Interested in healthy gardening?

Studies have shown that gardening has numerous health benefits for all ages and physical abilities, and mobility issues don’t mean…
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WCU gets grant to study mosquitoes

Brian Byrd, Western Carolina University’s mosquito expert and professor in the environmental health sciences program, along with Scott Huffman, professor…
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‘Appalachian Apothecary’ lecture is June 20

The Highlands Biological Foundation (HBF) continues its Zahner Conservation Lecture series at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 20. Registered Herbalist…
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Haywood Soil and Water receives farmland preservation grants

The Haywood County Soil & Water Conservation District is a recipient of three of this year’s N.C. Grange grants to…
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Big Brothers Big Sisters offers golf discount

Haywood County golfers can take advantage of an offer that will give them discounts at Maggie Valley Club, Springdale Resort,…
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Jackson offers rec volleyball league

Jackson County Parks and Recreation is hosting a pair of volleyball leagues open to anyone over the age of 16,…
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Where art and science meet: ‘Darwin and the Art of Botany’

Charles Darwin was many things, but in the classic sense of the word, he was not an artist. Lacking in…
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HCC hosts inaugural Charity disc golf event

The Haywood Community College Foundation is hosting the inaugural Charity Disc Golf Tournament, Discs in the Dogwoods, from 8:30 a.m.…
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Haywood Rec offers hiking outings

Haywood County Recreation is hosting a series of hikes throughout June. All hikes are subject to cancelation due to harsh…
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Franklin club hosts birding walks

The Franklin Bird Club leads walks along the greenway on Wednesday mornings at 8 a.m. Walks start at alternating locations:…
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Hit the stream with Haywood Rec

Haywood County Recreation is hosting various fly-fishing expeditions throughout June. 
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Zahner lectures begin June 13

The Highlands Biological Foundation (HBF) announced the kickoff of its annual Zahner Conservation Lecture series. 
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Youth hiring event planned

The Town of Waynesville, in collaboration with NCWorks Career Center, will host a youth hiring event from 2-5 p.m. Friday,…
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Endless fun: Raccoon Creek Bike Park takes shape

For years, the old Francis Farm landfill was just that — a leaky, gassy problem that did little but sap…
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HCC holds charity disc golf tournament

The Haywood Community College Foundation is hosting the inaugural charity disc golf tournament, Discs in the Dogwoods, from 8:30 a.m.…
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Smokies Life wins national public engagement award

Smokies Life, formerly Great Smoky Mountains Association, received national recognition at the 2024 Public Lands Alliance Partnership Awards for its…
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Moth infestation in Haywood to be treated

Treatments for spongy moth (formerly known as the gypsy moth) infestations in several areas across North Carolina will start as…
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Earth Day brought big clean-up in Haywood

On Earth Day, April 22, members of the Haywood County Solid Waste Management team worked with a local environmental group…
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Jackson hosts youth soccer camp

The Future Mustang Soccer Camp, sponsored by Jackson County Parks and Recreation, will welcome local kids to build their skills…
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Trout stocking reduced as hatchery gets rebuild

As the Bobby N. Setzer Fish Hatchery in Transylvania County readies to shut down for a lengthy renovation, local anglers,…
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Wading in: An inside look at Haywood County’s fly fishing class

When my wife told me she’d signed me up for a fly-fishing class, I probably let out an audible groan.…
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Jump right in: Lake Logan reflects on rich history, ponders next step

Nearly seven years ago, Laura Elliot first stepped foot on the bucolic grounds of the Lake Logan Retreat Center, cradled…
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Volunteers work on Franklin’s Cherokee heritage trail

Local hands are nurturing the Barbara McRae Cherokee Heritage Apple Trail in Franklin. 
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Wildlife Commission adopts new rules

Commissioners at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) have adopted new rules for the 2024-25 seasons effective Aug 1. The…
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Cherokee hosts fishing tournament: Registration deadline May 24

Cherokee is hosting a fishing tournament this weekend that offers competitors the chance to vie for $10,000 in tagged fish. 
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Part of greenway trail closed indefinitely

A portion of the Waynesville Greenway is closed to the public starting from the end of Industrial Park Drive on…
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ThrowDown skateboard competition rescheduled

Due to forecasted inclement weather conditions, the WayneTown ThrowDown Skate Park Competition was postponed. The makeup day is set for…
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Garden light show is May 25

Come out to Macon County May 25 for the Springtime Garden Light and Sounds show. 
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Science program offered for kids

Kids ages 5-13 can become citizen scientists. 
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Jackson hosts camping event

Come out to the Ralph J. Andrews Campground on Lake Glenville for a family camping event. 
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Third-grader names new bike park mascot

Donovan, a spirited third-grade student from Junaluska Elementary School, is the winner of the mascot naming contest for the upcoming…
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Haywood Extension composting class

Bonnie Refinski-Knight, an N.C. State Extension Master Gardner volunteer, will host a presentation on composting. The class will include an…
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Hazardous waste collection event

The Haywood County Solid Waste Department will be holding a spring household hazardous waste collection event from 9 a.m. to…
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SAHC marks 50 years

Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) is celebrating 50 years of conserving clean water, plant and wildlife habitat, farmland and scenic…
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Macon Master Gardeners to host plant sale

Come out to the Macon County Master Gardener Association’s plant sale. 
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North Carolina migratory bird seasons released

Officials with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission have announced the approved season dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the…
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EBCI wins award for outstanding water protection

The N.C. Source Water Collaborative — a statewide drinking water protection group — has announced the winners of the Source…
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Managing invasive species: Plant removal begins in Pinnacle Park

After a botanical survey identified the location of several invasive species in Jackson County’s Pinnacle Park, work has begun to…
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Word From the Smokies: Fireflies are surprisingly diverse

For many people who grew up in the eastern United States, the soft yellow blink of fireflies drifting over dusky…
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Troxler encourages horse owners to vaccinate against mosquito-borne diseases and rabies

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler is encouraging equine owners to have their animals vaccinated against Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis and West Nile…
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Volunteers boost Appalachian Trail preservation

The Carolina Mountain Club Remote Overnight Crew (ROC) convened near the Walnut Mountain shelter on the Appalachian Trail for a…
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Learn all about septic systems

Haywood Waterways Association and the Haywood County Environmental Health Department are hosting a workshop about septic systems. 
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Forest Service proposes recreation fee changes

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to change fees at several recreation areas on the Nantahala and Uwharrie National Forests…
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Clean up the Pigeon River

Come clean up the Pigeon River in Haywood County. On Saturday, May 18, volunteers will gather at Pigeon River Outfitters…
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Visit the Extension Master Gardener Booth at Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market

NC State Extension Master Gardener volunteers staff a booth on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month (May through August) at…
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Word from the Smokies: Cicada emergence offers rare community science opportunity

During the summer of 2011, billions of cicada eggs hatched inside tree twigs across the Southeast. The hatchlings, called nymphs,…
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Wildlife Commission Announces CWD Surveillance Areas

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Executive Director, Cameron Ingram, signed a  proclamation outlining the state’s Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) primary and…
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Haywood waterways hosts tree identification hike

On May 18, Haywood Waterways Association and Haywood Community College will lead a moderate 6-mile hike in the Sunburst area…
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Enjoy ‘Art in the Gardens’ at Lake Junaluska

Lake Junaluska’s Artists in Residence invite the public to visit “Art in the Gardens,” now through Wednesday, May 15.
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State announces funding opportunities for weatherization training and technical assistance

The Department of Environmental Quality’s State Energy Office is accepting proposals for weatherization training and technical assistance projects, with $14.68 million…
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