Area grants support mountain initiatives
 

Area grants support mountain initiatives

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership has awarded a new round of grants to preserve and promote Western North…
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From truffles to crawfish, grants encourage the avant garde farmer
 

From truffles to crawfish, grants encourage the avant garde farmer

The WNC Agricultural Options program recently awarded $326,000 in grants to help farmers diversify and for joint marketing and distribution…
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Native pond group to form in WNC
 

Native pond group to form in WNC

Interested in being part of a native pond society? Carol and Bob Grytten of Haywood County are gauging interest in…
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Franklin Bird Club to host warbler talk
 

Franklin Bird Club to host warbler talk

The Franklin Bird Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, at the Macon County Public Library. Artist, illustrator…
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Haywood on the road to being a bike-friendly
 

Haywood on the road to being a bike-friendly

Haywood County wants to create the county’s first-ever comprehensive bicycle plan. The county is now accepting proposals from consultants interested…
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Pisgah Fly Masters readies for annual competition
 

Pisgah Fly Masters readies for annual competition

The fourth annual Pisgah Fly Masters fly-fishing tournament, sponsored by the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and Davidson River Outfitters,…
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Highlands Biological Station honored for science contributions
 

Highlands Biological Station honored for science contributions

Highlands Biological Station in April has received a partnership award in science, mathematics and technology education from the N.C. Science,…
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Bridges in lieu of old culverts helps aquatic species move freely
 

Bridges in lieu of old culverts helps aquatic species move freely

A restoration project to improve fish passage on streams feeding into the Little Tennessee watershed finished last month on Bradley…
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Stalked by a not so wild elk
 

Stalked by a not so wild elk

An old friend from Mer Rouge, La., George Bowe, was passing through a couple of weeks ago so we decided…
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Trail running takes off
 

Trail running takes off

Once upon a time and not particularly very long ago, trail running in Western North Carolina was a fringe sport…
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A mountain Assault: Black Rock Trail Race to aid Community Table
 

A mountain Assault: Black Rock Trail Race to aid Community Table

If you are looking for a trail race — with the emphasis on “race” — the Assault on Black Rock…
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Read Across America
 

Read Across America

As part of the celebration of Read Across America, Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville is hosting two events that emphasize…
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Wayne Caldwell wins Wolfe award
 

Wayne Caldwell wins Wolfe award

The WNC Historical Association and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial will host Western North Carolina author Wayne Caldwell from 2-4 p.m.…
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Book group to begin
 

Book group to begin

Gary Carden has announced the first meeting of a book discussion group which will begin with a meeting at 5…
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Vampire saga lacks traditional horror appeal
 

Vampire saga lacks traditional horror appeal

For quite some time now, the literary genre known as “science fiction/horror” has been undergoing radical changes. The “creatures of…
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GOP majority practicing partisan politics
 

GOP majority practicing partisan politics

To the Editor: I thought the new Republican majority in the North Carolina legislature was elected because voters felt they…
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Funding cuts will help us all
 

Funding cuts will help us all

To the Editor: As soon as the federal budget was delivered to Congress, members like Nancy Pelosi and Bernie Sanders…
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Budgets and politics clashing across the land
 

Budgets and politics clashing across the land

Politics and state budgets aren’t usually that interesting, but this year that’s not the case. Ideologies are clashing as lawmakers…
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Railroad’s return to Dillsboro would cost Jackson $817,000
 

Railroad’s return to Dillsboro would cost Jackson $817,000

Great Smoky Mountains Railway this week promised to return to Dillsboro in a big way, on this condition: Jackson County…
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Ingles continues growth trend
 

Ingles continues growth trend

Ingles got a green light last week from Waynesville’s town board to bulk out their Russ Avenue location, complete with…
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Residents weigh in on new Ingles
 

Residents weigh in on new Ingles

When Ingles pushes out of its old shell, it’s new home will bring new options to customers, like a stir-fry…
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Clean Slate to offer women in this region a second chance
 

Clean Slate to offer women in this region a second chance

A halfway house to help women who have been released from jail after serving time for minor offenses or other…
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Much ado about everything in Maggie
 

Much ado about everything in Maggie

In Maggie Valley’s Town Hall, the cooperative spirit has been in short supply of late, with disputes flaring at nearly…
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Mental health education class gets going
 

Mental health education class gets going

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Family-to-Family Education Program offers new spring classes for caregivers of individuals living with mental…
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Sylva Rotary Club hosts weekday pancake breakfast
 

Sylva Rotary Club hosts weekday pancake breakfast

A pancake breakfast will be held from 7:30 to 10 a.m. on Friday, March 4, at the First United Methodist…
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Jackson puts property revaluations off until 2015
 

Jackson puts property revaluations off until 2015

Jackson County has decided to postpone its revaluation of property values from next year until 2015. A resolution to that…
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Tribal police struggle to communicate in outlying areas
 

Tribal police struggle to communicate in outlying areas

In the farthest reaches of the Cherokee Indian  Reservation, work is being done to ensure that when crime happens, the…
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Bigger building, higher costs, no money
 

Bigger building, higher costs, no money

Jackson County commissioners are faced with a dilemma over the new Sylva library slated to open in May: either pony…
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Train to help victims of domestic violence
 

Train to help victims of domestic violence

Reach of Haywood needs volunteers for the nonprofit’s helpline. Helpline volunteers can assist from home — or away from home…
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Health Department offering free vaccines
 

Health Department offering free vaccines

Free flu vaccines are available at the Haywood County Health Department while supplies last. The flu vaccine is recommended for…
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Seats open on MedWest Haywood board
 

Seats open on MedWest Haywood board

Four seats on the MedWest-Haywood hospital governing board will open up in April, with a deadline to apply of Feb.…
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Construction begins on U.S. 441
 

Construction begins on U.S. 441

Delays are expected on Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441) through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park beginning March 1, due…
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Plows miss part of I-40
 

Plows miss part of I-40

Motorists beware: a no man’s land at exit 37 on Interstate 40 may not be plowed and salted in bad…
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Community band calls for members
 

Community band calls for members

A new community band called Mountain Winds is forming in Jackson County, led by Bob Buckner, outgoing director of athletic…
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Children of Zion give free performance
 

Children of Zion give free performance

Jackson County’s Children of Zion Singers will be perform a free concert at 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 27, at First…
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Benefit concert to be held at HCC
 

Benefit concert to be held at HCC

The Share the Warmth benefit concert featuring Balsam Range and Hominy Valley Boys is coming to Haywood Community College from…
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Kenny Rogers stops off in Franklin
 

Kenny Rogers stops off in Franklin

Legendary country star Kenny Rogers will make his way to The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing arts at 7:30…
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Local troupe makes HART appearance
 

Local troupe makes HART appearance

The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre continues its Studio Theater season with The Oxymorons, an improvisational comedy troupe made up of…
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Marianna Black Library to host Anime Club
 

Marianna Black Library to host Anime Club

The anime club returns to Marianna Black Library 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26. Bryson City has…
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Art class offered just for kids
 

Art class offered just for kids

A free children’s art class is being offered on March 5 at the Uptown Gallery in Franklin.   Students must…
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Seuss characters come to life in Franklin
 

Seuss characters come to life in Franklin

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss is coming to the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin at 7:30 p.m.…
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Bikers in boxers breeze through Waynesville
 

Bikers in boxers breeze through Waynesville

A motorcycle ride aimed at raising funds for the heating bills of the elderly is coming to Waynesville at 12…
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Seuss’ birthday celebrated in style
 

Seuss’ birthday celebrated in style

The Overlook Theatre Company will host a Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party on at 6 p.m. on March 2 at the…
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Dillsboro weaver shares her craft
 

Dillsboro weaver shares her craft

Adults and children can learn the joys of handweaving from classes offered by Susan Morgan Leveille, professional weaver and teacher…
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Small town alive with music
 

Small town alive with music

It’s unsurprising that in the mountain town of Sylva, the music scene is a pretty vibrant place to be. With…
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Suspicious death of 15-month-old prompts SBI to seize Swain DSS computers
 

Suspicious death of 15-month-old prompts SBI to seize Swain DSS computers

The State Bureau of Investigation raided Swain County Department of Social Services Tuesday, hauling off computers and records in an…
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Tragedy and the Ghost Dance’s demise
 

Tragedy and the Ghost Dance’s demise

(Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series regarding the Cherokee Ghost Dance.) A recent column focused on…
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Wildlife Club to host community potluck
 

Wildlife Club to host community potluck

The Wildlife Club at Haywood Community College will hold a fundraiser at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25. The dinner/potluck will…
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Erosion-control training for earth movers
 

Erosion-control training for earth movers

Two soil erosion-control trainings are available to contractors in Western North Carolina in early March. One is classroom-based and free,…
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Master Gardeners offers jump start on spring landscaping
 

Master Gardeners offers jump start on spring landscaping

Order forms for edible bushes and other plants are now available from the Haywood County Master Gardener Association. Plants available…
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