Trying for a lifetime to forgive
 

Trying for a lifetime to forgive

Inside Mary J. Messer’s cozy Bargain Books in Waynesville, hundreds of thousands of books are stacked ceiling high. Messer sits…
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Retired general to speak to Jackson GOP
 

Retired general to speak to Jackson GOP

The Jackson County GOP’s Orville Coward Forum on Public Issues program featuring Retired U.S. Marine Corp Gen. Geoff Higginbotham will…
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Cherokee’s new nerve center pushes the envelope inside and out
 

Cherokee’s new nerve center pushes the envelope inside and out

State-of-the-art defines just about everything the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians builds these days. Gorgeous architectural lines, native mountain building…
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Jackson businesses checked for taxable equipment
 

Jackson businesses checked for taxable equipment

Jackson County launched a comprehensive audit two years ago to make sure businesses are paying enough taxes on all their…
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Jackson Paper says tax bill tallied unfairly
 

Jackson Paper says tax bill tallied unfairly

After being hit with a county audit of its machinery, Jackson Paper factory in Sylva is disputing what it considers…
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Cowee hatches plans for community center of the first degree
 

Cowee hatches plans for community center of the first degree

According to public input so far, a reworked Cowee School could bear close resemblance to another historic Western North Carolina…
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“Fantasies in Fiber and Fabric” come to life
 

“Fantasies in Fiber and Fabric” come to life

“Fantasies in Fiber and Fabric,” an exhibition of three-dimensional garments, hats, bags, and one-of-a-kind original dolls by Toni Carroll, will…
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‘America’s Got Talent’ winner Neal Boyd to perform at WCU
 

‘America’s Got Talent’ winner Neal Boyd to perform at WCU

Pop-opera performer and 2008 winner of television show “America’s Got Talent,” Neal E. Boyd will open the 2010-11 Galaxy of…
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Local favorite Sons of Ralph play fundraiser for Canton Lions Club Aug. 28
 

Local favorite Sons of Ralph play fundraiser for Canton Lions Club Aug. 28

Asheville-based mountain and bluegrass group Sons of Ralph will perform a fundraising concert for the Canton Lions Club from 6…
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“Box of Souls” winner of sculpture contest
 

“Box of Souls” winner of sculpture contest

The winner of the Jackson County Green Energy Park 2010 Sculpture Competition is Box of Souls, a contemporary sculpture by…
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Art and nature merge in outdoor sculpture
 

Art and nature merge in outdoor sculpture

Thanks to a group of enthusiastic volunteers from the area, a new Patrick Dougherty sapling sculpture has been constructed at…
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The secretive, intelligent and prolific crow
 

The secretive, intelligent and prolific crow

Like most commonly observed objects, crows flit across our field of vision unheeded. Caw-caw-cawing unmusically … flap-flap-flapping over the fields…
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Waynesville farmer’s markets learn to coexist after split
 

Waynesville farmer’s markets learn to coexist after split

Twenty-five years ago, a fledgling farmers market got its modest start in a small parking lot on Waynesville’s Main Street…
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Alcohol sales part of grander scheme at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino
 

Alcohol sales part of grander scheme at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino

Just over a year ago, the members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians voted to allow alcohol sales at…
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Casino impact on ABC sales not a windfall yet
 

Casino impact on ABC sales not a windfall yet

When the Bryson City and Sylva ABC boards hammered out a profit-sharing agreement for liquor orders from Harrah’s Casino, there…
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Barefoot runner on crusade for kids
 

Barefoot runner on crusade for kids

When Boone resident Matt Jenkins began his 760-mile barefoot run across North Carolina, he didn’t figure it would end with…
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Patient-friendly innovations highlighted at Harris Medical Park
 

Patient-friendly innovations highlighted at Harris Medical Park

Harris Medical Park, the newly-constructed medical office building adjacent to Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva, is now open, providing patients…
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Hospital hosts annual medical symposium
 

Hospital hosts annual medical symposium

The Highlands-Cashiers Hospital and its Board of Directors is offering area physicians, active and retired, the opportunity to attend a…
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Farmers and chefs come to table
 

Farmers and chefs come to table

The Buy Haywood Project is bringing farmers and chefs from Haywood County and surrounding counties together for the third in…
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HRMC foundation holds golf outing
 

HRMC foundation holds golf outing

The Haywood Regional Medical Center Foundation will host the 19th Annual Charitable Classic Golf & Gala Aug. 31 and Sept.…
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MedWest introduces new physicians
 

MedWest introduces new physicians

MedWest Health System invites the community to meet several new physicians who have recently joined the medical staff at its…
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Forest Hills hears Cullowhee’s pitch to join forces
 

Forest Hills hears Cullowhee’s pitch to join forces

The idea of turning Cullowhee into a real town drew several dozen people to a public presentation last week where…
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WCU unveils plans for Town Center
 

WCU unveils plans for Town Center

Western Carolina University hopes to create a new commercial hub to bolster life on campus and serve the larger Cullowhee…
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Jackson Green Energy Park gets its day in the sun
 

Jackson Green Energy Park gets its day in the sun

The Jackson County Green Energy Park took center stage last week as Governor Bev Perdue and the Appalachian Regional Commission…
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Federal money to outfit community college with green teaching tools
 

Federal money to outfit community college with green teaching tools

A $300,000 federal grant awarded to three community colleges will help ready a Western North Carolina workforce for the rapidly…
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Angling for floor space in the old Cowee school
 

Angling for floor space in the old Cowee school

From the Macon County Fire Department to a persistent group of contra dancers, a long list of groups is vying…
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Elder abuse training available to public
 

Elder abuse training available to public

The 30th Judicial District Domestic Violence-Sexual Assault Alliance is working to end elder abuse by offering training sessions across the…
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Medicaid applicant victim of financial theft by DSS worker
 

Medicaid applicant victim of financial theft by DSS worker

An elderly man was swindled out of $5,500 by a Department of Social Services employee in Swain County, according to…
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HCC building headed for a public hearing
 

HCC building headed for a public hearing

For months, debate surrounding the price tag of a new Creative Arts building on the Haywood Community College campus has…
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Glenville residents launch Glenville Area History Project
 

Glenville residents launch Glenville Area History Project

Glenville residents are working to preserve the area’s rich history. Woody Hayes is leading a group of community members as…
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Grief support offered to the community
 

Grief support offered to the community

An eight-week grief support group will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Aug. 24 to Oct. 12 in…
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Neighbor to Family offers free foster parent classes
 

Neighbor to Family offers free foster parent classes

Neighbor to Family, a nonprofit aimed at improving foster care by keeping siblings together, is offering free classes to potential…
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Smoky Mountain Cabin Raffle to benefit mentor program
 

Smoky Mountain Cabin Raffle to benefit mentor program

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina will hold the 1st Annual Smoky Mountain Cabin Raffle to benefit its…
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African-American Clergy summit provides self-care and renewal
 

African-American Clergy summit provides self-care and renewal

Lake Junaluska Assembly will hold its African-American Clergy Health Summit September 27 to 28. Participants will participate in a self-care…
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HCC offers new  courses through JobsNOW Program
 

HCC offers new courses through JobsNOW Program

Haywood Community College will offer Medical Office Assistant, Nurse Aide I, and Phlebotomy courses in August through the JobsNOW Program.…
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A refreshing victory for what started as a grassroots effort
 

A refreshing victory for what started as a grassroots effort

In this business of covering the news, we often bear witness as apathy wins the day. Citizens sit back and…
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A great place to run a bookstore
 

A great place to run a bookstore

Editor’s note: Margaret Osondu’s bookstore was bought out by a competitor, Blue Ridge Books and News. Osondu remained on staff…
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Jackson salary hikes just plain wrong
 

Jackson salary hikes just plain wrong

To the Editor: In response to Jim McCarthy’s Aug. 3 letter, “County pay raises gone afoul,” I want to thank…
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Misguided leaders tout benefits of new Wal-Mart
 

Misguided leaders tout benefits of new Wal-Mart

To the Editor: The standing-room-only Aug. 2 public hearing of the Franklin Town Board of Alderman regarding the development of…
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HCC’s green dream requires money and faith
 

HCC’s green dream requires money and faith

By Kirkwood Callahan • Guest Columnist Haywood County Commissioners on Aug. 16 will conduct a public hearing on a $12…
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Living tradition: Contra dance a staple in Sylva
 

Living tradition: Contra dance a staple in Sylva

Temperatures boiled above 90 degrees as the dancers grabbed their partners and lined up on the floor. The caller patiently…
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A fun weekend of music at 3rd annual Shinefest
 

A fun weekend of music at 3rd annual Shinefest

Country music recording artist Matt Stillwell returns for the third annual Shinefest Friday, Aug. 13, through Saturday, Aug. 14, at…
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Bed turning at the Shelton House Barn
 

Bed turning at the Shelton House Barn

Craving information about a family heirloom or a quilt purchased at a flea market or antique shop? A Bed Turning…
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3rd annual Heritage Day to be celebrated in Whittier
 

3rd annual Heritage Day to be celebrated in Whittier

Catch the Spirit of Appalachia is producing its “Traditional Heritage Walk” at Gateway Flea Market in Whittier from 10 a.m.…
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Quilters present 2010 show in Franklin Aug. 19-21
 

Quilters present 2010 show in Franklin Aug. 19-21

The Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild will present its 2010 quilt show, “Quilting New Trails” Aug. 19-21 at the Community Facilities…
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Balsam Range gears up for a busy weekend
 

Balsam Range gears up for a busy weekend

Balsam Range will play Sylva’s Concerts on the Creek Friday, Aug. 13. The free concert takes place from 7-9 p.m.…
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Rye Holler Boys to play at BBQ fest
 

Rye Holler Boys to play at BBQ fest

Expect mouth-watering BBQ accompanied by great mountain music at the 2nd Annual Mountain High BBQ & Music Festival, where the…
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Cold foods cooking class at Stecoah
 

Cold foods cooking class at Stecoah

Tired of heating up your kitchen this hot summer? The Stecoah Valley Food Ventures Kitchen is offering a cooking class…
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A funny funeral: ‘Daily Departed’ premieres Aug. 19
 

A funny funeral: ‘Daily Departed’ premieres Aug. 19

The Highlands Cashiers Players’ production “Dearly Departed” runs Aug. 19 through 22 and Aug. 27 through 29 with two performances…
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A capella performance in Franklin Aug. 15
 

A capella performance in Franklin Aug. 15

The all-male Land of the Sky Chorus will sing classics in “Schtick to Singing,” a concert held 3 p.m. on…
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