Peace, love and bugs in Cherokee
 

Peace, love and bugs in Cherokee

Volkswagen devotees make their way to Cherokee, Aug. 13 - 15 for the second annual VW Show at the Cherokee…
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Connect with your celestial guides
 

Connect with your celestial guides

Join Mary O’Shannon of Spiritsong as she shares how to tap into the beneficial energies of the planets during “Connecting…
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Learn more about intarsia woodworking
 

Learn more about intarsia woodworking

Patrons and visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the woodcarving artistry of intarsia at a program to be…
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Country music stars come out for teachers
 

Country music stars come out for teachers

Three of country music’s fastest rising stars are performing on Thursday, Aug 26, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Event Center…
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Odom, Parrini perform Gershwin Aug. 21
 

Odom, Parrini perform Gershwin Aug. 21

Soprano Lisa Odom and pianist Fabio Parrini will perform at the annual Classics and Chocolate concert at 7:30 p.m. on…
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‘Appalachian Evening’ series continues
 

‘Appalachian Evening’ series continues

The New North Carolina Ramblers will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center.…
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Sawmill Creek Porch Band reunites for Aug. 12 performance
 

Sawmill Creek Porch Band reunites for Aug. 12 performance

The Sawmill Creek Porch Band will reunite for a free performance at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 12, on the…
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Poetry and wildlands to converge on mountain hike
 

Poetry and wildlands to converge on mountain hike

Two hikes along the Bartram Trail in Northern Georgia will celebrate roadless areas in the national forests on Sunday, Aug.…
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Memoir project a mixed bag
 

Memoir project a mixed bag

The design of this book’s cover, in addition to being visually attractive, quite possibly serves as an inadvertent assessment of…
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‘Moonshiner’s Daughter’ author at Blue Ridge Books
 

‘Moonshiner’s Daughter’ author at Blue Ridge Books

Mary J. Messer, author of the newly published Appalachian memoir Moonshiner’s Daughter, will be at Blue Ridge Books at 3…
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Learn about the Smokies’ elk with “Bugle Corps” Volunteers
 

Learn about the Smokies’ elk with “Bugle Corps” Volunteers

A special children’s storytime (adults are welcome) devoted to the elk of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will take…
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Fishing out of water
 

Fishing out of water

Gary Mann was working as a mortgage banker in Philadelphia when he read Cold Mountain during a trip to the…
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Summertime blues
 

Summertime blues

Sometimes I wonder what I’m a gonna do cause there ain’t enough time for all the summertime blues. And by…
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Canoe Club Cup this weekend
 

Canoe Club Cup this weekend

Whitewater clubs from across the Southeast will have their final showdown for the Canoe Club Cup at the Nantahala Outdoor…
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Mount Lyn Lowry tract on Parkway preserved
 

Mount Lyn Lowry tract on Parkway preserved

A 35-acre tract of forested land next to the Blue Ridge Parkway on the Haywood-Jackson countyline in Balsam has been…
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Wilderness Therapy program starts at SCC
 

Wilderness Therapy program starts at SCC

A new program in Wilderness Therapy at Southwestern Community College caters to a rapidly-expanding sector in the outdoors job field.…
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Early registration for Haywood bike race
 

Early registration for Haywood bike race

Take your passion for cycling to a new level during the Greater Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Blue Ridge Breakaway.…
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A cool summer job
 

A cool summer job

Internships in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park gave not only students but teachers hands-on experience in science this summer.…
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‘Mixed-Up Media’ theme of Gallery 86 exhibit
 

‘Mixed-Up Media’ theme of Gallery 86 exhibit

“For the Love of Color: Mixed-up Media,” an exhibition of works by Sylvia Everett, will take place from Wednesday, Aug.…
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North Shore residents interviews unveiled
 

North Shore residents interviews unveiled

The public is invited to watch 15 hours of raw video that will take viewers back 20 years to experience…
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Duke backs down from controversial substation site
 

Duke backs down from controversial substation site

After nearly eight months of wrangling with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Swain County leaders and a vocal citizens…
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Shuler carries torch in money race
 

Shuler carries torch in money race

Congressman Heath Shuler has a sizeable financial advantage against his opponent heading into the fall election season. Shuler, D-Waynesville, had…
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Haywood hospice center to become a reality
 

Haywood hospice center to become a reality

The first inpatient hospice west of Asheville had its groundbreaking in Clyde last week — complete with Jimmy Jack the…
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Property rights crowd objects to trash rule
 

Property rights crowd objects to trash rule

On Monday morning, Haywood County commissioners listened as one citizen after another came up and blasted a change to a…
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Canton paper mill faces opposition over Pigeon River pollution
 

Canton paper mill faces opposition over Pigeon River pollution

Advocates for a cleaner Pigeon River have filed a formal challenge against a state water pollution permit for the Canton…
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Landlords show spotty compliance with new carbon monoxide law
 

Landlords show spotty compliance with new carbon monoxide law

A little known law went into effect this year requiring landlords to install carbon monoxide detectors in any rental property…
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Meals on Wheels to hold tennis tourney
 

Meals on Wheels to hold tennis tourney

The Haywood County Meals on Wheels is hosting a Tennis Tournament at 9 a.m., Aug. 5 to 7 at the…
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WCU tuition hike to offset budget crunch
 

WCU tuition hike to offset budget crunch

To help offset the impact of budget cuts recently authorized by the N.C. General Assembly, Western Carolina University will raise…
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Should the survey have disqualified Alderman Scott?
 

Should the survey have disqualified Alderman Scott?

Franklin Alderman Bob Scott recused himself from the vote on a special use permit for a Wal-Mart Supercenter this week…
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Super Wal-Mart sails into Franklin despite opposition
 

Super Wal-Mart sails into Franklin despite opposition

“I’ll tell you what this is, and I’ll tell you what it’s not,” said Franklin Mayor Joe Collins, opening a…
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Jackson commissioners discuss role of open government
 

Jackson commissioners discuss role of open government

Last month the Public Policy Institute at Western Carolina University partnered with The Smoky Mountain News to conduct a poll…
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The great routing debate: North Carolina’s battle for the Parkway
 

The great routing debate: North Carolina’s battle for the Parkway

To mountain communities, the coming of the Blue Ridge Parkway 75 years ago was seen as economic salvation. It would…
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Forest Hills and CuRvE could fulfill Cullowhee’s potential
 

Forest Hills and CuRvE could fulfill Cullowhee’s potential

A meeting that could lead to a completely new personality for the Cullowhee area will be finished by the time…
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Health care in Swain is top notch
 

Health care in Swain is top notch

To the Editor: Your article “County health rankings yield mixed results” in the July 14 issue was well-researched, well-written and…
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HCC needs first-rate, enlarged arts building
 

HCC needs first-rate, enlarged arts building

To the Editor: HandMade in America fully supports Haywood Community College’s new Creative Arts Center to expand a program that…
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Some are stealing from animal shelter
 

Some are stealing from animal shelter

To the Editor: First, I’d like to thank all the folks who support PAWS, Swain County’s privately run no-kill animal…
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County pay raises gone afoul
 

County pay raises gone afoul

To the Editor: In early 2008, Jackson County commissioners approved a study to be done of comparative public sector employees’…
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Mountain music festival to raise funds for Haywood Fairgrounds
 

Mountain music festival to raise funds for Haywood Fairgrounds

Attendees of the 2nd Annual Mountain Music Jamboree will not only enjoy delicious BBQ and traditional mountain music — they…
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Cloggers for life
 

Cloggers for life

Aileen “Poochey” Greene has been clogging for 44 years, and even at age 77, she has no intention of stopping.…
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Help kick off the oldest folk festival in the country
 

Help kick off the oldest folk festival in the country

The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, the country’s longest running folk festival, will celebrate its 83rd year of highlighting mountain…
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Tickets on sale for re-creation of 1938 radio show
 

Tickets on sale for re-creation of 1938 radio show

Witness an authentic performance of the classic “A Christmas Carol,” with one of the original performers in the 1938 radio…
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Watercolor demo by well-known artist
 

Watercolor demo by well-known artist

Elizabeth Ellison will do a watercolor demonstration at The Blueridge Water Media Society’s monthly meeting, held at 6:45 p.m. on…
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Junaluska spotlighted at arts and crafts sale
 

Junaluska spotlighted at arts and crafts sale

The Junaluska Woman’s Club Creative Endeavors Arts and Crafts Show and Sale is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 13, and Saturday,…
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Gemstone artist to display work at Art After Dark
 

Gemstone artist to display work at Art After Dark

The Jeweler’s Workbench in Waynesville will present the wire-wrapping art of Nadine Fidelman as its featured artist for Art After…
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Apply now for WCU Outdoor sculpture contest
 

Apply now for WCU Outdoor sculpture contest

Artists must submit applications by Friday, Aug. 13, for a chance to win Western Carolina University’s 2010 Outdoor Sculpture competition.…
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WCU arts venue celebrates five years
 

WCU arts venue celebrates five years

A semiformal gala featuring red carpets, bright lights, gallery openings and a Gershwin musical is planned for Friday, Oct. 22,…
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Discounted Penland classes available for area residents
 

Discounted Penland classes available for area residents

Penland School of Crafts has open spaces in several of its sixth session summer session classes available at half tuition…
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Buchanan Boys bring modern country music
 

Buchanan Boys bring modern country music

Sylva-based The Buchanan Boys take the stage from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, at the Bridge Park Pavilion…
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Eroica Trio slated for Highlands-Cashiers
 

Eroica Trio slated for Highlands-Cashiers

Good things come in threes when the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival welcomes Grammy-nominated The Eroica Trio, Friday, Aug. 6, and…
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Johnny Floor & The Wrong Crowd play free concert at Fontana
 

Johnny Floor & The Wrong Crowd play free concert at Fontana

Johnny Floor and The Wrong Crowd will be performing from 8 until 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Fontana…
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