Waynesville gets ready for Art After Dark
 

Waynesville gets ready for Art After Dark

Enjoy a stroll through working studios and galleries on Main Street, Depot Street and in historic Frog Level during Waynesville’s…
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Stiles to lead workshop in intercultural communication
 

Stiles to lead workshop in intercultural communication

A two hour workshop in Intercultural Communication will be taught by John Stiles, a Jackson County native who is the…
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‘Mark Twain’ to appear at City Lights
 

‘Mark Twain’ to appear at City Lights

Gary Carden’s third Liar’s Bench at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva will feature Mark Twain impersonator Marvin Cole, renowned folk…
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‘Seven Deadly Sins’ opens WCU theater season
 

‘Seven Deadly Sins’ opens WCU theater season

A unique evening featuring an array of songs from musical theater’s most infamous cads and adored scoundrels — combined with…
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40th Smoky Mountain Folk Festival showcases authentic mountain music and dancing
 

40th Smoky Mountain Folk Festival showcases authentic mountain music and dancing

Mountain music, dancing and tradition will be on display on the shores of beautiful Lake Junaluska as the Smoky Mountain…
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Incumbents were not very open-minded
 

Incumbents were not very open-minded

To the Editor: The League of Women Voters is to be commended for conducting a forum in Franklin on Aug.…
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Green building is the right choice
 

Green building is the right choice

To the Editor: The move towards sustainability is of paramount importance for the future of our local communities, our nation…
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Dress code sends the right message to adolescents
 

Dress code sends the right message to adolescents

A debate about how adolescents — and even pre-adolescents — dress these days is a topic that covers a lot…
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The most important thing to have
 

The most important thing to have

By Natalie Smith • Guest Columnist One of the most commonly asked questions in life is “Where are you from?”…
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Bucks, does, pullets and cockerels ... huh?
 

Bucks, does, pullets and cockerels ... huh?

Auctioneer Mike Cagle’s patter mingles with the crows of roosters, quacking of ducks and chatter of the crowd. “These homer…
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Unaffiliated candidates denied access to party voters
 

Unaffiliated candidates denied access to party voters

With more unaffiliated candidates running for office this year, political party leaders are torn over whether to open their doors…
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Expert discusses court’s impact on Constitution
 

Expert discusses court’s impact on Constitution

Robert A. Levy, a nationally known expert in the field of constitutional studies, will deliver a talk titled “How the…
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Indian health and healing lecture at WCU
 

Indian health and healing lecture at WCU

Eduardo Duran, a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with the legacy of historical trauma and Native American healing, will…
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Intriguing religion classes offered at SCC
 

Intriguing religion classes offered at SCC

Everything from the authors of the Bible to religious extremism will be covered in two upcoming courses at Southwestern Community…
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Help with weight loss is here
 

Help with weight loss is here

Are you battling the bulge or want to lose a few extra pounds before the holidays arrive? Take advantage of…
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A busy summer on the Nantahala River
 

A busy summer on the Nantahala River

Nantahala Outdoor Center raft guides can finally relax after working the busiest season the outfitter has seen in the last…
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Proposal to pave, widen Needmore Road met with skepticism
 

Proposal to pave, widen Needmore Road met with skepticism

A state proposal to widen and pave a gravel road that runs alongside the Little Tennessee River and near the…
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Joint venture paying off for hospital group
 

Joint venture paying off for hospital group

The hospitals in Haywood, Jackson and Swain Counties can boost their bottom line by $15 million a year under their…
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North Shore memorial in Swain needs input
 

North Shore memorial in Swain needs input

Public input is being sought for a memorial dedicated to the North Shore families in Swain County who had their…
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Vision for Appalachian Women’s Museum stalled
 

Vision for Appalachian Women’s Museum stalled

A long-range plan to create a museum highlighting the role and contribution of Appalachian women might be in limbo. The…
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Overrun by demand, Community Table needs help with move to bigger building
 

Overrun by demand, Community Table needs help with move to bigger building

The blue-plate special fundraiser is a tradition in Sylva. On the last Wednesday of each month, Jackson County residents sit…
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Wong trial testimony to follow jury selection
 

Wong trial testimony to follow jury selection

Court testimony could start this week in the case of a Florida man who gunned down state Trooper Shawn Blanton…
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Cherokee stands together to cope with loss of fallen trooper
 

Cherokee stands together to cope with loss of fallen trooper

Charlotte Littlejohn has spent much of her morning in a bustling kitchen preparing traditional frybread. Next to her, Donavon Crowe…
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SCC eyed for federal law enforcement training
 

SCC eyed for federal law enforcement training

Four donated modular units should help ease a space crunch at the Public Safety Training Center in Macon County, but…
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Waynesville debates which special events merit street closings
 

Waynesville debates which special events merit street closings

Waynesville’s town board is drawing the line at 14 Main Street closings annually. As a result, the town has rejected…
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Swain leaders take back raise amidst quagmire over policy
 

Swain leaders take back raise amidst quagmire over policy

After violating their own policy, Swain County commissioners convened a special meeting Wednesday (June 23) for a do-over on a…
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O’Connor’s life and characters
 

O’Connor’s life and characters

Two weeks ago, a friend and I traveled down into Central Georgia looking for Flannery O’Connor. My friend, whom I…
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State must do better job at Allens Creek quarry
 

State must do better job at Allens Creek quarry

Finding the sweet spot in government regulation, like on a wooden baseball bat, is often difficult. It’s the place where…
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The Naturalist's Corner
 

The Naturalist's Corner

A sure bet I’m sure that if you belong to any environmental/conservation organization or if you have donated to causes…
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Memorial garden marks a lasting love
 

Memorial garden marks a lasting love

With the single-mindedness of Ahab and the devotion of a wounded heart, Phil Schmidt is building a monument for his…
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Who’s visiting the Smokies?
 

Who’s visiting the Smokies?

While conducting a research study a few years ago, tourism official David Huskins came across an Atlanta resident who thought…
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Nantahala Gorge ready for the world
 

Nantahala Gorge ready for the world

“The Nantahala River has been many things to many people, but it’s never been a World Championship destination,” said Joe…
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Government is in need of a little belt-tightening
 

Government is in need of a little belt-tightening

Most Americans are surely aware our economy is still in trouble. The downswing in the last year of the Bush…
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Home Depot site for sale — for $4 million
 

Home Depot site for sale — for $4 million

Home Depot is still trying to unload a 12-acre tract in Waynesville after sidelining plans for its first store west…
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One-legged soccer coach inspires young players
 

One-legged soccer coach inspires young players

At 9 years old, Italian Joseph Di Lillo lost his leg as a civilian casualty in World War II. He…
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Secret poems of the Cherokee
 

Secret poems of the Cherokee

I have always been struck by the sacred formulas (chants or incantations) that the Cherokee medicine men used to create…
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WNC tourism trends
 

WNC tourism trends

Motorcyclists Maggie Valley business owners have seen an uptick in motorcycle enthusiasts with the opening of the Wheels through Time…
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Testing points to potential sediment runoff issues at quarry
 

Testing points to potential sediment runoff issues at quarry

Water pollution stemming from a Waynesville rock quarry is 100 times higher than that allowed under state standards, according to…
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Franklin, Waynesville downtown organizations thriving
 

Franklin, Waynesville downtown organizations thriving

While Sylva’s downtown organization struggles for stable financial footing, similar programs in Waynesville and Franklin are seeing the results that…
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DSA’s future tenuous without more money
 

DSA’s future tenuous without more money

Recently, the town of Sylva passed a $1.6 million budget on a 3 to 2 vote. The most contentious line…
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New Bartram Trail map offers all the details
 

New Bartram Trail map offers all the details

Hikers and map geeks will revel in poring over a new map of the Bartram Trail being released this week.…
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Sylva town board to appoint Graham’s replacement
 

Sylva town board to appoint Graham’s replacement

The Sylva town board is in for another shakeup. The board will vote at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 1,…
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Replacement to Sylva town board sets stage for new voting majority
 

Replacement to Sylva town board sets stage for new voting majority

The make-up of Sylva’s town board shifted this week when board members voted 3-1 to replace outgoing board member Sarah…
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Runoff election for Swain sheriff sets stage for brisk competition come fall
 

Runoff election for Swain sheriff sets stage for brisk competition come fall

Swain County residents overwhelmingly chose John Ensley in Tuesday’s Democratic primary runoff for sheriff — those who voted anyway. Ensley,…
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Cashing in the cash settlement for property tax holiday lacks traction among Swain leaders
 

Cashing in the cash settlement for property tax holiday lacks traction among Swain leaders

At a special session of the Swain County board last week, Commissioner David Monteith stood up and stunned the crowd…
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The Naturalist's Corner
 

The Naturalist's Corner

Still soaring after all these years Eagle Lady Doris Mager enjoyed a “rock star” reception last Friday (6/18) at the…
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Quarry neighbors square off against workers at public hearing
 

Quarry neighbors square off against workers at public hearing

A packed public hearing last week over a Waynesville rock quarry pitted neighbors opposing an expansion of the mine against…
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Coastal Crusaders
 

Coastal Crusaders

When asked how he felt about the catastrophic BP oil spill, Robert Young paused for the first time during the…
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Building boom underway in medical field
 

Building boom underway in medical field

Every hospital in the MedWest Health System — which covers Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties — will see new construction…
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Tribe moves to implement DNA testing for new applicants to Cherokee rolls
 

Tribe moves to implement DNA testing for new applicants to Cherokee rolls

The Tribal Council of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has passed a new enrollment ordinance that requires DNA testing…
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