Get the latest information on coping with mental illness
 

Get the latest information on coping with mental illness

NAMI Family-to-Family Education, a free, 12-session program for relatives and friends of people diagnosed with a mental illness, will be…
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Free ARTSaturday workshop
 

Free ARTSaturday workshop

Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to a free ARTSaturday arts and crafts workshop hosted by the Macon…
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Vanessa Carlton gives free concert
 

Vanessa Carlton gives free concert

Singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton will give a free concert at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, at Western Carolina University. Carlton is…
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Contra evening to dance through Dillsboro
 

Contra evening to dance through Dillsboro

The next Second Sunday Contra Dance will be on Sunday, Feb.13, at the Barkers Creek Community Building on U.S. 441…
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WNC Roundtable welcomes back Randal Garrison
 

WNC Roundtable welcomes back Randal Garrison

Civil War re-enactor Randal Garrison will speak on the Shelton Laurel Massacre in Madison County at this month’s Western North…
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Learn photo editing at half-day clinic
 

Learn photo editing at half-day clinic

A half-day post-production photography clinic with Bob Grytten will show photographers how to work with photos after they’re taken. The…
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Arts and crafts festival comes to Sylva
 

Arts and crafts festival comes to Sylva

A Valentine’s Day Open House Arts and Crafts Festival will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14,…
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Second City brings new comedy show to WCU
 

Second City brings new comedy show to WCU

Second City, the world-famous improvisational comedy troupe, is bringing its show ‘Fair and Unbalanced’ to Western Carolina University’s Fine and…
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Valentine’s story and craft at Marianna Black
 

Valentine’s story and craft at Marianna Black

Children of all ages are invited to a Fancy Nancy Valentines Party from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 14, at…
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Learn how to make Indian fry bread
 

Learn how to make Indian fry bread

The N.C. Cooperative Extension’s Good Cooks Series will continue with a Native American flair at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb.…
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Help bake treats for a sweet cause
 

Help bake treats for a sweet cause

The DAYDREAMZ project and Kids at Work, two local non-profit organizations, are offering an afternoon of community baking and creating…
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Legacy of WNC women explored in new exhibit
 

Legacy of WNC women explored in new exhibit

A new exhibit featuring research and displays developed by the Appalachian Women’s Museum in Dillsboro is now open for public…
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Tuscola senior pursues songwriting passion: Student singer/songwriter produces EP record
 

Tuscola senior pursues songwriting passion: Student singer/songwriter produces EP record

By DeeAnna Haney • SMN Intern All it took was a knack for guitar playing and a single visit to…
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NC General Assembly update
 

NC General Assembly update

Most people predicted that this session of the North Carolina General Assembly was going to be fast and furious, and…
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Ghost Dance has a long history in Cherokee
 

Ghost Dance has a long history in Cherokee

(Note: This is part one of a two-part series regarding the Cherokee Ghost Dance. Part two will present Michelene Ethe…
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Informal camping club needs members
 

Informal camping club needs members

In the hunt for an informal camping club with no annual dues and no actual meetings except for actually going…
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Free guide available to managing invasive plants
 

Free guide available to managing invasive plants

The U.S. Forest Service is distributing free copies of a new guide, titled “A Management Guide for Invasive Plants in…
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Registration open for Maggie Moonlight Race
 

Registration open for Maggie Moonlight Race

Runners can register now for one of Western North Carolina’s most storied summer road races. Registration for the Maggie Valley…
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Conservation group seeking feedback
 

Conservation group seeking feedback

Wild South, a regional nonprofit that works to restore the South’s natural landscapes, wants help on accessing wildlife resources. An…
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Trees, berries order to benefit 4-H
 

Trees, berries order to benefit 4-H

The Swain County Cooperative Extension is now taking orders for 3- to 4-foot apple, pear and peach trees, along with…
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Wildlife Commission reaffirms support for hunting with dogs
 

Wildlife Commission reaffirms support for hunting with dogs

The Commissioners of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission unanimously adopted a resolution recently reaffirming the agency’s longstanding support for hunting…
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Gardening for a cause
 

Gardening for a cause

The Sylva Community Garden project is seeking new members to join for the upcoming season. Plots of 15-feet by 30-feet…
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The Naturalist's Corner: Take this book outside
 

The Naturalist's Corner: Take this book outside

Don’t put this book on your bookshelf, mounted there like some hunter’s head of a deer, to prove you can…
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New wilderness area near Highlands unlikely
 

New wilderness area near Highlands unlikely

The situation doesn’t look promising for the formation of a new wilderness area in the Nantahala National Forest, the dream…
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Author recounts unique parenting journey
 

Author recounts unique parenting journey

Some novels call to mind certain family members. There are the wise old stories that remind us of our grandparents,…
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Rash commemorates paperback release
 

Rash commemorates paperback release

Local author Ron Rash will hold a reading at City Lights in Sylva to celebrate the paperback release of his…
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Taxpayer money wasted on silly studies
 

Taxpayer money wasted on silly studies

To the Editor: Recently the National Science Foundation (NSF) granted Professor Thomas Ford (WCU) and Associate Professor Julie Woodzicka (Washington…
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Too much Fox News in the public sphere
 

Too much Fox News in the public sphere

To the Editor: Fox News seems to be playing in public places all over Haywood County — restaurants, bars, even…
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Rowing and paddling aren’t synonymous
 

Rowing and paddling aren’t synonymous

To the Editor: As usual, your paper continues to cover important issues of our area that others largely ignore, but…
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Muirhead piece lost its focus
 

Muirhead piece lost its focus

To the Editor: The title of Scott Muirhead’s op-ed on Frog Level (“A place where two worlds collide,” The Smoky…
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Hate by any name is still hate
 

Hate by any name is still hate

Back in the day, say the late 1980s through about 2000, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s hate map featured Western…
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Vindication for HEP, a little satisfaction here
 

Vindication for HEP, a little satisfaction here

This is a very odd business, the telling of the news. It’s even more odd as part of an independent…
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Green Energy Park recommendations now on the table
 

Green Energy Park recommendations now on the table

The Green Energy Park would stand on its own financially within five years if Jackson County adopts recommendations made last…
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‘The Last Flapper’ stops off in Waynesville
 

‘The Last Flapper’ stops off in Waynesville

The one-woman show “The Last Flapper” comes to Waynesville’s HART Studio this month, portraying the life of Zelda Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald,…
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HART to hold auditions
 

HART to hold auditions

Auditions will be held for “Shipwrecked,” the latest production of the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday…
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Guild to offer up knitting know-how
 

Guild to offer up knitting know-how

Free knitting classes for both children and adults are ramping up at the Waynesville Public Library, courtesy of the Smoky…
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Community Chorus practices Poulenc
 

Community Chorus practices Poulenc

The Western Carolina Community Chorus will begin rehearsals of Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria” from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb.…
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Winter Market dresses up for Valentine’s
 

Winter Market dresses up for Valentine’s

A special Valentine’s Market will be held by the Jackson County Winter Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.…
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Actress finds intersection of art, life and cancer in one-woman show
 

Actress finds intersection of art, life and cancer in one-woman show

Local actress Barbara Bates Smith will bring her one-woman show “The C-Word: A Life-Meets-Art Cancer Story” to St. David’s Episcopal…
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Valentine’s brings baking to Frog Level
 

Valentine’s brings baking to Frog Level

Valentine’s treats will be cooked up in Frog Level through a community baking event sponsored by the Daydreamz Project and…
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Calling all kids to Valentine’s Storytime
 

Calling all kids to Valentine’s Storytime

Children’s storytime takes on a Valentine’s theme at the Jackson County Library this month with Valentine stories and a party.…
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Taste of Chocolate seeks volunteers
 

Taste of Chocolate seeks volunteers

The 12th annual Taste of Chocolate is coming to Waynesville and the Haywood-Jackson Volunteer Center is seeking volunteers. They’re seeking…
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Quintet to perform original composition at library christening
 

Quintet to perform original composition at library christening

When Jackson County opens its new library, it will be with a little more than just the usual fanfare. Thanks…
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Past blunders cost hospital in ER lawsuit
 

Past blunders cost hospital in ER lawsuit

A group of emergency room doctors has been awarded $1.6 million in a lawsuit against Haywood Regional Medical Center. Haywood…
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Needmore Road paving proposal once again draws a crowd
 

Needmore Road paving proposal once again draws a crowd

The second and final public hearing on whether the N.C. Department of Transportation should widen and pave Needmore Road took…
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Library countdown: Volunteers help ready books for the move
 

Library countdown: Volunteers help ready books for the move

Good things come to those who wait. It’s an adage Jackson County library users will need to bear in mind…
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Cashing in: Tribe teaches teens to get smart with casino windfall
 

Cashing in: Tribe teaches teens to get smart with casino windfall

This year in Cherokee, a major change will quietly work its way into law, causing little fanfare but marking a…
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Maggie ABC stores face questions amid losses
 

Maggie ABC stores face questions amid losses

Maggie Valley’s liquor stores lost money in 2010 for the second year in a row, prompting some aldermen to question…
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Maggie alderman Colin Edwards resigns
 

Maggie alderman Colin Edwards resigns

Maggie Valley Alderman Colin Edwards resigned last week, prompting a special called meeting where barely-concealed animosity among the remaining board…
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New real estate values due out soon in Haywood
 

New real estate values due out soon in Haywood

Property owners in Haywood County will soon learn how their home and land values weathered the recession. Every home, lot…
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