Subscribe  |  Contact  |  Advertise  |  RSS Feed Other Publications

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 17:05

Old steel should be used for footbridge

To the Editor: I have an idea for reducing the cost of the footbridge at the end of the Cullowhee Greenway. Use the I-beams from the old U.S. 23/74 highway bridge in Willets. They were good enough to handle loaded…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 17:05

The Battle Flag was indeed about slavery

To the Editor: To get past the emotionality regarding the Virginia Battle Flag, we need to examine its history and use through time. The reality is that the flag was created as a symbol to support the fight for slavery.…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 17:04

Hillary has way too much baggage

To the Editor: When Bill Clinton was president, Hillary assumed authority over health care reform. Even after threats, she couldn't get a vote in a Democratic congress. The cost to taxpayers was $13 million. Clinton gave Hillary authority over selecting…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 17:04

Parents should teach children to drive

To the Editor: The problem of how to fund driver's ed could be easily solved. Since when did it become the responsibility of schools to teach our children to drive? Give that duty back to parents where it belongs and…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 17:03

How can we be proud to be Americans?

To the Editor: USA Today has reported that on average there were 96 cases of a white police officer killing a black person each year between 2006 and 2012. At least 392 people have been killed by U.S. police so…
By Gibbs Knotts & Chris Cooper A longstanding social science finding holds that collective public opinion is fairly sticky on most issues. In other words, the public’s views do not change very much — and when opinions do shift, the…
The tally of people who have hiked the entire 1,150-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail reached 50 when Lorie Hansen, of Hendersonville, took her final step along the trail. 
“Hey buddy, you about ready to come out?” Michael Skinner asks the juvenile broadwing hawk standing in the back of a plastic carrying case.  Skinner, executive director of the Balsam Mountain Trust and jack of all environmental trades, slowly reaches…
When we think of American writers living and working overseas, most of us turn to those authors who lived in Paris. We recollect Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, that fine account of his life in Paris in the 1920s; we imagine…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 16:02

Y’all ready for some BBQ?

The “Smokin’ in the Valley” Western North Carolina BBQ Festival will be from noon to 9 p.m. July 24 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 25 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 15:34

Owner of the Sun — “Sharp Tongue”

Setting down deep roots in Jackson County over the past couple of years, Owner of the Sun (Sylva-based by way of Atlanta) is an Americana group, but one whose tone and intent goes far below the surface of you’re atypical…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 15:33

Mountain Faith appears on NBC

All eyes were on Summer McMahan and company. “We were all so nervous going into the audition,” she said. “But, once we noticed they were liking it, all the nerve went away and we had a blast. We’re so very humbled…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 15:28

This must be the place

Often times as a journalist, you just simply can’t get to everything.
Covered in paint speckles, Drew Duncan walked into O’Malley’s Pub & Grill on a recent Thursday evening. Finishing up work for the day, he wasn’t in search of the 50-cent wing special, nor was he heading to the bar for…
There are two types of mayors — the ones who show up to shake hands and kiss babies and the ones who take an active role in their town to make it a better place.  Maggie Valley Mayor Ron DeSimone…
As family members and friends took turns paying tribute to Ron DeSimone at his memorial mass on Tuesday, one word kept being repeated — love.
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 15:02

DeSimone dies in construction accident

Last Friday started out just like many other workdays for Maggie Valley Mayor Ron DeSimone.
The tragic accident that killed Mayor Ron DeSimone last week has left a hole in upcoming town elections this fall.
A bill paving the way for the merger of Lake Junaluska with the town of Waynesville was blocked at the 11th hour this week in the N.C. General Assembly.
Lisa Preston Clark wasn’t surprised to see the CD amid the items recovered from Cole Preston’s crashed car. The disc was all about living life from the heart, and that’s just how Clark’s 22-year-old nephew lived.
Homeowners in the high-end Balsam Mountain Preserve development are trying to strike a deal with an investment lender from New York to stop the foreclosure of their community nature center.
There’s talk in Cherokee of making the chief of police’s job an elected position following a resolution introduced by Travis Smith, a Birdtown resident who’s also a candidate for Tribal Council.
The town of Maggie Valley is small and only an average of 300 residents vote in any given election, but this year’s race for spots on the town board is shaping up to be full of competition.
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 14:43

Canton election gets two newcomers

Two new candidates have signed up to run against incumbent candidates Gail Mull and Ralph Hamlett for the Canton Board of Aldermen.
Several young residents have signed up to run for a seat on the Franklin Board of Aldermen while the race for mayor will be uncontested. 
The dust has settled following a last-minute scramble of candidates signing up to run for the Waynesville town board last week, and voters now have their work cut out.
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 14:38

New candidate takes on Bryson City mayor

The election for the Bryson City Board of Aldermen looked like it would be a landslide for the incumbents early last week, but that had all changed by last Friday as four more people signed up to run for office.
With election sign-ups now closed, it looks like Sylva’s guaranteed to get some younger membership on its board after November’s elections.
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 14:33

Dog owners brace for canine flu

Mountain dog owners may have started hearing rumor of a devastating canine flu strain coming their way, but according to area veterinarians there’s no cause for hysteria.
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 14:30

Frat disbanded by national organization

Western Carolina University’s chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha has had its share of troubles this year, and a recent decision from the national fraternity’s board of directors adds suspension — and a recommendation to eventually revoke the chapter’s charter —…
When my son, now grown, was about 9 or 10, he queried me one summer day about the foamy bubbles in the tall grass of a meadow above the house.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 18:07

Trail work causes closures in the Smokies

Trails in the Forney Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park outside Bryson City will be closed this summer for a trail rehabilitation project.  The work will use mechanized equipment to re-establish trail surface, install drainage features and…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 18:06

Tribe earns award for greenhouse project

A newly completed greenhouse project in Cherokee earned the tribe recognition from the Environmental Protection Agency this summer. 
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 18:04

What is white-nose syndrome?

If you’ve heard rumor of an ecological catastrophe called white-nose syndrome, a lecture at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at the Highlands Nature Center will fill in the details.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 18:03

Take a road trip on the Jackson farm tour

From shitakes to goats to greenhouses, farms and gardens in Jackson County will let the public in for a behind-the-scenes look at their growing operations during the annual Jackson County Farm Tour July 25 and 26.
For veterinarian Brian Birthright, what would become a lifelong passion for biking began in the most fitting of ways — with a dog.  Then living in New England, Birthright was the owner of an overactive puppy who just wouldn’t tire.…
I have been waiting for this book for a long time.  Back in 1978, I read Falling Angel, which was that rare thing, a dark blend of noir/thriller and the occult. I read it several times, and it seemed to get better…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:32

Chamber music series celebrates 46 years

The Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival, one of the longest running chamber music festivals in the United States, presents its 46th season to the listeners of Western North Carolina.  The festival will continue with concerts at 7:30 p.m. 26 at the…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:28

Gemboree celebrates 50 years

The 50th annual Macon County Gemboree will be held July 23-26 at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:26

BBQ festival in Maggie Valley

The “Smokin’ in the Valley” Western North Carolina BBQ Festival will be from noon to 9 p.m. July 24 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 25 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:24

Guitar duo embraces swing, blues classics

Jazz Mountain will perform at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 19, at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Franklin.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:22

This must be the place

My dog died. Not to be Debbie Downer or anything, but that sentence has been ricocheting around my head all weekend. She’s gone. Sixteen years old, with 15 of those as a member of our family.
I was a little apprehensive. Strolling into The Strand at 38 Main this past Friday evening, the buzz around downtown Waynesville was the premiere of “Chasing Grace.” A faith-based thriller, the film was shot in town and around Haywood County.…
By Hannah McLeod • Guest Columnist We all have those memories that lurk in the back of our brain, the hazy, maybe-real-maybe-not memories from the time before we gained a sense of self. For me, those memories include being twirled around…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 16:42

Our Edisto story is still being written

EDISTO ISLAND, SC — Whether it is a time-honored family tradition or simply the very real possibility that, as a family, we share a stunning lack of imagination, the Cox family always spends a week on Edisto Island every summer.
• Meet the performers• The 'glorious chaos' that is Folkmoot• Folkmoot redefines mission as 2015 festival gets underway• 2015 festival highlights• Schedule of events
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 15:57

WCU’s Fine Art Museum opens gift shop

A new art museum gift shop, FAMShop, has opened in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on the Western Carolina University campus, close to the Fine Art Museum galleries. The shop offers a wide variety of works…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 15:56

Haywood Chamber doles out awards

Several individuals and business owners were recently recognized during the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner and awards ceremony. Pisgah Inn received the Special Business Recognition; Waynesville Automotive received Business of the Year; Frog Level Brewing received Entrepreneur of…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 15:51

Shaw donates lumber for restoration project

Shaw Industries recently donated more than 2,700 board feet of lumber to The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee that will be used to help restore a historic farmstead on LTLT’s Tessentee Bottomland Preserve property in Otto. The donation is…
With so many roads needing to be repaved in Bryson City and so little money to do it with, the town board of aldermen has to make tough decisions and try to prioritize a short list of projects each year.
Page 1 of 312