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Wednesday, 18 November 2015 16:13

When a part of you goes missing

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Mike and I were not exactly a match made in heaven. In fact, I didn’t think we were much of…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 16:09

If it’s good vs. evil, only one outcome is tenable

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When terrorism strikes like it did this weekend in Paris, the first reaction to the horror is shock from the…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 15:57

Macon County Health warns against bird flu

Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been detected in commercial and backyard poultry flocks, wild birds, or captive wild birds in 21 States. With the last case of the spring outbreak identified in June 2015, a total of 211 commercial and…
Leaders of Lake Junaluska and the town of Waynesville are weighing whether to try once again to push a merger bill through the General Assembly next year, or whether they are better off staying outside the political arena for a…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 15:48

New property tax values coming to Jackson

The yardstick Jackson County will use to calculate property values next year is up for discussion at a public hearing 5:40 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Jackson County Administration Building.
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 15:47

Swain County to get first FM radio station

Station manager Robert Lowe hopes to have Swain County’s first FM radio station up and running by next week.
A proposed recycling clearinghouse in the Haywood County industrial park outside Canton has been nixed, but a handful of residents haven’t given up their fight.
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 15:43

Remembering the fallen

When William Guffey’s name was first etched on the stone face of the monument outside the old Webster School — along with those of his 10 fallen classmates — the year was 1951, the wounds of World War II were…
A group of Whittier farmers hoping to turn the vacant Drexel factory into an agricultural resource got a nod of support from Jackson County commissioners this week.
A comprehensive public safety campus is coming into shape in Haywood County with the construction of a new EMS and emergency management headquarters beside the sheriff’s office in Hazelwood.
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 15:25

Franklin elects fresh faces to town board

Everyone was a bit surprised on Nov. 3 when the election results came out in Franklin — even the candidates who were elected.
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 15:21

Younger generation changing the face of Franklin

Young people growing up in a small town usually have one main goal — to get out.
A smoking ban in public places took effect in Waynesville last week, making it illegal to light up a cigarette on town sidewalks.
Get off the U.S. 74 exit for Dillsboro, descend the steep hill to the light, turn right for a 1-mile drive down Haywood Road and you’ll soon notice a bright-colored sign announcing that you’ve reached the turnoff for the Jackson…
Ghost Town in the Sky will no longer be a western-themed amusement park come next summer, according to a recent announcement.
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 14:57

Distillery approved for Maggie Valley

Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen welcomed Dave Angel to town Monday night after approving his request for a special exception permit to operate Elevated Mountain Distillery.
Olga Pader will always remember the Naked Ground Trail in the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness as “the hike from hell.”  It…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 17:01

Fight the good fight

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"It’s like déjà vu all over again." —Yogi Berra (RIP) Maybe some of you who, like me, are getting longer in…
In response to public opposition to its proposed 45-mile Foothills Transmission Line, Duke Energy has settled on a revised plan…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:48

Outdoor camp celebrates its friends

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A celebration for friends of Outdoor Mission Camp, based in Maggie Valley, will be held 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12,…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:45

N.C. Arboretum lights up for the holidays

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More than 200,000 LED lights will illuminate the gardens of the N.C. Arboretum starting Nov. 20 for the second annual…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:30

Four short reviews to help clear the desk

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In the last month, my reading of books has outstripped my reviews. Consequently, stacks of books surround the desk at…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:21

Jicha art exhibit opening

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The Jackson County Arts Council will be hosting an art exhibit opening for Jon Jicha from 7 to 8 p.m.…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:18

TerKeurst to bring message of faith to Franklin

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Acclaimed faith speaker Lysa TerKeurst will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the Smoky Mountain Center…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:16

Whitters to perform at The Strand

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Pop/space country singer-songwriter Hailey Whitters will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at The Strand at 38 Main in…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:13

‘David Holt’s State of Music’ at WCU

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“David Holt’s State of Music — Live” will take to the stage from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22,…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:11

This must be the place

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It’s the most important job outside of the home. Teachers. Those folks in front of the classroom trying to make sense…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:08

Cruisin’ the road of creativity

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The 14th annual “Stecoah Arts & Crafts Drive About Tour” will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 27-28…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 15:50

In the end, Haywood leaders make the right call

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Hindsight is indeed 20-20, and this time Haywood County commissioners very likely saw things exactly as they should have. The…
Veterans Day is a time set aside each year to honor the people who have put their lives on the line to protect the freedom of others. Each veteran, whether they served in World War II or Iraq, have a…
When Bobby Rathbone came home from Vietnam over 40 years ago, joining a veterans group was the last thing on his mind. Drafted into war, fighting in Vietnam was hardly something to celebrate or wear on his sleeve.
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 15:23

Military icons in our midst

Three military relics on display in the mountains honor the nation’s long and fabled history of duty and service to country.
Jerry Wolfe is a storyteller. Whether he’s telling a story of his people at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian or retelling his years spent in the U.S. Navy, the 91-year-old remembers every detail.
When 91-year-old Gertrude Mashburn tells strangers she’s a World War II veteran — a topic she usually brings up early in a conversation — she’s often met with skepticism. 
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 15:16

County OKs fee waiver for apartment complex

River Walk Apartments, an eight-building complex in Cullowhee, will get a waiver on the $16,500 it paid in solid waste fees this year, Jackson County commissioners decided unanimously last week.
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 15:14

Macon bus driver showered with honors

Alice Bradley says she’s just an old country girl who isn’t used to the applause and compliments that come with being in the spotlight.
With a report looking at the ins and outs of work in its planning and permitting/code enforcement departments now finished, Jackson County is ready to start implementing the report’s recommendations.
After years of debate and meetings and public input, Jackson County’s steep slope ordinance is complete.
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 15:08

Sylva election comes down to flip of a coin

The Sylva Board of Commissioners election came down to the flip of a coin — literally.
As the municipal elections were coming to a close last Tuesday night, it became clear that the race in Bryson City would be too close to call. 
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 15:03

New initiative to provide winter assistance

Macon New Beginnings, a new nonprofit in Macon County working to address homelessness, has been hard at work trying to come up with a plan to shelter people in need through the winter.
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 15:00

Franklin homeless ministry seeks new home

Lowell Monteith is tired of hearing “No.” It seems like everywhere he turns for help, the answer is always the same.
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 14:58

Jackson looks to future government space needs

Jackson County is moving ahead with an effort to free up more space in its Health Department.
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 14:56

Three compete for House seat

Rep. Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville, has announced her intentions to run for a third term, but two Democrats have stepped up to challenge her for the chance to represent the 118th District of North Carolina.
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 14:54

Recycling clearinghouse nixed in Haywood

A controversial proposal to sell a 55-acre tract in a county-owned industrial park near Canton to a private recycling sorting plant is dead.
Neither Webster nor Forest Hills will have vacancies when the new town government terms begin in December, according to official election results. In both elections, write-in votes showed a strong enough consensus to overcome the dearth of candidates to sign…
Thursday, 05 November 2015 18:39

Information sought in national forest vandalism

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Vandalism in the Nantahala National Forest has prompted the U.S. Forest Service to offer a monetary reward for information about…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 16:05

Pisgah High Millennials ready to voice their opinions

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Somewhere at this very moment, a political science major is writing a dissertation on why young people these days are…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 16:03

Some capitalism not so admirable

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To the Editor: In 2008, the CEO of BBT, John Allison, gave $1 million to Western Carolina University. Some have…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 16:01

Don’t succumb to fears in Beaverdam

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To the Editor: I would like to elaborate on the comments I made at the hearing on Oct. 19 on…