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Harrah’s Cherokee Casino builds the future
 

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino builds the future

The Cherokee Nation and Harrah’s pulled out all the stops to mark start of construction on a third hotel tower…
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Threats on all fronts
 

Threats on all fronts

Only the most farsighted and intuitive of those who labored for the creation of the Smokies could have foreseen the…
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Developer’s plight mixed blessing for community
 

Developer’s plight mixed blessing for community

Legasus developers have been attracting attention from Jackson County residents for almost two years. When news of the plans got…
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Chick-lit at its finest
 

Chick-lit at its finest

Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo. Guideposts, 2009. 288 pages Art and literary whodunits are so plentiful these…
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Folkmoot expands into three new counties
 

Folkmoot expands into three new counties

Last year Cindy Gilbert took her Polk County band students to China to perform. This year she is bringing the…
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Director says community values festival
 

Director says community values festival

By Melanie Threlkeld McConnell Forget Europe. Haywood County is where the action is for Karen Babcock this summer, and she…
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Public split on South Main’s future
 

Public split on South Main’s future

In the heyday of curbside service, Jim Caldwell had a special talent for dressing hot dogs. He could balance 10…
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Public art showcases Folkmoot USA
 

Public art showcases Folkmoot USA

Folkmoot will be the subject of a public art piece commissioned by the Waynesville Public Art Commission (WPAC).Artist Wayne Trapp…
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Cherokee youth re-enact ancient fishing practice
 

Cherokee youth re-enact ancient fishing practice

As 10-year-old Dayini Lossie stood on the shore eyeing the wide shallow waters of the Tuckasegee River last week listening…
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South Main redesign could ‘raze’ the bar
 

South Main redesign could ‘raze’ the bar

South Main Street in Waynesville is headed for a major roadway redesign, one that could take out rows of long-time…
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The Naturalist's Corner
 

The Naturalist's Corner

A note of interest The US Fish & Wildlife Service has extended the public comment period on its John H.…
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Heritage, naturally
 

Heritage, naturally

By Joann B. Poindexter • Special to The Smoky Mountain News The Franklin Folk Festival will celebrate the region’s cultural…
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From the chaos come ‘uktena’
 

From the chaos come ‘uktena’

The natural history of a region consists of the plants, animals, and landscapes we can see and explore any given…
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Duke starts dredging above Dillsboro Dam
 

Duke starts dredging above Dillsboro Dam

Duke Energy has begun work preparing a site along the Tuckasegee River upstream of the Dillsboro Dam in order to…
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Ghost Town coaster an open-and-shut case
 

Ghost Town coaster an open-and-shut case

The much-anticipated roller coaster at Ghost Town opened amid fanfare last week, then was promptly shut down again. The coaster…
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‘Rainbow people’ — fewer this time — grace area forest
 

‘Rainbow people’ — fewer this time — grace area forest

A much smaller contingent of Rainbow Family members than North Carolina’s Nantahala National Forest has sometimes experienced descended on Buck…
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Cherokee could do better regulating bear zoos
 

Cherokee could do better regulating bear zoos

“Cherokee has so much to offer, such as its beautiful mountains, museums, cultural and historical exhibits, Native American shops, friendly…
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Popcorn Sutton film wins regional Emmy
 

Popcorn Sutton film wins regional Emmy

The Last One, a locally produced documentary film featuring moonshiner Popcorn Sutton, received an Emmy at the 35th Emmy Awards…
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Fish weir Q&A
 

Fish weir Q&A

What is a fish weir? Fish weirs are long, low rock walls built in the riverbed, extending from opposite shores…
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Family, social worker had to push to get embezzlement, elder exploitation case moving
 

Family, social worker had to push to get embezzlement, elder exploitation case moving

By May 2008, members of Earla Mae Cowan’s family had begun to suspect a trusted nephew was stealing from her.…
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Expedition maps prehistoric Cherokee fishing weirs
 

Expedition maps prehistoric Cherokee fishing weirs

Lamar Marshall had been canoeing the Little Tennessee for years before he knew what a fish weir was. In retrospect,…
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Take a chance on Ravens
 

Take a chance on Ravens

When a friend sent me an advanced reading copy of Ravens with a note that said, “There is no one…
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441 corridor plan poised for passage
 

441 corridor plan poised for passage

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners held a final public hearing on the proposed U.S. 441 “Gateway” Corridor ordinance Monday…
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Fish stew: better than it sounds
 

Fish stew: better than it sounds

While today’s fishermen are partial to the big fillets like brook trout and small-mouth bass, Cherokee used even the tiniest…
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Long-time Sylva mayor won’t run again
 

Long-time Sylva mayor won’t run again

Sylva’s mayor for the past 17 years, Brenda Oliver, has announced that she will not run for re-election this fall.Oliver,…
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New map leads the way to Haywood farms
 

New map leads the way to Haywood farms

Local residents and tourists have a new resource to help them support the farms and farmers of Haywood County. A…
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Canton election hangs on vision for town
 

Canton election hangs on vision for town

How Canton residents envision the future of their town could play a pivotal role in who gets elected this fall.…
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Sanford affair is either high school drama or Greek tragedy
 

Sanford affair is either high school drama or Greek tragedy

There is only so much you can do to help a child recover from a broken heart, especially the first…
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New bike shop opens in Bryson
 

New bike shop opens in Bryson

Andy Zivinsky and Diane Cutler were determined to move to the mountains. Their passion for all things outdoors was making…
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Vice mayor aspirant to challenge incumbent for mayor
 

Vice mayor aspirant to challenge incumbent for mayor

Two-term Franklin Alderman Bob Scott has wanted a turn as vice mayor going back a while — an honor that…
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PETA targets bear zoos in national campaign
 

PETA targets bear zoos in national campaign

Recently, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians found itself the whipping boy of an unlikely opponent. Much to the tribe’s…
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Stimulus funds boost WNC mass transit
 

Stimulus funds boost WNC mass transit

Mass transit is set to get a boost in Western North Carolina thanks to some economic stimulus money targeted for…
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Jackson eyes options for current library site
 

Jackson eyes options for current library site

In the game of musical chairs stemming from the library moving out of its current digs on Sylva’s Main Street,…
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Cold Mountain Heritage Tour attracts many to the rich stories woven into Haywood County’s history
 

Cold Mountain Heritage Tour attracts many to the rich stories woven into Haywood County’s history

By Michael Beadle On a quiet perch atop Bethel Cemetery, two unmarked graves are all that’s left of a pair…
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Cherokee needs new superintendent after personnel upheaval
 

Cherokee needs new superintendent after personnel upheaval

The Cherokee School Board is on the verge of appointing a new superintendent following the termination of Rosemary Townsend after…
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How Bob Barker took on the Eastern Band
 

How Bob Barker took on the Eastern Band

Bob Barker?! The involvement of famed television host Bob Barker in the fight to end the Cherokee bear exhibits took…
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A nose for finding rare plants
 

A nose for finding rare plants

I enjoy leading natural history workshops, but I no longer derive much pleasure from herding people along a trail while…
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Rainforest style eco-adventure comes to the Nantahala Gorge
 

Rainforest style eco-adventure comes to the Nantahala Gorge

The Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tour will debut this month with a half-mile series of forest-enveloped ziplines, where people hang from…
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Jackson farm and garden tour has it all
 

Jackson farm and garden tour has it all

Farmers and gardeners in Jackson County are inviting the public to traipse through their garden rows during the third annual…
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The Naturalist's Corner
 

The Naturalist's Corner

New neighbors I have always had a good number of neotropical migrants nest every season in the woods around my…
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Hearing set for Little Tennessee discharge permit
 

Hearing set for Little Tennessee discharge permit

A public hearing over a sewer discharge permit into the Little Tennessee River will be held on Tuesday, July 7,…
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Freaks and morality
 

Freaks and morality

Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor by Brad Gooch. Little, Brown and Company, 2009. 464 pages. “Whenever I am asked…
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Will Sylva vote expose usual fault line?
 

Will Sylva vote expose usual fault line?

The race for the Sylva town board this fall could once again gauge the extent of shifting demographics of the…
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Who’s running and who’s not?
 

Who’s running and who’s not?

Canton Mayor Pat Smathers could face opposition this fall from his leading opponent on the town board, Alderman Eric Dills.…
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Tourism office takes tech strides
 

Tourism office takes tech strides

In her nearly six-month tenure as executive director, Lynn Collins has been helping Haywood County’s Tourism Development Authority make strides…
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Tindall-Taylor leaving HRMC
 

Tindall-Taylor leaving HRMC

The director of Haywood Regional Medical Center’s Foundation and Corporate Communications Department for the past 20 years, Robin Tindall-Taylor, has…
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Public Art Commission paver design coming to fruition at new police station
 

Public Art Commission paver design coming to fruition at new police station

The plaza at the entrance to the new Waynesville Police Station is nearing completion. Workers are placing the final touches…
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Recipes, 6/24/10
 

Recipes, 6/24/10

Rainbow trout with lemon caper sauce: Grill filleted trout over medium-hot coals. Baste with butter and fresh herbs (parsley, chives,…
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Mountains of mushrooms
 

Mountains of mushrooms

Is this going to be a bumper year for wild mushrooms? Maybe so, if the rainfall we have been experiencing…
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Ode to the Sylva Coffee Shop
 

Ode to the Sylva Coffee Shop

Most small southern towns have a place like The Coffee Shop in Sylva — a cafe that has become a…
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