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Wednesday, 06 May 2015 14:45

Bringing the past to life

When Kim Sutton puts on his Civil War attire, he’s immediately transported to an era when a national conflict held court in the rural landscape of Haywood County.
For 10 years, museum curator Jackie Stephens has prepped The Shelton House for Civil War commemorations.
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 14:40

Take a Civil War tour in Haywood County

With the help of Civil War enthusiasts in Haywood County, The Shelton House Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts has put together a full weekend of events to commemorate the last shot fired in the Civil War east of the Mississippi.…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 14:38

The Fall of Will Thomas

William Holland Thomas, a self-made, prominent businessman, a revered chief in the Cherokee tribe, a politician and a colonel in the Confederate Army, spent the final 20 years of his life fighting mental illness. He passed those years, as he…
Not all the Eastern Cherokee supported the Confederacy. Several served with the Union army during the Civil War and were ostracized by the Confederate Cherokees after hostilities ceased. Some evidence exists that one of these Union soldiers brought smallpox back…
Union Col. William Bartlett tried to keep his cool as he watched his bitter, battle-hardened Confederate enemies riding down Main Street that May morning of 1865. SEE ALSO:• Like a Good Neighbor: The Eastern Cherokee and the Confederacy• Take a Civil…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 14:08

Chief candidates weigh in on issues

It’s election season in Cherokee, and with the long-time chief Michell Hicks opting not to seek re-election, five candidates are vying for the tribe’s top office.
Things are back to normal at Tuscola High School after an emailed threat prompted a complete evacuation of the school April 30.
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 02:55

Cumberland Island National Seashore

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Cumberland Island, which is composed of Great Cumberland Island (the national seashore) and Little Cumberland Island (private), is one of…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 02:54

Falconer to share the wonders of birds of prey

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A discussion on falconry and the importance of birds of prey to a healthy ecosystem — as well as a…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 02:51

Excursion series offers a full gamut of activities

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The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust will kick off its annual lineup of eco tours to ecologically important areas throughout the region…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 02:41

Coveted viewing slots for Smokies firefly show to go live

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The time is drawing near for synchronous fireflies to once more light up the night in the Smokies, and the…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 02:39

National forest sites open for spring

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With warmer weather comes the opening of a lengthy list of campgrounds and recreation sites in the Nantahala and Pisgah…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 02:35

Pedal like a girl: Women give mountain biking a try

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Four years ago, Jennie Wyderko — then finishing up her undergrad at Virginia Tech — had barely even touched a…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 02:28

A withering cultural critic takes aim

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In Withering Slights: The Bent Pin Collection (National Review Books, 2015, ISBN 978-0-9847650-3-4, 186 pages, $24.95), Florence King demonstrates once…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 02:22

Creating a healthier future

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Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital have embarked on exciting futures for our hospitals and communities.   Early this…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 02:17

The kids cope with Lucy the tomcat’s gender crisis

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Sixth grade was not so kind to my daughter. She did better than she expected on the social part —…
Haywood School Superintendent Anne Garrett came up with a novel approach for predicting how many students a new charter school will siphon out of the public school system.
Haywood County Schools have been losing students slowly but steadily over the past decade. Despite high academic performance, the school system has 500 fewer students. Where did they go? Why? Will the decline continue? • Case #1: The homeschool factor•…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 01:55

WCU LLC to spur economic development

The Western Carolina University College of Business is establishing a new, for-profit limited liability company designed to provide entrepreneurial business, scientific and technical services to help spur economic development activity in Western North Carolina. The new LLC will replace WCU’s…
A public hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at the Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center will take the public’s temperature on a proposed fire tax for Jackson County residents in the Cashiers-Highlands area.  The county’s board of commissioners has been discussing…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 01:52

Final round for Cullowhee standards

Cullowhee residents crowded the basketball court at the Cullowhee Recreation Center last week for a chance to sound off during the last public hearing before Jackson County Commissioners take a final vote on whether to adopt the Cullowhee Community Planning…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 01:51

Bryson businesses unite

There is power in numbers, and businesses in Bryson City are ready to join forces to have their voices heard.  With guidance from the Swain County Chamber of Commerce, merchants are working to form a Bryson City Downtown Merchants Association. 
The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad introduces new people to all that Bryson City has to offer throughout the year, yet many locals are still not on board with the changes the train has brought with it.
Voters could see more Ds and Rs on their election ballot in 2016 if Republicans push through legislation to make local school board and statewide judicial races partisan.
Earlier this year, it looked like Monarch Ventures, a Charlotte-based company that’s been trying for years to build a high-density 500-bed student housing complex in Cullowhee, could be history.
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 01:43

Fraternity gets five-year suspension

The Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity will be absent from Western Carolina University’s roster of Greek life opportunities until 2020, following a February incident in which a PKA pledge claimed to be waterboarded by his fraternity brothers.
When the Cherokee Tribal Council voted to give itself a hefty pay raise last fall — $10,000 extra a year plus tens of thousands in backpay for the years when it supposedly should have already been receiving those extra dollars…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 21:13

Celebration honors Graham’s history

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The Proctor Revival Organization will once again honor the history of Graham County May 1-31 with “A Time To Remember”…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 21:12

New art installation in Waynesville

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A solid marble statue is the newest art installation by the Waynesville Public Art Commission. 
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 21:11

QuickDraw at Laurel Ridge

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The WNC QuickDraw will be from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 21:09

Civil War remembrance, reenactment

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In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and the “Last Shot Fired” at the…
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 21:08

This must be the place

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She knows me better than anybody. She’s a little rough around the edges. Her beauty has seen better days. She’s…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 21:02

The act of words to paper

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For Wiley Cash, being a writer is not about milestones in his career that define his passion. Rather, it’s the…
Haywood Regional Medical Center’s recent decision to purchase the Evergreen Family Medical Center in Canton will keep Evergreen employees from losing their primary care physician and will expand health care services to the entire community.  Since Evergreen announced in January…
“The cascading, four foot, doubly-compound leaves of devil’s walking stick, bunched near the end of long crooked thorny stems reaching…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 16:03

Local food guide now available

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A new edition of Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s Local Food Guide is out in time for the spring growing season. …
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 16:02

Grant brings real-life science to classrooms

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A $500 grant from the N.C. Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts’ Auxiliary will mean some hands-on science for…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 16:02

Paul Carlson honored for conservation work

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Paul Carlson of Land Trust for the Little Tennessee was named Outstanding Conservationist in the 2015 Roosevelt-Ashe awards given out…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 16:00

Survival skills conference to be held in Haywood

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Heritage Life Skills, a fourth-year event featuring classes in survivalist cooking, self-defense and food production skills is coming up May…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:58

Pancakes popular with AT hikers

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Appalachian Trail hikers in search of a satisfying meal found it at the First Baptist Church of Franklin this year…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:55

Jackson fifth graders get a conservation education

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More than 200 fifth graders from Jackson County Schools spent two days learning about natural resources at East LaPorte Recreation…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:54

Fly-fishing museum opening delayed

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The grand opening of the Fly-Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians in Cherokee, originally intended for May 1, has been…
From paved 5K routes to epic trail runs and triathlons, Western North Carolina is rife with outdoor races of all…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:39

Greening Up the Mountains: Through the Hills

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3 p.m. • Signature Brew Stage The newest musical entity in Western North Carolina, the Haywood County quartet brings together…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:36

Greening Up the Mountains: Rye Baby

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1:05 p.m. • Signature Brew Stage Hailing from Chattanooga, Rye Baby is a fiery duo, one that encompasses the honky-tonk…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:25

Dam politics and freedom of religion

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The growing threat of drought in the Southeast and the problems of “water politics” has prodded the memory of many…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:17

Controlled Chaos Film Festival at WCU

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Films created by Western Carolina University students will be screened at the sixth annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival at 7…
Folkmoot USA invites area collectors to its spring-cleaning fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:12

‘American Idol’ winner to perform in Cherokee

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American Idol Season 13 winner and Asheville native Caleb Johnson will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Harrah’s…