The story of a modern-day oracle
 

The story of a modern-day oracle

Occasionally, books are published in the U. S. that can best be described as “oddities” which acquire a kind of…
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Protect wilderness before legislation makes it too late
 

Protect wilderness before legislation makes it too late

When Congress passed the Wilderness Act back in 1964, it immediately became one of the most important pieces of conservation…
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Radical Senate budget crippling NC’s future
 

Radical Senate budget crippling NC’s future

To the Editor: The fact that Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, refers to the radical budget being proposed down in Raleigh…
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Profit motive should not be driving education
 

Profit motive should not be driving education

To the Editor: It appears that the radical Republicans in control of the N.C. legislature are starving funding for public…
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Education cuts will harm student, schools
 

Education cuts will harm student, schools

To the Editor: Republicans are cutting off education from beginning to end in North Carolina. The new cuts will take…
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Junaluska garden is indeed a gem
 

Junaluska garden is indeed a gem

To the Editor: This letter is further comment on Quintin Ellison’s column about the Corneille Bryan Native Garden at Lake…
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Just where are all the promised jobs?
 

Just where are all the promised jobs?

To the Editor: Republican Sens. Ralph Hise, R-Spruce Pine, and Jim Davis, R-Franklin, promised “jobs, jobs, jobs” and “better times”…
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Commissioner right to question SCC road
 

Commissioner right to question SCC road

To the Editor: Jackson County Commissioner Jack Debnam’s recent comments on the proposed SCC spur road are valid and show…
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Life lessons learned in the barnyard
 

Life lessons learned in the barnyard

Goats view a gate left open as a passageway to excitement. And it is exciting, too, for the goat keeper,…
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Six pints of Guinness and a glass of milk
 

Six pints of Guinness and a glass of milk

What do Barack Obama and my son have in common? They both visited Ireland in May. Obama, though, was proud…
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News in brief
 

News in brief

The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner and year in review is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on June 2.…
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Cherokee chief candidates debate tribe’s dependency on Harrah’s
 

Cherokee chief candidates debate tribe’s dependency on Harrah’s

Diversify is the buzzword in Cherokee, where candidates in the upcoming primary are facing off over how to move away…
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Swain citizens might get seat at the table as North Shore money trickles in
 

Swain citizens might get seat at the table as North Shore money trickles in

After a decades-long battle to get it, the first interest payments on Swain County’s North Shore Road settlement are finally…
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Maggie festival grounds still trying to prove its mettle
 

Maggie festival grounds still trying to prove its mettle

When the town of Maggie Valley bought a grassy field to serve as a town festival grounds in 2005, the…
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Doctor: Authorities did not do enough
 

Doctor: Authorities did not do enough

About two years ago, a sting was set to take place at a party in the Hickory Knoll area outside…
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Living at the top has some down sides
 

Living at the top has some down sides

Living in Cashiers has certain perks: There is a beautiful lake to play on, gorgeous homes to live in and…
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Cashiers, Glenville show their pull in the polls
 

Cashiers, Glenville show their pull in the polls

The three new Jackson commissioners — Jack Debnam, Charles Elders and Doug Cody — owe their victory last fall in…
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Cashiers recreation center might finally become reality
 

Cashiers recreation center might finally become reality

Jackson County commissioners say it’s high time Cashiers gets its due: an $8 million recreation center as pay back for…
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Will WCU ever see Kimmel pledge fulfilled?
 

Will WCU ever see Kimmel pledge fulfilled?

Six years ago, amid great fanfare, Joe Kimmel pledged $6.9-million dollars to Western Carolina University. Based on that pledge, with…
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Haywood Schools’ leaders claim call for education reform misdirected
 

Haywood Schools’ leaders claim call for education reform misdirected

Above national average. Above state average. Highest regional composite ranking. These are a few of the phrases that stand out…
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Vinegar pie? Southern Living lauds Jarrett House’s ‘delectable’ fare
 

Vinegar pie? Southern Living lauds Jarrett House’s ‘delectable’ fare

A local Dillsboro inn had four recipes featured in the Southern Living cookbook, Off the Eaten Path: Favorite Southern Dives…
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Celebrate Appalachian History in Waynesville
 

Celebrate Appalachian History in Waynesville

An Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration will come to downtown Waynesville from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June, 11. The…
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Bach Choral brings Irish music to the mountains
 

Bach Choral brings Irish music to the mountains

The Bach Chorale Children’s Choir of Lafayette, Ind., will perform a program called “Ireland Ascending” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday,…
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Summer music series begins with Dusk and Sky
 

Summer music series begins with Dusk and Sky

A summer music series will kick off at 7 p.m. on June 9 with musician Dusk Weaver at the Marianna…
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Disney classic comes to life on stage
 

Disney classic comes to life on stage

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is coming to Haywood Community College at 7 p.m. on June 10, and 2:30 p.m.…
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Broadway thriller comes to Haywood
 

Broadway thriller comes to Haywood

“Deathtrap,” a murder-mystery by Ira Levin, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on June 3, 4 and 9 through 11,…
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Mountain music on Franklin town square
 

Mountain music on Franklin town square

Balladeers Anne and Rob Lough will present a concert of traditional music at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 5, on…
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WCU series offers foray into glassblowing
 

WCU series offers foray into glassblowing

A series of introductory glassblowing classes will begin in June at the Jackson County Green Energy Park. Students may choose…
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Learn to spin, throw and pull with pottery classes
 

Learn to spin, throw and pull with pottery classes

Adult pottery courses will be offered this summer by Southwestern Community College’s Heritage Arts Institute at the SCC Swain Center.…
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Women awaken their consciousness
 

Women awaken their consciousness

A Women’s Circle focusing on the divine feminine within will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, at The…
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Discover the art in nature with workshops
 

Discover the art in nature with workshops

Art workshops that provide encounters with nature will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, with…
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Good Old Time Camp to be offered
 

Good Old Time Camp to be offered

The Good Old Time camp, a summer day camp for children, will be held 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., June…
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Quilt festival celebrates history and heritage
 

Quilt festival celebrates history and heritage

The 6th annual Patchwork Folk and Fabric Festival is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 4,…
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Waynesville’s Art After Dark is June 3
 

Waynesville’s Art After Dark is June 3

The Waynesville Gallery Association will present Art After Dark  from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 3. Art After…
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The secret of silk
 

The secret of silk

For 3,000 years, the source of silk — shimmering, luxurious and terribly expensive — was a closely guarded secret. Silk…
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Serpents elicit mixed responses among humankind
 

Serpents elicit mixed responses among humankind

Serpents are among the world’s most storied creatures. We are at once attracted to and repelled by them. Many view…
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Get kids involved in free fishing fun
 

Get kids involved in free fishing fun

Kids can fish for free and register to win prizes, including two lifetime licenses, at a variety of fishing events…
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Kids get first crack at delayed trout waters
 

Kids get first crack at delayed trout waters

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open approximately 63.5 miles of trout streams and one lake classified as delayed-harvest trout…
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“Salamander Soiree” at the Highlands Nature Center
 

“Salamander Soiree” at the Highlands Nature Center

A Salamander Soiree is set for June 2 at 6 p.m. as the kickoff to “Think About Thursdays,” a summer…
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Smokies conducts search for missing man
 

Smokies conducts search for missing man

Rangers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are continuing to search for a Cary man who was reported missing April…
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Author to speak at Pisgah Center
 

Author to speak at Pisgah Center

On June 4, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, Tim Spira will give a…
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Donation box theft ends in conviction
 

Donation box theft ends in conviction

Another Swain County man, Gregory Cline, 35, was convicted of one count of tampering in federal court for breaking into…
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Ginsing poachers in national park fined and jailed
 

Ginsing poachers in national park fined and jailed

Two Swain County men were convicted and sentenced in federal court last month in Bryson City for stealing ginseng from…
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Reward offered for capture of elk killer
 

Reward offered for capture of elk killer

One of the original elk brought to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park 10 years ago as part of a…
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Bald Eagle slaying in Maggie Valley prompts reward offer
 

Bald Eagle slaying in Maggie Valley prompts reward offer

A bald eagle was shot and killed at the Maggie Festival Grounds, a large open field off the main drag…
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Shop and hike for National Land Trust Day
 

Shop and hike for National Land Trust Day

Mast General Store in Waynesville will donate a portion of its sales on Saturday June 4 to the to Southern…
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Rain barrels all the rage for eco-conscious yards
 

Rain barrels all the rage for eco-conscious yards

Rain barrels, which hook into your gutters to catch rain coming off your roof, are being sold for $75 in…
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Take guided tour in Waynesville’s watershed
 

Take guided tour in Waynesville’s watershed

A Waynesville watershed hike is scheduled for Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Naturalist Don Hendershot and…
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Pretty in pink
 

Pretty in pink

I have had the opportunity to make several trips along the Blue Ridge Parkway, in the vicinity of Devils Courthouse…
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Watching the water: Top fly fisherman compete in Cherokee at U.S. Nationals
 

Watching the water: Top fly fisherman compete in Cherokee at U.S. Nationals

“The good ones always get wet.”   That, says Ben McFall, is how he tells a decent fly fisherman from…
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