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When rains finally quelled the flames of 2016’s historic fall fire season, firefighters breathed sighs of relief and mountain residents rejoiced in the newly smokeless air, but land managers were already looking ahead to springtime, when wildfires are typically even more severe and damaging than in the fall.  At the time, the region was plunged in the most severe drought designation possible — even the days…
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 14:59

Wildflower Whimsy returns

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A two-day event offering wildflower walks, a native plant auction, a guest speaker and cocktail reception will celebrate the coming of spring May 5-6 at the Highlands Biological Station.
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 14:59

Prepare for the eclipse

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The science of the upcoming solar eclipse will take center stage during a free program at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 15:40

Roll onto the Tour de Cashiers

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The Tour de Cashiers will return to the mountains Saturday, April 29, with cyclists choosing between routes of 100, 50 and 25 miles. Athletic challenges to suit beginning and seasoned riders alike are in the offing.
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:16

Franklin welcomes A.T. hikers

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Franklin Trail Days is here in Macon County, with a lineup of activities on tap to rejuvenate tired thru-hikers and entertain local trail enthusiasts.
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 16:23

Solar eclipse viewing tickets on sale

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 Tickets are now on sale for the Great American Solar Eclipse in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, available on a first-come, first-served basis for $30 apiece.