage The 14-member task force has spent 10 months weighing the…
Jackson County commissioners have postponed a decision on hiring deputies to man the county’s elementary schools. The school board and sheriff’s office made a joint request recently for funding for four additional deputies to serve as school resource officers in…
There’s a new sheriff in town. Greg Christopher, a 51-year-old former lieutenant in the N.C. State Patrol, assumed the role of top lawman in Haywood County this week.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 02:10

Re-learning those old, familiar (bird) songs

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I like “old time rock and roll” too. And I recently got some of my old time records, CDs, iPods,…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 02:02

Climbing event at Chimney Rock

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An event called “Climbin’ the Chimney” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 2 is an opportunity to for…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 02:02

Duke grants to aid education, environment

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Duke Energy is helping to fund new educational and environmental projects as part of its hydropower relicensing agreement in the…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 01:54

Taking the polar plunge

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Around 30 daring souls splashed and jumped into Lake Junaluska last Saturday for the first annual “Polar Plunge” to raise…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 01:52

Loosiana part deaux

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What better place to start part deaux than Breaux Bridge along Bayou Teche? Firmin Breaux originally purchased the area that…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 01:51

WCU trail system now open to the public

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Western Carolina University’s new trail system is open and ready for bikers, hikers and runners. About 100 people turned out…
Shock waves rippled through the mountain hunting community last week as word spread of a sweeping undercover investigation targeting dozens…
Last week, state and federal wildlife officers began rounding up dozens of suspected poachers in Western North Carolina, bringing to…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Final volume of Churchill biography a long-awaited gem

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William Manchester, author of a number of best-selling books, including The Death of A President, American Caesar, and Goodbye, Darkness,…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Liberals arts education enriches one’s life

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To the Editor: Scott McLeod (Feb. 6 SMN) pays tribute to the value of a liberal arts education. Even though…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Wouldn’t it be wonderful ... to use local builders

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To the Editor: Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the building boom of million dollar homes in Jackson County supported this…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Not all doom and gloom in Dillsboro

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To the Editor: The claim of Frank Parrish and others over the past few years that Dillsboro is a ghost…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Time to be rid of all Cherokee bear zoos

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To the Editor: Little has changed in Cherokee since a 1989 Parade Magazine cover story, “Are Our Zoos Humane?” named…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Writer spouted false facts about Obamacare

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To the Editor: A recent letter writer makes a number of unsubstantiated and flat out erroneous claims about Obamacare, otherwise…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

State’s democratic ideals are fading fast

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To the Editor: Our founding fathers, framing our Constitution, created a representative democracy. They formed a republic, a government where…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

MV Lodging Association opposes TDA tax hike

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To the Editor: Contrary to articles recently published in our local papers, there is much opposition to the proposed law…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Increasing Medicare coverage could lower healthcare costs

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By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist The United States spends twice as much on health care as most other modern…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

A match made in heaven?

Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown has honed his dating and engagement analogies as town leaders weigh whether to tie the knot with Lake Junaluska. They started innocently enough 10 months ago.
Adding Lake Junaluska to its town limits won’t be a windfall for Waynesville despite $775,000 in property taxes it stands to gain each year. Likewise, Junaluska wouldn’t be a financial drain on the town, according to the results of a…
Sylva and Jackson County are at an impasse on the creation of a single Alcoholic Beverage Control board to run the existing liquor store in Sylva and a new one proposed in Cashiers.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians could see an estimated $2.2 million evaporate from its budget in March if Congress does not reach an agreement on the federal budget and mandatory, across-the-board cuts of 5.1 percent known as sequestration kick in.…
When a building on a town’s main street sits empty, either because a business closed down or moved away, it’s usually a bad omen.
Jackson County could be going from zero to high-speed in no time. Two internet providers are laying plans to beam wireless internet into rural and remote reaches of Jackson — areas that until now have been underserved when it comes…
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 21:18

Haywood flips for pancake day

It’s 6:15 a.m., and Woody Griffin is ready. “It’s the calm before the storm,” he chuckled.
The far-flung Nantahala School in the remote reaches of Macon County is putting a financial drain on local coffers, prompting county leaders to ask the state for extra money to cover the cost of operating such an isolated school. Nantahala…
The Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen got an earful from hotel and motel owners Monday during a nearly three-hour meeting held specifically to hear views about a proposed increase to the overnight lodging tax. The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority…
When LeRoy Roberson and his wife, Gale, opened an optometric business on Waynesville’s Main Street 35-years-ago, about a quarter of the storefronts sat empty.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Potters unite to help feed the hungry

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The annual “Empty Bowl” fundraiser will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at The Open Door…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

The twists and turns of wood bending

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The exhibit “Torqued & Twisted: Bentwood Today” will be running through March 22 at Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Little Big Town hits the stage in Cherokee

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Country group Little Big Town will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Watch a portrait master in action

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Multimedia artist and teacher Mark Menendez will demonstrate oil portrait painting techniques for the Art League of the Smokies at…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Age is but a number on your dance card

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Darkness enveloped the vehicle as soon as it exited Interstate 40. Cruising around sharp S-curves in the mountain community of…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:15

Be(ar) careful in the Smokies

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In the natural world there are certain experiences that rivet our attention and remain stored in our memory banks. Through…
The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee recently helped the town of Andrews protect and conserve its 930-acre watershed in…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:09

Smokies Association pushes for membership

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The Great Smoky Mountains Association is launching a membership drive in honor of its 60th anniversary this year.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:08

GBBC at BBLNWR

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Translation — Great Backyard Bird Count at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge; the tradition continues. Since a spur-of-the-moment GBBC…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:07

Last call for Polar Plunge

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Wade, dash, splash or take the full plunge into Lake Junaluska from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:07

Bear Creek Lake on upper Tuck gets boat ramp, dock and pier

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A boat ramp on Bear Creek Lake in the Tuckasegee area of Jackson County has been renovated by the N.C.…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:04

Float, boat or fish the Tuck

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This spring, rolling down the Tuckasegee River will be, for the most part, as it has been in years past…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:01

1967 novel sheds light on obscure mass drowning

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In recent years, I have become interested in an obscure incident that occurred in Jackson County in 1882 — the…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:56

Sample chocolate, support Bryson City’s library

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Cooks of all things chocolate will square off at the “Sixth Annual Chocolate Cook-Off” from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Feb.…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:54

Whimzik wows with eclectic music, performance art combo

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Whimzik will be having a DVD release performance at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Jackson County Public Library in…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:53

Is your pet Haywood’s next top model?

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Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation has launched its annual pet photography contest.