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Wednesday, 27 January 2016 16:41

Hogs have long been an Appalachian staple

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Hog Holler, Hog Branch, Hog Camp Branch, Hog Cane Branch, Hog-eye Branch, Hogback Gap, Hogback Holler, Hogback Knob, Hogback Ridge,…
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 16:21

The Web is changing us in more ways than we know

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In Reclaiming Conversation, author Sherry Turkle notes that significant changes sometimes come to our daily lives without our noticing, until…
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 15:51

This must be the place

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That song — you know that song — came over the stereo and I felt my shoulders relax.
Heading west on Highway 76, the last of the warm sunshine falls behind the silent Blue Ridge Mountains. With the…
A devoted customer stood at the counter at Walker Service chatting with Clayton Cathey before picking up his truck for what may be the last time.    “What’s this rumor I hear about you closing?” the customer asked.
A $5.5 million renovation and expansion of the New Generations Family Birthing Center at Harris Regional Hospital will soon be underway.
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 15:28

Harris brings OB doctors under one umbrella

Harris Regional Hospital is a powerhouse when it comes to delivering babies in the mountains, a legacy it has pledged to maintain with the symbolic merger of the hospital’s OB doctors into a single practice under the hospital’s umbrella.
Waynesville leaders made a pact last week to work cooperatively in choosing a new town manager, despite the rift among board members leading up to this point.
Backlash from rural residents in Haywood County who fear an indoor shooting range proposed in their midst will disrupt their traditional way of life has got the attention of Haywood County commissioners.
The potential closing of Central Elementary School in Waynesville due to a massive, sudden budget shortfall for Haywood County Schools has unleashed a maelstrom of emotions in the community since the news broke two weeks ago.
A feasibility report on the potential closure of Central Elementary School in Waynesville was released by Haywood County Schools last week.
Jackson County Public Schools wants more than $12 million for improvements to its facilities through 2020, but despite the big number, the requests are pretty basic, Superintendent Mike Murray told commissioners last week.
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 15:14

Charter school chairwoman steps down

Tara Keilberg, a founding board member for the Shining Rock Classical Academy, has resigned from her post as chairwoman on the board of directors to become the charter school’s new business manager.
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 15:12

Jackson homeless shelter short on cash

Things are coming down to the wire for Jackson County’s only homeless shelter. Without a fast infusion of cash, Jackson County Neighbors in Need is set to run out of money in under two weeks, and winter is far from…
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 15:10

Tax value notices to be issued in Jackson

Some Jackson County property owners might find themselves doing a doubletake when notice of their updated property value comes in the mail next week.
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 15:08

MADD advocate honored for lives she’s touched

A Haywood County woman who has dedicated the past dozen years to a crusade against driving while impaired was honored for her relentless advocacy with The Order Long Leaf Pine award in a surprise ceremony this month.
Before it becomes a mandate from a judge, Macon County commissioners are looking to make improvements to security at the courthouse.
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 14:59

Clayton Davis to join Maggie town board

After interviewing seven people Monday night, the Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen unanimously chose Clayton Davis to fill a two-year unexpired term on the board.
Haywood County Schools have pulled the trigger on Saturday school, announcing that this Saturday (Jan. 30) will be a snow make-up day. School will dismiss at 12 p.m.
Monday, 25 January 2016 16:14

GALLERY: Snow Storm Jonas in Haywood County

Allen Newland with A Shot Above aerial photography took these shots on Sunday, Jan. 24, showing the aftermath of Snow Storm Jonas in Haywood County.
Many residents in Canton and Clyde were without water overnight as a result of an 8-inch waterline break yesterday and a high demand due to the winter storm.
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 17:28

Can I move?

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Remember the scene in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” where the Kid was asked by an old miner (I…
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 17:14

Power plant plans to be discussed at public hearing

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A public hearing on Duke Energy’s plan to build two new power plants to replace its soon-to-retire Asheville coal plant…
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 17:13

Date set for Smokies Half Marathon

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The Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon will send runners all around Waynesville on Saturday, May 14 — and for…
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 17:11

Hike 100 miles of Smokies trail in 2016

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Smokies Superintendent Cassius Cash has issued a challenge to all hardy souls wishing to join him in celebrating the National…
Should North Carolina start thinking about a hunting season for elk?  If the crowd that turned out to the N.C.…
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,…