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Wednesday, 04 July 2012 12:29

Tribe goes solar at visitors centers

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has installed a series of metal trees baring solar panels on the branches near the three visitors areas on the Qualla Boundary. The artistic solar arrays fasioned in the form of a tree were…
Maggie Valley’s planning board voted by a narrow margin last week to keep strict regulations on video sweepstakes machines in place even if it means giving up money the town could reap by taxing the machines.
Cherokee Preservation Foundation is sponsoring a community photo contest in connection with its 10th anniversary celebration. The contest is open to people who live on the Qualla Boundary or in Haywood, Swain, Graham, Jackson, Cherokee, Macon and Clay counties. Photos…
Franklin could face a state penalty for spraying weed killer on an ancient Cherokee mound site because the town workers who did it weren’t properly licensed to use the herbicide. The state could fine the town as much as $2,000,…
The Franklin Board of Aldermen censured Mayor Joe Collins this week for making a personal apology to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians after the town sprayed Nikwasi Indian Mound with weed killer.
A one-of-a-kind database that encompasses virtually every aspect of life in Western North Carolina, from ecology to economics, is now available to decision makers, business leaders and the public.  The Mountain Resources Commission, a group formed in 2009 to study…
Western North Carolina for now has dodged concerns that it was getting short shrift in a legal settlement intended to compensate the region for air pollution blowing in from dirty coal plants operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority in neighboring…
Longtime Waynesville Town Manager Lee Galloway was awarded The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the most prestigious honors conveyed by the governor, in recognition of his years of service in the state.
After four major landslides, one death, several destroyed and damaged homes, washed out roads, and a $50,000 clean-up bill, steep slope construction rules are coming to Maggie Valley.
Waste, favoritism and possible fraud and corruption by state highway workers in Haywood County enriched a local contractor and cost state taxpayers, according to a sweeping investigation released late last week by the N.C. State Auditor’s Office.
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 12:08

ABC store plan draws criticism in Franklin

A split decision by Franklin aldermen to build a new $1.25 million ABC store at the site of a Super Walmart at the edge of town drew criticism and pleas this week that the plan be reconsidered. “We cannot afford…
Waynesville’s ABC Board has not yet officially decided to build a second liquor store near the new Super Walmart, but the project will get a green light if the price is right, according to the board’s chair. The board is…
Ron Rash and his latest novel The Cove will be featured in the season premiere of “North Carolina Bookwatch” on…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 12:00

Civil War literature series continues in Waynesville

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Friends of the Haywood County Library’s “Let’s Talk About It” series will continue with The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 11:59

Retired Miami police detective to speak in Sylva

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Author Marshall Frank will give a talk at the public library in Sylva at 7 p.m. on July 12 based…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 11:53

Dig deep and ‘The Father’s Tale’ will reward

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Michael O’Brien’s The Father’s Tale (Ignatius Press, ISBN 978-0-89870-815-8) has more strikes against it than Babe Ruth on a bad…
If you fall from a ledge rock-climbing, break a leg backpacking in the wilderness or twist your shoulder paddling a…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Kudos, Gov. Perdue

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News outlets began reporting Sunday night (July 1) that North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed Senate Bill 820, which would…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Learn about “hummers” in upcoming program

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A hummingbird program by Cathyrn and John Sill will be held July 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kern Youth…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Fly fishing guide to share secret spots

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The Plateau Fly Fishing Club will hold a casting clinic at 6:15 p.m. and a meeting at 7 p.m. July…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Mapping ancient Cherokee mounds

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Cherokee mounds will be the focus of a 7 p.m., July 12, presentation at the Highlands Biological Station. Ben Steere,…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Stargazing comes to a telescope near you

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An evening of stargazing using optical or radio telescopes will be held at 7 p.m. July 13 at the Pisgah…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Take the aerial challenge with NOC’s new zip line park

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Nantahala Outdoor Center has opened a new Nantahala Zip Line Adventure Park that features a traditional zip line and aerial…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Hay Day rolls into Haywood July 12

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The Mountain Research Station will hold its annual Hay Day on July 12, featuring demonstrations of the latest hay equipment…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

LTLT to share vision and work

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Learn the latest about the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee, including an update on land conservation initiatives, at noon…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Guided hike explores Purchase Knob

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Meet with a park ranger and enjoy mountain views while lunching on top of Hemphill Bald July 19. Hiking enthusiast…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Land Trust hosts Yellow Creek Falls hike

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The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee will host a nature study and leisurely hike to Yellow Creek Falls and…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Hike the Smokies with a naturalist

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A guided hike on the three-and-a-half mile round-trip Thomas Divide Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Audubon Society to host birding tours, talk

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The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society is offering birders a chance to stroll around the grounds of a private home on…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Winged creatures of the night unveiled

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The Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah Forest just outside of Brevard will host a night for nature enthusiasts of all…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Highlands art center hosts eight garden tours

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The Bascom’s 2012 Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival, which includes a garden tour and flower show, will take place July…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Farm tour and garden walk in Jackson

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The Jackson County Farmers Market is sponsoring the sixth annual Farm Tour and Garden Walk from 1 to 5 p.m.…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Lesser known plants after more tangible awards

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For me, those plants found here in the Smokies region that have verified practical human uses are, in the long…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Reduced energy use is natural part of Euro life

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We were nearing the end of our European summer vacation with three other families from Western North Carolina when we…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

A dip in the Tuck beats bee suits in this heat

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I slept downstairs on a futon last night, trying to escape some of the intense heat that, chimney-like, turned the…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

A story everyone should read, learn from

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To the Editor: We, the undersigned, are a group of Haywood County citizens that meets regularly for a respectful dialogue…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

We should realize value of natural resources

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To the Editor: In Western North Carolina we are extremely lucky to live, work and play in a place of…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

HCC students build kilns for new arts building

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Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts Clay students got a firsthand lesson in designing and building kilns at its new creative…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

ColorFest workshop seeking young artists

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Jackson County art organizations are co-hosting a mural painting workshop called “The Young Artists of ColorFest” from 2 to 5…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Arts and crafts sellers converge on Hayesville

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More than 50 arts and crafts booths will line the streets of downtown Hayesville for the 33rd annual Festival on…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Maggie Club to host ‘Strange Brew’ tasting

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The Maggie Valley Club will bring a taste of “Beer City” to Haywood County at 6 p.m. July 13. The…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Music series to feature Grammy nominee

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Bill LaBounty, Candi Carpenter, and Grammy and CMA Nominee Bobby Tomberlin will play at the Balsam Mountain Inn’s Songwriters-in-the-Round series…
Local artist Silvia Cabrera Williams will lead an experimental art workshop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 13 at…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Country Memories to pick at Sylva library

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The library in Sylva will host the musicians of Country Memories at 7 p.m. July 10. The sextet consists of…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Sylva library to host contra dance

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A Second Sunday Contra Dance will be from 2:30 to 5 p.m. July 8 on the second floor of the…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Make some noise in Bryson City

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The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will host a community jam from 6-7:30 p.m. July 5 in the library…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Waynesville open late for Art After Dark

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The Waynesville Gallery Association’s monthly Art After Dark will take place from 6-9 p.m. July 6, followed by the new…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Maggie to host arts and crafts show

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The Maggie Valley Summer Arts and Crafts Show will return to the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds from 9 a.m. to…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

All aboard the dinosaur train

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The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad offer a train ride based on the PBS kids series Dinosaur Train, departing from Bryson…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Liars Bench to appear at Franklin library

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The Liars Bench, a live authentic Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, drama and folk arts presentation will perform at 7…