Program to ponder the mystery of Masa
 

Program to ponder the mystery of Masa

George Masa was one of the greatest landscape photographers of Western North Carolina, but where he came from and what…
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Talk to highlight convergence of art and nature
 

Talk to highlight convergence of art and nature

George and Elizabeth Ellison, the artist and naturalist husband-wife team from Bryson City, will give a talk called “Blue Ridge…
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Lake Logan offers cool venue for hot race
 

Lake Logan offers cool venue for hot race

Triathletes from across the country will descend on Lake Logan in Haywood County Aug. 7 and 8. The weekend line-up…
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Park ranger programs offer window on Smokies
 

Park ranger programs offer window on Smokies

Before summer slips by, take in one of the many ranger guided programs in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park,…
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Missing section of Mountains to Sea Trail gets shorter
 

Missing section of Mountains to Sea Trail gets shorter

Volunteers continue knocking out a new section of the Mountains to Sea Trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Waterrock…
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Blooms in the southern mountains
 

Blooms in the southern mountains

Each July since 1991, I’ve led field trips along the Blue Ridge Parkway offered as part of the Native Plants…
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Bird’s the word
 

Bird’s the word

Are you a fledgling birder? Would you like to learn more about the feathered flocks that visit your feeder and…
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Poll shows Shuler curries support from right as well as left
 

Poll shows Shuler curries support from right as well as left

While national pundits predict Republican challengers will steal seats from Democrats in Washington come November, Congressman Heath Shuler likely has…
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Haywood Garden Tour was a great success
 

Haywood Garden Tour was a great success

To the Editor: We are writing to express our gratitude for your excellent coverage of the 2010 Haywood County Garden…
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Energy industry is not all bad
 

Energy industry is not all bad

To the Editor: I wish the article written by Thomas Crowe (“The terrorists are right here among us,” July 23…
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WATR hosts walk ‘n talk
 

WATR hosts walk ‘n talk

The Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River will host a “Walk ‘n Talk” in the Deep Creek area of the…
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Expanded casino unveiled in vibrant ‘Mountain Breeze’ zone
 

Expanded casino unveiled in vibrant ‘Mountain Breeze’ zone

Creating a youthful, energetic mood, the new 175-seat Entertainment Lounge at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel is the focal point…
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Latin aerobics class shakes things up
 

Latin aerobics class shakes things up

Local residents of all ages are exploring one of the newest and hottest fitness classes: Latin Aerobics. This upbeat class…
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Penland workshops cover professional development for artists
 

Penland workshops cover professional development for artists

Penland School of Crafts will host a professional development workshop for artists living in Western North Carolina from Oct. 1…
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David Arms showcases artwork
 

David Arms showcases artwork

A special art showing of David Arms’ works will run July 30 through Aug. 1 as part of Old Edwards…
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Sign up your team for Downtown Dog Walk
 

Sign up your team for Downtown Dog Walk

For the first time, Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation invites teams as well as individuals to sign up for the 5th…
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Ongoing issues foil Ghost Town reopening plans
 

Ongoing issues foil Ghost Town reopening plans

Ghost Town in the Sky amusement park in Maggie Valley will not open this summer, contrary to previous assertions by…
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Lawmakers close loophole in video poker ban
 

Lawmakers close loophole in video poker ban

Owners of video sweepstakes parlors in North Carolina are out of luck for now. Governor Bev Perdue is expected to…
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Haywood hops farmer sets the bar high
 

Haywood hops farmer sets the bar high

Haywood County hops farmer Scott Grahl is a dreamer with his feet planted firmly on the ground. “One day a…
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Parents urge commissioners to build skateboard park in Jackson
 

Parents urge commissioners to build skateboard park in Jackson

On Tuesday evening, 11-year-old Ronnie Patterson said goodbye to his home away from home. Patterson is a skateboarder, and for…
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WNC schools hooked up with fiber
 

WNC schools hooked up with fiber

By the end of this year, nearly every student in the six westernmost counties will have unprecedented access to technology…
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Marker to be installed honoring George Plott
 

Marker to be installed honoring George Plott

A ceremony marking the installation of a marker honoring Capt. George Ellis Plott, who was killed in action on Dec.…
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Quarry must improve  sediment control measures
 

Quarry must improve sediment control measures

A large rock quarry in Waynesville has been cited with a water quality violation for sending mud into nearby Allens…
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Opponents win concessions in first round of quarry permit fight
 

Opponents win concessions in first round of quarry permit fight

Neighbors concerned about the expansion of a rock quarry in Waynesville have won a partial victory in a early stage…
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Surge in meth labs traced  to new small-batch production
 

Surge in meth labs traced to new small-batch production

Four years ago, new laws regulating the sale of pseudoephedrine in pharmacies slowed the illegal production of methamphetamine. The chemical…
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Elder abuse training available to public
 

Elder abuse training available to public

The 30th Judicial District Domestic Violence-Sexual Assault Alliance is working to end elder abuse by offering training sessions across the…
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Volunteers invaluable at Folkmoot
 

Volunteers invaluable at Folkmoot

Last year, Folkmoot USA relied on about 4,000 hours of community service to pull off the festival. Volunteers hosted BBQs,…
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Taking the pulse of a region
 

Taking the pulse of a region

We in the news business provide historians with some of the crucial data necessary to write the story of any…
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Thanks to all who helped with July 4 in Franklin
 

Thanks to all who helped with July 4 in Franklin

To the Editor: On behalf of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce, I would like to thank those who helped to…
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Poll improper, but results will be revealed
 

Poll improper, but results will be revealed

To the Editor: Last week I announced that I would be conducting an online poll seeking input about public sentiment…
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Small is not only beautiful, but necessary
 

Small is not only beautiful, but necessary

There are books that get your attention, and then there are books that GRAB your attention. The new book by…
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Bryson City craft brewers keep it small and personal
 

Bryson City craft brewers keep it small and personal

The very beginning of the Nantahala Brewing Company story began — appropriately — at a local bar. Mike Marsden had…
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International Festival Day brings a world of craft to downtown Waynesville
 

International Festival Day brings a world of craft to downtown Waynesville

On International Festival Day, Main Street in Waynesville will transform into a world bazaar where more than one hundred artists,…
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America’s Great Outdoors Initiative
 

America’s Great Outdoors Initiative

Not even the looming shadow of the nation’s worst environmental disaster in two decades could spoil the mood at the…
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Goats who stare at trees
 

Goats who stare at trees

They not only stare at them, they eat them. Well, maybe not all trees, but woody browse in general. Hopefully,…
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Imperiled fish returns to the Cheoah River
 

Imperiled fish returns to the Cheoah River

Stocking a river with one of the nation’s rarest fish is a slow and gentle process. On a recent summer…
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Yellowroot, kingfishers and waterstriders
 

Yellowroot, kingfishers and waterstriders

The upland waterways of the southern highlands provide one of the region’s most interesting natural areas. Unlike most upland habitats…
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Brass quintet invites audience to join in
 

Brass quintet invites audience to join in

The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet takes the stage 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 23, for the weekly Concerts on…
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Trail volunteers needed in Smokies
 

Trail volunteers needed in Smokies

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting for volunteers for the Adopt-a-Trail program. A mandatory training program will be…
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Elk Foundation banquet to celebrate milestones
 

Elk Foundation banquet to celebrate milestones

The Great Smoky Mountains Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will throw its annual banquet at 5 p.m. Saturday,…
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Storytime with puppets
 

Storytime with puppets

Jackson County resident Josie Williams will be guest storyteller at a special children’s storytime at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July…
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All about the Carltons
 

All about the Carltons

Dr. Barbara Carlton will autograph copies of her book, This Nearly Was Mine: A Journey Through Carlton Country at 2…
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Dulcimer virtuosos to present July 22 concert
 

Dulcimer virtuosos to present July 22 concert

A group of award-winning mountain dulcimer players — including several national champion musicians — will present a concert of dulcimer…
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Celtic music in the Smokies
 

Celtic music in the Smokies

Join Bean Sidhe, pronounced ban-shee, for a lively evening of traditional music from the British Isles. The premier Celtic band…
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Chamber music fest celebrates family ties
 

Chamber music fest celebrates family ties

Celebrate the remarkable bonds of familial harmony this weekend at The Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival. “All In The Family”…
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‘Dark Corners’ to stage at Rickman Store
 

‘Dark Corners’ to stage at Rickman Store

The popular play, “The Prince of Dark Corners,” by local writer and storyteller Gary Carden will be performed at 7…
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Annual fair at Waynesville church
 

Annual fair at Waynesville church

The annual Parish Fair will feature smoked barbecue, a drawing for a locally-made colorful quilt, and music and entertainment, including…
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Haywood Habitat holds open enrollment
 

Haywood Habitat holds open enrollment

Haywood Habitat for Humanity is holding an open enrollment through July for perspective new-home partner families. Applicants must be residents…
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Haywood historical presents Cold Mountain heritage tour
 

Haywood historical presents Cold Mountain heritage tour

The Haywood County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 27 at the Shook House in…
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SCC launches Plus 50 program for Cashiers and Highlands
 

SCC launches Plus 50 program for Cashiers and Highlands

As the director of Southwestern Community College’s new Plus 50 program, Michael Rich is rapidly working in the community to…
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