Gearing up: Mill outage to bring hundreds of outside laborers to Canton
 

Gearing up: Mill outage to bring hundreds of outside laborers to Canton

For the last month, Greg Petty has been on a leaflet campaign around Canton. He’s been to parking lots. He’s…
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MMS offers three-day mediation training
 

MMS offers three-day mediation training

Mountain Mediation Services will hold a three-day community mediation training from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,  May 24 through 26…
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Social safety net failed Cherokee baby
 

Social safety net failed Cherokee baby

Additional evidence has surfaced indicating Swain County social workers failed to act on reports of alleged abuse and neglect of…
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Dillsboro could be on the hook for railroad loan
 

Dillsboro could be on the hook for railroad loan

Depending on which town leader you ask, Dillsboro is prepared to co-sign on a more than $300,000 loan for the…
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May celebrations to benefit the arts
 

May celebrations to benefit the arts

The 2011 FUNd Party Series will kick off with Cinco de Mayo in the Garden from 5 to 7 p.m.…
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Gems shine at Mother’s Day show
 

Gems shine at Mother’s Day show

The Mother’s Day Gemboree will open its doors from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 6 and 7 and…
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Quilts come out for Mother’s Day
 

Quilts come out for Mother’s Day

Airing of the Quilts, a new event showcasing quilt artistry, will be held on Saturday, May 7, in downtown Franklin.…
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Waynesville kicks off 2011 Art After Dark
 

Waynesville kicks off 2011 Art After Dark

The first Art After Dark of the season will kick off from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 6,…
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Beginner photography class gets going
 

Beginner photography class gets going

An introductory photography class will begin Tuesday, May 3, at First Baptist Church in Waynesville. The class is offered by…
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Student talent showcase is April 30 in Franklin
 

Student talent showcase is April 30 in Franklin

Macon County youth will take the stage at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at the Franklin High School Fine…
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Student poetry slam honors National Poetry Month
 

Student poetry slam honors National Poetry Month

A poetry slam will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson…
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Stained glass course offered at WCU
 

Stained glass course offered at WCU

A stained glass course will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, May 5 through June 9, at…
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Sylva brings art to summer evenings
 

Sylva brings art to summer evenings

The first of this season’s Sylva After Dark events is coming to downtown from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday,…
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Maggie Club hosts Chocolate for charity
 

Maggie Club hosts Chocolate for charity

The 12th annual Taste of Chocolate competition will run from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at the…
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Needtobreathe stops in Franklin
 

Needtobreathe stops in Franklin

Needtobreathe will play at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in…
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Troupe brings live comedy, animal tricks
 

Troupe brings live comedy, animal tricks

Animal lovers and those in the mood for a laugh will find plenty of entertainment when Popovich Comedy Pet Theater…
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Music & beer: Maggie Valley festival features a winning combination
 

Music & beer: Maggie Valley festival features a winning combination

If there’s one thing Western North Carolina is rooted in, it’s music. The rolling Appalachians were the birthplace of bluegrass,…
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New GSMNP visitor center is worth a trip
 

New GSMNP visitor center is worth a trip

This past Friday (April 15) I attended the dedication ceremony for the new Oconaluftee Visitor Center on the North Carolina…
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Great Smoky Mountains Audubon Society gets official welcome
 

Great Smoky Mountains Audubon Society gets official welcome

The Great Smoky Mountains chapter of the Audubon Society, based in Maggie Valley and Waynesville, has been officially recognized and…
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Dust off those pesticides and get rid of them
 

Dust off those pesticides and get rid of them

A pesticide disposal collection day has been scheduled in Haywood County from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 18,…
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Get wet and help monitor area streams
 

Get wet and help monitor area streams

Help protect the creeks in the Tuckasegee River Watershed by learning to collect and identify aquatic insects, considered key indicators…
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Summer camps equal big bucks for local economy
 

Summer camps equal big bucks for local economy

Western North Carolina has one of the highest concentrations of summer camps in America, and an economic-impact study completed in…
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Families meet the outdoors during adventure day
 

Families meet the outdoors during adventure day

Families can discover how the great outdoors exists in their own backyards during “Outdoor Adventure Day,” from 10 a.m. until…
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Plant sales in full force this spring
 

Plant sales in full force this spring

Several plant sales are coming up for gardeners and flower lovers. • Haywood Community College will hold a Spring Plant…
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Celebrate new bike trails at Jackrabbit
 

Celebrate new bike trails at Jackrabbit

The grand opening of a 14.5-mile trail system near Hayesville in Clay County is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, April…
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Grove Park Inn makes way for onsite NOC adventure outpost
 

Grove Park Inn makes way for onsite NOC adventure outpost

Nantahala Outdoor Center and The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa have unveiled plans for NOC’s Basecamp Asheville, solidifying a…
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Great Garlic Mustard challenge on the Appalachian Trail
 

Great Garlic Mustard challenge on the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is seeking volunteers to help remove the invasive weed garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) from the trail’s…
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Look up Friday night and marvel the night sky
 

Look up Friday night and marvel the night sky

A meteor shower with up to 20 meteors per hour will happen Friday night, April 22. The most meteors are…
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Want to take photos this good?
 

Want to take photos this good?

Wildflowers, Waterfalls and Vistas will be featured in an upcoming Field Photo Program by Bob Grytten beginning May 17 to…
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Sixty-one years young!
 

Sixty-one years young!

Pilgrims from across the country and around the globe are on the move. They are headed to the Mecca of…
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From classroom to creekside, students study water quality by raising and releasing fish
 

From classroom to creekside, students study water quality by raising and releasing fish

Richland Creek is now teaming with new inhabitants raised by Haywood County students in classroom fish tanks. After feeding and…
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Little fish in a big picture: Fixing ecosystems one species at a time
 

Little fish in a big picture: Fixing ecosystems one species at a time

Ed Williams lugged a giant plastic bag teaming with silvery blue fish down a creek bank in Waynesville where they…
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Poet to read from new prose collection
 

Poet to read from new prose collection

Asheville writer and poet Holly Iglesias will read from her new collection, Angles of Approach, at 7 p.m. on Friday,…
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Franklin headlines book club meet in Sylva
 

Franklin headlines book club meet in Sylva

Cyrano’s Book Club will meet at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, in the Senior Citizen’s Center in Sylva. The…
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Holman’s novel dubbed compelling, tantalizing
 

Holman’s novel dubbed compelling, tantalizing

When I was a teenager, I became addicted to a late-night horror movie host named Bestoink Dooley. Based in Atlanta,…
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GOP Medicare plan is totally off-base
 

GOP Medicare plan is totally off-base

To the Editor: The Republican design on Medicare comes straight from that dubious chapter of the Vietnam War in which…
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Macon County needs to clean up litter
 

Macon County needs to clean up litter

To the Editor: Circumstances have prevented the organization of the annual county-wide litter pick-up/recycling event to celebrate Earth Day here…
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Accepting federal rail money a bad idea
 

Accepting federal rail money a bad idea

To the Editor: In the April 6-12 issue of The Smoky Mountain News, Carole Larivee wrote a letter to the…
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Will McCoy Bridge become a memory?
 

Will McCoy Bridge become a memory?

Once more the Department of Transpor-tation will come to Macon County, in the name of listening to community input, when…
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Recession makes McCoy Bridge rehab an even better idea
 

Recession makes McCoy Bridge rehab an even better idea

Governments at all levels and all across the nation are broke. At every county courthouse and state house, money taken…
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A busy person’s guide to growing great salads
 

A busy person’s guide to growing great salads

Tonight’s menu calls for salad from the garden, which reminded me to jot down a method for growing lettuce that,…
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Ghost Town bankruptcy hits dead end
 

Ghost Town bankruptcy hits dead end

Ghost Town in the Sky has no hope of pulling itself out of bankruptcy, according to a federal bankruptcy administrator.…
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Who exactly will pay for all that electricity?
 

Who exactly will pay for all that electricity?

With Jackson County set to take possession next month of the renovated historic courthouse and new library, commissioners agreed it’s…
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Jackson educators expecting deep state dollar cuts
 

Jackson educators expecting deep state dollar cuts

Jackson County Schools isn’t asking for extra money this year from county commissioners despite an expected 10 percent or more…
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Haywood commissioners caught in backlash over new property values
 

Haywood commissioners caught in backlash over new property values

An angry crowd accused Haywood County commissioners this week of unfairly slapping some property owners with higher values while letting…
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Learn how social media can boost your business
 

Learn how social media can boost your business

The Small Business Center of Haywood Community College will offer a free seminar entitled, “Business Owner’s Guide to Facebook and…
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Jackson dropout rates decline in 2009-10
 

Jackson dropout rates decline in 2009-10

Jackson County is one of four counties in North Carolina that has decreased its dropout rate the most, according to…
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Hearing planned for McCoy Bridge project
 

Hearing planned for McCoy Bridge project

The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 25, regarding…
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With construction down, Haywood Home Builder’s struggle to stay viable
 

With construction down, Haywood Home Builder’s struggle to stay viable

While the construction industry, the Haywood Home Builders’ Association is giving itself a makeover, one it hopes can keep them…
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Musical chairs between Franklin, Macon government posts
 

Musical chairs between Franklin, Macon government posts

Mike Decker is retracing the steps he made 11 years ago when he left county government for a job across…
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