Donations dropped at thrift store doorsteps being swiped by thieves
 

Donations dropped at thrift store doorsteps being swiped by thieves

For community nonprofits facing a daily test of survival, thefts from the thrift stores they rely on are like a…
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DNA testing for crime suspects sparks ethics debate
 

DNA testing for crime suspects sparks ethics debate

Starting next February, all law enforcement officers will be required to collect DNA from people arrested for certain crimes. Anyone…
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Facing cuts of its own, regional economic arm axes tourism from its portfolio
 

Facing cuts of its own, regional economic arm axes tourism from its portfolio

With ever shrinking pockets, the regional economic development arm AdvantageWest is scaling back its investment in tourism for the time…
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Two towns at a crossroads
 

Two towns at a crossroads

For decades Maggie Valley and Dillsboro were two of the mountain’s most iconic tourist towns. Sadly, both relied heavily —…
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With the train gone, Dillsboro searches for new ways to attract tourists
 

With the train gone, Dillsboro searches for new ways to attract tourists

The town of Dillsboro, once a thriving retail market for tourists, has taken a beating in the past two years.…
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No longer resigned to handouts from Ghost Town, Maggie searches for its own identity
 

No longer resigned to handouts from Ghost Town, Maggie searches for its own identity

No one is more intimate with the highs and lows of amusement park Ghost Town in the Sky than the…
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Tribe hopes to fund Cherokee as foreign language class in public schools
 

Tribe hopes to fund Cherokee as foreign language class in public schools

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is urging the state to formally license Cherokee language teachers, enabling Cherokee courses taught…
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Invigorating Cullowhee could hinge on Forest Hills
 

Invigorating Cullowhee could hinge on Forest Hills

An unusual proposition has landed on the doorstep of Forest Hills, a tiny speck of a town at the edge…
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Drowned student had 0.38 BAC
 

Drowned student had 0.38 BAC

A college student who drowned in the Tuckasegee River last month was highly intoxicated, according to toxicology reports that have…
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Groundbreaking to be held for hospice facility
 

Groundbreaking to be held for hospice facility

An “old-fashioned” groundbreaking will be held July 30 for the new Homestead hospice inpatient facility, complete with a working mule…
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Women show off the ‘Power of the Purse’
 

Women show off the ‘Power of the Purse’

The women’s giving circle, Women for Women, was able to award $235,000 in new grants this year. To date, the…
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Police survival seminar offered at WCU
 

Police survival seminar offered at WCU

Western Carolina University’s Police Department will host a free law enforcement seminar on police officer survival skills from 10 a.m.…
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Main Street Mile race to debut in Waynesville
 

Main Street Mile race to debut in Waynesville

A one-mile race down Main Street in Waynesville on Friday evening, Aug. 13, will raise money for the Shriners Children…
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Federal investment in the outdoors a good thing for WNC
 

Federal investment in the outdoors a good thing for WNC

The federal government, the nation’s largest land manager, has a responsibility ... to help develop a conservation agenda worthy of…
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Evergreen should not get to keep tax dollars
 

Evergreen should not get to keep tax dollars

To the Editor: Taxpayers should be infuriated about any tax dollars going to such an organization as the Evergreen Foundation. …
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Tourism data simply not that hard to obtain
 

Tourism data simply not that hard to obtain

To the Editor: I read with great interest your recent column about the tourism industry in Western North Carolina. As…
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Visitors are here, but who’s getting them?
 

Visitors are here, but who’s getting them?

To the Editor: Something is terribly wrong when the region has a “ready-made” audience of an estimated 18 million visitors…
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Tailgate Market has been around for 25 years
 

Tailgate Market has been around for 25 years

To the Editor: The Waynesville Tailgate Market is celebrating 25 years of serving Haywood County. The longevity of the market…
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Sen. Burr is not a fiscal conservative
 

Sen. Burr is not a fiscal conservative

To the Editor: North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, a self-defined fiscal conservative, has a lot of explaining to do. He…
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Shuler’s TVA lies show he can’t be trusted
 

Shuler’s TVA lies show he can’t be trusted

To the Editor: Since November, the whole district has known that Shuler told us all an endless stack of lies…
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Bascom presents August workshops
 

Bascom presents August workshops

In August, educational programs continue in Highlands with three diverse artists-in-residence workshops. • Lewis Knauss, “Fiber and Handmade Paper into…
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Catch film with WCU ties
 

Catch film with WCU ties

The feature film “Wesley” will be screened at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 13, at the Smoky Mountain Center for…
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Sign up for 10th Annual Wine for the Arts
 

Sign up for 10th Annual Wine for the Arts

Two FUNd Parties will be held in August to help raise money for the Haywood County Arts Council’s Arts in…
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Digital Camera Basics offered at SCC-Cashiers
 

Digital Camera Basics offered at SCC-Cashiers

Registration for fall personal enrichment classes is beginning at Southwestern Community College. The first course offering at SCC-Cashiers Center (217…
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Relax to jazz classics in Waynesville
 

Relax to jazz classics in Waynesville

If you love the mellow, romantic songs of the oldies jazz big band era, check out Oldies Night with the…
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Liquid Ginger brings free concert to Fontana
 

Liquid Ginger brings free concert to Fontana

The Liquid Ginger Band — featuring former Graham County resident Ginger Edwards Fawcett on lead vocals — will perform from…
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Celebrate mountain heritage at Railfest
 

Celebrate mountain heritage at Railfest

Every year, railroad enthusiasts and history buffs gather in Bryson City for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad’s Railfest. This year,…
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Dehlia Low & Kruger Brothers to play Stecoah
 

Dehlia Low & Kruger Brothers to play Stecoah

Dehlia Low will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center. The Asheville-based…
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Josh Fields Band to perform at Materfest
 

Josh Fields Band to perform at Materfest

The Josh Fields Band will perform a free concert at Materfest at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6, in Canton. From…
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Angela Faye Martin and the Scarlet Oak Sway to play final summer concert
 

Angela Faye Martin and the Scarlet Oak Sway to play final summer concert

Angela Faye Martin and the Scarlet Oak Sway will showcase its unique rock-and-roll sound when the band performs from 7…
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Annual fashion show takes knitting to another level
 

Annual fashion show takes knitting to another level

Every category of knitted items imaginable will be represented at The Smoky Mountain Knitting Guild’s 2nd Annual Benefit Fashion Show…
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Mountain High BBQ & Music Festival offers something for everyone
 

Mountain High BBQ & Music Festival offers something for everyone

The two-day Mountain High BBQ & Music Festival is back for its second year at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center,…
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Season tickets on sale for WCU plays
 

Season tickets on sale for WCU plays

Tickets for Western Carolina University’s 2010-10 University Theatre Mainstage season, which is packed with popular Broadway musicals and smaller experimental…
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Asheville Quilt Guild holds annual show
 

Asheville Quilt Guild holds annual show

Western North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage comes to life on Aug. 6 through during the Asheville Quilt Guild’s 28th Annual…
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Tales of alienation and horror
 

Tales of alienation and horror

For the past few years, internet literary critics of fantasy/supernatural novels have been raving about about a writer of “punk…
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Outdoor Mission Camp englightens and empowers city youth through wilderness adventure
 

Outdoor Mission Camp englightens and empowers city youth through wilderness adventure

Ruffin Shackelford led a group of boys, referred to his program by a juvenile court judge, deep into the Shining…
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Program to ponder the mystery of Masa
 

Program to ponder the mystery of Masa

George Masa was one of the greatest landscape photographers of Western North Carolina, but where he came from and what…
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Talk to highlight convergence of art and nature
 

Talk to highlight convergence of art and nature

George and Elizabeth Ellison, the artist and naturalist husband-wife team from Bryson City, will give a talk called “Blue Ridge…
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Lake Logan offers cool venue for hot race
 

Lake Logan offers cool venue for hot race

Triathletes from across the country will descend on Lake Logan in Haywood County Aug. 7 and 8. The weekend line-up…
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Park ranger programs offer window on Smokies
 

Park ranger programs offer window on Smokies

Before summer slips by, take in one of the many ranger guided programs in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park,…
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Missing section of Mountains to Sea Trail gets shorter
 

Missing section of Mountains to Sea Trail gets shorter

Volunteers continue knocking out a new section of the Mountains to Sea Trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Waterrock…
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Blooms in the southern mountains
 

Blooms in the southern mountains

Each July since 1991, I’ve led field trips along the Blue Ridge Parkway offered as part of the Native Plants…
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Bird’s the word
 

Bird’s the word

Are you a fledgling birder? Would you like to learn more about the feathered flocks that visit your feeder and…
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Poll shows Shuler curries support from right as well as left
 

Poll shows Shuler curries support from right as well as left

While national pundits predict Republican challengers will steal seats from Democrats in Washington come November, Congressman Heath Shuler likely has…
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Haywood Garden Tour was a great success
 

Haywood Garden Tour was a great success

To the Editor: We are writing to express our gratitude for your excellent coverage of the 2010 Haywood County Garden…
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Energy industry is not all bad
 

Energy industry is not all bad

To the Editor: I wish the article written by Thomas Crowe (“The terrorists are right here among us,” July 23…
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WATR hosts walk ‘n talk
 

WATR hosts walk ‘n talk

The Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River will host a “Walk ‘n Talk” in the Deep Creek area of the…
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Expanded casino unveiled in vibrant ‘Mountain Breeze’ zone
 

Expanded casino unveiled in vibrant ‘Mountain Breeze’ zone

Creating a youthful, energetic mood, the new 175-seat Entertainment Lounge at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel is the focal point…
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Latin aerobics class shakes things up
 

Latin aerobics class shakes things up

Local residents of all ages are exploring one of the newest and hottest fitness classes: Latin Aerobics. This upbeat class…
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Penland workshops cover professional development for artists
 

Penland workshops cover professional development for artists

Penland School of Crafts will host a professional development workshop for artists living in Western North Carolina from Oct. 1…
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