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As Haywood Community College leaders look to the future, it’s import to reflect on how far the institution has come in its first 50 years. 
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 14:45

HCC President Parker looks forward 50 years

What is the significance of HCC’s 50th anniversary? The 50th anniversary celebration gives us an opportunity to reflect upon those who preceded us and had the vision and wherewithal to create the North Carolina Community College System and specifically Haywood…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 14:38

McMahan convicted in vehicle death

Christopher Harold McMahan was recently convicted of felony death by vehicle and felony serious injury by vehicle in Macon County Superior Court. McMahan will spend more than two years in prison. The crimes were committed on July 31, 2012, as…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 14:37

Stecoah man found guilty of sexual offense

Michael Lee White, 38, of the Stecoah community, was recently found guilty by a jury in Robbinsville of sexual offense on a child.   He was sentenced by Superior Court Judge J. Thomas Davis to no less than 300 months…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 14:35

Swain to dissolve outdated ordinances

Swain County commissioners will hold two public hearings at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, before deciding whether to dissolve ordinances regulating meat markets and campgrounds.
Some residents of the Yellow Mountain area near Lake Glenville are hoping Jackson County commissioners will step in to address the impacts of a shooting range that’s sprung up in the sparsely populated mountain neighborhood.
Hazy ownership of a de facto three-acre park in Waynesville has been resolved, allowing the town to remove a group of partiers who had more or less occupied a corner of the property as squatters.
Duke Energy has roped Waynesville in for another year even though the town hoped to quit buying its wholesale power from the energy giant by year’s end.
The final public hearing in the two-year-old saga of revisions to Jackson County’s steep slope ordinance was all set to take place Sept. 22, but last week county commissioners decided to cancel the hearing and reschedule for a later date. 
Sylva is likely nearing the end of a months-long debate over a recurring question: is there a better way to do traffic on Main Street?
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 14:03

Schools end traditional knighting of valedictorian

The senior with the highest grade point average will no longer be crowned valedictorian at high school graduation in Haywood County.
Swain County Board of Elections has retained an attorney to provide guidance on an ongoing dispute between the board and the county regarding retirement benefits for Elections Director Joan Weeks.
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 13:58

Macon educators rally for more state funding

The state budget was 78 days overdue last Tuesday night when a group of more than 20 public education supporters packed the Macon County commissioners meeting in support of more state funding.
The day after Chief-Elect Patrick Lambert takes his oath of office, Principal Chief Michell Hicks will take over Lambert’s old job as executive director of the Tribal Gaming Commission.
Meeting a deadline five minutes ahead of time can be challenging, so after meeting an important enrollment goal five years early, leaders at Western Carolina University are celebrating.
Tuesday, 15 September 2015 20:09

Unstable rock causes I-40 closure

Instability in the rocky roadside caused by blasting along Interstate 40 in Haywood County has caused the second road closure in three days between mile markers 6 and 8.  On Saturday (Sept. 12), following blasting contractors noted an “unstable rock…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 16:15

My favorite literary opening paragraphs

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I don’t like to talk or write about writing — but when forced to do so by, say, an approaching…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 16:12

WNC’s African-American history

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This is a monumental work. Ann Miller Woodford has gathered an astonishing amount of information, including old letters, church records, unpublished…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:44

Fall harvest festival returns to Cherokee

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The annual Mountain Life Festival in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:43

Cherokee festival in Hayesville

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The Cherokee Heritage Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Cherokee…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:42

Youth Art Festival coming to JCGEP

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The Youth Arts Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Jackson County Green…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:41

Mountain Faith ‘Welcome Home Parade’

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There will be a “Welcome Home Parade” for acclaimed bluegrass act Mountain Faith at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:39

This must be the place

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It’s funny, isn’t it? When you cross paths with folks you haven’t seen in years, and yet you are all still…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:31

Three’s Company: Sylva welcomes third craft brewery

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John Duncan won’t forget Aug. 19 anytime soon. “It was damn scary,” he chuckled. That day not only marked the…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:19

Friday night lights still shining bright

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“So, you’re a band parent, huh? Boy, is your life about to change.” My wife and I heard that a…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:15

A bag of stories and an oil can

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By John Beckman • Guest Columnist Forty-two years ago a very interesting man moved into the broken, haunted brick mansion two…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:08

Despite Sanders’ rhetoric, nothing is free

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To the Editor: Such a nice man, this Bernie Sanders, we just love him, he just wants to help everyone!…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 14:57

Jackson signs jail health contract

When John Buchanan first took the jail captain job at the Jackson County Detention Center, one assignment quickly rose to the top of his to do list: figure out a better option for inmates’ health care.
Any day now.  That’s what Robbie Inman has been telling himself for weeks as he cruises Raleigh news sites, trying to cipher out when an end to the budget logjam in the General Assembly would end.
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 14:54

SCC jumps the gun on building start

Southwestern Community College broke state policy this summer when it launched a construction project before securing final contract authorization from the state.
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 14:44

YO offers support to LGBTQ youth in Franklin

The world can be a confusing and lonely place when you don’t know where you fit in to it and you don’t have a support system. It’s hard enough being a teenager today, but the added difficulties of struggling with…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 14:42

Swain County working toward securing trash site

Beginning in January, Swain County residents will no longer have 24-hour access to the county’s trash and recycling convenience center. 
Alaska Presley has talked for years about her vision of having the tallest cross in the western hemisphere placed on top of her Buck Mountain property in Maggie Valley, but now it seems that plan will not come to fruition…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 14:37

Landslide win makes Lambert new Cherokee chief

There was nothing ambiguous about Patrick Lambert’s win in the race for Cherokee Principal Chief last week. His victory came in a landslide of 71 percent.
A protracted tug-of-war over the 95.3 FM radio frequency is finally over, setting the stage for Western Carolina University’s campus-run radio station to expand its reach well beyond Jackson County’s borders.
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 14:31

Recovery rally aims to offer hope

It takes a village to combat a drug addiction or mental illness, and Richie Tannerhill is hoping to see a multitude of villages turn out when the inaugural Western Regional Rally for Recovery comes to Lake Junaluska Sept. 19.
Waynesville candidates running for the town board and mayor got an audience with the business community last week at the monthly Issues and Eggs breakfast hosted by the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce.
People on food assistance can make their money go further when buying produce at the Historic Haywood Farmers Market in…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 14:07

Bird flu fears cause farm tour cancellation

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Fears of introducing the bird flu to North Carolina farms prompted the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project to cancel its annual…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 14:05

Peek into camping trips past

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A showcase of restored vintage camping trailers will raise money for Haywood Waterways Association’s youth education programs, 11 a.m. to…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 14:03

All hail the monarch butterfly

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Throughout the United States, monarch butterflies are an iconic sight. Their striking orange-and-black pattern, their annual 3,000-mile flight south to…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 14:02

Eagle eye

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A pair of young archers recently earned bragging rights at the 4-H West District Shooting Sports Tournament.
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 14:01

Lake J’s Inspiration Point unmasked

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Inspiration Point — a garden on the grounds of Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center tucked away near the Lambuth…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 13:59

New land conservation projects completed in Haywood

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More than 200 acres in the Sandy Mush area — located at the convergence of Haywood, Buncombe and Madison counties…
Bill Bryson and Steven Katz didn’t really know what they were getting into when they began their Appalachian Trail journey,…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:54

Tourism figures point to a post-recession recovery

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Recently released figures on the impact of tourism in Western North Carolina are encouraging. More visitors are spending more money,…
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…