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After being at the helm of Region A’s Southwestern Commission, Executive Director Ryan Sherby tendered his resignation on March 1 to the board of directors.
The mood was jovial as Western Carolina University’s Faculty Senate waited over cookies and coffee for their hour with Margaret Spellings to begin. Small talk and light jokes made the minutes before her arrival feel less gravity-laden than they really…
Haywood County commissioners will hold a public hearing next Monday on whether to give away the “old hospital” to a developer who will turn it into an affordable apartment complex.
Students who attend Central Elementary School in Waynesville learned this week what their new school will be come fall. SEE ALSO: Map of new school districts
The primary visitor center for Haywood County will be moving this spring from downtown Waynesville to Maggie Valley.
Tuesday, 15 March 2016 20:53

2016 Election Primary Results

Preliminary results are current as of March 15. Look for more in-depth coverage of the local and state races online Wednesday, March 16.
Thursday, 10 March 2016 14:26

WCU police need help identifying suspects

CULLOWHEE – The Western Carolina University Police Department is asking for assistance in an ongoing investigation into recent property damage around the soccer field and track at the Catamount Athletic Complex on campus.
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 17:13

Always questions about the fiddlehead fern

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In the early 1700s British astronomer and mathematician Edmund Hillary, of comet fame, called [the spiral formed by a fern’s…
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 16:51

Get schooled on wildflowers

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The forest floor surrounding Jackson County comes alive as wildflower season dawns — and a six-week course on spring wildflowers…
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 16:48

Wildlife group resigns from red wolf recovery team

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Defenders of Wildlife has walked off the Red Wolf Recovery Team, claiming it’s headed for a “dead end,” meeting only…
The little storefront that serves as home base for Todd McDougall’s chiropractic office looks just about how you’d expect such…
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 16:26

Shelton House seeks volunteers, board members

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The Shelton House, which houses the Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts in Waynesville, is in need of people interested in…
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 16:19

This must be the place

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$25.06. The total at the gas pump. Full tank. Waynesville to Tybee Island, Georgia. Around 350 miles. As an impending snowstorm…
It’s all about the song. That’s what the goal is for Joe Lasher Jr. At 19, the country singer has spent…
“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing…
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 15:55

Sanders shows a true measure of leadership

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To the Editor; Many people do not have enough information about Bernie Sanders to decide, on a rational basis, whether…
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 15:55

It’s completely logical that Trump is winning

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To the Editor: Presidential candidates for both parties have been on the political or public dole for years even decades.…
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 15:54

Elect a real rebel for president

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To the Editor: I consider myself to be a natural-born, modern rebel!  I grew up in a family very proud…
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 15:51

Market economics not relevant to all our human endeavors

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By Mark Jamison • Guest Columnist I had planned to call this commentary “Dirty Money.” I would begin by quoting Teddy…
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 15:49

It is past time for a new animal shelter

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By Kristen Hammett • Guest Columnist Our current Haywood County Animal Shelter is overcrowded, outdated, and unsafe for staff and the…
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 15:45

Blueberry pancakes, eggs, bacon, biscuits ... right

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When I was growing up, it seemed that I spent most of my time at Mark Dozier’s place. Mark was…
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 15:41

Trump is leading somewhere I just won’t go

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With the North Carolina primary election just days away on March 15, Donald Trump continues his march toward the Republican…
As people across North Carolina daydream about what they would do if they won millions from playing the lottery, they probably don’t give much thought to how the money is spent every time they buy a losing ticket.  The North…
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 15:11

Leap Day baby born at Haywood Regional

Only 200,000 people in the United States have their birthdays fall on Feb. 29, and one of those lucky babies was born at Haywood Regional Medical Center this year.
The staff of REACH of Macon County understands how difficult it is to leave your home, even under the most traumatic situations.
Franklin officials thought the controversy over banners would end when the board of aldermen passed an ordinance last year allowing them to be hung over Main Street to promote upcoming events.
Maggie Valley’s dream of having a viable downtown inched closer last week when a $7 million town center plan was unveiled.
On paper, the case for a new, bigger Haywood County Animal Shelter is hard to justify.
A full-service restaurant, an outdoor equipment outfitter, a combination bookstore and coffee cafe, a popular convenience store and a nationally known sandwich shop are among the expected occupants of Noble Hall, the mixed-use facility being constructed on the site of…
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 14:59

Capital priorities get sorted in Jackson

The animal shelter and health department are in, and the swimming pool and Green Energy Park expansion are out, Jackson County commissioners decided in a wide-ranging discussion of capital improvement priorities recently.
In a tiny cabin on a sliver of property adjacent to the Jackson County Historic Courthouse, Sylva author John Parris spent years putting pen to paper, writing the newspaper columns and books celebrating life in the mountains that would ensure…
When someone shows up to a medical clinic, sick and suffering, the hardest words to say can be, “Sorry, but you’ll have to wait three months for an appointment.” 
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 14:44

Jackson County begins county manager search

It’s been two months since Jackson County Manager Chuck Wooten announced his impending retirement, and county commissioners are beginning the search for their perfect match to take over the reins.
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:52

Election coverage 2016

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Statewide:   Haywood: Democrats scramble to recruit candidates for Haywood commissioner contest Seven seek two commissioner seats in Haywood Haywood…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:36

Residents promote Franklin as outdoor destination

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Franklin residents have taken it upon themselves to get the word out about the town’s recognition as the “Top Small…
Franklin has sidewalks, bike trails and a beautiful greenway to encourage residents and visitors to walk or bike around town,…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:28

Butterfly highway coming to N.C.

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A network of pollinator pit stops will begin spreading across the state with the launch of the Butterfly Highway Campaign,…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:24

Report delivers bad news for drought prognosis

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Drought has gotten bad in the United States over the past 15 years, and the combination of the dry weather…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:20

The trail from spring to winter

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Bright sunshine? Sixty-degree weather? In February?
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:18

Hooray for the orange and black

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The monarch butterfly is known for its amazing annual spring and fall migration — from wintering grounds in Mexico in…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:04

A few nuggets from books only partly read

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Books brought home from the library: The Art of Grace; Keep It Fake; The Churchill Factor; The Fellowship; South Toward…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:01

Senate needs to do its constitutional duty

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To the Editor: I understand that our Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina is a member of the Senate Judiciary…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:01

Sanders would be a refreshing change

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To the Editor: Imagine, if only there was a viable candidate for President who for decades has spoken with honesty,…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:01

Wording change on Statue of Liberty

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To the Editor: I have recently learn was told that the wording on the base of the Statue of Liberty…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 15:55

Love, marriage ... and a sharp paring knife

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The other night I cut a skin tag off my husband’s face with a really sharp paring knife and some…
Sometimes I forget why I love it so much. The truth is that newspaper work is partly satisfying, partly frustrating.…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 15:25

A look at the races

• Republican reboot on tap for House 119 primary• Rep. West’s retirement leads to Republican primary tussle• Congressional primary moved to June 7• Meet the candidates in Haywood County’s commissioner primary• Voting begins March 3• Past coverage
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 15:13

Voting begins March 3

The 2016 Primary Election will be held March 15 and polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Early voting for the primary will be held March 3-12. 
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 15:05

Swain sees Hepatitis B cases skyrocket

The Swain County Health Department is concerned about the number of Hepatitis B cases confirmed in 2015.
With $120 million at stake, higher education leaders in Western North Carolina have taken every opportunity in the last month to educate people about the Connect N.C. Bond proposal.