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Why adopt a tiny rubber duck that’ll soon be floating down the Tuckasegee River in Swain County?
When Michael Bradley first picked up a fly rod in 2011, he wasn’t looking for anything more than a relaxing pastime. He’d tried fly fishing once before, as an 11-year-old kid, but “didn’t do so good at it.” At age…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:04

A place where home is an elusive ideal

In the last decade, British authorities uncovered evidence of massive sexual abuse and human trafficking in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. Two years ago, in a blistering investigative report, Professor Alexis Jay and her committee conservatively estimated that 1,400 English girls had…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:02

The mystery of U.S. foreign aid

To the Editor: One of the great mysteries of government in America is how and why we give over $50 billion a year in foreign aid. Trying to point out many of the strange questions that exist in this seemingly…
Even though she’s an Indiana girl who had only seen the ocean once before we met, there is something about the beach that feels like home to Tammy. She especially likes Edisto Beach, where we go every summer. But we…
He was tall, maybe 6 feet 8 inches or taller, and was standing at an intersection studying a map. My wife, Lori, and I had just dumped out from a favorite trail at Bent Creek in Asheville onto the well-used…
The business end of Jackson County Planner Gerald Green’s departure — who will be in charge of finding a replacement, what the timeline might be — was a necessary topic of discussion at last week’s county commissioner meeting, but commissioners…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 14:35

Sylva budget haggling concludes

A stalemate over whether to raise property taxes in Sylva ended last week with the majority of town board members opting to take money out of the town’s reserve fund to cover a $140,000 projected shortfall in next year’s budget.
A public hearing to get Cashiers’ take on a proposed fire tax for the area drew about 70 people to the Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center. Judging by the 10 speakers who said their piece to the Jackson County Commissioners, one opinion…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 14:22

Jackson schools might expand drug testing

A bigger number of Jackson County students could be subject to random drug testing if a proposed policy change being considered by the school board gets approved.
It’s a land with a rich past and a hopeful future.  As YMCA employees, volunteers and future campers walked the Watia Creek Farms property along the western corner of Swain County last Friday, they could see the future. They could…
After years of education and learning the pharmaceutical ropes, Jacob Reiche had just about reached the end of his.
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 14:11

Sales tax shuffle

What the bill says: The method of doling out sales tax to towns and counties would be changed to give more to rural counties and less to towns and cities than under the current formula.
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 14:06

Statewide issues

Hunting on Sundays What the bill says: The Sunday hunting ban would be lifted on private land. (House bill 640)
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 14:03

Local Issues

Lake Junaluska annexation What the bill says: Lake Junaluska would become part of the town of Waynesville pending approval by voters of both Lake Junaluska and the town.
State lawmakers unleashed a torrent of proposed bills in the halls of the General Assembly this year — more than 1,650 bills in all, from possum drops and bobcat mascots to abortion restrictions and coal ash rules. SEE ALSO:• Local…
The give-and-take of crafting a budget is in full throttle in Haywood County, but what will be cut and what will come out on top is a close-to-the-vest affair until next week.
Haywood County commissioners are contemplating a property tax increase to pay for raises for county employees.
The Folk Heritage Association of Macon County will show some more of their DVDs of past Front Porch Interviews with local residents at 2 and 6 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin.  Interviewee Sue…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 20:34

Rickman Store welcomes Owenby, music jam

Writer Nita Welch Owenby and the SouthEast Bluegrass Association will perform on Saturday, May 16, at the Rickman Store in Cowee.  At 11 a.m., Owenby will read from her autobiography Echoes of the Appalachian Mountain, which provides the readers with…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 20:29

Brannon to host paper-making class

A paper-making Creating Community Workshop will be held at noon Saturday, May 16, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 20:28

Waynesville Ingles ‘Taste of Local’

Ingles Markets will host a “Taste of Local” event from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at their Waynesville location on Barber Boulevard.
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 20:26

New brewery, bars in WNC

There will be a handful of new nightlife businesses popping up around Western North Carolina in the coming weeks.
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 20:23

Concerts on the Creek returns to Sylva

The 6th annual Concerts on the Creek season begins on May 22, and will run from 7 to 9 p.m. every Friday through Labor Day at the Bridge Park Pavilion in downtown Sylva.
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 20:19

This must be the place

So, what’s it like out there? That was a recent question posed to me by an older friend, one who has been happily married for the better part of 30 years. He wondered what it was like these days. You…
Taking a left off U.S. 64 onto Settawig Road in rural Clay County, the busy commercial thoroughfare transforms into lush farmland. The mountain air gets sweeter, soothing late spring sunshine spilling into the open windows of your vehicle.  A few…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 17:18

Shelving books is a very personal task

For awhile everything was in control. But that didn’t last. It never does. Once again my books are in total disarray. I can spend hours looking for a book I should find in a few minutes. The only good thing…
A two-year trail restoration project began this week on Alum Cave Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, meaning that the trail and associated parking areas will be closed on weekdays through Nov. 19.
A contaminated property next to Land Trust for the Little Tennesse’s office in Franklin could have a brighter future now that the land conservation organization has purchased it.  “I never paid that much attention to this part of town until…
Backpackers in several popular areas of Pisgah National Forest are now required to use bear canisters when staying overnight, following a recent policy change by the U.S. Forest Service.  Reports of bears accessing food from improperly stored gear and, most…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 17:00

Park gets new deputy superintendent

With Superintendent Cassius Cash now settled into his new role, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a permanent deputy superintendent too.
Close to 175 people tackled the inaugural Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon in Waynesville this weekend, coming from as far as Colorado and as close as Waynesville itself.
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 16:57

Break-ins reported along the Parkway

A rash of break-ins to cars parked along the Blue Ridge Parkway on its way through Asheville has rangers asking the public to pay extra attention to securing their vehicles.
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 16:55

Parkway weather now online

A new website aims to help Blue Ridge Parkway visitors better plan their attire for a day in the high country.
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 16:51

Farmers market season launches

Growing season is upon us, and that means farmers of all stripes are harvesting produce to sell. Farmers markets around the region are starting up, with outlets for fresh food and locally made products in every county.
The Haywood Historic Farmers Market hopes to open its selection to an even larger portion of the population by exercising its new ability to accept food assistance money from the SNAP program — and use $14,000 worth of grants to…
Back in the days when I still believed in Santa Claus (well, actually I still believe, I just no longer feel comfortable sitting on his lap), Mother’s Day rolled around one year, and I asked my mom why there was…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 16:11

QuickDraw art benefit at Laurel Ridge

The WNC QuickDraw will be from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 16:04

A night of games, fun at Casino Royale

Casino Royale Night, a benefit for the Haywood Healthcare Foundation's Drug Abuse Coalition, will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Maggie Valley Club and Resort.
Entrepreneurs and owners of existing small businesses from around Western North Carolina shared $7,000 in prize money to help launch or grow their companies during the inaugural LEAD:Innovation conference on April 22 at Western Carolina University.
The Russ Wilson Quartet will host an evening of jazz standards, swing and blues at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:56

Youth talent contest winners announced

The 18th Heritage Alive! Mountain Youth Talent Contest was held at the Greening Up the Mountains Festival on Saturday, April 25, in Sylva.
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:54

This must be the place

I don’t get it. I woke up this morning (April 28) and listened to the news. I heard of the overnight chaos and madness ablaze on the streets of Baltimore, as we all have been paying attention to, and for…
It’s a recent Saturday afternoon at Nantahala Brewing Company in downtown Bryson City. With bluebird skies overhead and the mountains of Southern Appalachia in the distance, brewery co-owner Joe Rowland scans his surroundings. There are children and dogs running around…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:48

Baltimore and the failure of liberalism

To the Editor: As events unfold in Baltimore, the failure of liberal ideologies becomes clear. We’ve also seen the failures in Ferguson and even going back as far as Watts. In spite of all the high minded speeches about the…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:46

FOX News has been bad for the country

To the Editor: Imagine that in 2015, you, as an American citizen, don’t feel at home in your own town. You go out for pizza or to get braces for your child, and the TV blames you for all the…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:45

GOP is the party of higher taxes

To the Editor: The people have been told for years, particularly by Republican candidates running for the General Assembly, “We will cut your taxes.” They have cut your taxes if you made over $88,000 per year. If you have made…
Dozing in and out of sleep on the flight home from Leon, Nicaragua, I was thinking about circles. More to the point, I was contemplating the work of my father-in-law, Bill Sullivan, at the hospital in Leon, the Hospital Escuela…
Bradley Letts will have to keep his day job, but the Superior Court Judge will soon begin serving as a temporary judge for the Cherokee Supreme Court. 
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:21

Swain forms animal control committee

Swain County commissioners are moving forward with their plan to address the lack of animal control by putting together an ad hoc committee to explore possible solutions.