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Tuesday, 22 December 2015 18:25

This must be the place

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She grabbed for my hand and held it up. “No ring, huh? You should meet my daughter sometime. Single. Beautiful.…
Tuesday, 22 December 2015 18:07

Green Energy Park artist wins scholarship

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A glass artist at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro and recent Western Carolina University graduate, Cole Johnson…
Tuesday, 22 December 2015 18:07

Apple Creek Café moves downtown

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Following the recent closure of Nick & Nate’s pizzeria in downtown Waynesville, Apple Creek Café will take over the Main…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 17:29

The smelly truth about stink bugs

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Well, I knew it would happen sooner or later. Our house has been invaded by a herd of pygmy rhinoceroses,…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 17:16

Tobacco growers OK required contribution for tobacco research

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A referendum vote asking whether tobacco growers wanted to keep giving a portion of their sales to tobacco research and…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 17:15

New maps out for DuPont Forest

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People wanting to explore DuPont State Forest now have three new tools at their disposal to navigate through the forest’s…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 17:13

Step into the robot zoo

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An exhibit using mechanics to show how real animals work is open through Jan. 3 at the N.C. Arboretum in…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 17:12

Appalachian Farm School returns

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The Appalachian Farm School at Southwestern Community College will return for a second year starting Jan. 12, thanks to a…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 17:10

Groups agree on recommendation for forest plan

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A collection of environmental and recreation-oriented groups has come out with a recommendation for two new recreations areas to be…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 17:07

State emissions control plan out for comment

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A state plan to comply with federal rules for controlling carbon emissions is now out for public comment, but the…
Just like Haywood County’s watershed, fed by springs that all have their start inside county borders, Cherokee mythology surrounding places…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 16:54

Forschen novel looks at collapse a year later

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In the spring of 2011, there appeared William Forschen’s One Second After, a novel set in Black Mountain, North Carolina,…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 16:41

Behling art exhibit opening

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The Jackson County Arts Council will host an art exhibit opening for Dawn Behling, the 2014-15 Regional Artist Project Grant…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 16:41

Waynesville Rec offers senior trips

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Seniors may begin registering for the following trips in January, which will be hosted by the Waynesville Parks and Recreation…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 16:39

Interactive Cherokee history program

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“Cherokee Friends” will offer free programs for visitors throughout the month of December at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 16:35

This must be the place

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So, you’re from Canada? Not quite, but close. Growing up on the Canadian border, most folks there don’t really take notice…
It is the litmus test of a community. The arts. If you want to know how well a society functions,…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 16:19

Allow tree harvesting in new forest plan

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To the Editor: Please allow common sense to prevail in the forest management discussion. Trees are the ultimate gift —…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 16:19

False information from Sen. Tillis’ office

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To the Editor: As a North Carolina citizen, I could not understand why our senators voted against a bill that…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 16:13

It’s really OK to just let kids be kids

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“OK, everybody, huddle up, huddle up!” But nobody really seems to want to huddle up. Our point guard is standing…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 15:56

Jackson appears set to OK development plan

After holding a public hearing last week, at its next meeting Jackson County Commissioners will likely approve an agreement allowing the Chinquapin housing development near Cashiers to expand the capacity of its planned 200-home neighborhood to 400.
A proposed cell phone tower in Cashiers is drawing heated opinion from both sides, but it will be several weeks before commissioners make a final decision on whether to give the go-ahead for its construction.
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 15:50

Phone apps causing disruption in schools

New Smartphone applications are being developed every day, and many of them are helping teenagers keep secrets from their parents.
It took only minutes for the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority to approve Nick Breedlove as its new contracted director last week, but for Breedlove that moment was months in the making. While the 30-year-old Webster mayor, journalist and photography…
Ever since the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad left Dillsboro in 2008, the little town has been just barely chugging along. But if the last year is any indication, things could be turning around for the tourist-centered village.
Marcy Onieal had mighty big shoes to fill when she walked through the doors of Waynesville’s town hall four years ago as the new manager.
A move afoot by two Waynesville aldermen to push out Town Manager Marcy Onieal might seem incongruous with their campaign message in last month’s town election. SEE ALSO: Waynesville’s Marcy Onieal faces a double-edged sword daily
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 15:38

Local teen’s actions save a man’s life

Mary Kelly, a 16-year-old Smoky Mountain High School student, was recently recognized by Harris Regional Hospital for her quick actions that saved a man’s life.
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 15:34

Canton finally claims Camp Hope — for good

It has cost Canton half a million dollars to keep ownership of a piece of property it already owns.
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 15:32

Christmas tree farm experience

People can buy a real Christmas tree just about anywhere these days — from the big box stores to the side of the road.
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 15:29

The art of picking the perfect Christmas tree

Some like them tall and thin. Others like them shorter and thick.
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 15:26

A real tree takes real work

The Christmas tree business is not a get-rich-quick kind of industry. Once a seedling is planted, it takes about eight years of growth before the tree can fulfill its Christmas destiny.
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 15:17

Christmas tree industry growing strong

With more than 25 million real Christmas trees sold in the United States every year, growing Christmas trees is a thriving industry for farmers in North Carolina. SEE ALSO:• A real tree takes real work• The art of picking the perfect Christmas…
Western Carolina University Chancellor David Belcher announced to faculty this week that he would engage their input and oversight in crafting the terms and conditions of a $2 million grant from the politically charged Charles Koch Foundation.
Thursday, 10 December 2015 19:16

Suspects sought in Clyde stabbing incident

Two Haywood County men and a woman are being sought in the stabbing of a 33-year-old Clyde man Sunday.
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:57

Wilderness — we don’t need no stinkin wilderness

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Flying around Facebook pages (after all this is the age of information) is, apparently, a poll or online survey declaring…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:47

WCU shoreline study program lands grant

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A $483,000 National Park Service grant will allow Western Carolina University to map shoreline storm vulnerability in 12 costal parks…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:47

Possible timber thinning project takes comment

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The U.S. Forest Service is considering a timber project on 117 acres of the Nantahala Ranger District of the Nantahala…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:46

Fire ant quarantine expands to Macon and Graham counties

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A state quarantine to prevent the spread of the imported fire ant has expanded to include Macon and Graham counties,…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:46

Restrictions in place for Staire Creek Trail

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Equestrians and bikers who enjoy the Staire Creek Trail in the Big Ivy Area of the Pisgah National Forest will…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 16:44

DOT looking for N.C.’s best trails

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A new map to feature North Carolina’s most loved trails is now in the development stage, and the N.C. Department…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:43

Haywood stream cleanup logs big numbers

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Nearly two tons of trash were removed from Haywood County waterways this year thanks to Haywood Waterways Association’s Adopt-A-Stream Program. 
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:42

Great Smoky Mountains Association names new director

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The Great Smoky Mountains Association, a nonprofit that provides millions for visitor programs, conservation and special projects in the Great…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:34

Solar farm comes to Bethel

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The agricultural community of Bethel now has a new type of farm in its midst — solar.  Visible from U.S.…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:24

King is spot on with new short story collection

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Being a lifelong Stephen King fan, I have always been pleased to note that King is always keenly aware of…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:14

Christmas at Lake J

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“Appalachian Christmas” at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center will deliver the nostalgic charm of mountain hospitality to visitors…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:02

This must be the place

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America, I’m tired. I’m tired of the violence, the bloodshed, the yelling, the anger, the hate, the misinformation, the way we…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:00

Haywood Habitat looks to 2016

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With the holidays currently underway, there’s plenty for all of us to be grateful for living here in Western North…
Twenty-seven years is a long time for anything. “It amazing to me that it’s still going on,” Warren Haynes said.…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:49

Diverse coalition coalesces to support forest plan

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By Brent Martin • Guest Columnist In recent months I have watched a tense and difficult relationship play out nationally…