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The fight for survival is nothing new for high-elevation species in Southern Appalachia. After the glaciers receded at the end…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:44

Author to share insight on touching environmental crusade

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Jay Erskine Leutze will discuss his book, Stand Up That Mountain at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 at City Lights Bookstore…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:42

An environmental saga and a mountain story

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By Brent Martin It is a rare event these days to come across a work of non-fiction dealing with any…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:39

More A&E briefs

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Fall storytimes to get under way at Sylva library The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will begin its fall…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:39

RailFest rolls in to Bryson City

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The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad’s 11th Annual RailFest will be held the weekend of Sept. 15 and 16 in Bryson…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:37

Dynamic flute and guitar duo to perform in Canton

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Flutist Kate Steinback and guitarist Amy Brucksch will play in concert at 3 p.m. on Sept. 16 at the Canton…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:36

See country legend Don Williams in concert Sept. 15

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Don Williams, a highly acclaimed country music singer and songwriter, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 15 at the…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:35

‘Simply Sinatra’ to kick off Galaxy of Stars at WCU

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The sounds of Frank Sinatra will arrive at Western Carolina University on Sept. 16 for the first installment of the…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:34

Sock Hop brings Golden Oldies to Junaluska

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Disc jockey Alan Price will be hosting a “Golden Oldies Sock Hop Extravaganza” at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:34

Contra dance your way to Sylva library

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The next Second Sunday Contra Dance will be held from 2:30-5 p.m. on Sept. 9 in the community room on…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:33

Guest trumpeter to give free recital at WCU

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Trumpet player Brandon Craswell will perform a free recital at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 in the Coulter Building recital…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:33

Grab your instruments for a community jam

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The next community music jam at the library in Bryson City will be from 6-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 6 in…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:32

Making music in Maggie Valley

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Accordion stars to appear in Maggie Valley The second annual Smoky Mountain Accordion Festival will be held at 2 p.m.…
Karen Peck and New River, an award-winning Southern gospel group from Gainesville, Ga., and The Kingsmen Quartet, a Southern gospel…
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…