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Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:56

Privatizing marriage would settle issue

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To the Editor: Statistics claim that the purpose of licensure laws is to protect people and produce quality results. They…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:55

Amendment One sends wrong message

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To the Editor: The passage of Amendment One by a majority of North Carolinians this week adds fuel to a…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:54

Shouldn’t tolerance go both ways

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To the Editor: If you have listened to TV news or seen the national print media since Tuesday, May 8,…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:53

We still deliver quality health care west of Asheville

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By Gwang S. Han • Guest Columnist Simply put, I question if there is a problem with the current system…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:52

‘Wild West’ chamber drive saddles up

The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce has launched its 2012 membership campaign, which will run through June 14. The campaign will reach out to over 1,000 businesses in the Haywood County area that are not yet benefiting from membership with…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:52

Hospice house now open in Haywood

MedWest Health System opened its new $3.4 million inpatient hospice unit in Haywood County, The Homestead, with an open house and dedication ceremony in March. The Homestead is a new six-bed facility that offers specialized end-of-life care to patients and…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:51

BizWorks offers merchandising course

Mountain BizWorks will host Merchandising WOW, a new merchandising course, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for three consecutive Wednesdays starting May 30.   Students will learn merchandising skills from an expert, discover what makes effective merchandising ignite sales, learn…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:50

SCC Employment lab to coach job seekers

Southwestern Community College is offering a free Employability Lab designed to help unemployed people obtain jobs. It will be held on the Jackson Campus from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.…
A wide variety of healthcare speakers are headlining the second annual Flourish Women’s Expo put on by MedWest Health System on Saturday, May 19, at Harrah’s Cherokee Events Center. The event is intended to support women’s mind, body and spirit,…
The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce will host their annual Business Start-Up Competition Luncheon to honor this year’s recipients of up to a $10,000 business grant from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 17. The Chamber Business and Community…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:47

WCU to expand DNA sequencing capabilities

Western Carolina University’s Forensic Science Program has acquired two state-of-the-art pieces of DNA sequencing instruments to help it establish a DNA sequencing core facility on campus. “We will be able to offer a multitude of DNA sequencing services to institutions…
Haywood is banding together with Transylvania, Buncombe, Henderson and Madison counties under a project titled GroWNC, designed to get the region thinking collectively about ways to develop the economy with a focus on sustainability. GroWNC is currently holding meetings in…
The next five years could include the construction of an adventure park, a canopy walk and another casino for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, according to a preliminary outline of its 2012 economic development plan. Every five years, the…
Recordings made some seven decades ago of nearly 60 men and women who lived in what became the Great Smoky Mountains National Park soon will be made publicly available online. In 1939, a young graduate student by the name of…
A 60-unit affordable housing complex has been proposed in Franklin, but will depend on securing competitive state tax credits for low-income housing to come to fruition. The project has been proposed by Fitch Development, a group out of Charlotte that…
Franklin leaders declined last week to offer a formal apology to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians for using weed killer on an ancient Indian mound. “I don’t think we did anything destructive,” said Franklin Alderman Sissy Pattillo. “And I…
A recount is likely in the race for N.C. House of Representatives between two well-known and prominent Waynesville Democrats, Danny Davis and Joe Sam Queen. The race came down to the wire on election night last week, with Queen emerging…
When none of the Republican candidates for Congress garnered 40 percent of the votes during the May 8 primary, the election got more complicated. Rather than narrowing the long list of candidates to two — one Republican and one Democrat…
Haywood County is looking to off-load a few of its now vacant office buildings and is searching for help to do it. The county has been playing musical chairs with several departments during the past year, consolidating county functions once…
The advent of alcohol in Cullowhee is fueling efforts to implement some kind of land-use plan to guide growth in the community around Western Carolina University. Some speculate that development could be fast and furious in Cullowhee in the wake…
Angela Laird Brenton, dean of the College of Professional Studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has been appointed provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Western Carolina University. She starts Aug. 1. The selection of Brenton,…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:30

Learn about end-of-life decision-making

A free community forum on planning and decision-making for end-of-life events is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20, in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church of Waynesville. The forum is sponsored by Hospice & Palliative Care Services of…
While Swain County fights to secure the rest of the $52 million cash settlement its owed by the federal government for the North Shore Road, the $12.8 million already in the bank is generating hundreds of thousands in interest every…
The National Park Service is refusing to let go of a $4 million payment Swain County is due as part of the cash settlement over the North Shore Road. The federal government is supposed to pay Swain County $4 million…
When Annie’s Naturally Bakery closed down last November, among those mourning the loss of the beloved coffee, bakery and gathering place in Sylva was Annie’s faithful Charles King. Without a new owner, the fate of the long-time Main Street institution…
The Jackson County farmers market had three or four vendors who regularly showed up each week to sell their homegrown goods in 2001. For the most part, the growers would sit around, chew the fat and trade produce. “It was…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:45

Stecoah Valley Leftovers to host spring concert

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The instructors of Stecoah Junior Appalachian Musicians will host a Spring Bluegrass Celebration at Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center on…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:44

Last weekend of ‘The Dixie Swim Club’

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The Highland Cashiers Players will spend their last weekend as Sheree, Lexie, Dinah, Vernadette, and Jeri Neal of “The Dixie…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:43

Green art and mud coming to The Bascom

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New exhibits are heading to The Bascom art gallery in Highlands this month. Admission for these exhibitions is free. • …
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:43

Foreigner to perform in Cherokee in June

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Legendary rock band Foreigner will take the stage at Harrah’s Casino and Hotel at 9 p.m., June 8. With over…
The Jackson County Public Library will host a free two-part drawing class with Norma Hendrix at 7 p.m. on May…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:41

OICA to offer summer art program

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This summer, high school students and recent graduates can participate in a summer art program at Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:40

Coffee with the Poet to feature Dave Waldrop

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The City Lights Coffee with the Poet series continues at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 17, and will feature the…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:39

HART to stage ‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’

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The Haywood Arts Regional Theater will perform “The Marvelous Wonderettes” at 7:30 p.m., May 25, 26, June 1, 2, 8…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:39

Tail Wagging Tutors returns to Cashier

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The summer Tail Wagging Tutors reading hours will return to the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, starting May 23. The reoccurring…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:38

Bryson City library to hold Blacklight Party

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The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will host a Blacklight Party for teens in sixth-12th grade from 3:30-5 p.m. on…
The 18th Annual Swain County Heritage Festival will take place on Memorial Day weekend and feature local arts and crafts,…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:36

Sunday series features singers and ringers

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The SongSpinners and the First Ringers will perform at 3 p.m., May 20, at the Waynesville Public Library as part…
The Liars Bench will perform the third of the Balsam Chronicles series with the story of Osley Bird Saunooke, colorful…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:07

Listen to the music

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Whether it’s called pickin’, groovin’ or jammin’ — every summer, Western North Carolina blends its majestic mountain views with its heritage…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:37

Intricate flora sometimes defy description

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Through the years I have attempted to describe the flora of the Smokies region for newspaper, magazine and book readers.…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:35

Buy Haywood uses cooking to connect to local farmers

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Buy Haywood is connecting the community with local farmers and chefs in an effort to reintroduce people to the simple…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:34

Learn how to live peacefully with bears

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Learn how to coexist with black bears through a free Bear Education and Resources program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:33

Adult soccer kicks off in Haywood

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Registration will take place May 14-21 for adult summer soccer leagues through Haywood County Recreation and Parks. There will be…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:32

Workshop coming up on aquatic insects

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Learn about aquatic insect sampling starting at 9 a.m. May 16 at Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory in Macon County. You’ll learn…
Patrick McMillan, the host, co-creator, and writer of the popular and award-winning ETV nature program “Expeditions with Patrick McMillan,” is…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:30

Seniors trip to museum scheduled

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A trip for seniors to the Mountain Farm Museum with the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will be held from…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:29

Learn to take photos of spring wildflowers

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Learn how to take great photographs of spring wildflowers by participating in a guided photography hike on Tuesday, May 15.…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:28

Birding program, walk scheduled for May 12

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A bird walk and program led by N.C. Audobon’s Curtis Smalling and international birding enthusiast Romney Bathurst will be held…
James T. Costa, Western Carolina University professor and director of Highlands Biological Station, is the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding…