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Singer-songwriter Wyatt Espalin will hit the stage at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at Mountain Layers Brewing in Bryson City. 

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The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Division of Water Resources is now accepting public comment on the proposed list of streams, rivers, reservoirs and other water bodies in North Carolina considered to be “impaired,” or that do not meet water quality standards, in 2024.   

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The annual native perennial plant sale sponsored by the NC State Extension Master Gardener volunteers has been extended. 

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North Carolina drivers raised $574,461 to enhance the Blue Ridge Parkway by purchasing or renewing the national park specialty license plate in 2023.

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Arbor Day will be observed March 22 in North Carolina. 

N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said tree planting is a natural and simple solution to many challenges landowners face. 

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Applications are now being accepted for the N.C. Agriculture Manufacturing and Processing Initiative, which has been created to fund and promote the establishment of value-added agricultural manufacturing and food processing facilities in North Carolina. 

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The Jackson County Chamber and Visitor Center Ambassador Team held a grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremony for its new members at EcoForesters, Inc.

Located at 569 Mill St. in Sylva, EcoForesters is a non-profit professional forestry organization dedicated to conserving and restoring Appalachian forests through education and stewardship.

For more information, visit their website at  ecoforesters.org, call 336.972.7444 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Join the WNC Environmental Summit March 23 at Haywood Community College.

Paul Allen from “Feed Me Foam” will showcase his mobile densifier technology. Witness firsthand how clean packing foam can be recycled efficiently and sustainably.

The event will begin with a live demonstration at 2 p.m.

Bring your clean packing foam (no food-grade foam, please) and contribute to a greener future. There will also be free recycling information available.

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Lake Junaluska’s Corneille Bryan Native Garden is offering wildflower walks on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. from March 27 through May 8. 

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Registration is now open for the Fire Mountain Inferno mountain bike event in Cherokee. 

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The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) is seeking public comment on the 2024-2025 migratory game bird hunting seasons for waterfowl, webless migratory species and extended falconry. 

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 In an effort to raise funds for Misfit Mountain, there will be a special art showcase and sale through March at Panacea Coffee Company in Waynesville. 

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A production of “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. 22-23 and 2 p.m. March 24 at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville. 

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The Smoky Mountain Roller Girls will host its next bout against the Yellow Jackets Roller Derby from Georgia Tech University on Sunday, March 24, at the Swain County Recreation Center in Bryson City.

The team is an amateur women’s athletic roller derby league that aims to provide an outlet for fun, fitness and camaraderie among its members and develop athletic ability and teamwork. SMRG endeavors to give back to the community that supports them through community-building initiatives and charitable donations of time and activity.

Doors open at 12:30 p.m. The junior scrimmage game will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the adult bout starting at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $5 presale or $8 at the door (cash or Venmo accepted). Kids ages 11 and under are free. Bring your own chair.

As well, are you interested in becoming a skater, referee or non-skating official? SMRG has open practices. No experience necessary.

For more information, go to facebook.com/smokymountainrollergirls.

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Researchers are concerned that the Appalachian cottontail’s population may be impacted by a fast-spreading virus, RHDV2. 

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The WNC Sierra Club is hosting a few public events to explain how the Federal Inflation Reduction Act has incentives to make electric living more livable. 

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Join Haywood Waterways to clean up Richland Creek in Waynesville. 

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Join Brent Martin, director of the Blue Ridge Bartram Trail Conservancy, as he discusses the guidebook he wrote for William Bartram’s trail through North Georgia and Western North Carolina. 

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Get an early start on this year’s garden by renting space at Waynesville’s Old Armory Recreation Center Greenhouse beginning March 25. 

Trays may be rented at a cost of $5 apiece. The maximum allowed is five trays per person. The Old Armory will provide the dirt and water.

Space is limited; only 200 total trays will be sold. Reservations must be made in person at the facility. 

For more information, please call Keith Shetley at the Old Armory Recreation Center at 828.456.9207 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Join Mainspring Conservation Trust on March 18 for a presentation on conservation strategy in Western North Carolina by Mainspring Conservation Outreach Associate Skye Cahoon. 

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Allens Creek Park in Waynesville is open once again after being closed due to necessary cleanup efforts following recent adverse weather conditions in the county. 

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Officials plan to burn approximately 96 acres in Cataloochee Valley at Great Smoky Mountains National Park this week. Weather permitting, burn operations may begin as early as Tuesday, March 12. 

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Join the Mountains to Sea Trail community for an annual membership meeting — a meeting that will also offer opportunities to explore trails and nearby towns. 

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The Nantahala Ranger District is seeking public input to implement trail rehabilitation and repairs along with other work within the Panthertown Valley.

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In the West Flanders region of Belgium, there are several thousand graves of British Commonwealth soldiers who never made it home from World War I. 

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A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation has begun work on one of the busiest roads in Haywood County that the DOT hopes will improve Russ Avenue from U.S. 74 to Main Street. 

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The Swain County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) announced the appointment of its new director, Sarah Conley. 

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The Waynesville recreation center has reopened its childcare rooms and has its drop-in childcare program back up and running. 

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Jackson County Americana/folk duo Bird in Hand will perform at 6 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Mountain Layers Brewing Company in Bryson City. 

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The Haywood Community College Foundation inaugural “Evening of Art” event to support the needs of HCC’s Professional Crafts program will be held from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in the Sycamore building located on the main campus of HCC in Clyde. 

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Celebrating the fourth anniversary of Adamas Entertainment, Spiro Nicolopoulous Blues Apocalypse will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, March 8, with The Get Right Band at 9 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at The Scotsman Public House in Waynesville. 

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The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) closed on a conservation easement to protect 29 acres of farmland.

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Last week, the National Park Service announced that 400 national parks reported a total of 325.5 million visits in 2023, an increase of 13 million or 4% over 2022. 

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Red maples are popping, and it appears spring has sprung. As the weather improves, local beekeepers’ hives are buzzing back to life. 

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March brings unstable weather in the mountains, but it can also ushers in occasional springlike conditions. A pair of events at the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest will give folks an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. 

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Microbial Insights has donated over $90,000 worth of advanced microbial analyses to support Discover Life in America’s research initiatives within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

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March 1 marked the beginning of the 2024 ozone season as state and local environmental agencies renew their daily air quality forecasts for ozone across North Carolina. 

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The U.S. Forest Service is working on road maintenance and improvement projects in the Fires Creek Recreation Area near Hayesville.

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The MADE X MTNS Partnership released the results of the Western North Carolina Outdoor Recreation Participation Survey, conducted in partnership with the Center for Economic Research & Policy Analysis at Appalachian State University and the Institute of Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana, to establish a foundational dataset supporting the economic impact of outdoor recreation participation in the region. 

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The speaker series “Where We Live: History, Nature, and Culture” will continue this month with a presentation explaining the role that the Mainspring Conservation Trust plays in the region. 

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A UNC-Asheville geology professor will lead an educational hike March 18. 

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After completing its maintenance cycle, Jackson County’s Green Energy Park in Dillsboro will resume normal operations and will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Conrad & Scherer, a litigation firm with its headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has filed a lawsuit against Fireblast Global, Inc., James R. Nelson, and Steve Sposato, on behalf of Demetrius Massey, who suffered serious injuries due to a massive explosion during a fire safety training exercise. 

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A local teacher has won a prestigious award given to new educators in the field. Abby Bentley, a science teacher at Pisgah High School, worked as a research scientist after her undergraduate studies at Western Carolina University.

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You may know the Haywood County Arts Council as a gallery where you can admire and purchase local art. But we’re so much more!

A Clyde man who'd been missing since Oct. 29 of last year and was found dead in a crawl space last month likely died of an overdose, Haywood County Sheriff Bill Wilke said.

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Following the departure of Mark Hubble, who has led Kituwah LLC as its CEO since it was formed in 2018, Kituwah Economic Development Board member Samuel Owl will take the reins.

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You may have spotted some new local items in the local foods display at your Ingles Market.  (you can find these displays either in the front of the store or the end of an aisle in the middle of the store).

Visit Tuscola High School Thur., Dec. 14, at 5:00 p.m. for an evening of holiday cheer and basketball excitement

Haywood Community College Foundation presents an afternoon of music on Sat., Dec. 9, 2023 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. The showcase of holiday favorites will include Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a. The event supports HCC's Haywood Strong Scholarship. Please come and join us as we welcome Blue Ridge Orchestra to our Hemlock Building Auditorium at Haywood Community College. All seating is general admission and doors will open at 2:00pm. Tickets can be purchased online through Eventbrite or in person at the HCC Foundation Office in Balsam Building. Please contact Hylah Birenbaum, Foundation Director, 828-627-4544 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you have any questions. 

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