Lend a hand for the birds
 

Lend a hand for the birds

Volunteers are needed at the bird-monitoring station at Tessentee Bottomland Preserve in Macon County. The program is a nationwide effort…
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Landing the big one: National Fly Fishing Championship coming to Cherokee
 

Landing the big one: National Fly Fishing Championship coming to Cherokee

Want to see some of the best fly-fishing imaginable? The 2011 U.S. National Fly Fishing Championship will be held May…
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Quiet please!
 

Quiet please!

Last Saturday morning I was racing around in the woods of the Tusquitee Ranger District on the other side of…
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Get on that bike and ditch the car
 

Get on that bike and ditch the car

A “Bike to Work” ride will be held in Waynesville May 20 on National Bike to Work Day. The length…
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Historic farmland conserved on Valley River near Andrews
 

Historic farmland conserved on Valley River near Andrews

Hiwassee-Valley Land Trust, a project of the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee, has purchased the 100-acre Salman Farm that…
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Name that… Creative fundraising supports effort to count every living thing in the Smokies
 

Name that… Creative fundraising supports effort to count every living thing in the Smokies

Some of the scientists helping to identify every living species in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are giving up…
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Don’t rush by this little Lake Junaluska treasure
 

Don’t rush by this little Lake Junaluska treasure

I traveled over the Balsams this past weekend from Sylva to Lake Junaluska for a native plant sale, and I’m…
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Leadership Institute can solve problems
 

Leadership Institute can solve problems

To the Editor: The  Natural Resources Leadership Institute is a multi-faceted instructional and community service program of North Carolina Cooperative…
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House budget proposal goes down wrong path
 

House budget proposal goes down wrong path

To the Editor: The House in Raleigh recently passed a budget with deep spending cuts. According to Forbes.com, House Speaker…
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US policy on killing is confusing
 

US policy on killing is confusing

With its unending contradictions, life is at best confusing and at worst inexplicable. The U.S. is in the minority of…
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Common sense loses to ideology in House budget proposal
 

Common sense loses to ideology in House budget proposal

North Carolina is facing a budget crisis. I get that. What I don’t get is the proposed slashing of so…
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Voices in the Laurel choir holds auditions
 

Voices in the Laurel choir holds auditions

Auditions for the 2011-2012 season of Voices in the Laurel will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday,…
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Calling vendors for mountain festival
 

Calling vendors for mountain festival

Arts, crafts and food vendors are being sought to participate in Mountain Heritage Day, Western Carolina University’s annual fall festival…
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Celebrate summer at Mustang Roundup
 

Celebrate summer at Mustang Roundup

The annual Smoky Mountain High School Mustang Roundup is scheduled for May 21, sponsored by the Smoky Mountain High School…
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Old-time music on Franklin’s town square starts this Sunday
 

Old-time music on Franklin’s town square starts this Sunday

Brevard’s Hogtown Squealers Band will play a concert of traditional string band music at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 22,…
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Concert to benefit Pigeon Center
 

Concert to benefit Pigeon Center

A special evening concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 27, at Grace Episcopal Church in Waynesville.…
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May 24 Balsam Range show to be featured on television
 

May 24 Balsam Range show to be featured on television

Members of the Haywood County-based Balsam Range will be joined by the host of the television show “Life in the…
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Corvettes welcome NASCAR
 

Corvettes welcome NASCAR

The Vettes in the Valley Corvette show will be held May 28 and 29 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.…
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Osmond Brothers still strong after five decades
 

Osmond Brothers still strong after five decades

The Osmond Brothers are coming to the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May…
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Benefit concert raises funds for kids
 

Benefit concert raises funds for kids

A benefit concert featuring Jon Byrd and Milan Miller will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, at…
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Dillsboro begins block party season
 

Dillsboro begins block party season

Dillsboro will close Front Street to host a block party from on the third Saturday of each month from now…
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Local brewer celebrates one year
 

Local brewer celebrates one year

Nantahala Brewing will celebrate its one-year anniversary at noon on Saturday, May 21, at the new tap room in Bryson…
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Newest quilt block hung in Maggie Valley
 

Newest quilt block hung in Maggie Valley

The Haywood County Arts Council’s Quilt Trails project unveiled its first quilt block in Maggie Valley in April at the…
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Concerts on the Creek: Sylva’s summer tradition returns to Bridge Park Pavilion
 

Concerts on the Creek: Sylva’s summer tradition returns to Bridge Park Pavilion

You know it’s summer in Sylva when Concerts on the Creek gets going, bringing local and regional music and family…
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WNC native son takes the helm at Jackson County Schools
 

WNC native son takes the helm at Jackson County Schools

Jackson County Schools has hired Michael Murray, currently associate superintendent of Operations for McDowell County Schools, as its new superintendent.…
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Not your average startup: Aermor breaks the mold
 

Not your average startup: Aermor breaks the mold

When having a conversation with Penny Morgan, you’ll hear a lot of phrases that aren’t often associated with business in…
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DOT leader advocates for SCC road while serving on college board
 

DOT leader advocates for SCC road while serving on college board

A new $12 million entrance road for Southwestern Community College got preference over other road projects in the region in…
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Debnam critical of preference given to SCC road projects
 

Debnam critical of preference given to SCC road projects

The motivation behind a $12 million entrance road to Southwestern Community College has been called into question by a Jackson…
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Youth camp offered this summer in Haywood
 

Youth camp offered this summer in Haywood

“Buzz’s Summer Blast Youth Camp” at MedWest Health & Fitness Center in Haywood County will be held two weeks this…
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Summer camp to ignite creativity
 

Summer camp to ignite creativity

Rising second through ninth graders can promote their creativity and problem solving skills at the ninth annual Rocket to Creativity…
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Free physicals for student athletes
 

Free physicals for student athletes

All Haywood County students grades six through 11 who plan to participate in a school sport for the upcoming school…
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Business owners learn to Tweet and Facebook
 

Business owners learn to Tweet and Facebook

Business owners looking for help getting started with social media marketing can attend the free seminar “Business Owner’s Guide to…
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Play softball for a cause
 

Play softball for a cause

“Summer Slam,” a co-ed softball tournament sponsored by Swain/Qualla SAFE, Inc. and Medwest Swain, will be Saturday, May 28. Deadline…
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Cashiers rec center would cost $5 million
 

Cashiers rec center would cost $5 million

Jackson County commissioners may tap the county’s robust savings to build a $5 million recreation center in Cashiers. The rec…
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Waynesville workers to get cost-of-living raises, Haywood County employees won’t
 

Waynesville workers to get cost-of-living raises, Haywood County employees won’t

Waynesville employees will likely see a 3 percent raise in their paycheck next year, if budget suggestions proffered by the…
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Macon proposes employee pay raises for first time in three years
 

Macon proposes employee pay raises for first time in three years

Macon County’s proposed budget manages to keep taxes at 27.9 cents per $100 valuation — the second-lowest rate in the…
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The price of being certifiably ‘green’
 

The price of being certifiably ‘green’

Go into any store and you run into the term “green.” Bags of chips, detergents, new cars and fluorescent-light bulbs…
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Many buildings certifiably green; others just follow the LEED
 

Many buildings certifiably green; others just follow the LEED

What do Harrill Residence Hall at Western Carolina University, the Cherokee Central School System, the new Oconaluftee Visitor Center in…
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McCoy bridge compromise muddies debate
 

McCoy bridge compromise muddies debate

A proposed compromise by Macon County commissioners on a historic bridge outside of Franklin isn’t sitting well with those who’ve…
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Haywood schools may be cut as sales tax collection drops
 

Haywood schools may be cut as sales tax collection drops

In Haywood County, the tax rate would have to bump up three cents for the county to bring in the…
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A treasure that deserves reprinted in 1933 ‘Guide’
 

A treasure that deserves reprinted in 1933 ‘Guide’

More than a few readers of this column collect books associated with the Smokies region. A friend who spends most…
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The Smokies’ biggest job
 

The Smokies’ biggest job

Alan Sumeriski, chief of facility management, was selected as Great Smoky Mountains National Park employee of the year for major…
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Spring Fling for kids coming to Waynesville
 

Spring Fling for kids coming to Waynesville

The Waynesville Kiwanis will host a “Spring Fling” at the Waynesville Recreation Center on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m.…
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Lifeguard training at Haywood fitness center
 

Lifeguard training at Haywood fitness center

Medwest Health and Fitness Center in Haywood County will be holding its last American Red Cross lifeguard training course beginning…
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Bike rodeo serves up riding for kids and bike plan input
 

Bike rodeo serves up riding for kids and bike plan input

The third-annual Bicycle Rodeo is set to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in Clyde.…
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Corridor K back for public comment
 

Corridor K back for public comment

An open house and public hearing is set for Tuesday, May 17, on a segment of Cooridor K, a controversial…
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Session to explore prospect of science center on the Tuck
 

Session to explore prospect of science center on the Tuck

A discussion about creating a science discovery center along the Tuckasegee River will be held from 5 p.m. to 7…
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Leave Bambi alone
 

Leave Bambi alone

They might look abandoned and waiflike, but the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is urging folks to not approach, touch, feed…
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Event makes for good company, good birding
 

Event makes for good company, good birding

This past Saturday, May 7, was (I believe) the 12th-annual “Birding for the Arts” fundraiser for the Haywood County Arts…
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Runners take on tough terrain in Smoky Mountain Relay
 

Runners take on tough terrain in Smoky Mountain Relay

You’ve got to be just a little bit crazy, maybe, to do this trail race — crazy for an epic…
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