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Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:09

This must be the place

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It is the single most essential thing in my life. Running. The action of putting on jogging shorts, a comfortable…
Caleb Burress sees a rebirth — in himself and his music. “2014 was an education for us on many levels…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:04

Criminals fear those who carry guns

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To the Editor: As a long-time N.R.A. member, I wish to respond to Publisher Scott McLeod about his recent gun…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:03

More rhetoric from the liberal press

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To the Editor: It appears the long arm of the liberal press has made it to your publication. Scott McLeod’s…
“You bet I’m happy. I feel this was only right. My goal is to improve Waynesville and set it apart…
Haywood County Schools will get a modest 2 percent increase each year for the next three years in its student per capita funding from the county.
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 14:47

HCC enrollment dips as economy improves

Marlowe Mager isn’t an economist by trade, but a little-known data set at his fingertips puts him on par with the nation’s best forecasters.
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 14:44

Exchanging students, exchanging cultures

When Donna Bell invited the first exchange student into her home seven years ago, she had no idea the lasting impact it would have on her family as well as the lives of the students.
A man attempting to rob alleged pot growers and dealers in the Bethel community of Haywood County was shot and killed Friday night. At least that’s the story the alleged pot dealers have given cops to explain why a man…
About 200 people gathered for the ribbon cutting of a $3.2-million renovation of the Terrace Hotel at Lake Junaluska, the anchor lodging facility of the conference and retreat center.
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 14:38

New apartment complex in the works for Sylva

Plans are under way to build a new apartment complex near — but not in — the town of Sylva, an idea that seemed to meet favor from the planning board when it was presented earlier this month.
As the old saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child.
The old Drexel furniture factory in Whittier isn’t producing much these days, unless you count bird nests and ivy vines as products. Tall grasses wave across the 21-acre property, obscuring the wood pallets strewn across the yard and reaching into…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 14:21

Is that a knuckleboom outside my window?

A new addition will soon be added to the town of Waynesville’s street fleet.
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:45

Greening Up welcomes spring

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The 18th annual Greening Up the Mountains spring kickoff street festival will be held Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m.…
The furniture manufacturer remembered as Carolina Wood Turning Company has been closed for more than 30 years, yet the smell of freshly cut wood and the sound of the steam whistle are still fresh in the minds of those who…
Breweries could be built and alcohol served at special events in Cherokee, if a House bill currently awaiting hearing in a Senate committee becomes state law. 
Haywood County farmers caught some face time with elected leaders this week over heaping plates of bacon, eggs, grits, biscuits and hash browns to talk candidly about the issues facing today’s farmers — and the unrelenting rain over the past…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 16:02

The swamp a ghost saved

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Yay! Spring break! That special time to be sequestered with adolescents and/or pre-adolescents in about 50 square feet while hurtling…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 16:01

Swain students illustrate wetlands

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Swain County students got creative on the theme “Wetlands are Wonderful” this spring, sending in their bookmark designs for a…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 16:00

Water ordinance nabs Jackson state award

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Jackson County snagged one of eight statewide awards given to individuals and organizations that protect public drinking water sources.  The…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:59

WNC towns snag grants for bike route, pedestrian planning

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The towns of Franklin and Canton were among 10 municipalities across the state to win a grant for bicycle and…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:59

Joyce Kilmer reroute planned for Benton McKaye Trail

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The Benton McKaye Trail Association recently completed a major reroute of the trail’s path through the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness.
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:57

Mapping project brings natural landmarks

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Virtual views of some of America’s most iconic places are now online, with Chimney Rock, Grandfather Mountain and DuPont State…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:56

School partners with land trust for wetland conservation

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Though the wetland bordering U.S. 441 on the North Carolina-Georgia line isn’t that noteworthy on first glance, it’s an ecological…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:55

NOC rings in spring

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A celebration of spring and its waterborne joys will be held April 24-26 at Nantahala Outdoor Center with a Spring…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:52

Foundation pledges $600,000 for Parkway projects

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The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation will spend $600,000 in 2015 on projects to benefit the Parkway and the plant and…
Solar power is on the rise across the U.S., and a campaign recently launched in Western North Carolina is urging…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:45

Fate and fortune sing in new novel

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Spartanburg poet and nonfiction writer John Lane has broken out of his comfort zone and journeyed into the netherworld of…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:44

A big thank you to Sen. Jim Davis

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To the Editor: Thank you Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, for raising my taxes. As with the majority of North Carolina…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:40

Time to get re-acquainted with an old friend

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It is just mid-April and already too hot to sleep, but too early in the year to resort to air…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:37

Pseudo police force would lead to bigger problems

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Nothing would reflect better on this country than to have a rational, reasoned debate on gun violence and what steps…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 14:07

Friends of the Arts benefit, concert

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A special performance by WCU alumna and recording artist Jeanne Jolly will take place as part of the Friends of…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 14:06

WCU drummer tapped for U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps

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Western Carolina University Pride of the Mountains Marching Band drummer Seth Estes, who graduates in May with a bachelor’s degree…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 14:05

Vaudeville at The Strand

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An intricate mix of artistic performance, The Moon Show will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at The…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 14:04

It's all about the chocolate

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Bryson City chocolate cook-off Cooks of all things chocolate will square off at the 8th annual Chocolate Cook-Off from 2:30…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 14:02

This must be the place

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They fascinate me the most — in a way that is captivating and haunting, ancient and mysterious. Women. The opposite…
Debbie Milner has a simple philosophy. “If I won’t eat it, I won’t sell it,” she said. Standing next to…
A Whittier man was discovered dead in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park during the early morning hours of March 29.
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 13:31

Trash being tossed on Tuckasegee River bank

Barbara Robinson of Bryson City drives by the Tuckasegee River on a daily basis, but lately the peaceful view of the river has been interrupted by overflowing trash piling up on the riverbank.
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 13:29

Maggie Valley gears up for spring cleaning

Telling people what to do with their property is not an easy job, even when a town’s local economy may depend on it.
Downtown Canton has seen better days.  A once vibrant and bustling Main Street is now struggling to hang on to its few surviving businesses. Some of its historic buildings are now vacant and falling into disrepair.
Discussion about a new industrial development ordinance is just getting going in the Jackson County Planning Board, but the board didn’t waste any time in taking a unanimous vote asserting that fracking — a controversial form of fossil fuel extraction…
A state investigation into jail conditions in Jackson County turned up a passel of compliance issues and a mandate that Sheriff Chip Hall submit a plan of correction by the end of the month.
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 13:22

State senate rematch already in the making

Last fall’s election is barely in the rearview mirror, but battle lines are already being staked out for 2016. And voters may be looking at a rematch for the state senate seat that sprawls from Waynesville to Murphy, spanning seven…
Haywood Community College had to pay back $126,000 in state funding after accidentally inflating its enrollment numbers. The state doles out community college funding based on enrollment. HCC inadvertently reported more students than it actually had, however, and as a…
Haywood County is back on the prowl for potential sites to build a new $3 million animal shelter to replace its existing one. County commissioners initially set their sights on an empty field at the Haywood County Fairgrounds. But that…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 13:17

Macon commissioners give board new direction

With the six-month process of getting a nuisance noise ordinance passed behind them, members of the Macon County Planning Board now have some new assignments.
Jackson County’s Tourism Development Authority will soon launch a search for a tourism director, a milestone for the newly minted countywide tourism agency.
Tourism is a huge topic with a major impact on Western North Carolina’s economy. Western Carolina University will host the second annual Tourism Conference next week to focus on one major aspect of the tourism industry — festivals and events.