First major paddling race of the season
 

First major paddling race of the season

Watch world-class paddlers compete in both downriver and slalom competitions in the season’s first major competitive event on the Nantahala…
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Tourism entities get ready for the spotlight during world kayak championships
 

Tourism entities get ready for the spotlight during world kayak championships

The 2013 World Freestyle Kayaking Championships being held in the Nantahala Gorge are still two years away, but planning must…
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Kayak demo day at WCU
 

Kayak demo day at WCU

Western Carolina University’s Base Camp Cullowhee has teamed up with local kayak manufacturers to host its sixth annual kayak demo…
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Know what to do in a wilderness emergency?
 

Know what to do in a wilderness emergency?

A Wilderness First Aid course will be held at Medwest Health & Fitness Center in Haywood County from 9 a.m.…
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The Naturalist's Corner: Ridin’ the tide
 

The Naturalist's Corner: Ridin’ the tide

On a recent trip to Isle of Palms, South Carolina, we had access to a sea kayak and decided to…
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Hemp house going up at Lake Junaluska
 

Hemp house going up at Lake Junaluska

If someone said the word “hemp,” the first thing to spring to mind probably wouldn’t be home construction. But if…
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Poems, nonfiction readings at City Lights in Sylva
 

Poems, nonfiction readings at City Lights in Sylva

City Lights Bookstore in Sylva will feature local authors of poetry and nonfiction in the coming week. Coffee with the…
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Mystery author gives reading
 

Mystery author gives reading

Author Leanna Sain will give a reading at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville from 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 26.…
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Hiking the Pacific Coast Trail with Skywalker
 

Hiking the Pacific Coast Trail with Skywalker

Some The Smoky Mountain News readers may remember a review here several seasons ago of Bill Walker’s Skywalker: Close Encounters…
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We must expand energy exploration
 

We must expand energy exploration

To the Editor: An absence of vision and leadership in Washington is threatening the very existence of our nation. Our…
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WCU could do better with job reductions
 

WCU could do better with job reductions

To the Editor: I find the stories regarding the downsizing of personnel at WCU deeply disturbing. As an alumnus, be…
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Don’t pass a voter ID requirement
 

Don’t pass a voter ID requirement

To the Editor: I ask that our newly elected Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, lead the way for the state Republican…
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Books are an end unto themselves
 

Books are an end unto themselves

Books are one of the greatest delights of my life. I don’t need many excuses to buy new ones, frankly,…
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Make open government a part of constitution
 

Make open government a part of constitution

In this country, the people own the government. It’s ours. End of debate. That’s something we can all be thankful…
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Mountain visitors guide now available
 

Mountain visitors guide now available

Tourists and visitors can now pick up a free copy of the 2011 NC Mountains Visitors Guide from the Jackson…
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Restaurants in Sylva busy despite worries about economy
 

Restaurants in Sylva busy despite worries about economy

The economy be damned — the burgeoning restaurant scene in Sylva continues to boom, with four eating establishments in this…
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Jobs lost, but construction and buying continue without pause on WCU campus 
 

Jobs lost, but construction and buying continue without pause on WCU campus 

A $138,000 fountain, the crowning jewel in a larger, $2.3 million construction project, is being built at Western Carolina University.…
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Inaugural Golf Classic comes to Lake Junaluska
 

Inaugural Golf Classic comes to Lake Junaluska

The inaugural Golf Classic hosted by the Wesley Foundation at Western Carolina University is coming April 16 to the Lake…
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Documentary screening on school reform
 

Documentary screening on school reform

A viewing of Davis Guggenheim’s film, “Waiting for Superman” will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in the…
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Waynesville guards water supply despite pressure to unleash the spigot
 

Waynesville guards water supply despite pressure to unleash the spigot

The Town of Waynesville is negotiating with its biggest water customer, trying to take a stronger role in the future…
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Boulevard redesign could be in the cards for Macon’s busiest thoroughfare
 

Boulevard redesign could be in the cards for Macon’s busiest thoroughfare

Eve Boatright isn’t prepared to openly criticize motorists speeding past her bookshop along U.S. 23/441 south of Franklin. The British…
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Sylva bypass loses steam as priority
 

Sylva bypass loses steam as priority

Sylva leaders, asked to list their top road-building priorities, did not include a controversial bypass proposed by the state Department…
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Cherokee trust shaken in Swain DSS
 

Cherokee trust shaken in Swain DSS

Tribal members and leaders alike vented their discontent with Swain County’s handling of child welfare for Cherokee children at this…
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Crowd berates Swain commissioners, supports DSS board
 

Crowd berates Swain commissioners, supports DSS board

A large crowd turned out at the Swain County commissioners meeting this week to voice support for the beleaguered Department…
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Accounting probe prompts firing, resignation at Haywood County Schools
 

Accounting probe prompts firing, resignation at Haywood County Schools

Haywood County Schools is currently without a finance director, after long-time finance officer Larry Smith stepped down amid an investigation…
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Queen sues opponent after losing state election
 

Queen sues opponent after losing state election

All is fair in love and war, but apparently not in politics. Former state Sen. Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville, is…
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Students Shine at Arts Council’s 13th Annual Student Honors Recital
 

Students Shine at Arts Council’s 13th Annual Student Honors Recital

The Haywood County Arts Council held its 13th Annual Student Honors Recital on Sunday, March 13, at 3 p.m. at…
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Cooking up a Taste of Home
 

Cooking up a Taste of Home

Part class, part performance, the Taste of Home Cooking School is coming to the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing…
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Pirate’s Ball docks in Waynesville
 

Pirate’s Ball docks in Waynesville

The Pirate’s Ball, an annual gala to raise funds for Folkmoot, will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on…
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Hymnist’s life portrayed at local society meeting
 

Hymnist’s life portrayed at local society meeting

The Haywood County Historical and Genealogical Society will hold its next monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 25,…
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Jazz Duo Performs at Macon County library
 

Jazz Duo Performs at Macon County library

“Jazz It Up,” a concert by saxophonist Lloyd Weinberg and vibraphonist Paul Babelay, will be presented at 8 p.m., Thursday,…
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Storytelling Center sponsors an Irish Buffet and Storytelling
 

Storytelling Center sponsors an Irish Buffet and Storytelling

A St. Patrick’s Day Irish Buffet Fund Raiser will be held at the Station Restaurant and The Storytelling Center in…
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‘Kiss Me, Kate’ stages at WCU
 

‘Kiss Me, Kate’ stages at WCU

Western Carolina University musical theater students will present Cole Porter’s classic musical “Kiss Me, Kate” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through…
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Potential choristers invited to check out children’s choir
 

Potential choristers invited to check out children’s choir

Kids who love to sing and are in first through 12th grades next year are invited to Open Rehearsal Night…
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Blood, Sweat and Tears coming to the mountains
 

Blood, Sweat and Tears coming to the mountains

Blood, Sweat and Tears will appear at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday,…
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Barn dance to honor veterans
 

Barn dance to honor veterans

The next Winter Barn Dance at the Bascom in Highlands is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday,…
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Frog Level festival calls for vendors
 

Frog Level festival calls for vendors

The 9th Annual “Whole Bloomin’ Thing” Spring Festival Committee is now accepting applications from local growers, artisans, and wellness-and-nature-related professionals…
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New tavern makes its mark on Bryson City
 

New tavern makes its mark on Bryson City

The Tuckasegee Tavern, a new tavern on Depot Street in Bryson City, is opening its doors for a St. Patrick’s…
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Secretariat screened at Groovy Movie Club
 

Secretariat screened at Groovy Movie Club

The Groovy Movie Club will show the film “Secretariat“ at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 18, at the home of…
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App brings art to the people – and their smart phones
 

App brings art to the people – and their smart phones

For those looking to learn more about the sculptures that dot the campus at Western Carolina University, well, there’s an…
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Swain commissioners call for resignation of DSS board
 

Swain commissioners call for resignation of DSS board

The following statement was issued by the Swain County Board of Commissioners after the DSS board failed to take action…
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Swain DSS board fails to reach consensus on suspensions
 

Swain DSS board fails to reach consensus on suspensions

The Swain County Department of Social Services board met for three hours Tuesday night (March 8) to discuss whether employees…
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Archery lessons with James Dickey
 

Archery lessons with James Dickey

During the course of a recent interview for a literary magazine, I was asked: While in grad school at the…
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Deadly bat threat spreading in WNC
 

Deadly bat threat spreading in WNC

Biologists recently confirmed white-nose syndrome at a third site in North Carolina, meaning two counties are now positive for the…
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North Carolinian to head Friends of the Smokies
 

North Carolinian to head Friends of the Smokies

The Rev. Daniel P. Matthews of Waynesville has been selected as the new board chair of Friends of Great Smoky…
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Learn about white-nose syndrome in bats
 

Learn about white-nose syndrome in bats

Western North Carolina Alliance has put together a panel of experts to talk about white-nose syndrome, a disease that threatens…
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Agriculture program set for March 25
 

Agriculture program set for March 25

A free workshop will be held March 25 on the voluntary agricultural district programs and farmland protection planning for counties…
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Go green on this St. Patrick’s Day
 

Go green on this St. Patrick’s Day

A St. Patrick’s Day “green” fundraiser is set for Saturday, March 12, from 6-9:30 p.m. at Nantahala Brewery in Bryson…
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Rent greenhouse space at Waynesville’s Armory
 

Rent greenhouse space at Waynesville’s Armory

Don’t have a greenhouse, or worried your cat will destroy any new plants? Then get an early start on this…
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Five best hikes of the Smokies
 

Five best hikes of the Smokies

Still haven’t checked out the national treasure of hiking trails in our backyard in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park?…
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