Valentine’s brings baking to Frog Level
 

Valentine’s brings baking to Frog Level

Valentine’s treats will be cooked up in Frog Level through a community baking event sponsored by the Daydreamz Project and…
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Calling all kids to Valentine’s Storytime
 

Calling all kids to Valentine’s Storytime

Children’s storytime takes on a Valentine’s theme at the Jackson County Library this month with Valentine stories and a party.…
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Taste of Chocolate seeks volunteers
 

Taste of Chocolate seeks volunteers

The 12th annual Taste of Chocolate is coming to Waynesville and the Haywood-Jackson Volunteer Center is seeking volunteers. They’re seeking…
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Quintet to perform original composition at library christening
 

Quintet to perform original composition at library christening

When Jackson County opens its new library, it will be with a little more than just the usual fanfare. Thanks…
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Past blunders cost hospital in ER lawsuit
 

Past blunders cost hospital in ER lawsuit

A group of emergency room doctors has been awarded $1.6 million in a lawsuit against Haywood Regional Medical Center. Haywood…
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Needmore Road paving proposal once again draws a crowd
 

Needmore Road paving proposal once again draws a crowd

The second and final public hearing on whether the N.C. Department of Transportation should widen and pave Needmore Road took…
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Library countdown: Volunteers help ready books for the move
 

Library countdown: Volunteers help ready books for the move

Good things come to those who wait. It’s an adage Jackson County library users will need to bear in mind…
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Cashing in: Tribe teaches teens to get smart with casino windfall
 

Cashing in: Tribe teaches teens to get smart with casino windfall

This year in Cherokee, a major change will quietly work its way into law, causing little fanfare but marking a…
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Maggie ABC stores face questions amid losses
 

Maggie ABC stores face questions amid losses

Maggie Valley’s liquor stores lost money in 2010 for the second year in a row, prompting some aldermen to question…
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Maggie alderman Colin Edwards resigns
 

Maggie alderman Colin Edwards resigns

Maggie Valley Alderman Colin Edwards resigned last week, prompting a special called meeting where barely-concealed animosity among the remaining board…
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New real estate values due out soon in Haywood
 

New real estate values due out soon in Haywood

Property owners in Haywood County will soon learn how their home and land values weathered the recession. Every home, lot…
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State budget timing critical to local governments
 

State budget timing critical to local governments

Local boards are finding themselves on the wrong end of the dog when it comes to putting together budgets for…
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Landfill methane to heat Haywood school bus garage: County lands $1 million grant for the project
 

Landfill methane to heat Haywood school bus garage: County lands $1 million grant for the project

Haywood County has landed a $1 million grant to turn the methane pouring off a no-longer-used landfill into energy. The…
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GEP does produce private-sector jobs
 

GEP does produce private-sector jobs

To the Editor: I thoroughly agree that it is past time to wake up, get Jackson County moving.” For too…
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Dogs that make our lives whole
 

Dogs that make our lives whole

If you don’t like dogs, come back next week. Dogs have been an integral part of my life since I…
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Agrarians: Learn to write a business plan
 

Agrarians: Learn to write a business plan

Mountain Bizworks wants to help farmers and would-be farmers looking to turn an idea into a practical business plan. The…
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State slashes power bill
 

State slashes power bill

A mandate to cut electricity use in state government buildings has saved North Carolina tax payers $55.3 million last fiscal…
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Soccer for big kids
 

Soccer for big kids

Co-ed soccer for adults will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday nights starting Jan. 26 at the Old…
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Reel basics class set for Pisgah Center
 

Reel basics class set for Pisgah Center

Learn the ins and outs of the fly fishing rod and reel from 10 a.m. until noon Jan. 29 at…
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Podcast spreads the word about threat to Smokies’ bats
 

Podcast spreads the word about threat to Smokies’ bats

A podcast released by Great Smoky Mountains National Park outlines efforts to save bats from White-nose syndrome, a potentially fatal…
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The Naturalist's Corner: Godzilla meets Barbi
 

The Naturalist's Corner: Godzilla meets Barbi

Pandemonium had engulfed Shoal Creek by the time authorities arrived. One fisherman sat, dazed, on a boulder, rocking back and…
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Jockeying for space on the Nantahala: Outfitters and summer camps spar over control of river traffic
 

Jockeying for space on the Nantahala: Outfitters and summer camps spar over control of river traffic

Rafting outfitters in the Nantahala Gorge have arrived at a compromise with summer camps and colleges vying for the chance…
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WCU professor co-authors book about rising sea levels
 

WCU professor co-authors book about rising sea levels

A book co-authored by Western Carolina University professor Rob Young about the global threat to coastal communities posed by rising…
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Cancer survivor to talk at Jackson Library
 

Cancer survivor to talk at Jackson Library

In May 2008, Jane SpottedBird was diagnosed with stage IV cancer. Her doctor gave her 6 to 12 months to…
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A grisly war novel that stands apart
 

A grisly war novel that stands apart

“It took Karl Marlantes 30 years to write his thunderous, brutally granular account of scorched-earth combat in Vietnam. Matterhorn was…
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Thanks for making Fire and Ice a success
 

Thanks for making Fire and Ice a success

To the Editor: On behalf of the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce, I would like to thank The Smoky Mountain…
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Motocross track would violate our rights
 

Motocross track would violate our rights

To the Editor: Clarks Chapel is a delightful and quiet area that in recent years has attracted many people, including…
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A few hopeful signs of spring
 

A few hopeful signs of spring

I detect signs of spring. Whether this is fantasy or reality, that’s for you to decide, but I choose to…
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This epiphany is shiny, new and has all-wheel drive
 

This epiphany is shiny, new and has all-wheel drive

My epiphany occurred on a bitter cold Sunday afternoon, the snow having momentarily given way to a stray and fleeting…
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Winter youth art classes offered at the Bascom
 

Winter youth art classes offered at the Bascom

The Bascom is offering winter art classes for kids from pre-school to high school that will keep them busy and…
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Juggling comedian to send unlikely props airborn
 

Juggling comedian to send unlikely props airborn

Juggler Mark Nizer will bring a blend of comedy, juggling, music and technology to Western Carolina University at 7:30 p.m.…
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Classes focus on stylish dance
 

Classes focus on stylish dance

A new series of dance classes will be held Monday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. starting Feb. 7 at…
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Father-daughter Valentine Dance returns to Sylva
 

Father-daughter Valentine Dance returns to Sylva

The annual Father-Daughter Semi-formal Dance will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at the First United…
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A sweet way to show library support
 

A sweet way to show library support

The 4th-annual Chocolate Cook-Off will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, in Bryson City to raise…
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Freight Hoppers featured at WCU’s Thursday night Jam
 

Freight Hoppers featured at WCU’s Thursday night Jam

The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Session Series at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will continue Thursday, Feb.…
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Gallery 86 opens 2011 with exhibition of student art
 

Gallery 86 opens 2011 with exhibition of student art

Student art is on display by the Haywood County Arts Council at Waynesville’s Gallery 86 through January 29. The exhibit…
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Inspired Art Ministry offers classes
 

Inspired Art Ministry offers classes

Inspired Art Ministry in Waynesville has opened their doors for the winter term, offering drawing and painting classes for all…
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Art and love collide at SweetheART Gallery Show
 

Art and love collide at SweetheART Gallery Show

Celebrate art and love during the Haywood County Arts Council’s February “SweetheART” Show featuring artist couples from Haywood County. The…
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Gateway Club turns up the heat at Fire & Ice Star Chef competition
 

Gateway Club turns up the heat at Fire & Ice Star Chef competition

Culinary talent throughout Western North Carolina gathered to compete in a single-elimination culinary skills recipe and preparation contest during the…
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Holquist and Civic Orchestra to perform Jan. 29
 

Holquist and Civic Orchestra to perform Jan. 29

Dr. Robert Holquist will solo with the Western Carolina Civic Orchestra at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29, in the…
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Something to hold on to: Master furniture maker inspired by handmade revolution
 

Something to hold on to: Master furniture maker inspired by handmade revolution

John Gernandt loves the word tactile. It’s not so much the word, really, as the whole concept. People, he says,…
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Winter blanket drive in Franklin
 

Winter blanket drive in Franklin

Donations of food, coats and blankets are needed for the Warmth in Winter event in Franklin. Free hot meals, blankets,…
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State road map yours for the asking
 

State road map yours for the asking

A new, 2011-12 state roadmap can be obtained for free by contacting the N.C. Department of Transportation. The state map…
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Haywood Habitat to help families in need of homes
 

Haywood Habitat to help families in need of homes

Haywood Habitat for Humanity is holding an open enrollment through January for perspective new-home partner families. Applicants must meet certain…
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Mountain BizWorks offers planning course in Waynesville
 

Mountain BizWorks offers planning course in Waynesville

Mountain BizWorks will offer “Foundations,” an eight-week business planning course starting Feb. 2 in Waynesville. Students will learn how to…
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UN study of violence against Native women touches Cherokee
 

UN study of violence against Native women touches Cherokee

A United Nations expert on women’s human rights is investigating why Native women face the highest rates of sexual and…
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Free tax preparation help in Jackson
 

Free tax preparation help in Jackson

Those with low and moderate income can get help preparing and filing their taxes every Monday and Friday from Feb.…
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Bottoms up: Towns likely to continue benefiting from liquor sales
 

Bottoms up: Towns likely to continue benefiting from liquor sales

With Gov. Beverly Perdue reversing her stance on her previous suggestion to privatize liquor sales, towns can rest assured they’ll…
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Dirt-bike track gets green flag
 

Dirt-bike track gets green flag

Bud Talley said this week he plans to move forward on building a dirt-bike track on his farm in Macon…
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Industries in arrears on rent and loans face county crackdown
 

Industries in arrears on rent and loans face county crackdown

With what they claim is hundreds of thousands in unpaid rent and loans on the line, Jackson County commissioners have…
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