90s icon and Southern rock to grace WCU lawns
 

90s icon and Southern rock to grace WCU lawns

Katharine Whalen and Chimney Choir will perform on Thursday, June 2, and The Back Pages will perform on Thursday, June…
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Quilt raffle to benefit those in need
 

Quilt raffle to benefit those in need

One hundred quilts made by the Shady Ladies quilting group will be on display at their annual Quilt Show from…
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McEntire makes stop in Cherokee
 

McEntire makes stop in Cherokee

Country music, film and TV star Reba McEntire will perform from 7:30 p.m. to midnight on Sunday, May 29, at…
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Accordion master brings skills to Maggie
 

Accordion master brings skills to Maggie

Accordion virtuoso Tony Lovello will perform at the Smoky Mountain Accordion Jam at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, at…
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Summer art classes starting in Cherokee
 

Summer art classes starting in Cherokee

Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts in Cherokee is offering the chance to learn mixed media drawing and realist oil painting…
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Get a taste of folk and fabric
 

Get a taste of folk and fabric

Tatting, caning, quilting and spinning demonstrations will highlight the 6th annual Patchwork Folk and Fabric Festival scheduled for 9 a.m.…
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Ancient Japanese art provides modern respite
 

Ancient Japanese art provides modern respite

Most people snip flowers, drop them into a jam jar with some water, call it an arrangement and place them…
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The rise and the fall of outdoor recreation
 

The rise and the fall of outdoor recreation

Maybe it’s the fear of snakes, mountain lions, or Bigfoot. Or the perceived boredom of time spent unplugged. Perhaps it’s…
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A thank you to our elected officials
 

A thank you to our elected officials

To the Editor: I’d like to thank the state House of Representatives for putting rich white kids first in North…
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As engaged citizens, we must vote priorities
 

As engaged citizens, we must vote priorities

To the Editor: Do you think more of your car than you do of your children? If something is wrong…
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Transportation plan won’t help economy
 

Transportation plan won’t help economy

To The Editor: I attended the recent public hearing on the Comprehensive Transportation Plan and came away confused.  First, according…
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Bryan Garden is a true treasure for the region
 

Bryan Garden is a true treasure for the region

To the Editor: I’d like to thank Quintin Ellison and The Smoky Mountain News for Ms. Ellison’s excellent article about…
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Road is in best interest of SCC and students
 

Road is in best interest of SCC and students

To the Editor: Having served for more than a decade as president of Southwestern Community College, I was dismayed by…
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Taking the sting from a wasp, and finding peace
 

Taking the sting from a wasp, and finding peace

Last night, lying in bed on the screened porch reading before darkness fell, I looked up from my book and…
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SCC road gets mired in questions about motives
 

SCC road gets mired in questions about motives

A planned new access road that will provide an exit and entrance into Southwestern Community College in Webster should not…
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HVO donates medical supplies to global relief organization
 

HVO donates medical supplies to global relief organization

Haywood Vocational Opportunities has donated 103,500 black medical table covers to AmeriCares, a global disaster relief organization that delivers medicine…
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MedWest urgent care centers opening in Sylva, Canton
 

MedWest urgent care centers opening in Sylva, Canton

MedWest Health System is expanding its access to health care to the communities served by its hospitals in three counties.…
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Solar panels helping to power foot and ankle clinic
 

Solar panels helping to power foot and ankle clinic

The rooftops of both offices of Smoky Mountain Foot and Ankle Clinic are now equipped with solar electric modules that…
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Waynesville woman receives innovative pacemaker
 

Waynesville woman receives innovative pacemaker

Two cardiologists with MedWest Health System now offer the first pacemaker designed, tested and approved by the Federal Drug Administration…
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Insurance to decrease for Clyde residents
 

Insurance to decrease for Clyde residents

Clyde Fire Department recently underwent a state inspection that improved their insurance rating. The businesses and homeowners in the Clyde/Central…
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Sylva might save struggling  group by hiring director itself
 

Sylva might save struggling group by hiring director itself

The fate of the organization tasked with marketing and promoting downtown Sylva remains in flux, but it appears positioned to…
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Fight over planning continues to boil in Macon
 

Fight over planning continues to boil in Macon

If you visit Macon County, keep your head down — there’s a war over property rights in progress. In this…
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Cause of infant’s death ‘undetermined’ by autopsy
 

Cause of infant’s death ‘undetermined’ by autopsy

Hypothermia is a possible cause of death for Aubrey Kina-Marie Littlejohn, a 15-month-old Cherokee baby who died in January, according…
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Green Energy Park completes upgrade
 

Green Energy Park completes upgrade

A blower upgrade to the landfill gas system that helps power Jackson County’s Green Energy Park has been completed. The…
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New president named at SCC
 

New president named at SCC

 Southwestern Community College this week got a new president, Donald Tomas of Aledo, Texas, who takes over July 1. Tomas…
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Cherokee hopes for dealers as casino expansion debt looms
 

Cherokee hopes for dealers as casino expansion debt looms

Principal Chief Michell Hicks hinted last week at a renewed effort to bring live dealers to Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel and…
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HCC offers day camp
 

HCC offers day camp

A summer day camp for children from the ages of 6 to 12 will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30…
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HCC restructures auto body program
 

HCC restructures auto body program

A new associate degree program at Haywood Community College will upgrade the existing one-year diploma program in auto body this…
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Minority business owners sought for awards
 

Minority business owners sought for awards

Know someone, maybe yourself, who should be minority businessperson of the year? The Minority Enterprise Development Week Committee is now…
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Feeling like your grandparenting alone? There’s help out there
 

Feeling like your grandparenting alone? There’s help out there

A grandparent support group will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, at the Jackson Family…
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Public perspectives on Corridor K
 

Public perspectives on Corridor K

Health and Prosperity Two of the main arguments in favor of Corridor K construction are safety and economic growth. Road…
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Feelings for and against Corridor K run strong
 

Feelings for and against Corridor K run strong

In Graham County, a public hearing last week on Corridor K drew a crowd of 200 people, speaking for and…
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The passing of an era? Residents in Macon County say goodbye to independent hospital
 

The passing of an era? Residents in Macon County say goodbye to independent hospital

At Macon Barber Shop, you can get a haircut for $10 and a shampoo for $5, but the talk is…
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Angel Hospital on the road to a merger with Mission
 

Angel Hospital on the road to a merger with Mission

Angel Medical Center in Franklin, one of the last, small independent hospitals in the state, is now part of Mission…
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Ubiquitous phone book still a staple
 

Ubiquitous phone book still a staple

This June, 91,000 pounds of paper will make its way into Western North Carolina. Some of it will end up…
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New chain stores for Waynesville  a concern for small businesses
 

New chain stores for Waynesville a concern for small businesses

For Mary Edwards, the owner of Craft Collection in downtown Waynesville, news of a possible Michaels coming to town is…
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Plans call for new Belk, a Michaels and PetSmart in Waynesville
 

Plans call for new Belk, a Michaels and PetSmart in Waynesville

Belk department store in Waynesville might be moving from its anchor spot beside Ingle's grocery store to a much larger…
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Tea time for the arts
 

Tea time for the arts

Get a taste of English tradition at Mountain High Tea, a fundraising party for the Haywood County Arts Council. The…
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Cancer survivor reads from memoir at City Lights
 

Cancer survivor reads from memoir at City Lights

Bryson City resident Jane Spotted Bird will read from her recently published memoir, Still Here: Dancing to the Beat of…
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Author to speak on the publishing
 

Author to speak on the publishing

The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will host an afternoon with Kim Michele Richardson, author of The Unbreakable Child:…
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A thinking person’s crime novel
 

A thinking person’s crime novel

Kind hearts, allow me to introduce Police Detective, Harry Hole. Let me warn you in advance, he is an alcoholic…
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Magnolias not just a Deep South species
 

Magnolias not just a Deep South species

Mention magnolias and images of plantations and mint juleps come to mind. But here in Western North Carolina we have…
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Brazilian soccer camp brings skills to youth
 

Brazilian soccer camp brings skills to youth

The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer TetraBrazil Soccer Camp for ages 10 to 18 July 11 through 15…
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Competitive youth soccer try-outs
 

Competitive youth soccer try-outs

Carolina Mountains Soccer Club in Haywood County is holding tryouts May 24 through 26 for the coming season. The soccer…
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Teams forming for adult summer soccer league
 

Teams forming for adult summer soccer league

Adults with a hankering for soccer this summer can sign up to play in a league run by the Haywood…
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Gardening for Wildlife series in Macon
 

Gardening for Wildlife series in Macon

Do you want to attract more birds, butterflies, beneficial insects and other native species to your backyards? It’s easy, fun…
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Learn how to build a backyard habitat
 

Learn how to build a backyard habitat

The Great Smoky Mountains Audubon Society will hold a Backyard Habitat Workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June…
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Four planets visible to naked eye in May
 

Four planets visible to naked eye in May

Western North Carolina stargazers will be able to witness a rare astronomical phenomenon this month when four of the five…
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From longboarding to disc golf, Sports Festival leaves no stone unturned
 

From longboarding to disc golf, Sports Festival leaves no stone unturned

The Mountain Sports Festival returns to Asheville on May 27-29, with a line up to entice any pro or amateur…
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Make money off your forestland
 

Make money off your forestland

A wildcrafting, general make-your-forest work for you workshop is scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 26 at the…
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