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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Only Catamounts left in WNC are at WCU
 

Only Catamounts left in WNC are at WCU

Last week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tried to put the last nail in the coffin of the eastern…
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Local mountain bikers join forces
 

Local mountain bikers join forces

In Western North Carolina’s thriving outdoors community, mountain bikers have long been at the center of the action. But now,…
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Love, devotion and a restless journey
 

Love, devotion and a restless journey

The great kite of the crucified Christ loomed and caused the crowd to vibrate. Like a pyre before him, the…
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Library offers books for sale
 

Library offers books for sale

Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library will have hundreds of books, DVDs, CDs and other media on sale from 9 a.m.…
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Spring dawns, a time when optimism and reality co-exist
 

Spring dawns, a time when optimism and reality co-exist

We spend winter anticipating spring. But, when warmer weather arrives, we often rob ourselves of enjoyment in the rush to…
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Animals don’t deserve bad treatment they get
 

Animals don’t deserve bad treatment they get

To the Editor: As a resident of Sylva, a dog lover, and a volunteer for several local rescue groups, I…
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I apologize for my behavior at meeting
 

I apologize for my behavior at meeting

To the Editor: To the taxpayers, business owners and residents of Maggie Valley, I personally apologize to each and everyone…
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Budget bill will hurt this country
 

Budget bill will hurt this country

To the Editor: There is a battle going on in the U.S. Congress for the soul of our country. The…
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What happened to all the big, sweeping ideas?
 

What happened to all the big, sweeping ideas?

Growing up, I knew America was the country of grand ideas carried out from the moral high ground. We could…
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County’s leading critic stirs up trouble for fairground arena
 

County’s leading critic stirs up trouble for fairground arena

The predicament surrounding the arena began when Monroe Miller — the county’s leading critic who regularly lambasts commissioners at their…
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Haywood County bails out fairground arena, again
 

Haywood County bails out fairground arena, again

The Haywood County Fairgrounds are on the way to being back in business after a scare that shuttered the covered…
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High-speed broadband continues march across the mountains
 

High-speed broadband continues march across the mountains

Work to bring broadband to all of North Carolina — including adding missing sections of fiber in the mountains —…
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REACH village thrown a lifeline: Money problems for agency not solved, however
 

REACH village thrown a lifeline: Money problems for agency not solved, however

Mountain Projects might take control of the REACH village in Sylva, ensuring the low-income housing would remain available to area…
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Macon County government to lose two of its finest
 

Macon County government to lose two of its finest

Macon County is losing an incredible amount of experience this year with the impending retirements of two employees. Between them,…
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Red Cross offers free CPR training
 

Red Cross offers free CPR training

Haywood and Jackson County residents can attend free CPR training from the American Red Cross. Registration is open for “CPR…
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Small Towns program under way in Bryson
 

Small Towns program under way in Bryson

HandMade in America is working with Bryson City as a part of its Small Towns program, which assists small towns…
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Healthy Haywood kicks off fitness challenge
 

Healthy Haywood kicks off fitness challenge

Healthy Haywood will kick off its annual fitness challenge beginning March 14. Registration is $10. Participants can attend a variety…
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MedWest expands mental health services
 

MedWest expands mental health services

A mental health program at MedWest-Haywood hospital has been expanded to include the general population through a behavioral health outpatient…
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Volunteer opportunity with Arc of Haywood
 

Volunteer opportunity with Arc of Haywood

The Arc of Haywood will be promoting advocacy for those with development disabilities in March. This is to honor Development…
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Revaluation in Jackson County back on ... maybe?
 

Revaluation in Jackson County back on ... maybe?

In a we-were-really-just-kidding-around reversal, Jackson County commissioners this week decided to delay their previous decision to delay property revaluation. A…
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Swain commissioners want DSS workers suspended
 

Swain commissioners want DSS workers suspended

The state could step in to run the Swain County Department of Social Services if the top leaders are among…
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Second-home economy makes its mark on WNC
 

Second-home economy makes its mark on WNC

The second-home economy has fueled far more than construction and real estate jobs over the past decade. “If it’s someone’s…
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Reading between the census lines
 

Reading between the census lines

Although population in Western North Carolina increased only by a modest amount over the past decade, home construction grew at…
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Urban areas to steal more seats in Raleigh, leaving the mountains with less
 

Urban areas to steal more seats in Raleigh, leaving the mountains with less

Urban areas grew at a torrid pace over the past decade — so get ready, legislators in the mountains and…
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Macon loses bragging rights for fastest growing county
 

Macon loses bragging rights for fastest growing county

Macon County isn’t exactly asking for a recount, but officials here do want to know why the county’s 2010 census…
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Jackson County increasingly attracting young professionals
 

Jackson County increasingly attracting young professionals

For upwardly mobile professionals who are looking for an outdoor lifestyle, scenic mountain beauty and the company of like-minded individuals,…
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Former HRMC CEO gets $150,000 settlement
 

Former HRMC CEO gets $150,000 settlement

The former CEO of Haywood Regional Medical Center will get $150,000 from the hospital after settling a lawsuit claiming he…
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Jackson student art on exhibit
 

Jackson student art on exhibit

The artwork of regional students will be on display as part of the 2011 Jackson County Youth Art Month exhibit,…
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Learning to grow the modern family
 

Learning to grow the modern family

A program entitled The Thoroughly Modern Family is offered from 3 to 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, at Blue…
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Library announces second-annual photography contest
 

Library announces second-annual photography contest

The Macon County Public Library is calling for entries in its “Waking with Spring” Appalachian Trail photography contest. The competition…
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Bowls for bovines set for March 12
 

Bowls for bovines set for March 12

The Gamma Zeta chapter of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity at Western Carolina University will host a chili and…
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Honors students put on annual show
 

Honors students put on annual show

The Haywood County Arts Council will present its 13th-annual Student Honors Recital at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 13, at the…
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North Carolina Symphony holds Cherokee Music Day
 

North Carolina Symphony holds Cherokee Music Day

A Cherokee Music Day is coming to Cherokee Central School on Wednesday, March 16, with a full slate of free…
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Area cookbook author serves up regional recipes
 

Area cookbook author serves up regional recipes

Local author Johnnie Sue Myers will be at Sylva’s City Lights Bookstore at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 12, for a…
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Local favorites perform benefit concert for Rathbun Center
 

Local favorites perform benefit concert for Rathbun Center

A benefit for Asheville’s Rathbun Center will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 18, at The Smoky Mountain…
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Quilt Trail adds a few new squares
 

Quilt Trail adds a few new squares

Haywood County’s Quilt Trails project will unveil three quilt blocks at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, beginning at the…
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