Forestry, farmland tax breaks reduced
 

Forestry, farmland tax breaks reduced

Haywood County landowners who get a property tax break for agriculture or foresty will see a reduction in that benefit…
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WCU celebrates homecoming Oct. 8-10
 

WCU celebrates homecoming Oct. 8-10

The Alumni Scholarship Homecoming Golf Tournament will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at Sequoyah National Golf Club in…
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Foray into turbine business part of WCU’s mission, college says
 

Foray into turbine business part of WCU’s mission, college says

Is going into business with a Brazilian company within the mission of Western Carolina University? Dean Robert McMahan says so,…
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WCU strikes business deal with Brazilian-based company
 

WCU strikes business deal with Brazilian-based company

A company with South American roots will set up U.S. headquarters on the campus of Western Carolina University in a…
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Learn about early college high school
 

Learn about early college high school

Jackson County Early College High School (JCEC) is recruiting for the 2011-2012 school year.   Several information sessions are scheduled…
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Gargantuan radio tower prompts outcry in Macon County
 

Gargantuan radio tower prompts outcry in Macon County

Town and county leaders will meet with the N.C. Highway Patrol this week in Franklin to discuss where in Macon…
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Long-awaited livestock market gets needed boost toward finish line
 

Long-awaited livestock market gets needed boost toward finish line

Haywood County Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to pitch in $25,000 toward the regional livestock market under construction in Canton, adding…
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Haywood commissioner candidates debate merits of spending
 

Haywood commissioner candidates debate merits of spending

Taxes and spending in a recession economy have emerged as the top issue in the race for Haywood County commissioner…
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Breathing life into the Museum that Runs
 

Breathing life into the Museum that Runs

A few steps past the door at Maggie Valley’s Wheels Through Time museum, and the characteristic, unmistakable scent of a…
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Built for growth that hasn’t come, costly Whittier sewer system struggles to stay viable
 

Built for growth that hasn’t come, costly Whittier sewer system struggles to stay viable

Back about a decade ago, setting the table for economic growth around Whittier seemed something of a no-brainer — the…
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Judge candidates to take stage in Jackson, Haywood next week
 

Judge candidates to take stage in Jackson, Haywood next week

Candidates for District Court judge will espouse their vision for the bench at election forums held next week in Haywood…
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Judge’s race to have lasting impact, say attorneys
 

Judge’s race to have lasting impact, say attorneys

Not a day goes by that Judge Monica Leslie doesn’t realize the gravity of her decisions. Leslie is one of…
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Recreation rendezvous shines a light on WNC
 

Recreation rendezvous shines a light on WNC

Representatives from some of the biggest names in outdoor recreation will soon touch ground in Asheville for the 2010 Outdoor…
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The Naturalist's Corner
 

The Naturalist's Corner

North Carolina’s loss – Louisiana’s gain Chris Canfield has stepped down as executive director of Audubon North Carolina to assume…
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‘Jack of all trades’ common in Appalachia
 

‘Jack of all trades’ common in Appalachia

Here in the Smokies region “making do” isn’t a lost art. Most “country” men and women can still “get along”…
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Stop procrastinating and start composting
 

Stop procrastinating and start composting

A free composting workshop will be held next week by the N.C. Cooperative Extension in Jackson and Swain counties. Learn…
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Monarch migration in full flight
 

Monarch migration in full flight

Witness the fall migration of monarch butterflies and learn about their spectacular 3,000-mile journey from naturalists with Wild South during…
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Meet the fastest bird on the planet
 

Meet the fastest bird on the planet

Visitors to Gorges State Park will have the opportunity to get a close look at two peregrine falcons, Seymour and…
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Take a trip back in time with Roosevelt and Muir
 

Take a trip back in time with Roosevelt and Muir

A performance depicting John Muir and President Teddy Roosevelt called the “The Tramp and the Roughrider” will be held at…
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Cherokee 5k to benefit cancer foundation
 

Cherokee 5k to benefit cancer foundation

The Chief’s Challenge, a 2-mile race in Cherokee, will be held 2:45 p.m. on Oct. 5 to benefit the Madison…
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Walk, run or relay in Power of Pink race
 

Walk, run or relay in Power of Pink race

The Power of Pink race will be held in Haywood County on Saturday, Oct. 30, to raise money for mammograms…
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Celebrate Appalachian heritage, Oct. 2
 

Celebrate Appalachian heritage, Oct. 2

The Cradle of Forestry annual fall festival will celebrate the rich forest heritage of Western North Carolina with the traditions…
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HCC to compete in lumberjack competition at Cradle of Forestry
 

HCC to compete in lumberjack competition at Cradle of Forestry

Lumberjacks — and lumberjills — will chop, saw and axe their way to the finish line during the Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s…
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From farm to school
 

From farm to school

Participants in the recent Farm to School workshop at Shelton Family Farms in Jackson County whipped up salsa using farm-fresh produce from the…
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Seed swap at annual gardeners meet in Sylva
 

Seed swap at annual gardeners meet in Sylva

A seed swap and plant exchange will be held at the Jackson County Farmers Market in downtown Sylva from 10…
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Fiction author to appear at Sylva
 

Fiction author to appear at Sylva

Susan Gregg Gilmore, author of Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen, will read from her new novel, The Improper…
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Twenty regional authors at Blue Ridge Book Fest
 

Twenty regional authors at Blue Ridge Book Fest

Blue Ridge Book Fest: A Regional Author Festival will take place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct.…
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“Therapy Dog” sales to support animal shelters
 

“Therapy Dog” sales to support animal shelters

Dianna K. Klingel will be signing her book, Just for the Moment: The Remarkable Gift of the Therapy Dog, from…
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An irresistible adventure
 

An irresistible adventure

Some novels ask for a close reading. Entranced by the author’s language, intrigued by an intricate plot, and in some…
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Treat yourself to a ‘Taste of Fall’
 

Treat yourself to a ‘Taste of Fall’

Showcase your culinary skills, treat your taste buds, and support a good cause 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Maggie…
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Amateur photography contest at Marianna Black Library
 

Amateur photography contest at Marianna Black Library

The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City is hosting its Second Annual “Life in Swain” amateur photography contest. All photographs…
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Hispanic Heritage Month celebration in Sylva
 

Hispanic Heritage Month celebration in Sylva

Celebrate Hispanic heritage in Western North Carolina from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Aging Community…
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HART presents ‘Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story’
 

HART presents ‘Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story’

Haywood Arts Regional Theatre’s next production is a crowd-pleaser that is sure to get feet tapping and may lead to…
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Jeff Bates performs country in Maggie Valley
 

Jeff Bates performs country in Maggie Valley

Country music star Jeff Bates will perform 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, at Eaglenest Entertainment. Jeff Bates doesn’t cherry…
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Russian song and dance on stage Oct. 3 at WCU
 

Russian song and dance on stage Oct. 3 at WCU

An exuberant celebration of Russian heritage takes the stage at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Fine and Performing…
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Gary Carden premieres new play and artwork
 

Gary Carden premieres new play and artwork

The world premiere of Gary Carden’s “Signs and Wonders” and a special performance of “The Bright Forever” will take place…
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Fall Craft Festival planned at The Old Mill
 

Fall Craft Festival planned at The Old Mill

A Fall Craft Festival will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Old…
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Browse handmade artwork at Maggie Valley October Leaves Craft Show
 

Browse handmade artwork at Maggie Valley October Leaves Craft Show

Talented artists and crafters from all over the Southeast will sell their handmade products and offer demonstrations at The Maggie…
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Top artists featured at Church Street Art & Craft Show
 

Top artists featured at Church Street Art & Craft Show

Enjoy a fine array of arts and crafts originating in the mountains at the Church Street Art & Craft Show,…
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‘Romantic Fools,’ a comedic look at love, to stage Oct. 6-9 at WCU
 

‘Romantic Fools,’ a comedic look at love, to stage Oct. 6-9 at WCU

Theater students from Western Carolina University will present a light look at relationships with “Romantic Fools” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday,…
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Star-packed week at 98th Cherokee Indian Fair
 

Star-packed week at 98th Cherokee Indian Fair

Enjoy family friendly fun with this year’s Cherokee Indian Fair which runs from Oct. 5-9 at the Cherokee Indian Fair…
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Dye workshop focuses on all-natural methods
 

Dye workshop focuses on all-natural methods

A one-day natural dye workshop with instructor Cassie Dickson will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday,…
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Jackson craftsmanship showcased Oct. 24
 

Jackson craftsmanship showcased Oct. 24

Celebrate national American Craft Week with the “Hand + Craft: A Jackson County Celebration” exhibit, which runs until Oct. 24.…
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Stroll downtown for Sylva After Dark
 

Stroll downtown for Sylva After Dark

For a pleasant evening of art, music, food, shopping and more, check out downtown Sylva from 6 to 9 p.m.…
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Kick off fall with Art After Dark
 

Kick off fall with Art After Dark

Enjoy a stroll through working studios and galleries on Waynesville’s Main Street, Depot Street and in Historic Frog Level during…
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Haywood Open Studios Tours: Go behind the scenes with the region’s most popular artists
 

Haywood Open Studios Tours: Go behind the scenes with the region’s most popular artists

This weekend, doors to one private studio after another in Haywood County will be flung wide open to everyone curious…
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Sediment at Lake J part of larger problem
 

Sediment at Lake J part of larger problem

To the Editor: Sediment in our streams is our biggest water quality threat. Everyone takes notice when more than $150,000…
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Jackson’s financial position has slipped
 

Jackson’s financial position has slipped

To the Editor: Last week, Mr. Ron Robinson of Jackson County quoted a statistic in support of re-electing our county…
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Barnyard wisdom arrives, but at its own speed
 

Barnyard wisdom arrives, but at its own speed

I am learning to move at the speed each task demands. This is a lesson the barnyard teaches. It is…
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Obama’s stumbles open door for conservatives
 

Obama’s stumbles open door for conservatives

By Kirkwood Callahan • Guest Columnist Two years ago, America’s newest political superstar, Barack Obama, walked across campaign stages to…
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