Election forums planned for NC candidates
 

Election forums planned for NC candidates

The League of Women Voters will sponsor a public forum for candidates running for N.C. Senate and House of Representatives…
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Altrusa, Rotary sponsor School Supply Drive
 

Altrusa, Rotary sponsor School Supply Drive

Altrusa International, Inc. of Waynesville and the Haywood Rotary Club will be spearheading a drive to collect school supplies for…
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Two veterans share remarkable story
 

Two veterans share remarkable story

The Junaluska Associates evening session will feature the stories of two Vietnam veterans at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7,…
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Free writers workshops in Waynesville
 

Free writers workshops in Waynesville

Upcoming free workshops at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville will offer writers behind-the-scenes tips on getting published and provide guidance…
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Searching for God and the self
 

Searching for God and the self

Home. The word is as twisted with complications and mystery as all those other household words we use every day:…
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The un-hummingbird
 

The un-hummingbird

Toni Mullany of Waynesville sent me an email the other day noting a guest scoping out her phlox. She described…
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Cherokee to host popular children’s trout derby
 

Cherokee to host popular children’s trout derby

Hundreds of children will line the banks of the Oconaluftee River in Cherokee this weekend for the annual Talking Trees…
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Snorkeling in mountain rivers offers window to the underwater world
 

Snorkeling in mountain rivers offers window to the underwater world

Cool off with a snorkeling trip on the Little Tennessee River on Saturday, Aug. 14, while gaining a new perspective…
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Parkway to celebrate 75th at Waterrock Knob
 

Parkway to celebrate 75th at Waterrock Knob

A celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.…
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New Smokies Audubon chapter forms
 

New Smokies Audubon chapter forms

A new Great Smoky Mountains chapter of the National Audubon Society formed just a few months ago but can already…
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Take your biking indoors
 

Take your biking indoors

Too hot to road bike? Why not try a spinning class. While pedaling a stationary bike might not sound like…
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On the beauty of hibiscus flowers
 

On the beauty of hibiscus flowers

I had my first introduction to plants in the Hibiscus genus when I was a boy. Rose-of-Sharon was a common…
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Landslide repair down to the wire as competing plans play out
 

Landslide repair down to the wire as competing plans play out

The clock is ticking for stabilization work on a landslide in Maggie Valley to get underway or a federal grant…
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Folkmoot 5K race results
 

Folkmoot 5K race results

Folkmoot 5K overall results Folkmoot 5K age group results
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An official Star Wars party
 

An official Star Wars party

Join the fun at a Star Wars party at 2 p.m on Saturday, July 31, at Blue Ridge Books. The…
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ColorFest in Sylva seeks WNC artists
 

ColorFest in Sylva seeks WNC artists

Regional artists are encouraged to take part in ColorFest, Art of the Mountains, an official event of the Blue Ridge…
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Quilt basics taught at one-day workshop
 

Quilt basics taught at one-day workshop

Students will learn the basics of quilt piecing and machine quilting while making an easy tote bag at a one-day…
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Waynesville celebrates Art After Dark on Aug. 6
 

Waynesville celebrates Art After Dark on Aug. 6

The monthly Art After Dark will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 6 in Waynesville. Sponsored by…
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Visa issues  a growing challenge for Folkmoot
 

Visa issues a growing challenge for Folkmoot

For those who think getting a travel visa is a headache, try steering hundreds of Folkmoot dancers from a dozen…
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Thanks to local efforts, Folkmoot food is fresher than ever
 

Thanks to local efforts, Folkmoot food is fresher than ever

An unseen cultural exchange takes place every day in the cafeteria where Folkmoot performers take their meals. Before, during and…
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Escaravage honored for service to Folkmoot
 

Escaravage honored for service to Folkmoot

Longtime Folkmoot volunteer and supporter George Escaravage was given the Alan Brown award for service to the international dance festival…
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Luggage logistics
 

Luggage logistics

At the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Waynesville, performers’ costumes erupt from the sleeping quarters to fill spare rooms, hallways, and…
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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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