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Wednesday, 20 January 2016 16:57

Voters will ultimately decide if firing was a mistake

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Former county commissioner, mayor and longtime Haywood County political player/observer Mary Ann Enloe was dead on in her column last…
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 16:57

Believe it or not, fear can kill you

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To the Editor: Startling new findings show that if you are a middle-aged white person, your life expectancy is dramatically…
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 16:57

Thankfully, we are about over Obama’s reign

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To the Editor  Closing the stable after the horse has bolted describes Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech last…
One Friday night in October my husband and I were dining at the bar at Frog’s Leap when I realized…
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 16:29

Nine apply for Maggie Valley alderman seat

In a surprising last-minute turnout, nine Maggie Valley residents have submitted applications to be considered for a board of aldermen vacancy.
Tony Lossiah was a good man, a quiet guy with a caring heart. He loved his family and worked hard on the job, say the friends and family still mourning his loss in the tightknit Cherokee community. 
No charges will be filed following suicides at the Jackson County Detention Center in November 2014 and March 2015, District Attorney Ashley Welch announced last week.
Waynesville leaders interviewed two potential candidates Tuesday night to serve as an interim town manager following the dismissal of Town Manager Marcy Onieal.
Waynesville Town Manager Marcy Onieal was fired last week in a 3-2 split vote by the town board following a nearly two-hour closed-door discussion among board members. SEE ALSO:• The full version: Alderman Jon Feichter's explanation behind his vote• The full…
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 16:03

Koch money at WCU remains under scrutiny

A Western Carolina University professor with ties to the ultra-conservative Koch brothers political network worked behind the scenes with outside donors to devise a coordinated strategy that would influence the hiring of professors and use WCU to further conservative economic…
Democratic candidates who pledge to fight for more education funding could resonate with parents witnessing the impacts of the funding shortfall in Haywood Schools. Or those voters could likewise be turned off by candidates making political hay over the issue.
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 15:50

Fired WCU worker wins wrongful termination suit

After a former employee won a lawsuit claiming that Western Carolina University had fired him without cause, the university is appealing the decision.
Though community college leaders aren’t allowed to take an official position on whether they support the $2 billion Connect NC Bond initiative, the proposal could mean $350 million for community colleges across the state.
Despite the large number of politicians that will be on the ballot March 15, Western Carolina University in Cullowhee probably has the most to gain and the most to lose during the primary election.
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 15:41

Infrastructure bonds garner bipartisan support

On March 15, North Carolina voters will be asked whether they support borrowing $2 billion to fund a backlog of infrastructure projects throughout the state. SEE ALSO:• Bond could give higher education an influx of funds• Community colleges also stand…
Macon County commissioners maintained their stance against creating more wilderness areas in the county despite The Wilderness Society’s attempt to change their minds.
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 15:38

Free clinic to serve uninsured in Swain County

Dr. Frank VanMiddlesworth is on a mission to bring free medical care to the uninsured in Swain County and improve the overall health of its residents.
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 15:33

Start off with something old, something new

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With the new year now upon us, it strikes me that “something old” and “something new” is appropriate for this…
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 15:15

This must be the place

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There are singers, there are performers, and then there’s Laura Reed.  Wandering the numerous floors and stages of New Mountain…
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 15:12

Healing the mountains, healing the people

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Byron Ballard is one misunderstood witch. “There is this whole cultural mythology that witches aren’t human. They’re seen as these…
The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance from the public in locating two suspects in an armed robbery that occurred at Galloway’s Convenience Store just outside the Canton city limits Friday night.
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 17:08

It’s a great plan, just work on the free throws

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I was in my early twenties before I knew what I wanted to do with my life. My son, Jack,…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 17:06

Proposed Koch gift to WCU a bad idea

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By Mark Jamison • Guest Columnist The proposed $2 million gift from the Charles Koch Foundation to Western Carolina University…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 17:06

Beware the politics of the anglerfish

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To the Editor: The political season has kicked in full bore, and what we are about to witness is politics…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 17:05

Let’s stand up to injustice, hatred, fear

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To the Editor: The Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century brought about real positive change: the end of legalized…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:47

Ban on poultry shows and sales lifted

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A state ban on poultry sales and shows in place since August was lifted a week earlier than anticipated, as…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:47

Dairy farmers to vote on mandatory sales contribution

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Haywood County dairy farmers may soon be required to give a portion of their proceeds for dairy-related education, research and…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:46

LTLT name change becomes official

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The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee started off the new year with a new name, officially launching its new…
For Danny Bernstein and her husband Lenny, trips south to visit Lenny’s family in Miami Beach are a regular feature…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:35

Work beginning on access trails along the Chattooga

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Work has started on new trails and signs along the Chattooga River aimed at improving access for paddlers.
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:33

Learn to use a stand up paddleboard

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People wanting to get in on the stand up paddleboard craze will have a chance to learn the basics at…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:27

Ironwood is piquing the interest of WNC residents

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There seems to be an upsurge of interest in ironwood in Western North Carolina of late. It’s curious how reader…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:16

A look at religion and the ‘misfits for Jesus’

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Nadia Bolz-Weber is the founder of the House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. She defines herself as…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:09

Brewing success, crafting a brand

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Thirty-eight is Noah McIntee’s favorite number these days. “For a lot of folks, we’re not the sleeper hit anymore,” he said.…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:07

This must be the place

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The alarm went off on my phone. Monday morning. 6:45 a.m.
In a long-awaited strategic move, Nantahala Brewing in Bryson City will soon be putting the final touches on the purchase…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:05

HART to present Ephron hit, new café

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The production of the Nora Ephron play “Love Loss and What I Wore” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Jan.…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:02

Events honor legacy of MLK

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Waynesville Town Manager Marcy Onieal was fired Tuesday night in a 3-2 split vote by the town board following a nearly two-hour closed-door discussion among board members.
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 15:19

Friday last day to apply for Maggie board

Maggie Valley is still accepting applications from potential candidates to fill a two-year unexpired term on the board of aldermen.
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 15:18

Man’s body found near Dry Falls

Rescue crews recovered the body of Sean Kasey around 1:30 p.m. Sunday from the Cullasaja River after conducting a search for nearly 24 hours.
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 15:16

Macon flood damage exceeds $1 million

Heavy rains and high waters in December have resulted in more than $1 million in flood damage in Macon County.
Since 1940, the Federal Government has provided Impact Aid Funding to assist school districts that have lost a portion of their local tax base because of Federal ownership of property. 
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 15:13

Animal shelter advocates make their case

Jackson County’s animal lovers had a message for county commissioners last week, and it couldn’t have been clearer: We need a new animal shelter, and quickly, speaker after speaker told the board. 
Last week wasn’t the first time since the new tribal leadership took office that the issue of separation of powers has cropped up. During the December budget hearings, things got heated in council chambers when Chief Justice Bill Boyum came…
When the Cherokee Tribal Council voted to create the Office of Legislative Support last week, it was doing more than ramping up tribal staffing.
Defendants in a lawsuit stemming from raises and backpay the Cherokee Tribal Council voted itself in October 2014 are hoping to convince a judge to dismiss the case against them.
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 15:05

Jackson County manager announces retirement

For Jackson County Manager Chuck Wooten, the time has come to shift his professional focus from managing a county to playing with the grandkids. After five years at the center of county operations, Wooten plans to make June 30 his…