Foreclosure threatened against Ghost Town amusement park
 

Foreclosure threatened against Ghost Town amusement park

Ghost Town in the Sky is staring down the barrel of foreclosure. BB&T has filed for foreclosure against the amusement…
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Blue Ridge Hall opens its doors
 

Blue Ridge Hall opens its doors

Of the 1,450 Western Carolina University freshmen set to move in Aug. 20, about 375 will score a room in…
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Free hand screening to be held at Harris
 

Free hand screening to be held at Harris

Dr. Paul Cutting, an orthopedic doctor at Western Carolina Orthopedic Specialists who specializes in hand and upper extremity surgery, will…
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Children and youth provide leadership at Peace Celebration
 

Children and youth provide leadership at Peace Celebration

Lake Junaluska Assembly invites youth and children to become peacemakers at the 2010 Lake Junaluska Peace Celebration: Mosaic of Hope,…
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Contractor heads to court over unpaid grading work
 

Contractor heads to court over unpaid grading work

A Jackson County grading company was left holding the bag on more than $200,000 in site work after the developer…
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Jackson Child Support enforcement best in the state
 

Jackson Child Support enforcement best in the state

For the second time in three years, the Jackson County Child Support Enforcement Program has achieved the ranking of No.…
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Rabies shots likely in store for dozens
 

Rabies shots likely in store for dozens

More than 40 people in Haywood County might have been exposed to rabies after a baby raccoon a family was…
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New policy at Tuscola touches off student dissent
 

New policy at Tuscola touches off student dissent

In the 1970s, blue jeans and boys with shaggy hair were as scandalous in Western North Carolina schools as miniskirts…
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Decrepit Swain jail to be bulldozed for extra downtown parking
 

Decrepit Swain jail to be bulldozed for extra downtown parking

Bryson City merchants can expect some relief from the downtown parking crunch once the old Swain County Jail is torn…
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Bar passes on recommending judge for vacant seat
 

Bar passes on recommending judge for vacant seat

Attorneys in the state’s seven westernmost counties sent a message to the governor this week that they don’t want a…
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Manager’s push for outside help raises concerns
 

Manager’s push for outside help raises concerns

Finding a new police chief for Sylva might take more time than anticipated after some of the town’s board members…
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Fines Creek Bluegrass Jam to benefit local scholarships
 

Fines Creek Bluegrass Jam to benefit local scholarships

Get ready for two evenings of bluegrass music and wholesome family fun on Friday, Aug. 27, and Saturday, Aug. 28,…
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The Farewell Drifters come to Stecoah
 

The Farewell Drifters come to Stecoah

The 2010 “An Appalachian Evening” season comes to an end on Saturday, Aug. 28, with one of Nashville’s most exciting…
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HART presents the Southern comedy ‘Catfish Moon’
 

HART presents the Southern comedy ‘Catfish Moon’

The Haywood Arts Regional Theater’s next play never played Broadway, or even New York, but it is one of the…
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Songwriters series continues in Balsam
 

Songwriters series continues in Balsam

Grammy Award winner Leslie Ellis and Grammy Award nominee Casey Kelly will share their creative talents starting 7:30 p.m. on…
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32 Reasons to play free concert for students Aug. 27
 

32 Reasons to play free concert for students Aug. 27

A back to school celebration with local band 32 Reasons will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27,…
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Old-time musicians and their descendants sought
 

Old-time musicians and their descendants sought

A CD containing 34 1930s-era recordings of music performed by Smoky Mountain musicians will be released in October by the…
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Sign up for watercolor workshops
 

Sign up for watercolor workshops

Registration is going on now for the 2010 calendar of workshops and Art Academy at The Bascom in Highlands. Pat…
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Cartoonists group  presents ‘Shop Talk II’
 

Cartoonists group presents ‘Shop Talk II’

The WNC group of the Southeast Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society will be presenting a day of “Shop Talk”…
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Free swimming party for families in Canton
 

Free swimming party for families in Canton

Healthy Haywood’s annual Family Fun Day will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, at the Canton…
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Free square dance lessons offered
 

Free square dance lessons offered

The Pisgah Promenaders will host the annual “Back to School Dance” from 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28,…
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Labor Day Craft Show returns to Maggie Valley
 

Labor Day Craft Show returns to Maggie Valley

More than 100 artists and crafters from all over the Southeast, including Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia and Alabama will…
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HCC fiber students create Sandburg rug
 

HCC fiber students create Sandburg rug

Haywood Community College Professional Crafts-Fiber students recently delivered a Navajo rug they crafted to the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic…
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Call to artists for Asheville airport exhibit
 

Call to artists for Asheville airport exhibit

Artists from Haywood and Jackson counties are eligible to submit work for the next “Art in the Airport” exhibit at…
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Life-sized whale helps kids learn about art and the environment
 

Life-sized whale helps kids learn about art and the environment

“Cool!” was the typical response from kids as Fun Factory visitors walked in to find a colorful, life-sized killer whale…
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Musician Lorraine Conard plots her own course
 

Musician Lorraine Conard plots her own course

Some musicians just have to discover themselves. Waynesville singer-songwriter Lorraine Conard grew up singing at church and in plays, jotting…
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Overlooks in southern Appalachia
 

Overlooks in southern Appalachia

High-elevation overlooks are one of our finest natural resources. These vantage points allow us to rise above our everyday humdrum…
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A forest guide for the novice
 

A forest guide for the novice

A new book titled The Forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park serves as a guide to understanding and…
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Builders can get an edge with HCC green building crash course
 

Builders can get an edge with HCC green building crash course

An eight-week course on the Fundamentals of Green Building will be held at Haywood Community College starting Aug. 30. The…
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Energy expo to feature sustainable lifestyles
 

Energy expo to feature sustainable lifestyles

The tenth annual Southern Energy and Environment Expo this weekend in Asheville will features dozens of programs and exhibits on…
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Photographers sought to document trees of the Parkway
 

Photographers sought to document trees of the Parkway

Photographers should get to work now to come up with their best mountain images for the eighth annual Appalachian Mountain…
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Foot Rx brings 5K race to Jackson County
 

Foot Rx brings 5K race to Jackson County

A cross-country style 5K race in Cullowhee sponsored by Foot Rx of Asheville, a running shoe store, will be held…
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The oil is gone! Long live the oil!
 

The oil is gone! Long live the oil!

A week or so ago White House energy adviser Carol Browner was hitting the morning TV circuit, telling anyone who…
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A few wrong turns on the way to paradise
 

A few wrong turns on the way to paradise

I grabbed my guidebook and pen and wrapped my camera in a plastic grocery bag as it started to rain.…
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The allure of falling water
 

The allure of falling water

Although most people are drawn to waterfalls, many pause before they can articulate why. For some, it’s the sound of…
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Coffee with poet Bill Everett
 

Coffee with poet Bill Everett

Poet Bill Everett, author of Red Clay Blood River, will appear at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, as this month’s…
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Authors release photographic history of Waynesville
 

Authors release photographic history of Waynesville

Michael Beadle and Peter Yurko have published a new photographic history of Waynesville in honor of the town’s bicentennial this…
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Authors of two new mountain memoirs speak
 

Authors of two new mountain memoirs speak

Jean Boone Benfield, of Asheville, will read from her new book, Mountain Born: A Recollection of Life and Language in…
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A grim look at Appalachia
 

A grim look at Appalachia

Authors often dig into their childhood to mine for the coal and diamonds of their books. Sometimes they use the…
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Wheels Through Time is a great place to visit
 

Wheels Through Time is a great place to visit

To the Editor: I recently had occasion to take a 10-day camping and motorcycling trip. Maggie Valley was selected as…
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Nothing good about another Wal-Mart
 

Nothing good about another Wal-Mart

To the Editor: The dollar signs twinkling in the aldermen’s eyes were glaringly visible at the town of Franklin meeting…
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Honor suffragists by voting in November
 

Honor suffragists by voting in November

To the Editor: In a column dated Aug. 13, Gail Collins of The New York Times reminds us that August…
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Shuler vote keeps public servants at their jobs
 

Shuler vote keeps public servants at their jobs

To the Editor: I commend Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., for his support of H.R. 1586, the “Education, Jobs, and Medicaid…
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Our thanks to the Haywood health board
 

Our thanks to the Haywood health board

To the Editor: Tuesday night (Aug. 10) the Haywood County health board voted to table the amendment (for 90 days)…
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Kituwah was the wrong place for development
 

Kituwah was the wrong place for development

To the Editor: Some locations just aren’t suitable for development, let alone to be utilized by a major utility project.…
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On this vacation, we were definitely packing heat
 

On this vacation, we were definitely packing heat

Edisto, SC – Heat like this has a relentlessness that is unnerving. You try giving it the slip, it follows…
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Chevy hybrid put through the paces
 

Chevy hybrid put through the paces

When General Motors began looking for a good place to test the power of a new Hybrid car being released…
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Benefit dinner planned for Catman2 shelter
 

Benefit dinner planned for Catman2 shelter

The Balsam Mountain Inn will have a special dinner at 6 and 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 24 to provide donations…
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Arts building debate focuses on cost, green technology, and importance of craft industry
 

Arts building debate focuses on cost, green technology, and importance of craft industry

A crowd of 50 Haywood Community College supporters turned out Monday at a two-and-a-half hour public hearing to urge county…
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Waynesville’s special police unit puts new spin on fighting crime
 

Waynesville’s special police unit puts new spin on fighting crime

Not long ago, Waynesville’s historic Frog Level district was fraught with littered beer bottles and an unrelenting band of vagrants.…
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