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By Peggy Manning • Correspondent Tim Hall relishes in the history and folklore of the mountains but also knows when a little embellishing is in order — especially when it comes to ghost stories.
Hundreds of people stood in line, some for more than an hour, outside Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel last Wednesday waiting to enter and try their luck — at getting a job.
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 12:27

WRGC 540 AM back on the air and lovin’ it

Jackson County commissioners may have taken a leap of faith to help WRGC radio get back on the air, but it seems to be paying off so far. Not only has station owner Roy Burnette restored a local AM presence…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 12:26

Fundraiser to benefit abuse shelter

R.E.A.C.H. of Macon County will host a fundraiser starting at 6 p.m. July 29 at the home of prominent Highlands and Houston interior designer Tony Raffa and his partner Scott Allbee. R.E.A.C.H. provides counseling, shelter, and life-skills training for victims…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Dulcimer virtuosos to present July 19 concert at WCU

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The award-winning instructors from Western Carolina University’s summer dulcimer conference will be featured in a concert, “Dulcimers in the Round,”…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Jazz programs offered for children

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MusicWorks! Studio of Performing Arts in Waynesville will offer a new jazz music program on July 26. The “School of…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Randy Flack slated for Fontana July 19

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Singer-songwriter Randy Flack will perform from 8-11 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, and Saturday, July 21, at Fontana Village as…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Songcatchers series continues July 22

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Laura Boosinger will perform at 4 p.m. on July 22 at the Cradle of Forestry amphitheater as part of the…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Hone your drawing skills in Waynesville

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The next session of the Inspired Art Ministry (Iam) classes begins the week of July 23 with drawing classes on…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Mentalist Erik Dobell will see you July 25

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“Mentalist” Erik Dobel, who uses psychology and trickery to create the illusion of psychic ability, will be the featured guest…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Horse show fundraiser planned in Haywood

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The Waynesville Lions Club will hold its 60th annual horse show at 3 p.m. on July 21 at the Haywood…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

‘Greater Tuna’ to stage at SMCT starting July 20

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The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre will present its summer production, “Greater Tuna,” with special arrangements with Samuel French.
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Weaver offering classes in Dillsboro

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Susan Morgan Leveille, a professional weaver and teacher in Dillsboro for more than 35 years, has day and evening classes…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Belly dancing workshop set at WCU

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Western Carolina University’s Department of Intercultural Affairs will offer a free belly dancing workshop from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday,…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Contra dance in Waynesville July 22

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A Waynesville Contra Dance will be held from 2-4:30 p.m. on July 22 at the Gateway Club ballroom at 37…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

‘Liars’ plan Franklin Folk Fest appearance

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The Liars Bench, a troupe of award-winning storytellers and musicians, bring “Tall Tales, Mountain Myths, & Flat-Out Lies” to the…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Canton library presents ‘Images of Historic Canton’

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More than 40 historic photographs of Canton are on display at the Canton library from now through Aug. 31, and…
The Glenville Historical Society’s second annual Historical Tour featuring sites in the Norton Community will be held from 10 a.m.…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Island Park also gets a quilt square

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The second quilt square hanging — part of the Quilt Trail Project — will be held at Island Park in…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Historic Windover Inn joins Haywood Quilt Trails

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The Haywood County Arts Council will dedicated “Four Little Birds,” the first quilt block at a Haywood County bed and…
By Shannan Mashburn • SMN Intern The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville will bring the French Rivera to life with…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:29

Random thoughts and voices

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Here I sit by my window watching the creek go by with nothing in particular to write about except the…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:28

Take a working vacation on the AT

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is searching for volunteers to help maintain sections along the fabled footpath. No previous trail experience…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:27

Learn how to manage your forest land

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Four workshops for private forest landowners in Western North Carolina will be held on Wednesdays and Thursdays between mid-July and…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:26

Fox sightings not always a cause for concern

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Foxes sighted in daylight, or in urban and suburban settings are not necessarily rabid or dangerous, according to the N.C.…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:25

Reward offered in elk poaching case

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The N.C. Wildlife Federation is offering $5,000 for information about the recent elk killings that directly leads to an arrest…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:24

Hiking the Southern Appalachians? Download this App

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Hikers who want to travel smarter on trails in the Southern mountains now have access to a mobile app called…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:23

Top supporters for national parks include local groups

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Friends of the Smokies and The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation are among a select group of organizations featured as part…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:22

Pigeon River Fund awards grants

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Seven projects received $116,300 in grants from the Pigeon River Fund of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. Grant…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:22

Summer doldrums? Students can volunteer in the Smokies

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Students can join a park ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this summer in a hands-on work project.…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:21

Kids camp to explore heritage farming

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Kids will explore local agriculture in the 4-H Farm to Fork Day Camp in Haywood County held from 9 a.m.…
Western Carolina University has gotten more kudos for lowering energy use and costs and promoting utility savings.
The ninth-annual Mountain Wildlife Days will be held Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21, at Sapphire Valley Resort near…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:17

Famous NYC offspring

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New York City is big, bustling and in July – hot, but there are always entertaining and even educational ways…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:17

‘Around the World in 80 Birds’ coming to Highlands

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International birder and Highlands-Cashiers resident Romney Bathurst will present “Around the World in 80 Birds” at 7:30 p.m. July 23…
In 25 years of teaching kindergarten, Cathryn Sills of Franklin read a lot of books to her young students. In…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:08

Poet to read from new collection

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Local poet and artist Terry Michelsen will visit City Lights Bookstore in Sylva to read from her collection of poetry…
The Highlands Biological Station has released Highlands Botanical Garden: A Naturalist’s Guide, a guide to the garden, with maps, historical…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:07

Book launch for Carden’s play

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City Lights Bookstore and the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will celebrate of the release of the book edition…
The Friends of the Haywood County Library is hosting a discussion the last book in the Jane Austen “Let’s Talk…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:04

Frank’s characters confront moral uncertainties

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What would you do if your teenaged daughter was assaulted, beaten and shot almost to the point of death, and…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:03

Pottery workshops to spur children’s creativity

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Children ages 8 and older can get muddy and learn about pottery in two workshops from 9 a.m. to noon…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:02

Asheville Gallery searching for new member artists

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The Asheville Gallery of Art is accepting membership applications from area artists. Applications must be submitted by July 31. Interested…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:01

Artists in Residence program comes to the Smokies

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park is piloting an artist-in-residence program, which will provide artists with uninterrupted time to pursue their…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:01

Find Waldo in Sylva, win a prize

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Waldo is hiding in local downtown Sylva businesses. Can you find him? When you spot him collect a card from…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:00

StreetFest in Franklin held July 13

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The first StreetFest of 2012 will be held from 6-9 p.m. July 13 in historic downtown Franklin. Venture Local Franklin…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:59

Within REACH fashions to hit the catwalk at fundraiser

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REACH of Haywood will celebrate its resale store’s 10th anniversary with a fashion show and luncheon at noon July 16…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:57

Folkmoot begins July 18

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Dancers and musicians in colorful traditional costumes from the countries of New Zealand, France, Belgium, Indonesia, Peru, Philippines, Serbia, Puerto…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:56

Jackson art association hosts Sylva Art Stroll Friday

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The second Sylva Art Stroll, sponsored by the Jackson County Visual Arts Association (JCVAA), is scheduled for 5 p.m. July…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:55

Folkways come to life at Franklin festival

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The 9th annual Franklin Folk Festival celebrating Appalachian Heritage will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday,…