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Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:52

Lawmakers simply need to do more for education

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Editor’s note: The following letter was recently sent to all members of the North Carolina General Assembly As students and…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:52

We need more veggie options in schools

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To the Editor: With the new school year just starting, parents’ attention is on school clothes, supplies and lunches. Yes,…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:51

Sanders has unique vision for U.S.A.

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To the Editor: Like many across America, I’ve become very tired of politicians of both parties talking out of both…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:46

Of bears and bees

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I am not nearly so frustrated with my black oil sunflower seed-addicted bruin neighbor as I was after his little…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:36

“A Walk in the Woods” movie hits theaters

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A movie chronicling the adventure of a pair of middle-aged men attempting to hike the Appalachian Trail hits the theaters…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:34

Spectacular fall color predicted for WNC

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Drier-than-normal conditions during 2015 will translate into one of the best shows of fall color in years, according to Western…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:32

Hiker’s death likely a suicide, autopsy says

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The death of a prominent Sylva hiker whose body was found in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in June…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:30

Give litter the boot

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Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:29

Fundraiser to support Cullowhee River Park

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A fundraiser to support the effort to create a river park along the Tuckasegee River in Cullowhee will be held…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:26

Paddling competition coming to Cullowhee

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A family-friendly paddling competition featuring a variety of categories will be held on a flatwater portion of the Tuckasegee River…
I’ve never been a huge fan of any sport that hinges on an ability to run swiftly or handle a…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:12

Collection manages to combine horror and comedy

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There aren’t many successful horror fiction writers who are described as comical and/or whimsical. The terms seem incompatible. You don’t…
There are few places in Waynesville folks are afraid to go after dark. But the sagging blue canopy slung beneath the trees at the far end of Chestnut Park is one of them.
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:56

Jackson ABC board set to buy Cashiers store

It’s been just over a year since the Cashiers ABC store opened its doors, but the store’s renting days are almost over. ABC Board chairman David Noland paid a visit to both the Jackson County and Sylva town commissioners last…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:56

Meadows addresses grant workshop

Representatives from three dozen fire departments, rescue squads, law enforcement units and emergency service operations convened in Waynesville Monday for a grant writing workshop, hoping to find the key to unlock coveted state and federal funds. They came from the…
Ideas surrounding the fate of a vacant factory building in Whittier have been swirling since Jackson County commissioners started taking a serious look at its future earlier this year. Turn it into an agriculture center? Make it a recreation park?…
Shining Rock Classical Academy’s continued hunt for somewhere to temporarily house the fledgling charter school come Jan. 1 has inevitably landed on the doorstep of the Folkmoot Friendship Center, a seemingly natural choice since the Folkmoot Center was originally an…
A bid to make the Cherokee police chief’s position an elected one isn’t dead, but Tribal Council has voted to complete a study examining the pros and cons of such a move before making a choice. Following a lengthy discussion…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:49

Bryson City under new management

When Josh Ward was earning his bachelor’s degree in environmental health, he never thought it would lead him to running a small town government.
A grandiose plan to remake Waynesville’s Russ Avenue commercial corridor into a tree-lined boulevard has gotten a little less grandiose.
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:41

SWC initiatives give unified voice to the region

Less money and stiffer competition for grants means that Western North Carolina needs to have a solid plan in place to show the need in the region and stay competitive.
One day they were operating out of the community center building in Sylva and the next they were moving into a singlewide trailer in Bryson City. Some years federal grant money rolled in hand over fist, and other years they…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:35

Sylva business to close following owner’s arrest

After nearly 30 years in business, Sylva’s Jewelry Outlet on Main Street is scheduled to close Sept. 15.
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:32

Mission Health expands footprint in Haywood

Mission Health opened a new $7 million medical complex in Haywood County this week offering an array of health care services in a jaw-dropping facility.
It is the heartbeat of a town and its people. While some communities pride themselves on their Christmas, 4th of…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:22

So, why Canton?

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It’s a question I get a lot. “Why do you like Canton so much?”
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:21

In her own words

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Strolling Main Street in downtown Canton mid-morning, the steam stacks of nearby Evergreen Packaging rise high into another bluebird sky…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:18

Memories for a lifetime

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Sitting down next to each other, it’s pretty apparent that Pat and Zeb Smathers are father and son.
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:10

Bluegrass, barbecue at Francis Mill

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The Francis Mill Preservation Society will celebrate the preservation of the 128-year-old mill during the 10th annual Music at the…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:09

Seven Clans Rodeo rides into Cherokee

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The Seven Clans Rodeo will be held Sept. 4-5 at the intersection of U.S. 19/441 in Cherokee. Gates open at…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:07

Dazzling Dahlias

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The fourth annual Dazzling Dahlia Festival will be Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Highlands Rec Park and Civic Center.
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:06

Chinese acrobats onstage in Cullowhee

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The Golden Dragon Acrobats will bring the 2,000-year tradition of Chinese acrobatics to the stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept.…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:05

Wildlife photo exhibit in Macon

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There will be a wildlife photography exhibit showcasing the works of Ed & Cindy Boos through the month of September…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:03

Folk Festival returns to Lake Junaluska

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Mountain music, dancing and tradition will be on display once again as the 45th annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival celebrates…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 13:57

This must be the place

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With the cornfields as high as an elephant’s eye, apples just ripe for the pickin’ and the last of the…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 16:09

This is one ride I’m not gonna miss

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Some of them arrive four or five days early, packed up and just sitting there on the Haywood County Fairgrounds…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 16:08

Macon citizens want to help the homeless

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To the Editor: Thank you Macon County. It was truly humbling to see the community turnout for the Homeless Symposium.…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 16:08

You can choose your own worldview

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To the Editor: I am a human being, a member of a family, an American, and a Democrat, in that…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 16:07

Trump may be best choice for president

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To the Editor: Traditionally, Americans have sent lawyers to congressional offices in Washington. The assumption was that they would be…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:59

Granting opportunity available for farmers

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Grants to help famers offset the risk of trying something new are available through the WNC Agricultural Options program, which…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:44

Comment period still open on fracking drinking water study

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The public comment period for a 1,000-page study of the effects of hydraulic fracturing — known as “fracking” — on drinking…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:43

Monarch migration takes center stage

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A talk on the migration of monarch butterflies at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Highlands Nature Center will…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:42

Energy audit earns WCU students top prize

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A student-conducted energy audit of Western Carolina University won first place at the Appalachian Energy Summit in Boone, marking the…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:42

Wildlife program at HCC earns five-year reaccreditation

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Haywood Community College recently got word that its fish and wildlife management technology program has received five more years of…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:41

New members join land trust board

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Four new members will join the 18-member board of Land Trust for the Little Tennessee, a Franklin-based nonprofit focused on…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:40

Smokies telethon a success

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Hundreds of callers, online donors and private sponsors teamed up to raise $202,351 for work in the Great Smoky Mountains…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:40

Stocking will resume in N.C. trout waters

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Stocking will resume in North Carolina’s hatchery-supported trout waters now that testing for whirling disease in fish raised at Marion…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:39

Take fly tying to the next level

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Budding fly tyers looking to get beyond the basics may enjoy a second-level fly-tying class at the Pisgah Center for…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:38

Making way for rare juniper and locust species

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A small study on Satulah Mountain near Highlands hopes to shed light on what might be responsible for poor reproduction…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:36

History lovers needed for mill volunteer force

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An orientation for volunteers who’d like to tell visitors about the history of Mingus Mill in the Great Smoky Mountains…